Legislative Issues

To get involved with Local 1600’s legislative work, contact Legislative Chair Sean Noonan at noonan.ccctu@gmail.com

Issues:

Elected School Board:

Representative Robert Martwick introduced HB 1776, which would bring an elected board to the City Colleges of Chicago. An elected school board at the City Colleges of Chicago would keep the “community” in our community colleges by giving Chicagoans a voice on behalf of students and their community.

UPDATE: The bill for an elected board for the City Colleges of Chicago (HB 1776) passed in the house by a vote of 114 to 3! A huge thank you to everyone who called and emailed your house representative to ask for their support. Your voice was certainly heard.

 

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Pensions:

After decades of underfunding the Illinois retirement systems, Governor Quinn and In Illinois lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1, unconstitutional legislation that will unfairly burden workers and retirees.

The Supreme Court unanimously rejects pension cuts and upholds the Constitution by declaring pension-slashing Senate Bill 1 unconstitutional. The seven justices unanimously upheld the Circuit Court’s previous decision. Read the ruling here.

Read the latest pension committee report from Pension Chair Mike Ruggeri.

Minimum Wage:

On November 10, thousands gathered at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago for a National Day of Action and to rally for a $15 minimum wage. People from Locals across the city, like SEIU, to student activist groups, to Aldermen Carlos Rosa and Ricardo Munoz attended the rally. Read the whole story of the National Day of Action and Fight for 15 here.

State Senate passes minimum wage hike on Feb. 5, 2015 raising wage to $11 by 2019. Governor Rauner has spoken in favor of only a $10 minimum wage over seven years.

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Local 1600 Legislative Agenda Bills – Spring 2017 Legislative Session

 Issue/Bill  Number  Sponsor  Status  Date
Minimum
Wage Bill ($11)
SB11 Sen. Kimberly Lightfoot
(D-Maywood)
Referred to Rules Committee 2/9/2015
Minimum Wage Bill ($15) HB124 Rep. Mary Flowers
(D-31)
Referred to Rules Committee 1/14/2015
Elected
School Board
HB1776  Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)  Passed in the House (114-3)  4/27/2017
Financial
Transaction Tax
HB106 Rep. Mary Flowers
(D-31)
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee 3/27/2015
Progressive
Income Tax
SJRCA0001 Sen. Don Harmon
(D-39)
Assignments Refers to Executive 8/4/2015
State Bank HB107 Rep. Mary Flowers
(D-31)
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee 4/24/2015

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