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Believe it or not, 31% of employees surveyed ranked their current or former employer as the most credible source for information on political and public policy issues. To top that off, for employees who heard from their employer during the 2014 Midterm Election, 63% of them were motivated to learn more about the issues that were important to their employer and/or 43% were motivated to register to vote.
At the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, we believe that an educated and motivated private-sector electorate will help ensure our state’s prosperity and economic growth in America this November. That’s why we encourage you to visit the user-friendly Employee Voter Education Toolkit.
Early voting begins Sept. 29, so don’t delay. Together, we can turn out the vote and make an impact this election year! For more information on Illinois Prosperity Project, please click here.
Too often, students across Illinois have graduated from high school unprepared for their next step in life, whether it is college or career. Therefore, we applaud Governor Rauner and the General Assembly on the passage and signing of HB5729, the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act (PWR) to address this need.
The signing of this bill is the culmination of years of work and collaboration from a broad group of stakeholders, and it will help to advance the “60 by 25” goal in our state of having 60% of Illinoisans acquire a high-quality postsecondary certificate or degree by the year 2025. [ORGANIZATION] is also committed to that goal as a member of the Illinois 60 by 25 Network.
PWR ensures that our state will implement strategies that will align what colleges and employers expect from students to what they are actually learning during their elementary and secondary years. This will reduce college students’ need for remedial education in community college and provide the skills high school and postsecondary graduates will need to succeed in the workforce.
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting PWR implementation.
We look forward to a better future for Illinois high school and postsecondary graduates because of this legislation. Illinois’ future is our students, and this will go a long way toward helping them achieve success in college, career, and life.
Cook County judge takes first step to strike down “Independent Map” amendment. The proposed constitutional amendment was spearheaded to give voters an opportunity to vote on whether to reform the way Illinois legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years. The amendment, if presented to the voters and adopted, would erase the political procedure currently used to draw these maps and create a new nonpartisan process in its place. The new process is intended to produce a map that is not “slanted” in favor of one political party or the other.
Opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment filed a lawsuit in Cook County circuit court, demanding that voters not be permitted to vote on the measure and that it be barred from appearing on the November 2016 ballot. Their lawsuit won a victory in Cook County circuit court on Wednesday, July 20. In her decision in the case of Hooker vs. Illinois State Board of Elections, Judge Diane Joan Larsen cited several constitutional concerns as fatal flaws in the amendment and ordered that it be struck from the ballot. The decision is likely to be appealed.
Budget experts warn of continued Illinois deficits. Although Illinois’ lawmakers enacted a stopgap budget in late June to cover the first six months of FY17, budget analysts warn that this move was not equivalent to a constitutional balanced budget for the entire year. In fact, the act of “spreadsheeting out” the money being spent, and comparing it to honest projections of the money coming in, reveals that Illinois’ expected spending will outweigh expected FY17 revenues by $7.8 billion. The Reuters news service believes this is the largest single deficit by a state in U.S. history. Expected spending totals $39.5 billion and expected revenues total $31.8 billion.
Although the state Constitution contains a legal requirement that the State annually enact a balanced budget, the requirement has been widely ignored in recent years. Continued ten-figure State deficits have led to a growing backlog of unpaid Illinois bills. The Comptroller’s office now counts the State’s unpaid bills at almost $8.0 billion. The unpaid bill total is contained in Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger’s “The Ledger”, a subpage of the Comptroller’s webpage.
An amendment was recently filed by Sen. Daniel Biss (D- Evanston) that would create the Family Leave Insurance Act. Under the proposed amendment, an employee would be allowed to take up to twelve weeks of family leave within any 24-month period for the purpose of providing care for the birth of a child, adoption of a child or placement of a foster child, or serious health condition of a family member.
This comes in light of a spring legislative session that saw several employee lave mandates introduced.
The legislature is currently not in session until after the election so it is unclear at this moment what the sponsor’s motives are. However, the Chamber will continue to monitor the amendment.