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Afternoon roundup

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From the Tribune’s story about the newly proposed SAFE-T Act revisions

[Sen. Robert Peters], a sponsor of the original SAFE-T Act, was joined in filing Wednesday’s amendment by Democratic state Sen. Scott Bennett from Champaign, a former prosecutor who drafted his own proposed changes to the SAFE-T Act in September.

That’s hugely important.

The Senate will be taking up the amendment tomorrow morning.

* Darren Bailey on Cities 92.9

And the bottom line, the bottom line is, frustrating as it is, early mail-in voting is what nailed us. That’s just simply all there is to it.

Mail-in voting would’ve helped, but Bailey lost by something like 12 points. I mean, if it helps convince Republicans to stop behaving against their own interests and start early voting, then fine. But that wouldn’t have won him the race and if that’s the only lesson the GOP learns, then they’ll never amount to much here.

Bailey went on to say some really off the wall things. But since he’s not running for anything at the moment, I’ll just leave it at that. Kinda tired of the rantings.

* Press release…

State Representative Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) today issued the following statement regarding his selection to be a part of Secretary of State-elect Alexi Giannoulias’ transition team:

“During the campaign I stressed that the office of Secretary of State should be more about public service than public policy. I have had the unique experience of working with Secretary White on the issues of distracted driving, organ and tissue donation, senior citizen services, and services for individuals with special needs.”

“I am honored that Secretary-elect Giannoulias is rising above party politics by drawing on that experience to make the office the best that it can be. I may be leaving elected office in a few short weeks, but I have always desired to help the people of Illinois in any way that I can. I appreciate this opportunity to use my unique knowledge to help enhance a statewide office that affects the lives of more Illinoisans on a daily basis than any other.”

More here.

* Railroad press release 1…

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after voting in support of H.J. Res. 100, ratification of the Tentative Agreement, which increases wages and benefits for rail workers, preserves the right-to-strike in the long-term, and ensures American families can access the goods and services they will need this holiday season and throughout the year, and H. Con. Res. 119, which would increase the number of sick days in the tentative agreement from one to seven days:

“I did not take this vote lightly, as I am a strong supporter of collective bargaining, and am proud that the state of Illinois has enshrined the right to bargain collectively into its Constitution.

“Let me be perfectly clear – the leadership of American railroads should be ashamed of themselves. They have spent the better part of a decade hollowing out their workforce, in pursuit of quarterly profits and at the behest of Wall Street, thus creating an untenable situation for many workers.

“This gross mismanagement brought us to where we are today and put Congress in a position it should have never been in. Collective bargaining is sacred, and Congress should not intervene in it unless the circumstances are at least as dire as they are today. The work is never done, and that is the case today. Congress must work to undo the operational changes made by railroads over the last decade that have devastated railroad workers.

“I call on the Senate to support the improvements the House made to the Tentative Agreement as reflected in H. Con. Res. 119, which would provide workers with seven days of paid sick leave.”

Railroad press release 2…

Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-IL) released the below statement on her vote to avert a rail strike impacting the agriculture industry:

“Amtrak Joe” promised to be the railroad President, but he failed to bring both sides to an agreement to prevent a catastrophe. I voted today to prevent a railway stoppage that would bring the agriculture industry and the transportation of food in our country to a grinding halt. Farmers rely upon rail and are already suffering from the Biden Diesel Crisis and the Biden Supply Chain Crisis, they cannot face another crushing blow to their ability to operate their farms and provide food to the American people.”

* Three citations in a single day?…

On November 29, 2022, the Illinois State Police (ISP) issued citations in three separate traffic crashes involving move over law violations, (otherwise known as “Scott’s Law”) violations. Two of the three crashes involved Illinois Department of Transportation vehicles. The first crash occurred on Interstate 70 eastbound near milepost 64, near Vandalia (Fayette county) in District 12. The second crash occurred on Interstate 94 northbound near 142nd Street (Cook county) in District Chicago. The third crash involved vehicles belonging to a private contractor performing roadway work on US 67 northbound at US 34 (Warren county) in District 14. Injuries were reported in two of the three crashes. The at fault drivers in all three crashes were cited for violating Scotts Law.

ISP is reminding the public of the requirements of Scott’s Law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with its emergency or hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down AND move over. A person who violates Scott’s Law, commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense. If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years. All 50 states have mandatory move over laws to protect first responders, roadway maintenance workers, roadside workers, and all motorists traveling on the road.

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  1. - Techie - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:05 pm:

    I generally like Jan Schakowsky, but have to say this is absolutely the wrong vote. The railroad companies and their owners make oodles of money, but refuse to even give workers unpaid sick time? Get real, the workers are being treated inhumanely and yet you want to agree to force a contract on them that provides 0 sick time? Way to side with the powerful against the worker.

    Yes, a strike would be disastrous. That’s the point - the work these people do is so valuable, the least Congress can do is tell the railroad companies they can’t make huge profits while simultaneously denying basic rights like the ability to take time off when sick without risking losing your job.

  2. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:09 pm:

    === force a contract on them===

    Most of the unions had already agreed to the contract.

  3. - jackmac - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:10 pm:

    Bailey appeared on a right wing station (Cities 92.9 in Normal) where he was unlikely to get pushback on his claims on being screwed by mail-in ballots — or anything else for that matter. You lost, man. By a lot.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:13 pm:

    === by Democratic state Sen. Scott Bennett from Champaign, a former prosecutor who drafted his own proposed changes to the SAFE-T Act in September.===

    Sometimes… the mere sponsor makes the difference… in context.

    Will Dems go it alone here, with changes and clarity now in the table?

  5. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:20 pm:

    = And the bottom line, the bottom line is, frustrating as it is, early mail-in voting is what nailed us. That’s just simply all there is to it.=

    Umm, as nonsensical as beetle is on a daily basis, this may be his greatest hit. Were mail in votes counted differently? Weighted? No, ya goof, you failed to get more votes than the governor.

    Math nailed you.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:20 pm:

    This alone…

    ===…lost by something like 12 points.===

    Here’s all that the GOP (nationally and here in Illinois) ruined in GOTV:

    * Made “vote by mail” a taboo
    * Refused to look at a ground game outside “cults” and “approved groups”
    * Refused to see that the Reagan Rule is more important to winning than being Right
    * Ceded the suburbs to a policy plank of “Crime”
    * Ceded the suburbs to a policy of ignoring Abortion
    * A mail program of phony newspapers by a vendor

    I don’t identify with the GOP as it’s constituted, nor do I see that changing anytime soon given where these failures are ignored…

    … but if you lose by 12+ points and can’t grasp it’s just mail or early voting… then you will likely, as a party, refuse to be put in a position to make policy… as only winners make policy.

  7. - Jerry - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:22 pm:

    Mary Miller…your in Congress! Your constituents rely on the railroads. Instead of blaming the President why DON’T you do something! If you do not want to do the job you were elected to do….resign.

  8. - Techie - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:22 pm:

    “Most of the unions had already agreed to the contract.”

    Most of the unions, but the unions that didn’t have more members. As MisterJayEm noted yesterday,

    “Combined, the 12 rail unions represent approximately 125,000 employees.

    The four freight rail unions that rejected the contract agreement represent nearly 60,000 workers.

    That means that the agreement was rejected by approximately 48% of the 12 unions’ combined membership.”

    Railworkers get literally no sick time, paid or unpaid. It’s because the companies refuse to hire enough staff to allow for employees to call off. It is inhumane and there is no excuse for it.

  9. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:24 pm:

    ==Yes, a strike would be disastrous.==

    And that’s the reason it cannot be allowed to happen.

    The House did a second vote to include 7 sick days as part of the contract solution. We’ll see if that separate provision has enough support to pass the Senate.

    Either way the President and Congress have done the only responsible thing that could be done. You don’t have to like it. But to do anything else would be a dereliction of duty.

  10. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:29 pm:

    ===agreement was rejected by approximately 48%===

    Um, that’s less than half.

  11. - very old soil - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:33 pm:
    More details on the agreement

  12. - Been There - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:38 pm:

    ======agreement was rejected by approximately 48%===
    Um, that’s less than half. ====

    I don’t know what the % was for the unions that passed it but I thought the bigger ones that didn’t had %’s close to 50%. So it’s possible that the 48% noted above could be much lower.

  13. - Norseman - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:41 pm:

    MAGA GOP just can’t stand making voting easier. You know, the wrong people may vote.

  14. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 3:46 pm:

    I don’t disagree with the vote on the RR strike. I think it was a must.

    It just confirms what I thought of Miller’s lack of integrity to vote to approve the bill that directly affects her families pocket book. I know it might be picky, but it is a conflict of interest.

  15. - MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 4:08 pm:

    “if that’s the only lesson the GOP learns, then they’ll never amount to much here.”

    They won’t even learn that much.

    – MrJM

  16. - H-W - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 4:12 pm:

    @ JS Mill

    Miller didn’t vote in favor of a bill that affects her pocket. She voted against “Amtrak Joe.” /s

    That too speaks the same of her character. Putting politics above reason.

  17. - FormerGOPer - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 4:21 pm:

    Classy move by Brady to serve on Alexi’s transition team. He is a true public servant.

  18. - Hannibal Lecter - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 4:29 pm:

    – Very Old Soil –

    Thanks for sharing that link. This part of the agreement deals with the sick days, which I found to be interesting:

    “The other big issue is sick leave. This isn’t an issue for workers with ordinary 40-hour-per-week jobs, but it’s a big issue for workers in the field. These workers face schedules that are increasingly unpredictable as railroads squeeze their timetables to increase profits.

    But it’s a weird issue. Rail workers currently get 11+ personal days and holidays and the new contract gives them one more. These days can be used for anything, including sick leave. What’s more, rail workers already have sick days, but they’re unlike the sick days you and I are used to. Each year, the first incidence of illness pays nothing for the first seven days while illnesses after that pay nothing for the first four days. After that, sick pay benefits kick in. Roughly speaking, it means workers get no time off for, say, having a cold, but do get paid for more serious illnesses that require a substantial amount of time off.

    The reason for this — as well as management’s unwillingness to provide more personal days — is not something they will talk about honestly. But as near as I can tell, management’s beef is that they think workers routinely lie about being sick. They’re willing to pay for longer illnesses, since those are fairly verifiable, but not for day-to-day stuff that workers can fake.

  19. - Scott Fawell's Cellmate - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 4:34 pm:

    And a classy and smart move by Alexi to ask his opponent to serve on his transition team.

    Good start by Alexi.

  20. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 5:01 pm:

    Alexi adding Brady is a very smart and crafty move towards some goodwill.

    Well played by that crew too.

  21. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 5:07 pm:

    –if that’s the only lesson the GOP learns, then they’ll never amount to much here.–

    That’s not even the lesson they learned. Bailey is giving a backhanded compliment with a wink-and-a-nod to mail-in ballots in totality.

    He doesn’t want more republicans voting by mail-in ballots. He wants mail-in completely removed for everyone.

  22. - Manchester - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 5:52 pm:

    I see as usual that we have reasonable comments and suggestions from Representative Mary Miller. /Heavy Snark.

  23. - Odysseus - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 6:56 pm:

    “Illinois hoping for earlier presidential primary”

    No, no, no, no, no.
    We need to shorten the election season, not lengthen it. It is insane to be voting in February for a general election in November.

  24. - Jibba - Wednesday, Nov 30, 22 @ 10:29 pm:

    ‘voting is what nailed us.”

    Fixed it for you.

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