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Castro wants to close legislative pay loophole

Published: Monday, January 13, 2020 12:42 PM

castro 060219SPRINGFIELD – A loophole in legislative pay law allowing legislators to receive an entire month’s pay despite not serving the full month would be closed under a proposal by State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin).

“In any other job, a person would not be compensated for an entire month if they only worked one day,” Castro said. “This is a glaring loophole that has been exploited far too many times at the taxpayers’ expense, and I’m sick of it. It needs to be closed.”

Bennett invites small business owners to a tax credit workshop

Published: Thursday, January 09, 2020 02:55 PM

cashCHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is partnering with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce to host a free workshop about the Minimum Wage Tax Credit on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce (303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign). 

On Jan. 1, the first phase of minimum wage increases took effect, raising the wage from $8.25 an hour to $9.25 an hour. Under the new law, small businesses are eligible for a tax credit, giving them a maximum credit of 25% of the difference between the new minimum wage and what each employee was paid previously.

“We need to keep small businesses competitive during this transition period,” Bennett said. “This informative workshop will help connect small business owners with updated information on the Minimum Wage Tax Credit to help offset the state’s minimum wage rate and ease their transition.”

Businesses and nonprofits with 50 full-time equivalent employees or less are eligible for the credit and can begin to claim on their quarterly Illinois Withholding Income Tax Returns.

Nick Austin of the IDOR will present at the workshop and provide assistance. Bennett urges small businesses to take advantage of this tax credit and participate in the February workshop. 

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Senator Bennett’s office at 217-355-5252 or SenatorBennett.com, or visit IDOR’s website tax.illinois.gov. 

Senate President calls for law enforcement investigation of possible rape cover-up

Published: Thursday, January 09, 2020 12:34 PM

jjc 031419Senate President John Cullerton is calling for a law enforcement investigation of a possible politically connected rape cover-up that came to light in a recent WBEZ story.

Cullerton issued the following statement:

“I urge law enforcement to investigate and get to the bottom of this disturbing situation. Sexual assault will not be tolerated. If anyone has information about this crime, please contact police. I am appalled at the idea that someone would be politically rewarded for covering up a rape. We are all outraged and want answers.”

https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/an-email-from-a-powerful-former-state-lobbyist-hints-at-a-rape-coverup/1cbe9212-642f-4f56-99a3-b97846baf62f

Majority Leader Lightford condemns possible rape cover-up

Published: Thursday, January 09, 2020 08:58 AM

lightford 201519SPRINGFIELD -- Outraged by allegations brought forth by a recent WBEZ story about the possible cover up of a rape detailed in a state government email exchange, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford urged that appropriate authorities, including the Champaign County State’s Attorney, the Illinois State Police, and the Illinois Executive Inspector General, take immediate steps to investigate this report.

The WBEZ story referenced a 2012 email to officials in then-Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration sent by lobbyist Michael McClain that among other things makes mention of a state employee who kept quiet about “the rape in Champaign”, asking that the administration keep that individual employed by the state.

Majority Leader Lightford issued the following statement regarding this incident:

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