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Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Capitol News Illinois

COGFA’s new estimate for the current fiscal year is $545 million beyond the amount assumed by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget in Pritzker’s budget proposal.

COGFA is also projecting stronger revenues in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024 than the most recent estimate from GOMB. The $50.4 billion COGFA estimate marks an increase of $465 million beyond the revenues the governor proposed.

Noggle noted that COGFA’s estimate was higher than GOMB’s because the commission had an extra half of January and all of February to factor into its projections. Because base revenue growth remained strong over that span, the commission was able to increase the estimate. That drove up the current year base revenues, which in turn drove up estimates for next fiscal year.

And that last sentence means COGFA believes much of this new revenue is recurring.


Six years after Illinois enacted a major new K-12 funding formula that was supposed to direct more resources to historically under-supported school districts in low-income communities, new research released today finds that the program is working as intended, and, in fact, benefiting all students in every geographic region of Illinois—irrespective of race or ethnicity. The report, Educating Illinois: A Look at the Evidence-Based Funding Formula, from the nonprofit and nonpartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA), finds that the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act (EBF) is helping redress historic funding inequities by race and ethnicity, “effectively countering the structural racism inherent in the state’s former approach to school funding,” while increasing the state-level investment made in school districts spanning Illinois. On behalf of CTBA, I hope the report on the success of EBF, which ties the dollar amount taxpayers invest in schools to covering the cost of educational practices which the evidence shows actually enhance student achievement, is of interest.

Three key findings of the Report “confirm that the EBF is working as intended”:

    • First—the data confirm the EBF is helping redress the state’s historic underfunding of schools attended by Black and Latinx students, thereby countering the structural racism inherent in the state’s former approach to school funding.
    • Second—the EBF is helping reduce the per pupil funding gap faced by both low-income and English Language students.
    • Third—the EBF is benefiting students of all races and in all regions.

The full report is here.

* Tribune

The allure of Chicago green on St. Patrick’s Day is apparently enough for downstate Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Miller to overcome her fears of a city she has described as a “war zone.”

Miller — a second-term congresswoman from Oakland, a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus and a disciple of former President Donald Trump who is backing him for another White House bid — has scheduled a March 17 fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

* From the Abortion, Every Day blog

In Illinois, Democrats are pushing legislation that would allow the state Attorney General to bring legal action against anti-abortion centers for lying to women or concealing information in an effort to keep them from obtaining an abortion. Definitely something to ask your local representatives to support if you live in Illinois.

The bill is here. It’s been assigned to the House Health Care Availability & Accessibility Committee.

* Just Food website

US-based Hearthside Food Solutions is one of the companies under investigation by the country’s Department of Labor (DOL) as part of a probe into allegations of child labour.

Hearthside Food Solutions, an Illinois-based contract manufacturer and private bakery which makes energy bars, snack bars, cookies and crackers, said in a statement it is “appalled” by the allegations, which first came to light in a New York Times investigation.

According to the Wall St. Journal, the company makes Cheerios cereal and Nature Valley granola bars, among other things. It’s based in Bolingbrook.

Fox 32

State Representative Edgar Gonzalez, of Little Village said he talked to a worker at Hearthside who told him minors are used to work with machines because their hands are faster than the older workers. She reported it and she felt targeted for punishment because she is undocumented.

* Illinois Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture’s administrative rules allow for craft growers to receive an operational extension for good cause shown, at the Department’s discretion. The Department has granted an operational extension to all craft grower license holders due to a number of factors, including ongoing Covid-19 impacts and supply chain issues.

The Department previously authorized an operational deadline extension for 2021 Craft Growers which required them to become operational by March 1, 2023. The Department is now authorizing an additional extension applicable to all 2021 Craft Growers, extending their operational deadline to February 1, 2024.

For the same reasons, the operational deadline for 2022 Craft Growers is extended to December 1, 2024.

Licensees should be aware that additional extensions may not be granted, and the Department retains the authority to adhere to this operational deadline, regardless of factors related to finances, ownership changes, location-related issues, or other reasons.


Maybe the department could also get to work on providing a legal option to buy seeds for those with medical cards who want to grow their own. People are currently forced to buy seeds in the underground market. I mean, it’s only been almost four years since the law passed. No rush or anything.


Old Dominion will headline the Illinois State Fair grandstand.

The 5X CMA and 5X ACM Award-winning band is coming off a record-breaking fifth consecutive win for “Vocal Group of the Year” at the 2022 CMA Awards, where they were also nominated for “Album of the Year.”

* Happy International Women’s Day!…

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Chicago Republican - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 12:51 pm:

    The bill that would attack crisis pregnancy centers has over 8000 witness slips in opposition…and how could anyone support the bill? These pro-life pregnancy centers give away diapers, wipes, and financial resources. Why on earth would Illinois attack a faith based organization who is helping the poor?

  2. - RNUG - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 12:56 pm:

    == have barely budged since 2019, ==

    Just staying level the past several years is a pretty good accomplishment.

    Only one of those years had decent investment growth, which pension funds rely on. Two of those years, for most investments, were in negative territory … some very deeply. So while there is still a hill to climb, and this year also may not have great returns, slow progress is being made. It’s an awful big hole they have to dig out of.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 1:00 pm:

    ===has over 8000 witness slips===

    Borderline equivalence to “tweet likes”

  4. - RNUG - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 1:05 pm:

    To the COGFA estimate, it’s all good news, especially that it is likely recurring. But I still hope they use restraint and don’t commit all of it to new or existing needs. Hold back some, and put any end of the year excess to either pensions of the rainy day fund. That pension balloon payment is still out there around 2034 / 2035.

  5. - Anon324 - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 1:07 pm:

    ==Why on earth would Illinois attack a faith based organization who is helping the poor?==

    Why on earth would a faith-based organization be okay with bearing false witness? Kind of undercuts being “faith-based,” at that point. Regardless, being a “faith-based” organization that does good work to help the poor shouldn’t provide cover to lie to those same people’s faces.

  6. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 1:07 pm:

    Not sure what the answer is to the witness slip issue but they have pretty much became worthless.

  7. - cermak_rd - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 2:15 pm:

    From my reading of the bill if the pregnancy centers aren’t lying or concealing information then they have nothing to worry about. If they are doing those things then they ought to stop and figure out how to tell the truth in a way that doesn’t shut down their advocacy and if they can’t then maybe switch to just giving away baby supplies.

  8. - Torco Sign - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 2:37 pm:

    It’s 2023. Between announcers, TV hosts, podcasts, etc., who has a problem with women talking about sports? “She didn’t play.” Yeah, I’m guessing you never suited up for the Bulls either.

  9. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 2:47 pm:

    =has scheduled a March 17 fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.=

    Not exactly an “every man” type of event, sort of “elite”. In keeping with her Naperville roots and not her current home downstate.

  10. - Anon324 - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 2:53 pm:

    To piggyback on Torco, quick shout-out to Illinois native Sarah Kustok, the first female full-time color analyst for an NBA team, since she wasn’t mentioned in the AP article.

  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 3:23 pm:

    === * Variety | Illinois-Shot Shows ‘The Bear,’ ‘Lovecraft Country’ and ‘South Side’ Benefit From Rapidly Expanding Production Facilities, Incentives:===

    It’s good to see, looking to see more of it in 2023…

    The content is out there.

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