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It’s just a bill

Monday, Jan 30, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* Patrick Keck

As of Friday, there were 1,690 bills introduced from both chambers - 156 in the state Senate and 1,534 in the House. A common thread in the bills was income tax credits applying to a wide spectrum of eligible taxpayers, state agencies. and departments. […]

Under House Bill 1250, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity would be permitted to award up to $50 million in the fiscal year to eligible taxpayers. […]

House Bill 1343 pertains to an individual selling or renting an agricultural asset to a beginning farmer. The bill defines a beginning farmer as someone who “has not received income from agricultural production for more than the 10 most recent taxable years” and has received certification from the state Department of Agriculture identifying them as a beginning farmer. […]

Caregivers of veterans would receive up to a $1,000 credit under legislation from state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville introduced last week.

* Daily Herald

With some finesse, nuclear reactors can be placed on retiring coal plant sites to take advantage of existing transmission, water and transportation infrastructure. This would preserve jobs and revenue in Illinois’s existing energy communities. It would also make certain that the replacement energy is reliable in addition to being carbon-free. A rare win-win.

However, this option is not available to the coal communities of the state. Illinois has a decades-old moratorium on nuclear power, meaning there are restrictions on the construction of new nuclear plants.

The moratorium was introduced under the premise that Illinois had no solution to nuclear waste, which is simply the used nuclear fuel. In actuality, Illinois has a perfect record for managing and storing waste. The used fuel is stored at the power plant in steel and concrete “casks,” requiring less space than a parking lot. In the future, this fuel can be recycled to produce even more power for the reactors!

Back in 1987 when Illinois’s nuclear moratorium was passed, carbon was irrelevant to environmentalists. Nearly 40 years later, we understand the need for clean and reliable nuclear powering our state regardless of time of day or season.

Fortunately, action is already being taken to change this. Rep. Mark Walker, an Arlington Heights Democrat, has introduced a bill to repeal the ban. Sen. Sue Rezin, a Morris Republican, has filed a similar bill in the Senate, one of numerous indications that the proposal will enjoy bipartisan support. These bills require no allocation of funding or commitment to building future nuclear power plants — they simply put the option for new nuclear investment back on the table in Illinois.

* Sun-Times

State Rep. Edgar Gonzalez and state Sen. Robert Peters, both Chicago Democrats, said Monday they will introduce a bill to protect temporary workers’ rights.

The Temp Worker and Fairness Safety Act would make it easier for workers to sue temp agencies, unionize and strike, attorney Chris Williams said.

It would also make it harder for temp agencies to use noncompete clauses and other tactics to discourage workers from moving to permanent employment with a client.

“By passing this bill into law, we will set the standard for temp worker protections with the rights of workers and create meaningful pathways to union membership for every worker everywhere,” Gonzalez said.

* The Telegraph

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, has introduced the Beginning Agriculturist Lifetime Employment (BALE) Act to help ensure agricultural producers – especially those just getting started – have access to credit to expand or diversify their operations.

The act builds on a provision sponsored by Bost in the 2018 Farm Bill to increase caps on conservation, ownership, and operator loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Guaranteed and Direct Loan Programs.

“Sky-high inflation and supply chain challenges have made it even more expensive for our Southern Illinois farmers to build their businesses, especially those just starting out,” said Bost. “I was proud to lead this effort in the 2018 Farm Bill and will continue fighting to help ensure that the farmers who feed our nation can access the financing they need.”

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  1. - Vote Quimby - Monday, Jan 30, 23 @ 3:11 pm:

    ==Illinois had no solution to nuclear waste==
    If my memory serves, many years ago states were required to sign agreements with other states for nuclear waste storage. Kentucky and Illinois joined forces with the requirement the waste storage site be located in Illinois.. KY has no nuclear plants.

  2. - Vote Quimby - Monday, Jan 30, 23 @ 3:12 pm:

    ==has not received income from agricultural production for more than the 10 most recent taxable years==
    Farming families would simply transfer title to land or equipment amongst themselves to make certain they were always eligible.

  3. - H-W - Monday, Jan 30, 23 @ 3:14 pm:

    The Sun-Times story on temporary workers seems to be a step in the right direction. I have known too many young men who have pursued this path to a job, and for whatever reason, believed they would have a shot at a permanent position with the employer. In each case, these young men were simply let go at 6 months.

    There is little reason why temp agencies and permanent employment cannot exist side-by-side at the same time.

  4. - CornAl DoGooder - Monday, Jan 30, 23 @ 3:49 pm:

    Interesting choice in timing to make generalizations about trends in bill intros for this GA in the first article. With most Senate bills still to come and the intro deadlines not until mid Feb, there is data missing even if it is a good faith effort to notice trends.

  5. - JS Mill - Monday, Jan 30, 23 @ 4:40 pm:

    Yes, build more nukes. Please.

  6. - Commissioner Fischer - Monday, Jan 30, 23 @ 6:39 pm:

    Once the nuclear waste is on site, it will be there effectively forever. I know, I live just over a mile away from 1000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel rods stored on the shore of Lake Michigan. As for “recyling” spent fuel,I asked specifically about that option,and the fact is that the amount of toxic metals and other materials that would have to be removed make it cost prohibitive. It’s cheaper to just dig new uranium out of the ground. I’m not against future nuclear development but the waste problem and the impact on host communities must be dealt with first. If anyone is interested I wrote a little piece about the subject

  7. - Commissioner Fischer - Monday, Jan 30, 23 @ 6:42 pm:

    Sorry, that link didn’t paste correctly.

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