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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Wednesday, August 8, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Friday, 10 August 2012 07:11

CHICAGO –August 8, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:

 

 

Bill No.: SB 3597

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits

Establishes a policy for Chicago Public Schools which allows retired teachers to return to work on a temporary basis without losing their pensions.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

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Keep the Light Shining on What's Happening in Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Bobby Schilling   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:52
Last week I joined 264 of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in voting against a resolution to adjourn the House for the August district work period.  Public service is about serving the people.  While the House has acted to prevent tax increases on all Americans, expand energy production here at home, and reduce regulatory burdens on small businesses, our work for you is not done.  We need the Senate to get moving on these priorities.

Friday we learned that unemployment in July rose to 8.3 percent, and has now been above 8 percent for a record 42 straight months.  Too many folks are out of work and the Senate continues to sit on more than 30 House-passed jobs bills.  We need to provide a stable tax rate and reduce regulations so our job creators feel a sense of certainty.  Also, farmers and producers across the United States need a five-year Farm Bill that provides certainty, cuts spending, and gives them the tools they need to do what they do best:  feed our country.  

Another issue important to our region that remains unresolved is Thomson Prison.  Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and I are working together to develop a bipartisan path to open Thomson Correctional Facility as a federal maximum security prison.  This isn’t a new issue – it’s been around for 10 years.  Neither Republicans nor Democrats were able to solve it when they held both the White House and Congress.  Despite recent disappointing setbacks, we remain focused on the economic realities in Illinois and Iowa, and our constituents’ need for good jobs.  

Back in 2009, President Barack Obama attempted to order the federal government to acquire Thomson to house Guantanamo detainees. However, it is the bipartisan position of Congress that Thomson not be used to house terrorist prisoners and the House Armed Services Committee, on which Congressman Loebsack and I both sit, has barred transfer of detainees to the United States.  That debate doesn’t change the fact that the federal prison system is overburdened and that our region is missing out on what could be a significant job creation and economic development tool.  Put simply, that debate should not stop the purchase of Thomson for use as a federal prison system for federal prisoners.

Opening Thomson as a federal maximum security prison could have a positive impact on our entire region.  The operation of Thomson would bring good jobs to both Illinois and Iowa, potentially creating up to 1,100 jobs in our region.  It would boost the surrounding economy with expenditures over $122 million per year, and is expected to bring approximately $19 million in labor income and $61 million in business sales locally.  Total annual local economic impact, both direct and indirect, is expected to be at least $202 million.  As it stands right now, Illinois taxpayer dollars are going towards maintaining an empty prison.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Tuesday, August 7, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:46

CHICAGO – August 7, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 4573

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Provides for the regulation of CO2 pipelines to be under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration of the federal Department of Transportation, instead of the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4819

An Act Concerning: Wildlife

Amends the Wildlife Code to permit all individuals to use a crossbow during the second half of archery deer hunting season.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3047

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Allows a municipality that is part of a road district in a county that is not under township organization to organize into a separate road district.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Monday August 6, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:32

CHICAGO – August 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: SB 820

An Act Concerning: Children

Changes the composition of the Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention by increasing the number of members and adding specified advocacy organizations as members.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2847

An Act Concerning: Employment

Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 to impose personal liability on officers of a corporation or agents of an employer who willfully and knowingly evade payment of a final judgment or final award.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

 

Bill No.: SB 2869

An Act Concerning: Certain Court Orders

Requires counties to notify the Department of Corrections when an order of protection, a civil no contact order or a stalking no contact order is entered against an individual who is committed to the department, who is on parole or mandatory supervised release.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

 

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Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Increase Fire Safety in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:27

New Legislation to Help Communities Purchase Emergency Vehicles and Strengthen Dormitory Fire Safety

CHICAGO – August 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn continued his commitment to increasing public safety in Illinois by signing several new laws that will help local fire departments purchase equipment and assist universities in installing sprinkler systems in student dormitories. Legislators, Illinois Fire Marshall Larry Matkaitis and representatives from the Chicago Fire Department joined the governor at today’s ceremony.

“We must support our first responders whenever possible so they can continue to keep us safe,” Governor Quinn said. “With thousands of students returning to college in the coming weeks and our ongoing response to historic drought conditions, fire prevention efforts are more important than ever.”

Senate Bill 3373, sponsored by Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan) and Rep. Eddie Jackson Sr. (D-East St. Louis) will help fire districts across Illinois by consolidating and streamlining state funds used to finance local equipment purchases like trucks, ambulances and station upgrades. Under this legislation, three state funds used to support revolving loans for local emergency equipment purchases will be combined and jointly administered by the Office of the State Fire Marshall and the Illinois Finance Authority. This consolidation will simplify these loan programs, promote the efficient use of state resources and result in a larger and more stable base of support for local fire protection districts. The law is effective Jan. 1.

“This law is a great example of what can happen when two agencies work together to increase efficiency and help local communities by making tax dollars go farther for the people of Illinois,” said Matkaitis.

House Bill 5283, sponsored by Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) and Sen. John Sullivan (D-Quincy) will encourage fire protection districts to buy equipment built in Illinois by providing for lower interest rates on loans to purchase certain fire vehicles that are partly or fully manufactured in state. If a vehicle is fully built in Illinois and meets other requirements, the local fire district could qualify for a 0% interest loan. The law was supported by the Illinois Association of Fire Chiefs and passed the General Assembly unanimously. It goes into effect immediately.

House Bill 4757 also sponsored by Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) and Sen. Ed Maloney (D-Chicago) will ensure all post-secondary schools in Illinois with dormitory housing have sprinklers installed by 2014. While the Fire Sprinkler Dormitory Act of 2004 required all dormitories to have sprinkler systems installed by Jan. 1, 2013, planning and financing complications have prevented some public and private universities from meeting this deadline. This legislation requires these institutions to submit a full compliance plan this fall to the State Fire Marshall detailing their actions to have sprinklers installed in their dormitories no later than Sep. 1, 2014. Institutions who do not meet this deadline will face a $1,000 a day fine.

The governor today also signed House Bill 4715, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Kankakee) and Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), which streamlines the testing and hiring process of local firefighters and makes other technical changes to examination procedures. The law passed the General Assembly unanimously and is effective immediately.

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