Senator Barickman’s Senate Week in Review: Happy Thanksgiving


Final Week of Veto Session begins Nov. 27, dates for incoming General Assembly, Governor set

Lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 27 for the final week of the Fall Veto Session to take further action on a number of pieces of legislation that were either vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner or amenditorily vetoed by him.

Last week, the Senate passed legislation that would increase the age from 18 to 21 for individuals to purchase cigarettes or other tobacco products. The Senate also passed legislation that would put more regulations in place for car and ride-sharing companies and put them on equal footing with car rental companies. Both those measures move to the House of Representatives for further action.

Meanwhile, the new General Assembly will be sworn into office Jan. 9 and Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker will be sworn into office Jan. 14.


Thanksgiving travel predicted to be busier this year, highlights include busiest time in Chicago area

Hitting the road, the railway, or the airport this Thanksgiving week? Expect more vehicles and longer lines, according to AAA.

AAA projects that 54.3 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles or more to see family and chow down on turkey, an increase of 4.8 percent from 2017, making it the busiest Thanksgiving travel week since 2005.

AAA says the worst spot in the Chicagoland area will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday on I-94 west between exits 40A to 1. If you’re driving to O’Hare, beware of the trip from downtown Chicago to the airport on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with AAA projecting a peak travel time of 1 hour and 37 minutes for that drive alone.

It’s recommended you get to airports and train and bus stations extra early to allow for longer security lines and potential delays.


Holiday spending to increase this year – where do you fall in how much you’ll spend?

The 2018 Holiday Shopping Survey recently released by Wallet Hub shows 35 percent of Americans plan on spending more than $500 this holiday season, compared to 33 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, 15 percent say they will spend more than $1,001 and 19 percent say they will spend less than $100.

The survey also showed more people are better off financially this year compared to last year, with six in 10 people reporting that now versus five in 10 in 2017.

Electronics leads the list of most desired holiday gifts at 31 percent followed closely behind by gift cards at 30 percent.

While big box stores tend to get the most attention on Black Friday on Nov. 23, the busiest shopping day of the year, small businesses are reminding shoppers about Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. This national campaign is intended to encourage shoppers to check out their local small businesses and support all they do for their local communities.

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