County on board with ‘Turnaround Agenda’

From Illinois News Network

Last week Winnebago County officials unanimously approved a resolution supporting some, but not all, of the key themes the Governor would like to see the state implement.

Included in the Winnebago County resolution is support in addressing workers’ compensation, insurance costs and tort reform.

However the board excluded supporting a proposal to enacting so-called empowerment zones or the issue of fair share dues.

The Rockford Register Star reports county officials cast the vote in the basement after being relegated to safer quarters because of severe weather last Thursday.

Several other villages and at least one other county have taken up similar resolutions with mixed results.

Rauner’s legislative agenda could be in mix

As lawmakers head back to Springfield they’ll be dealing with budget issues for the coming fiscal year, but they may also hear more about the Governor’s legislative agenda.

Governor Rauner has for weeks toured the state promoting his “Turnaround Illinois” agenda. Some of the items include reforming the cost of workers’ compensation and insurance costs.

But the Governor also wants to address project labor agreements, prevailing wage issues and local unionization with so-called “empowerment zones.” Critics of the Governor’s proposal say they will negatively impact workers.

Advocates for Rauner’s initiatives say they are meant to encourage business growth in Illinois.

Rauner is telling various newspaper editorial boards he hopes to use Illinois’ fiscal crisis as leverage to get lawmakers to consider his legislative agenda.

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