This Week in Springfield – 99-41

ILLINOIS ELECTION RECAP

 

Conventional wisdom holds that presidential election years are generally very good for Democratic candidates as voter turnout is higher than in non-presidential election years. Illinois has witnessed elections where Republicans did well around the nation but not here. This year, voter turnout was indeed high but the conventional wisdom only held for statewide offices and one congressional district.

Illinois Republicans scored impressive wins last night in the various Illinois General Assembly races netting a four-seat pick-up in the House and a two-seat pick-up in the Senate. However, this changes very little. When the 100th Illinois General Assembly convenes on January 11th, the Democrats will continue to hold a sizeable 67-51 majority in the Illinois House and a veto-proof 37-22 majority in the Senate. Nevertheless, Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto pen is now strengthened.

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59th Annual Meeting – Retailer of the Year

 Illinois Retail Merchants Association honors Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year

CHICAGO—The Illinois Retailers Merchants Association is proud to announce that Darvin Furniture is the 2016 Illinois Retailer of the Year. Darvin, a third-generation family-owned furniture store in Orland Park, was selected for the award due to their success in the industry, their innovation meeting consumer desires and their dedication to the community and employees that they serve.

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121 Report – CRMA – October 2016

MAYOR EMANUEL GIVES BUDGET ADDRESS FOCUSED ON 

BRIDGING DIVIDES AND UNITING THE CITY

Considering the very local and national conversation this country is having regarding quality of life, addressing the lingering racial divides, issues of inequality, political and community leadership, Mayor Emanuel’s annual budget address took a more pensive tone than in recent years. Instead of focusing on pension deficits and plugging budget holes resulting from years of kicking the financial can down the road, the Mayor focused on the importance of mentoring young people, providing first jobs and job training, and how critical it is to develop every community, not just those in or near the central business district. With the immediate needs of pensions behind him (due to the recently passed water tax increase for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund, the increase in property taxes for Police and Fire and the increased 911 surcharge for the city’s Laborers) he could focus the budget address on his goals for rebuilding communities.

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Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year

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September 12, 2016

CONTACT:   Rachel Peabody, 217-753-1761

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PRESS RELEASE

 Illinois Retail Merchants Association honors Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year

 

CHICAGO—The Illinois Retailers Merchants Association is proud to announce that Darvin Furniture is the 2016 Illinois Retailer of the Year. Darvin, a third-generation family-owned furniture store in Orland Park, was selected for the award due to their success in the industry, their innovation meeting consumer desires and their dedication to the community and employees that they serve.

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121 Report – CRMA – July 2016

 CITY COUNCIL AND COOK COUNTY ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

INTRODUCTIONS

Employer’s Expense Tax

Sponsors:  Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward), Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward), Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward) and 11 co-sponsors

Committee:  Committees, Rules and Ethics

After advocating against the tax originally imposed by the Daley administration and repealed by the City Council in the current administration, a leader of the Progressive Caucus wants to resurrect the job-killing, anti-growth tax.  The tax singles out employers that have at least 50 employees that work as commission merchants or that work full-time or any combination thereof.

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