* Gateway Pundit…
Illinois lawmakers are attempting to pass legislation to give government the ability to confiscate property from business owners and citizens during state emergencies like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Senator William E. Brady, the Illinois Minority leader in the state senate, introduced legislation on Wednesday that will give government the right to confiscate property from business owners who defy their lockdown orders.
Senator Brady is a Republican.
But, alas, not true. Brady’s bill, in part, amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Brady would prohibit the governor from issuing more than one 30-day disaster proclamation without approval of the General Assembly. The confiscation language referenced in that widely read blog is in existing state law.
…Adding… Apparently this is spreading like wildfire. People don’t understand that underlined text is the new stuff. So, ISRA has weighed in to defend Brady. Click here.
SCOOP: A group of House Republicans say they’re fed up with how the General Assembly is addressing the state’s financial woes, and they’ve formed a new caucus to do something about it.
“Everyone can see the system is screwed up. The problem is there aren’t that many people working on solutions to fix the state’s fiscal problems,” Republican Rep. Blaine Wilhour of Effingham told Playbook. “So that’s the driving force. It’s not a personality thing or an indictment, per se, on leadership. It’s just giving a voice to the regular working people in Illinois who are getting throttled day by day by inept government.”
The Illinois Taxpayer Freedom Caucus will still operate under the Republican Party, the lawmakers said in a release provided to Playbook. But the new caucus will focus on “structural and ethical reforms [that] Illinois desperately needs.” […]
The Tax Freedom Caucus has 20 members out of 44 House Republicans — sizable enough to make a difference in a GOP vote. Wilhour says other Republicans may also join, too. The group will elect officers soon.
Historical note: It’s been more than 40 years since the last big intraparty rebellion in the General Assembly. In the 1970s, the late former Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch helped lead a group of independent Democrats known as the “Crazy 8” to get more attention for progressive issues.
This assumes that the caucus will hire staff and propose actual policies like other sub-caucuses do.
Also, House Republican Leader Lee Daniels was challenged bigtime after the Democrats picked up a super-majority in 1990. And the Crazy 8 was mainly an anti-Daley thing. Click here for some history.
*** UPDATE 1 *** Center Square…
State budget aside, there’s more than $4 billion in federal COVID-19 aid for local governments a report says is being held by state officials, and members of Congress are demanding answers.
The National League of Cities found that Illinois is one of 32 states that are withholding federal funding from most municipal governments, including rural communities.
[US Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville] said before more federal funds are freed for Illinois, he’s demanding to know why about $4.9 billion in federal funds stalled out.
“We can’t be as good of advocates as we’d like to be if we don’t know where the $4.9 billion that’s already coming to Illinois is being spent,” Davis said.
“No funding is being held at all,” Pritzker responded. “We need enabling legislation. We needed the legislature to actually get together to provide that enabling legislation and that’s what’s happening the next day and a half.”
We discussed Congressman Davis’ exact same complaint two weeks ago today…
This requires legislation and we have presented this plan to all four caucuses of the General Assembly for their consideration. We look forward to Congressman Davis supporting that plan when the General Assembly returns to Springfield.
C’mon, Rodney. Keep up.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Some guy I never heard of at the Daily Line…
The three-day legislative session in Springfield this week will be without a handful of legislators who didn’t make the trip out of health concerns, including one positive Covid-19 diagnosis from a state representative from Chicago. Many are calling for the ability to vote remotely.
“Every legislative body in this state from the smallest to the largest is operating via remote operations except for the General Assembly. Congress is doing it for God’s sake. We need to get into the 20th century,” said Sen. Robert Martwick (D-10).
Martwick, whose district encompasses parts of the Northwest Side of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, is not in Springfield because he said he’s following the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health which advised legislators with serious health conditions not to make the trip. Martwick said he was diagnosed in 2016 with coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes after suffering a heart attack.
There is a possibility that the general assembly will vote to allow remote operations, he said, and that it could be added to one of the proposed omnibus bills via amendment.
That conflicts with Senate President Don Harmon, whose spokesperson John Patterson told news outlets in March saying that the legislature can’t hold remote meetings.
That’s a completely manufactured “conflict.” Harmon supports remote voting. Ridic.
…Adding… The article, published today, also claims that Rep. Curtis Tarver missed the session. Tarver was in town and voted yesterday. I usually expect much better from that publication. But they used a Chicago freelancer on this one.