IVCA Provides Updates for State and Federal Legislative Issues - 06.20.18

IVCA Provides Updates for State and Federal Legislative Issues - 06.20.18

 

Illinois Legislative Report for the IVCA
David Stricklin, Stricklin & Associates
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
 
2018 SPRING LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN THE BOOKS
 
Highlighted by a bipartisan agreement on a budget for Fiscal Year 19 (beginning July 1) the Illinois General Assembly concluded its Spring Session on May 31.  The budget agreement between the four legislative leaders and the Governor Rauner is in stark contrast to the acrimony which was the hallmark of previous budget discussions between the governor and the Democratic leaders of the legislature.
 
The FY 19 budget includes more funding for K-12 education and keeps in place the personal income tax rate increase to 4.95% which was approved over the Governor’s veto in the FY 18 budget plan.
 
This process played to rave reviews in the Capitol but to somewhat mixed reviews outside the Capitol:
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180608/ISSUE07/180609882/rauner-achieves-no-political-goals-in-2019-illinois-budgethttps://www.bondbuyer.com/news/rating-agencies-hold-illinois-steady-after-budget-passes 
CAPITOL WORKPLACE CULTURE CRITICIZED CHIEF OF STAFF RESIGNS
 
Ordinarily any drama on the last day of the legislative session is reserved for whether a budget is approved or if the “must-pass” bill of the session makes it or not.  This year the drama was in the form of allegations of a hostile work environment in the office of Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, specifically directed to the Chief of Staff, Tim Mapes, who resigned his post the same day.  The Mapes resignation has been followed by additional steps taken by the Speaker to address this and similar allegations which have been lodged on several occasions during 2018.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180608/BLOGS02/180609865/madigan-loosens-his-hold-slightly-8212-on-state-democratic-party 
FULL STEAM AHEAD TO NOVEMBER ELECTIONS
 
With the legislature in recess until after the November elections the campaign season is in full swing.  Both Governor Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker are spending record-breaking sums to reach Illinois voters who go to the polls November 6.  The campaigns are currently sparring over personal property tax records, the governor’s willingness to criticize policies of President Trump and Pritzker’s conversations with former Illinois Governor Blagojevich.