State Rep. Barbara Wheeler has filed a resolution to protect military personnel in the wake of last Thursday’s attack on the Recruitment Center and Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. House Resolution 658 calls on the U.S. Congress to act swiftly to enact laws that allow military personnel to be armed for their protection in light of several terror attacks that have been carried out on U.S. military installations in recent years.
“The issue of ensuring the safety of those who protect our nation is two-fold in this day of terrorist threats at home and abroad,” said Wheeler. “We expect our military personnel to be able to defend themselves while overseas, but today they also need to protect themselves at home. For this reason, I have filed a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to act quickly to allow our service men and women to protect themselves while serving on home soil.” Read more.
Bryant’s first bill becomes law to protect National Guard members’ jobs. State Rep. Terri Bryant received the Governor’s signature on her first piece of legislation on Tuesday. Back in April, Bryant received unanimous support in the House for HB 3721, a bill designed to help National Guard members keep their jobs. Bryant, whose district shares a border with the state of Missouri, explained the need for the measure.
“When a member of the National Guard is called to duty by their own state’s Governor or by the Governor of a neighboring state, this bill would allow them to categorize their work as military service,” Bryant said. “The addition of a ‘military service’ definition to their work in another state affords members of the National Guard protection that their job will be held for them upon a call up to duty in another state.”
Bryant said that while the change may seem small, it is quite significant for the men and women of Illinois serving in the National Guard. Read more.
Illinois is among a dozen states where the number of new enrollees surpassed projections for the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health law. While the surge in sign-ups lifts the number of insured people, it has also stoked worries about the future cost to taxpayers.
Illinois and Cook County eventually will have to bear 10 percent of the cost of expanding the safety-net insurance program for the poor. The federal government agreed to pay all costs for the expansion through 2016, but it will begin lowering its share in 2017.
More than twice as many Illinois residents have enrolled under the expansion than was projected by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. It expected 298,000 people to sign up in 2015, but 623,000 newly eligible Illinoisans enrolled by the end of June. Sign-ups have outstripped forecasts in at least a dozen states, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press.
With more people getting free health care, costs to Illinois and Cook County will increase as the federal government scales back what it pays from 100 percent to 90 percent by 2020. In 2020, the Medicaid expansion will cost the state $208.6 million and Cook County $72.6 million, according to new projections from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. That year, the federal government’s share of the Medicaid expansion costs will be $3.03 billion.
FY16 budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, there was little if any negotiation in good faith. Instead, a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis continued.
In the House, Democrats again backed a temporary budget to fund certain services at a level that is not sustainable over the course of the entire fiscal year. House Amendment 1 to HB 4143 was adopted by a narrow majority of Democrats, but did not receive enough votes to be passed on Third Reading and was therefore held for future consideration.
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget believes this plan will ultimately require the expenditure of over $36 billion of GRF taxpayer resources for FY16.
House Republicans continue to stand united in our support for a truly balanced budget that protects the interests of taxpayers, working families and seniors.
Support the 2015 Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle show and the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Sponsorship opportunities available, contact www.emergencyvehicleshow.com for more information.
Did you know Association for Individual Development offers sub-contract manufacturing at their two training centers? Services include: shrink wrapping, assembly, collating, packaging/repackaging, collating, labeling, inspection and fulfillment/mailing. Need a quote, call (847) 931-6237.
Naper Settlement Sundays for August are 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and free sundaes from Culver’s is served from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Visit napersettlement.org for more information.
Steck Elementary School PTA is planning their 5th Annual Family Fun Run and looking for business sponsors to help with the event. The funds collected from the event go towards children’s activities and programs at Steck Elementary throughout the year. If you are interested in donating please contact Nisha at email@example.com.
VNA Health Care completed a successful smoking cessation project aimed at patients with cardiac, diabetes or mental health diagnosis.
Monday, July 27, representatives from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will pay a special visit to Mike Douglas, Douglas Carpet One Floor & Home, to personally thank him for their generous support of the Foundation’s Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) program. BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured. In recognition of that support, members of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) – acting on their own initiative, as ambassadors of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation – will present a specially-designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero to Mike Douglas. There will be a presentation at both store locations. North Aurora location at 12:00 p.m. and Geneva location at 2:30 p.m.
Oswego School District 308 is excited to announce administrative changes for the 2015 -2016 school year. Susan McDougall, Assistant Director for Gifted Education; Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Director of Secondary Special Education Services; Gerald Wicks, Assistant Principal at Thompson Junior High School; Margaret Darnell, Assistant Principal for Oswego East High School and Kenneth Miller, Assistant Director of Human Resources.
Vendors wanted for the annual Blue-Silver Community Bash hosted by Oswego East High School. The event will be Friday, August 21, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Vendor tables are $25.00 and you can set up and promote your business and sell products. Contact June at jcharlett01@sd308 for more information.
Presence Health is partnering with A Silver Lining Foundation and cancer crusader Dr. Sandy Goldberg to bring free mammograms to uninsured patients in the Fox River Valley area. Call (312) 345-1322.
North Central College is hosting an MBA: Women in Business Seminar on Wednesday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. at its Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville. Visit www.noctrl.edu/women-business-seminar to register.
On Saturday, July 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Compassion Foundation will host its second Annual Lucky Ducky Derby event.
Thousands of rubber ducks will splashdown into the Fox River off the West Downer Street Bridge and race to the finish line located behind SciTech Hands On Museum at 18 W. Benton Street in Aurora. The 1st placed duck will win $5,000, the 2nd duck will win $3,000 and the 3rd placed duck will win $1,000. One lucky winner may also walk away with $25,000! You do not need to be present to win.
It’s an outstanding family event! For just one $5 duck adoption a whole family is admitted to SciTech Hands On Museum! There will be face painting, The Wurst Kitchen will be grilling up some brats, dogs and burgers, and 95.9 The River Radio will be out to emcee the event and spin some tunes!
Since its inception in 1989, The Compassion Foundation has given more than $800,000 in grants to nonprofits that provide programs and assistance to benefit people who need it most.
There is just one more week before splashdown so please show your support by going to www.compassionfoundation.org and navigate to the Events page, click on Lucky Ducky Derby and buy your ducks today!
The Illinois House was in session last Wednesday and will return tomorrow. The Senate met Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate has no scheduled return date.
Temporary Budget Work
The Senate concurred with the one-month appropriation bill for “essential services” after the bill was amended to include state worker pay. SB 2040, as amended in the House, cleared the Senate on a vote of 39-0-15. The bill now heads to the Governor, who has stated he will not support a temporary budget.
There are concerns that the one-month budget is based on the Democrats’ budget plan, which includes a $4 billion gap for the full year. Republicans prefer to use the revenue estimate and divide by 12.
Gov. Bruce Rauner believes state government can continue to pay state workers, which would keep state government open for business. Two judges in two jurisdictions in Illinois have ruled on opposite ends: One saying there can be no paychecks without a budget in place; the other ruling that paychecks should be given. The final word on that may come from the Illinois Supreme Court as AG Madigan has asked the high court to immediately take up the measure under the motion of an emergency appeal. In the interim, the Comptroller successfully processed payroll checks for the July 15 payroll.
The Senate voted on a partisan roll call to override the Governor’s veto of five of the nine budget bills that passed in May; SB 2031, SB 2032, SB 2034, SB 2036, and SB 2037. In debate, Senate Pres. John Cullerton characterized these bills as the public safety components of the budget. They will now be sent to the House, which has 15 calendar days once the bills have been read into the record to act on them. At this point it is unlikely the House has the 71 votes needed to override as Rep. Jack Franks has publicly indicated he is still a “no”.
Property Tax Relief
The House took up their weekly property tax bill, which took the form of HA 1 and HA 2 to HB 680. HA 1 was the freeze which was adopted, and HA 2 was the collective bargaining limitations and prevailing wage language. The underlying bill remains on third reading. This is identical to previous proposals HB 692, HB 693 and HB 697.
The Senate took up its own property tax bill, sponsored by Senate Pres. Cullerton. SB 316 as amended would have imposed a property tax freeze for the 2016 through 2018 levy years. The bill also contained provisions dealing with Chicago teacher pension funding and would also have mandated the adoption of a new state school aid formula by sunsetting the current formula effective July 1, 2017. Due to the immediate effective date, SB 316 needed a three-fifths majority and ultimately failed on a vote of 32-0-22.
All of us in Kane County have a unique opportunity to celebrate our manufacturing businesses by nominating a Kane County awardee for the 2015 Manufacturing Champion Awards, hosted by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing. Do you know a manufacturer from your community or organization with:
If yes, please help us by nominating that company! Nominations for Kane County’s 2015 Manufacturing Champion Award should be sent to Chris Toth at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 2015. Just include a brief description responsive to the questions above and explain why you are nominating this company.
Illinois is famous for some fancy, award-winning restaurants. But some of our best food comes from places that are, well, far from ordinary.
Congratulations to Basils Greek Dining. The post stated: “Who knew some of the best Greek food wasn’t in Greektown but was instead in a suburb? Yes, it’s at Basils, a fantastic restaurant that has phenomenal Greek food perfectly paired with wines.”
Check out the complete list at http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/unique-dining-il/