This Week in Springfield – 100-02

This Week in Springfield, the Governor delivered his annual State of the State address and the Senate held subject matter hearings on their compromise budget framework while discussions on potential changes continues.

SENATE BUDGET COMPROMISE

TWIS readers are aware that prior to the expiration of the 99th General Assembly, the Senate leaders had reported that they had reached a tentative bi-partisan agreement on a budget package framework. Although the package was filed in the last days of the 99th General Assembly, the 99th General Assembly adjourned Sine Die and the leaders promised that they would take the package up for consideration the first week of the 100th General Assembly. Immediately after convening the 100th General Assembly on Wednesday, January 11th, the framework package was introduced in 13 separately filed bills.

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This Week in Springfield – 100-01

This Week in Springfield a bipartisan framework for a budget compromise was proposed by the Senate leaders prior to the adjournment of the 99th General Assembly and reintroduced immediately after the 100th General Assembly officially began as starting point for discussions.  The convening of the 100th Assembly also witnessed new members taking their seats and the election of Senate and House leaders.

EASY ON CRIME TOUGH ON ILLINOIS BUSINESSES

This week, the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform (“Commission”) released a report recommending a series of proposals allegedly designed to decrease the population of state prisons by 25%. One of the Commission’s recommendations is raising the retail theft felony threshold from $300 to $2000—which would give Illinois the second highest felony threshold in the nation. Additionally, the recommendation provides that a retail thief could only be charged with a felony if they had a prior felony theft conviction. This means that an individual can repeatedly steal $1,999 worth of goods and only be charged with a misdemeanor.

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121 Report – CRMA – December 2016

In This Issue:

City Hall Leadership Changes
Cook County Committee Changes
Upcoming Legislation Effective Dates
Legislative Initiatives

CHICAGO CHANGES LEADERSHIP ROLES

 

After winning her election for State Comptroller, former Chicago City Clerk, Susana Mendoza, was sworn in to office on December 5, 2016. A week later, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed then Director of the Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs (LCGA), Anna Valencia, to the post. Clerk Valencia will serve out the rest of the term pending City Council approval. Her first order of business will be gather information about whether the office should be combined with the city Comptroller’s office. In addition, she will be working on a municipal ID program to aid residents who traditionally have difficulty getting state-issued identification in securing certain social services and other government resources. Clerk Valencia will serve until the next city election which will be held in 2019.

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121 Report – CRMA – November 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:

COOK COUNTY SWEETENED BEVERAGE TAX
BAG TAX
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 

COOK COUNTY WRAPS UP 2017 BUDGET SEASON WITH 

A TAX AND A PROMISE

This week, the Cook County Board passed its 2017 budget by accounting for $100 million of its deficit with a combination of cuts to county employees, holding the line on COLA increases for non-union employees, reductions in non-essential spending and increased revenue projections. With $74 million remaining in the deficit, President Preckwinkle turned to a proposal to implement a tax on beverages sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners. The controversial proposal was met with fierce opposition from IRMA and all of our partners along the chain in the beverage industry. After meetings with the Commissioners, phone calls, letters, emails, a TV, radio and social media campaign and in-store efforts to alert customers to the impending tax, the measure passed by one vote.

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Let’s Say Thank You

November 14, 2016          

***ACTION ALERT***

THEY VOTED “NO”, NOW LET’S SHOW THEM SOME GRATITUDE

These days, it has been a challenge to convince many elected officials to stand with employers and protect jobs in a meaningful way.  The sweetened beverage tax debate was a perfect opportunity for Cook County Board Members to vote against a tax that will make our border retailers vulnerable, will be very difficult and expensive to administer and ultimately cost jobs at both the retail and distribution levels.

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