End of Session Report: June 2018
Capitol News Report: May 2018
General Assembly Adjourns Approving a Bipartisan Budget…
The General Assembly approved the FY 2019 budget intended to create financial stability for Illinois. The $38.5 billion proposal is expected to be signed by Governor Rauner. Lawmakers indicate that the budget is balanced through a combination of higher revenue and almost $600 million in cuts. Included is $350 million in new funding for public schools, as established in the new, evidence-based formula passed last year, and an additional $50 million for early education. Higher education institutions receive a 2 percent increase in funding, and MAP grants are extended to four years and $25 million has been set aside for a new grant program, AIM HIGH, that will provide additional tuition assistance.
Capitol News Report: April 2018
General Assembly Enters Final Month of Spring Session
A key point in the legislative process was reached last Friday. Both legislative chambers had a deadline for passage for bills in their house of origin on April 27th. Now, legislative measures will proceed thru the second chamber during the month of May. The scheduled adjournment of the General Assembly is May 31st. A handful of bills of interest in the Senate had their deadline extended to May 3rd.
Capitol News Report: March 2018
Contractors for Free Enterprise See Successful Primary Results
ABC’s political affiliate, Contractors for Free Enterprise (CFE) was engaged in supporting over 30 candidates for state senate and state representative for last month’s primary election. Of the $20,000 ABC member-invested contributions, 90% went to winning candidates. CFE supported a number of candidates in open seats who are likely to win this November and serve in the 101st General Assembly that will be sworn in next year. Those candidates include: Senate candidates Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) and Jason Plummer (R-Troy) and House candidates Tonia Khouri (R-West Chicago), Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport), Mike Murphy (R-Springfield), Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) and Chris Miller (R-Mattoon).
Capitol News Report: February 2018
March 20 Primary Elections
In just a few weeks, Illinois primary voters will be deciding their party nominees for the fall General Election. Important statewide races for Governor and Attorney General in both parties are pending with what looks like a more competitive Democrat primary for those offices. Early voting is now available. Contact your county clerk for details as to times and locations that you are able to vote before the March 20th primary.
Preview to 2018 Session
With the gubernatorial primary and an unusually large number of legislative primaries, (many in open seats), the initial few months of the legislative session should be fairly quiet. Already the House cancelled two days in January and will be meeting only a total of 14 days before the March 20th primary elections. The Senate has 18 days scheduled between now and the primary elections. Once March 20th comes and goes however, we expect a flurry of activity on the budget and issues that raise greater political interest.