Illinois General Assembly
“When this budget is tallied up, and we have an ability to examine it, you will see spending increase by almost $2 billion.”
The concern on the governor’s part was what he called “unprecedented interference” in the Illinois Commerce Commission’s rate-making authority.
“(The General Assembly) set the rate, at that time, of $20,000 for bodily injury and $15,000 for property damage. That has not changed in 24 years,” Rep. Fine said.
SB 1739 would establish a new land-based casino in Chicago plus four others and would allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.
State treasurer Dan Rutherford says it only adds to the amount of interest the state will have to pay as it borrows more money.
While the bill passed along party lines, even one of the “no” voters says people had better get ready for a different world.
That happened in 2011, when – with the help of a number of lame ducks – the legislature granted the governor’s wish for an income tax increase.
“I think it shows the frustration that people have with the lack of advancement on the issue with the legislature,” said NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde.
“I think the tone and the rhetoric from a lot of people around the country on the Republican Party is inappropriate when it comes to issues like immigration,” Tom Cross said.
“When I vetoed the legislation before, it did not have dedicated earmarked money for education and I think that’s absolutely required,” Quinn said.