Showing posts from January, 2021

Illinois Chamber - This Week in Illinois

Session Canceled While the Senate was originally scheduled to reconvene this Tuesday, January 26th, session has now been canceled. We expect the Senate to release committee rosters in the next couple days and hope to have this information to you in next week's GAR. Session is now scheduled to resume Tuesday, February 2nd.  Governor Pritzker Modifies Regional Mitigation Metrics  In an announcement regarding increased hospital staffing across Illinois, Governor Pritzker released modified regional mitigation metrics. These new mitigation metrics, which apply to all 11 COVID-19 regions in the state, are expected to  loosen restrictions  and allow for some recreational activities and in-door dining for qualifying areas. Pritzker's full executive order can be found  here.  Speaker Welch Announces New House Leadership Team Earlier this week, newly elected Speaker of the House Emanuel "Chris" Welch announced his full leadership team. His statement regarding the new House Demo

Pacific Ethanol Completes Name Change to Alto Ingredients, Inc.

  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Wed, January 13, 2021, 7:30 AM · 3 min read Corporate rebrand reflects enhanced focus on specialty alcohols and essential ingredients SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) , a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, has changed its corporate name to Alto Ingredients, Inc., effective January 12, 2021. The company’s name change will be reflected on The Nasdaq Stock Market on January 14, 2021, and the company’s stock will begin trading under a new ticker symbol, ALTO, starting February 1, 2021. CEO Mike Kandris said, “We have chosen our new corporate name and brand to represent our many high-quality products, which our customers incorporate into a range of vital finished goods that touch people’s everyday lives, from cleaning solutions to pharmaceuticals. We are capitalizing on our unique capability to manufacture high-grade alcohols for the food, beverage, health, and ingredients marke

Inspections on Bob Michel Bridge set Jan. 14-15

  PEORIA   –   The Illinois Department of Transportation announces   that  intermittent  daytime lane closures on the Bob Michel Bridge, which carries Illinois 40 over the Illinois River, are set Jan. 14-15.   The lane closures are necessary for crews to perform utility inspections on the bridge and will begin after 8:30  a.m.  and wrap up by  3:30 p.m.  both  days.   Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits,  refrain  from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.   Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Year One