In 11th hour, EV incentives and remap to go Pritzker for signature

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The EV bill—which also is aimed at keeping Ford’s South Side assembly plant and Stellantis’ Belvidere facility up and running in an industry that is rapidly shifting away from gas-powered vehicles picked up a head of steam after ruling Democrats agreed, at the request of Republicans, to extend the period for certain corporate loss carryforwards from the current 12 years to 20 years, matching what nearby states have.

The new congressional district map, like the first three, packs downstate Republicans together into districts in which they’ll have to compete against each other and creates a new Latino plurality district on the northern side of the Chicago metropolitan area. But unlike the last two drafts, the version that finally passed moves incumbent Democratic Rep. Marie Newman into the same district not with another suburban Democrat, Rep. Sean Casten, but with Chicago Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

Newman quite possibly would have been favored in the first, but not the second district versus Garcia.

She reacted with anger. "The most recently proposed map is a clear attempt to appease one person and a small handful of affluent insiders at the expense of workers and working families," Newman said in a statement late Thursday, not identifying the "one person." She continued, "Illinois residents deserve fair representation and a fair map that includes public input—not one that turns a blind eye to it."

Most Democratic congressmen had been strongly pushing for action now rather than delaying map approval until January. So had a small group of Hispanic state legislators who argued that Garcia’s district needed to include the Latino portion of Newman’s current district.

More to come …

via Crain’s Chicago Business

October 29, 2021 at 06:25AM

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