Voters in the upcoming November election will have the opportunity to decide the fate of pension reform legislation passed in the Senate today that would make it harder for state lawmakers and other government entities to increase pension benefits. House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 49 (HJRCA49), sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), mandates any legislation increasing pension benefits must receive 3/5's majority in both chambers before becoming law. Currently, only a simple majority is needed to pass such legislation.
After public hearings in every community on the facilities closures list with hours of testimony from dozens of experts, employees, and families of those connected to each facility, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted that six of the seven facilities should remain open.
Clarifying the votes on each of the facilities slated for closure by Governor Pat Quinn in his 2013 budget would be to accept or reject the closure recommendation, COGFA co-chair and Assistant Majority Leader Jeff Schoenberg opened the meeting with consideration of the Tamms Correctional Center, followed by Dwight Correctional Center, West Side Adult Transition Center, Peoria Adult Transition Center, Illinois Youth Center in Joliet, and Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. One after another, the closures were rejected after brief discussions, the decisions based on the welfare of the communities, residents of the facilities and their families.
The only facility closure COGFA members approved was the Skokie DCFS Office.
U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs has published their monthly Flash Index update, finding that the Illinois economy continued to grow in April. After a February reading of 99.2 and March's 101, April's reading was 101.9. A number higher than 100 reflects strong growth based on corporate earnings, consumer spending and personal income and made up of income, corporate and sales tax revenue growth.
Faced with frequent moves across state lines and sometimes across the country, military families are constantly adjusting to new surroundings and employment opportunities. But for service members and their spouses whose profession requires state licensure, including nurses, child care workers, and educators, settling down in a different state can often translate into a costly waiting game.
In response to this issue in Illinois, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) passed legislation out of the Senate this week that aids military families who are faced with frequent moves. Senate Bill 275 allows military members and their spouses to receive temporary occupational licenses from the State until a full license is received, reducing the wait to begin work and begin providing for their families. In order to qualify for the temporary license, service members must show a similar valid occupational license in another state and be assigned to a duty station in Illinois.
National conversations about making life easier for service members and their families has increased under President Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative, a national project that ensures all military families have needed support and opportunity in the community.
To find out how you can help make a difference in the lives of military families, visit the President’s Joining Forces Initiative website.
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- President Cullerton and Sen. Link accept Award from Anti-Smoking Advocates
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- Cullerton, Radogno featured in point-counterpoint columns on state fiscal status
- Officials urge low-income residents and seniors to take advantage of free tax preparation
- Illinois Leads Nation in Animal Protection Measures
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