Capitol News Report: August 2019
Legislative Ratings: June 2019
Senate Hearing on HB 2838 Held
A few weeks ago, a subcommittee of the Senate Executive Committee took testimony on HB 2838. HB 2838 is a measure that would cause general contractors to be liable for unpaid wages of subcontractors. The bill passed the House on a 70-1 vote earlier this year. It has been slowed down in the Senate and is now in the Committee on Assignments. It is a top priority of the carpenter unions.
Capitol News Report: July 2019
The General Assembly finished its business June 2nd with the Senate concurring to House actions from the day before. They adjourned until the fall Veto Session scheduled to start October 28th.
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (Western Springs) and his 44-member caucus was able to negotiate a few key issues for the business community and salvage an otherwise disastrous session for merit shop contractors. Unfortunately, it’s clear that the keys of the state have been handed over to the leaders of organized labor. This year, whatever LABOR wanted LABOR got.
Capitol News Report: June 2019
ABC July Merit Update
Since our last report, Governor Pritzker has acted upon the following bills impacting ABC members. Other measures, approved by the General Assembly have been sent to the Governor for his review or are being processed to be forwarded to his office. The General Assembly has 30 days from approval of a bill to send it to the Governor. The Governor has 60 days to act upon its receipt from the General Assembly.
Capitol News Report: May 2019
ABC Sees How Elections have Consequences
The General Assembly finished its business Sunday evening with the Senate concurring to House actions from the day before. They adjourned until the fall Veto Session scheduled to start October 28th. chamber.
Capitol News Report: April 2019
The Illinois General Assembly returns this week for the final four weeks of the scheduled Spring Session.
Friday, May 10th is the deadline for bills in the second chamber to be approved by a committee in the second chamber.
Capitol News Report: March 2019
House & Senate Committee Deadline Passes
The deadlines for committee action in the Illinois Senate and House have occurred and it appears that the leaders are sticking to them. With the passing of the deadline, we have a better view of what legislation is forthcoming the remaining 6 weeks of the legislative session. Due to the many “shell” bills on the Senate and House floors, we will be monitoring floor amendments.
Capitol News Report: February 2018
General Assembly Focus on Committee Action this Month
With the deadline for introduction having passed, the Illinois House has introduced nearly 3400 measures and the Illinois Senate has an additional over 2200 bills in the mix. Now, sorting through the legislation is the job of the standing committees. Lawmakers will be spending the next several weeks in their committees deciding which proposals to advance to the floor of their respective chamber. Some have already been advanced and one increasing the minimum wage has been signed into law. Your ABC lobbying team is following 88 bills from training to new regulations and liabilities for construction contractors:
Capitol News Report: December 2018
Today, Governor Pritzker in his first day in office took his first steps towards rewarding organized labor for their active support of his election.
First, he issued Executive Order 2019-02 which requires all state agencies to immediately comply with the Project Labor Agreements Act.
Capitol News Report: November 2018
ABC Membership/Advocacy at the Capitol Needed More than Ever
As the veto session concluded last week, signs of things to come for merit shop contractors from the General Assembly and Governor-Elect JB Pritzker became very evident.
Capitol News Report: October 2018
ABC Veto Session Issues
The Illinois General Assembly returns this month for the Veto Session. Scheduled for November 13, 14, 15, 27, 28 and 29th, the Veto Session provides lawmakers an opportunity to consider vetoes by Governor Rauner. To override a veto, 71 votes are required in the House and 36 in the Senate.
Capitol News Report: September 2018
ABC Recognizes Rauner Accomplishments
If you missed it, ABC has endorsed the reelection of Governor Bruce Rauner. Review of the Governor’s record compared to that of his Democrat opponent, JB Pritzker, resulted in a an easy choice. Below are a comparison of the candidates’ positions on key issues for merit shop contractors.
Governor Finalizes Action on Legislation from Spring Session
Demonstrating again the importance of having checks and balances in our state government, Governor Rauner has acted to help the interests of merit shop contractors.