September 6, 2019 update

Governor’s Highlights:
Gov. Pritzker is recovering from a broken femur and his public schedule will be lighter than normal during the coming weeks.
Pritzker Administration officials will lead a 5-day trade mission to Japan for the annual U.S. Midwest Japan Association Conference. The mission will take place in Tokyo from September 6 to 11 and will bring together leaders in business and government to highlight the strengths of the Illinois economy and opportunities for investment for foreign companies. The Illinois delegation will be led by Anne Caprara, Chief of Staff to Governor Pritzker; Dan Hynes, Deputy Governor for Budget and Economy; and Erin Guthrie, Acting Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The full delegation contains over 30 business and economic development leaders from across the state.
101st General Assembly:
HB3381 (Moylan) was filed this week. The bill requires each Department responsible for licensing of a cannabis business establishment or registration or licensing of a cultivation center or dispensing organization under the Acts to publish on the Department’s website a list of the ownership information of the applicants, registrants, or licensees under the Department’s jurisdiction. Heads to House Rules Committee.
Also filed this week is legislation to create the Flavored Tobacco Ban Act which prohibits the sale or distribution by an establishment of any flavored tobacco product (HB3883/Conroy) . Heads to House Rules.
2020 Election Update:
Republican Congressman John Shimkus announced Friday that he will not seek re-election in November 2020. The announcement prompted a several republicans to contemplate a run to replace Shimkus. Those rumored to be considering a run on the Republican side include: State Rep. Mike Marron, State Sen. Jason Plummer, and former Attorney General candidate Erika Harold. Rep. Mike Marron formed an exploratory committee this week.
Republican State Rep. Dave McSweeney announced he will not seek re-election in 2020. He plans to serve out the remainder of his term. McSweeney is considering a statewide run in 2022.
Coming up:
Petition circulation for candidates for the March 2020 primary and November 2020 general election began September 3rd . Petitions can be officially filed with the Illinois State Board of elections between November 25th and December 2nd.  Illinois’ primary election is March 17, 2020. Fall Veto session dates: October 28th – 30th and November 12th – 14th.