IFB Members set Policy at Annual Meeting
Motor fuel tax, recreational marijuana and school security among the most intensely debated topics. (FarmWeek)
Looking ahead to a possible increase to the state motor fuel tax (last updated 28 years ago), delegates changed the policy from a $.10 cap to allow the organization to support a ‘moderate’ increase in the motor fuel tax.
After lengthy debate, the Illinois Farm Bureau will maintain an opposed position to recreational cannabis. In the event that it is legalized, then the delegate body wants to make sure that it is regulated and taxed accordingly.
Delegates crafted policy to underscore the importance of school security but didn’t go so far as to support arming teachers. Delegates also passed a sense of the delegate body resolution supporting a solution to ongoing trade disputes.
“I certainly think one of the highlights of this year’s meeting was Secretary Sonny Perdue’s presence and his comments to our delegates about trade,” said IFB President Richard Guebert Jr.
Left to right is Janet McCabe, Dan Biernacki, Tim Stuenkel and Ruth Zeldenrust served as Cook County Farm Bureau delegates to the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting held in Chicago last month.
Nearly 350 delegates took part in the process to update Illinois Farm Bureau’s policy book at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Chicago.