Monday, November 13 7:30 a.m. – The Midwestern Higher Education Compact, a multi-state organization of which Illinois is part, will meet across state lines both Monday and Tuesday in Overland Park, Kansas. Illinois’ MHEC Commissioners include Jim Applegate and Alice

A busy week lies ahead for the state’s boards and agencies, while their chief executive vetoed a measure Friday which would have lengthened their terms. On the federal level, an Illinois senator splashes CNN with sharp criticism on the GOP’s new tax plan. State pensions, meanwhile, appear to have seen a slight uptick.

Hot on the heels of passage in the House Wednesday, the Senate wasted no time concurring with House’s passage of the 5G/Small Cell Wireless bill, SB1451 Floor Amendment #1, 41-7-2, sending it to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk for signature. The bill, which standardizes pricing and permitting for a new generation of wireless boxes on municipal-owned utility poles across the state, met some opposition in a Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee hearing Wednesday morning. However, the committee did not vote on the measure, because the Senate Assignments committee had not met to assign the bill since it was sent over from the House.

Sens. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) and Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) saw a disappointing drop in the roll call vote for HB2462, which failed to muster the constitutional majority needed to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the Equal Wage Act. The move immediately followed the announcement of the formation of a bipartisan Senate Women’s Caucus, with the goal of promoting women’s issues.

The Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee will meet today at 9:00 a.m. in room 212 of the Capitol. The panel will hold a subject matter hearing on SB1451 HFA 2, sponsored by Sen. Terry Link (D-Gurnee) regarding small wireless facilities. The bill has already cleared the House and is on its third reading in the Senate with a pending motion for concurrence most recently registered with the Assignments Committee. Link says he hopes to see the bill clear the Senate for final passage today.