DroneRA measure to ban using drones for hunting cleared the Senate Agriculture committee this morning, paving the way for a vote in the full Senate.

The proposal’s sponsor, state Senator Julie Morrison, argues that drones can give hunters an unfair advantage.

“A lot of the hunters I’ve talked to see using drones as cheating. They want to keep the hunt challenging,” the Deerfield Democrat said. “Other groups, like the Humane Society, believe the animals deserve a chance to escape that drones would eliminate.”

While small animals that fear birds of prey run when they see unmanned aerial vehicles, big game animals like deer are unfazed by the small aircraft, making them easy pickings for high-tech hunters.

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US Cellular InArticleTargets unethical appointment to Illinois Sports Facilities Authority

 A plan to prevent future governors from engaging in last-minute patronage has cleared a key committee, setting the stage for a vote in the full Illinois Senate.

State Senator Julie Morrison introduced the proposal after former Gov. Pat Quinn appointed a political operative to a $160,000-per-year state job at the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority a month after he lost his election last year.

Her plan would affect any director appointed to a governor-controlled board or commission after the governor loses an election. They would be limited to 60 days in the position, allowing the newly elected governor to find the best person for the position. Morrison’s legislation extends beyond the ISFA to include similar government organizations.

“The people should be able to trust their government,” Morrison said. “I don’t blame the taxpayers for being upset when a lame-duck governor uses his position to provide campaign staff with golden parachutes. I’m gravely disappointed, too.”

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority – a government entity – owns U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox, and provided the majority of the financing for the renovation of the Bears’ Soldier Field. It receives subsidies from the state and the city of Chicago, income from the White Sox rental agreement, and revenue from a 2 percent tax on all hotel rentals in Chicago.

Morrison’s legislation, Senate Bill 1369, is only part of her effort to reform state government. She’s also introduced plans to prevent legislators from becoming lobbyists until at least one year after they leave office and to create term limits for the House speaker and Senate president.

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Senator Morrison discusses her plan to require the state to post the national human trafficking hotline number in places like bus stops, train stations and truck stops on Chicago's Catholic radio stations:

 

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US CellularIntroduces aggressive ethics reform agenda

When Pat Quinn appointed a political operative to a $160,000-per year state job at the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority a month after he lost his election last year, state Senator Julie Morrison was furious. She vowed to introduce legislation to prevent future governors from engaging in last-minute patronage.

Her plan extends beyond the ISFA to include the directors of any state agency with a member appointed by the governor.

“It seems like every governor finds new and creative ways to give away high-paying jobs to underqualified political allies,” Morrison said. “I’m sick of it. I know all the taxpayers are sick of it. I’m going to do my part to make it stop.”

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