The practice known as offshoring, in which salaries of some government employees are paid out of other agencies’ budgets, is closer to becoming a practice of the past in the governor’s office following actions in the Senate on May 3.
Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) was unable to question Medicaid officials about their failure to provide services with $300 million they were allotted because they failed to show up at the April 30 House Appropriations Human Services Committee hearing.
The BGA's Policy and Civic Engagement team tackles hundreds of bills covering subjects like the Freedom of Information Act, ethics and disclosure, government streamlining, consolidation and more to assess how to improve the state.
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) would bar state agencies from paying bonuses to non-union members or non-union contractors, and only allow state agency staffers to see extra pay.
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.