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Illinois Legislative Scorecard

How Pekin area legislators voted on business legislation in the 100th General Assembly.
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The Illinois Chamber of Commerce publishes a legislative scorecard at the end of each general assembly, rating Illinois legislators on their voting record on business issues. 

Legislators serving the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce received the following ratings: 

Senator David Koehler   23% 
Representative Mike Unes   88% 
Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth   33% 
Senator Bill Brady   86% 
Representative Tim Butler   78% 
Representative Keith Sommer   88% 

The ratings are based on legislators' votes on key business legislation of the 100th General Assembly as determined by the Illinois Chamber's staff and their Government Affairs Committee. 

To see the issues and how these legislators voted, visit 

To see the scorecard on all of the Illinois legislators, visit https://www.ilchamber.org/government-affairs/legislative-ratings2/
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Urban Farm Tax Credit Plan Gets Illinois House Approval — City Farmer News

Urban Farm Tax Credit Plan Gets Illinois House Approval — City Farmer News | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
City Farm vegetable garden and the Chicago skyline. Piush Dahal Via Flickr. The Illinois House has voted to allow tax breaks for those who take vacant land and use it for urban farming. The aim is to give an economic boost to the state’s low-income areas. By Sam Dunklau NPR Illinois Apr 30, 2018 Excerpt: The idea comes from state Representative Sonya Harper, a Democrat from Chicago. She explained during the debate that the people she represents on the south and west sides of the city live in food deserts. That means they don’t have easy access to fresh food. But what those neighborhoods do have is vacant land. “Now what people are doing is they’re putting that land back to productive use, and actually reviving the local economy and bringing jobs to an area that is depressed and does not have them,” she said. Harper’s bill would allow city governments across the state to offer special incentives like tax abatements and lower utility rates. But there would be limits on the dollar amount of those incentives. Some Republicans say less tax money coming on those properties could result in higher taxes for everyone else. Read the complete article here. Share this post:
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Voters stuck in middle as Dems, GOP spar over ‘fair’ (or ‘terrible’?) tax shift

Voters stuck in middle as Dems, GOP spar over ‘fair’ (or ‘terrible’?) tax shift | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The Democratic resolution, approved Wednesday on a 7-3 vote, has no legal impact.
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Republicans in Illinois Senate oppose progressive income tax | State Politics | ilnews.org

Republicans in Illinois Senate oppose progressive income tax | State Politics | ilnews.org | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Republican Senators at the Illinois statehouse want to block any move to change the state’s constitution for a progressive income tax.
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Illinois lawmakers ponder online sales tax | Local News | qctimes.com

Illinois consumers could soon pay sales taxes on out-of-state online purchases.
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Illinois Senate approves marijuana ballot question - Story

Illinois Senate approves marijuana ballot question - Story | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Illinois voters would be able to say whether they support legalizing recreational marijuana under a proposal lawmakers have approved.
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Illinois lawmakers seek feedback on legal marijuana | State and Regional –

Illinois lawmakers seek feedback on legal marijuana | State and Regional – | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
BLOOMINGTON — State Rep. Kelly Cassidy believes legalization of marijuana for recreational use co
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Rauner scores big win by small margin on 'right-to-work' veto

Rauner scores big win by small margin on 'right-to-work' veto | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Rauner's victory lap for an issue he's pushed since his election may be a short one, however.  A motion to reconsider the vote can still be filed.
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Illinois House passes school funding overhaul on 3rd attempt

Illinois House passes school funding overhaul on 3rd attempt | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Lawmakers voted 73-34 to send the legislation to the Senate, where a vote is expected Tuesday.
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Illinois House expected to take up school funding bill Monday

The Illinois House is expected to approve a funding bill for 800 school districts Monday.
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School funding deal reached

School funding deal reached | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
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Madigan cancels school funding override vote ‘in light of progress’

Madigan cancels school funding override vote ‘in light of progress’ | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
House Speaker Madigan canceled a planned override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding measure — “in light of progress” made.
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Illinois House schedules school-funding veto override

Illinois House schedules school-funding veto override | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a public school funding revamp next week, the speake
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Employer Alert

Illinois will soon begin implementation of the Secure Choice Savings Program, a program created by Public Act 098-1150 which establishes a statewide payroll deduction Individual Retirement Account program open to private sector employees. 

Participation in the program is mandatory for businesses that have been operating for at least 2 years, have more than 25 employees and do not offer their own qualified retirement plans. Employees of these businesses will be automatically enrolled in the program unless they opt out. Other employers may voluntarily offer the program to their employees, either by itself or in addition to an existing retirement plan. 

Persons working for employers that do not offer the state program may enroll in the program individually, but may be required to contribute through methods other than payroll deduction. I

Implementation will be divided into three waves and employers will be assigned to a wave based on their size: 
November 2018, Wave 1: Employers with 500+ employees 
July 2019, Wave 2: Employers with 100-499 employees 
November 2019, Wave 3: Employers with 25-99 employees 

The Illinois State Treasurer’s office will administer the program and they have created a website which answers many questions employers may have, such as eligibility and registration, FAQ’s, news, etc. The website is www.ilsecurechoice.com, and is the best place to obtain information about the new program. 

The rules for this program are currently open for public comment. The rules establish the responsibilities of the Secure Choice Savings Board, the Treasurer and the account administrator with regard to administration of the program; sets out investment policy and guidelines; establishes the registration and enrolment process, program fees and reporting requirements; and includes procedures through which employees may opt out of enrollment. 

Employers who begin offering their own qualified retirement plans (thereby becoming exempt from mandatory participation in the state program) may terminate their participation in the program. 

The rules are in the June 15th Illinois Register and begin on page 10351 (page 737). This is an opportunity for employers to submit comments or suggestions on the rules prior to them being adopted. The comment period is open until July 30th. 

All comments must be received by the Treasurer’s Office prior to July 30th. For questions, request for copies, or to submit comments, you may contact: 

Chris Flynn 
Office of the Treasurer
400 W. Monroe Street, Suite 401 
Springfield, IL 62704 
(217) 558-0115 (office) 
(217) 785-2777 (fax) 
CFlynn@Illinoistreasurer.gov
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How to mislead Illinoisans into accepting higher taxes

How to mislead Illinoisans into accepting higher taxes | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
A new report would have Illinoisans believe that a progressive income tax means tax cuts and economic growth. Illinois lawmakers’ tax-and-spend tendencies and evidence from all 50 states say otherwise.
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Illinois Senate Passes Motion to Increase Minimum Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 »

Illinois Senate Passes Motion to Increase Minimum Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 » | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois Senate voted and passed a measure to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age. Retailers who violate the proposed law could be fined, the state would no longer penalize those caught...
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Workers' compensation changes get Ill. Senate approval again | Illinois

Workers' compensation changes get Ill. Senate approval again | Illinois | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved restrictions on insurance companies writing workers' compensation policies.
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Illinois House again trying to create taxpayer funded workers’ comp company

After failing to override the governor’s veto of a similar bill last year, Illinois House Democrats are again trying to create a state-funded workers’ compensation company, but businesses most impacted by the state’s high costs say the plan is not what they’re looking for. Earlier this month, the House Labor and Commerce Committee passed state […]
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Senate advances ban for those under 21 buying tobacco

Senate advances ban for those under 21 buying tobacco | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois senate committee has endorsed raising the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.The Senate Public Health Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday to send the measure to the floor.The plan would prohibit tobacco purchase by anyone u
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Is another temporary state budget in the works?

Is another temporary state budget in the works? | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Illinois’ next fiscal year begins July 1 and the Democrats’ chief budget negotiator in the Illinois House is trying to dispel rumors that the majority caucus may try a temporary
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Education bill heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk after Senate passage

Education bill heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk after Senate passage | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The deal was reached in a rare agreement reached last week among the Democratic and Republican leaders, and Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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Progressives opposed to private scholarship tax-credits

Progressives opposed to private scholarship tax-credits | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
“We oppose any effort to create private school vouchers in Illinois," chairman Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said Friday morning.
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Gov vetoes minimum wage hike — says hurts those ‘it seeks to help’

Gov vetoes minimum wage hike — says hurts those ‘it seeks to help’ | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The measure was opposed by business groups such as the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which said it would be a "devastating blow to job creators."
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Top Ill. Lawmakers to Meet Again on School Funding

Top Ill. Lawmakers to Meet Again on School Funding | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The deadline to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of SB-1 is looming next week, and with signs of progress in negotiations, House Speaker Mike Madigan postponed a vote to do that.
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Illinois House schedules school-funding veto override

Illinois House schedules school-funding veto override | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House will try to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a public school funding revamp next week, the speaker said Wednesday after a failed vote on legislation Democrats introduced to gauge support for the Republican governor’s alternative ideas.
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