Two Republican state senators, Jason Barickman (Bloomington) and Chris Nybo (Elmhurst), voted for legislation that would require lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lessons in the Illinois public schools, and the head of the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) promises their constituents are going to hear about it. Repeatedly.
With the state of Illinois going deeper into debt and lawmakers looking at various ways to increase revenues, a proposed municipal gas use tax, HB4680, has raised concerns among some leaders and manufacturers.
Declining asset to accountability ratios, employer contributions and skyrocketing unfunded liability could be alleviated by consolidating downstate police and firefighter pension funds, according to Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria).
Legislation the House approved late last week that establishes a state-managed workers’ compensation insurer of last resort is little more than a political stunt by Springfield Democrats to turn attention away from the need for real reform in the system, Eugene Keefe, law school professor and editor of the Workers’ Compensation Law Update, said.
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) is proposing changes to the Criminal Identification Act to allow individuals acquitted or who have criminal charges against them dismissed with prejudice to immediately move to have the proceedings expunged from their records.