2017 House Bills

The 100th General Assembly commenced on January 11, 2017. The following House bills have passed both chambers during the 2017 Legislative session. Public Act numbers are listed for bills approved by the Governor. The remaining bills await Governor action. The list is not all-inclusive. If you have questions regarding any legislation please contact our office at (217) 528-5331.

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Bill #            Description Link IACBM Position
HB 223

Nursing Home - Resident ID Wristlet: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that an …

Nursing Home - Resident ID Wristlet: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that an identification wristlet may be employed for any resident upon a physician's order (currently, no identification wristlets shall be employed except as ordered by a physician), which shall document the need for the identification wristlet. Provides that a facility may require a resident residing in an Alzheimer's disease unit with a history of wandering to wear an identification wristlet, unless the resident's guardian or power of attorney directs that the wristlet be removed. Provides that the identification information requirements for the wristlets are minimum requirements.

HB 466

Mobile Home Tax Notice: Amends the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Enforcement Act. Provides that …

Mobile Home Tax Notice: Amends the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Enforcement Act. Provides that a tax purchaser or assignee must give notice of the tax sale and the date of expiration of the redemption period not less than 3 months nor more than 6 months prior to the expiration of the redemption period (currently, not less than 3 months nor more than 5 months). Provides that the purchaser or assignee may file a petition for the issuance of a tax certificate of title at any time within 6 months but not less than 3 months prior to the expiration of the redemption period (currently, any time within 5 months but not less than 3 months prior to the expiration of the redemption period). Effective immediately.

HB 512

Election Code - Public Question Notice: Amends the Election Code. Requires election authorities to publish …

Election Code - Public Question Notice: Amends the Election Code. Requires election authorities to publish notice of certain public referenda not more than 60 (rather than 30) days before the question is to be submitted to the voters.

HB 513

Gas Storage Act - Wet Fueling: Amends the Gasoline Storage Act. Provides that the State …

Gas Storage Act - Wet Fueling: Amends the Gasoline Storage Act. Provides that the State Fire Marshal shall adopt rules that restrict the dispensing of motor vehicle fuels to waste disposal sites permitted under the Environmental Protection Act, sanitary landfills permitted under the Environmental Protection Act, and municipal solid waste landfill units permitted under the Environmental Protection Act, provided that the only refueling at the sites is limited to off-road vehicles and equipment that are used at and for the operation of the waste disposal site, sanitary landfill, or municipal solid waste landfill unit. Effective immediately.

 

HB 523

Abandoned Residential Property: Amends the Mortgage Foreclosure Article/Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that provisions concerning …

Abandoned Residential Property: Amends the Mortgage Foreclosure Article/Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that provisions concerning an additional fee paid by residential foreclosure plaintiffs are operative until January 1, 2020 (instead of January 1, 2018). Provides that provisions concerning an additional fee paid by purchasers at a judicial sale are operative and become inoperative on January 1, 2020 (instead of January 1, 2017). Repeals the Section on March 2, 2020 (instead of March 2, 2017). Provides that specified actions taken before the effective date of the amendatory Act are ratified, validated, and confirmed. Effective immediately.

HB 535

Illinois Commerce Commission and Railway Right of Way: Amends the Counties Code and Illinois Municipal …

Illinois Commerce Commission and Railway Right of Way: Amends the Counties Code and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission (currently, a court of competent jurisdiction) will determine whether the installation, maintenance, repair, or removal of a community antenna would create a dangerous condition or interrupt service. Amends the Crossing of Railroad Right-of-way Act. Adds providers of broadband service to the definition of "utility". Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that cable operators, holders of State authorizations, and broadband service providers shall not be prevented by a railroad from entering onto railroad real estate or right of way for purposes of construction or installation of system or facilities if they have followed the procedures to enter the property as required by statute. Effective immediately.

HB 539

Election Code - Number of Election Judges: Amends the Election Code. Provides that county boards …

Election Code - Number of Election Judges: Amends the Election Code. Provides that county boards outside of the jurisdiction of boards of election commissioners may reduce the number of judges of election from 5 to 3 for primary elections. Effective immediately.

HB 622

Labor Relations - Stay on Appeals: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides …

Labor Relations - Stay on Appeals: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that the filing of an appeal to the Appellate Court of a final order by the Illinois Labor Relations Board concerning unfair labor practices shall not automatically stay the enforcement of the Board's order. Provides that an aggrieved party may apply to the Appellate Court for a stay of the enforcement of the Board's order after the aggrieved party has followed the procedure prescribed by Supreme Court Rule 335.

HB 683

Vehicle Code - Length and Size Requirement:  Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the maximum …

Vehicle Code - Length and Size Requirement:  Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the maximum length of a truck tractor in combination with a semitrailer may not exceed 65 feet (rather than 55 feet) overall dimension on all non-State highways. Removes the requirement that truck tractor-semitrailer combinations must have no more than a maximum 55 feet overall wheel base on Class III roadways and other non-designated State highways. Provides that the distance between the kingpin and the axle of a semitrailer longer than 48 feet, in combination with a truck tractor, may not exceed 42 feet 6 inches, unless the trailer or semitrailer is used for the transport of livestock.

Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that any agency or instrumentality of the State of Illinois or unit of local government may seek recovery for the cost of the repair of damaged or destroyed highways, highway structures, or traffic-control devices that result from operating, driving, or moving a truck tractor-semitrailer combination exceeding 55 feet in overall dimension. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that an agency or instrumentality of the State of Illinois or any unit of local government shall not be required to widen or otherwise alter a non-State highway, Class III highway, or other non-designated State highway constructed before the effective date of the bill to accommodate the increase in dimension of a truck tractor-semitrailer combination.
 

HB 764

Municipal Code - Highway De-Annexation: Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that if any highway …

Municipal Code - Highway De-Annexation: Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that if any highway is disconnected or de-annexed, the jurisdiction of the highway shall revert back to the unit of local government or Department of Transportation that had jurisdiction immediately before the annexation. Provides that the provisions apply only if the highway was a township highway prior to annexation and is disconnected or de-annexed within one year after the original annexation. Provides that the highway shall revert back to the township (rather than a unit of local government or Department of Transportation) that had jurisdiction immediately before the annexation. Effective immediately.

HB 821

Revenue - Electronic Filing: Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the …

Revenue - Electronic Filing: Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act, the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act, the Public Utilities Act, and the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that certain tax returns filed under those Acts must be filed electronically. Provides that vendor discounts under those Acts are allowed only for returns that are filed electronically. Provides that the electronic return requirement does not apply to the Automobile Renting Occupation and Use Tax Act. Effective immediately.

HB 1800

Highway Code - Snow Break Grower Fee: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a …

Highway Code - Snow Break Grower Fee: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a county board of a county that contracts with a person growing row crops on land adjacent to county highways to buy standing strips of the crops to remain in place to act as snow breaks along the highway may pay the grower an additional sum of money equal to at least 10% of the contract price (rather than a sum of money equal to 10% of the contract price) as an inconvenience fee.

HB 2492

Vehicle Code - Emergency Vehicle Weight: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that except for weight …

Vehicle Code - Emergency Vehicle Weight: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that except for weight limits on Class I highways under a Chapter in the Code governing size, weight, load, and permits, the provisions under that Chapter governing size, weight, and load (rather than size and load) do not apply to fire apparatus or emergency vehicles (rather than only fire apparatus). Provides weight limits for a fire apparatus designed to be used in emergency conditions to transport personnel and equipment, and used to support the suppression of fires and mitigation of other hazardous situations, on a Class I highway.

HB 2581

Toll Highway - Grade Separations: Amends the Toll Highway Act. Provides that when the Illinois …

Toll Highway - Grade Separations: Amends the Toll Highway Act. Provides that when the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has built or will build grade separations or interchange improvements at intersections with any railroads, waterways, street railways, streets, thoroughfares, public roads, or highways intersected with the toll highways, the local highway agency or municipality with jurisdiction shall enter into an agreement with the Authority for the ongoing maintenance of the structures.

HB 2585

Legal Notices - Adjacent County: Amends the Notice By Publication Act and the Newspaper Legal …

Legal Notices - Adjacent County: Amends the Notice By Publication Act and the Newspaper Legal Notice Act. Provides that, if notice is required to be published in a newspaper that is published in a particular unit of local government or school district, and if there is no newspaper published in that unit of local government or school district, then the notice may be published in a secular newspaper having general circulation within the unit of local government or school district (currently, those Acts require the newspaper to be published in the county in which the unit of local government or school district is located or in an adjoining county). Provides that the newspaper shall cause the notice to be placed (instead of "place the notice") on the statewide website established and maintained as a joint venture of the majority of Illinois newspapers as a repository for such notices. Amends the Legal Advertising Rate Act. Provides that the face of type of any required public notice shall not be (instead of "be made shall be not") smaller than the body type used in the classified advertising in the newspaper in which the required public notice is published.

HB 2831

 Property Assessed Clean Energy Act: Creates the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act. Provides that a …

 Property Assessed Clean Energy Act: Creates the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act. Provides that a local unit of government may establish a property assessed clean energy program. Provides that, to finance or refinance one or more energy projects on the property covered by the program, a local unit of government may impose an assessment pursuant to the terms of an assessment contract with the record owner of the property to be assessed. Provides that a local unit of government may issue bonds to finance energy projects under a property assessed clean energy program. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

HB 2910

Juvenile Court - Out of State Placement: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides …

Juvenile Court - Out of State Placement: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that the court may approve the placement of a minor in an out of state residential treatment center upon application by the Department of Children and Family Services when the court determines that the placement of the minor in an out-of-state residential treatment center is in the best interest and is the least restrictive, most family-like setting for the minor. Provides that the Department's application shall include an explanation of what in State resources, if any, the Department considered for the minor and why the minor cannot be placed in a residential treatment center or other placement in this State, an explanation as to how the out-of-state residential treatment center will impact the minor's relationships with family and other individuals important to the minor and what steps the Department will take to preserve those relationships, an explanation as to how the Department will ensure the safety and well-being of the minor in the out-of-state residential treatment center and an explanation as to why it is in the minor's best interest to be placed in the out-of-state residential treatment center, including a description of the minor's treatment needs and how those needs will be met in the proposed placement. Provides that this provision does not apply to an out-of-state placement of a minor in a family foster home, relative foster home, a home of a parent, or a dormitory or independent living setting of a minor attending a post-secondary educational institution. Defines "residential treatment center". Effective immediately.

HB 3036

County Recorder - Fee Schedules:  Amends the Counties Code. Provides that on and after January …

County Recorder - Fee Schedules:  Amends the Counties Code. Provides that on and after January 1, 2019, a county shall adopt and implement a predictable fee schedule that eliminates surcharges or fees based upon the individual attributes of documents to be recorded with the county recorder. Provides that fees for standard documents are divided into 5 classifications of document class flat fees, which are inclusive of county and State fees required for each recorded document. Provides for methods that the non-predictable fees may be increased prior to adopting document class flat fees. Provides that prior to increasing a document class flat fee, a cost study must be completed showing that the increase is needed because the document class flat fees are not sufficient to cover the cost of providing the service. Defines "standard document" and "nonstandard document".

Provides for how predictable fee schedules are initially and subsequently approved. Provides that if an ordinance or resolution adopts a document class flat fee that exceeds $21, the county board shall obtain from the clerk or recorder an analysis of the average fees collected for the recording of each of the document classifications based on the 3 previous years of recording data or the 3 previous years from the date of a cost study upon the adoption of the ordinance or resolution. Provides that the county board shall set document class flat fees based upon the data or cost study (rather than requiring the clerk or recorder to provide this analysis and the county board to set document class flat fees during the process of transitioning into the predictable fee). Provides that in order to raise a document class flat fee, a cost study must show that the fees allowed are not sufficient to cover the cost of providing the service related to the document class flat fee for which is to be increased. Effective immediately.
 

PA 100-02

Prevailing Wage Act - Wage County Schedules: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Requires the Department …

Prevailing Wage Act - Wage County Schedules: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Requires the Department of Labor to publish, by July 15 of each year on its official website, a prevailing wage schedule for each county in the State based upon the prevailing rate of wages investigated and ascertained by the Department during the month of June.

HB 3070

Pension Code - IMRF Purchased Credits: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of …

Pension Code - IMRF Purchased Credits: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. With respect to establishing certain types of service credit in the Fund, provides that application and payment must be received by the Board while the applicant is an active participant, except that one payment will be permitted after termination of participation. Effective immediately.
 

HB 3120

Prevailing Wage Act - Website Post: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that if the Department …

Prevailing Wage Act - Website Post: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that if the Department of Labor ascertains the prevailing rate of wages for a public body, the public body may satisfy the Act's notice by newspaper publication, but not its obligations to mail notice to interested parties, by posting on the public body's website a hyperlink to the prevailing wage schedule for the locality that is published on the official website of the Department of Labor. Effective immediately.

HB 3122

Pension Code - IMRF Office Holders: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of …

Pension Code - IMRF Office Holders: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a person who holds part-time office as a member of a governing body is not a participating employee with respect to that office, unless he or she (i) was elected to that office before the effective date of the amendatory Act and (ii) has elected while in that office to become a contributor. Provides that an office as a member of a governing body shall be deemed to be part-time if it normally requires the performance of duty during less than 1000 hours a year for the governing body of the participating municipality or instrumentality. Effective immediately.

HB 3150

Counties - Fraud Referral Review: Amends the Counties Code. Removes a repeal date of June 1, …

Counties - Fraud Referral Review: Amends the Counties Code. Removes a repeal date of June 1, 2018 in a Section concerning a county recorder's ability to establish procedures for investigating filings that would cause the recorder to reasonably believe that the filing may be fraudulent, unlawfully altered, or intended to unlawfully cloud or transfer the title of any real property. Effective immediately.