April 12, 2016
To the Honorable Members of
The Illinois House of Representatives,
99th General Assembly:
return House Bill 5785, an amendment to the Urban Weatherization Act, with
specific recommendations for change. House Bill 5785 is identical to House Bill
3194, which passed last year, and to which I proposed the same changes.
things, House Bill 5785 would require projects funded by weatherization grants
to comply with federal prevailing wage rates. The proponents of House Bill 5785
want federal, not Illinois, prevailing wage rates to apply because Illinois
rates are significantly higher than the federal rates for this type of work.
This demonstrates the deficiencies and potential waste of the Illinois
prevailing wage system.
or not federal prevailing wage rates apply should be determined under federal
law, not state statute. And if federal rates do apply, Illinois rates should
pursuant to Section 9(e) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I
hereby return House Bill 5785, entitled “AN ACT concerning finance”, with the
following specific recommendations for change:
page 2, by replacing lines 13 through 16 with the following: “subdivision
thereof. Works financed or funded in whole or in part with grants awarded
under this Article shall not be considered public works for purposes of the
Prevailing Wage Act.”; and
page 8, by replacing lines 2 through 8 with the following: “the weatherization
program. Works financed or funded in whole or in part with grants awarded
under this Article shall not be considered public works for the purposes of the
Prevailing Wage Act.”.
changes, House Bill 5785 will have my approval. I respectfully request your