Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor (10/23)

October 23, 2023



Gun laws, scholarship tax credits, nuclear energy – but not new spending – on table for veto session

“When lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for their annual fall veto session, they have a full agenda, including a handful of vetoes from Gov. JB Pritzker to consider overriding, in addition to deciding whether to revive a private school scholarship program,” by Capitol News Illinois.

Supporters of Invest in Kids scholarship make new proposal hoping to get more support from lawmakers

“The General Assembly could consider a plan during veto session to continue the tax credit that drives the Invest in Kids scholarship program as advocates propose a plan they hope will get more lawmakers on board,” by The Daily Line.



Police Union, Johnson Reach Deal to 2-Year Contract Extension with Bigger Raises, Bonuses for Cops

“Mayor Brandon Johnson announced Friday that negotiators had reached a deal to extend the contract for Chicago’s more than 10,000 police officers for an additional two years with an agreement that includes bigger than expected raises and bonuses, as well as changes city officials said will reduce murders and crime on public transit,” by WTTW.

Mayor Brandon Johnson hints at return of guaranteed income program

“A pilot launched under former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot provided 5,000 residents with $500 a month for a year with no strings attached,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Alderpeople hear update on O’Hare modernizations, migrants during discussion on Aviation Department budget

“Chicago Department of Aviation Comm. Jamie Rhee answered alderpersons’ questions about O’Hare airport’s massive modernization effort and migrant arrivals during a budget hearing Friday evening,” by The Daily Line.

City Council pushes procurement officer to ‘be a bull in a China shop’ to award minority contracts

“Echoing comments similar to those offered up during budget hearings past, alderpeople pushed the city’s chief procurement officer Friday to do better in awarding contracts to minority-owned and women-owned firms,” by The Daily Line.

Branching out? Streets and Sanitation boss reports 172% ramp-up in Chicago tree trimming

“Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Cole Stallard said Friday his crews have trimmed 53,188 trees since Jan. 1, a vast improvement over the 19,525 trees trimmed during the same period a year ago,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.


Beltway Briefing: A House GOP Exorcism

As President Biden manages instability abroad, the House GOP Conference continues its search for a speaker. Featuring CPS’ Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Hon. Rodney Davis, and Towner French.

Listen to the full Beltway Briefing here.


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