• 11:30 a.m. – Gov. Bruce Rauner will hold a bill signing on SB403 which provides a $750 tax credit to help certain Illinois homeowners recover after this year’s severe flooding disasters. The signing will be held in the 15th floor Blue Room of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago.

  • Rauner has also called on stakeholders and interested consumers to participate in the Illinois Commerce Commission’s announced comment period for energy resource adequacy in Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Zone 4. In a press release yesterday, his office said a summary report will be provided to Gov. Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly, as well as posted on the ICC website, by Feb. 26, 2018.
    Public comments will be accepted through Nov. 30 and should be sent to Torsten.Clausen@illinois.gov, after which they will be displayed on the ICC’s website. [ICC MISO Zone 4 White Paper]

  • In a gubernatorial race of financial giants, Rauner now has a new primary contender in Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton). Ives officially filed a D-1 with the State Board of Elections, showing a balance of $267,725.

  • Ouch. Public Policy Polling reported that “In Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Congressman Peter Roskam has an approval rating of 34%, and a majority (53%) of voters say they do not approve of the job he is doing. President Trump has an approval rating of 38% and a disapproval rating of 57% in Roskam’s district, while 8% of voters say they approve of the job Congress is doing and 85% say they disapprove.”

  • Senate Democrats are calling on Illinois State Board of Education Chairman James Meeks to get to the bottom of the state’s teacher shortage. In a Nov. 14 letter, Sens. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield), Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester) and Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) say they want to see the inquiry completed no later than March 1, 2018 so lawmakers will have enough time to pass legislation before the next school year. “A 2015-16 school year survey conducted by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of School found that 75 percent of districts had fewer qualified candidates than in previous years and 16 percent of schools canceled programs or classes because of teacher shortages. Additionally, the State Board has indicated that there are currently more than 2,000 unfilled positions in the state.”