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Democrats agree to repay short-term loans
The state’s leading Democratic budgeteers have agreed to repay $ 2 billion in short-term loans with better-than-expected state revenues.
The state borrowed $ 3.2 billion from a federal fund during the pandemic.
Governor JB Pritzker wanted to use federal COVID-19 relief to pay off the debt, but federal guidelines do not allow that. His office said Thursday, with higher revenues than originally forecast, it could pay off some of that debt.
The legislature takes the weekend off
Illinois lawmakers are taking the weekend off, but if they return on Monday they will only have 8 days to pass a budget and other laws by simple majority.
If lawmakers don’t pass a Democratic-drawn card by May 31, it is expected to have to return to a special session by June 30 to pass a card.
Bill searches all student bathrooms for feminine hygiene products
A measure directed to the Illinois Senate would require feminine hygiene products to be provided in all bathrooms for 4th to 12th grade students.
The measure was not without debate. Republican MP Andrew Chesney said there was no need to bring the products into boys’ bathrooms.
Democratic MP Kathleen Willis said it could be young people born women who identify as men who would benefit from the mandate.
The bill is house bill 156.
SALT measure goes to the governor
It is up to the governor with a measure that allows certain businesses to deduct the high state and local taxes of Illinois when filing federal tax returns.
Senate Bill 2531 passed the House unanimously Thursday after it passed the Senate unanimously last month.
Bill sponsors say the measure is revenue neutral for the state as it only affects federal tax returns.
Legislative cards are expected shortly
Illinois House Democrats say they expect to release their proposed legislation redistribution cards soon, but they still cannot say exactly when or what dates will be used.
Rep Elizabeth Hernandez said she was working on putting all the data together but was not specific. S.
He said a lawsuit about what data will be used for the cards is expected.
The Supreme Court decides in the Mautino case
The Illinois Supreme Court found that the campaign for a former state representative who became an Illinois Auditor General was in violation of the Campaign Funding Act.
In the 2016 case, it was alleged that Frank Mautino misused campaign funds from his time as state legislator for vehicle repairs and gasoline when this should only have allowed mileage reimbursement.
The plaintiff’s attorney who brought the case said that Illinois taxpayers and voters deserve the honesty of their elected and appointed government officials.