Springfield Update – HB40

Springfield update

Gov Bruce Rauner shocked many on both sides of the aisle when, on September 28th, he signed HB 40, legislation that allows state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions and removes language in Illinois law that would criminalize the procedure if Roe v Wade is overturned by the US Supreme court.  Speaking at a news conference, Rauner touted the bill’s efforts to give low-income women access to abortions, arguing “no woman should be forced to make a different decision than another woman makes purely based on her income.”

Not surprisingly, opinions were strongly divided on the signing  of the bill:

 – Sponsor state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz said she was grateful that the governor “has finally realized how important this legislation is to women in the current political climate.”  “Women across Illinois are empowered to make their own health care and life choices without interference from politicians”, added Lorie Chaiten of the ACLU of Illinois.

 – Conservatives however were furious at Rauner for signing the bill and are threatening to put up a challenger in the 2018 March primary.  “This guy is done” remarked Rep. Peter Breen of Lombard.  “No matter that he writes big checks.”

Other state news:

Gun safety – Silencer Legislation, Gun Dealer Licensing bill

New state employee pension plan coming but not soon

Rauner’s proposed coal regulations – critics say it could increase pollution