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The Majority Report 12/21/14 - Holiday greetings, new laws, replacing the irreplaceable


Happy Holidays!

wreath-logoOn behalf of every member of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus, we extend our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.











New year, new laws

New year, new lawsAs we prepare to ring out 2014 and ring in 2015, a number of new state laws will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

Last year, our review of some of the more interesting and important laws for 2014 received more than 1.2 million views. We invite you to check out our Top 15 new laws for 2015.







Special session

Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session on Jan. 8 in hopes of lawmakers approving a special election for state comptroller in 2016. The unfortunate passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka created a vacancy in the statewide office. The governor has appointed someone to serve out Topinka's current term, but what happens with the four-year term she was about to start next year remains uncertain. Under one scenario, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner would appoint someone to a two-year position early next year and then voters would elect a comptroller at the next state election in 2016.


Scandal illustrates why grant reform law was needed

Recently a federal jury found a Chicago couple guilty of embezzling millions of dollars from state grants that were supposed to help minority communities fight deadly diseases like AIDS and cancer. State Senator Dan Kotowski said taxpayers outraged over the scandal should be reassured by a recent law that will crackdown on such abuses and prevent people with conflicts of interest or criminal records from receiving state grants.

Details on grant oversight


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