Capitol News Report: April 2019
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.
Capitol News Report: August 2018
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.
Capitol News Report: July 2018
ABC Issues Acted on by Governor Rauner
HB 4268 (Thapedi/Mulroe) Contains new language to be added to the home repair consumer rights pamphlet relating to lien waivers informing home owners that they are required to request a signed and notarized written statement from their contractor that lists all persons and companies hired to work on the home and other information, and suppliers and contractors have a right to file a lien against a home if they do not get paid for their labor or materials. Pamphlet language is informational only and not a substantive enforceable provision of the Home Repair and Remodeling Act. ABC NEUTRAL-Public Act 100-670. Effective January 1, 2019
End of Session Report: June 2018
ABC ISSUES SENT TO THE GOVERNOR
All legislation approved by the General Assembly has been certified by the Senate President and Speaker of the House to the Governor. With certification, the Governor has 60 days to act on the bill. If the Governor takes no action (rarely occurs), the bill automatically becomes law after the 60-day period.
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.
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).