The Majority Report 01/11/15 - Voting, Saving, Protecting


A comptroller of your choosing

JJC-media-010815After the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the governor called for a Jan. 8 special legislative session to address the position. Both chambers considered and approved a measure to hold a special election for voters to choose a successor in the event of a vacancy in a key statewide office. The following statement was released by Senate President John J. Cullerton following the passage of House Bill 4576:

"While Judy can never be replaced, Illinois voters should be allowed to elect a comptroller of their choosing in 2016. Legislative action will ensure that under certain circumstances the people of this state have the opportunity to elect constitutional officers in a no cost manner that is consistent with special elections for Illinois senators."

Cullerton's statement, continued >



Illinois addresses retirement savings crisis

securechoice-ss-mrIllinois citizens without access to workplace-based retirement plans will be thrown a lifeline under a new law sponsored by state Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and signed January 4 by Gov. Pat Quinn. The law, which establishes the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, seeks to head off an impending crisis resulting from the fact that 2.5 million Illinois workers currently lack access to employer-based retirement plans.

Secure Choice basics >




New law delivers tax relief for veterans

Hastings123114Legislation focused on providing financial relief to critically wounded veterans and their families received the governor's signature today. The measure increases the property tax exemption for veterans with severe service related-disabilities in order to make their homes more affordable on their fixed income. The proposal also expands the exemption to include homes donated to veterans by charitable organizations.

Veteran Hastings helps veterans >





Firefighter safety proposal signed into law

mulroe-manning-signed-mrThis week, the governor signed into law a proposal that clarifies a 2011 court decision regarding bargaining terms for firefighters.

The proposal preserves the right of firefighters to negotiate safe staffing levels as was originally intended when they gave up their right to strike in 1985.

Mulroe's safe staffing >




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