Key Manufacturing Legislation that did not pass General Assembly

In the 2015 spring legislative session, lawmakers introduced a total of 6,375 individual pieces of legislation and nearly 1,800 amendments were filed.  At the end of May, the General Assembly successfully passed 495 bills to the Governor’s desk for action but thousands of bills failed to advance. 

Here is a summary of key bills impacting manufacturers that did not pass the General Assembly:

Budget, Tax Policy & Pension

 HB 144 (Walsh): Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that each taxpayer who employs a long-term unemployed person during the taxable year is entitled to an income tax credit of: (1) $500 in the taxable year in which the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; (2) $750 in the first taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; and (3) $1,250 in the second taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer. No action taken.

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IMA Education Foundation Awards Scholarship

From The Times: The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Education Foundation awarded Illinois Valley Community College $25,000 in scholarship funds for meeting a series of set standards and performing at a high level of active engagement to foster greater educational opportunities within the manufacturing field. IVCC is the first of six institutions across the state that will receive a scholarship from the IMA Education Foundation this summer.

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Baise on Chicago Tonight - "The Battle Over Workers’ Comp Reform"

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan plans to bring a workers’ compensation reform measure to the floor Thursday when the House returns to session. It’s the latest move in an ongoing fight over workers’ comp reform between Democrats and Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has made changing workers’ comp in Illinois a centerpiece of his plan for the state’s financial future. We take a look at what Rauner’s proposing, whether it has any chance of passage, and how workers’ comp has already been reformed in Illinois. Greg Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, and John Cooney, president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, join us to discuss the issue.

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Governor Names CIO; Announces Appointments

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Sylvia Wetzel to the Illinois Workforce Development Board.

She brings 35 years of experience in marketing and business development to the position. Wetzel is currently the Vice President of Human Capital and Corporate Wellness at Bison Gear and Engineering. She works to develop the company’s workforce through education and policy at her company and by advocating for manufacturing careers with the general public. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of Eastgate Manor Assisted/Supportive Living, and transformed the organization in 90 days by turning losses into profits. She has also worked for AT&T Network Systems.

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Danette Swank Honored in 3rd STEP Awards for Excellence in Manufacturing

Washington, DC (March 26, 2015):  The Manufacturing Institute awarded Danette Swank, president, Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

“Being an honoree at the 3rd annual STEP Ahead Awards was such a wonderful experience” said Danette Swank. “To be in the midst of 129 other female manufacturing professionals was very inspiring.  It opened my eyes to the ways I can help others in my community and the industries I’m involved in to be aware of the many solid career paths manufacturing can take someone.  I am truly grateful for this opportunity and honor.”

Pat Hagenbuch, corporate secretary, shares this sentiment: “Always remember the roots you have been brought up and live by for they are the essence of who you are today and the success you have become.”

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