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March 1, 2019 Update | Roger C. Marquardt & Co., Inc.

March 1, 2019 Update

Governor’s Highlights
Governor Pritzker signed legislation PA100-1198 to remove the current members of the Toll Highway Authority Board.   Pritzker promptly appointed a new Toll Highway Board (see below). All appointments require Senate approval.New Appointments

  • Omer Osman will serve as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Osman has over 29 years of experience in the civil engineering and management field at IDOT.
  • Illinois State Board of Education
    • Darren Reisberg, chair. Reisberg currently serves as the vice president for strategic initiatives and deputy provost at the University of Chicago.
    • Christine Benson, member. Benson has 35 years of teaching and administrative experience in Illinois public schools ranging from elementary, middle and high school.
    • Cynthia Latimer, member. Latimer has over 33 years of administrative and classroom experience in Aurora school districts.
    • Donna Simpson Leak, member. She currently serves as superintendent of Community Consolidated Schools District 168.
    • David Lett, member. He has spent more than 35 years teaching and leading K-12 school and in higher education. He currently is an adjunct professor on the Education Leadership Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
    • Susan Morrison, member. Morrison has worked as an Illinois educator and advocate for children for almost 40 years. She began her career as a social studies teacher, working for 10 years in Homer and Girard.
    • Cristina Pacione-Zayas, member. She currently serves as the director of policy at Erikson Institute where she generates systemic solutions leading to equitable opportunities and positive outcomes for young children, families, and communities.
    • Jane Quinlan, member. Quinlan currently is regional superintendent for the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education 9, where she previously was the assistant regional superintendent.
    • Jacqueline Robbins, member. She served as UniServ Director for Region 53 and 35 at Illinois Education Association from 2007 to 2017.
  • Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
    • Will Evans, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Evans has nearly 40 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, engineering, construction, large infrastructure projects and major IT system implementations and has been in senior leadership for over 20 years.
    • Jim Connolly, member. Connolly has been a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America for over 48 years. He currently serves as the business manager of the Chicago & Vicinity Laborers’ District Council and has held that position since he was first elected in March 2000.
    • Stephen L. Davis, member. Davis is the Founder and Chairman of The Will Group, a firm overseeing several construction, manufacturing, technology, lighting, and energy industry companies.
    • Alice Gallagher, member. Gallagher has served as president of the Village of Western Springs since May 2017 after serving four years as a village trustee.
    • Karen McConnaughay, member. McConnaughay served two terms as state senator of the 33rd District, where she was the Republican Minority Whip and the minority spokesperson for the Senate Transportation Committee.
    • Scott Paddock, member. Paddock has more than 20 years of industry experience in sales, marketing and general management. Since 2011, he has served as the president of the Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.
    • Gary Perinar, member. Perinar currently serves as executive secretary-treasurer for the over 30,000 members of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters.
    • Cesar Santoy, member. Santoy is the principal of Studio ARQ, LLC and ARQ Design Build, Inc., architecture and construction firms that serve public and private sector clients as well as individual home and business owners.
    • Jim Sweeney, member. Sweeney is the president-business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.

Budget Update:
The Governor’s FY 20 budget bills have been filed in both chambers. Appropriations committees are working to review individual budget bills.
Governor Pritzker and Democratic leaders of the General Assembly plan to begin acting this session on legislation to approve a constitutional amendment to implement a graduated income tax as well as pass enabling legislation to establish the new tax rates. The constitutional amendment, if passed, will appear on the November 2020 ballot for voter consideration. Considering constitutional amendments during the first year of the two-year General Assembly is a break with tradition. Legislative leaders historically wait until the 2nd year of a two-year General Assembly to consider changes to the Illinois constitution.
101st General Assembly
The Illinois House was in session this week while the Senate was off. While the House had a full schedule of committee hearings planned, several hearings were canceled because legislation was not yet ready for consideration.
The Senate Transportation Subcommittee on Capital, in conjunction with the Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on March 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. at SIUE Morris University Center (MUC), Madison Room in Edwardsville to discuss capital infrastructure needs. The House Prescription Drug Affordability & Accessibility Committee will hold a hearing on March 6th at 9:30 AM in Room 114 of the Capitol to discuss the systemic costs of high drug prices.
An amendment (SB 2132 (SCA 0001)/Castro) to create the Clean Jobs Workforce Hubs Act was filed in the Senate this week. The legislation creates the Clean Jobs Workforce Hubs Act, the Expanding Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Act, the Community Energy and Climate Planning Act, and the Clean Energy Empowerment Zones Act to reduce emissions, promote renewable energy sources, improve energy efficiency, and reduce carbon pollution related to transportation. Requires Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to administer program to increase employment opportunities related to clean energy projects. Provides for creation of a clean jobs curriculum to increase workforce skills. Provides for promotion of opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses in clean energy development. Establishes framework to achieve 100% reliance on renewable energy. Amends Electric Vehicle Act, Illinois Power Agency Act, School Code, Public Utilities Act, and the Environmental Protection Act to implement the new programs. Repeals the Kyoto Protocol Act of 1998. Makes other changes. The amendment is scheduled for a hearing. The legislation is assigned to the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee. Coming Up The General Assembly returns to session on Tuesday, March 5th. Both chambers are scheduled to be in session every week for the next 6 weeks. Key Session Dates:March 22- DEADLINE for substantive Senate Bills out of Senate Committee.March 29 – DEADLINE for substantive House Bills out of House Committee.April 2- Consolidated Election.April 12- DEADLINE for third reading of Substantive Senate Bills and Substantive House Bills.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.