The New Year will bring a lot of new laws, one of which will do something you probably thought was already on the books.
State grant money is being used for political activities, and the new law will close that legal loophole.
“There's a lot of money that goes out in grants,” says the sponsor, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). “Taxpayers assume that these are for worthy purposes, and that in fact the projects that are billed as getting completed due to these dollars will actually happen, and we have seen a pattern over the years where that hasn't happened.”
One example, says Radogno, is a Neighborhood Recovery Initiative put on by the governor, in which state grant money paid young people to march in a parade.