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    May 04, 2018

       May Legislative Update

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Friday, May 4, 2018

    From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

    Last week was the deadline for substantive bills to move out of their chamber of origin. This means that all Senate Bills must be out of the Senate and all House Bills must be out of the House. This deadline is less set-in-stone than other similar deadlines, and already the Senate has placed nearly 100 bills on the extension list. The Senate is returning this week, where the House is out this week, which means that the Senate has an extra week to handle this deadline. After this week, there are 4 weeks left of session. So far, there are about 200 House bills in the Senate that have passed over this year, and just shy of 300 Senate bills passed to the House this year. Many of these are duplicates of each other or are “vehicle” bills that do not actually change any laws but are being used for some future amendment if the need arises. The two tasks left for the General Assembly in the next four weeks will be the final passage of these few hundred bills and the start and passage of a budget.

    The legislators responsible for budget negotiations have been meeting with representatives from the Governor’s office, but at this point nothing has been said publicly. Despite the myriad of reasons to pass a budget, it seems unlikely that a budget will be passed. Animosity between the Governor and the Democratic Leaders has not improved, and the General Assembly has learned that the State can survive not having a budget. It would be important to the Governor to sign a budget this year, to combat the campaign allegations that he has not accomplished anything. It would also be useful for the Democratic Majority Leaders to pass a budget so there are less problems if Pritzker wins.

    Legislative Update:

    HB 5231 passed the House unanimously. This legislation prohibits an employer from requiring a FOID card as a condition of employment. The City of Chicago opposed the legislation but did not pull off any votes. The legislation continues to the Senate where we will fight for passage.

    HB 4701 which fixes a pension oversight narrowly passed the House. The legislation clarifies that any police officer who started prior to January 1, 2011 is a Tier 1 member, regardless if they switch pension funds after their start date from IMRF to a downstate police pension fund. The legislation continues to the Senate where it will have a tough fight for passage.

    Two items of legislation affecting school resource officers were ultimately amended to remove our opposition. HB 4208 tried to remove school district finances for school resource officers and divert the money to social work programs. The bill was amended to not divert any funding, but merely provide additional grants for school social workers. SB 2925 essentially eliminated school resource officers through burdensome requirements but was amended to require additional training of new school resource officers, consistent with what ILETSB is doing. Both bills passed.

    SB 3509 removes an exception for Chicago on the use of quotas. This will make the entire state quota free. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and will continue in the House.

    Mar 21, 2018

       Primary Election Results

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    From Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

    Yesterday’s primary was generally very good for the FOP endorsed candidates.  Of the 18 endorsed candidates, 3 did not have primaries, 4 lost and 11 won.  In addition, although the FOP did not endorse candidates for constitutional office, the Democratic candidates for Governor and Attorney General, Pritzker and Raoul, were labor endorsed candidates and are the best-case scenario for the FOP.

    Brian Stewart, John D’Amico and Marc Bell did not have primaries.  Dan Burke and David Reis both lost.  Dan Burke’s loss was a big negative for the FOP, but it was not a surprise.  The candidate is a long serving incumbent whose district has had a huge demographic change since Burke was first elected.  The district is 75% Hispanic now, and he was challenged by a Hispanic candidate.  Reis was the one pick up for Proft and Uhlien who spent over $5 million on a variety of candidates.  Despite the defeat of Reis, who supported the recent tax increase, Proft and Uhlien suffered general losses across the board, and were two of the biggest losers overall.  This was made most clear with Durkin’s decisive defeat of Straub, as taking out Durkin was a key point of the Proft plan.  Silverstein also lost a brutal primary defending his Democratic North Suburban seat.  He was defeated by an SEIU member who is a progressive Democrat and he will be the next Senator after the General. Nic Zito also lost.  He was running against a Proft backed candidate to replace Fortner in DuPage County.

    The endorsed candidates overall had relatively strong victories.  Martwick and Rita were two House Democrat incumbents who both had huge victories in defending their seats.  Dan Didtech is running to keep Representative Sente’s seat Democrat, and he had a clear victory in his Lake County District.  Lance Yednock, a generally labor supported candidate, won in his effort to beat Republican Long in Ottawa.  Terri Bryant, Norrine Hammond, C.D. Davidsmeyer and Dan Brady all defended themselves against Proft backed candidates trying to take them out in House Republican Primaries.  While these races started out close, they all ended up decisive victories.  Andrew Chesney and Eddie Corrigan both defended House Republican seats as new candidates and both beat Proft supported candidates. 

    While there were ultimately no upsets in the Governor’s race, it was the most compelling race of the primary, in both parties.  Pritzker beat expectations and won with a larger margin than any experts predicted, beating both Kennedy who slightly underperformed and Biss who beat expectations.  Pritzker’s race was one of the first races to be called.  Rauner, in contrast, faced a much narrower reelection than was expected against challenger Ives.  The race was not ultimately decided until late in the evening.  This was important, because it showed how vulnerable Rauner is going into the General Election.  Pritzker received near double the votes in the primary than Rauner did.

    The major upset of the night was Kwame Raoul’s win over Pat Quinn.  Both candidates were running as Democratic candidates for Attorney General.  Although former Governor Quinn had numerous negatives, he was positioned to do well because of high name recognition in an 8-way primary.  Kwame was able to message effectively in the last weeks before the primary, and ultimately carried the night.  Kwame will face off against Republican Erica Harold in the General Election.

    Jul 18, 2018

       Mid-March Legislative Update

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Monday, March 19, 2018

    From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

    Last week was the last week of session prior to a three-week break.  The unusually long break is due to a week off for the primary election which is on March 20, combined with a typical two-week spring break.  When the General Assembly returns, there is one week of session prior to the Committee deadline in both the House and the Senate.  The unusually busy primary with primary opponents on both sides of the governor’s race, as well as contested primaries for both Republicans and Democrats for legislative seats throughout the state has generally reduced legislative action in both chambers.  This means that the first week of April will likely see more bills moved than January, February and March combined.

    The Primary election has been hotly contested, but the outcomes will likely be Pritzker winning the Democrat spot and he will more than likely face off against incumbent Rauner in the General Election in November.  Many of the legislative primaries are tighter races.  Other than a few races which are for open seats, these legislative races can generally be characterized as more extreme members of each party challenging moderate counterpoints.  The Illinois Policy Institute is dumping millions of dollars into races to take out any republican who supported the recent tax increase or who is viewed as too moderate.  One example of this is the challenge of Republican House Leader Jim Durkin by Mickey Straub.  Similarly, several Democrats are facing challenges from progressive members of the party.  One such long serving Democrat is Bob Rita, who represents Blue Island.  He is being challenged by Mary Carvlin. The possible outcome of these races will be an erosion of power for the traditional Democrat and Republican party leadership as new, more independent legislators come into office.

    HB 4271 allows auxiliary officers for counties to live outside the county in which they are acting as auxiliaries.  The legislation moved out of Committee, but the sponsor has agreed to hold the bill on 2nd reading.

    SB 3177 is a bill that fixes an issue with Tier I officers who work for a community with less than 5,000 population who are in an IMRF covered position.  The legislation makes it clear that they remain Tier I when the municipality creates a downstate police pension fund.  The legislation is assigned to committee and will be heard in the first week of April.

    SB 3415 removes the sunset date for the long existing requirement to collect racial data on individuals who are stopped, and the recently created requirement to collect racial data on pedestrian stops.  We are involved in ongoing discussions on the bill, which is currently in committee. 

    Mar 05, 2018

       March Legislative Update

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Monday, March 5, 2018

    From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

    The Illinois General Assembly met last week, with both chambers in session.  The primary focus is moving bills out of committee in anticipation of the committee deadline coming up in approximately one month.  The House is in this upcoming week, and the Senate is in the next week, and both chambers are out for the next three weeks.  The unusual three-week break is due to the mid-March primary and the timing of the traditional two week break on either side of the Easter holiday.

    The main policy debate of last week was legislation dealing with various aspects of gun control.  This issue soared into the political spotlight after the recent school shooting in Florida and the loss of a law enforcement officer in Chicago.  All the legislation dealing with this issue passed the House last week, all with at least some bi-partisan support. The other issue that does not seem to be diminishing in headline value is the issue of sexual harassment claims against various Madigan staffers.  Madigan, who is ultimately responsible for hundreds of employees both as the Speaker of the House and as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, has had two top level campaign staff persons accused of harassment.  This immediately sent the Speaker’s operation into a defensive tail spin, and Madigan has not yet fully gained control of the situation.  Madigan has tried to deal with the situation by increasing communication with both members of his caucus and with the press, a move that is somewhat unusual for the political veteran.  Despite his best efforts, Madigan is coming across as, at best, out of touch.  This is especially problematic for Speaker loyalists, some of whom are facing primary elections.  The timing probably could not be worse, as early voting for the March 20 primary has already started.

    The primary issues have not changed radically for either party over the past weeks.  Ives is still intent on taking out Rauner and has continued to build steam in her campaign.  She has made it into more and more media and picked up positive press along the way; however, she has too large of a gap to narrow to have much hope of victory.  The Democratic gubernatorial primary has tightened up, but in every poll and in every scenario, Pritzker has remained on top since the beginning.  This is due to the huge financial advantage Pritzker has over Kennedy and Biss, and the organization and professional staff that type of financial advantage can buy.  The overcrowded 8-way Democratic race to replace Lisa Madigan, the long-standing Attorney General, seems to have tightened to the two leading challengers, Kwame Raoul and Pat Quinn.

    Legislation of Interest:

    • HB 4701 clarifies that an individual who is in IMRF as a law enforcement officer, who gets transferred to a downstate police pension fund is still a Tier 1 member. The legislation has not yet made it out of committee.
    • HB 5114 which combines the language of HB 4701 with a change in the State Universities Retirement System to reinstate the law enforcement benefit for Tier 2 university police. The legislation has not yet made it out of committee. 
    • HB 5350 makes changes to reinstate the alternative formula for tier 2 conservation police. The legislation has not yet made it out of committee.

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