Capitol News Report: December 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.

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: November 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.

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: October 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.

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: September 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.

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: August 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

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: July 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.

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Elisa Fox
End of Session Report: June 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.

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: May 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.

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: April 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).

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: March 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.

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Elisa Fox
Capitol News Report: February 2018

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.

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Elisa Fox