Friday, January 20, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-01

Alliance Legislative Report
In the last hours of the 99th General Assembly, leaders in the Illinois State Senate unveiled a proposed budget compromise package that would attempt to place the State on sound financial footing. Amendments were filed to bills that would raise new revenue for the State and borrow money in order for the State to pay old bills; include concessions for Democrats that would increase the minimum wage and address Chicago teacher pensions; and include items on the Republican Governor’s wish list such as pension reform, a property tax freeze, and Workers’ Compensation Act reform.

Even though time ran out in those waning hours of the “lame duck” session, the move by Senate President John Cullerton and Republican Leader Christine Radogno has kick-started the budget conversation. At that time they pledged to reintroduce the budget bill package in the new General Assembly, and now that has been done. Bills are scheduled for committee hearings next week.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-01, including a list of the Senate committee hearings scheduled for the week of January 23.