PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BACK IN COURTS
The long-debated issue of parental notification for an abortion was back in court this week. A 1995 law states that a parent must be notified before a minor can receive an abortion, but court challenges have kept the law from being enforced.
During the week, the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board voted not to extend a 90-day grace period for the notification to be sent, which means the law must go into effect and be enforced. But, a Chicago court then put the issue back on hold in order to hear more arguments on the issue. Proponents of the law argue that teens come to Illinois from other states for abortions because the law is not enforced.
During the final days of the veto session, car dealers and vehicle manufactures came to the forefront with legislation to ensure that Illinois dealerships and manufactures would not be pushed out of business.
House Bill 4628 protects Illinois dealerships in the wake of federal bankruptcy and bailouts in the automobile industry, by strengthening the right of local dealers in their franchise agreements with automobile manufacturers.
Another measure, House Bill 1526, expands the Economic Development for a Growing Economy or EDGE tax credit to make it easier for existing manufacturing plants in Illinois to benefit from the tax credit. Chrysler, Ford, and Mitsubishi plants in Illinois will be most directly affected by this legislation.
UNIVERSITIES NOT BEING PAID
At least two major universities say they are struggling under the state’s massive backlog of unpaid bills. The University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University both claimed this week to be owed several hundred million dollars in payments from the state.
U of I has only received a small portion of the $317 million owed from the state and SIU has said it is owed $117 million. Both universities say they could be in serious financial trouble soon if payments are not made.