The Illinois General Assembly breaks for the summer at the end of the month, and there are still a number of things that our local lawmakers would like to see resolved. There is a bill that has passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate that would make for stiffer penalties for manufacturing meth within 1,000 feet of a school. The bill was created after suspects were recently found to be manufacturing meth a block away from a school in South Roxana.
State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) was behind the creation of that bill. He would also like to see Fairmount Park placed back in a gambling expansion bill, with protections for the two area casinos in East St. Louis and Alton.
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Fellow Alton Democrat Bill Haine is looking at a bill in the Senate that would increase the minimum wage, but he says he wants to be as sure as he can it won’t lead to more unemployment.
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While the General Assembly sometimes has to work into June to finish its work, Beiser doesn’t think that will be the case this year.