The McDermed Dispatch for April 30th

The third reading deadline in the House has come and gone and we are not in session this week. This deadline serves as the primary endpoint for voting on bills that originated in the House. When we return next week, we will begin discussion of the bills that passed the Senate.

Blue Collar Jobs Act
House Republicans filed a bill last week supported by both labor and business groups and offer tax incentives to companies making significant capital improvements in Illinois based on the withholding tax paid to construction workers. It does this through the creation of four new tax credits, including:

  • High Impact Business construction jobs credit
  • Enterprise Zone construction jobs credit
  • New Construction EDGE Credit
  • River Edge construction jobs credit

The tax credits are meant to incentivize the company to construct new buildings or improve existing buildings which can’t be built without the use of Illinois labor. The tax credits only become available after the work has been fully completed. There is no risk to the State for a company not meeting its requirement as the State has already captured the withholding tax prior to the tax credit being issued.

Self Defense
Thank you to all who attended ready to learn at my recent women’s self-defense class. Don’t forget if you attended the class, you can attend the advanced class next Tuesday, May 8th at 6pm at the same location- Lincolnway Christian Church.

Opioids Abuse Fight Gets Federal Influx
The abuse of opioid drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, played a role in the deaths of an estimated 2,000 Illinois residents in 2017. Last week Governor Rauner announced a $16 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse. The grant money will be paid through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to medical service providers who help fight opioid abuse and provide treatments.  States hit by opioid abuse are getting help from Congress through the 21st Century Cures Act. 

Much of the grant money is earmarked for new treatment and recovery services, including medication-assisted treatment. Persons recently released from prison or county jail who are diagnosed as being at risk for recidivism will be offered treatment options. Some of the grant money will be used to strengthen enforcement of the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, the State program to monitor and enforce the prescription status of opioid painkillers.

Senior Driving Seminar
The second of four total senior driving seminars this year is coming up on Tuesday, May 22nd. The seminar will be at Parker Road Bible Church in Mokena at 10am. The free two-hour seminar will be taught by an instructor from the Secretary of State’s Office. It will cover an overview of the contents of the Rules of the Road booklet and include a sample test. If you have any questions or would like to attend, please RSVP by calling my office at (815) 277-2079.