This past week, Illinois lawmakers approved legislation to raise the state corporate and personal income tax. In explaining the need for the effort, Gov. Pat Quinn explained that the state's "fiscal house was burning." Indeed, faced with a revenue shortfall of $15 billion, legislators garnered the political will to enact sensible means to generate sorely-needed revenue.
For the first time in the nation, Wal-Mart
has agreed to a higher wage standard at a new store to be built in
Chicago, Illinois. The retail giant’s commitment was part of an
agreement to assure City Council support for zoning approvals, on which the
Council voted Wednesday. The deal also concludes a six-year fight
over what will be only Wal-Mart’s second store in the Windy City. As we
reported previously, Wal-Mart reached a stalemate with labor unions in
2006, after the City
Council passed an industry-specific wage standard for big box
retailers, which was later vetoed
by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Chicago (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation into law that aims at reducing
bullying in Illinois schools.
Quinn signed the bill
Sunday at a Chicago school and the law goes into effect immediately.
His office says the measure expands the definition of bullying to
include communications via e-mail, text message or social networking Web
Quinn says the new law "helps schools
protect students so they can succeed both inside and outside of the
Illinois has enacted a law that will take away a necessary protection for landline phone consumers. SB 107 strips away the authority of the Illinois Commerce Commission to ensure that landline phone users — residing in 78 percent of households in the state - receive reliable and affordable phone service. Under the law, Internet-based phone services would be completely unregulated. The ICC has been instrumental in promoting universal access to telecommunications services in the state, as mandated by the state’s Telecommunications Act that was last updated in 2001. It required a service provider to offer high-speed Internet access to at least 90 percent of homes outside of the Chicago Metropolitan area. This newly enacted law eliminates such requirement and the ability of Illinoisans to access affordable High-Speed Internet services. Consequently, the law threatens to reduce investment in broadband that could make the state more competitive in the global market.