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Hastings: Rauner’s veto shows he doesn’t value voter protections

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 04:35 PM

hastings 0418 prefTINLEY PARK – Gov. Bruce Rauner put the personal information of all Illinois voters at risk on Tuesday by vetoing a measure which would have ended the state’s participation in a controversial, unsecure voter registration system.

Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 2273 which would prohibit the Illinois State Board of Elections from sharing any voter information with the controversial Crosscheck system or any other interstate voter registration program other than the mandated Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

“Illinois residents deserve to have the peace of mind that the Illinois State Board of Elections is taking every necessary precaution to protect their sensitive personal information,” Hastings said. “Honest elections are the bedrock of our democracy. I wish Gov. Rauner felt the same.”

Rauner’s veto comes in light of Friday’s news that Russian intelligence officers were charged with hacking into the email servers of the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign. Illinois state officials said, based on a reference in the indictment, it is likely they also stole voter data from Illinois.

"It's our duty to protect voters' personal and sensitive information and promote impartial and honest elections," Hastings said. “Elections are a sacred component of our democratic process. It is plain and simple – Illinois voters should not have to fear their identity will be stolen if they decide to register to vote. I can’t believe this is up for debate.”

Hastings, who is Chairman of the Illinois Senate's sub-Committee on Cybersecurity, has continued to investigate the 2016 State Board of Election security breach. He said it is important to withdraw from Crosscheck not only for security concerns but also because the program could be used to suppress the minority vote.

"It is clear that Crosscheck is an inferior program that endangers the personal data of all Illinoisans and makes it vulnerable to hackers,” Hastings said. “I don’t understand why Gov. Rauner is open to compromising Illinois’ citizen’s social security numbers, date of birth and other vital information.”

Illinois began using Crosscheck in 2010 when no other alternatives existed. Since then, ERIC has been developed by states concerned over the security of the personal information shared with other programs.

Manar: Litchfield TIF extension vital to local job growth

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 03:30 PM

manar 052818LITCHFIELD – Tax increment financing districts are a key to job creation and a robust economy in many downstate communities, including Litchfield, State Senator Andy Manar said Tuesday after his measure extending the life of the Litchfield TIF was signed into law.

“Aggressive economic development has enabled Litchfield to add jobs and flourish as a community. The TIF district has been a significant factor in that growth,” Manar said. “It’s important that we take steps to extend the life of the TIF so that community leaders can continue building upon the success they’ve already had.”

Senate Bill 424, which Manar sponsored, extends the life of the Litchfield TIF district to 35 years from 23 years. It was created June 2, 1998, and had been set to expire at the end of 2021. Under the law sponsored by Manar, the TIF will not expire until the end of 2033.

The extension gives local officials more time to develop vacant land or eradicate blight to attract new employers and additional jobs to the city.

Manar complimented the city of Litchfield for its continued leadership on economic development.

“The number of positive economic development projects happening in Litchfield is mind-blowing. The residents here should be proud of what they and their city leaders have accomplished,” Manar said.

Haine: Rauner veto takes decisions away from voters

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 03:23 PM

haine 042318SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), a longtime advocate for investing in the levee system in the Metro East, expressed disappointment in the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 2368.  The measure sponsored by Haine would have given Metro East residents a direct say in decisions about the makeup of the Metro East Sanitation District Board.

Under Haine’s legislation, the mayor of the largest municipality in Madison County, Granite City, would have served on the Metro East Sanitation District Board to oversee the levee system that protects Madison county families from the Mississippi River flooding. Currently, all positions on the board are appointed by the Madison and St. Clair County Board Chairmen.

“I am more aware than the governor is of the past problems of the Metro East Sanitary District. That is why when I crafted the levee reconstruction law we created a new governmental entity, the Flood Protection District Board in Madison and St. Clair counties, to manage $180 million not under the control of the Metro East Sanitary District. It has one-specific purpose – to reconstruct the levees to a federally certifiable 500-year level.

“My previous levee reconstruction bill assures that the Metro East is one of the few areas in the country with adequate flood protection, all done without the Metro East Sanitary District, which previously caused opposition to my proposal in 2007.

“While the current board has accomplished good things, it is still mired in political controversy and ill-advised ideas. My legislation was very simple.  It reflects longstanding public policy of local mayors serving on local commissions, such as the Metro East Transit District and Central Port Authority. Some of these board members need to be directly accountable to voters, not to Democratic or Republican Party County machines.

“This proposal would have reformed the Metro East Sanitation District and reduced the power of the local party machines. Instead, today the governor decided to side with partisan politics over the needs and interests of the Metro East community.”

Harmon: Governor fails to address daily gun violence

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 03:58 PM

harmon 041118CHICAGO – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s announcement today that he plans to veto Harmon’s legislation regulating gun dealers:

“The governor took two steps forward today by signing bills that create firearm restraining orders and extend the waiting period to buy handguns to 72 hours. Unfortunately, he also took a giant step back by saying he will veto legislation regulating gun dealers.

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