Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (5/23)
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
Gov. JB Pritzker today signed legislation House Bill 2775 into law, banning discrimination in housing selection based on source of income, including non-employment income such as Section 8 vouchers or disability payments.
More information on the new law is here.
On Friday, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1975 into law, hoping to streamline property tax relief for seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
SB 1975 increases the general homestead exemption and senior citizens homestead exemption, reduces interest rates on tax deferrals for seniors, and allows for automatic renewal of the homestead exemption for qualified people with disabilities in Cook County. The legislation includes the following provisions:
The bill took effect immediately. More information is here.
After declining to vote on Friday, the City Council ’s special casino committee voted 27-3 to approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot ’s casino authorization ordinance ( SO2022-1316) and a resolution affirming a “host community agreement ” set to be inked between the city and the city ’s choice operator, Bally ’s.
The package now heads to the full City Council for final approval on Wednesday.
The casino is expected to be a long-term boon for city coffers: officials estimate a fully operational venue will bring in $200 million a year in tax revenue, funding which is earmarked for Chicago ’s beleaguered police and fire pensions.
The 2022 midterm elections are set to be historic, and Tuesday was the most dramatic night of the primary election season to date. Voters in five states, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Idaho, Kentucky, and Oregon, cast ballots for Senate, governor, and House. Some of the highest-profile battles were fought in Pennsylvania, where the night ’s marquee contest — the GOP Senate primary — has yet to be decided.
Members of Public Strategies ’ Pennsylvania team – including Jim Davis, Joe Hill, and Kevin Kerr – join Howard Schweitzer and Mark Alderman to discuss the key takeaways from the primary election in the commonwealth, which in many ways encapsulates America’s choice in the 2022 midterms.
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