A number of local governments have added Gov. Rauner’s anti-middle class resolution (aka “Turnaround Agenda”, aka “right to work”) to their meeting agendas this week. The governor’s resolution calls for limits on public employee collective bargaining and for the repeal of Prevailing Wage and Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s).

The Rauner resolution is expected to be discussed and, possibly, voted on at the following meetings this week:

Tuesday, April 21

Charleston City Council Open hearing at 6:30 tonight on the resolution. Apparently when they passed it last week they didn’t give proper notice.

Campton Hills (Kane) – April 21st at 6:30 p.m. 5N082 Old LaFox Road — Village Board Members: http://www.villageofcamptonhills.org/Village%20Government/village%20board.htm

Vernon Hills (Lake) – The Village Board has a scheduled meeting at 7 pm, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills. The resolution is listed on the Committee of the Whole agenda. The Committee of the Whole meets after the Board.   Vernon Hills elected officials can be found here:  http://www.vernonhills.org/index.aspx?nid=470

The agenda can be found here:  http://www.vernonhills.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/04212015-208

 Wauconda (Lake) – Scheduled to approve the Rauner Resolution Tuesday, April 21 @7 pm, 101 N. Main Street, Wauconda. It is listed under “old business” 11 A. It must be pulled from the consent decree and voted on separately, like in Woodstock. Wauconda Village Officials can be found here:  http://wauconda-il.gov/about/village-board/

The agenda can be found here:  http://wauconda-il.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/4-21-2015-Regular-Village-Board-Meeting-Agenda-Part-1.pdf

Naperville  (DuPage) – 7:00 p.m. City Council. Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Members: http://www.naperville.il.us/council.aspx

Pecatonica (Winnebago) – Village board meeting, 6pm, 405 Main St.

Thursday, April 23

Livingston County Board – Pontiac Township High School, 1100 Indiana Ave. Pontiac, IL.

Due to the 48 hour notice and the resolution often being hidden on a “consent calendar” there may be additional meetings/locations this week where the resolution is being considered. Please check the agendas of your local governmental bodies.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Friday made it clear that he’s unhappy with the way Governor Bruce Rauner is addressing, or not addressing the state budget.

According to a news release Speaker Madigan has formed a special panel to “closely examine” decisions made so far.

“While I believe that a budget solution should include a balance of spending cuts and additional revenue, as a state it’s also our duty to protect our most vulnerable citizens, including children with autism, persons with developmental disabilities and lower-income women in need of breast cancer screenings.”

Madigan’s reference was to recent cuts in such spending ordered by Rauner, even as the governor signed off on $100 million in tax incentive deals for corporate expansions that had been tentatively agreed to but not finalized by former Gov. Pat Quinn.

According to Rich Miller at CapitolFax.com, “That mention of autism is no accident. Madigan thought he had a deal.”

The committee includes one of Madigan’s top allies in the House, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, who questioned the governor’s math skills with regard to the FY 2016 budget.

“For instance . . . the governor is claiming more than $2 billion in pension savings from a bill that has not even been debated, let alone passed into law, and $700 million in health care savings that has been neither debated nor approved.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Rauner claims he was clear with lawmakers about possible further cuts but implied that, maybe, the leaders hadn’t informed their caucus members.

One of the things any governor doesn’t want is for Speaker Madigan to decide that the governor can’t be trusted.

When the Speaker reached that point with Rod Blagojevich, he demanded signed memorandums of understanding to ensure that what he heard during budget talks was what the governor would actually do.

We aren’t there.

Yet.

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  1. I hope the speaker doesn't wait too long or until great damage has been done, before instituting a requirement for memorandums of understanding be signed on the part of this governor. Rauner has only been in office a few months. We have over 3 years of his term remaining. Much harm can be done to our state and people.

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