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  • Sen. Jennifer Betino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD – State government would be required to study the necessity of new red tape for businesses under a plan by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

    Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed Senate Bill 1756, which would require the state to assess whether newly proposed regulations on an industry or occupation are necessary for protecting the public.

    “Unnecessary red tape makes it harder for companies and job seekers to do business in Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Streamlining the licensure process in our state will promote entrepreneurship in our communities.”

  • mulroe 031518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement on the governor’s executive order, signed today, directing state agencies to review disclosure laws and take steps to bring themselves in compliance with them.

    “This is a welcome first step from Gov. Pritzker, one I hope sets the tone for his administration,” Mulroe said. “State government must be accountable to its citizens, and the failure of many state agencies and offices to disclose data in an expedient manner is a failure of accountability. Making this a priority of the executive branch is a welcome and long-overdue course of action.”

    Executive Order 2019-01 directs all state agencies to conduct a review of their statutory obligations and audits within the last four years and, within 60 days, provide the governor a plan to ensure they comply with state disclosure laws. It also orders them to conduct a comprehensive review of laws and regulations requiring the publication of data and take action to ensure compliance within 30 days. Within 60 days, agencies must also conduct a review of and provide the governor a report on their data publication practices, including an analysis of past practices and a plan to make more data accessible to the public.

    Pritzker also signed legislation protecting worker wages and promoting diversity in employment by state contractors. Additionally, the new law requires the disclosure of data on employee demographics and pay among businesses which contract with the State of Illinois.

  • manar 052517SPRINGFIELD – After lecturing a panel of lawmakers Thursday about why the cash-strapped state of Illinois should lease rather than buy property, a senior Rauner administration official revealed that plans are underway for the state to purchase another building in Springfield.

    The revelation came as Senate Democrats attempted to get to the bottom of who and what prompted a series of expensive lease deals inked by the Rauner administration for warehouses in Springfield. Meanwhile, the Illinois Senate this week approved $3 billion in cuts to government spending to help balance the state’s budget and break the two-year budget stalemate.

  • morrison biz license webSPRINGFIELD – A law to prevent future governors from engaging in last-minute patronage takes effect today.

    State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) introduced the proposal after former Gov. Pat Quinn appointed a political operative to a $160,000-per-year state job at the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority a month after he lost his election last year.

    Her plan affects any director appointed to a governor-controlled board or commission after the governor loses an election. They will be limited to 60 days in the position, allowing the newly elected governor to find the best person for the position. Morrison’s legislation extends beyond the ISFA to include similar government organizations.

    “People are sick and tired of Illinois public officials abusing their positions,” Morrison said. “We shouldn’t need this law, but Gov. Quinn made it clear that we do. Fortunately, now this loophole is closed forever.”

    The Illinois Sports Finance Authority – a government entity – owns U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox, and provided the majority of the financing for the renovation of the Bears’ Soldier Field. It receives subsidies from the state and the city of Chicago, income from the White Sox rental agreement, and revenue from a 2 percent tax on all hotel rentals in Chicago.

    The legislation was originally House Bill 4078.

  • tc civics 53015SPRINGFIELD-  Illinois high school graduates will now have a better understanding of state government.
     
    State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) initiative that would require a semester of civics to graduate high school was signed into law today.
     
    Illinois has joined 40 other states in requiring at least one civics course as a graduation requirement for high school graduates. Illinois high school students are already required to complete two years of social studies. The high school curriculum will change starting with the freshman class of 2016-2017 to simply require one semester of the existing two year requirement to include a civics course.
     
    “This is a big step toward engaging more people in the democratic process. Our goal is to give our young people the tools to make informed decisions and take an active role in government at all levels,” said Cullerton.  
     
    The Illinois Task Force on Civic Education recommended that Illinois should require a civic education course for all high schools in Illinois. The class would focus on government institutions, current issues and discussions and simulations of the democratic process.
     
    Private funding will be provided to cover the costs associated with the implementation of the civics courses, such as professional development and other school needs.
     
    “We need to give our young people the tools to be civically responsible,” said Cullerton. “Our children are the future of our state and nation, we need them make sure they are involved in order to ensure this world a better place.”
     
    House Bill 4025 was signed into law on August 21 and goes into effect on January 1, 2016.