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Illinois’ sesame labeling law likely to pull nation’s food producers into the requirement

Story originally published for The Center Square on August 1st, 2019, by author Cole Lauterbach. Link to original article may be found HERE Illinois’ newest law is likely to have a nationwide effect on food warning labels across the country, according to an industry expert. The law enacted late last month requires any packaged retail product sold…

Zip code breakdown shows where the money is in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax plan

Below is an article posted to the Chicago Tribune by contributor Dan Petrella on July 22nd, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE. Photo credit to Stacey Wescott of the Chicago Tribune.  Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pitched his graduated-rate income tax plan by emphasizing that only a tiny sliver of Illinois residents…

Editorial: To declutter Illinois and save dollars, eliminate townships

Original article written by the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board for the Chicago Tribune on June 17th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photography credit to John J. Kim, Staff Photographer for the Chicago Tribune.  How many units of government do you think there are in Illinois? Two thousand? Five thousand? Try 6,963.…

Property Tax Relief is Next ‘Think Big’ Idea for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Lawmakers to Face

Original article written by Rick Pearson for the Chicago Tribune on June 10th, 2019. Link to original story may be found HERE. Photo Credit to Brian Cassella, staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Gov. J.B. Pritzker hailed the accomplishments of state lawmakers for checking off the major items of his “think big” agenda this spring, saying…

Illinois Senate passes bill barring pension double-dipping for local politicians

Original story written for the Illinois Policy Institute by Joe Barnas, published May 1st, 2019. Link to the original article may be found HERE Local elected leaders will not be paid public salaries while collecting public pensions if a bill approved by the Illinois Senate becomes law. Senate Bill 1236, introduced by Illinois Senate Assistant…

Illinois Lawmaker Wants Clearer Labeling For Sesame

Originally written for National Public Radio – Illinois on 4/21/19 by Mary Hansen. Link to original article may be found HERE. Around 150,000 children have an allergy to sesame, a study from Northwestern University shows. A proposal at the Illinois Statehouse could help parents and children avoid foods with the ingredient. State Rep. Jonathan Carroll’s eight-year-old…

With Eye Toward Cost Reductions, Carroll Targets Townships

Originally written for Journal & Topics by “Journal Staff” on April 11th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE. Continuing his efforts to scale back the size and number of units of local government, and to reduce skyrocketing property taxes, State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th) passed bipartisan consolidation legislation out of Illinois the…

Carroll Government Consolidation, Tax Relief Bill Passes House

Press Release copied below for ease of access. Press Release… from State Representative Jonathan Carroll FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: April 8, 2019 847-229-5499 [email protected] @RepCarroll Carroll Government Consolidation, Tax Relief Bill Passes House SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing his efforts to scale back the size and number of units of local government, and to…

House Passes Bill Banning Smoking in Vehicles with Children Present

Story originally published on NBC’s Week.com by Tim Shelly, link to original article may be found HERE SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The Illinois House has approved a measure which would ban people from smoking in vehicles transporting children. House Bill 2276 would fine motorists $100 to $250 for smoking in a car with minors present,…

Fair Tax vs. Jobs Tax

UPDATE 4/23/2019: Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) has filed SJRCA0001 which should be voted upon sometime in the next few weeks in the Senate.  Thank you and please reach out anytime.   Friends, I wanted to take a moment to quickly address some of the messaging you may have been seeing around the Governor’s proposed…
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