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California Diesel Emission Standards Legislation May Impact Certain Regions of Illinois

SB2563, sponsored by Sen. Melinda Bush, started as a relatively conservative bill to make diesel emission testing throughout parts of Illinois more convenient by allowing portable onsite testing equipment.  It has been amended to inject current California Clean Air Standards for diesel engines into Illinois regulations. This legislation would require all model year 2007 and later vehicles registered in the federal clean air non-attainment areas of Illinois to pass 5% opacity testing standards.  This includes Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will, McHenry, portions of Grundy & Kendall, St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe Counties.  IFCA believes if this legislation would pass ...

Gov. Pritzker Appoints Jerry Costello II to Lead the Illinois Department of Agriculture

This afternoon Gov. Pritzker appointed Jerry Costello II as the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture pending Senate approval.  Click here to read the press release.   IFCA has a long and positive working relationship with Jerry over the years.  He has served in the Illinois House, and also as the Chairman of the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee.  We look forward to working with Jerry in the coming years on all the issues that are facing Illinois agriculture.

IFCA Spring State Legislative Report

The Illinois General Assembly has been out of session for the last three weeks for the Illinois primary election and Easter break.  Both chambers will come back to Springfield for session beginning Monday(April 9).  When the general assembly comes back from break, they will have a very busy schedule until the end of May.  To see the list of bills IFCA have been watching this spring session in Springfield click here    To stay update on national and state legislation facing the ag input industry, please go to IFCA's Legislative page.   Reminder: ...

IFCA's Election Roundup

With most of the tv ads and commentary focusing on the Presidential and US Congress election results, let's take a deeper dive into what happened in Illinois on Election night… Progressive Income Tax / Fair Tax Goes Down After bombarding Illinois residents with tv ads and mailers, voters rejected constitutional amendment to replace the flat tax with a progressive income tax.  The vote was 55% to 45% against the progressive tax (2,753,526 votes against, 2,243,840 for). The amendment needed to receive 60% of the vote on the amendment, or 50% of the total votes cast in the election in order to pass.  If ...

IFCA's End of Session Report for Spring 2018

Yesterday, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned from spring legislative session after passing a $38.5 billion budget, which now heads to Gov. Rauner desk.  In the coming days we anticipate that Gov. Rauner will sign the FY19 budget.    Please click here to read IFCA's End of Session Report.    The Illinois General Assembly isn't schedule to coming back to Springfield for veto session until the week after the November elections.    As always if you have questions regarding national or state legislation, please contact KJ Johnson at 309-827-2774 or KJ@...

IFCA's End of Session Report for Spring 2018

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned yesterday after passing a $38.5 billion budget.  The FY19 budget now heads to Gov. Rauner's desk for his signature.  IFCA anticipate that Gov. Rauner will sign the budget bill.    The Senate and House will not be coming back to Springfield until after the November elections for fall veto session on November 13.   Click Here to read IFCA's End of Spring Session Report for 2018.   As always if you have any questions regarding national or state legislation, please don't hesitate to email or call KJ Johnson at KJ@...

Legislation IFCA is Tracking for the 2020 Spring Session at the Illinois State Capitol

Last Friday, February 14, was the deadline for bills to be introduced in the Illinois Senate and House.  Click Here to see the bills that have the most impact on the ag input industry.  IFCA is actively meeting with the bill sponsors on these pieces of legislation.  Next week, IFCA will provide a full list of bills we are watching this session in “IFCA News Under the Dome.”  If you have immediate questions please contact KJ Johnson at (217) 369-1669 or kj@ifca.com

U.S. House Passes USMCA Trade Agreement.

The House today passed the new North American trade pact, delivering President Donald Trump a major legislative victory just a day after his impeachment in the lower chamber.   Passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, moves Trump significantly closer to fulfilling his campaign promise of updating NAFTA with Mexico and Canada. It’s also a win for Democrats, who wanted to demonstrate they could pass legislation that benefits American workers while they pursued impeachment.   The deal was passed with strong bipartisan support after House Democrats landed a deal with the Trump administration last week that ...