The Other Bills Quinn Signed on His Way Out

Senate Bill 3341 wasn’t the only bill that Governor Pat Quinn signed on his last Friday in office.

Here are all of them:

  • HB 1022 AN ACT concerning State government.
  • HB 4530 AN ACT concerning local government.
  • HB 4899 AN ACT concerning State government.
  • HB 5537 AN ACT concerning education.
  • HB 5878 AN ACT concerning local government.
  • HB 6291 AN ACT concerning local government.
  • SB 0726 AN ACT concerning liquor.
  • SB 1431 AN ACT concerning local government.
  • SB 1680 AN ACT concerning local government.
  • SB 1842 AN ACT concerning transportation.
  • SB 2677 AN ACT concerning revenue.
  • SB 2915 AN ACT concerning State government.
  • SB 2933 AN ACT concerning public employee benefits.
  • SB 2979 AN ACT concerning regulation.
  • SB 3171 AN ACT concerning public aid.
  • SB 3265 AN ACT concerning local government.
  • SB 3341 AN ACT concerning local government.
  • SB 3366 AN ACT concerning regulation.

Are any of the worthy of becoming law?

Do any deserve the light of day?

You can research their content at here at the Illinois General Assembly web site. Just type in the number of a bill with no space between the HB or SB and the number.


The Other Bills Quinn Signed on His Way Out — 5 Comments

  1. Maybe watch dogging House Bills and Senate Bills is your thing, not watch dogging a taxing district or pension fund or retiree healthcare fund.

    Watch dog something.

    You can just elect politicians and expect them to do all the work if there is not an effective special interest group working behind the scenes.

    The taxpayers need a special interest group organization.

    Another group that has not been mentioned for awhile is Taxpayers United of America.

    They are on the side of taxpayer watchdogs also.

    But Taxpayers United of America needs your help too.

    Ask not what your taxing district or state or politician or non profit can do for you, but what you can do for yourself.

    Do some actual work by watchdogging a taxing district, state agency, retiree pension fund, retiree healthcare fund, House Bills or Senate Bills, something.

    A computer with web browser and spreadsheet is about all you need.

    You will be surprised how little people know once you start watchdogging.

    You will talk to someone and explain maybe 1/50th or 1/100th of what you know, and they will say, how do you know all that?

    That’s because the press, politicians, taxing districts, public sector unions, public sector employees, and everyone else hasn’t been telling them.

    Those people hate when that’s said, but it’s the truth.

    Not saying I could do a better job than them, it’s just the way it is.

    Don’t rely on them.

    Actually, a lot of them need your help.

    Rely on yourself.

    Help yourself and the good guys.

  2. It should not be possible to “replace everything after the enacting clause.”

    Instead kill that bill and start a new one.

    Another example of how the legislative rules are dysfunctional.

    Next, there should be a spreadsheet of bill information on the Illinois General Assembly website.

    A row for each bill.

    Columns for General Assembly Number, Bill Number, Short Description, House Sponsors, Senate Sponsors, Synopsis as Introduced, Replaces Everything After the Enacting Clause.

    Then you can quickly access information by scrolling and searching the spreadsheet instead of spending all day clicking on the ILGA website.

    That would be a huge transparency victory, allowing citizens to much more easily perform tasks such as the above, meaning research what any particular listing of bills is about.

  3. Can we create a template on this site, with standardized format agreed to in advance, whereby we create the spreadsheet with blank info fields?

    Contributors could fill in the blanks but be required to cite sources ( like, MCCD 2014 Bond Issue Official statement, page xx, e.g.)? Once two distinct ‘validators’ have verified those sources, the data is marked as such?

    Categories I believe we need to track are:

    1. Annual budgets: compared and contrasted over time to EAV, population, per household, median income,users( student enrollment, e.g.).

    2. Existing Debt: compared and contrasted over time to EAV, population, per household, median income, some standard measure of debt repayment of paid down rather than extended or cash-out-refinanced.

    3. Unpublished Debt: amounts due presently and in future on zero coupon bonds, buildup attributed to interest-only payments on accrued debt, balloon payments due at future dates, and unfunded mandated liabilities such as defined-benefit pensions ( which should be described in terms of ultimate taxpayer liability– that is: if TRS or IMRF busts out, who legally owes what to whom?).

    4. Follow The Money: what prices were paid with public money? This would include per acre prices paid by MCCD for example, with comparables during same time frame ( what was paid for land, and to whom, during depths of real estate crash depression in past seven years, for example)? What prices are paid per square foot for building projects? What is national average for similar projects? What about road projects? What are alternate uses of the available funding( like with road projects, funds can also be used for public safety, but officials most often elective channel funds toward roads)?

  4. would very much appreciate the help and would gladly allow the sharing of information with Cal, I’m certain. would be an excellent example of activist individuals using multichannel communications to begin the process in one county and they have now grown into influencing many county’s with their information and activism. is still up and running. They are in the area and need help.

    Why start your own when there are many experts and sites with whom to piggyback information distribution and expertise.

    There are a few others in Illinois who are actively fighting the corruption of this state.

    You may want to contact Dan Duffy to ask for good sourcing, inside information or just advice.

    He is available and open to the interaction.

    You all are definitely on the right paths.

  5. I would just pick a taxing district, use all those other organizations for resources, and feed information to Cal as you uncover it.

    As time goes by maybe it can evolve into something else.

    The most important thing is to get one watchdog per taxing district.

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