Dec 9th, 2016
This Week In Illinois
CHAMBER WINS GOVERNOR’S EXPORT AWARD
On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded the Illinois Chamber’s International Business Council at an awards ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago.
The Governor’s Export Awards are Illinois’ highest recognition of export achievement, honoring Illinois companies that have achieved excellence in exporting, as well as organizations that provide export assistance.
Of the 16 Illinois companies who were recognized on Thursday, Laura Ortega of the Chamber’s International Business Council won an award for Export Awareness and Development. Chamber members W.S. Darley and Co. and the Illinois Soybean Association, also received the award.
GOV. SIGNS ‘FUTURE ENERGY JOBS BILL
On Wednesday, Gov. Rauner signed SB 2814 (Rose/Rita), otherwise known as the ‘Future Energy Jobs Bill.’ The Governor made stops at high schools in Clinton and Port Byron to signed the legislation. Both cities are home to the two Exelon nuclear generators that were on the verge of being shut down.
As reported last week, SB 2814 was designed to keep the two downstate nukes from closing and also increased energy efficiency programs and improvements to the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
While cognizant to the potential regional impact to the two downstate communities and the potential impact to the grid, the Chamber ultimately opposed the legislation due to the increased costs it will have on all rate payers, most notably on businesses. The bill goes into effect June 1, 2017.
SAFE ROADS AMENDMENT NOW EFFECTIVE
On Monday, the Illinois State Board of Elections officially certified the election results from November and a proclamation was issued officially making the ‘Safe Roads Amendment’ effective in Illinois.
The Safe Roads Amendment was an initiative of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and marks the first time the Chamber was successful at getting a ballot referendum question on a ballot in Illinois.
MENDOZA SWORN IN AS IL COMPTROLLER
Susana Medoza is officially the Illinois Comptroller. The Chicago-Democrat took her oath on Monday morning in Springfield.
She replaces Republican-appointed Leslie Munger, who was appointed to the position after the passing of Judy Baar Topinka.
Mendoza is faced with a bill backlog that is currently at $10 billion. Like her opponent, Mendoza also promised to continue to put lawmakers’ paycheck in line with other outstanding bills.
HOUSE AND SENATE CALENDAR’S RELEASED
The House and Senate released their 2017 spring legislative calendars. Most notably, members of the 99th General Assembly will return to Springfield Jan. 9 – 10 for two days of what is considered ‘lame duck session.’ The newly elected lawmakers will be sworn in on Jan. 11 and will kick off the 100th GA at that time.
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