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*** UPDATED x1 *** Afternoon roundup

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Greg Hinz

The spotlight will be on Springfield this week as the Legislature returns for its pre-inaugural lame-duck session with a pair of key business-related measures now reportedly on a fast track.

The first is the proposed package of electric vehicle incentives, including a huge “deal-closing fund,” that Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants. Team Pritzker hopes that will be enough to convince Stellantis and partners to invest in converting the soon-to-be-shuttered Belvidere assembly plant to EV production.

As of Monday, multiple capitol sources said the measure appears to be in good shape, with lawmakers fine-tuning what type of oversight they’d have on the fund, which could hit $1 billion. Sources say the governor and aides have been regularly meeting with Stellantis and that Pritzker recently sat down with the local United Auto Workers union.

Also percolating: a measure that would give workers statewide seven paid days off a year for sick leave, family emergencies, etc. Business groups supported the measure because, as originally drafted, it would have preempted even stronger requirements elsewhere, like in Chicago, which could raise its current five-day mandate. But the latest word is the preemption clause is out at the request of organized labor but over the opposition of business.

Labor unions, progressives and Chicago’s mayor killed that paid sick leave bill last year because of the preemption clause.

* Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) announced a couple of weeks ago that she wants to be appointed to the seat once held by the late Sen. Scott Bennett

Three applicants have made their interest in the seat public — state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, City of Champaign Township Supervisor Andy Quarnstrom and Cindy Cunningham, who ran unsuccessfully for the Illinois House seat currently held by state Rep. Mike Marron, R-Fithian.

Ammons and her supporters, including Cunningham Township Supervisor Danielle Chynoweth, argue Ammons is the vastly superior choice. But while she has strong supporters in the local Democratic Party, she also has virulent critics.

Commenting on The News-Gazette’s Facebook page, former Champaign City Council member Clarissa Fourman said of Ammons’ interest, “No. Just NO.”

Champaign County has the weighted vote

The decision over who replaces Bennett falls to the Democratic Party Chairs of Champaign and Vermillion County, but Champaign’s Democratic Party will ultimately have way more weight in the decision. […]

If Ammons is chosen, then the Champaign Democratic Party would also need to appoint a replacement to her seat in the House of Representatives, but the 30-day counter would start over.

Rep. Ammons has plastered her Instagram account with testimonials

*** UPDATE *** The county party chair with the weighted vote, Mike Ingram, has tossed his hat into the race and turned the reins over to his vice chair

I have decided to submit my name for the vacancy in the Illinois 52nd Senate District.

The decision was clearly not an easy one to make. But I’m confident in my vice chair and the advisory committee we’ve convened. I will recuse myself from the process and let my vice chair run the process. She has a wealth of experience and has been an active supporter of other candidates who have submitted their names. I am confident that she will do a wonderful job.

I want to be the senator from the 52nd State Senate District, and I will be doing everything I can to convince both chairs that I would be a good choice: with knowledge of both counties, a desire to honor Scott’s legacy, and a track record of winning elections and delivering on campaign promises. Whoever is chosen will have my support.

…Adding… With a hat tip to a commenter, here’s the list of applicants

Andrew Quarnstrom
Carol Ammons
Cristina M Manuel
Cynthia Cunningham
David Palmer
Gianina Baker
Kyle Patterson
Matthew Sullard
Mickensy Ellis-White
Mike Ingram
Paul Faraci

* New member…

* Put this into the category of “Some folks will complain about anything”

Illinois is set to receive $354.6 million in federal funding for four state programs to help small businesses, the U.S. Treasury announced.

The money will help Illinois small businesses attract more capital investment and expand or launch business operations, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration said in a statement.

Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, welcomes the funding but has reservations about the Pritzker administration’s overall commitment to small business.

“If the governor renews his effort to bring back the graduated income tax or steps up the timetable for increasing the minimum wage, he will completely erase $350 million and probably increase costs to small businesses by at least a billion dollars,” Maisch told The Center Square.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:09 pm:

    I don’t know what Delia means by “We have to end this.” but if she can solve this problem, godspeed my friend.

  2. - Lurker - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:09 pm:

    Oops. That was my bad on anon post

  3. - lol - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:20 pm:

    When you have to make up things the Governor is going to do (ie Maisch) in order to get a quote in a story from a right wing website, you’re really reaching.

  4. - Been There - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:20 pm:

    The Champaign County Chair put this statement out this morning.

  5. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:26 pm:

    Thanks, Been There!

  6. - JoanP - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:33 pm:

    = The goal of the new law is to protect workers and customers who may be allergic to latex. =

    That’s a good thing. I have a friend who was a nurse. She developed an allergy to latex, a life-threatening one. She lost her profession as a result. Could rarely eat out or travel. People don’t realize how prevalent the use of latex is, and how dangerous it can be.

  7. - H-W - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:50 pm:

    WTTW story. This is such an American story. It is how almost of us white folk assimilated to the American way of life. From my immigrant Polish Grandfather and his Irish wife, to the Italians and Jews, Greek and German, etc., all our families have this same story.

    Why so many white Anglos are afraid of immigration and immigrants just boggles the mind. The greatest Americans all have immigrant roots, as do the rest of us white folk.

    Congratulations, Dreamer Congresswoman. Well done.

  8. - twowaystreet - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 2:59 pm:

    The only small businesses the IL Chambers actually cares about are the LLCs held by all the corporations that they back.

  9. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 3:12 pm:

    The difference between natural latex and polyurethane foam is substantial.

  10. - Blue Dog - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 3:20 pm:

    The Walkers Bluff general store was cute. I anxiously await grand opening of the casinos. Bit too close to home though. Might have to be disciplined otherwise the kids inheritance may shrink.

  11. - Thrift Store Memories - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 3:36 pm:

    Just say NO to Carol and the Ammons family political dramas. Anyone but Carol for senate appointment please.

  12. - The Real Downstate - Tuesday, Jan 3, 23 @ 4:27 pm:

    Rich, here’s the list of applicants for the Senate appointment:

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