RAUNER SIGNS PROCUREMENT REFORM BILL
This week Gov. Rauner signed into law a Chamber-backed bill that will streamline state spending and save taxpayers money. SB 8, which was supported by the Chamber, will save taxpayers money and will make it easier for the private sector to do business with the State.
SB 8 ensures the state’s procurement opportunities are handled through a sensible, fair, and transparent process. The Chamber supported the measure and was instrumental for instituting both the best value procurement program and the cooperative purchasing agreements into the bill.
This reform is an important reminder that government can work smarter and more efficiently while still protecting taxpayer interests. Thousands of Illinois businesses will view this reform as a step forward for Illinois. The bill passed with bipartisan support.
REP. FORTNER TO RETIRE; ADDS TO GROWING LIST
This week another state legislator announced their intentions to not run for re-election. State Representative Mike Fortner (R – West Chicago) will end his 12-year career in the House at the conclusion of his current term in January 2019.
Adding to the list of House Republicans not seeking re-election include Patti Bellock, Bob Pritchard (not seeking re-election), Bill Mitchell (not seeking re-election), Chad Hays (not seeking re-election), and Barb Wheeler (not seeking re-election). Senate Republicans include Christine Radogno (resigned), Tim Bivins (not seeking re-election) and Kyle McCarter (self imposed term limits). House Democrats include Emily McAsey (resigned), Scott Drury (running for Governor), Cynthia Soto (running for another office), Laura Fine (running for state Senate), and Elaine Nektriz (not seeking re-election). And lastly, Daniel Biss will be leaving the Senate Democrats to run for governor.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR CHAMBER GOLF OUTING
It’s time again to start thinking about your foursome for the Illinois Chamber’s annual golf outing at the Rail Golf Course in Springfield! As always, your attendance includes food, beverages, raffle prizes and SWAG (stuff we all get!).