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Topinka: Continued federal gridlock will cost Illinois

Posted by Admin On July - 31 - 2011 Comments Off on Topinka: Continued federal gridlock will cost Illinois

 Washington payments to state average more than $70 million a day   


Chicago, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Sunday warned of serious consequences for state finances if Washington lawmakers are unable to reach an agreement on the federal debt ceiling, noting that the state averages more than $70 million in funding per day from Washington for everything from Medicaid to construction projects.

The state’s Chief Fiscal Officer stressed that certain federal payments may continue even if no agreement is reached by Congress, adding that the ultimate impact upon the state will depend upon which payments are prioritized by Washington decision makers.

“This is unchartered territory and there are many unknowns,” Topinka said. “But one thing is clear: Illinois is already billions of dollars in debt and in no condition to pick-up the slack for an abrupt and substantial reduction in federal funding.”

Illinois received more than $17 billion from Washington in fiscal year 2011, not including additional Medicaid funding made available through the federal stimulus bill. Half of those dollars were reimbursements for Medicaid payments, while education, transportation and human services funding combine for approximatly 35 percent of the funds.

Topinka noted that the federal government could choose to continue making some of those payments, while freezing funding for other obligations to the state. For instance, Medicaid could be prioritized by the federal government, allowing Illinois to continue receiving an average of $35 million a day for those payments; while if transportation funding is halted, it would cost the state an average of $8 million a day.

To a certain extent, the state could potentially buy time by fronting dollars or delaying certain payments – but it would not be able to sustain that burden for very long, Topinka added. As of Friday, the state’s bill backlog included more than 185,000 vouchers totaling nearly $3.5 billion to businesses, schools, and social service organizations throughout Illinois.

“Members of Congress need to stop the posturing and get this done,” Topinka said. “They are playing a dangerous game of chicken with the financial health of our families, state and nation. There is still time to avoid a catastrophe – but they need to act now.”###

Debt ceiling crisis: Enough blame to go around

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On July - 30 - 2011 Comments Off on Debt ceiling crisis: Enough blame to go around

By Juanita Bratcher


If you’ve been watching the debt ceiling crisis debate and negotiations on Capitol Hill, by now you’ve heard various plans being tossed around to solve the crisis, word phrases from politicians that change sometimes on a daily basis, and blunt and pointless talk from legislators (the “wheelers and dealers” responsible for solving the debt ceiling crisis) pointing fingers and blaming each other.

America’s credit is on the line and the American people are wondering what the heck is going on. Why can’t these elected officials that we sent to Washington, DC to keep America thriving and at its best playing political games? And some from a childish or spoiler’s standpoint?

Yet, very little, if any, valid compromising has been made between opposing factions on what should be done to ward-off what would be a devastating crisis if America can’t pay its debts and take care of its obligations. This crisis should have been cleared up long before now so that efforts could move forward in making inroads in dealing with the economy and job creation, among other things.

Now, just a few days before the deadline of August 2, 2011 there is still a stalemate, impasse between the two (Democrats and Republicans) or is it the three factions (including the Tea Partyers?)

On Friday (July 29, 2011), House Speaker John Boehner was successful in passing a bill after failed attempts to get the 218 votes needed.

Under Boehner’s plan, the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling would have increased. The debt limit would have increased by $900 billion, a proposed $917 billion in reductions in projected government spending, and another vote by Congress on the debt issue in six months.

Boehner’s plan passed 218 (all Republicans) to 210. No Democrats voted for the bill. But even when voting on the bill, Boehner knew it had no chance of becoming law. Days earlier, 53 Democrats had signed a letter vowing to vote against Boehner’s plan. And even if it had passed the Senate, the bill was facing a DOA from President Barack Obama.

In a statement to the nation Friday (July 29, 2011), prior to the vote on Boehner’s plan, President Obama called on Congress to compromise to avoid defaulting on the Nation’s debt and calling on the American people to make their voices heard in this debate.

 “Right now, the House of Representatives is still trying to pass a bill that a majority of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have already said they won’t vote for.  It’s a plan that would force us to re-live this crisis in just a few short months, holding our economy captive to Washington politics once again,” said Obama. “In other words, it does not solve the problem, and it has no chance of becoming law.”

The president went on to say that “What’s clear now is that any solution to avoid default must be bipartisan.  It must have the support of both parties that were sent here to represent the American people -– not just one faction.  It will have to have the support of both the House and the Senate.” (President Obama’s complete statement is posted on CopyLine’s website) 

Shortly after Boehner’s plan passed the House it was tabled in the Senate by a 59 (53 Democrats and six Republicans) to 41 vote. Then the focus turned to Senate Leader Harry Reid’s plan, one that provides for the government to continue paying its debt until after the November 2012 election. However, Democrat leaders in a press conference said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had declined to negotiate with them.

The clock is ticking away towards August 2. It’s time to put the country first, and stop playing gamesmanship politics that stands to erode America’s good credit rating, lead to economic collapse and stiffen America’s means to fulfill its obligations.

President Obama’s statement on debt negotiations

Posted by Admin On July - 30 - 2011 Comments Off on President Obama’s statement on debt negotiations

President Obama delivered a statement (July 29, 2011) once again calling on Congress to compromise to avoid defaulting on the Nation’s debt and calling on the American people to make their voices heard in this debate.


(The president’s statement was made prior to Boehner’s plan passing in the House and shortly afterwards being tabled in the Senate). The President’s statement follows:


Good morning, everybody.  I want to speak about the ongoing and increasingly urgent efforts to avoid default and reduce our deficit.

Right now, the House of Representatives is still trying to pass a bill that a majority of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have already said they won’t vote for.  It’s a plan that would force us to re-live this crisis in just a few short months, holding our economy captive to Washington politics once again.  In other words, it does not solve the problem, and it has no chance of becoming law.  

What’s clear now is that any solution to avoid default must be bipartisan.  It must have the support of both parties that were sent here to represent the American people -– not just one faction.  It will have to have the support of both the House and the Senate.  And there are multiple ways to resolve this problem.  Senator Reid, a Democrat, has introduced a plan in the Senate that contains cuts agreed upon by both parties.  Senator McConnell, a Republican, offered a solution that could get us through this.  There are plenty of modifications we can make to either of these plans in order to get them passed through both the House and the Senate and would allow me to sign them into law.  And today I urge Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to find common ground on a plan that can get support — that can get support from both parties in the House –- a plan that I can sign by Tuesday. 

Now, keep in mind, this is not a situation where the two parties are miles apart.  We’re in rough agreement about how much spending can be cut responsibly as a first step toward reducing our deficit.  We agree on a process where the next step is a debate in the coming months on tax reform and entitlement reform –- and I’m ready and willing to have that debate.  And if we need to put in place some kind of enforcement mechanism to hold us all accountable for making these reforms, I’ll support that too if it’s done in a smart and balanced way.   

So there are plenty of ways out of this mess.  But we are almost out of time.  We need to reach a compromise by Tuesday so that our country will have the ability to pay its bills on time, as we always have — bills that include monthly Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits and the government contracts we’ve signed with thousands of businesses.  Keep in mind, if we don’t do that, if we don’t come to an agreement, we could lose our country’s AAA credit rating, not because we didn’t have the capacity to pay our bills — we do — but because we didn’t have a AAA political system to match our AAA credit rating.

And make no mistake -– for those who say they oppose tax increases on anyone, a lower credit rating would result potentially in a tax increase on everyone in the form of higher interest rates on their mortgages, their car loans, their credit cards.  And that’s inexcusable.

There are a lot of crises in the world that we can’t always predict or avoid -– hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks.  This isn’t one of those crises.  The power to solve this is in our hands.  And on a day when we’ve been reminded how fragile the economy already is, this is one burden we can lift ourselves.   We can end it with a simple vote –- a vote that Democrats and Republicans have been taking for decades, a vote that the leaders in Congress have taken for decades.

It’s not a vote that allows Congress to spend more money.  Raising the debt ceiling simply gives our country the ability to pay the bills that Congress has already racked up.  I want to emphasize that.  The debt ceiling does not determine how much more money we can spend, it simply authorizes us to pay the bills we already have racked up.  It gives the United States of America the ability to keep its word. 

Now, on Monday night, I asked the American people to make their voice heard in this debate, and the response was overwhelming.  So please, to all the American people, keep it up.  If you want to see a bipartisan compromise -– a bill that can pass both houses of Congress and that I can sign — let your members of Congress know.  Make a phone call.  Send an email.  Tweet.  Keep the pressure on Washington, and we can get past this.

And for my part, our administration will be continuing to work with Democrats and Republicans all weekend long until we find a solution.  The time for putting party first is over.  The time for compromise on behalf of the American people is now.  And I am confident that we can solve this problem.  I’m confident that we will solve this problem.  For all the intrigue and all the drama that’s taking place on Capitol Hill right now, I’m confident that common sense and cooler heads will prevail.

But as I said earlier, we are now running out of time.  It’s important for everybody to step up and show the leadership that the American people expect.

Thank you. 

P.S. Check out this infographic to find out how we accumulated so mach national debt in the first place:

See the Chart

What happens if we don’t raise the debt ceiling?

Posted by Admin On July - 30 - 2011 Comments Off on What happens if we don’t raise the debt ceiling?

Worth Repeating


(From the Office of  U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Representing the 2nd District of Illinois)


July has been a busy month here on Capitol Hill, one reason being the debate over increasing the debt limit. This debate isn’t just empty, partisan rhetoric – the outcome will have a real impact on every American family. I want to explain to you what these discussions are about, and more importantly what it will mean for you and your family.

What is the debt ceiling?

The debt ceiling is the legal limit on borrowing by the federal government. Prior to World War I, Congress had to approve any borrowing to finance the federal government’s operations on an individual basis. As the nation entered the War, lawmakers agreed to give the federal government approval on most types of borrowing so long as it did not total more than the legal limit approved by Congress.

The current debt limit is $14.294 trillion.

Why does the nation have so much debt?

The nation has always held a notable amount of debt. During the last decade, the national debt soared an additional $4.36 trillion due to the debt-financed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, increases in defense spending, the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 and the Medicare Prescription drug plan. Decreased tax revenue as well as emergency spending such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have also caused the nation’s increased debt.

Why should we raise the ceiling?

While we reached the ceiling on May 16th of this year, the U.S. Treasury has engaged in a number of methods to prevent us from failing to meet our financial commitments. On August 2, without being able to borrow more funds, our nation will essentially no longer be able to pay our bills.

The Federal government incurs debt in order to fully finance vital domestic programs, fund our troops in combat and pay interest on outstanding loans. Without an increase in the current borrowing limits, the federal government will be unable to meet these and other obligations.

What happens if we do not raise the debt ceiling?

Business leaders and economists agree that a failure to raise the debt ceiling will have a catastrophic effect on our economic recovery and the international and domestic markets. The debt ceiling has been raised by Congress nearly one hundred times since it was established during the first World War, so there is no precedent for a situation in which it has not been raised.

However, if a compromise cannot be reached and the Treasury Department is unable to pay our debt obligations or increase the nation’s legal borrowing limit, economists predict a number of events may occur:

The Federal government will be unable to pay nearly one-third of its current spending and may also be unable to pay interest on the nation’s debt. U.S. stocks and bonds will lose value. Credit rating agencies, like Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s will likely downgrade the United States’ AAA credit rating. Interest rates will rise for credit cards, mortgages and other loans, affecting the day to day life of every American. Businesses may lose faith in the government’s ability to pay its debts and will be less likely to invest in new development and job creation.

As the strongest economy in the world, if our nation falters, other nations will likely follow jeopardizing the fragile international economic recovery. We cannot afford to let this happen.

Why is this issue controversial now?

You may have heard a lot of talk in the media lately about the federal debt ceiling. Some Members of Congress are willing to play a high-stakes game of chicken with our economic recovery, threatening not to raise the ceiling unless they can tie it to damaging, politically-motivated budget cuts.

Congress has consistently raised the debt ceiling without controversy. In fact, since 1980, the debt ceiling has been raised 39 times. Congressional leaders of both parties agree that failing to raise the debt ceiling would have tremendous consequences for our economy. Yet, a deal has not been reached by Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration that both parties can support that does not threaten our economic recovery or any of the vital social safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

I hope this was helpful in explaining the debt ceiling issue. I’ll keep fighting to make sure we avoid this major hit to our economic recovery and without cuts to important federal programs that benefit individuals throughout the 2nd Congressional District. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with additional questions or if we can be of service to you in any way.


Nation’s top black lawyers and judges to convene at Annual Conference in Baltimore

Posted by Admin On July - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Nation’s top black lawyers and judges to convene at Annual Conference in Baltimore



Washington, D.C.  – Thousands of members of the National Bar Association (NBA), one of the nation’s premier legal organizations, will gather in Baltimore, Maryland from July 31-August 4 to attend seminars and forums in conjunction with the organization’s 86th annual convention. Commencing with a joint-town hall meeting with the American Bar Association entitled, “The War Against Foreclosures: Combating Foreclosures and the Mortgage Crisis in Communities of Color,” the 86th Annual Convention will be the foreground for discussing the nation’s top legal, social and economic issues.


On Tuesday, August 2, leading education experts, and White House representatives will be featured in a showcase entitled, “The New Civil Rights Frontier: Deconstructing the School-to-Prison-Pipeline.” The panel will discuss the disparities that exist within the school system, along with the extreme disciplinary actions taken in the educational system that disproportionately affect children of color.  


The NBA will also present an “Executive Director’s Forum” on Wednesday, August 3, which will feature National Basketball Players Association’s (NBPA) executive director, William “Billy” Hunter and National Football League Players (NFLPA) Association’s DeMaurice Smith. The forum, which will be held Wednesday, August 3, will be one of the first joint public appearances since the NFLPA settled a collective bargaining agreement on Monday. The forum will highlight the historic role that the NBPA and NFLPA respectively, has played in fighting for benefits and job security for its members, and ensuring that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court and field. They will field questions on the issue of the moment, the process of collective bargaining with the NBA and NFL.


86th Annual Convention participants include: Cathy Hughes, Founder of Radio One, Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, U.S. Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary of Education, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Allison Brown, Executive Director, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Kim Keenan, General Counsel, NAACP Legal Department, George W. Madison, General Counsel, United States Department of Treasury, Yolanda McGill, General Counsel, Fair Housing and Fair Lending Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Angela Rye, General Counsel and Executive Director, Congressional Black Caucus, and Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to the Senior Advisor, The White House.  


The National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. The organization seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession. For further information about the National Bar Association, visit www.nationalbar.org.  


National Bar Association, 1225 11th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001


Illinois Attorney General nets two arrests in child porn operation

Posted by Admin On July - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Illinois Attorney General nets two arrests in child porn operation

Sangamon and Will County arrests bring total to 24 in statewide effort to combat child pornography


Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today that two suspects, one from Sangamon County and another from Will County, are the 23rd and 24th arrests in ”Operation Glass House” as part of the statewide crackdown on the most active traffickers of online child pornography.

“Operation Glass House is approaching its one-year mark,” Attorney General Madigan said. “While we have made progress in battling the horrific crime of child pornography in Illinois, these arrests demonstrate that we must—and will—continue to pursue these offenders and put them behind bars.”

Will County Arrest

David Zalewski, 42, of Beecher, will appear in bond court this afternoon following his Tuesday, July 26. The Will County Sheriff’s police assisted Attorney General Madigan’s investigators in the arrest after executing a search warrant at Zalewski’s residence in Beecher. Computers and media containing evidence of alleged child pornography were recovered at the scene. Zalewski was taken to the Will County Jail where he was charged with Possession of Aggravated Child Pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The Will County State’s Attorney’s office will prosecute the case.

Sangamon County Arrest

On Monday, July 25, Sangamon County Sheriff’s officers assisted Madigan investigators in the arrest of David Finley, 27, of Springfield, after a search warrant executed at his residence revealed evidence of alleged child pornography on computers and various media. Finley is being held in the Sangamon County Jail with bond set at $250,000. He is charged with Distribution of Aggravated Child Pornography, a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in IDOC, and Possession of Aggravated Child Pornography, a Class 2 felony.

Operation Glass House

In August 2010, Attorney General Madigan announced the initiative, dubbed Operation Glass House, to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois using the unique identifier known as an Internet protocol (IP) address that is assigned to a computer when it accesses the Internet. When Operation Glasshouse began last year, more than 8,000 IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by the Attorney General’s office investigators. That number today has dropped below 4,700 IP addresses.

Studies have shown that users of child pornography are more likely to be sexual abusers of children. There are 21,400 sex offenders listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which 85 percent committed a crime against a child. The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is located at www.isp.state.il.us.

Madigan also works with local and national law enforcement organizations to address Internet exploitation of children and women. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, administers the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC office has been involved in 367 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 128,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Survey: Youth employment crisis being ignored

Posted by Admin On July - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Survey: Youth employment crisis being ignored

Is enough being done about the youth employment crisis?

Youth Advocates Say No!


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — A recent survey of almost 300 youth workforce development professionals from across the U.S. indicates that not enough is being done about the current youth employment crisis.

Few people give significant attention to the results of surveys, however, when almost 90% of people who work in or are associated with youth programs rate youth employment advocacy efforts unsatisfactory, it is glaringly obvious that there needs to be some sort of change.

The survey, conducted by EDSC, a national youth employment consulting firm, was developed in response to the alarmingly high youth unemployment rate, especially among young African American males. Most recent unemployment figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent. And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.

The youth relying on these programs for help getting jobs are being shortchanged. There is no national call for action on this issue and the programs that serve them are not ringing the alarm.

Although survey respondents cite lack of resources for advocacy and lack of leadership as barriers to resolving this crisis, getting the public concerned topped the list. “This issue is not a major concern to your average American citizen,” states report author, Edward DeJesus. “There must be a national effort to change public and private perception about unemployed youth and the promise that employment brings to their lives.”

The full survey report can be viewed online at the following URL: http://tinyurl.com/3oyzfv9

About EDSC

EDSC conducts research on effective practices and policies associated with the provision of services for at-risk youth. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, YDRF identifies and disseminates information on how to effectively provide young adults with viable education, employment and developmental opportunities.

To contact Edward:  e-mail: edscinfo@gmail.com or vist www.edwarddejesus.com

Sec’y of State Jesse White urges Illinois authors to add their names to Illinois Authors Wiki

Posted by Admin On July - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Sec’y of State Jesse White urges Illinois authors to add their names to Illinois Authors Wiki


 Springfield, IL — Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging Illinois authors with published books to submit their names for possible inclusion in the Illinois Authors Wiki (http://www.illinoisauthors.org).

“Illinois has a long and rich literary heritage that includes such greats as Gwendolyn Brooks, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg and Studs Terkel,” said White.  “Many of our authors have made and continue to make an enormous impact on the literary world.  The Illinois Authors Wiki allows us to have a vast and comprehensive resource about Illinois authors. I encourage all Illinois authors with published books to be a part of the Illinois Authors Wiki.”

The Illinois Authors Wiki is a project of the Illinois Center for the Book, a division of the Illinois State Library.  The Illinois Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It works to connect readers and writers and honor the state’s literary heritage.

Published illustrators and photographers are also eligible for inclusion in the Wiki.  To be eligible, an author must be or have been an Illinois resident. Authors must write about Illinois subjects of interest (Abraham Lincoln, Chicago Cubs, etc.), or about actual or fictional places specifically set in Illinois.  

For more information contact Bonnie Matheis, Coordinator, Illinois Center for the Book at bmatheis@ilsos.net or 217-558-2065.

Kirk addresses Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Task Force Report

Posted by Admin On July - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Kirk addresses Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Task Force Report

Highlights Lessons Learned in Wake of Japanese Nuclear Crisis

Proposes Six Immediate, Long-Term Safety Improvements

Need to Move Nuclear Waste from Lake Michigan Shoreline


Washington, DC – Following the release of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Task Force report, which was unveiled 90 days after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today spoke to NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko and Task Force members to offer comments on the report and deliver a strong message that nuclear power production must continue in light of the events at Fukushima. With the state of Illinois relying on nuclear power for nearly half of its electricity and being home to more nuclear power plants than any state in the country, Sen. Kirk urged the NRC and the nuclear industry to implement immediate and long-term safety improvements.

“We should apply the lessons learned from Fukushima to protect the people of Illinois,” Senator Kirk said.  “The disaster at Fukushima is an opportunity to upgrade the safety of nuclear reactors in America.” 

Sen. Kirk proposed/endorsed six improvements to American nuclear power production including:

1) Increasing safety measures and integrating emergency operating procedures

2) Implementing sensible measures to increase flood protections

3) Enhancing containment venting capabilities 

4) Installing remote monitoring controls of spent fuel pool conditions

5) Advancing capabilities to cope with prolonged station black out conditions for an initial 8 hours and an additional 72 hours utilizing preplanned and pre-staged resources

6) Expanding Emergency Planning Zones around U.S. nuclear plants from the current 10 mile radius to approximately 12.5 miles, as used in Japan

Sen. Kirk urged the NRC to move nuclear waste from the Lake Michigan shoreline.  At the decommissioned Zion nuclear power plant, 1,000 tons of highly radioactive waste are stored just 200 yards from the shoreline.  The Great Lakes are the source for over 90 percent of America’s fresh water.  Sen. Kirk urged the NRC to approve the Yucca Mountain facility to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem. 

Senator Kirk spoke about the need for nuclear safety improvements in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. The video of that speech can be seen here.

Illinois AFL-CIO President praises governor, legislature for PLA Law

Posted by Admin On July - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Illinois AFL-CIO President praises governor, legislature for PLA Law



Citing taxpayer savings and assuring quality work, Illinois AFL – CIO President Michael T. Carrigan applauded Gov. Pat Quinn for signing into law the use of Project Labor Agreements on public works projects in Illinois .


“PLAs have worked in Illinois and across this country for decades,” Carrigan said. “We have a legacy in Illinois of tending to our infrastructure needs and we’ve used PLAs to get them done under budget, on time and with quality workmanship. This law is the continuation of good public policy.”


Project Labor Agreements are pre-hire, pre-bid contracts used to provide a mechanism for quickly staffing the job with the most highly-trained employees from all of the trades ensuring on-time and on-budget construction.


Illinois has used PLAs under Executive Orders issued by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and, most recently, Quinn. With this new law passed by the General Assembly, Project Labor Agreements may be used by state agencies now and into the future.


Carrigan applauded the General Assembly for passing the bill, especially bill sponsors Rep. Pat Verschoore and Sen. Toi Hutchinson.


“This is a prime example of government doing what it should to rid projects of waste and inefficiency,” Carrigan said. “Public works projects will use taxpayer money wisely and each dollar will go to making Illinois a better state.”


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