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Springfield Session Week in Review - November 24, 2014


With the mid-term elections behind them, lawmakers returned to a busy week at the Capitol, prior to leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some of the major developments we have been following:

Frerichs Wins!
Following two weeks of counting mail-in and provisional ballots across Illinois, IFT-endorsed State Sen. Mike Frerichs won the race for State Treasurer over former House Minority Leader Tom Cross.

Minimum Wage Bill One Step Closer to Reality
SB 68, Amendment #5 (sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Lightford), a bill to raise the minimum hourly wage to $11 per hour by July, 2017, passed the Senate Executive Committee 10-3. It now waits final passage in the Senate. The IFT supports SB 68.

SURS Return-to-Work Provisions
SB 2887 (sponsored by Sen. Dan Biss) states that provisions of Public Act 97-968 shall not apply to SURS annuitants that are receiving a SURS annualized retirement annuity less than $10,000. This bill also tightens up the SURS return-to-work provisions so that if a SURS-covered employer employs a SURS annuitant, under certain conditions, the SURS-covered employer is to pay a penalty to SURS. IFT supports this bill.

Other Bills of Interest
IFT is following several shell bills that could advance in the second week of the fall veto session. We will provide more details as information becomes available.

We expect action on many contentious issues, including minimum wage, when legislators return for the second week of veto session on Tuesday, December 2 at 12pm.





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