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It’s just a bill

Friday, May 31, 2019

* Dispatch-Argus

State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, has signed on as co-sponsor of a bill that intends to kick Chicago out of Illinois and make it the 51st state. […]

McCombie is a chairperson of the House Republican Organization’s political action committee, which raises money for House campaigns.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, HRO has accepted millions in donations from donors and corporations in the city of Chicago.

“Those dollars were before my time as HRO chairman,” McCombie said. “The majority of HRO are downstate members. We as a state, should be collectively working together. I hope that’s why (Chicago) donors are investing in HRO.”

Illinoisans should collectively work together, but she is a co-sponsor of a proposal to kick Chicago out of Illinois and she wants Chicago donors to give money to the campaign fund she chairs so they can spend it on Downstaters, some of whom want to kick Chicago out of Illinois.

Am I reading that right?


Since the start of 2019, 22 Illinois State Police troopers have had their patrol vehicles struck by drivers who’ve disobeyed Scott’s Law. With Senate Bill 1862 passing both chambers, violators will now receive steeper fines.

The piece cleared the Senate Thursday evening, and in a news release on Friday Gov. J.B. Pritzker commended the bipartisan effort behind the bill and said he looks forward to signing the legislation.

“Our state troopers and emergency responders risk their lives to protect us, and I applaud the General Assembly for taking action to help keep them safe.” Pritzker said in the statement.

Drivers who fail to reduce their speed or move over when approaching stationary vehicles on the side of the road could be fined at least $500 for a first offense. The fine and fee increases to at least $1,000 for repeat offenses. The maximum fine for any offense is $10,000.

* Squaring the Center, or something

Illinois lawmakers are now one vote away from sending legislation to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk that would mandate a minimum $40,000 annual salary for the state’s teachers. Opponents say it will result in property tax hikes, particularly in downstate school districts.

Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, ushered Senate Bill 10 out of the Senate last month. House Bill 2078 was amended to match Manar’s earlier bill that would require the $40,000 minimum salary by 2023.

The legislation passed along partisan lines Wednesday.

“It would establish a minimum teacher salary in the state beginning in the 2020 school year of just over $32,000 and phase that up over the next four years,” Manar said.

Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, says the law would likely mean rural districts would have to raise property taxes to pay for the salary increases.

* Press release…

Both chambers of the Illinois legislature have now approved legislation filed by State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) that will create stringent rules for ethylene oxide use and emissions, and shut down failing facilities.

“This bill strengthens the Illinois EPA seal order that sealed Sterigenics’ ethylene oxide chambers, and it creates the strongest ethylene oxide sterilization regulations in the nation,” said Sen. Curran. “I would like to thank Leader Durkin for his help in evolving this bill and passing it through the House.”

Senate Bill 1852 requires ethylene oxide sterilization facilities to capture 100% of the ethylene oxide emissions. Faculties would be required to limit emissions to the atmosphere by 99.9% or to 0.2 parts per million. The legislation also requires any company under a seal order to get certification from every customer and/or supplier that ethylene oxide is the only method to sterilize their product.

The legislation was filed in response to the ongoing Sterigenics crisis in Willowbrook. This legislation, along with several others Curran has passed through the General Assembly, are designed to protect the public from the hidden dangers of the deadly gas.

“These new standards will make sure that facilities are operating in a safe manner, or they will be shut down, and it also furthers our efforts to keep Sterigenics shut down,” said Senator Curran.

The legislation passed the Senate unanimously on May 30th and is now headed to the Governor for his signature.

* Related…

* Bill with changes spurred by Chicago Public Schools student sexual abuse scandal headed to Gov. Pritzker: The measure, which emerged after nearly a year of negotiations, dials back more robust proposals. For example, lawmakers dropped a provision that would make it a crime for school employees to have sexual contact with a student regardless of the student’s age.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Can - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    Part of me wants Chicago to call the Eastern Bloc’s bluff and become a separate state, only to watch Downstate Illinois become a less exciting version of West Virginia. But then part of me remembers I live in Springfield and the value of my home would be cut in half, so no thanks.

  2. - Annonin' - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    That McCombie talks like the EasternBlocHeads so guess the representative is in…good luck. Assuming she won’t take that dirty money. But what if Proft and Tilman drive their clown car into the city can we seize the loot they grab?

  3. - TopHatMonocle - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    I’m truly curious about what downstate reps would have to say if it was Chicago leading the charge to separate from the rest of the state. I’d bet most would be totally up in arms about it since Chicago pays out more than it brings back to the rest of the state’s benefit. The whole thing is a kooky sideshow anyways.

  4. - Rich Miller - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 2:22 pm:

    ===since Chicago pays out more than it brings back===

    No. Chicago breaks about even. Add in Cook and they are net losers.

  5. - wordslinger - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 2:30 pm:

    The dog-whistling charlatans selling the secession snake-oil have absolutely no respect for the intelligence of their constituents.

    For the Downstaters who believe they are dissed by those in metro Chicago — no one is more contemptuous of you than these particular GOP lawmakers.

  6. - Concerned Dem - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 2:32 pm:

    It is of the utmost importance for Gov. Pritzker to not shy away from traveling the state… especially during ribbon cutting season.

    With this hopelessly stupid push by the GOP to make their main issue separation it is a prime opportunity for Pritzker to continue to invest in building county Dem organization that actually promote ideas that might help their communities. It would provide a stark contrast to the take your ball and go home approach of the GOP.

  7. - I Miss Bentohs - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 2:38 pm:

    Someone making $15/hr is earning $30K per year. Teachers, all work way more than 40 hr per week, are essentially making $10K more but most likely less than min wage per hr when you consider number of hours worked.

    Yeah, sign me up for a college degree, that pay and those headaches. NOT

  8. - Unle Ernie - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 3:47 pm:

    I cannot believe serious men are considering separation of Chicago into it’s own state. Chicago makes IL strong and robust, brings hundreds of thousands of jobs, innovation, technology. I am a downstater, I know, that without Chicago IL will become a poor cousin to Alabama.

  9. - Candy Dogood - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 4:19 pm:

    ===For example, lawmakers dropped a provision that would make it a crime for school employees to have sexual contact with a student regardless of the student’s age.===

    This has been illegal in the state I grew up in since before I was born.

    How on earth do you make the decision to drop that provision? Regardless of the student’s age or the role of the employee of the school there is an inappropriate power dynamic between those two parties. Period.

  10. - Left Leaner - Friday, May 31, 19 @ 5:18 pm:

    Rep. McCombie, pipe down. Your ridiculousness is showing.

    ==For the Downstaters who believe they are dissed by those in metro Chicago — no one is more contemptuous of you than these particular GOP lawmakers.==

    As a born-and-raised Downstater who now resides in Chicago, I’ll testify that wordslinger speaks truth.

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