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.
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 Democrat Leadership can be found here.
State Rep. Mary E. Flowers - Deputy Majority Leader and Dean of the Caucus
State Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. - Assistant Majority Leader
State Rep. Robyn Gabel - Assistant Majority Leader
State Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez - Assistant Majority Leader
State Rep. Jay Hoffman - Assistant Majority Leader
State Rep. Natalie Manley - Assistant Majority Leader
State Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. - Assistant Majority Leader
State Rep. Delia Ramirez - Assistant Majority Leader
State Rep. Carol Ammons - Democratic Conference Chair
HB 1480, adverse impact on employer's hiring practices: Update
SB 1480, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act, is a sweeping piece of legislation that will have serious ramifications for employers. SB 1480 passed the House and Senate on a partisan basis in the waning hours of the 101st General Assembly's lame duck session and now awaits the Governor's signature. Highlighted below are some of the bill's most egregious provisions for employers. The Chamber, along with a coalition of business advocates, has requested a veto. The Chamber's full analysis of SB 1480 can be found here. Please forward this vital information to the legal counsel and human resources department within your organization.
New Legislation to Watch:
HB 62 (Flowers) This bill establishes healthcare as a right for all Illinoisans under the Illinois Health Services Program
HB 66 (Flowers) This bill eliminates the Medicaid Managed Care program.
HB 146 (Morgan) This bill gives the Director of IL DOI the authority to disapprove "unreasonable" rate increases
HB 186 (West) Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit against withholding tax payments for employers with 250 or fewer full-time equivalent employees in an amount equal to a percentage of the compensation paid to qualified employees who received a raise from the employer.
HB 211 (Sosnowski) This bill creates the Local Government Business Anti-Poaching Act. Provides that no municipality or county shall offer any incentive after the effective date of the Act to a business or corporation to move its headquarters located in Illinois, or any part of its business located in Illinois, away from the current location at the time of the offering of the incentive. Defines "incentive". Limits home rule powers. Effective immediately.
Exactly How Many Spudnuts Does Tadough’s Make a Day? Feat: Tadough's Kitchen Managers Scott and Kevin Pekin, IL - By now you’ve seen the re-branding of our beloved Pekin classic: the spudnut. Taking place last March, the rebranding to “Tadough’s” sparked some big questions about Central Illinois’ favorite potato flour-based donut and the future of its legendary legacy. Here’s when Jacqueline and Rick enter the spudnut story. Last March Jacqueline saw opportunity when she heard the business was up for sale. An original Pekinite, Jacqueline and her father Rick are committed to maintaining the Pekin icon and want to bring a long-standing household name into the next generation of business development. “We’ve more than doubled our production of donuts made daily,” says Jacqueline . While the business has historically been known to sell out as early as 6:00 and 7:00 a.m., Jacqueline and Rick aim to keep doors open until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Rick,
Ever Dream of Opening a Bar? A #PekinRestaurantWeek Special Feature Pekin, IL- Chris, Eric, and Ryan didn’t. But a plot twist to a dream dating back over 14 years ago helped a vision become a reality in 2021: The Bunker Indoor Golf Lounge. What is an “indoor golf lounge” exactly? The Bunker hosts indoor, large-scale golf simulators: a big city offering in our Midwestern, small town of Pekin. Oh, and there’s a full-service bar to boot. “We’re really lucky to have great golf courses in Pekin, and now we can enjoy indoor golf too,” says part-owner Eric. Eric lays out the history of the idea and explains he has wanted to open a golf simulator hang-out spot for over a decade, but the technology- and price- just wasn’t there yet. Eric continues, “I toured a lot of simulators in the Chicago area and then was waiting for the right opportunity.” Eric and business partner Chris checked out many property locations over the years, including the old dance and tumbling building on
The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers. Why is this program needed? Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues. In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council. The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500. Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths. Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include: November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Busto