2017 Senate Bills

The 100th General Assembly commenced on January 11, 2017. The following is a list of Senate bills being monitored by the association. The list is not all-inclusive. If you have questions regarding any legislation please contact our office at (217) 528-5331.

Click on the bill number for a brief synopsis.

Bill #            Description Link IACBM Position
SB 3

Local Government Consolidation: Amends the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency Division of the Counties Code. …

Local Government Consolidation: Amends the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency Division of the Counties Code. Provides that the Division applies to all counties (currently, only applies to DuPage, Lake, and McHenry Counties). Excludes specified boards from the definition of "unit of local government". Provides how the status and rights of employees, including those represented by an exclusive bargaining representatives, are affected by the dissolution of a unit of local government under the Division. Provides for the assumption of obligations of the dissolving unit of local government by the entity absorbing the dissolving unit as they relate to representation rights and collective bargaining agreements. Amends the Township Code. Removes a restriction limiting townships to 126 square miles. Provides for the consolidation of 2 or more townships which share a boundary, the merging of one township into 2 other townships, and the dissolution of all townships (currently, only allowed in specified townships) within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality. Makes other changes. Amends the Election Code. Specifies procedures for township consolidation, merger, and discontinuance referenda. Amends the Illinois Drainage Code. Provides that specified counties may, by resolution, dissolve drainage districts wholly within their borders and drainage districts only partially within its borders under specified circumstances. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that specified township road districts may be abolished by public referendum. Effective on January 1, 2018, but this Act does not take effect at all unless Senate Bills 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 of the 100th General Assembly become law.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Removes provisions that were being added in the Illinois Drainage Code that would have allowed specified counties, by resolution, to dissolve drainage district wholly or partially within their borders.

SB 12

Workers' Compensation Reform: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from public inspection certain information …

Workers' Compensation Reform: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from public inspection certain information collected by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission from self-insureds and papers, documents, reports, or evidence relevant to a workers' compensation fraud investigation conducted by the Department of Insurance. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 regarding workers' compensation fraud penalties. Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Makes changes concerning: accidental injuries considered to be "arising out of and in the course of the employment" if an employee is required to travel away from the employer's premises; the maximum compensation rate for a period of temporary total incapacity; wage differential benefits to professional athletes; limitations on the number of chiropractic, occupational therapy, or physical therapy visits an injured worker may receive for injuries; compensation awards for injuries to the shoulder and hip; the maximum allowable payment for certain service categories; the assignment and reassignment of arbitrators to hearing sites; the creation of an evidence based drug formulary; the duties of the Workers' Compensation Edit, Alignment, and Reform Commission; additional compensation awards where there has been a vexatious delay in the authorization of medical treatment or the payment or intentional underpayment of compensation; annual reports on the state of self-insurance for workers' compensation in Illinois; and other matters. Effective immediately, but this Act does not take effect at all unless Senate Bills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13 of the 100th General Assembly become law.
 

SB 13

Property Tax Freeze (PTELL): Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax …

Property Tax Freeze (PTELL): Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the 2017 and 2018 levy years, the term "taxing district" means all taxing districts in the State, including home rule units. Provides that, for the 2017 and 2018 levy years, the extension limitation for those taxing districts is 0% or the rate of increase approved by the voters. Amends the School Code. Makes changes concerning contracts between a school board and a third party. Provides that local boards of education shall forward certain cost projections to the State Board of Education. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2022, the State Board shall review and analyze the cost projections and review for any cost savings and economic benefits. Requires the State Board to file a report by December 31, 2022. Imposes a moratorium on third-party contracts for non-instructional services while the State Board is preparing the report. Provides that a school district may offer a driver education course in a school by contracting with a commercial driver training school; sets forth requirements concerning the contract. Provides that school districts need not comply with and may discharge any mandate or requirement placed on school districts by the Code or by administrative rules adopted by the State Board of Education that is unfunded; with exceptions. Sets forth requirements concerning discharging mandates. Makes changes concerning physical education. Effective immediately, but this Act does not take effect at all unless Senate Bills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 of the 100th General Assembly become law.

SB 56

Property Tax Compulsory Sales: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that provisions requiring boards of …

Property Tax Compulsory Sales: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that provisions requiring boards of review and the Property Tax Appeal Board to consider compulsory sales for the purpose of revising and correcting assessments apply only to complaints affecting assessments for assessment years 2011 through 2016. Provides that boards of review shall consider compulsory sales in the equalization process only in assessment years 2011 through 2016. Provides that, beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act, transfer declarations are no longer required to state whether the transfer is pursuant to compulsory sale. Effective immediately.
 

SB 58

Police Shooting Drug Test: Amends the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act. Provides that each …

Police Shooting Drug Test: Amends the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act. Provides that each law enforcement agency shall adopt a written policy regarding drug testing following an officer-involved shooting. Provides that the written policy adopted by the law enforcement agency must include the following requirements: (1) each law enforcement officer who is involved in an officer-involved shooting must submit to alcohol and drug testing; and (2) the alcohol and drug testing must be completed as soon as possible after the shooting but no later than one hour after the officer-involved shooting. Defines "officer-involved shooting". Effective immediately.

 

SB 59

Local Records Disposal: Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that if an officer or agency …

Local Records Disposal: Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that if an officer or agency submits a Local Records Disposal Certificate to the Local Records Commission and no objection to the Certificate has been received by the Local Records Commission within 30 days after the Local Record Disposal Certificate has been received by the Local Records Commission, then the officer or agency may dispose of the records listed on the Local Records Disposal Certificate without Local Records Commission review or approval.

SB 62

Property Tax - Gated Community: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in the case …

Property Tax - Gated Community: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in the case of residential property located in a gated residential community, nothing shall prohibit the chief county assessment officer, the board of review, or the Property Tax Appeal Board from considering comparable properties located outside of that gated residential community when determining the fair cash value of the property. Effective immediately.
 

SB 64

Religous Freedom Defense Act: Prohibits the State and local governments from taking discriminatory action against …

Religous Freedom Defense Act: Prohibits the State and local governments from taking discriminatory action against a person if the person believes or acts under a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is only between one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage. Allows a person to assert a claim or defense under the Act in a judicial or administrative proceeding for damages, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, or other appropriate relief against the State or local government. Also allows the Attorney General to seek enforcement of the Act. Defines "discriminatory action", "person", "State benefit program", and "State".

 

SB 85

Local Government Inspector General: Provides that the purpose of the Act is to establish an …

Local Government Inspector General: Provides that the purpose of the Act is to establish an independent entity to which allegations of incompetence, neglect of duty, malfeasance in office, corruption, or official misconduct involving units of local government, including their officers, employees, and agents, or elected or appointed local officials, may be reported and investigated with the assistance of the Attorney General. Creates the Local Government Ethics Commission and the Office of the Local Government Inspector General and provides that members of the Commission and the Inspector General shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Sets forth the procedures of investigating a complaint and the issuing of reports. Defines terms.
 

SB 86

Commercial Distribution Fee Repeal: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Repeals a provision providing for the …

Commercial Distribution Fee Repeal: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Repeals a provision providing for the collection of an annual commercial distribution fee on vehicles of the second division weighing more than 8,000 pounds. Makes conforming changes. Effective July 1, 2018.
 

SB 87

Property Tax - Surviving Spouse: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the …

Property Tax - Surviving Spouse: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the 2016 taxable year and thereafter, the exemption for veterans with disabilities carries over to the surviving spouse of a veteran who was killed in the line of duty in the current taxable year or any preceding taxable year. Provides that, for the 2015 taxable year and thereafter, the exemption for veterans with disabilities carries over to the surviving spouse of a veteran who did not obtain the exemption before death, but who would have qualified for the exemption in the current taxable year if he or she had survived. Effective immediately.
 

SB 582

Local Health Department Grant Rules: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the State Department …

Local Health Department Grant Rules: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the State Department of Public Health is not authorized to adopt or enforce rules that mandate Department-led reviews to establish compliance with the Local Health Protection Grant rules for local health departments that satisfactorily submit the required Local Health Protection Grant quarterly indicator data for the programs funded by that grant.
 

SB 583

Federal Funds Appropriation: Amends the State Finance Act. Creates an irrevocable and continuing appropriation for …

Federal Funds Appropriation: Amends the State Finance Act. Creates an irrevocable and continuing appropriation for the distribution of any federal funds received by the State for the purposes authorized by the federal government for those funds. Provides that federal funds shall be disbursed in accordance with any requirements imposed by the federal government and that nothing in the provisions shall be construed in such a way so as to avoid any requirements imposed by the federal government in disbursing funds to the State. Authorizes the State Treasurer and State Comptroller to make distributions of federal funds as provided. Effective immediately.

 

SB 584

Administrative Review Notices: Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that in a contested case, …

Administrative Review Notices: Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that in a contested case, the notice required to be provided to all parties may be served by electronic mail if agreed to by the parties. Requires every final order to contain a list of all parties of record to the case including the name and address of the agency or officer entering the order and the addresses of each party as known to the agency where the parties may be served with pleadings, notices, or service of process for any review or further proceedings. Requires every final order to state whether the rules of the agency require any motion or request for reconsideration to make the decision reviewable under the Administrative Review Law and to cite the rule for the requirement. Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that the scope of an Article concerning administrative review shall be liberally construed in the interests of justice to grant an orderly method of judicial review of administrative agency decisions. Provides that no action for administrative review shall be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction under certain specified circumstances. Provides that the circuit court has the power to correct misnomers, which shall include any erroneous identification of the administrative agency. Effective immediately.
 

SB 585

Tax Purchasers: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each tax purchaser shall pay to …

Tax Purchasers: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each tax purchaser shall pay to the county collector an automation fee set by the county collector of not more than $10 for each item purchased (currently, each county collector may assess such a fee). Provides that the indemnity fee in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants shall be not more than $20 (currently, the fee is $20). Makes changes concerning the fee imposed by the county board on each person purchasing property at a sale under the Code for payment of interest and costs.
 

SB 586

Property Tax Sale in Error: Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning sales …

Property Tax Sale in Error: Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning sales in error, provides that, in cases where improvements upon the property sold have been substantially destroyed or rendered uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for occupancy, the court may order assignment of the certificate of purchase to the county collector or the delinquent county tax agent instead of declaring a sale in error upon request of the county collector. Provides that, if the certificate of purchase is assigned to the county delinquent tax agent because the improvements have been substantially destroyed or rendered uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for occupancy, then the county delinquent tax agent shall extend the redemption period by 24 months. Requires the court to notify the county collector when it declares a sale in error under certain conditions.

SB 626

Nursing Home - Staffing Nurses: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that upon application …

Nursing Home - Staffing Nurses: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that upon application by a facility, the Director of Public Health may grant or renew a waiver of certain staffing requirements for registered nurses, considering specified criteria, if the facility demonstrates to the Director's satisfaction that the facility is unable, despite diligent efforts, including offering wages at a competitive rate for registered nurses in the community, to employ the required number of registered nurses. Provides that the Director may not grant or renew such waivers for certain minimum nurse staffing requirements contained in federal regulations to facilities that are Medicare-certified or both Medicare-certified and Medicaid-certified. Provides that these waivers shall be reviewed quarterly by the Department of Public Health, including requiring a demonstration by the facility that it has continued to make diligent efforts to employ the required number of registered nurses, and shall be revoked for noncompliance with certain requirements. Effective immediately.
 

SB 631

Property Tax Certificate of Error: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that no certificate of …

Property Tax Certificate of Error: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that no certificate of error allowing a homestead exemption shall be executed for any tax year more than 6 years (instead of 3 years) after the date on which the annual judgment and order of sale for that tax year was first entered. Effective immediately.

 

SB 678

Adjudicate Speeding Tickets: Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a municipality may adjudicate …

Adjudicate Speeding Tickets: Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a municipality may adjudicate speeding tickets of 15 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit in its administrative adjudication system.

OPPOSE
SB 679

Motor Fuel Reporting: Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Provides that a road district, municipality, …

Motor Fuel Reporting: Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Provides that a road district, municipality, or county may submit a copy of its approved road budget showing expenses exceeding the motor fuel tax funds received by the road district, municipality, or county to satisfy all documentation and reporting requirements relating to the motor fuel tax funds received. Prohibits the Department of Revenue from requiring more documentation or reporting requirements if a road district, municipality, or county provides the specified budget.

SB 685

State's Attorney Salary: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board may establish a …

State's Attorney Salary: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board may establish a salary for a State's attorney higher than provided for in the Code. However, any salary above the amounts provided for in the Code shall be paid out of the county treasury. Effective immediately.

 

SB 686

Property Tax Assessment Cap: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for assessment years following …

Property Tax Assessment Cap: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for assessment years following the next general assessment after the effective date of the amendatory Act, no increase in assessment may exceed 20% per year. Provides exceptions if: (1) the property is sold, transferred, or conveyed during the taxable year; (2) significant improvements were made to the property; (3) a homestead exemption or other preferential method of assessment was removed with respect to that property during the taxable year; or (4) the increase was due to an equalization factor imposed by the township, county, or Department of Revenue. Effective immediately.

 

SB 701

IMRF Earnings Exclusion: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension …

IMRF Earnings Exclusion: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. For a person who first becomes a participating employee on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, excludes vehicle allowances from the definition of "earnings". Effective immediately.
 

SB 731

Administrative Review - Parties of Record: Amends the Administrative Review Law of the Code of …

Administrative Review - Parties of Record: Amends the Administrative Review Law of the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that: the term "parties of record" does not include individuals who are not acting in an official capacity and whose participation in proceedings before an administrative agency is limited to attendance or testimony at a public hearing or submission of written statements to the agency; the plaintiff shall send a notice of filing of the action by certified mail to each individual who is not a party of record and who submitted testimony or a written statement to the administrative agency with respect to the decision from which the action to review is taken; and an individual who submitted testimony or a written statement to the administrative agency with respect to the decision from which the action to review is taken has a right to intervene as a defendant in the action upon application made to the court within 30 days of the mailing of the notice

SB 741

Local Health Departments - Flu Vaccination: Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties …

Local Health Departments - Flu Vaccination: Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department of Public Health may require certified local health departments and any facility licensed by the Department (currently, may require any facility licensed by the Department) to implement an influenza vaccination program that ensures that the health care personnel of the facility are vaccinated against specified influenza viruses (currently, are offered the opportunity to be vaccinated against specified influenza viruses). Provides that the Department may adopt rules that make exceptions for employees who may be exempt from influenza vaccination program requirements. Provides that general philosophical or moral reluctance to influenza vaccinations is not a sufficient basis for an exemption to statutory requirements. Provides that medical exemptions shall be consistent with current guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Provides that nothing in provisions concerning an influenza vaccination program prohibits certified local health departments and any facility licensed by the Department from implementing more stringent influenza vaccination policies, strategies, or programs, including a mandatory health care personnel influenza vaccination program, designed to improve health care personnel vaccination rates that are consistent with existing law and rules. Effective immediately.
 

SB 751

Counties Enforce Judgments: Amends the Counties Code. In provisions regarding enforcement of judgments, fines, costs, …

Counties Enforce Judgments: Amends the Counties Code. In provisions regarding enforcement of judgments, fines, costs, penalties, or other sanctions that remain unpaid after exhaustion of, or failure to exhaust, judicial review, provides that taxes and fees may also be collected and that the taxes, fees, fines, costs, penalties, or other sanctions cannot be related to real property. Makes technical changes.

 

SB 773

Drainage District Dissolution: Amends the Township Code. Removes a restriction limiting townships to 126 square …

Drainage District Dissolution: Amends the Township Code. Removes a restriction limiting townships to 126 square miles. Amends the Illinois Drainage Code. Provides that counties with a population of more than 500,000 and less than 3,000,000 may, by resolution, dissolve drainage districts wholly within their borders if the county board appoints the drainage commissioners with the county assuming all powers (including the ability to tax as a drainage district), obligations, and functions of the drainage district and district board. Further provides that a county may dissolve and take over the powers, obligations, and functions of a drainage district and board only partially within its borders if the county appoints a majority of commissioners to the district board and the other counties which contain a portion of the district consent through intergovernmental agreement. Contains notice requirements for the dissolution of a drainage district. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a township road district, with roads of less than a total of 15 miles in length, may be abolished by public referendum. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
 

SB 775

Drainage Commissioners Appointment: Amends the Illinois Drainage Code. Provides for the appointment of all drainage …

Drainage Commissioners Appointment: Amends the Illinois Drainage Code. Provides for the appointment of all drainage commissioners by the county board. Provides that the appointment shall be made as the terms of the current drainage commissioners expire. Deletes provisions providing for the election of drainage commissioners. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.
 

SB 778

FOIA - Pension Investments: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. In a provision establishing exemptions …

FOIA - Pension Investments: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. In a provision establishing exemptions for disclosure under the Act, excludes from those exemptions the text of an agreement to invest in a private equity fund, hedge fund, or absolute return fund that is proposed or executed after January 1, 2018 and any modification to or amendment of such an agreement that modifies or alters any of the provisions. Provides that trade secrets in the text of the agreement are not subject to disclosure under the Act. Defines terms. Effective immediately.

 

SB 779

Pensions Investment Disclosure: Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code in relation …

Pensions Investment Disclosure: Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code in relation to investment transparency. Defines terms. Provides that within 90 days after entering into a new agreement to invest in an alternative investment fund, a public retirement system must disclose certain specified provisions of the agreement. Provides that a public retirement system shall require its alternative investment fund external managers and general partners to make certain annual disclosures concerning certain fees and expenses, in regard to each alternative investment fund. Provides that supplying a public retirement system with a completed reporting template developed by the Institutional Limited Partners Association constitutes compliance with certain reporting requirements. Declares the disclosures to be public records and requires their publication on the public retirement system's website. Amends the Freedom of Information Act to make a conforming change. Effective immediately.
 

SB 789

Motor Fuel Tax Use: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a county board of …

Motor Fuel Tax Use: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a county board of any county, any township, or any municipality may use motor fuel tax funds allotted to it for the operation costs of any public transportation service, for capital improvements designed to improve or enhance pedestrian, bicycle, or transit mobility, or for infrastructure used to support publicly or privately owned electric vehicles.
 

SUPPORT
SB 834

Election Day Audits: Creates the Illinois Election Integrity Act. Amends the Election Code. Requires that …

Election Day Audits: Creates the Illinois Election Integrity Act. Amends the Election Code. Requires that each election authority (i) conduct an election day audit of a random sample of 10% of votes cast and (ii) provide by contract or employment for the performance by one or more independent auditors of post-election parallel tabulations and audits. Provides for the scope of the audits and the resulting reports. Requires that optical scan technology and direct recording electronic voting systems meet certain federal and independent testing standards. Creates a voluntary tax checkoff for the Fund. With respect to early voting, requires that an election authority using only direct recording electronic voting systems have paper ballots available for voters wishing to use them. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Election Integrity Fund as a special fund in the State treasury.
 

SB 845

Property Tax - Apply for Judgment: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in Cook …

Property Tax - Apply for Judgment: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in Cook County, all applications for judgment and order of sale for taxes and special assessments on delinquent properties shall be made (i) by April 1, 2017 for tax year 2015, and (ii) by March 1 of the second calendar year after the applicable tax year for tax year 2016 and thereafter (currently, by May 1, 2016 for tax year 2014, by March 1, 2017 for tax year 2015, and within 90 days after the second installment due date for tax year 2016 and each tax year thereafter). Makes changes concerning the indemnity fee. Provides that the fee shall be adjusted annually beginning on February 1, 2023. Provides that the court may not declare a sale in error solely based on an error of the assessor, chief county assessment officer, board of review, board of appeals, or other county official if the court finds that the error is immaterial. In provisions that require the court to declare a sale in error in the case of a voluntary or involuntary petition under the provisions of the federal Bankruptcy Code of 1978, provides that the petition must be pending on the date of the application for judgment and order of sale or the date of the tax sale. Effective immediately.
 

SB 849

Property Tax Objections:  Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning tax objections based on …

Property Tax Objections:  Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning tax objections based on budget or appropriation ordinances, provides that no objection to any property tax levied by any municipality or county (rather than by any municipality) shall be sustained by any court under certain conditions. Removes forest preserve districts having a population of 3,000,000 or more from the definition of "municipality" in those provisions. Effective immediately.
 

SB 860

Line of Duty Compensation: Amends the Line of Duty Compensation Act. Changes the definition of …

Line of Duty Compensation: Amends the Line of Duty Compensation Act. Changes the definition of "killed in the line of duty" to include losing one's life while on active duty in connection with, among other operations, Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Inherent Resolve. Effective immediately.

SB 874

Redlight Camera - DuPage County: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Removes DuPage county, and the …

Redlight Camera - DuPage County: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Removes DuPage county, and the municipalities located within it, from the applicability of a provision under the Code concerning automated traffic law enforcement systems.
 

SB 909

Township Assessors - Lake County: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the county board …

Township Assessors - Lake County: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the county board of Lake County, by ordinance, or the voters of Lake County, by backdoor referendum, may vote to discontinue all offices of the township assessor in the county. Provides petition and referendum requirements. Provides that after the adoption of an ordinance, or after the approval of a backdoor referendum, to discontinue all offices of township assessor in Lake County, the office of township assessor is discontinued in each township at the end of each township assessor's term. Provides that at the end of each township assessor's term: (i) the Chief County Assessment Officer of Lake County assumes the duties of the township assessor; (ii) the county board members become the board of health for any public health district in the township; and (iii) the office of the township collector of the township ceases and the county treasurer assumes the duties of the township collector. Amends the Public Health District Act making conforming changes. Effective immediate

SB 910

County Board Apportionment Plan: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that when a county board creates …

County Board Apportionment Plan: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that when a county board creates or modifies the apportionment of districts in the county, each district shall also (i) provide racial minorities or language minorities with equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice; (ii) provide racial minorities or language minorities who constitute less than a voting-age majority of a district with an opportunity to substantially influence the outcome of an election; and (iii) shall not discriminate against or in favor of any political party or indi

SB 915

Township Consolidation, Merge, Dissolve: Amends the Township Code. Provides that a county may restructure from …

Township Consolidation, Merge, Dissolve: Amends the Township Code. Provides that a county may restructure from a county board into a commission form of government after discontinuing township organization on or before 180 days after the township organization ceases (currently, a county is required to reorganize into a commission form of government). Provides that 2 or more townships which share a boundary may consolidate into one township after a referendum is approved by a majority of voters in both townships. Provides for the merging of one township into 2 other townships. Provides that all townships (currently, only allowed in specified townships) within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality may dissolve into the municipality. Amends the Election Code. Provides that referenda submitted under specified Articles of the Township Code regarding consolidation, merger, and discontinuance of townships may be submitted for a vote at an election regardless of the number of other referenda on the ballot. Specifies procedures for township consolidation, merger, and discontinuance referenda. Makes other conforming changes. Amends the Counties Code making conforming changes. Effective immediately.

 

SB 923

Township and County Officers Tensure: Amends the Public Officer Simultaneous Tenure Act. Provides that it …

Township and County Officers Tensure: Amends the Public Officer Simultaneous Tenure Act. Provides that it is unlawful for any person to simultaneously hold the office of county board member and township supervisor or township trustee (currently, it is lawful to be a county board member and a township supervisor and, in counties of less than 100,000 population, a county board member and township trustee). Provides that it is unlawful (currently, lawful) for any person to simultaneously hold the office of a county board member and a township assessor or town clerk. Validates lawful actions of individuals who were previously allowed to simultaneously hold specified offices before the effective date of this amendatory Act.

 

SB 935

PTELL Mandate: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2017 levy year, …

PTELL Mandate: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2017 levy year, the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law applies to all taxing districts, including home rule units. Provides that, beginning with the 2017 levy year, the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law is 0% or the rate of increase approved by the voters. Preempts home rule. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

OPPOSE
SB 936

Property Tax - Reduced Assessment: Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section providing that …

Property Tax - Reduced Assessment: Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section providing that in counties with a population of under 3,000,000, certain reduced assessments shall remain in place unless there is substantial cause shown why the reduced assessment should not remain in effect, provides a non-exclusive list of substantial causes. Effective immediately.
 

SB 957

Prevailing Wage Contract Duration: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a prevailing wage determined …

Prevailing Wage Contract Duration: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a prevailing wage determined at the time of bid submission shall continue for the duration of the contract.
 

SB 1230

Discontinue Township Organization: Amends the Township Code. Provides that counties which discontinue township organization will …

Discontinue Township Organization: Amends the Township Code. Provides that counties which discontinue township organization will keep their form of government after the discontinuance. Amends the Counties Code making conforming changes. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1235

Public Employee Disability - Volunteer Firefighters: Amends the Public Employee Disability Act. Provides that volunteer …

Public Employee Disability - Volunteer Firefighters: Amends the Public Employee Disability Act. Provides that volunteer firefighters are covered under the Act. Provides that the amount of compensation shall be calculated in the manner required for volunteer firemen under the Workers' Compensation Act.

 

SB 1237

Workers Comp Onsite Inspection: Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that the Department of Labor, …

Workers Comp Onsite Inspection: Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that the Department of Labor, the Department of Employment Security, and the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Compliance Division are authorized to, and shall, perform on-site job site inspections to determine compliance with the Act. Provides for the violation to be reported to the appropriate State's Attorney.
 

SB 1238

Veterans Court Treatment - Counties: Amends the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act. Provides that …

Veterans Court Treatment - Counties: Amends the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act. Provides that at the discretion of the Chief Judge, the Veterans and Servicemembers Court program may be operated in one or more counties in the Circuit, and allow veteran and servicemember defendants from all counties within the Circuit to participate.
 

SB 1257

Property Tax Notices: Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes changes concerning the notice of tax …

Property Tax Notices: Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes changes concerning the notice of tax sale and redemption rights and the notice of expiration of period of redemption to provide that certain information must appear in bold type. Provides that the notice of expiration of period of redemption shall also be served by conspicuously and securely posting the notice on or immediately adjacent to a principal entry door to the property. Provides that certain notices must also be sent by first class mail. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1263

Open Meetings - Right to Speak: Amends the Open Meetings Act. Specifies that at each …

Open Meetings - Right to Speak: Amends the Open Meetings Act. Specifies that at each regular or special meeting which is open to the public, any person shall have the opportunity to address public officials with comments or questions, subject to reasonable constraints. Provides that any answers to questions asked during the open meeting shall be provided by the public body within a reasonable amount of time not to exceed 45 days.
 

SB 1275

Juries - Undo Public Act 98-1132: Amends the Counties Code and the Code of Civil …

Juries - Undo Public Act 98-1132: Amends the Counties Code and the Code of Civil Procedure to reenact provisions of the Act without the changes made to those provisions by Public Act 98-1132, which was held unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court in Kakos v. Butler, 2016 IL 120377. Effective immediately.

SUPPORT
SB 1278

Prevailing Wage - Conservation Project: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that "public works" does …

Prevailing Wage - Conservation Project: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that "public works" does not include conservation projects or practices on private land paid for wholly or in part out of public funds. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1283

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.

 

SB 1305

Public Labor Arbitration: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Requires an arbitration panel to …

Public Labor Arbitration: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Requires an arbitration panel to fully consider the statutory factors upon which it must base its findings, opinions, and orders during the dispute of a new or amended security labor agreement's wage rates or other employment conditions. Specifies the bases for the statutory factor of the unit of government's financial ability to meet costs.
 

SB 1306

Minimum Wage Suspension Without Pay: Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that an employer may …

Minimum Wage Suspension Without Pay: Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that an employer may impose a disciplinary suspension without pay upon certain bona fide executive, administrative, and professional employees and certain employees of governmental bodies. Provides that a deduction from the pay of such employees may be made for suspensions of one or more full days imposed in good faith for infractions of workplace conduct rules; the suspension must be imposed pursuant to a written policy applicable to all employees; and an employer, in imposing such a suspension, may deduct from the employee's salary the hourly or daily equivalent of the employee's full salary or any other amount proportional to the time actually missed by the emplo

SB 1307

Labor - Confidential Employee: Amends Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that a secretary, assistant, …

Labor - Confidential Employee: Amends Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that a secretary, assistant, or one of like position to a person who formulates, determines, and effectuates labor relations policy is presumed to be a "confidential employee". Provides that the following is considered to be a person who formulates, determines, and effectuates labor relations policy under the Act: (i) the mayor, village president, county board president, county board chairman, or other chief executive officer of a unit of local government, and (ii) any village or city manager or village or city administrator, or anyone in a like position in any unit of local government. Limits the provisions of the amendatory Act to a county with a population of more than 500,000 and municipalities that lie in whole or in part within such a county. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1308

Labor Agreement Hearings: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor …

Labor Agreement Hearings: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that, once an agreement is reached between a public or educational employer and its employees regarding all of the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, the agreement shall be reduced to writing and published on the website of the public or educational employer. Requires the public or educational employer, not less than 14 days after publishing such an agreement, to hold an open public meeting on the ratification of that agreement. Provides that any contract between a public employer and an employee where the total compensation exceeds $150,000 shall be published on the employer's website for a period of not less than 14 days prior to being signed by both the employer and the employee. Requires the public employer to hold an open public meeting on the contract in addition to posting it for 14 days if that contract is subject to board approval. Makes conforming changes in the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1309

Worker's Compensation - Various: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from public inspection certain …

Worker's Compensation - Various: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from public inspection certain information collected by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission from self-insureds and papers, documents, reports, or evidence relevant to a workers' compensation fraud investigation conducted by the Department of Insurance. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 regarding workers' compensation fraud penalties. Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Makes changes concerning: accidental injuries that shall not be considered to be "arising out of and in the course of the employment"; the maximum compensation rate for a period of temporary total incapacity; wage differential benefits to professional athletes; limitations on the number of chiropractic, occupational therapy, or physical therapy visits an injured worker may receive for injuries; compensation awards for injuries to the shoulder and hip; the maximum allowable payment for certain service categories; the assignment and reassignment of arbitrators to hearing sites; the creation of an evidence based drug formulary; additional compensation awards where there has been a vexatious delay of authorization of medical treatment; annual reports on the state of self-insurance for workers' compensation in Illinois; and other matters. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1310

IMRF Opt Out/Refund: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension …

IMRF Opt Out/Refund: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that any current Tier 2 employee who first became an employee after attaining the age of 57 may, until December 31, 2017, make a one-time, irrevocable election to terminate his or her participation in the Fund. Provides that if an employee elects to terminate his or her participation, he or she shall receive a refund of his or her employee contributions, plus interest at the effective rate from the date of the service to the date of payment. Provides that the option not to participate in the Fund shall be offered to every person who (i) first enters employment for which creditable service may be granted on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, (ii) is 57 years of age or more when he or she first enters that employment, and (iii) would be subject to the Tier 2 provisions. Provides that the election not to participate must be made prior to making any employee contributions and prior to any employer contributions being made on that person's behalf. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1335

Pension Code - Downstate Fire: Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. …

Pension Code - Downstate Fire: Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires a unit of local government that employs a firefighter who is a full-time firefighter in a different downstate firefighter pension fund to make specified contributions to that downstate firefighter pension fund. Requires a specified additional contribution to the pension fund from that firefighter's primary employer. Establishes reporting requirements. Authorizes the State comptroller to intercept State funds in the event the unit of local government does not make its required contribution to the primary employer's downstate pension fund. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

SB 1336

County Apportionment Commission: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that an 8-commissioner County Apportionment Commission in …

County Apportionment Commission: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that an 8-commissioner County Apportionment Commission in each county that has county board districts shall create an apportionment plan after each federal decennial census. Provides that specified Supreme Court Justices shall select the commissioners. Removes provisions allowing county boards to develop and file an apportionment plan. Provides requirements for districts formed in the apportionment plan, public hearings, filing requirements, and the selection of an additional commissioner if an apportionment plan isn't filed in a timely manner. Provides that the Supreme Court shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over action concerning apportionment of county districts. Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act and the Election Code making conforming changes.
 

SB 1356

Video Gaming Local Restriction: Amends the Video Gaming Act. Provides that a municipality or a …

Video Gaming Local Restriction: Amends the Video Gaming Act. Provides that a municipality or a county, with respect to unincorporated portions of the county, may impose specified separate requirements on video gaming that impose limitations on video gaming more restrictive than those provided under the Act. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1358

Worker's Compensation Causation: Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that an employee who is required …

Worker's Compensation Causation: Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that an employee who is required to travel in connection with his or her employment and who suffers an injury while in travel status is eligible for benefits only if the injury arises out of and in the course of employment while he or she is actively engaged in the duties of employment. Adds definitions of "accident" and "injury". Provides that an injury is a condition that arises out of and in the course of employment, and adds provisions concerning establishment of an injury. Establishes the manner of computing compensation for partial disability, with a maximum cumulative compensation of 500 weeks. Provides that injuries to the shoulder and hip are deemed to be injuries to the arm and leg respectively. Provides for the computation of compensation when there are multiple employers and when there is less than full-time work. Provides that no employer shall be required to pay temporary partial disability benefits to an employee who has been discharged for cause. Provides that, following a hearing, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission may reinstate the temporary partial benefits and retroactively restore any benefits the employer should have paid if it finds the employer's discharge of the employee was not for cause. Effective immediately.

SB 1359

Prevailing Wage Act Repeal:  Repeals the Prevailing Wage Act. Effective July 1, 2017.

Prevailing Wage Act Repeal:  Repeals the Prevailing Wage Act. Effective July 1, 2017.

SB 1360

Prevailing Wage Exemption: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Exempts from the provisions of the Act …

Prevailing Wage Exemption: Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Exempts from the provisions of the Act any public works project with an estimated project cost of $1,000,000 or less. Effective immediately.

SB 1365

Bargaining Unit Status: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Modifies the definition of "public …

Bargaining Unit Status: Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Modifies the definition of "public employee" or "employee" to exclude from bargaining unit status any employee of the Department of Human Services who is classified as or who holds the position of Public Service Administrator or Executive 2.

SB 1385

Property Tax - Urban Decay: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the abatement for …

Property Tax - Urban Decay: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the abatement for property located in an area of urban decay also applies to newly remodeled single-family or duplex residential dwelling units (currently, only newly constructed single-family or duplex dwelling units).

SB 1410

Police Training - Technology: Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the curriculum for …

Police Training - Technology: Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the curriculum for probationary police officers offered by all certified schools shall include courses on cyber-crimes and crimes committed with personal technology devices. Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board may conduct or approve a training program in personal technology devices for law enforcement officers of local government agencies. Provides that the program shall train law enforcement officers to identify and investigate issues relating to crimes arising out of the use of personal technology devices on social media, internet communication, cell phone applications dealing with child exploitation, sending or receiving of sexually explicit messages, computer tampering, financial fraud, harassment, and stalking through electronic means. Effective immediately.
 

SB 1417

Electronic Products Recycling: Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Provides that a retailer …

Electronic Products Recycling: Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Provides that a retailer may collect a fee for each covered electronic device or eligible electronic device collected. Provides that municipalities, townships, and other units of local government that are acting as collectors may collect a fee for each covered electronic device or eligible electronic device collected. Removes provisions providing that individual consumers shall not be charged a fee for bringing covered electronic devices or eligible electronic devices to collection sites. Provides that a retailer shall be considered to have complied

SB 1423

Firearms Owner ID - Local Regulation: Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that …

Firearms Owner ID - Local Regulation: Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that a unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may not impose a tax, fee, on a firearm, firearm attachment, or firearm ammunition or other assessment other than the normal sales tax rate for goods. Provides that the provisions of any ordinance or resolution enacted before, on, or after the effective date of the bill by any municipal or county government that imposes a tax, fee, or other assessment other than the normal sales tax rate for goods on a firearm, firearm attachment, or firearm ammunition are invalid and all those existing ordinances and resolutions are void. Defines "sales tax". Effective immediately.

SB 1443

Officer Worn Camera Retention: Amends the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act. Provides that following …

Officer Worn Camera Retention: Amends the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act. Provides that following a 90-day storage period, any and all recordings made with an officer-worn body camera may be destroyed (rather than must be destroyed unless any encounter captured on the recording has been flagged). Provides that a recording shall not be destroyed when, in connection with the encounter captured on the recording, (rather than an encounter is deemed to be flagged when) a formal or informal complaint has been filed; the officer discharged his or her firearm or used force during the encounter; the encounter resulted in a detention or an arrest, excluding traffic stops which resulted in only a minor traffic offense or business offense; the officer is the subject of an internal investigation or otherwise being investigated for possible misconduct; the supervisor of the officer, prosecutor, defendant, or court determines that the encounter has evidentiary value in a criminal prosecution; or the recording officer requests that the video be retained (rather than flagged) for official purposes related to his or her official duties.
 

SB 1451

Small Wireless Facilities: Creates the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. Provides for legislative intent for …

Small Wireless Facilities: Creates the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. Provides for legislative intent for the Act and definitions. Provides that an authority (a unit of local government with control over rights-of-way) may not prohibit, regulate, or charge for the collocation of small wireless facilities (the installation, mounting, maintaining, modifying, operating, or replacement of small wireless facilities on or adjacent to a wireless support structure or utility pole). Provides that small wireless facilities shall be classified as permitted uses and not subject to zoning review and approval under specified circumstances. Provides requirements for applications, fees, application review, and issuance of permits for collocation of small wireless facilities. Provides that an authority may not require applications for routine maintenance or replacement of wireless facilities with wireless facilities that are substantially similar, of the same size, or smaller. Requires authorities to allow the collocation of small wireless facilities on authority utility poles under specified circumstances. Prohibits authorities from regulating the design, engineering, construction, installation, or operation of any small wireless facility in specified circumstances. Provides that a circuit court has jurisdiction to resolve all disputes arising under the Act. Prohibits an authority from requiring a wireless provider to indemnify the authority or its officers or employees and from naming the authority on a wireless provider's insurance policy. Limits home rule powers. Amends the Counties Code making conforming changes.

SB 1454

Workers' Compensation Rates: Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that with respect to employers correctly …

Workers' Compensation Rates: Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that with respect to employers correctly classified within the construction industry, the amount charged to the insured for workers' compensation and employers' liability insurance shall be based upon hours worked by employees in specific job categories or classifications, not the wages or salaries paid to the employees. Makes technical and grammatical changes.

SB 1469

Farmers' Markets - Cottage Food: Amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act. Provides that the …

Farmers' Markets - Cottage Food: Amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall work with the Farmers' Market Task Force to address farmers' market vendor complaints regarding the reasonableness of local health departments' fees and sanitation provisions. Provides that farmers' market vendors shall provide effective means to maintain potentially hazardous food at or below a specified temperature. Provides that handwashing stations may be shared by farmers' market vendors. Makes additions to the list of non-potentially hazardous foods that are allowed in provisions concerning the regulation of cottage food operations. Removes an exemption from provisions concerning the regulation of cottage food operations that applies when the gross receipts from the sale of food do not exceed $36,000 in a calendar year. Provides that no later than December 31, 2017, the Department shall include in the Department's cottage food operation application form a statement containing specified content. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

SB 1472

Judicial Facility Fee - Lake County: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the county board …

Judicial Facility Fee - Lake County: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the county board of Lake County may, by ordinance, impose a judicial facility fee for the purpose of building new judicial facilities. Effective immediately.

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SB 1479

Election Grace Period - Nursing Homes: Amends the Election Code. Provides that grace period registration …

Election Grace Period - Nursing Homes: Amends the Election Code. Provides that grace period registration and changes of address shall be conducted for eligible residents in connection with voting at certain elder care facilities. Effective immediately.

SB 1485

County Board Chairman Removal: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a chairman of a county …

County Board Chairman Removal: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a chairman of a county board who is chosen by the board may be removed, with or without cause, upon a motion adopted by an affirmative vote of four-fifths of the board. Provides that upon adoption of a motion to remove the chairman: (a) the chairman position becomes vacant and the former chairman's compensation shall be prorated to the date the motion was approved; (b) the vice-chairman immediately assumes the duties of chairman without chairman compensation; and (c) a new chairman shall be elected at the next regularly scheduled county board meeting. Further provides that a chairman removed maintains his or her status as a member of the county board.

SB 1487

Elections Mail Box Rule: Amends the Statute on Statutes. Includes a resolution filling a vacancy …

Elections Mail Box Rule: Amends the Statute on Statutes. Includes a resolution filling a vacancy in office and a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate as documents shall not (rather than may) be considered filed until it is received by the election authority. Amends the Election Code. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

SB 1504

Workers' Compensation Safety Programs: Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that employers may file safety …

Workers' Compensation Safety Programs: Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that employers may file safety and return to work programs with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Authorizes the Commission to certify the programs upon review for certain minimum requirements. Provides that the Director of Insurance shall direct any workers' compensation rate setting advisory organization to recalculate rates with respect to employers that file safety and return to work programs. Provides for the Director of Insurance to waive the Workers' Compensation Commission Operations Fund fee with respect to self-insured employers that file the plans.

SB 1507

County Stormwater Management: Amends the Counties Code. Changes the application of provisions concerning allowing management …

County Stormwater Management: Amends the Counties Code. Changes the application of provisions concerning allowing management and mitigation of the effects of urbanization on stormwater drainage in metropolitan counties located in the area served by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission to those located in the area served by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Authorizes all counties (currently, only specified counties) to adopt stormwater management plans. Provides that counties' minimum standards for floodplain and stormwater management should have an emphasis on the use of cost effective, nature-based solutions and provides examples of such solutions. Provides that the stormwater management plans shall evaluate water quality and flooding problems caused by urban flooding. Defines "urban flooding" as the flooding of public and private land in urban areas that results from stormwater or snowmelt runoff overwhelming the existing drainage infrastructure, unrelated to the overflow of any river or lake, whether or not that land is located in or near a floodplain. Provides that a stormwater management planning committee may make grants to units of local government and landowners under specified conditions.

SB 1517

Elections Signature on Envelopes: Amends the Election Code. In provisions concerning vote by mail ballots, …

Elections Signature on Envelopes: Amends the Election Code. In provisions concerning vote by mail ballots, removes the requirement that voters sign the exterior of the return envelope containing the ballot. Makes related changes.

SB 1518

Quick Take Authority - Kane/McHenry Counties: Amends the Eminent Domain Act. Provides that quick-take proceedings …

Quick Take Authority - Kane/McHenry Counties: Amends the Eminent Domain Act. Provides that quick-take proceedings may be used for a period of no more than one year after the effective date by Kane County for the acquisition of certain described property for the purpose of construction at the intersection of Huntley Road and Galligan Road and for the purpose of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor project. Provides that quick-take proceedings may be used for a period of no more than one year after the effective date by McHenry County for the acquisition of certain described property for the purpose of construction on Randall Road. Effective immediately.

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SB 1561

Pollution Control - Counties: Amends the Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. Provides that nothing …

Pollution Control - Counties: Amends the Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. Provides that nothing in the Act shall be construed to permit a county with a population of less than 2,000,000 residents the power to regulate the operations of pollution control facilities or recycling centers. Effective immediately.

SB 1564

Telephone Surcharge - Police and Fire: Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act. Provides that a …

Telephone Surcharge - Police and Fire: Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act. Provides that a monthly surcharge of $0.87 charged by telecommunications carriers shall not apply to local, municipal, or State police or fire departments who use cell phones owned by that department for communication related to the response of emergencies.

SB 1582

FOIA Officers Qualifications: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that each public body shall …

FOIA Officers Qualifications: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that each public body shall designate one or more public officials or employees of the public body (instead of "one or more officials or employees") to act as its Freedom of Information officer or officers.

SB 1592

Board of Election Commissioners: Amends the Elections Code. Allows counties to create a board of …

Board of Election Commissioners: Amends the Elections Code. Allows counties to create a board of election commissioners within the office of the county clerk. Sets forth procedures for adoption, compensation, effect, transfer of records, procurement of supplies, references, personnel, and legal representation. Creates a county director of elections. Requires certain meetings of the board. Requires retention of records and audits. Effective immediately.

SB 1605

County Zoning - Judicial Review: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board decision …

County Zoning - Judicial Review: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board decision relating to a petition or application for a special use, variance, rezoning, or other amendment to a zoning ordinance is subject to de novo judicial review of the record of the proceeding. Provides that a decision on a procedural matter at any stage of the zoning decision-making and review process is subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law.

SB 1655

Grant Access Applicability: Amends the Grant Accessibility and Transparency Act. Provides that the Act does …

Grant Access Applicability: Amends the Grant Accessibility and Transparency Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to certified local health departments which receive less than $750,000 in State grants annually. Effective immediately.

SB 1661

Complaints - Peace Officers: Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois the Department of State …

Complaints - Peace Officers: Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois the Department of State Police Law. Amends the Uniform Peace Officers' Disciplinary Act. Provides that it shall not be a requirement of a person filing a complaint against a State Police Officer to have a complaint supported by a sworn affidavit or any other legal documentation (rather than anyone filing a complaint filing a complaint against a State Police Officer must have the complaint supported by a sworn affidavit). Provides that it shall not be a requirement of a person filing a complaint against a sworn peace officer to have the complaint supported by a sworn affidavit or any other legal documentation (rather than anyone filing a complaint against a sworn peace officer must have the complaint supported by a sworn affidavit).

SB 1668

IDNR-IDOT - Convey Real Estate: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to make certain real …

IDNR-IDOT - Convey Real Estate: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to make certain real estate conveyances in McHenry County, Lake County, Bureau County, and Cook County, subject to specified conditions. Authorizes the Department of Transportation to make certain real estate conveyances in Ogle County, Pike County, Madison County, St. Clair County, and Woodford County, subject to specified conditions. Effective immediately.

SB 1678

Property Tax - Personal Service: Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning …

Property Tax - Personal Service: Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning foreclosure, provides that, for vacant properties, personal service is required only if the certified mailing by the county sheriff is unsuccessful. Effective immediately.

SB 1680

Road District Tax Levy: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that, in the case …

Road District Tax Levy: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that, in the case of funds received by a county from the Department of Transportation to be apportioned to road districts for the construction of bridges, a road district shall, in order to be eligible for the expenditure of the apportioned funds, levy taxes for road and bridge purposes under a provision in the Motor Fuel Tax Law (rather than levy taxes under certain provisions of the Illinois Highway Code). Removes a provision allowing a road district that is otherwise ineligible to receive apportioned funds due to a property tax limitation to become eligible if certain conditions are met. Effective immediately.

SB 1683

Local Government Fee Limits: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a municipality, township, county, …

Local Government Fee Limits: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a municipality, township, county, or other unit of local government may not impose a fee for a permit in excess of the fees provided for in the Permits Article of the Chapter under the Code governing size, weight, load, and permits.

SB 1701

Home Rule Procedures: Creates the Home Rule Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that home rule municipalities …

Home Rule Procedures: Creates the Home Rule Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that home rule municipalities and home rule counties shall adopt all rules through the procedures required by the Act. Provides for procedures for general rulemaking, implementing discretionary powers, incorporation by reference, emergency rulemaking, and peremptory rulemaking. Provides for the creation of a Designated Review Committee composed of 5 members of the governing board of the home rule unit. Provides for agenda, notice, public hearing, and publication requirements. Limits home rule powers. Defines terms. Amends the Counties Code and Illinois Municipal Code making conforming changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective January 1, 2018.

SB 1721

Family Leave Insurance Act: Creates the Family Leave Insurance Act. Provides that an employee …

Family Leave Insurance Act: Creates the Family Leave Insurance Act. Provides that an employee may take up to 12 weeks of family leave within any 24-month period for the purpose of providing care for the birth of a child, adoption of a child or placement of a foster child, or serious health condition of a family member. Establishes terms and conditions for taking leave. Authorizes compensation for the family leave to be paid from the State Benefits Fund, a special fund created in the State treasury. Prohibits simultaneous receipt of benefits under the Family Leave Insurance Act, the Unemployment Insurance Act, and the Workers' Compensation Act. Imposes a charge upon certain wages for the payment of benefits. Provides for administration by the Department of Employment Security. Amends the State Finance Act to add the State Benefits Fund to the list of special funds in the State treasury. Creates civil penalties for certain violations. Provides that a violation with intent to defraud the Department is a Class C misdemeanor. Effective immediately.

SB 1735

Short-term Rental Regulation: Creates the Short-Term Rental Act. Provides that units of local government may …

Short-term Rental Regulation: Creates the Short-Term Rental Act. Provides that units of local government may not enact or enforce an ordinance, regulation, or plan that has the express or practical effect of prohibiting short-term rentals. Restricts the use of or regulation of short-term rentals based on their classification, use, or occupancy. Allows the regulation of short-term rentals to protect public health, safety, sanitation, traffic control, solid or hazardous waste control, pollution control, and other specified circumstances. Provides that a unit of local government may not tax a short-term rental marketplace or require them to collect taxes from occupants, but the short-term rental marketplace may voluntarily apply, calculate, collect and remit any tax imposed by the unit of local government on the owner or occupant of a short-term rental. Limits home rule powers. Effective immediately.

SB 1738

Minimum Wage Cost of Living: Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from …

Minimum Wage Cost of Living: Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.50 beginning July 1, 2017 and increases it by $1.25 each July 1 of 2018 and 2019 and increases it by $1.50 each July 1 of 2020 and 2021, at which point the minimum wage will be $15.00. Provides that beginning July 1, 2022, the minimum wage shall be increased by 2.5% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers, whichever is lower. Deletes the allowance for gratuities. Effective immediately.

SB 1765

Property Tax Homestead Exemption: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the provisions of a …

Property Tax Homestead Exemption: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the provisions of a section relating to erroneous homestead exemptions applies to all counties (currently, only counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants).

SB 1772

State's Attorneys Continuing Appropriation: Amends the State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of …

State's Attorneys Continuing Appropriation: Amends the State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the aggregate appropriations available for the State portion of salaries State's Attorneys, those Assistant State's Attorneys that receive funding for a portion of their salary from the State, county supervisors of assessments, and public defenders from all State funds for each State fiscal year shall be no less than the total aggregate appropriations made available for the State portion of salaries State's Attorneys, those Assistant State's Attorneys that receive funding for a portion of their salary from the State, county supervisors of assessments, and public defenders for the immediately preceding fiscal year. Provides that if for any reason the aggregate appropriations made available are insufficient to meet the levels required by subsections (a) of this Section, this Section shall constitute a continuing appropriation of all amounts necessary for these purposes. Allows the General Assembly to appropriate lesser amounts by law. Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the portion of the salary for the county supervisor of assessments that is paid by the State is no longer subject to appropriation. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the portion of the salary for State's Attorneys, certain Assistant State's Attorneys, and public defenders that is paid by the State is no longer subject to appropriation. Amends the State Revenue Sharing Act to make conforming changes.

SB 1799

Juvenile Detention Screening: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that on and after …

Juvenile Detention Screening: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that on and after January 1, 2019, a detention screening instrument shall be used for referrals to all authorized juvenile detention facilities in this State prior to a judicial hearing. Provides a minor alleged to be a delinquent minor taken into temporary custody must be brought before a judicial officer within 48 hours (rather than 40 hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and court designated holidays). Provides that if an appearance is required of any minor taken and held in a place of custody or confinement operated by the State or any of its political subdivisions, including counties and municipalities, the chief judge of the circuit may permit by rule for the minor's personal appearance to be made by means of two-way audio-visual communication, including closed circuit television and computerized video conference, in the following proceedings: the initial appearance before a judge; a detention or shelter care hearing; or any status hearing. Amends the Probation and Probation Officers Act. Provides that the Division of Probation Services of the Supreme Court shall adopt a statewide juvenile detention screening instrument that has been verified through evidence-based and data-based practices that is to be used by all authorized juvenile detention facilities. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

SB 1809

Correctional Officer Firearms: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012, the Unified Code of Corrections, and …

Correctional Officer Firearms: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012, the Unified Code of Corrections, and the County Jail Act. Permits currently employed and retired State correctional officers and county correctional officers to carry their own firearms off duty without being in violation of the unlawful use of weapons and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon statutes if they meet certain training requirements. Deletes provision exempting from the unlawful use of weapons statute and the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon statute athlete's possession, transport on official Olympic and Paralympic transit systems established for athletes, or use of competition firearms sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the International Shooting Sport Federation, or USA Shooting in connection with such athlete's training for and participation in shooting competitions at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and sanctioned test events leading up to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

SB 1831

FOIA Citizen Participation Act: Amends the Citizen Participation Act. Provides that any official, employee, or …

FOIA Citizen Participation Act: Amends the Citizen Participation Act. Provides that any official, employee, or agent of a public body, or a public body on behalf of its official, employee, or agent, has a right of action in a State circuit court against a requester if a request submitted by the requester under the Freedom of Information Act is based on, relates to, or is in response to any act or acts by the official, employee, or agent of the public body, in furtherance of the rights of the official, employee, or agent to petition, speak freely, associate freely, or otherwise participate in government. Provides that the court shall award liquidated damages of $5,000 for each offending request in addition to reasonable attorney's fees and costs associated with bringing such an action, unless the court finds that the requester has produced clear and convincing evidence that: (1) the request is not based on, related to, or in response to any act or acts by the official, employee, or agent of the public body, in furtherance of the rights of the official, employee, or agent to petition, speak freely, associate freely, or otherwise participate in government; or (2) the act or acts of the official, employee, or agent of the public body are not immunized from liability, or are not in furtherance of the acts immunized from liability, under the Act. Effective immediately.

SB 1856

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

Prevailing Wage - 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 and mail requirements by posting on the public body's website a hyperlink to the prevailing wage schedule that is published on the official website of the Department of Labor. Effective immediately.

SB 1904

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

Prevailing 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. Effective immediately.

SB 1905

Collective Bargaining Freedom: Creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. Provides that it is the policy …

Collective Bargaining Freedom: Creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State that employers, employees, and their labor organizations are free to bargain collectively. Provides that the authority to enact laws or rules that restrict the use of union security agreements between an employer and a labor organization vests exclusively with the General Assembly. Prohibits local governments from enforcing any such law or rule. Defines terms. Effective immediately.

SB 1972

Redlight Camera Notice: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a municipality or county may …

Redlight Camera Notice: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a municipality or county may enact an ordinance providing for an automated traffic law enforcement system only at an intersection where, on average, 4 or more motor vehicle accidents that result in personal injury or injury to another occur each year. Provides that for each violation of the Code or a local ordinance recorded by an automated traffic law enforcement system in operation for a period of less than 30 days, the county or municipality having jurisdiction shall issue a notice of warning to the registered owner of the vehicle. Provides for the notice requirements. Provides that if a person who has never before received a notice of a violation of the Code or a local ordinance recorded by an automated traffic law enforcement system in operation for more than 30 days receives more than one notice of violation within a 21-day period for separate traffic violations, he or she may pay the fine associated with the first notice of violation in satisfaction of all of the

SB 1977

FOIA Public Record Definition: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that all records of …

FOIA Public Record Definition: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that all records of (instead of "in the custody or possession of") a public body are presumed to be open to inspection or copying. Changes the definition of "public records" by removing the inclusion of material having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under the control of any public body.

SB 2019

Probation Funds Public Inspection: Amends the Probation and Probation Officers Act. Provides that all records …

Probation Funds Public Inspection: Amends the Probation and Probation Officers Act. Provides that all records relating to the obligation, receipt, and use of public funds of the State or county for probation and court services shall be made available to the public for inspection and copying. Provides that the Supreme Court may by rule establish procedures governing public access to records and appropriate fees for copies of records. Provides that the procedures and fees shall not be more than those in the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately.

SB 2023

Enterprise Zone Various: Amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. With respect to the application process, …

Enterprise Zone Various: Amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. With respect to the application process, provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may award partial points if the applicant demonstrates job creation and investment levels below the threshold set forth in the statute. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may adjust the scoring for applicants that are located entirely within a county with a population of less than 300,000. Provides for provisional certification of substantially complete applications. Provides that an Enterprise Zone shall be decertified if the Department finds that 80% or more of the businesses receiving tax incentives failed to submit certain information. Makes other changes. Provides that the application process for Enterprise Zones that are scheduled to expire on or after January 1, 2022 shall begin 5 years (currently, 2 years) prior to the year in which the Zone expires. Effective immediately.

SB 2029

Public Duty Rule Notification: Creates the Public Duty Rule Codification Act. Contains legislative findings and …

Public Duty Rule Notification: Creates the Public Duty Rule Codification Act. Contains legislative findings and a statement of legislative purpose. Provides that a local governmental entity and its employees owe no duty of care to individual members of the general public to provide governmental services.

SB 2032

Local Government Notices and Records: Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the …

Local Government Notices and Records: Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal webmaster must compile and update notices and digital public records from all school districts and units of local government without websites (currently, must only compile and update for specified units of local government). Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a school district or unit of local government may publish any notice, agenda, record, or other information or material required by law electronically instead of in a newspaper. Further provides that any requirement to store or maintain any public record in microfilm or microfiche form shall be satisfied by the school district or unit of local government's maintenance of such public record in digital form.

SB 2041

Vehicle Impounding: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that if proper notice is given within …

Vehicle Impounding: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that if proper notice is given within the first 5 calendar days after a vehicle is towed, daily storage charges shall begin to accrue for the first 5 calendar days and shall continue thereafter. Provides that if proper notice is given after the first 5 calendar days after the vehicle is towed, daily storage charges shall not begin to accrue until 3 calendar days after the notice is sent. Provides for the daily storage charge amounts. Provides that at the time a vehicle is towed or no later than 5 calendar days thereafter, the county or municipality shall notify by certified mail the lienholder of record, lessor, and the owner, lessee, or person identifying himself or herself as the owner or lessee of the vehicle, or any person who is found to be in control of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offense, of the fact of the seizure, and of the vehicle owner's or lessee's right to an administrative hearing. Provides that within 3 calendar days after the vehicle is towed, a county or municipality shall access the vehicle's title record to determine the lienholder of record, lessor, and the owner, lessee, or person identifying himself or herself as the owner or lessee of the vehicle. Provides that except if an administrative hearing officer overturns a vehicle impoundment, a county or municipality may assess a $5 fee for each vehicle towed to defray additional administrative costs. Provides that a lienholder or lessor shall be entitled to take possession of an impounded vehicle, and defer payment of any applicable administrative fees, upon submission of certain documents and fees to the municipality or its designated agent. Provides that upon a request to obtain possession of an impounded vehicle, a municipality or its agent shall provide a lienholder or lessor an opportunity to view the vehicle and provide a statement in writing setting forth the amount of the applicable administrative, towing, and storage fees. Makes conforming changes.
 

SB 2064

Local Government Unfunded Mandates: Creates the Local Unfunded Mandate Exemption Act. Provides that all units …

Local Government Unfunded Mandates: Creates the Local Unfunded Mandate Exemption Act. Provides that all units of local government, school districts, and public colleges and universities may, by a majority vote of the governing body, exempt themselves from specified mandates that are unfunded if it is determined that it is not economically feasible to comply with the unfunded mandate. Provides for notice, public hearing, and other requirements in order for a governing body to exempt itself from any mandate. Prohibits exemption from federally required mandates, mandates pertaining to health and public safety, mandates pertaining to civil rights, and instructional mandates for school districts. Provides for appeal procedures by State agencies affected by exempted mandates. Amends the State Mandates Act to make conforming changes.

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SB 2065

Local Government Reduction: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency …

Local Government Reduction: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency Division of the Counties Code applies to all counties (currently, only applies to DuPage, Lake, and McHenry Counties).

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SB 2066

Unfunded Mandates Catalog: Amends the State Mandates Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and …

Unfunded Mandates Catalog: Amends the State Mandates Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's catalog of state mandates shall also include a statewide cost of compliance estimate.

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