* Center Square…
Proposed legislation in both the Illinois House and Senate would make daylight saving time the year-round standard in Illinois.
Both proposals would eliminate the twice-a-year time changes between daylight saving time and standard time. Sponsors of both bills said they hope to see the measures taken up during next week’s veto session in Springfield.
In the House, state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, filed House Bill 3837 earlier this year. His proposal would eliminate the time change in Illinois. He said the need for daylight saving time changes have become outdated and obsolete. […]
A similar bill introduced in the Illinois Senate also calls for the elimination of the time changes. State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is a sponsor of Senate Bill 533. On social media this week, Manar said he has received a lot of support for the bill.
Manar introduced his proposal on May 3rd. He has four co-sponsors, three of whom are Republicans. It unanimously cleared a Senate committee on May 23rd. Skillicorn introduced his bill four days later, on May 7th. He has no co-sponsors and it hasn’t moved.
* Dusty Rhodes…
If a school resource officer wants to question a student about a criminal act, they first have to notify the student’s parents. That’s according to a new law implemented at the beginning of this school year.
But State Representative Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego), says at least one district has already created a workaround.
“The resource officer’s dog, a K-9 unit, was walking through the parking lot and alerted on a student’s car. The student got questioned with the resource officer present. They looked at the car, there was nothing there,” Kifowit says. “And the parent was never notified of this questioning until the student came home upset.”
The district claimed it followed the law because the assistant principal was the one asking the questions, as the police officer stood nearby. Kifowit , who sponsored the original bill, calls that a “loophole.”
“Because it’s still an intimidating figure,” she says. “Whether the resource officer is doing the questioning or not, the fact that you have two adults in a room — one a resource officer, one an administrator — and a child, without the parent knowing, I think is fundamentally wrong.”
* Alex Ortiz…
Despite pressure from activists around the state, Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday the General Assembly will wait until next year to pass a comprehensive clean energy bill.
The Herald-News asked Pritzker about the Clean Energy Jobs Act while he was in Plainfield to talk about new infrastructure projects. With only a few days left during the fall session in Springfield, Pritzker said the legislature would take up the bill during the next session in January.
The bill aims to put Illinois on the path to 100% renewable energy by 2050 through investing in clean energy industries and heavily reducing gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles on the road.
“We’re going to have to do a lot of work, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “But I felt like because there’s so much work, there’s so many hearings required for us to get where we need to be … it’s going to take us a little while in the new session.”
* State lawmakers cool on measures to help Chicago raise taxes unless mayor spends more to keep campaign promise