The Illinois House of Representatives this week took action to override many pieces of legislation vetoed by the Governor and dealt with new bills brought forth by members for consideration. Below is an overview regarding some of the major bills. Legislators will be back in Springfield for another Veto session November 7th through November 9th. As a reminder to override a Veto issued by the governor it takes 71 votes in the House.

Local Right to Work Zones:
  • Senate Bill 1905 (SB 1905) - Creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State that employers, employees, and their labor organizations are free to bargain collectively. Provides that the authority to enact laws or rules that restrict the use of union security agreements between an employer and a labor organization vests exclusively with the General Assembly. Prohibits local governments from establishing a right to work zone. Those elected officials who do so are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Override failed in the House (70-42).
Credit Reporting Consumer Fees:
  • House Bill 4095 (HB 4095) - Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that a consumer reporting agency may not impose a charge on a consumer for placing a freeze, removing a freeze, or temporarily lifting a freeze. Passed in House (109-0).
Student artwork displayed online and at Tollway oases through November 3

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Beginning today, October 27, through Friday, November 3, the public can go online and vote for their favorite entry in the 2018 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest sponsored by the Illinois Tollway, Blick Art Materials and MB Real Estate Services Inc. (MBRE). The top 10 semifinalist entries in the student art contest can be viewed on the Tollway’s website and at Illinois Tollway oases. 

“The artwork submitted by students illustrates what they think makes Illinois a great state,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “The public now has the chance to help us choose from among the best submissions we received which artwork will make the cover of our 2018 map.”

In celebration of the State of Illinois’ bicentennial in 2018, the Illinois Tollway invited students to illustrate the different things that make Illinois a great state and submit artwork that focuses on what makes them #IllinoisProud. More than 120 students from 25 schools throughout the region, from Chicago to Rockford, participated in the art contest.
Thank you, Comcast Newsmakers for allowing me the opportunity to speak to your viewership about some of the important issues the General Assembly focused on this year.

Former members of the Guard and Reserve who do not have any periods of active duty other than their initial active duty for training and annual training are now eligible to receive “Veteran” on their driver’s licenses. 

"This bill ensures that every man and woman who has served this state and nation is recognized,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. "Our veterans have given so much for us, and I am glad Illinois is taking this step to expand designations."
 
Last year, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2173 to allow National Guard members and reservists to obtain the veteran identifier on their Illinois driver's license. Read more:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input on the state's rest areas.

To enhance traveler safety and comfort, IDOT maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout the state, which serve more than 36 million visitors annually. IDOT wants to make sure these service centers are kept clean, safe, and updated with travel-related amenities to enhance the travel experience for Illinois residents and visitors.

Illinois' rest areas and welcome centers are open 24 hours a day and feature restroom facilities, picnic areas, lighted walkways, maps, security cameras, parking for recreational vehicles, and commercial trucks, among other services.

Help shape the future planning of rest areas by completing IDOT's Illinois Rest Area Survey.

For a paper copy of the survey call 402-399-1405.
Today Rep. Sosnowski had the opportunity to meet with fifth-grade students at Cherry Valley Elementary School and explain his role as a legislator as part of the "Principal for a Day" program. Great conversation and good questions. We are fortunate to have such outstanding teachers and students here in Illinois' 69th District.  

Thank you to all the farmers and farm families of Boone and Winnebago Counties on #NationalFarmersDay! We are grateful for the way you cultivate our land as you grow the crops that feed Illinois and the world. Remember to #ThankAFarmer today!

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski receives the "Friend of Agriculture" Award from the
Illinois Farm Bureau in 2014.
Thank you, Triangle Metals in Rockford for offering a tour of your manufacturing facility for the 2017 Regional Manufacturing Day! The tour offered an opportunity for high school students to see details of the industry and learn about modern manufacturing techniques.

Federal Tax Reform

On October 5, 2017, the Federal House of Representatives passed its 2018 budget resolution by a vote of 219-206, reaffirming GOP lawmakers commitment to bring forth tax reform. The justification for tax reform isn’t simply the code’s convoluted structure, but history has shown that tax reform spurs job and economic growth. It is not a simple task to balance reform and the federal deficit, but it is important for Illinoisans to know how proposed changes will affect them financially.

The federal tax code originally started with 400 pages and has grown to a monstrosity of 75,000 pages containing 4 million 
words. The current GOP Tax reform plan seeks to consolidate the federal government’s seven tax brackets into three, reduce tax rate burdens, eliminating some benefits and deductions, and close loopholes that are contributing to the federal deficit. As with any government discussion focused on policy changes advocates and lobbyists fighting to keep their perks eventually become winners or losers.
State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) spoke at and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony  for Natural Choice in Loves Park today. We are very excited for the economic opportunities and job growth the addition of this manufacturing facility brings to our area.