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Friday, Apr 30, 2021

* I do not think this Sun-Times editorial segment is true

Unlike CEJA, which is designed to speed Illinois toward a clean energy future without raising customers’ electric bills

Numbers I’ve seen have CEJA increasing costs by $156-$450 million a year. If you look at the bill, the base year shifts from 2007 to 2009. The rate cap then increases from 2.015 percent to 2.67% during the first couple of years and then increases to 4.88 percent by the end of 2023.

* This bill passed with an overwhelming bipartisan margin

A bill distributing $1.4 billion of federal relief to those in need of COVID-19 emergency housing assistance was sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk on Thursday over Republican objections that the measure does not target those who are in real need of help.

“This bill essentially is trying to keep people in the state of Illinois in their homes,” said state Sen. Omar Aquino, the bill’s sponsor. “It tries to prioritize and surgically utilize the one-time money that we’re getting from the federal government to assist those people that truly need it the most.”

The bill “prioritizes disproportionately affected areas” based on “positive COVID-19 cases” or by “a history of homelessness,” according to the Near Northwest Side Democrat.

But state Sen. Jason Barickman said the money does not go to those who need it the most because it prioritizes “not based on their individual circumstances but based on the ZIP code in which they live.”

* SJ-R

Several state representatives introduced bills this year to move Illinois to permanent daylight saving time or standard time. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, and David Welter, R-Morris, have bills to move Illinois to standard time all year — the current winter time. State Reps. Bob Morgan, D-Deerfield, Adam Niemerg, R-Dieterich, Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, and Mike Zalewski, D-Chicago, have filed bills to make daylight saving time all year — the current summer time.

* Related…

* Buckner introduces Pritzker’s energy plan amid session’s final stretch

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9 Comments
  1. - Skeptic - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 1:54 pm:

    “bills this year to move Illinois to permanent daylight saving time or standard time. ” How about they compromise, DST for part of the year and Standard time for the rest of the year. It’s a bi-partisan win-win.


  2. - 1st Ward - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 1:58 pm:

    There’s an interesting quote from Rep Ramirez in Capitol News on this legislation. She is the Chief Sponsor in the House for the legislation. “We know that when the eviction moratorium is lifted, and it’s coming soon,….” It wouldn’t be surprising if the moratorium is lifted within two months but it’s interesting that Pritzker or his team have not publicly made similar statements that I’m aware of and based on the quote Rep Ramirez appeared to go out of her way to say “it’s coming soon”. Once the distribution from FED to State - State to renter/landlord occur is likely the timing.


  3. - Southern Skeptic - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 2:06 pm:

    “I do not think this Sun-Times editorial segment is true…”

    You are 100% correct. That specious claim was made about CEJA 1.0. It wasn’t true then and it’s not true now.


  4. - Tammy - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 2:18 pm:

    This isn’t the first time the Sun-Times ed board has gone gaga over CEJA. They seem to think it’s a gigantic bag of magic beans.


  5. - SAP - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 3:04 pm:

    DST-all day, every day


  6. - Steve Polite - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    DST: Daylight an hour later in the morning and evening.
    ST: Daylight an hour earlier in the morning and dusk an hour earlier in the evening.

    I’m all for no time change. The benefit of moving to Standard Time is it would be lighter in the morning when children are waiting for school buses.


  7. - Commonsense in Illinois - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 3:36 pm:

    Under Federal law, there are two ways in which an area in the United States can be moved from one time zone to another: 1. By statute:Congress may enact a statute changing the time zone. 2. By regulation:The Secretary of Transportation may issue regulations making changes.

    Passing legislation can start the federal process, but it isn’t guaranteed that the federal government will go along.


  8. - Ok - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 3:41 pm:

    I sure hope they add permanent daylight savings as part of the final CEJA package.


  9. - Proud Papa Bear - Friday, Apr 30, 21 @ 3:49 pm:

    @Skeptic: or switch clocks to 30 minutes between the two.
    Win-win.


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