The Passing of Chancellor Montemagno
On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 11, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale lost one of its champions when Chancellor Carlo Montemagno succumbed following a lengthy battle with cancer.
"Chancellor Montemagno was an advocate for all of southern Illinois—not just the university he loved," said Sen. Schimpf. "During his short tenure, he initiated a much-needed reorganization of the university and recognized that SIU's success was tied to the success of the region as a whole. I’m particularly grateful that under his direction, the university is leading strategic planning studies for both the World Shooting and Recreational Complex and Pyramid State Park."
Montemagno was 62-years-old. According to WPSD, graveside services with full military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City, Illinois.
Flue Gas Desulfurization Task Force
Senator Schimpf attended his second meeting with the Flue Gas Desulfurization Task Force on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Task Force was legislatively created this past spring and has a stated mission to "increase the amount of Illinois Basin coal use in generation units."
Most Illinois coal power plants burn coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, rather than coal from Illinois. This is because coal from the Illinois Basin contains higher levels of sulfur. Task force members received a briefing on a new, ammonia-based desulfurization process that could make it economically feasible for Illinois power plants to once again burn Illinois coal.
"This new process is a potential game-changer for Illinois coal," said Sen. Schimpf. "This process creates a fertilizer byproduct that can cover the costs of installing sulfur removal technology. I look forward to finding out what new legislation or regulations are necessary to make this an option for our southern Illinois coal plants.”
Business Tax Ranking Harms Opportunity
Illinois ranks a poor 36th among the 50 states for its overall business tax climate— according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation. The group recently-released its 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index, which places Illinois’ corporate tax rank in 39th place, while our property tax burden is rated 45th and our unemployment insurance tax ranks in 42nd place. These three categories represent tax burdens that negatively affect job creation, which in turn limit opportunities for Illinois workers.
Honoring our Veterans
Illinois residents are encouraged to submit a tribute and photo of their loved ones who served our country in the United States Armed Forces, for the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus’ Veterans Day “Wall of Honor.” The wall will be on display in the Illinois State Capitol from Nov. 5-16.
Families are to submit photos and written stories:
- Stories limited to 250 words max
- Include name, military branch, and conflict served
- Military photos are preferred
“Our nation’s veterans and military families sacrifice so much for us. They devote their lives to protecting our country,” said Sen. Schimpf. “Our Veterans Day Wall of Honor will pay tribute to their sacrifices and to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and freedoms.”
Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 5. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall of Honor, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, Ill. 62706. For questions, call 217-782-1650.