International Walk to School Day Oct. 7
According to IDOT, this event originated in Chicago in 1997 as National Walk our Children to School Day, in an effort to create community awareness about making it safe for children to walk to school. Schools planning to participate in the event are encouraged to spend time instructing students on pedestrian safety beforehand. Visit www.walkbiketoschool.org for registration information. Click here for a list of participating Illinois schools.
Backlog of Unpaid Bills Could Rise to $8.5 Billion
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills could top $8.5 billion without a State budget. With money being spent at FY15 rates and State revenues coming in at FY16 rates, cash outflow is exceeding cash inflow. The Office of the Comptroller, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, and other State agencies are addressing the issue by prioritizing the speed with which bills are paid; many bills are going unpaid at this time. The $8.5 billion figure is a cumulative figure representing the Office of the Comptroller’s estimate of where the unpaid-bill total will be on December 31, 2015.
Unpaid Lottery Tickets Result in Lawsuit
The legal action filed on Wednesday, September 9, seeks timely payments of prizes of more than $25,000. The lack of a State budget for fiscal year 2016 has led to the Illinois State Lottery “paying” winners of significant Illinois prizes with IOU promises-to-pay rather than cash. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. federal court.
Based on advice from the Office of the Comptroller, the Illinois State Lottery continues to pay prizes of up to $25,000 earned by Lottery winners on schedule, despite the lack of an appropriated budget. However, this advice does not extend to the largest prizes offered by the Lottery. In the recent lawsuit, two plaintiffs allege that they have been prevented from collecting prizes of $50,000 and $250,000. Five-and-six-figure prizes are paid to some lucky winners from simple games such as scratch-off cards. The lawsuit seeks full payment of the contractual prize winnings plus interest, and asks that the Lottery be barred from covering its internal (administrative and operational) costs until these prize debts are paid off.
Governor Proclaims 9/11 Patriot Day
On Friday, Governor Rauner issued a proclamation declaring September 11, 2015 Patriot Day in Illinois. The proclamation ordered all entities governed by the Flag Display Act to fly the United States and state flags at half-staff in honor of the victims of the terror attacks which occurred 14 years ago.
House Back in Session September 24
In the News
House members show divide in budget solution – Illinois News Network; 9-12-15
Honored to join my friend Jean Bruner Jachino
and Rodger Fox as we welcomed Ride for the Relay
motorcyclists to Lincoln Sept. 5
|Enjoyed visiting PrairiErth organic farm in Atlanta, Illinois Sept. 8|
|I visited Bright Star Equestrian Centre in Menard County
and learned about the wonderful work they do for
people, especially children, with autism and other disabilities.
|A true privilege to participate as an honorary starter
for the inaugural cross country invitational for the UIS Prairie Stars.