Legislative Update - IFT

Update on "grand bargain", pension reform, and more
Legislative update 5.19.17
House and Senate lawmakers returned this week and continued to vote on bills from the opposite chamber in an effort to complete their work before the scheduled end of session on May 31. Bills in the Senate’s so-called “grand bargain” legislative package, along with two new pension-cutting bills, were the focus of media reports throughout the week.

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Legislative Update - IFT

Legislative update 5.5.17
The Illinois Senate met this week while, their House members worked in their respective districts. Senators continued work on their own bills and heard House bills in committees.

Here are some highlights from this week's action:
Senate, Governor continue budget talks
On Friday, Capitol Fax reported that the Governor’s staff, Senate Democrats, and Republican caucuses met to negotiate on budgetary issues. House Representatives were not included in the negotiations.

Rauner: Illinois 'very close' to budget deal. Senate leaders less hopeful

While Rauner picks at workers' comp, 2 grand bargains fade - Eric Zorn

This year's "grand bargain" in Springfield attempts to alter, yet again, the grand bargain enshrined 100 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the 1917 case of New York Central Railroad Co. v. White, the high court upheld the constitutionality of workers' compensation laws — statutes that provide for no-fault resolutions of disputes between injured employees and their employer

House Ed Funding Taskforce discussions continue - IFT

The House Education Funding Task Force met last week to continue discussions. HB2808 and SB1 are current bills which would provide for new school funding formulas.

Lifeline budget passes House - IFT

The Illinois House approved HB109 by a vote of 64-45. The legislation would provide partial funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017, including $150 million in critical additional funding for higher education. Even with this money, colleges and universities will experience cuts of up to 34 percent this fiscal year. The legislation appropriates a total of $817 million which is currently sitting in the Education Assistance fund and the Commitment to Human Services fund. Social service programs that are in danger of closing would also receive $258 million.

Legislative update 4.10.17 - IFT

Legislative update 4.10.17
The Illinois House and Senate adjourned last week for a two-week break. During the week, both chambers worked on approving bills and amendments through their respective committees. The most important item before lawmakers was the “lifeline” budget for higher education and social service agencies, which was passed in the House (see details below).

Governor Rauner's latest proposed budget zeros out funding for the Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program (from Ed Wollet, IRTA)

Legislative Update 4.3.17 from IFT website

It was a busy week in Springfield. House committees worked to consider bills before last week’s deadline, while the so-called “grand bargain” package of legislation resurfaced in the Senate.

Here are a few highlights of last week’s action:


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