2021 House Bills

House bills of relevance to local governments introduced in the first year of the 102nd General Assembly. Click on the bill number for a brief synopsis.

Bill #            Description Link IACBM Position
HB 5

Unfunded Mandates Prohibited: Provides that any State mandate regarding any subject matter enacted on or after …

Unfunded Mandates Prohibited: Provides that any State mandate regarding any subject matter enacted on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act that necessitates additional expenditures from local government revenues shall be void and unenforceable unless the General Assembly makes necessary appropriations to implement that mandate. Provides that the failure of the General Assembly to make necessary appropriations shall relieve the local government of the obligation to implement any State mandate.

SUPPORT
HB 6

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

Tax Complianc Fund Transfers: 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%.

HB 11

Charitable Trust Fund: Provides that special attention shall be given to public and private entities with …

Charitable Trust Fund: Provides that special attention shall be given to public and private entities with operating budgets of less than $2,000,000 (currently, $1,000,000) that are located within a depressed area. Provides that moneys in the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund may be used for grants for operational purposes of organizations participating under the Act (currently, grants for the start-up or operational purposes of participating organizations). Removes a provision requiring the transfer of moneys to and from the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund.

HB 22

Non-disclosure Agreement (Taxes): Provides that no officer, employee, or agent of a unit of local government …

Non-disclosure Agreement (Taxes): Provides that no officer, employee, or agent of a unit of local government may attempt to withhold disclosure to the public of information relating to tax incentives and other financial incentives by using a non-disclosure agreement. 

HB 27

Election Day Holiday: Provides that General Election Day (rather than Columbus Day) is a State holiday for …

Election Day Holiday: Provides that General Election Day (rather than Columbus Day) is a State holiday for the purpose of extending date requirements in the Election Code. Makes similar changes in the Illinois Procurement Code, the School Code, and the Promissory Note and Bank Holiday Act.

HB 34

Enterprise Zone Act (Eligibility): In a Section concerning eligibility for an Enterprise Zone based on the …

Enterprise Zone Act (Eligibility): In a Section concerning eligibility for an Enterprise Zone based on the local labor market area, provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may consider information released in the most recent American Community Survey (currently, the federal decennial census only). Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may award partial points if the applicant demonstrates specific job creation and investment below specified thresholds. Contains provisions concerning provisional certification and provisional decertification. Provides that, for Enterprise Zones that are scheduled to expire on or after January 1, 2024, an application process shall begin 5 years prior to the year in which the Zone expires. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may consider written comments or any other information regarding a pending Enterprise Zone application submitted after the deadline and received prior to the decision on all pending applications. Makes changes concerning the total number of Enterprise Zones that may be certified.

HB 42

Motor Fuel Tax (Local Government): Amends the State Finance Act, the Motor Fuel Tax Law, the …

Motor Fuel Tax (Local Government): Amends the State Finance Act, the Motor Fuel Tax Law, the Emergency Telephone System Act, the Illinois Gambling Act, and the Video Gaming Act. Provides that, in the absence of an appropriation for any State fiscal year, moneys that are required to be distributed to units of local government and other entities from the State and Local Sales Tax Reform Fund, the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, the State Gaming Fund, the Local Government Video Gaming Distributive Fund, and the Statewide 9-1-1 Fund are subject to a continuing appropriation.

SUPPORT
HB 56

County Officer Stipends: Provides that the compensation of county elected officers shall be fixed by ordinance …

County Officer Stipends: Provides that the compensation of county elected officers shall be fixed by ordinance or resolution of the county board or board of county commissioners. Provides that, in the ordinance or resolution fixing the compensation of county elected officers, the county board shall separately list each stipend an elected officer is expected to receive in addition to the compensation to be paid by the county.

HB 86

Court of Claims Act: Provides that if a person who has been granted a pardon or …

Court of Claims Act: Provides that if a person who has been granted a pardon or issued a certificate of innocence establishes that he or she plead guilty due to a forced confession, the Court of Claims shall make an award of $50,000 per year the person was wrongfully imprisoned and attorney's fees not exceeding 25% of the award granted. Provides that the court shall include the number of years the person was imprisoned awaiting trial in its determination of the award and that the court shall include an additional $25,000 for each year served on parole, probation, or registered as a sex offender after imprisonment. Provides that the court shall annually adjust the awards authorized by the new provisions to reflect the increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers for the previous calendar year, as determined by the United States Department of Labor, except that no annual increment may exceed 5%. Makes corresponding changes. 

HB 90

Vehicle Code (Fine Waiver): Creates a traffic ticket fine waiver program available to a defendant who …

Vehicle Code (Fine Waiver): Creates a traffic ticket fine waiver program available to a defendant who is in default or is unable to pay required fines, fees, costs, or court assessments, or who has a suspended driver's license, resulting from a minor traffic offense under the Code or a similar provision of a local ordinance. Provides that upon submission of the application to enter into the program, the court shall grant the defendant (1) the ability to convert the amount due into court-approved public community service or (2) a partial obligation waiver. Provides that the program shall apply only to a defendant convicted of a minor traffic offense committed no earlier than 2 years before the effective date. Defines "minor traffic offense". 

HB 91

Adjudication of Traffic Regulations: Provides that any ordinance establishing a system of administrative adjudication shall provide …

Adjudication of Traffic Regulations: Provides that any ordinance establishing a system of administrative adjudication shall provide for the service of notices (rather than "additional notices") to the address of the registered owner of the cited vehicle.

HB 109

Cannabis Regulation Fund Allocation: Modifies the allocation of moneys from the Cannabis Regulation Fund. Provides that …

Cannabis Regulation Fund Allocation: Modifies the allocation of moneys from the Cannabis Regulation Fund. Provides that 4% (currently 8%) of specified moneys shall be transferred to the Local Government Distributive Fund to be used for law enforcement training programs (currently, crime prevention programs, training, and interdiction efforts). Provides that 24% (currently, 20%) of specified moneys shall be transferred to the Department of Human Services Community Services Fund to be used for specified purposes.

HB 128

Insurance Code (Workers' Comp Rates):  Provides that a premium is excessive if it is likely to …

Insurance Code (Workers' Comp Rates):  Provides that a premium is excessive if it is likely to produce a profit that is unreasonably high for the insurance provided or if expenses are unreasonably high in relation to the services rendered. Sets forth procedures for the review of premiums by the Director of Insurance at the request of the insured. Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that accidental injuries sustained while traveling to or from work do not arise out of and in the course of employment. Permits an employer to file with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission a workers' compensation safety program or a workers' compensation return to work program implemented by the employer. Provides that (i) injuries to the shoulder shall be considered injuries to part of the arm and (ii) injuries to the hip shall be considered injuries to part of the leg. Contains provisions concerning repetitive and cumulative injuries; permanent partial disability determinations; annual reports by the Commission concerning self-insurance for workers' compensation in Illinois; and duties of the Workers' Compensation Premium Rates Task Force. Makes additional changes to the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides for an evidence-based drug formulary. Requires an annual investigation of procedures covered for ambulatory surgical centers and the establishment of a fee schedule. Changes a waiting period for benefits for certain firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. Changes compensation computations for subsequent injuries to the same part of the spine.

HB 129

Red-light Camera Reform: Provides that any natural person who, for compensation or other pecuniary interest, communicates …

Red-light Camera Reform: Provides that any natural person who, for compensation or other pecuniary interest, communicates with any unit of local government for the ultimate purpose of influencing official action of the unit of local government concerning an automated traffic law enforcement system, or any person or entity who employs or compensates another person for the purposes of such communications, shall register as a lobbyist under the Act. Specifies that the provisions do not apply to communications made to judicial bodies or administrative courts regarding the prosecution or defense of specified alleged violations. 

HB 134

Property Tax (Notice By Mail): Provides that a notice of judgment and sale shall be sent …

Property Tax (Notice By Mail): Provides that a notice of judgment and sale shall be sent by first class mail in addition to registered or certified mail. Provides that the fee collected from the tax purchaser to cover the costs of registered or certified mailing and advertising shall be $30 (currently, $10) and shall be paid to the county collector prior to the issuance of any certificate of purchase.

HB 137

Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze: Provides that the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption also applies to …

Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze: Provides that the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption also applies to persons with a disability. Amends the State Mandates Act to make conforming changes.

HB 144

Local Cannabis Licensing Act: Provides that a county or municipality may issue licenses for temporary events, …

Local Cannabis Licensing Act: Provides that a county or municipality may issue licenses for temporary events, cannabis clubs, and cannabis tours that will allow for the sale and consumption of cannabis or cannabis-infused products and for the sale of cannabis paraphernalia at such temporary events, clubs, or tours. Allows tours of cannabis craft grower or cultivation center facilities. Requires ordinances with specified regulations of such temporary events, cannabis clubs, and cannabis tours before any licenses are issued. Limits home rule powers. Amends the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act and Smoke Free Illinois Act making conforming changes. 

SUPPORT
HB 154

USE/OCC Tax (Breast Pumps): Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service …

USE/OCC Tax (Breast Pumps): Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2021, breast pumps, breast pump collection and storage supplies, and breast pump kits are exempt from the taxes imposed under those Acts.

HB 162

Local Government Consolidation: Creates the Decennial Committees on Local Government Consolidation and Efficiency Act. Provides that …

Local Government Consolidation: Creates the Decennial Committees on Local Government Consolidation and Efficiency Act. Provides that within one year after the effective date of the Act and at least once every 10 years thereafter, each unit of local government (except municipalities and counties) must form a committee to: study local efficiencies, including an analysis of whether to consolidate with another governmental unit, municipality, or county; and create a report with recommendations regarding efficiencies, increased accountability, and consolidation. Provides that the duties of the committee include, but are not limited to, the study of the unit of local government's governing statutes, ordinances, rules, procedures, powers, jurisdiction, shared services, intergovernmental agreements, and interrelationships with other units of local government and the State. Provides that the committee shall collect data, research, analysis, and public input. Dissolves the committee after completion of its report and oral presentation of the report. Contains provisions about committee membership, meetings, and report requirements. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

HB 176

State Commemorative Dates (Local Government Match): Provides that the name of each federal holiday and State …

State Commemorative Dates (Local Government Match): Provides that the name of each federal holiday and State holiday designated on a unit of local government's calendar must match the name of the federal holiday and State holiday as designated by the State. Defines "federal holiday" and "State holiday". Limits home rule powers. Amends the School Code. In a provision concerning legal holidays, requires the name of each federal and State holiday as specified in that provision to be the name of the holiday that is designated on a school district's calendar for the school term.

HB 179

Tax Increment Finance (Blighted Areas): Provides that there shall be printed on each tax bill, or …

Tax Increment Finance (Blighted Areas): Provides that there shall be printed on each tax bill, or on a separate slip mailed with a tax bill, each taxing district affected by revenues received by a tax increment financing district. Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act of the Illinois Municipal Code. Revises the definition of "blighted area": (1) to require that a reasonable person would conclude that each factor of a blighted area is present to a meaningful extent so that a municipality may reasonably find that the factor is clearly present, is reasonably distributed throughout the improved or vacant part of the redevelopment project area, and that public intervention is necessary to address the factor; and (2) to provide that a "blighted area" does not include any area within another redevelopment project area. Provides that a municipality must reevaluate whether a redevelopment project area designated as a blighted area is still a blighted area every 10th calendar year after the year in which the ordinance approving the redevelopment project area was adopted, redesignating the redevelopment project area as a blighted area if it meets the requirements or discontinuing the redevelopment project area if it does not meet the requirements. Limits where municipalities may jointly undertake plans or utilize revenues in contiguous redevelopment projects areas.

HB 180

Warrior Style-Training Ban: Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, police training schools approved …

Warrior Style-Training Ban: Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, police training schools approved by the Board, law enforcement agencies, and units of local government may not initiate, administer, or conduct training programs that include warrior-style training, either directly or through a third party. Provides that the Board may not reimburse a law enforcement agency or unit of local government for any portion of training programs that include warrior-style training. Provides that law enforcement agencies and units of local government may not indemnify or otherwise provide liability protection for a peace officer for liability arising from the use of tactics derived from warrior-style training. Defines "warrior-style" training. Preempts home rule. Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois to make conforming changes.

HB 181

Cannabis Automatically Expunge: Provides that the Illinois State Police and all law enforcement agencies within the …

Cannabis Automatically Expunge: Provides that the Illinois State Police and all law enforcement agencies within the State shall automatically expunge all criminal history records of an arrest, charge not initiated by arrest, order of supervision, or order of qualified probation for any person who, on or after January 1, 1970, has been convicted of, or is serving an order of supervision for, possession of cannabis whether or not the person has served or is serving his or her sentence for that violation on the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that the clerk of the circuit court shall, on the effective date of the amendatory Act, automatically expunge the court records of a person who, on or after January 1, 1970, has been convicted of, or is serving an order of supervision for, possession of cannabis whether or not the person has served or is serving his or her sentence for that violation on the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that a person imprisoned solely as a result of one or more convictions for possession of cannabis shall be released from incarceration on the effective date of the amendatory Act.

HB 182

Warrant of Arrest (Mailed Notice): Provides that no less than 30 days before the issuance of …

Warrant of Arrest (Mailed Notice): Provides that no less than 30 days before the issuance of a warrant of arrest for nonpayment of a fine or an installment of a fine, a notice shall be mailed to the offender by first class mail to the most recent address which the offender has provided to the court. Provides that the notice shall contain the following information: (1) the amount of the fine which is due and owing; (2) the docket number of the case in which the fine was assessed; (3) the due date for payment of the fine; (4) instructions as to how payment of the fine may be made; (5) an explanation that willful refusal to pay the fine may result in imprisonment; and (6) instructions as to how the offender may request a hearing to present evidence that the offender did not willfully refuse to pay the fine, and that failure to pay was the result of the offender's inability to pay the fine.

HB 183

Unified Code of Corrections (Sentencing Hearing): Provides if the defendant has been found guilty by a …

Unified Code of Corrections (Sentencing Hearing): Provides if the defendant has been found guilty by a judge or jury after a trial, the prosecutor shall file with the court at the sentencing hearing a verified written statement signed by the prosecutor setting forth the prosecutor's final offer, if any, of any specified sentence and any charge to be dismissed or not charged in a plea discussion in exchange for a plea of guilty from the defendant and waiver of his or her right to trial. Also provides in any sentence, a defendant shall not be punished by the imposition of a heavier or greater sentence merely because he or she exercises his or her constitutional right to be tried before an impartial judge or jury.

HB 190
 
HB 198

Public Safety and Justice Privacy Act: Provides that government agencies, persons, businesses, and associations shall not …

Public Safety and Justice Privacy Act: Provides that government agencies, persons, businesses, and associations shall not publicly post or display publicly available content that includes a first responder's, prosecutor's, public defender's, or probation officer's ("officials") personal information, provided that the government agency, person, business, or association has received a written request from the person that it refrain from disclosing the person's personal information. Provides injunctive or declaratory relief if the Act is violated. Includes procedures for a written request. Provides that it is a Class 3 felony for any person to knowingly publicly post on the Internet the personal information of an official or an official's immediate family under specified circumstances. Excludes criminal penalties for employees of government agencies who publish information in good faith during the ordinary course of carrying out public functions. Provides that the Act and any rules adopted to implement the Act shall be construed broadly to favor the protection of the personal information of officials. Amends various Acts and Codes allowing an official to list a business address rather than a home address and makes conforming changes.

HB 208
 
HB 211
 
HB 231
 
HB 243
 
HB 244
 
HB 253
 
HB 255
 
HB 264

Tort Liability: Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Deletes a provision authorizing an action to be …

Tort Liability: Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Deletes a provision authorizing an action to be commenced in any county if all defendants are nonresidents of this State. Limits venue for actions against corporations, partnerships, and insurance companies. Provides that in actions in which no party is a resident of this State and over which another forum has jurisdiction, the court shall, upon motion, dismiss the action subject to specified conditions. Provides that joint and several liability attaches when a defendant is found to be 50%, rather than 25%, at fault. Limits amounts recovered for medical care, treatment, or services and caretaking expenses to the amounts actually paid for those expenses regardless of the amounts initially billed.

HB 267
 
HB 268

Township Contract Beyond Elections: Provides that a township board may not enter into or authorize an …

Township Contract Beyond Elections: Provides that a township board may not enter into or authorize an employment, equipment, or service contract, with the exception of a contract negotiated with a labor union, that would extend 90 days past the next township election. Provides that an employment, equipment, or service contracts entered into or authorized in violation of the provisions are voidable.

HB 270
 
HB 282

State's Attorney Legal Opinion (VAC): Provides that, in a county with less than 2,000,000 inhabitants, the …

State's Attorney Legal Opinion (VAC): Provides that, in a county with less than 2,000,000 inhabitants, the State's Attorney may give an opinion, without fee or reward, upon any question of law relating to a County Veterans Assistance Commission. Provides that a County Veterans Assistance Commission may make such a request of the State's Attorney, and the State's Attorney, in the State's Attorney's sole discretion, may grant or decline such a request by a County Veterans Assistance Commission. Makes all provisions of the Division gender neutral.

NEUTRAL
HB 294

Property Tax (Wind Energy): Provides that provisions concerning the assessment of wind energy devices apply through …

Property Tax (Wind Energy): Provides that provisions concerning the assessment of wind energy devices apply through assessment year 2035 (currently, 2021)

HB 312
 
HB 313
 
HB 314

Cannabis Sale (Unincorporated Territory): Provides that a county may not authorize or permit the sale of …

Cannabis Sale (Unincorporated Territory): Provides that a county may not authorize or permit the sale of adult-use cannabis in any unincorporated territory that is within 1.5 miles of the corporate limits of a municipality that has prohibited the operation of adult-use cannabis dispensing organizations within the municipality.

HB 315

Local Government Distributive Fund: Provides that, from February 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023, the amount …

Local Government Distributive Fund: Provides that, from February 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023, the amount transferred from the General Revenue Fund to the Local Government Distributive Fund shall be: (i) 8.5% of the net revenue realized from the tax imposed on individuals, trusts, and estates, and (ii) 9.355% of the net revenue realized from the tax imposed on corporations. Provides that, from February 1, 2023 through January 31, 2024, the amount transferred from the General Revenue Fund to the Local Government Distributive Fund shall be: (i) 9% of the net revenue realized from the tax imposed on individuals, trusts, and estates, and (ii) 9.57% of the net revenue realized from the tax imposed on corporations. Provides that, from February 1, 2024 through January 31, 2025, the amount transferred from the General Revenue Fund to the Local Government Distributive Fund shall be: (i) 9.5% of the net revenue realized from the tax imposed on individuals, trusts, and estates, and (ii) 9.785% of the net revenue realized from the tax imposed on corporations. Provides that, beginning on February 1, 2025, the Treasurer shall transfer each month from the General Revenue Fund to the Local Government Distributive Fund an amount equal to 10% of the net revenue realized from the tax imposed on individuals, trusts, estates, and corporations during the preceding month.

SUPPORT
HB 333
 
HB 340

Local Government Elected Officials Recall Act:  Provides that local officeholders that were elected during a general …

Local Government Elected Officials Recall Act:  Provides that local officeholders that were elected during a general consolidated election may be recalled under the Act. Establishes petition requirements for recall elections. Limits home rule powers.

HB 345

Video Gaming Fees: Provides that Boone County, Winnebago County, and municipalities wholly or partially contained within …

Video Gaming Fees: Provides that Boone County, Winnebago County, and municipalities wholly or partially contained within those counties may not impose any fee for the operation of a video gaming terminal in excess of $250 per year for a video gaming terminal operating within Boone County or Winnebago County (rather than the City of Rockford may not impose any fee for the operation of a video gaming terminal in excess of $250 per year). 

HB 349
 
HB 350
 
HB 367

Local Government Land Banks: Creates the Community Improvement Land Bank Act. Provides for the creation of …

Local Government Land Banks: Creates the Community Improvement Land Bank Act. Provides for the creation of community improvement land banks by a county, municipality, or township, or any combination of those units, for the main purposes of advancing, encouraging, and promoting the industrial, economic, commercial, and civic development of a community or area and facilitating the reclamation, rehabilitation, and reutilization of vacant, abandoned, tax-foreclosed, or other real property within the county, municipality, or township for whose benefit the land bank is being organized. Provides procedures for creating the community improvement land banks, the powers of a land bank (including to purchase and sell tax delinquent properties), and the creation and composition of the board of directors of land banks. Limits the liability of the community improvement land banks. Allows the county, municipality, or township to have the land bank create a land reutilization program to facilitate the effective reutilization of nonproductive land situated within its boundaries and contains requirements of such a program.

HB 371

Solar Panels (Deed Restrictions): Amends the Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act. Provides that the entity granted …

Solar Panels (Deed Restrictions): Amends the Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act. Provides that the entity granted such power in a deed restriction may determine the specific location where a solar energy system may be installed on the roof if the determination does not reduce the production or productivity of the solar energy system by more than 5% (rather than within an orientation to the south or with 45 degrees east or west of due south provided that the determination does not impair the effective operation of the solar energy system). Defines "production" and "productivity". Provides that the application for approval to install or use a solar energy system shall be processed within 60 days of (rather than 90 days after) the submission of the application. Deletes language providing that if an application is submitted before an energy policy statement is adopted by an association, the 90-day period shall not begin to run until the date that the policy is adopted.

HB 372

Solar Power (Limit Home Rule): Amends the Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act. Provides that no political …

Solar Power (Limit Home Rule): Amends the Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act. Provides that no political subdivision may place any restriction, either directly or indirectly, on the installation or use of a solar energy system unless the restriction: serves to preserve or protect public health or safety; or does not significantly decrease its production or efficiency. Limits home rule powers. 

HB 373

Property Tax (Solar Energy Systems): Makes changes concerning the alternate valuation applied to property containing a …

Property Tax (Solar Energy Systems): Makes changes concerning the alternate valuation applied to property containing a solar energy system. Provides that, beginning in assessment year 2021, the alternate valuation shall be the lesser of the value of the property without the solar energy system or the value of the property with the solar energy system. Provides that the owner of the property is not required to file an application for this alternate valuation.

HB 374
 
HB 378
 
HB 397

Vehicle Code (Overdimension Permits): Provides that the Department of Transportation may issue a special permit authorizing …

Vehicle Code (Overdimension Permits): Provides that the Department of Transportation may issue a special permit authorizing an applicant to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified by the Code or otherwise not in conformity with the Code upon any State or local highway. Deletes language providing that local authorities may issue a special permit authorizing an applicant to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified by the Code or otherwise not in conformity with the Code upon local highways under their jurisdiction. 

HB 403