2019 Senate Bills

This page includes Senate bills of relevance to local governments introduced in the 101st Illinois 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
SB 1

Minimum Wage – $15 Per Hour: Senate Bill 1 is currently being negotiated with the …

Minimum Wage – $15 Per Hour: Senate Bill 1 is currently being negotiated with the goal of raising the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 per hour. Illinois' minimum wage has been $8.25 an hour since 2010. 

SB 7

Legalize Cannabis: Creates the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. At this time, the bill contains …

Legalize Cannabis: Creates the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. At this time, the bill contains only a short title. The plan under consideration would allow legal possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana for Illinois residents age 21 and over, ban public consumption, allow each household to grow up to five plants indoors, outlaw impaired driving, and revoke drivers' licenses from teens caught using cannabis. The propsal would allow local governments to opt out. The preliminary plan would also allow local governments to collect an additional local sales tax.

SB 39

Police and Fire Property Tax Exemption: Creates a homestead exemption in the amount of a …

Police and Fire Property Tax Exemption: Creates a homestead exemption in the amount of a reduction of $5,000 from the equalized assessed value of property of police officers and firefighters with duty-related disabilities.

SB 62

County Recorder's Division: Modifies how a county recorder determines if a lien is an expired lien …

County Recorder's Division: Modifies how a county recorder determines if a lien is an expired lien under a county's demand and referral program by providing that a lien is expired if a suit to enforce the lien has not been commenced or a counterclaim has not been filed by the lienholder within 2 years after the completion date of the contract as specified in the recorded mechanics lien. The 2-year period shall be increased to the extent that an automatic stay under provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code stays a suit or counterclaim to foreclose the lien or, if a work completion date is not specified in the record-ed lien, then the work completion date is the date of recording of the mechanics lien.

SB 63

Juvenile Court Legal Counsel: Provides that the Chief Judge of each judicial circuit may establish a …

Juvenile Court Legal Counsel: Provides that the Chief Judge of each judicial circuit may establish a Justice for Juveniles Program, which would require that juveniles arrested or detained for eligible offenses be represented by legal counsel throughout the entire
custodial interrogation of the juvenile.

SB 66

Law Enforcement Gang Database: Provides that each law enforcement agency that maintains a gang database or …

Law Enforcement Gang Database: Provides that each law enforcement agency that maintains a gang database or has access to a shared gang database shall have a policy regarding those databases. Specifies required policy provisions.

SB 67

Election Code – School Polling Place: Provides that a school building may not be used as …

Election Code – School Polling Place: Provides that a school building may not be used as a polling place if such a use is impossible or inconvenient as determined by a vote of the school board controlling the school building (rather than requiring a school district to
make a school available as a polling place if the county board or board of election commissioners chooses a school to be a polling place).

SB 81

Property Tax Assessment Limits: Provides that, for assessment years following the next general assessment after the …

Property Tax Assessment Limits: 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.

SB 105

Vehicle Code – 8,000 Pounds: Repeals a provision providing for the collection of an annual commercial …

Vehicle Code – 8,000 Pounds: Repeals a provision providing for the collection of an annual commercial distribution fee on vehicles of the second division weighing more than 8,000 lbs.

SB 120

Public Duty Rule Codification: Provides that a local governmental entity and its employees owe no duty …

Public Duty Rule Codification: 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 124

Board of Review Resources: Upon establishing the compensation of board of review employees fixed by the …

Board of Review Resources: Upon establishing the compensation of board of review employees fixed by the county board, the county shall, at all times, ensure that each of the commissioners on the board of review receives equitable resources and staffing.

SB 140

Senior Homestead Exemption: Provides that a person who has been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption …

Senior Homestead Exemption: Provides that a person who has been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption need not reapply for the
exemption.

SB 146

Tax Compliance Fund: Amends the State Finance Act, Counties Code, Illinois Municipal Code, Metro-East Park and …

Tax Compliance Fund: Amends the State Finance Act, Counties Code, Illinois Municipal Code, Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act, Local Mass Transit District Act, Regional Transportation Authority Act, and Water Commission Act of 1985. Provides that the amounts transferred into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund shall be reduced from 1.5% to 1%.

SB 158

Property Tax – Hazardous Waste: Provides that, if the property contains a hazardous substance, hazardous waste, …

Property Tax – Hazardous Waste: Provides that, if the property contains a hazardous substance, hazardous waste, or an underground storage tank, the court may order the holder of the certificate of purchase to assign the certificate to the county collector upon request of the county collector. The county collector may further assign the certificate to the county, acting as trustee for taxing
districts, or to a taxing district having an interest in the taxes sold.

SB 177

Motor Fuel Tax Enterprise Program: Provides that no municipality, county, or road district that received motor …

Motor Fuel Tax Enterprise Program: Provides that no municipality, county, or road district that received motor fuel tax distributions totaling more than $1,000,000 in the previous State fiscal year shall receive a future distribution of motor fuel tax moneys unless they implement a business enterprise program setting goals for the inclusion of minority, veteran, and female-owned businesses in the procurement of contracts.

SB 196

Open Meetings Act – Closed Meetings: Allows a public body to hold a closed meeting to …

Open Meetings Act – Closed Meetings: Allows a public body to hold a closed meeting to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, independent contractors, or volunteers (currently, only specific
employees) of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee, independent contractor, or volunteer of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity.

SB 198

Motor Fuel Tax Fund Use: Provides that a county board of any county, any township, or …

Motor Fuel Tax Fund Use: 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.