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April 26, 2019 Update | Roger C. Marquardt & Co., Inc.

April 26, 2019 Update

Governor’s Highlights: Governor Pritzker signed HB2988 (Williams/Cunningham) which clarifies current law around zoning standards for wind energy development across the state. The bill allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for wind farm development preventing townships from having any zoning authority over wind energy development. Governor Pritzker made the following appointments: 

  • Maria Bocanegra , Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission.
  • Elizabeth Lopez, Commissioner of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
  • James Hibbert, Commissioner of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
  • Daniel Brink , Illinois Prisoner Review Board.
  • Oreal James, Illinois Prisoner Review Board.
  • Kaye Wilson, Illinois Prisoner Review Board.
  • Devon Bruce, Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System.
  • Maureen Mena, Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System

Jose Alvarez, the former COO of the Chicago Housing Authority, was selected by the Illinois Toll Highway Authority as its executive director. 

Attorney General Highlights

Attorney General Raoul urged Illinois lawmakers to strengthen oversight of alternative retail energy suppliers to protect consumers from what he calls “deceptive practices”. Raoul initiated SB651 (Lightofrd) which creates the Home Energy Affordability and Transparency Act. SB 651 has a deadline extension in the Senate and remains on 3rd Reading. 

101st General Assembly: 

The Senate Appropriations II Subcommittee on Capital will hold a hearing with the Senate Transportation Subcommittee on Capital to discuss capital infrastructure needs on April 29th at 1:00 PM in Room C600 of the Bilandic Building in Chicago. 

Coming Up:

The Illinois General Assembly will resume session on Tuesday, April 30th following a two-week spring break. Expect legislation to be filed in the coming days/weeks to implement Governor Pritzker’s revenue package for the FY 20 budget including cannabis legalization and sports betting. May 10th is the deadline to pass substantive legislation out of committee in the opposite chamber. Five weeks remain in the Spring Legislative Session. 

Key Session Dates

May 10- DEADLINE for Substantive Bills out of Committee in 2nd chamber.May 24- DEADLINE for third reading of Substantive Bills in 2nd chamber.May 31- ADJOURNMENT.