Illinois General Assembly Wrap Up

The Illinois General Assembly is now on summer recess, but before departing from Springfield, the group sent new legislation to the governor for approval.

The $35.7 billion 2015 budget passed both chambers, but had no GOP support in the Senate.

Majority democrats acknowledged that the plan was “incomplete”, as it failed to address an extension of higher income tax rates, due to partially roll back at the end of 2014, which will result in an estimated $1.8 billion revenue drop.

Come November, Illinois residents may be able to register to vote the day of an election, thanks to HB105.

There will also be three questions on the ballot for voters to weigh in on:
Should minimum wage be increased?
Should an extra tax be imposed on millionaires?
Should prescription drug plans be required to include birth control?

Also passed was a measure to erase some juvenile arrest records if the person wasn’t charged. Supporters said it could give young people a better chance at getting a job or being accepted to college.

And $1.1 billion was approved for road and bridge projects.

The legislation now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for approval.

One bill that did get his signature, a law requiring high school students to learn how to operate mobile defibrillators and to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

That mandate will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

The general assembly will reconvene after the November election.

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