An extension of a 2011 state income tax increase won’t be in the pile of measures that made it to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, but among the hundreds of bills that passed both the House and Senate are ones that would change police lineup procedure and provide sexual harassment protections for unpaid interns.
Still others aim to ramp up protections for citizens against crime, give assistance to adults and children with intellectual disabilities and allow for official research on how best to grow industrial hemp for things like fuel, cloth, paper products and maybe even medicinal purposes.
Lawmakers ended the spring session early Saturday morning without plans to return until after the November election. Quinn’s push to make the 2011 temporary income tax permanent dominated the state legislative landscape, but the politics of the March primary and November general election eventually won out with rank-and-file lawmakers. They proved too jittery to risk putting a tax-hike vote on their resumes just before they ask constituents to vote them in for another term.