WBEZ | bill http://www.wbez.org/tags/bill Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Export-Import Bank renewal included in House-approved transportation bill http://www.wbez.org/news/export-import-bank-renewal-included-house-approved-transportation-bill-113664 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_221286814508.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In adopting a six-year transportation bill to fund highway and transit projects Thursday, the House also approved the revival of the Export-Import Bank, which has been idle since its charter expired in June.</p><p>A similar bill has already been approved by the Senate, including a provision that renews the Ex-Im Bank&#39;s charter. Before the legislation goes to President Obama, the two chambers will have to iron out differences between the two bills.</p><p>Titled the&nbsp;<a href="http://transportation.house.gov/strr-act/#top2">Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act</a>, the House measure authorizes up to $325 billion in spending to repair and replace America&#39;s roads, bridges and rails &mdash; but it only provides funding for the first half of the bill&#39;s six-year window.</p><p>NPR&#39;s David Schaper reports:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;After 35-short term extensions over the last several years, this long-awaited long term transportation spending plan does provide state and local planners with needed certainty that some federal funding will be flowing for the next three years.</em></p><p><em>&quot;But critics point out that with no increase in the federal gas tax and no other new funding sources, this bill just holds spending on highway and transit construction projects flat, even though costs are rising.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>The House&#39;s version of the bill doesn&#39;t include limitations on the Ex-Im Bank, an entity that had been targeted by conservative Republicans who said it amounted to &quot;corporate welfare,&quot; as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/25/451749399/supporters-in-congress-make-new-attempt-to-revive-the-export-import-bank">NPR&#39;s Jim Zarroli reported</a>&nbsp;last week.</p><p>&quot;Created during the Depression, the Ex-Im Bank provides insurance and loan guarantees to overseas buyers of American products,&quot; Jim said. He added, &quot;The bank also provides guarantees to U.S. companies doing business overseas to ensure they get paid.&quot;</p><p>After its charter lapsed, the Ex-Im Bank posted a note to its website explaining that it would attempt to manage a &quot;$107 billion portfolio of outstanding obligations&quot; until it is back in business.</p><p>When it approved the transportation measure, the Senate did so by a 64-29 vote. The House approved its version by a vote of 363-64, but not before holding votes on more than 80 amendments &mdash; a process&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/house-passes-highway-bill-with-export-import-bank-renewal-1446740235">The Wall Street Journal</a>&nbsp;says was the first test of new House Speaker Paul Ryan&#39;s &quot;inclusive leadership style.&quot;</p><p>Some of the amendments that were defeated,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/05/us-usa-congress-transportation-idUSKCN0SU2G320151105#FDTSROlqlSc4uYe6.97">Reuters says</a>, &quot;would have prohibited financing help [from the Ex-Im Bank] for countries with sovereign wealth fund assets of more than $100 billion or involving U.S. exporters whose chief executives earn more than 100 times the median U.S. wage.&quot;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/05/454900331/export-import-bank-renewal-is-included-in-house-approved-transportation-bill" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/export-import-bank-renewal-included-house-approved-transportation-bill-113664 Morning Shift: Fashion & sports http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-24/morning-shift-fashion-sports-107819 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AIC-Flickr-Kent Wang.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cheryl Raye-Stout talks sports, and the great Impressionist painters depict the dashing fashions of the time.<script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-border-police-and-fashion-police.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-border-police-and-fashion-police" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Border Police and Fashion Police" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-24/morning-shift-fashion-sports-107819 All candidates but Emanuel vow - if elected - to debate future opponents http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel/all-candidates-emanuel-vow-if-elected-debate-future-opponents <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//WGNDebate_Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All but one of the candidates for Chicago mayor are vowing that if they win, they'll take part in debates when running for re-election.</p><p>That's something Mayor Richard Daley never did. Daley has not debated his opponents since he was first elected to the office in 1989.</p><p>In the course of a campaign, candidates promise they'll do a lot of things. Rahm Emanuel has said if he gets elected, he will expand after-school programs and hire some more police. But he would not promise to debate future opponents if he becomes mayor.</p><p>&quot;First of all, let me get elected, and I promise you will be there and I'll answer that question directly,&quot; Emanuel said Monday morning, at a short news conference after taking advantage of early voting on Chicago's West Side. &quot;But so you know in this...campaign, I [will have] participated in six separate televised debate[s].&quot;</p><p>Emanuel is the only candidate in the race for mayor not to directly answer the question. His five opponents - Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls - each committed to future debates if they get elected mayor.</p><p>&quot;I am going to be the most accessible mayor in the history of the city of Chicago,&quot; del Valle said Monday, following a campaign event in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood. &quot;I would go to all the debates because you owe it to the voters of the city of Chicago.&quot;</p><p>It would be the first time an incumbent Chicago mayor took part in a campaign debate in more than two decades.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel/all-candidates-emanuel-vow-if-elected-debate-future-opponents Quinn promises to sign Illinois tax hike http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/quinn-promises-sign-illinois-tax-hike <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//DSC_0622.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is defending a massive increase in state income taxes and promises to sign the bill passed by lawmakers quickly.</p><p>Lawmakers worked overnight Wednesday to pass the increase to raise the personal income tax rate from 3 percent to 5 percent for four years. Corporate income taxes also will rise, and Quinn rejected the notion that it would decimate businesses.</p><p>Quinn says the tax increase money will help heal the state's ailing finances. Illinois is facing a deficit that could top $15 billion this year.</p><p>The Chicago Democrat says it's important for the Illinois economy that state government not be a &quot;fiscal basket case.&quot;</p><p>The rate increase might be the biggest any state has adopted in percentage terms while grappling with recent economic woes.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/quinn-promises-sign-illinois-tax-hike Twenty candidates vie to replace Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/twenty-candidates-vie-replace-daley <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//petition web_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Twenty candidates filed to get on the ballot for Chicago mayor. The deadline passed Monday with a surprise filing, and a bit of trash talk.<br /> <br /> The final candidate for mayor to file a petition was community activist Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls. Walls said the delay was intentional, so he could be listed at the bottom of a long list of candidates.<br /> <br /> &quot;We believe that voters will go down the list, and they will eliminate all of those persons who don't represent their interests, and vote for us,&quot; said Walls, who won less than 9 percent of the vote when he ran for mayor in 2007.<br /> <br /> To stay on the ballot for February's election, Walls will have to survive challenges to his petitions. Objections, which are due by next Tuesday, are often filed by people associated with opposing campaigns, and at this point, there are 19 of them.<br /> <br /> Meantime, one campaign for mayor may not have a candidate. A group calling themselves &quot;friends of Roland Burris&quot; claimed it turned in close to 20,000 signatures to get the outgoing U.S. Senator on the ballot for mayor. Supporter Toni Randle said Burris was aware of the effort.<br /> <br /> &quot;We've let him know what our intentions are,&quot; Randle said. &quot;He just smiled.&quot;<br /> <br /> Longtime Burris advisor Delmarie Cobb said, &quot;I don't think in the final analysis he's going to run.&quot;</p><p>Burris himself could not be reached for comment Monday evening.</p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/twenty-candidates-vie-replace-daley Final day for mayoral candidates to file petitions for the ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/final-day-mayoral-candidates-file-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_0225.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Monday is the final day for candidates for city offices in Chicago to turn in their election paperwork, and a couple mayor hopefuls still haven't filed their petitions.<br /><br />When the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners closed for the weekend, nine candidates had filed to run for mayor. The list includes some big names, like U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Chicago, and ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. It also includes some lesser-knowns, such as hypnotherapist Jay Stone and music producer and author Tyrone Carter.<br /><br />At least two more people are expected to file Monday: state Senator James Meeks and community activist Bill &quot;Dock &quot; Walls. Walls last week said he wants to turn in his petition last. If that happens, Walls will get the last spot on the ballot, a position he hopes would help his name stick out in what could be a long list of candidates.<br /><br />Still unknown is how many names will end up on the ballot. Over the next week, campaigns may file objections against each other's petitions. Those challenges would be decided by the three-member election board, and - if necessary - the courts.</p></p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/final-day-mayoral-candidates-file-ballot