(SPRINGFIELD) The State House last week approved legislation to alleviate concerns brought forth by many downstate dairy farmers. The bill provides that a paper copy of a dairy farm’s inspection report shall be provided at the time of inspection, allowing the dairy farms to hold a copy which could eliminate any needless inspection point deductions to a farm in the future. Officials say the problem isn’t that dairy farms are not passing inspections, it’s that the Division of Food, Drugs, and Dairy inspectors are not posting the most recent inspection report for all to see and review, including the next inspector who may show up for a random visit. The measure now moves on to the State Senate for consideration there in Springfield.
(SPRINGFIELD) The State House last week passed two bills. One would create a three year degree program for those who want to become teachers in Illinois. The legislation will allow for teacher training schools to streamline the instruction course requirements and graduate more teachers sooner in order to have them placed into schools faster. The second bill would create a “G.I. Bill of Rights Day” to be observed on the 4th day of November. This measure would extend benefits to help all Veterans who serve in the United States Armed Forces. Both bills now advance to the State Senate for consideration there.
(PEORIA) The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved an order requiring utilities to pass along their federal tax overhaul savings to customers. The order approved last Thursday requires each utility to credit customers with the estimated savings beginning with their next billing cycle. The tax overhaul passed by Congress last year reduced corporate income tax rates from 39% to 21%. While the ICC says it worked with the Citizens Utility Board & the State Attorney General’s office, Ameren Illinois’ downstate electric operations and Commonwealth Edison in northern Illinois moved to implement the refunds earlier this year.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding outdoorsmen and women that they have one week remaining to apply for the first lottery drawings for 2018 Illinois Firearm and Muzzleloader-only Deer Season permits. Hunters can apply online through the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Resident hunters can apply in both the firearm and muzzleloader-only lotteries. The 2019 Illinois firearm deer seasons are November 16-18 (first season) and November 29-December 2 (second season). The 2018 muzzleloader-only permits may be used December 7-9 (and in the second firearm season November 29-December 2). Again, for more go online at www.dnr.illinois.gov.