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Cullerton responds to court's pension ruling

illinois supreme court buildingSenate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Kanerva v. Weems, 2014 IL 115811:

“Today, the Illinois Supreme Court made it very clear that the Pension Clause means what it says.  

The Court cannot rewrite the Pension Clause to include restrictions and limitations that the drafters did not express and the citizens of Illinois did not approve.  

Cullerton corrects naysayer's faulty allegations on state business climate

JJC-052714CM1247Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton responded this week to the continuous negative drumbeat by naysayers about Illinois, in a follow-up to his April column, "I like Illinois."

Remember when I announced, in the Sun-Times last April, that I like Illinois? I still do. I like Congressman Randy Hultgren, too. The problem is that he was wrong on the facts in a recent op-ed. He falls in line with the rest of the political naysayers slamming the door in the face of business with negative rhetoric and faulty allegations about our business climate.

Hultgren blames Illinois’ tax structure for businesses moving from our state to Wisconsin. Compared to Wisconsin — Hultgren’s business friendly wonderland — Illinois already has a lower corporate income tax rate: 7 percent, compared to 7.9 percent in Wisconsin.

Online voter registration the new reality in Illinois

ComputerRIllinois citizens can now register to vote online, offering a modern, 21st century option for those needing to update their address or first-time registrants.

“Our democracy is strongest when as many people as possible get involved and participate,” said State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), who passed the law enabling online registration. “People can do everything else online – shop, pay bills, book flights and hotel rooms – they expect to be able to register to vote, too.”

Ag container recycling keeps Illinois green

agchem-recyclIllinois’ role as a leader in agricultural production in the United States relies on a number of resources, and soil, water and air are key elements in the equation. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is launching a new program to help improve stewardship of these irreplaceable resources with agrichemical container recycling.

According to the Ag Container Recycling Council, a national not-for-profit organization helping farmers and applicators in 42 states,

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