Thursday, January 31, 2013
New state senator, representative will serve with on Lt. Gov. Simon’s Firearms Working Group. Morrison also named to five committees.
State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and state Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) were named to Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s Firearms Working Group this week to help the state craft responsible gun policy. Drury and Morrison will work with other freshmen members of the Illinois General Assembly of both parties. They will meet with stakeholders like the Illinois Rifle Association, the Brady PAC, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, mental health professionals, gun manufacturers and crime victims. “When it comes to this issue, the legislature has no time to lose, Morrison said in a news release. “I hope that we can reach a consensus that allows for responsible gun ownership with commonsense safety measures. The conversation needs to move …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Deerfield’s Julie Morrison replaces Lake Forest’s Susan Garrett as area’s state senator.
State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) took her seat in the 98th Illinois General Assembly today after being sworn into office fully aware of the seriousness of the job facing her yet honored to be part of the process. “The gravity of the fiscal uncertainty I will be facing is tempering the excitement I feel,” Morrison said Tuesday on her way to Springfield. Earlier: Morrison Defeats Friedman in IL 29thState Senate Race Morrison will replace former state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) whose retirement became official at noon today when Morrison took her seat. Concentrating on job creation, economic development and a business friendly economic climate, Morrison also considers the environment, especially the protection of Lake Michigan…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Fall Veto Session to decide gambling, pension reform, and red-light cameras.
An Elgin man who pleaded guilty to and was convicted of murder in a 2001 slaying has been granted a retrial after he argued that his previous 30-year prison sentence was not harsh enough. Benny Deanda Jr., 26, of Elgin, was given a 30-year-sentence for the murder of 16-year-old Mario Jiminez. As the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session rallies on in Springfield, debates over gambling, pension reform, red-light cameras in Chicago and tax cuts for Sears and other companies threatening to leave the state remain ongoing. Last-minute action on any of these issues is likely. See where the issues stand and stay posted with the Huffington Post coverage of the Illinois Fall Veto Session. A Harvard couple was arrested Nov. 8 for mistreating…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Redrawn 29th State Senate District will include portions of Buffalo Grove.
Veteran state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) said today she will not seek re-election in 2012, setting up an open seat race in a district she has represented since it was drawn by the General Assembly 10 years ago. Garrett will serve the remainder of her term, which expires in January, 2013. She will retire from public life, according to a news release she sent today (Wednesday). Garrett currently represents all or part of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Highwood, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glencoe, Northbrook, Glenview and Des Plaines. The new 29th State Senate District will include less of Glencoe, Glenview and Northbrook, but take in part of Buffalo Grove. “It was a pretty easy decision,” Garrett said. “I’ve accomplished a lot and will …
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Illinois General Assembly's proposal would funnel funds now received by municipalities to the state budget, reducing Buffalo Grove's revenue by more than $900,000.
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Buffalo Grove Village Board will consider a resolution on Monday urging the Illinois General Assembly to halt consideration of a proposal that would reduce the local share of Illinois income tax receipts by 30 percent. Entitled “A Resolution Opposing Reduction of State Collected Revenues Due Municipalities,” the action of the Board would solidify the village’s opposition to the controversial proposal. (See attached PDF.) Under the proposal, the municipal share of income taxes would be reduced by $23.40 per capita and diverted to the state’s budget, creating an estimated $300 million decline in revenue to local governments. Locally, the proposal would reduce revenue to the village by more than $900,000. Village President Elliott …