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Afternoon roundup

Friday, Aug 4, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* So, wait, you mean there won’t be massive prisoner releases and carnage in the streets? What happened to The Purge we were promised? I mean, didn’t this very same state’s attorney warn that the SAFE-T Act would “lead to the ‘greatest jailbreak’ in Madison County history”? Huh. Interesting

Madison County officials say they have been preparing for the implementation of the SAFE-T Act and are ready when cash bail ends in Illinois on Sept. 18.

Representatives of the courts, the sheriff’s department and the public defender’s, state’s attorney’s and court clerk’s offices gave reports about those preparations to the county board’s judiciary committee on Thursday.

It was noted several times that most of the prisoners currently in custody at the Madison County Jail are there for what would qualify as “detainable” offenses under the SAFE-T Act, and that Madison County generally does not hold people for misdemeanors or minor felonies.

* Rep. West…

Today, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Zachary’s Parent Protection Act (SB2034), legislation that will require employers to provide additional unpaid leave for parents who experience the sudden loss of a child by suicide or homicide.

Under the legislation, employees of large employers are entitled to use a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid leave and employees of small employers are entitled to use a maximum of 6 weeks of unpaid leave. Currently, parents are only entitled to use a maximum of 2 weeks (10 work days) of unpaid bereavement leave after the loss of a child.

“The loss of a child is an unimaginable tragedy. Amid the pain and suffering that follows, no parent should be forced to choose between their grief and their employment,” said State Rep. Maurice West (D-Rockford), chief sponsor of Zachary’s Parent Protection Act. “Parents who lose a child to suicide or homicide deserve a respect and patience from their employers as they cope with their trauma and grief. Zachary’s Parent Protection Act will extend the amount of leave parents can use in these situations, which will hopefully provide some small measure of relief in the immediate aftermath of such a tragic event. I extend my sincerest gratitude to Laura Kane, Zachary’s mother, for her tireless efforts to pass this critical legislation, and I thank Gov. Pritzker for signing this bill.”

The bill passed the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 81 to 24 and the Illinois Senate by a vote of 42 to 10. More information can be found here.

* Treasurer Frerichs…

The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office returned more than $11.5 million in unclaimed property during July, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced today.

The total includes nearly $11.5 million in cash and interest and almost $45,000 in stock value. All told, 12,554 claims were paid.

“My office helps the Illinois economy by putting money back in people’s pockets,” Frerichs said. “I have taken numerous steps to make the system of reuniting people with their unclaimed property more efficient.”

Illinois’ unclaimed property program — also known as I-CASH — is one of the state’s oldest consumer protection initiatives. The State Treasurer is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property, such as the contents of overlooked safe deposit boxes, unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards. Illinois holds more than $5 billion in unclaimed property.

The Treasurer’s Office has returned more than $1.8 billion since Frerichs took office in January 2015. When Frerichs first became treasurer, there were 60,000 claims paid in a year. Today, more than 200,000 claims are paid each year.

So far this year, the Treasurer’s Office has returned nearly $120 million through more than 103,400 claims.

The record-setting performance is the result of a complete restructuring of the unclaimed property process under Frerichs. The state treasurer’s office has added electronic claims, eliminated red-tape that slowed small-money claims, and leveraged technology to allow payments to be made without a claim even needing to be filed.

* SoS Giannoulias…

Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias is encouraging vehicle enthusiasts to mark their calendars for the 73rd Secretary of State Vehicle Show, which will be held Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in downtown Springfield at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Second Street. The show is celebrating the 1966 Pontiac GTO.

First organized in 1949 as an Antique Auto Meet, the Secretary of State Vehicle Show features some of Illinois’ finest antique and classic vehicles, sports cars, motorcycles, trucks and tractors. The show will be held rain or shine.

* The HDems are starting to catch up with last Friday. Rep. Norma Hernandez…

Cook County’s water management agency will be able to more quickly and efficiently hold accountable those who violate the law by improperly discharging waste into the sewage system—under a new law introduced by state Rep. Norma Hernandez, D-Melrose Park.

“When hazardous waste is being introduced into our sewer system by unscrupulous businesses or other entities, we can’t afford to let that go on any longer than it has to,” Hernandez said. “Having to wait for a letter to arrive in the mail and for the offender to read it takes too long and results in additional contamination and longer and more expensive cleanup.”

Under existing law, when a person or entity was found to be unlawfully discharging waste into the sewer system, notices and orders—including cease-and-desist orders—had to be sent either by certified mail or by official courier.

Hernandez’s House Bill 3133 permits Cook County’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to implement an electronic reporting system that, once operational, can be used to serve notices and orders to violators via email. It also stipulates that such electronic notices have the same validity and effect as those delivered by mail or by hand.

The bill was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on July 28 and took effect immediately.

* A report from the Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, Illinois…

In case you missed it, “Copi” is the new term for what used to be called Asian Carp.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Peanut Gallery - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 2:35 pm:

    I encourage anyone in the area to attend the Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath at least once. There’s not much in Bath but 2 bars and this tournament, but good fun is had by all.

  2. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 2:41 pm:

    Looking forward to seeing Mapes face a two-week trial. Mapes was so smug when he was MJM’s powerful gatekeeper to a corrupt Dem machine. I await the verdict with the hope of justice.

  3. - Excitable Boy - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 2:41 pm:

    - There’s not much in Bath but 2 bars -

    Can’t remember the name of the bar but one of them makes bloody marries with pickled green beans, a must try.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 2:42 pm:

    It’s been a bit, and vacations and such, but again, thanks Isabel for you Morning/Afternoon posts, they are read, “consumed”, they might not get as many comments, but these posts, daily, so invaluable

  5. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 2:50 pm:

    ‘Sound of Freedom’ Funder Fabian Marta Arrested For Child Kidnapping:

    L. O. F’n. L.

  6. - Rudy’s teeth - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 2:53 pm:

    Will Tim Mapes develop a severe case of Fedzheimer’s before his trial on Monday?

  7. - Flyin'Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 3:15 pm:

    Re:Sound of Freedom

    The projection of right wingers is so text book it’s almost parody.

  8. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 3:20 pm:

    –How the Recession Doomers Got the U.S. Economy So Wrong:–

    Last October…

    Surely it wasn’t an attempt to scare everyone prior to the 2022 election in November?

    Inflation had already massively plunged by October of 22, with a .2 monthly seasonally adjusted rate of inflation. However, most economic news outlets were still quoting the yearly inflation, not seasonally adjusted. At the time, that was close to 8 percent. It made for a better attempt to scare people. However, it was also massively biased to looking back into the past, and not into the future. I find it extremely hard to believe not a single person quoting this number didn’t know how it was structured.

    Fast forward to today, the June 2023 inflation numbers, are the EXACT SAME .2 monthly rate seasonally adjusted, but the yearly inflation rate is now below 3 percent(2.9). That’s more than a 50% decline in the rate of inflation in less than a year. That’s a HUGE unofficial economic stimulus, even if it was only structural and not political.

    It was primarily this disconnect between what the actual numbers were saying, and what the fear-mongers were saying, that let me feel very comfortable with my contrarian position to go all in on the markets last October.

    Did they get it wrong? Yes, but only because they failed to convince enough people and businesses to reign in spending in order to induce a consumer-led recession, to then blame on the White House.

    I might be a cynic, but I’m not wrong.

  9. - Dotnonymous x - Friday, Aug 4, 23 @ 3:30 pm:

    - Madison County officials say they have been preparing for the implementation of the SAFE-T Act and are ready when cash bail ends -

    The Sky!…THE SKY!!…What?, it’s still there?


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