2019 House Bills

This page includes House bills of relevance to local governments that have been introduced in the 101st General Assembly. 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
HB 25

Eliminate Racial Profiling Act: No law enforcement agent or law enforcement agency shall engage in racial …

Eliminate Racial Profiling Act: No law enforcement agent or law enforcement agency shall engage in racial profiling. Allows the State or a person injured by racial profiling to enforce the racial profiling provision in a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief. Requires law enforcement agencies to maintain policies and procedures, designed to eliminate racial profiling, and to certify that in applications for certain federal grant programs.

HB 28

Abandoned Housing – Waive Unpaid Taxes: Permits any organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of …

Abandoned Housing – Waive Unpaid Taxes: Permits any organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that files a petition for temporary possession of property to also request a court order waiving or extinguishing any county property tax lien or unpaid property taxes if the property has been vacant for at least 3 years.

HB 44

FOIA Booking Photographs: Provides that a law enforcement agency may not electronically provide or publish booking …

FOIA Booking Photographs: Provides that a law enforcement agency may not electronically provide or publish booking photographs unless the photograph is posted to social media to assist in the search for a missing person
or to assist in the search for a fugitive.

HB 152

Public Labor Relations – Peace Officer Discipline: Provides that any provision in a collective bargaining agreement …

Public Labor Relations – Peace Officer Discipline: Provides that any provision in a collective bargaining agreement that would limit the ability of a public employer to investigate the conduct of an employee is declared to be against public policy and unenforceable unless the limitation is otherwise required by State or federal law. Amends the Uniform Peace Officers' Disciplinary Act. Provides that every unit of local government with a law enforcement agency, and every law enforcement agency not part of a local government, shall establish procedures to bypass the requirement that the complaint must be supported by a sworn affidavit against a sworn peace officer.

HB 183

Property Tax Veterans Exemption: Provides that property that is used as a qualified residence by a …

Property Tax Veterans Exemption: Provides that property that is used as a qualified residence by a veteran who was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II is exempt from taxation regardless of the veteran's level of disability.

HB 191

Courthouse Walk-Through Metal Detectors: Creates the Safe Spaces in Public Places Act. As part of …

Courthouse Walk-Through Metal Detectors: Creates the Safe Spaces in Public Places Act. As part of his or her duty to maintain the security of a courthouse, a sheriff shall maintain a walk-through metal detector at each point of entry into the courthouse. A courthouse shall ensure that all members of the public, other than employees of the county or individuals who display proper credentials, who enter the courthouse at a point of entry are subjected to screening by a walk-through metal detector. The bill establishes similar entrance screening requirements for schools, institutions of higher learning, and hospitals. NOTE: While the legislation calls for the Department of State Police to make grants to counties to pay for the detectors, there is no guaranteed appropriation at this time.

HB 195

Election Code – Ballot Mailing: Provides that for the 2020 general primary election, each election authority …

Election Code – Ballot Mailing: Provides that for the 2020 general primary election, each election authority shall mail to every registered voter within that election authority's jurisdiction a vote by mail ballot. This provision is inoperative the day after the date of the 2020 general primary election.

HB 221

Bail Reform Act Opt Out: Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, …

Bail Reform Act Opt Out: Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a county (excluding Cook County) does not have to comply with the changes made by P.A. 100-0001 (Bail Reform Act of 2017) if the county board adopts a resolution for that purpose on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. NOTE: The Bail Reform Act, attempted to alleviate overcrowding in county jails, and
provide a form of relief for those unable to afford the bail amount for minor and nonviolent offenses.

HB 241

Election Code – Schools Polling Place: Requires (rather than encourages) a school district to close a …

Election Code – Schools Polling Place: Requires (rather than encourages) a school district to close a school or hold a teachers institute day if the school is chosen as a polling place by the county board or board of election commissioners.

HB 250

Property Tax Sales: Amends the Property Tax Code and the Mobile Home Local Services Tax …

Property Tax Sales: Amends the Property Tax Code and the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Enforcement Act. Provides that tax sales need not be held within the county.

HB 251

Property Tax – Notice of Application for Sale: Provides that the notice of application for …

Property Tax – Notice of Application for Sale: Provides that the notice of application for judgment and sale may be mailed by first-class mail (currently, registered or certified mail). The envelope containing the notice shall be clearly marked "Notice of Judgment and Sale of Unpaid Property Taxes". Removes a requirement that the county collector must present proof of the mailing to the court along with the application for judgement.

HB 257

Election Code – Vote by Mail Ballot: Provides that for the 2020 general primary election …

Election Code – Vote by Mail Ballot: Provides that for the 2020 general primary election and each election thereafter, each election authority shall mail to every registered voter within that election authority's jurisdiction a vote by mail ballot. Ballots under the provisions must be sent to voters in a reasonable amount of time before the date of the election. Receipt of a ballot does not prevent a voter from instead casting a ballot in person. The State Board of Elections may adopt any rules necessary to implement the provisions.

HB 269

Worker's Compensation Act: Permits a single commissioner to approve of enforcement actions under provisions of …

Worker's Compensation Act: Permits a single commissioner to approve of enforcement actions under provisions of the Act concerning insuring an employer's ability to pay compensation, replacing the current requirement of a panel of 3 commissioners. Permits the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission to, if an employer's business is declared to be extra hazardous, issue a work-stop order while awaiting a ruling from the Commission or while awaiting proof of insurance by the employer. Provides that investigative actions must be acted upon within 90 days of the issuance of a complaint. Raises the maximum allowable penalty for noncompliance with certain insurance requirements from $2,000 to $10,000. Doubles the maximum allowable penalties, to $1,000 per day, with a minimum penalty of $20,000, for employers found to be in noncompliance more than once. Provides that an employer with 2 or more violations may no longer self-insure or purchase an insurance policy from a private broker for one year or until all penalties are paid, during which time the employer must purchase insurance from the Assigned Risk Pool through the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

HB 270

Retailers Occupation Tax: Provides that a unit of local government may require a retailer to …

Retailers Occupation Tax: Provides that a unit of local government may require a retailer to collect and remit certain use and occupation taxes if the retailer qualifies as a "retailer maintaining a place of business in this State" under certain provisions of the Use Tax Act.

HB 281

Code of Civil Procedure – Debtor Rights Notice: Provides that a summons issued in an …

Code of Civil Procedure – Debtor Rights Notice: Provides that a summons issued in an action to collect a debt shall include a separate notice containing specified language regarding debtor rights. The clerk of the court shall cause the notice to be posted in courtrooms or in the hallway in front of courtrooms and be available for distribution in all courtrooms hearing cases involving debt collection matters. Makes other changes.

HB 301

County Board Member Lobbyist Prohibition: Provides that no person is eligible to hold office as …

County Board Member Lobbyist Prohibition: Provides that no person is eligible to hold office as a county board member, commissioner, or executive if he or she is required to be registered as a lobbyist under the Lobbyist Registration Act. Also, a person required to be registered under the Act, his or her spouse, and his or her immediate family members living with that person may not serve as a member of a county board. NOTE: House Bill 292 includes the same language amont other provisions.

HB 303

Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act: Provides that "disclosable payment" also includes accumulated sick leave.

Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act: Provides that "disclosable payment" also includes accumulated sick leave.

HB 306

Recorder's Fees Board Control: Provides that a county board may, by ordinance, assume control over …

Recorder's Fees Board Control: Provides that a county board may, by ordinance, assume control over county recorder fees. Upon the adoption of such an ordinance, the county board may reduce any fee charged by the county recorder of deeds to a figure selected by the county board and transfer all or part of a county recorder of deed's budget surplus to the county general fund. County board actions under these provisions have precedence over other formulas or fee schedules used to calculate county recorder fees and any other use of a county recorder of deed's budget surplus.

HB 307

Local Government Dissolution: Creates the Citizens Empowerment Act. Provides that electors may petition for a …

Local Government Dissolution: Creates the Citizens Empowerment Act. Provides that electors may petition for a referendum at the next general election to dissolve a unit of local government. Sets forth the requirements for the petition, together with the form and requirements for the ballot referendum. Provides for the transfer of all real and personal property and any other assets, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the dissolving unit of local government to the receiving unit of local government.