A bill preventing small businesses in Illinois from discriminating against LGBTQ workers is one signature away from becoming law.
House Bill 4572 would update the Illinois Human Rights Act to fill a loophole in the law allowing businesses which employ less than 15 people to discriminate on the basis of characteristics like race, religion, national origin, military status, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
This is the eighth year in a row Illinois families won’t benefit from a back-to-school tax free weekend. Only 16 states are offering a tax free weekend this year, including border states Wisconsin and Missouri.
Tax free weekend is designed to knock sales tax off items like clothing, shoes and school supplieev, en electronics and tech in some states. But since 2010, Illinois law makers have said no thanks to the tax break.
Illinois has replaced an arcane state law dating to post-Prohibition days that required businesses to get approval from the state to serve alcohol within 100 feet of a church or school.
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed the new law, which allows local authorities to hand out exemptions to the state’s Liquor Control Law of 1934 that limits where alcohol sales can take place. Previously, it took an act of the General Assembly and approval of the governor to grant an exemption.
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