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2013 Priority Bills - House

HB 2 (Bellock, P.) (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act by adding a new Section. Authorizes the Governor to create the Illinois Single Audit Commission. Sets forth appointment procedures. Requires the Commission to conduct research regarding the practices of the federal government in the administration of grants and to create a report summarizing the Commission's recommendations regarding uniform standards for the administration of grants in this State. Provides specific areas of focus within each stage of the life cycle of a grant. Requires the report to be filed with the General Assembly. Repeals the Section on April 1, 2014. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/19/2013 with a vote of 108-0. Passed the Senate on 5/20/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 7/1/2013 Public Act 98-0047

HB 8 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that with respect to employment, it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, if she so requests, with the advice of her health care provider. Provides that the term "reasonable accommodations" means actions which would permit such an employee to perform in a reasonable manner the activities involved in the job or occupation including an accessible worksite, acquisition or modification of equipment, job restructuring, and modified work schedule. Provides that the reasonable accommodations shall be undertaken provided that those actions do not impose an undue hardship on the business, program, or enterprise of the entity from which the actions are requested.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 15 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health to establish a 3-year pilot program for the Chicago school district in which the Department shall require an electrocardiogram (EKG) test as part of the health examination that student athletes are required to undergo. Requires the Department and the State Board of Education to develop and post on their publicly accessible Internet websites guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. Sets forth provisions concerning a sudden cardiac arrest symptoms and warning signs information sheet, informational meetings regarding the symptoms and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, and a sudden cardiac arrest training course. Provides that (i) a public school student who exhibits signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest while participating in an athletic activity must be removed by the coach from participation at that time, (ii) if a student is known to have exhibited signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest at any time prior to or following an athletic activity, the student must be prevented from participating in an athletic activity, and (iii) a student removed or prevented from participating in an athletic activity shall not return to participation until the student is evaluated and cleared for return to participation in writing by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, certified nurse practitioner, or cardiologist; sets forth penalties.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 58 (Sosnowski, J.) (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a Section prohibiting certain officers and employees of a municipality from having an interest in certain contracts applies only to an officer or employee who is a member of the board of an investor-owned public service corporation. Provides that a Section prohibiting certain officers and employees of a municipality from requesting, accepting, or receiving services or employment from certain public utility owners applies only to an officer or employee who is a member of an investor-owned public service corporation. In a Section prohibiting a mayor or commissioner from being an official of any public service corporation at the time he or she assumes office, defines "official of a public service corporation" to mean a member of the board of an investor-owned public service corporation. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 90-15. Passed the Senate on 5/9/2013 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/2/2013 Public Act 98-0128

HB 67 (Lang, L.) - Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Provides that the Illinois Finance Authority has the power to purchase special service area bonds and to accept assignments or pledges, or both, of special service area bonds or agreements relating to public and private green special service area projects. Amends the Special Service Area Tax Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a county or a municipality may establish a green special service area. Provides that those green special service areas shall include only property for which each owner of record has executed a contract or agreement with the county or municipality consenting to the inclusion of the property within the green special service area. Provides that the owner of record of each parcel of property within a green special service area may arrange for specific energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy improvements, or water use improvements and may obtain financing for those improvements through the process set forth in the ordinance establishing the green special service area. Provides that counties and municipalities may levy property taxes in connection with green special service areas. Provides that counties and municipalities may issue bonds in connection with green special service areas and may sell, assign, or pledge those bonds to the Illinois Finance Authority. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code to provide that each county or municipality shall have the power and authority to engage in specified activities that relate to green special service areas. Effective immediately

Last Action: 5/31/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 78 (Ford, L.) - Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Requires the Department of Revenue, beginning on January 1, 2014 or as soon thereafter as is practical, to offer a special instant "After-School Rescue" scratch-off game. Requires the net revenue from that game to be deposited into the After-School Rescue Fund for appropriation by the General Assembly solely to the Illinois State Board of Education for the making of grants to at-risk schools for the promotion of extracurricular and after-school programs. Authorizes the Department, after consulting with the Illinois State Board of Education, to adopt rules necessary to implement and administer the game. Defines "net revenue". Amends the State Finance Act to create the After-School Rescue Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee


HB 81 (Ford, L.) - Creates the Young Adult Community State Employment Plan Act. Contains a Purposes Section. Defines terms. Provides that the Department of Central Management Services shall: develop and implement plans to increase the number of young adult community members employed by State government, including those at supervisory, technical, professional, and managerial levels; prepare a Young Adult Community State Employment Plan; annually report to the General Assembly each State agency's activities that implement the Plan; and assist State agencies with training programs to meet their affirmative action and equal employment opportunity goals. Provides that each State agency shall implement programs under the Plan to increase the number of young adult community members employed by the State and report annually to the Department its activities that implement the Plan. Creates the Young Adult Community State Employment Plan Advisory Council, consisting of 11 members appointed by the Governor, each of whom shall be a subject matter expert on the young adult community. Provides that members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses from appropriated funds. Includes other provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/1/2013 Tabled

HB 89 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year (excluding new property, recovered tax increment value, and property that is annexed to or disconnected from the taxing district in the current levy year) is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/12/2013 Lost 43-65-1

HB 90 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Authorizes counties to establish and operate a homestead protection program under which the county treasurer may make payments from the indemnity fund to pay the delinquent taxes, along with all associated fees and interest, on the primary residence of eligible taxpayers. Provides that the county treasurer shall have a lien on the property in the amount of the assistance provided. Sets forth requirements for the program. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 95 (McSweeney, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for tax years 2013 through 2015, the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 98 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Provisions Article, creates a cash balance plan for new hires of the State Universities and Teachers' Retirement Systems and for certain Tier II participants. Increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases required employee contributions for Tier I members and participants. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems so that those systems are 100% funded by 2043. Guarantees certain funding levels. In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers. Makes other changes. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Includes an inseverability provision. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 116 (Ives, J.) (Biss, D.) - Amends the State Employee Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that no member of the Civil Service Commission, Board of Review of the Department of Employment Security (other than the Director of Employment Security), Civil Service Commission, Illinois Liquor Control Commission, Secretary of State Merit Commission, Human Rights Commission, State Mining Board, Property Tax Appeal Board, Illinois Racing Board, Department of State Police Merit Board, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, or Illinois State Board of Elections may establish creditable service in the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act for service in that capacity. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that the suspension of the ability to accrue creditable service applies to terms of office commencing on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act.Passed the House on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 86-4-17.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Pursuant to Senate Rules 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

HB 126 (Gordon, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning scavenger sales, provides that any taxing district in which the property is located (instead of the county only) may bid as trustee for all taxing districts and no cash need be paid. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 135 (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Solicitation for Charity Act. Reduces specified penalty registrations to $25 from $200 and a late annual report filing fee to $50 from $100.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 136 (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that the stalking and aggravated stalking statutes do not apply to an individual, organization, or employee of a governmental entity monitoring or attentive to compliance with public or worker safety laws, wage and hour requirements, or other statutory requirements when the monitoring or attentiveness occurs at the workplace or worksite.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 140 (Franks, J.) (Duffy, D.) - Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 and the Illinois Pension Code. Specifies that those Acts do not apply to members of specified regional transit boards who first become members of those boards on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act with respect to service on those boards. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 106-0-1. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 54-0.

 Last Action: 7/24/2013 Public Act 98-0108

HB 150 (Morrison, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Beginning in taxable year 2013, increases the maximum income limitation under the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption from $55,000 to $75,000 for applicants who have occupied the residence for 5 years or more. Indexes the maximum income limitation to the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 154 (Reis, D.) - Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun to an applicant that meets specified qualifications, has provided the application and specified documentation, and has submitted the requisite fees. Provides that a license to carry a handgun entitles a licensee to carry a loaded handgun, either concealed or openly, on or about his or her person or in a vehicle, except in certain prohibited locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 45 days of receipt from a sheriff and shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides for home rule preemption. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Family and Personal Protection Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Finance Act and the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 160 (Osmond, J.) (Bush, M.) - Amends the School Code. Extends the time period during which a school district other than the Chicago school district may transfer moneys from specified funds for any purpose from June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2016. Allows the school board of any school district (i) that is subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law, (ii) that has a population of less than 500,000 inhabitants, (iii) that is levying at its maximum tax rate, (iv) whose total equalized assessed valuation has declined 20% in the prior 2 years, (v) in which 80% or more of its students receive free or reduced-price lunch, and (vi) that had an equalized assessed valuation of less than $207 million but more than $203 million in the 2011 levy year to annually, until July 1, 2016, transfer money from any fund of the district, other than the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and the Bonds and Interest Fund, to the educational fund, the operations and maintenance fund, or the transportation fund of the district by proper resolution following a public hearing set by the school board or the president of the school board, with notice, so long as the district meets the qualifications set forth in this provision on the effective date of the amendatory Act even if the district does not meet those qualifications at the time a given transfer is made. Makes a related change in the Tort Liability of Schools Act. Passed the House on 4/15/2013 with a vote of 95-21. Passed the Senate on 5/9/2013 with a vote of 52-0.

 Last Action: 8/2/2012 Public Act 98-0131

HB 164 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Public Funds Investment Act. Authorizes a forest preserve district subject to the provisions of the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act to invest its public funds in interest bearing bonds of any county, township, city, village, incorporated town, municipal corporation, or school district, of the State of Illinois, of any other state, or of any political subdivision or agency of the State of Illinois or of any other state, whether the interest earned thereon is taxable or tax-exempt under federal law. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/15/2013 House Tabled

HB 166 (Mayfield, R.) - Amends the School Code and the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Allows school boards and local public entities to levy a tort immunity tax for the purpose of paying judgments and settlements under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 and the Environmental Protection Act until December 31, 2014 (instead of December 31, 2010).

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 182 (Ives. J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act, the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Eliminates the open meetings exemption for collective bargaining in all three Acts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 183 (Phelps, B.) (Forby, G.) - Creates the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Allows residents and non-residents who meet specified qualifications to apply for a license to carry a concealed firearm in this State. The license is valid for 5 years and the license fee is $150 for a resident and $300 for a non-resident. Allows any law enforcement agency to object to a license applicant based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety. Allows the Department of State Police to object to a license applicant with 5 or more arrests for any reason or 3 or more gang-related arrests within the 7 years preceding the date of application. These objections are reviewed by a Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board composed of 7 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board determines by a preponderance of the evidence whether the applicant is eligible or ineligible for a license. Prohibits a licensee from carrying a concealed handgun into certain specified locations. Requires the Department of State Police to approve a 16 hour training course for new license applicants and 3 hour course for license renewal, and to certify course instructors. Establishes training course requirements. Creates a task force to develop a plan by March 1, 2014 to allow for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card and concealed carry license designation to appear on a person's Illinois driver's license or Illinois identification card. Preempts home rule on the regulation, licensing, possession, registration, and transportation of concealed handguns as covered by the Act. Creates the School Administrator Reporting of Mental Health Clear and Present Danger Determinations Law. Requires the principal of a public elementary or secondary school, or his or her designee, and the chief administrative officer of a private elementary or secondary school or a public or private community college, college, or university, or his or her designee, to report to the Department of Human Services when a student is determined to pose a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or to others within 24 hours of the determination. Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code to make conforming changes and require notification to the Department of State Police Firearm Owners Identification Card Office no later than 7 days after entry of a court order for an adjudication as a mentally disabled or disabled person. Requires reporting a developmental disability or clear and present danger determination within 24 hours of the determination to the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Human Services must notify the Department of State Police. Firearms in the possession of a person adjudicated as a mentally disabled or disabled person must be ordered by the court to deliver the firearms to a person with a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card for safekeeping. The adjudicated person shall also be ordered to surrender his or her Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (FOID). Defines "addicted to narcotics" for purposes of disqualifying a person for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Changes the disqualification for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card as a "mental defective" to "mentally disabled". Adds to the definition of "mentally disabled" an adjudication as a disabled person, a finding of guilty but mentally ill, or a determination that a person is a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or to others. Defines "clear and present danger". Preempts home rule on the regulation, licensing, possession, registration, and transportation of concealed handguns and ammunition for concealed handguns as covered by the FOID Act. Preempts home rule on the prohibition of possession or ownership of assault weapons unless the ordinance is enacted before, on, or within 10 days of the effective date of this Act and any amendments thereafter. Amends The Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from disclosure the names and information of persons who have applied for or received a concealed carry license and certain records under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Amends the Open Meetings Act to close meetings and deliberations of the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board. Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the State Finance Act. Creates the State Police Firearm Services Fund for fee revenue from the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and Firearm Concealed Carry Act. The Department of State Police may use the Fund for its lawful purposes, mandates, functions, and duties under the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Creates the Mental Health Reporting Fund for fee revenue from the Firearm Concealed Carry Act for the Department of State Police and the Department of Human Services for duties in collecting and reporting data on mental health records and ensuring firearm possession prohibitions related to mental health are enforced. Surplus money in the Fund may be used for mental health treatment programs. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 and other Acts to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 6
Removes reference to "concealed" handguns in the preemption Section of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 7
Changes the appointment of the member representing the National Rifle Association to the task force on consolidation of the Firearm Owner's Identification Card and the concealed carry license from appointment by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to appointment by the Secretary of State. Passed the House on 2/28/2013 with a vote of 102-13-1. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 45-12-1. House concurred with SA 5, 6 & 7 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of  89-28.

Last Action: 7/9/2013 Public Act 98-0063

HB 189 (Cloonen, K.) (Holmes, L.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, rates may be calculated beyond 3 decimal points to allow the extension to be as close to the levy requested as possible. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Provides that the extension may not exceed the levy requested, after reductions required under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law or any other applicable law are applied. Passed the House on 4/9/2013 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 195 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the Effective Date of Laws Act. Provides that in odd-numbered years, bills passed prior to the convening of the General Assembly require a three-fifths vote of the members elected to each house. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/23/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 214 (Madigan, M.) (Cullerton, J.) - Makes various FY14 appropriations and reappropriations to various agencies. Effective July 1, 2013. Passed the House on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 70-47. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 39-18-1.

Last Action: 7/10/2013 Governor Item Veto PA 98-0064

HB 215 (Madigan, M.) (Cullerton, J.) - Makes various FY14 appropriations and reappropriations to various agencies. Effective July 1, 2013. Passed the House on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 69-47-1. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 38-20-1.

Last Action: 7/2/2013 Item Veto Public Act 98-0050

HB 226 (Sente, C.) (Link, T.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that a person who is 17 years old on the date of a primary may vote at the primary if that person is otherwise qualified and will be 18 years old on the date of the following election. Provides that a person 17 years old as described by the bill is deemed competent to execute and attest to voter registration forms. Passed the House on 4/17/2013 with a vote of 95-22. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 43-9.

Last Action: 7/3/2013 Public Act 98-0051

HB 353 (Drury, S.) (Kotowski, D.) - Creates the Fiscal Integrity of Special State Funds Commission Act. Creates the Fiscal Integrity of Special State Funds Commission to study the use and prevalence of fund sweeps and administrative chargebacks in State finance. Provides that the Commission shall make a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2014. Repeals the Act on December 31, 2015. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/15/2013 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 10/23/2013 Placed on Senate Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 394 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 439 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Counties Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 922 (Hurley, F.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that contractors and subcontractors shall make and keep for a period of not less than 10, currently 3, years from the date of the last payment on a contract or subcontract for public works records of all workers employed on the project. Provides that a public body must keep for 10, currently 3, years certain payroll records. Provides that the relevant period for consideration by the Department of Labor of multiple violations shall be 10, rather than 5, years. Provides that actions for the failure to pay wages or compensation shall be brought within 10 years from the date of the failure to pay.Passed the House on 5/8/2013 with a vote of 66-51. Passed the Senate on 5/24/2013 with a vote of 40-10.

Last Action: 8/13/2013 Public Act 98-0328

HB 923 (Hoffman, J.) (Noland, M.) - Amends the Employee Classification Act. Requires contractors for which construction services are performed by an individual, sole proprietor, or partnership to report to the Department of Labor all payments made to those entities if the recipient of the payment is not classified as an employee. Specifies contents of the report. Provides that contractors who violate the reporting provisions may be subject to civil penalties and debarment. Provides that the reporting requirements do not apply to a responsible bidder or to a business primarily engaged in the sale of tangible personal property or a contractor doing work for a business primarily engaged in the sale of tangible personal property.

Last Action: 7/23/2013 Public Act 98-0105

HB 924 (Hoffman, J.) (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a public body shall specify in the call for bids that each bidder be a responsible bidder. Requires contractors and subcontractors to report the hours worked by minorities and females. Requires the Department of Transportation, the Capital Development Board, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority report that information to the General Assembly.

Last Action: 11/6/2013 Placed on Senate Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 943 (Yingling, S.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Specifies that the term "public body" includes any association of units of local government or any not-for-profit corporation with membership consisting of units of local government. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 944 (Yingling, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable years 2013 and thereafter, the maximum reduction under the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption is $8,000, and the maximum reduction under the General Homestead Exemption is $12,000. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 956 (Moffitt, D.) (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Requires the charitable organization seeking an exemption from the prohibition on charitable solicitation to also provide the county or municipality, as applicable, with a list of 3 alternate solicitation locations. Provides that if the county or municipality determines that the applicant's location cannot be permitted due to significant safety concerns, such as high traffic volumes, poor geometrics, construction, maintenance operations, or past accident history, then the county or municipality may deny the application for that location and must approve one of the 3 alternate locations following the order of preference submitted by the applicant on the alternate location list. Also makes technical changes. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 2/28/2103 with a vote of 117-0. Passed the Senate on 5/9/2013 with a vote of 51-1.

Last Action: 8/2/2013 Public Act 98-0134

HB 970 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that the Executive Inspector General may make a summary report and response of the ultimate jurisdictional authority or agency head available to the public if the Executive Ethics Commission does not do so. Provides that, prior to publication by the Executive Inspector General, the Executive Inspector General shall permit the respondents, the Commission, and the Attorney General to review the documents to be made public and offer suggestions for redaction or provide a response that shall be made public with the summary report.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 971 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that an ethics commission may levy an administrative fine of not less than $250 against any officer, member, or employee who fails to complete the required ethics training.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 972 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a person who has been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption need not reapply for the exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 978 (Davis, W.) - Creates the Athletic Shoe Retailer Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2013, a tax is imposed upon any person engaged in business as a retailer of athletic shoes in the State at the rate of $0.25 for each pair of athletic shoes sold in the course of such business in this State. Provides that the proceeds of the tax collected under the Act shall be deposited into the Youthbuild Support Fund. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Fund. Provides that moneys in the Youthbuild Support Fund shall be used by the Department of Human Services for the purpose of making grants to Youthbuild programs as approved under the Illinois Youthbuild Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 983 (McSweeney, D.) (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act. In a Section concerning alternate bonds, provides that, in governmental units with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, the petition for a backdoor referendum must be filed with the clerk or secretary within 45 days of publication of the authorizing ordinance and notice. Provides that, in governmental units with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, the petition must be signed by the lesser of (i) 5% of the registered voters or 5,000 registered voters in a governmental unit with more than 4,000 registered voters, and (ii) 15% of the registered voters or 200 registered voters in a governmental unit with 4,000 or fewer registered voters. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Removes provisions requiring that surplus revenues be refunded to taxpayers. Provides that the referendum petition shall be submitted within 45 days (instead of 90 days in the introduced bill) after publication of the ordinance. Provides that the petition shall be signed by (1) the lesser of (i) 5% of the registered voters or (ii) 5,000 registered voters in a governmental unit with more than 4,000 registered voters, or (2) the lesser of (i) 15% of the registered voters or (ii) 200 registered voters in a governmental unit with 4,000 or fewer registered voters. Removes a requirement that enterprise revenues must be sufficient to pay 150% of the debt service on all outstanding revenue bonds payable from those enterprise revenues. Removes provisions providing that determinations of sufficiency of enterprise revenues or revenue sources shall be conducted by the chief procurement officer. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act. In a Section concerning alternate bonds, provides that, in governmental units with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, the petition for a backdoor referendum must be filed with the clerk or secretary within 45 days of publication of the authorizing ordinance and notice. Provides that, in governmental units with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, the petition must be signed by the lesser of (i) 5% of the registered voters or 5,000 registered voters in a governmental unit with more than 4,000 registered voters, and (ii) 15% of the registered voters or 200 registered voters in a governmental unit with 4,000 or fewer registered voters. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill. Deletes provisions that makes certain requirements applicable only to governmental units with a certain number of inhabitants. Provides that, in governmental units with 500,000 or more inhabitants, a referendum concerning the issuance of alternate bonds may be submitted if the petition is signed by electors numbering 7.5% of the registered voters in the governmental unit (instead of the greater of (i) 7.5% of the registered voters in the governmental unit or (ii) 200 of those registered voters or 15% of those registered voters, whichever is less). Provides that certain requirements that governmental units with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants proposing to issue alternate bonds that propose to issue alternate bonds payable solely from enterprise revenues shall not apply to alternate bonds that finance or refinance projects concerning public utilities, public streets and roads or public safety facilities, and related infrastructure and equipment. Provides that any double-barrelled bond authorization submitted by a school district that is a beneficiary of a county-wide supplemental sales and use tax approved by front door referendum for educational purposes shall be exempted from the 45-day petition period. Provides that if the required audit is completed by a feasibility analyst, he or she shall have a national reputation for expertise in such matters and shall not be otherwise involved in the project being financed or refinanced with the proceeds of the alternate bonds. Effective January 1, 2014 (rater than immediately upon becoming law).
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Removes a provision from the bill as amended by Senate Amendment 1 changing the number of electors required to submit a petition for the issuance of alternate bonds. Removes a provision from the bill as amended by Senate Amendment 1 providing that a double-barrelled bond authorization submitted by a school district that is a beneficiary of a county-wide supplemental sales and use tax approved by front door referendum for educational purposes shall be exempted from the 45-day petition period. Passed the House on 4/9/2013 with a vote of 101-6-2. Passed the Senate on 5/23/2013 with a vote of 57-0. House concurs with SA 1 & 2 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 116-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0203

HB 987 (Reis, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the term "public works" does not include work done for a project used in production agriculture as defined in the Use Tax Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 996 (Lang,  L.) (Clayborne, J.) - Amends the Charitable Games Act. Transfers all the powers of the Department of Revenue under the Act to the Illinois Gaming Board and makes related changes. Extends the licensure period from one year to 2 years. Changes the application and renewal fees from an annual $200 fee to a $400 fee for the 2-year licensure period. Provides that participation in the management or operation of the games is limited to no more than 12 (rather than 4) charitable games events, either of the sponsoring organization or any other licensed organization, during a calendar year. Provides that no single bet at any game may exceed $20. Provides that at the conclusion of the event or when the participant leaves, he or she may cash in his or her chips, scrip, or play money in exchange for currency not to exceed $500 in cash winnings (instead of $250) or unlimited noncash prizes. Provides that the provider of the premises, other than a municipality, may not rent or otherwise provide the premises for the conducting of more than one charitable games night per month (rather than 8 charitable games nights per year). Provides that 5% of the net proceeds (rather than 3% of the gross proceeds) of charitable games shall be paid to the Illinois Gaming Board. Provides that establishments that have video gaming terminals licensed under the Video Gaming Act may operate them along with charitable games under rules adopted by the Illinois Gaming Board. Makes other changes. Passed the House on 4/19/2103 with a vote of 65-41-1. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 40-12. House concurred with SA 1 & 2 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 70-46-1.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0377

HB 997 (Phelps, B.) - Creates the Illinois Concealed Carry Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to a person to: (1) carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person, concealed or otherwise; (2) keep or carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person when in a vehicle; and (3) keep a loaded or unloaded handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle. Prohibits the carrying of the handgun in certain locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 90 days of receipt of a completed application, for the first year after the effective date of this Act, and 45 days of receipt thereafter. Provides that the license shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides for home rule preemption. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Illinois Concealed Carry Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the State Police Act, the State Finance Act, the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, and the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1030 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that with respect to employment, it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee based on medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, if she so requests with the advice of her health care provider. Provides that the term "reasonable accommodations" means actions which would permit such an employee to perform in a reasonable manner the activities involved in the job or occupation including an accessible worksite, acquisition or modification of equipment, job restructuring, and modified work schedule. Provides that the reasonable accommodations shall be undertaken provided that those actions do not impose an undue hardship on the business, program, or enterprise of the entity from which the actions are requested.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1036 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Legislative Information System Act. Requires, for the 99th General Assembly and thereafter, the Legislative Information System to make available on the General Assembly's website each vote taken on a bill in any committee of the General Assembly showing, in searchable form, each committee member's vote, Representative or Legislative District, and political party. Provides that, as soon as practical, the results of each committee vote shall be submitted to LIS by the committee's chairperson, or his or her designee, to be made available on the General Assembly's website.

Last Action: 1/30/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 1037 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that Boone, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will county may levy an annual tax for farmland preservation easement and green redevelopment purposes. Provides that the tax may not exceed 0.05% of the equalized assessed value of taxable property in the county. Provides that the tax must be approved by referendum and that it may be discontinued by referendum. Provides that a referendum to levy or discontinue the tax may be initiated by a petition signed by a number of electors equal to at least 0.5% of the total number of votes cast in the county during the last preceding gubernatorial election. Provides that the proceeds of the tax shall be paid into two separate funds, the county farmland preservation easement fund and the green redevelopment fund. Sets forth the ways in which the proceeds of the funds shall be used.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1039 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each property tax bill shall contain a separate statement for each of the taxing districts setting forth the dollar amount of tax due that will be used by the taxing district to pick up or otherwise pay its employees' contributions to a public pension fund. Provides that each taxing district that picks up or otherwise pays its employees' contributions to a public pension fund must certify this information to the county clerk on or before the last Tuesday in December. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1040 (Tryon, M.) (Althoff, P.) - Creates the Chief Information Officer Act. Requires the Chief Information Officer of the State, as designated by the Governor, to coordinate with each State agency to develop, with any existing or newly available resources and technology, appropriate systems to accurately report data containing financial information. Requires each grantor agency that is authorized to award grants funds to an entity other than the State of Illinois to coordinate with the Chief Information Officer of the State to periodically provide for publication, at data.illinois.gov or any other publicly accessible website designated by the Chief Information Officer, of data sets containing information regarding awards of grant funds that the grantor agency has made during the previous fiscal year. Provides that the website shall include a database of pension contributions made on behalf of members of the General Assembly Retirement System and the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois and annuity payments for annuitants under those retirement systems.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of House Amendment No. 1, as amended by House Amendment No. 2, with changes. Changes the short title of the Act to the Open Operating Standard Act. Creates the Office of Chief Information Officer, appointed by the Governor. Provides that the Chief Information Officer shall establish an open operating standard, to be known as "Illinois Open Data", for the State of Illinois. Provides that each agency of State government under the jurisdiction of the Governor shall make available, via a single state web portal, public data sets of public information. Provides the Chief Information Officer with rulemaking authority. Effective immediately, except that the grant reporting provisions take effect January 1, 2014.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 House Rule 19(b)/Referred to Rules Committee

HB 1045 (Franks, J.) (Holmes, L.) - Amends the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act of 2011. Extends the final report date to September 30, 2013. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/1/2013 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/2/2013 Public Act 98-0124

HB 1047 (Durkin, J.) (Connelly, M.) - Amends provisions of the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act prohibiting certain inquiries by an employer. Deletes language in those provisions regarding an employee's social networking website account information. Provides that: an employer may not request or require an employee or prospective employee to provide a user name, password, or other means to gain access to the employee's or prospective employee's personal online account; an employer may request or require an employee to disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing an electronic communications device supplied or paid for in whole or in part by the employer or accounts or services provided by the employer or by virtue of the employee's employment relationship with the employer or that the employee uses for business purposes; an employer may not discharge, discipline, or otherwise penalize or threaten to discharge, discipline, or otherwise penalize an employee solely for an employee's refusal to disclose specified information, fail or refuse to hire any prospective employee as a result of the prospective employee's refusal to disclose specified information, or be held liable for failure to request or require that an employee or prospective employee disclose specified information; those provisions do not prevent an employer from conducting certain investigations; the provisions do not limit an employer's right to have specified workplace policies and monitor usage of the employer's electronic equipment and electronic mail under specified circumstances; and those provisions do not prohibit an employer from obtaining information about a prospective employee or an employee that is in the public domain or that is otherwise obtained in compliance with the provisions. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Replaces the bill with provisions similar to the introduced bill. Adds provisions relating to means of authentication for access to an account. Provides additional authority to employers for the conducting of investigations. Defines terms. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions similar to those contained in House Amendment No. 1. Changes references to "online account" to "internet account". Provides that an employer may not take adverse action against an employee who refuses to disclose certain information relating to access to the employee's personal internet account. Expands an employer's authority to investigate activity in an employee's personal internet account. Changes definitions. Effective immediately.

Last Action:8/9/2013 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

HB 1051 (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may not regulate the transportation of firearms and may not regulate the transportation of ammunition, components, accessories, or accoutrements for firearms. Provides that the provisions of any ordinance or resolution adopted by any unit of local government that imposes restrictions or limitations on the transportation of firearms and ammunition, components, accessories, and accoutrements of firearms in a manner other than those that are imposed by this amendatory Act are invalid and all those existing ordinances and resolutions are void. Provides that this provision is a limitation of home rule powers under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1053 (Sullivan, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that land containing hotels or lodging facilities, club houses, banquet facilities, tennis or other courts, swimming pools, commercial or industrial facilities, retail shops, or land and parking areas serving any of those improvements shall be valued at its fair cash value and shall not be valued as open space land.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1154 (Madigan, M.) (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. For the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher retirement systems, limits the salary of a Tier I member for benefit and contribution purposes to the greater of (i) the annual contribution and benefit base established for the applicable year by the Commissioner of Social Security under the federal Social Security Act or (ii) the annual salary of the member during the 365 days immediately preceding that effective date; except that this limitation does not apply to a member's salary that is determined under an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement that is in effect on the effective date of this amendatory Act and has not been amended or renewed after that date. Defines terms. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Passed the House on 3/14/2014 with a vote of 101-15.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

HB 1155 ( Madigan, M.) - Adds a short title of the Family and Personal Protection Act. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Adds Section prohibiting carrying into any pre-school, elementary school, or secondary school or any portion of any school building thereof; or any school property surrounding a pre-school, elementary school, or secondary school building, including, but not limited, to sidewalks and parking lot areas adjacent to or near school property. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into any portion of a building used as a child care facility, or any adjacent property or parking lot area under control of or owned by a child care facility. Provides nothing in this Section shall prevent the owner or operator of a child care facility in a family home from owning or possessing a firearm or license, so long as the firearm is stored unloaded in a locked container. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 4
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into into any building under control of the State, General Assembly, or General Assembly support service agency; any building owned or occupied by a governing body of a unit of local government; any police, sheriff, State Police, or firefighting office or station; any adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail;or any courthouse, and any property or parking lot area under control of or adjacent to these areas. Also prohibits a person from carrying a firearm into any building under control of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, or Treasurer, and any property or parking lot area adjacent to or near a prohibited building in this Section. Defines "unit of local government as set forth in the State constitution. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 5
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into any gaming facility or any adjacent property or parking lot area under control of or owned by a gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Horse Racing Act of 1975; or into any licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment licensed under the Video Gaming Act or any adjacent property or parking lot area under the control of or owned by a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment licensed under the Video Gaming Act. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 6
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into any hospital or mental health facility, or onto any adjacent property or parking lot area under the control of or owned by a hospital or mental health facility. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 7
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into any library, or onto any adjacent property or parking lot area under the control of or owned by a library. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 8
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into any stadium, arena, or collegiate or professional sporting event, or any adjacent property or parking lot area under the control of or owned by a facility where carry is prohibited under this Section. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 9
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into any gated area of an amusement park, or any adjacent property or parking lot area under control of or owned by an amusement park. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 14
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm on buses, trains, or any form of transportation paid for in part or whole with public funds, and any transportation facility and the surrounding premises under its control. Provides exemptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 27
Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to a person to: (1) carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person, concealed or otherwise; (2) keep or carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person when in a vehicle; and (3) keep a loaded or unloaded handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle. Prohibits the carrying of the handgun in certain locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 30 days of receipt of a completed application and shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides for home rule preemption. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Family and Personal Protection Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the State Police Act, the State Finance Act, the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, and the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes.
House Floor Amendment No. 38
Requires registration of handguns with the Department of State Police. Prohibits any person from carrying or possessing a handgun without a Certificate of Handgun Registration. Sets forth requirements concerning exemptions, applications for registration, registration fees, the distribution of moneys received from certain fees, and the denial of a registration application. Creates penalties for the possession of a handgun without a current Certificate of Handgun Registration and knowingly providing false or misleading information or evidence in connection with an application. Sets forth procedures for the return of a Certificate of Handgun Registration for a handgun that is lost, stolen, or otherwise disposed of. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Handgun Certificate Administration Fund, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Fund, and the Illinois LEADS Information and Technology Improvement Fund. Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Act and various Acts to make conforming changes.
House Floor Amendment No. 40
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of prohibited person firearm access when a person stores or leaves, within premises under his or her control, a firearm if the person knows or has reason to know that a person prohibited from possessing a firearm is likely to gain access to the firearm, and the firearm is: (1) not secured by a device or mechanism, other than the firearm safety, designed to render a firearm temporarily inoperable; (2) not placed in a securely locked box or container; or (3) not placed in some other location that a reasonable person would believe to be secure from a person. A prohibited person is a person who has been convicted of a felony, has been convicted of domestic battery, has an outstanding order of protection or stalking no-contact order against him or her, has been adjudicated as a mental defective, has been a patient in a mental institution within the past 5 years, or is otherwise prohibited from obtaining a Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Provides exceptions. A first offense is a Class C misdemeanor and a subsequent offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
House Floor Amendment No. 42
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police may revoke and seize a Firearm Owner's Identification Card previously issued under the Act of a person who fails to report the loss or theft of a firearm a second time to the local law enforcement agency within 72 hours after obtaining knowledge of the second loss or theft. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that if a person who possesses a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and who possesses or acquires a firearm thereafter loses or misplaces the firearm, or if the firearm is stolen from the person, the person must report the loss or theft to the local law enforcement agency within 72 hours after obtaining knowledge of the loss or theft.
House Floor Amendment No. 50
Adds Section prohibiting a person from carrying a firearm into any any establishment that maintains a retail liquor license and allows for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on its premises as an on premise consumption retailer.
House Floor Amendment No. 52
Provides that if an applicant for a concealed carry license has been arrested 5 times or more for any reason within the past 7 years, or has been arrested 3 times or more within the past 7 years for any combination of gang related offenses, then the Department of State Police shall notify the municipal law enforcement agency and sheriff of the applicant's application. Provides that in such a case, it is presumed that the municipal law enforcement agency and sheriff object to the applicant's application, unless the municipal law enforcement agency and sheriff affirmatively state, in writing, that it does not object to the application. Defines "gang-related offense".

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1165 (Madigan, M.) (Cullerton, J.) - Creates the Pension Fund Solvency Act of 2013. Contains only a short title provision. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Adds an immediate effective date.
House Floor Amendment No. 6
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. For the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher retirement systems, provides that, for a Tier I retiree, (i) the amount of each automatic annual increase in retirement annuity occurring on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act shall be the lesser of $750 ($600 if the annuity is based primarily upon service as a covered employee) or 3% of the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, including previous increases granted, and (ii) the monthly retirement annuity shall first be subject to annual increases on the January 1 occurring on or next after the attainment of age 67 or the January 1 occurring on or next after the fifth anniversary of the annuity start date, whichever occurs earlier. Defines terms. Passed the House on 3/21/2013 with a vote of 66-50.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

HB 1188 (Burke, D.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in the case of a taxing district that obtained referendum approval for an increased limiting rate on March 20, 2012, the limiting rate for tax year 2012 shall be the rate that generates the approximate total amount of taxes extendable for that tax year, as set forth in the proposition approved by the voters. Provides that the county clerk shall apply this rate regardless of any language of the referendum to the contrary. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/8/2013 with a vote of 86-29. Passed the Senate on 3/21/2013 with a vote of 49-4-1.

Last Action: 3/29/2013 Public Act 98-0006

HB 1193 (Berrios, M.) - Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that, within 60 days after the Department of Revenue or the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal issues a final decision that any elected official has (i) failed to file a return required under the Act or (ii) failed to pay all or a portion of the tax due under the Act, that elected official must either (A) pay all such delinquent amounts, together with any penalties and interest, or (B) resign from that elective office. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1195 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that, when a public contract is to be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, a bidder who is a qualified Illinois employer shall be given a preference over a bidder who is not a qualified Illinois employer. Defines "qualified Illinois employer" as a bidder at least 90% of whose employees are residents of Illinois.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1196 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Provides that a person required to register under the Act is ineligible to hold an elective State or local office. Provides that the holder of an elective State or local office may not engage in activities that would require registration under the Act.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1200 (Sosnowski, J.) (Syverson, D.) - Amends the Park District Aquarium and Museum Act. Provides that any aquarium or museum organized under this Act must be open to the public without charge for a period equivalent to 26 days each year (now 52 days). Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/18/2013 with a vote of 79-36.

Last Action: 11/6/2013 total Veto Stands - No Postive Action Taken

HB 1205 (Sente, C.) - Creates the Football Practice Hitting Limitation Act. Beginning May 31, 2014, requires the coach of a football program to limit full-contact hitting practice; specifies the limitations. Defines "football program" as the organized football program of a public or non-public elementary or secondary school or organized youth football league. Requires a coach of a football program to complete a certified, online concussion training program on or before May 31, 2014. Sets forth what the training program must include. Provides that, on or before December 31, 2013, the Illinois High School Association's Football Advisory Committee and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee shall work together to create a supplemental, online training program designed to prevent concussive and subconcussive brain injuries; provides that this program shall be considered a certified, online concussion training program. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/21/2013 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 22 (g)

HB 1209 (Mautino, F.) (Frerichs, M.) - Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Hazardous Waste Technology Exchange Service Act, the Green Governments Illinois Act, the University of Illinois Exercise of Functions and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the University of Illinois Scientific Surveys Act, the Toxic Pollution Prevention Act, the Illinois Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Act, and the Wildlife Code. Changes references from the Waste Management and Research Center to the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Makes changes concerning the Green Governments Coordinating Council and references to the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois State Geological Survey. Makes changes with respect to the Prairie Research Institute, including providing that the Institute shall contain the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and changing the powers and duties of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Scientific Surveys. Repeals a Section of the State Finance Act in relation to certain revenues deposited into the University of Illinois Income Fund and appropriations from the Natural Resources Information Fund. Makes technical changes. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
In the University of Illinois Scientific Surveys Act, makes changes concerning the powers and duties performed by the Scientific Surveys. In the Toxic Pollution Prevention Act, makes changes concerning the duties of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. 
Passed the House on 3/1/2013 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/14/2013 Public Act 98-0346

HB 1211 (Manley, N.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the Department shall not include compulsory sales occurring on or after January 1, 2013 in its sales ratio studies, unless the compulsory sale would otherwise be considered an arm's length transaction, based on existing sales ratio study standards. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1225 (Burke, D.) (Hastings, M.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that a school entity (defined as a public school, school district, or nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of Education) shall require all physical education teachers and all coaches and referees of interscholastic athletics, student athletes, and athletic trainers to annually watch a training video, provided free of charge to the entity and of no more than 15 minutes in length, on hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/8/2103 with a vote of 72-37. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 56-0. House concurred with SA 2 on 5/29/2013 with a vote of 117-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 Public Act 98-0305

HB 1227 (Verschoore, P.) - Amends the Contractor Prompt Payment Act. Provides that under a construction contract, it is unlawful to withhold more than 5% retainage on payments earned by contractors and subcontractors. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1229 (Verschoore, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each parcel of property that qualifies for a homestead exemption under the Code shall have a minimum equalized assessed value of $1,000 after each applicable homestead exemption is applied to the property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1247 (D'Amico, J.) (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Expands the prohibition on driving while using an electronic communication device to include uses beyond composing, sending, or reading an electronic message. Expands the exceptions to include the use of hands-free devices, two-way radios, and electronic devices capable of performing multiple functions as long as these devices are not used for a prohibited purpose. Establishes a graduated fine scale for repeat offenses.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that a first offense for driving while using an electronic communication device is not a moving violation.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0506  

HB 1259 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Allows participants in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) to elect to participate in a self-managed program of retirement benefits instead of the program of traditional or reformed retirement benefits currently offered. Provides that the self-managed plan shall authorize a participant to accumulate assets for retirement through a combination of employer and employee contributions that may be invested at the participant's direction in mutual funds, collective investment funds, or other investment products and used to purchase annuity contracts. Requires the Fund to make the self-managed plan available within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Makes conforming changes in the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1260 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Notice By Publication Act. Provides that whenever a governmental unit is required to provide notice by publication in a newspaper by law, order of court, or contract, the governmental unit may publish the notice on an official government website instead of in a newspaper. Provides conditions concerning the availability and format of the notice webpage. Repeals a Section concerning the placement of published notices on a statewide website and makes corresponding changes throughout the Act and in the Newspaper Legal Notice Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1271 (Thapedi, A.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Creates a Tier III benefit package applicable to persons who first begin participating in one of the State-funded retirement systems on or after July 1, 2014. Provides for retirement benefits and certain employee contribution changes that supersede the corresponding provisions of the applicable retirement system. Provides that those retirement benefits may be annually increased or decreased in response to the retirement system's investment earnings. Changes the amount of the required State contributions and, in the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, requires the actual employers to make contributions to amortize any unfunded liabilities arising out of their employees who are Tier III participants. Provides that, when the State's total debt service obligation for certain pension bonds has ended, any funds remaining available for the payment of that debt service shall be distributed to the 5 State-funded retirement systems, to be used to reduce their unfunded actuarial liabilities. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1278 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for levy years 2014 and later, the taxing district's aggregate extension base is the greater of (A) the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension limit or (B) the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension, subject to adjustments for taxing districts in 2 or more counties, merged or consolidated taxing districts, and adjustments by a rate increase or decrease factor. Provides that the term "aggregate extension limit" means the district's last preceding aggregate extension if the taxing district had utilized the maximum limiting rate permitted without referendum.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1280 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Downstate Firefighter and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Allows the chief of certain municipal fire departments to elect to participate in IMRF rather than in the municipality's firefighter pension fund. Makes related changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1282 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Excludes from the scope of the Act the removal of trees and limbs along roadways and parkways when that work is not part of other construction. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1292 (Gordon-Booth, J.) (Koehler, D.) - Replaces the legal descriptions of the real property conveyed to the Forest Park Foundation and the Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/22/2013 with a vote of 109-0. Passed the Senate on 4/25/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 5/13/2013 Public Act 98-0013

HB 1296 (Mitchell, C.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each pension fund and retirement system established under the Code to make its best efforts to identify all firearm manufacturing companies in which it has direct or indirect holdings and, under certain circumstances, to divest itself of holdings in those companies. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that the term "firearm manufacturing company" does not include either a company that manufactures only ceremonial weapons or a company that manufactures only unassembled component parts for destructive devices, ammunition for destructive devices, armor piercing ammunition, firearms other than destructive devices, or ammunition for firearms other than destructive devices or armor piercing ammunition.

Last Action: 4/18/2013 Lost 46-69-2

HB 1310 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for levy years 2013 and 2014, if the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year (excluding new property, recovered tax increment value, and property that is annexed to or disconnected from the taxing district in the current levy year) is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1326 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that the Chicago Board of Education shall require that schools provide daily recess for all students in kindergarten through grade 8. Provides that a recess must be at least 10 minutes in length. Provides that if the principal determines that the weather is inclement, the principal shall direct that a recess be held indoors. Requires the principal to ensure that students are given the opportunity to engage in physical exercise during each recess. Provides that the time required for recesses is included in the minimum number of hours necessary to constitute a full day of attendance under the State aid formula provisions.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1351 (Poe, R.)  (Frerichs, M.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that an annuitant shall be considered a participating employee if he or she returns to work as an employee with a participating employer and works more than 599 hours annually (or 999 hours annually with a participating employer that has adopted a resolution excluding from participation in IMRF any person employed in a position normally requiring performance of duty for less than 1000 hours per year). Specifies that each of these annual periods shall commence on the month and day upon which the annuitant is first employed with the participating employer following the effective date of the annuity. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/8/2013 with a vote of 88-27. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0389

HB 1353 (McAsey, E.) (Holmes, L.) - Amends the Public Funds Investment Act. Provides that park districts, forest preserve districts, and conservation districts may, like municipalities and counties, invest public funds in interest-bearing bonds of any political subdivision or agency of the State of Illinois, whether the interest earned is taxable or tax-exempt under federal law. Provides that bonds shall be registered in the name of the municipality, park district, forest preserve district, conservation district, or county. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/01/13 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0390

HB 1387 (Evans, M.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Removes the requirement that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services must make the comprehensive list of unsafe children's products available to those facilities that do not have Internet access. Provides instead that the Department shall adopt rules to maintain data on child care facilities that do not have Internet access and shall ensure that child care facilities without Internet access register for available mailing lists of pertinent recalls distributed in paper form. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1404 (Bradley, J.) (Biss, D.) - Amends the Public Construction Bond Act. Requires surety bonds on public construction projects by any political subdivision of the State costing over $50,000 (now, over $5,000). Makes surety bond requirements for any political subdivision of the State the same as those for the State. Effective immediately. Passed the House on  3/22/2013 with a vote of 98-11. Passed the Senate on  5/14/2013 with a vote of 52-2.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0216

HB 1405 (Bradley, J.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that in a county that maintains a countywide map through a Geographic Information System (GIS), a charge may be added to specified filing fees in order to defray the cost of providing automated access, in addition to electronic access, to the county's GIS or property records (now, records). Amends the Tuberculosis Sanitarium District Act. Provides that upon dissolution of the Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District, monetary assets of the District deposited into a special fund may be used for the prevention, care, treatment, and control of tuberculosis and other communicable diseases in or associated with suburban Cook County. Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides for the use of registration fees in counties with a population under 3,000,000 and over 3,000,000. Adds costs incurred in carrying out the provisions and enforcement of a county or municipal ordinance relating to animal control, or animal-related public health or public nuisances in a county with a population of 3,000,000 or more. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/16/2013 with a vote of 114-2. Passed the Senate on  5/16/2013 with a vote of 52-1.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0217

HB 1444 (Zalewski, M.) (Martinez, I.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the Board shall determine the amortization period to be used in calculating the amount to be contributed by participating municipalities and participating instrumentalities in order to adjust for changes in the Fund's unfunded accrued liabilities. Specifies that the amortization period shall not exceed 30 years for participating municipalities or 10 years for participating instrumentalities. Allows participating employees to withdraw additional contributions only to the extent permitted by the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Requires the Board to meet at least quarterly (rather than monthly). Also makes technical changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/8/2013 with a vote of 115-0. Passed the Senate on  5/14/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0218

HB 1462 (Sente, C.) (Delgado, W.) - Amends the Environmental Barriers Act. Provides that beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Capital Development Board shall begin the process of updating the 1997 Illinois Accessibility Code and shall model the updates on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Provides that by no later than January 1, 2016, the Capital Development Board shall adopt and publish the updated Illinois Accessibility Code and that the updated Illinois Accessibility Code may be more stringent than the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and may identify specific standards. Provides that beginning on January 1, 2016, if the ADA Standards for Accessible Design are updated, then the Capital Development Board shall update its accessibility standards, in keeping with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, within 2 years after the ADA Standards for Accessible Design updates and shall adopt and publish an updated Illinois Accessibility Code. Passed the House on 3/15/2013 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/14/2013 with vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0224

HB 1492 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Beginning in taxable year 2013, increases the maximum income limitation under the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption from $55,000 to $75,000 for applicants who have occupied the residence for 5 years or more. Indexes the maximum income limitation to the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1493 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if a person turns 70 years of age or older during the taxable year and he or she qualified for a Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption or a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption in the previous taxable year, then the person qualifying need not reapply for the exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1494 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Includes disabled persons within the provisions granting an assessment freeze homestead exemption to senior citizens and changes the title of the exemption to the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1496 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in a county that is not subject to the Law, the registered voters within the county may file a petition with the county clerk requesting the county board to submit to the voters of the county the question of whether to make all non-home rule taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation situated in the county subject to the Law. Provides that, if 10% of the registered voters within the county sign the petition, then the county board shall submit the question. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1499 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2013 and concluding in taxable year 2017, the county clerk shall reduce the property taxes levied by each taxing district to a level that is not greater than that taxing district's levy in the previous taxable year. Provides that the county clerk may increase or decrease the portion of a total tax levy paid by any individual taxpayer, provided that the increase or decrease in the individual taxpayer's tax bill is based solely on a change in the equalized assessed value of the taxpayer's property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1501 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Increases the maximum reduction under the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption from $4,000 to $7,000 for taxable year 2013 and indexes the reduction to the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1503 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if a person turns 70 years of age or older during the taxable year and he or she qualified for a Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption or a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption in the previous taxable year, then the person qualifying need not reapply for the exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1505 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Changes the definition of "land", "recreational or conservation purpose", and "charge". Provides that the Act does not limit any liability which otherwise exists for an injury on the land if the owner requests a nominal fee for purposes of maintaining the land.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1506 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Makes changes to the definitions of "land", "owner", and "recreational or conservation purpose". Provides that an owner that is a not-for-profit organization which makes its land (except for residential buildings) available for entry by the general public for any activity undertaken for conservation, resource management, education, or outdoor recreational use may register with the Department of Natural Resources in order to qualify for limited liability for the land used in that manner. Provides that the Department shall create a registration page on its website to collect the following information from any 501(c)(3) entity that wishes to register its property: (i) the name and address of the owner; (ii) the 501(c)(3) organization's tax identification number; (iii) the size, address, and property identification number of the property; and (iv) the county in which the property is located. Provides that a parcel of property is deemed registered once the information is submitted to the Department. Provides that once the property is registered, the 501(c)(3) owner qualifies for the Act's limited liability until either (i) the owner notifies the Department to remove the property from the list; or (ii) the owner no longer has a possessory interest in the property. Provides that the changes to the Act apply only to causes of action accruing on or after January 1, 2014. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1521 (Cabello, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2013 and concluding in taxable year 2017, the county clerk shall reduce the property taxes levied by each taxing district to a level that is not greater than that taxing district's levy in the previous taxable year. Provides that the county clerk may increase or decrease the portion of a total tax levy paid by any individual taxpayer, provided that the increase or decrease in the individual taxpayer's tax bill is based solely on a change in the equalized assessed value of the taxpayer's property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1522 (Fortner, M.) (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that DuPage and Peoria counties may adopt a schedule of fees applicable to real property that benefits from the county's stormwater management facilities and activities. Sets forth the circumstances under which a fee schedule may be adopted and the uses for the fees. Provides that any proposed fee schedule must be approved by a referendum in Peoria County before it can be imposed. Provides that the county shall provide notice to municipalities within its jurisdiction of any fees proposed and seek the input of each municipality with respect to the calculation of the fees. Provides that the county shall give land owners at least 2 years' notice before imposing the fee, during which time the county shall provide education on green infrastructure practices and an opportunity to take action to reduce or eliminate the fee. Further provides that a fee waiver shall be included for property owners who have taken actions or put in place facilities that are approved by the county that reduce or eliminate the cost of managing runoff. Provides that the county may enter into intergovernmental agreements with other bodies of government for the joint administration of stormwater management and collection of the fees. Effective immediately. 
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes a reference to "impact" tax. Passed the House on 3/15/2013 with a vote of 79-31. Passed the Senate on  5/16/2013 with a vote of 38-11.

Last Action: 8/13/2013 Public Act 98-0335

HB 1537 (Burke, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2014 and no later than each July 1 thereafter, each participating employer must submit a report to the Board listing each of its employees during the past 12-month period. Specifies the information the report must contain. Provides that if a report is inadequate or if the employer fails to submit the report, then the Board may provide for an audit of the records of the municipality or instrumentality as may be required to determine the information requested. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1542 (Farnham, K.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Increases criminal penalties and fines for specified violations of the Act. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that certain violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act are non-probationable offenses.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1555 (Cross, T.) (Dillard, K.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP) shall include information on the employees and individual consultants, expenditures, grant funds received, contracts of all units of local government with taxing powers, and unfunded obligations of the State. Defines "unit of local government". Provides that ITAP shall include information on the funding ratio and the rate of return on investment for local pension funds and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

HB 1557 (Sandack, R.) - Creates the Illinois Review Board Act. Creates the Illinois Review Board to review and evaluate the use of taxing authority by units of local government. Provides that the Board shall annually report its findings to the Governor and General Assembly. Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP) shall make available the reports of the Illinois Review Board. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1560 (Kosel, R.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, when the religious holidays of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday occur during the early voting period, an election authority may close an early voting place on those days, provided that the early voting place remains open 2 hours later on at least 2 weekdays during the final week of the early voting period. Provides that the election authority shall notify the State Board of Elections of any closure and shall provide notice to the public of the closure and the extended hours during the final week. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the Authority may close an early voting place on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday in 2013 only. Provides that, if the early voting place is closed on those days, then the early voting place must remain open 2 hours later on April 3, 4, and 5 of 2013.
Passed the House on 2/21/2013 with a vote of 87-21-6. Passed the Senate on 2/7/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 3/12/2013 Public Act 98-0004

HB 1604 (Sullivan, E.) (Link, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that has received an erroneous homestead exemption may be considered omitted property.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Adds provisions to the engrossed bill amending the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Enforcement Act. Provides that the county collector may declare an administrative sale in error if: (1) the mobile home was not subject to taxation; (2) the taxes had been paid prior to the sale of the mobile home; (3) prior to the tax sale a voluntary or involuntary petition has been filed by or against the legal or beneficial owner of the mobile home requesting relief under certain provisions of the federal Bankruptcy Code; or (4) the mobile home is owned by the United States, the State of Illinois, a municipality, or a taxing district. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/17/2013 with a vote of 118-0.

Last Action: 12/30/2013 Public Act 98-615

HB 1614 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "year".

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1854 (Pihos, S.) (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Flag Display Act. Requires the Governor to issue an official notice to fly flags at half-staff upon the death of a resident Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crew member who is killed in the line of duty. Requires the Department of Public Health to notify the Governor of the death in the line of duty of a resident EMS crew member.Passed the House on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 109-0. Passed the Senate on 5/14/2013 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0234

HB 2217 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Authorizes the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt rules to promote the prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of civil actions in which the amount in controversy is more than $10,000 but does not exceed $100,000. Provides that, if a limitation period that applies to a plaintiff's cause of action has expired, then a defendant may not, after the expiration of that period, designate a third-party defendant with respect to that cause of action. Provides that, if a circuit court grants or denies, in whole or in part, a motion to dismiss due to the absence of a basis in law or fact for the action, then the court may award costs and reasonable and necessary attorney's fees to the prevailing party in amounts that the court determines are equitable and just. Authorizes reasonable deposition fees to be recovered as costs.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2220 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. With respect to certain types of actions, provides that for any defendant whose fault is less than 25% of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendant who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendant except the plaintiff's employer), shall be severally liable for all other damages. Provides that for any defendant whose fault is 25% or greater of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendants who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendants except the plaintiff's employer), shall be jointly and severally liable for all other damages.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2222 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. With respect to certain types of actions, provides that for any defendant whose fault is less than 25% of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendant who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendant except the plaintiff's employer), shall be severally liable for all other damages. Provides that for any defendant whose fault is 25% or greater of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendants who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendants except the plaintiff's employer), shall be jointly and severally liable for all other damages.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2226 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In various Articles of the Code, provides that participants under those Articles are entitled only to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service are received by the Fund before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that the Illinois Municipal League and the Will County Governmental League are participating instrumentalities only with respect to service on or before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2227 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that a period of probation, a term of periodic imprisonment, or conditional discharge may not be imposed if the defendant is convicted of a Class 3 felony or higher violation of an offense involving the corruption of a public official when the offense consists of theft, fraud, extortion, or deception relating to certification of disadvantaged business enterprises or a violation of the Official Misconduct or Public Contracts Article of the Criminal Code of 2012 and either: (1) the defendant was an elected official at the time of the offense, or (2) the offense involved more than $10,000 in money or property, based on either the value of any payments or the value of the item that was the object of the offense. Provides that this provision does not apply if the prosecutor certifies to the court at the time of sentencing that the defendant has provided substantial assistance in the case or another prosecution of substantial public importance.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2228 (Kay, D.) - Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles: (i) suspends the payment of automatic annual increases to Tier I retirees; (ii) changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees; (iii) increases required employee contributions for Tier I participants; (iv) limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants; (v) changes the required State contribution so that each system is 100% funded by 2043; and (vi) guarantees certain funding levels. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for the transfer of certain amounts from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2232 (Tryon, M.)  (McConnaughay, K.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that every park district may enter into a contract to purchase energy from a utility or an alternative retail electric supplier for a term exceeding one year, but not to exceed 3 years. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/15/2013 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on  5/16/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 Public Act 98-0325

HB 2233 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Requires the negotiation sessions for initial or successor collective bargaining agreements between a public employer and a labor organization, as well as interest arbitration hearings between a public employer and a labor organization, to be open to the public and held within the district or boundaries of the public employer, unless both parties agree to close them to the public.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a)/ Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2239 (Sosnowski, J.)  (Cunningham, B.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that any forest preserve district shall have the power to acquire land, in fee simple or by easement, for the following purposes: to create a forest preserve, for the consolidation of forest preserve units, to connect forest preserve units, to preserve and manage the water resources of the forest preserve district along water courses, and to provide for the extension of roads and parking for forest preserves. Further provides that any forest preserve district shall have the power to acquire land by easement as it shall deem necessary or desirable for public use of forest preserves. Provides that property owned by a forest preserve district and property in which a forest preserve district is the grantee of a conservation easement or the grantee of a conservation right shall not be subject to eminent domain or condemnation proceedings. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/15/2013 with a vote of 109-1. Passed the Senate on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 47-5-1. House concurred with SA 1 with a vote of 117-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0407

HB 2241 (Poe, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Specifies that in order to be eligible for a surviving spouse annuity the spouse of the annuitant must meet a specific eligibility requirement no matter whether the annuitant was in service on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act or the effective date of Public Act 87-850. Removes a provision that required survivor annuities to be offset by workers' compensation benefits. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2253 (Dunkin, K.) - Amends the Cycle Rider Safety Training Act. Provides that a property owner whose property is used for conducting a cycle rider safety training course is immune from civil liability for injury, death, or damage to property except where an injury is the result of the owner's willful or wanton failure to warn against a dangerous condition. Effective July 1, 2013.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2317 (Zalewski, M.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property tax bills may be sent via e-mail only if the property owner or taxpayer has requested in writing to have the bill sent via e-mail. Passed the House on 4/9/13 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2326 (Chapa Lavia, L.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Requires a person who requests to inspect or copy public records for a commercial purpose to provide a statement setting forth the commercial purpose. Provides that, within 21 days after being furnished such a statement, the public body must notify the requester of the estimated time required to provide the records requested and the estimated fees to be charged. Authorizes public bodies to charge a fee for the cost of materials, equipment, and personnel used to copy or produce a record in response to a request made for a commercial purpose. Also authorizes a public body to require a person making such a request to pay all charges before the requested documents are copied. Authorizes the collection of damages if a person (i) knowingly obtains a public record for a commercial purpose without indicating the commercial purpose; (ii) knowingly obtains a public record for a noncommercial purpose and knowingly uses or knowingly allows the use of the public record for a commercial purpose; or (iii) knowingly obtains a public record from anyone other than the public body and uses it for a commercial purpose. Provides that when a person requests a copy of a record maintained in an electronic format, the public body shall furnish it in an electronic format. Specifies that if it is not feasible to furnish the records in an electronic format, then the public body shall furnish it in a paper format. Authorizes a public body to make its records available through a publicly accessible electronic means and to respond to a request by notifying the requester that the record is available through publicly accessible electronic means. Authorizes a fee to be charged for the first 50 pages of copies requested by a requester and for paper used to create an electronic record. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes a provision from the introduced bill that made changes concerning the assessment of public record reproduction fees by public bodies.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2342 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to, in consultation with statewide organizations representing prescribers, develop a protocol that expedites review and approval of prescriptions for psychiatric conditions and chronic conditions such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes. Permits the Department to exempt, by rule, prescriptions for antibiotics and other categories from the 4-prescription limit imposed under the medical assistance program. Provides that the Department may use emergency rulemaking to adopt these exemptions.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2364 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that bidders shall participate in apprenticeship and training programs for trades the bidder specifies in the bid will be used in the performance of the contract. Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Excludes projects with a total cost of $25,000 or less, certain projects to be used for private purposes, and certain projects for charitable organizations. Excludes maintenance, repair, assembly, and disassembly work performed on equipment. Allows an action for damages for false complaints under the Act. Provides that a prevailing wage determined at the time of bid submission shall continue for the duration of the contract. Prohibits public bodies from denying a contract to a contractor based upon a complaint under the Act unless the contractor is debarred at the time of the bid; pre-empts home rule.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2365 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Makes changes concerning transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each State-funded retirement system that does not already have a self-managed plan to establish and maintain one. Authorizes participants to irrevocably elect to participate in such a plan. Provides that, for the purpose of calculating traditional benefit package benefits and contributions, the annual salary of a participant may not, except under certain circumstances, exceed certain limits. Requires participation in the self-managed plan to the extent that a participant's salary exceeds the salary cap. Revises the schedule of contributions for participants. Shifts a portion of the employer contributions for downstate teachers and university employees from the State to the actual employer. Authorizes the boards of trustees of each of these retirement systems to triennially recalculate the normal cost of benefit plans that they offer. Defines "traditional benefit package" and "self-managed plan". Changes the formula for calculating the minimum required State contribution to these systems. Provides that the State is contractually obligated to pay the annual required State contribution to these retirement systems. Contains provisions requiring these retirement systems to bring a mandamus action to compel payment of the required State contribution. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2370 (Pritchard, R.) (Frerichs, M.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. In the Section concerning training on compliance with the Act, provides that an elected or appointed community college board member may satisfy the training requirements of the Section by participating in a course of training sponsored or conducted by an association of community college boards created under the Public Community College Act; makes related changes. Effective January 1, 2014. Passed the House on 3/22/2013 with a vote of 107-2. Passed the Senate on 5/16/2013 with a vote of 50-0.

Last Action: 5/17/2013 Placed on House Calendar Order of Concurrence SA 1

HB 2376 (Reboletti, D.) (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes an elected or appointed member of a public body of a park district, forest preserve district, or conservation district to satisfy the training requirements of the Act through an alternative training arrangement sponsored or conducted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. Sets forth requirements for the alternative course of training. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces references to "the Illinois Association of Park Districts" with "an organization that represents the park districts created in the Park District Code". Provides that any person violating the provisions of subsection (f) of the introduced bill shall not be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.Passed the House on 4/10/2013 with a vote of 80-30. Passed the Senate on 5/14/2013 with a vote of 55-0. 

Last Action: 8/9/2013 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2377 (Conroy, D.) - Amends a Section of the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act regarding the elected board of commissioners in DuPage County. Provides that at the next general election after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, the question of the whether the president and forest preserve district commissioners shall serve without compensation, except that they shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses, shall be presented to the voters of the county in which a forest preserve district described under this Section is located. Further provides that if a majority of the votes cast are in favor of the proposition, the president and forest preserve commissioners whose terms begin on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act shall serve without compensation, except that they shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses actually incurred in performing their official duties under this Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/12/2013 Lost 48-60

HB 2394 (Sommer, K.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that, when contained in an employment record of a law enforcement agency, including, but not limited to an application for employment, the name, address, and contact information of a law enforcement officer and his or her immediate family members shall be deemed personal information the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, and that information shall be exempt from disclosure under the Act. Defines "immediate family members", "law enforcement agency", and "law enforcement officer". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2397 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, provides that the total property tax liability of any property receiving an exemption under this Section may not exceed the total property tax liability for that property in the immediately preceding taxable year, increased by the lesser of (i) 3% or (ii) one-half of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, as issued by the United States Department of Labor, during the immediately preceding taxable year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2404 (Currie, B.) (Steans, H.) - Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Changes the definition of delinquent minor to include a person who was under 18 (rather than 17) years of age when he or she committed an offense classified as a felony. Also changes the age concerning confidentiality of juvenile records. Provides that the restrictions apply to persons taken into custody before their 18th (rather than 17th) birthday. Makes corresponding change in the expungement provisions of the Act. Provides that the amendatory changes are prospective.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Further amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Makes other conforming changes reflecting increasing the age at which a minor may be prosecuted under the Act rather than under the criminal laws from under 17 to under 18 years of age.Passed the House on 4/16/2013 with a vote of 89-26-1. Passed the Senate on 5/14/2013   with a vote of 40-10-1.

Last Action: 7/8/2013 Public Act 98-0061

HB 2408 (Costello, J.) (Hastings, M.) - Restores current law and provides that a SDVOSB or VOSB owned and controlled by females, minorities, or persons with disabilities may also select and designate whether that business is to be certified as a "female-owned business", "minority-owned business", or "business owned by a person with a disability". Effective immediately.Passed the House on 4/9/2013 with a vote of  111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 58-0. House concurred with SA 1 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 117-0-1.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 Public Act 98-0307

HB 2417 (Sullivan, E.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, at a State convention, each county shall be entitled to one delegate for each 500 ballots voted by the primary electors of the party in such county at the most recent general primary held prior to the convention (instead of the primary to be held next after the call for the convention). Provides that the State Board of Elections or the appropriate election authority or local election official shall notify a person for whom a petition for nomination has been filed of the obligation to file campaign disclosure documents (now, those documents are listed). Provides that an election authority shall, at least 46 days (now, 45 days) prior to the date of the primary election, have a sufficient number of ballots printed so that the ballots will be available for mailing 45 days prior to the primary election. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall send a written notice of any fine or penalty assessed or imposed against the political committee by first class mail (instead of certified mail) to the address of the political committee. Provides that provisions of the Code concerning placement of signage on public property beyond the campaign free zone apply to polling places for early voting. Makes various technical corrections. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 2418 (Chapa Lavia, L.) (Harmon, D.) -  Amends the Election Code. Requires each election authority to conduct early voting at a high traffic location on the campus of a public university (now, this is required only for the 2012 general election). Provides that certain registration materials must contain the applicant's e-mail address. Provides for the establishment of a county board of election commissioners in certain counties. Contains provisions concerning existing municipal boards of election commissioners in those counties. Provides that 2 or more nomination petitions filed within the last hour of the filing deadline shall be deemed to have been filed simultaneously. Makes changes to the contribution requirements for an organization to be considered a candidate political committee, a political action committee, or a ballot initiative committee. Makes changes concerning self-funding a contribution limits. Provides that nominees for the Office of Lieutenant Governor shall be appointed by the nominee for the Office of Governor. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that qualifications for the office of sheriff do not apply to candidates for that office. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code, the Revised Cities and Villages Act of 1941, and the Fox Waterway Agency Act. Makes changes concerning petitions. Amends the School Code. In a single county region with a population of greater than 750,000 inhabitants, but less than 1,200,000 inhabitants, allows 2 regional board of school trustees to be residents of the same congressional township if and only if such trustees were elected at the April 9, 2013 consolidated election. Provides that the provision requiring any vacancy on the regional board of school trustees to be filled from the same territory by the remaining members until the next regular election for members is subject to specified residency provisions. Makes changes concerning nomination petitions for school board members. Effective immediately, except that the changes made to Sections 1A-16, 4-8, 4-10, 4-12, 4-15, 5-7, 5-9, 5-15, 5-21, 6-29, 6-35, 6-40, and 6-57 of the Election Code take effect on October 1, 2013. Passed the House on 4/19/2013 with a vote of 86-0. Passed the Senate on 5/29/2013 with a vote of 32-20-3. House concurred with SA 2 & 3 with a vote of 66-49-2.

Last Action: 7/29/2013 Public Act 98-0115

HB 2466 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Increases the maximum reduction under the General Homestead Exemption from $6,000 to $7,000 for taxable years 2012 and thereafter. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2467 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if a taxpayer must have an income that is at or below a certain amount in order to qualify for an exemption, then, for the purposes of that exemption, the term "income" does not include Social Security benefits unless expressly stated otherwise. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2479 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that no new commissioners shall be elected on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Further provides that all commissioners elected and serving their terms under this Section prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act shall continue to constitute the board of commissioners until the general election held in 2016. Provides that following the general election held in 2016, the county board of commissioners shall constitute the board of commissioners for a forest preserve district organized under this Section, and the president of the county board shall serve as president of the forest preserve district board. Provides that the president and forest preserve commissioners under this Section shall serve without compensation. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2481 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Counties Code. Adds a Division addressing local government reduction and efficiency. Provides the General Assembly's findings regarding units of local government and possible inefficiencies. Provides that in certain counties, the county board may enact an ordinance proposing the dissolution of a unit of local government and, upon the effective date of that ordinance, the chairman of the county board shall issue an audit of the unit. Provides that following the return of this audit report, the county board may adopt an ordinance to dissolve the unit. Provides for a court-appointed trustee-in-dissolution that shall create and implement a plan for consolidation and dissolution of the unit of local government and exercise powers including, but not limited to, the powers and duties of the board of the dissolved unit of government, levying and rebating taxes, and entering into intergovernmental agreements to combine and transfer the functions of the dissolved unit. Further provides for any outstanding indebtedness of the unit, abatement of any tax levied by the unit, and pending litigation involving the unit. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2482 (Cabello, J.) (Stadelman, S.) - Amends the Counties Code. Requires the annual budget to contain a detailed statement showing any bonuses or increase in any salary, wage, stipend, or other form of compensation for every agency, department, or any other entity receiving an appropriation from the county. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Exempts employees in a collective bargaining unit from the new language of the introduced bill.Passed the House on 4/9/2013 with a vote of 110-1. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 58-0. House concurred with SA 1 on 5/29/2013 with a vote of 116-1.

Last Action: 5/29/2013 Passed Both Houses

HB 2488 (Verschoore, P.) (Link, T.) - Amends the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act. Provides that whenever a project requiring architectural, engineering, or land surveying services is proposed for a political subdivision, the political subdivision shall mail or e-mail a notice requesting a statement of interest. Further provides that the political subdivision shall place an advertisement for those professional services on its website requesting a statement of interest, include a description of each project, and state the time and place for interested firms to submit its letter of interest, statement of qualifications, and performance data, as required. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill and makes technical changes. Effective immediately.Passed the House on 4/10/2013 with a vote of 70-42. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0420

HB 2493 (Turner, A.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Adds managerial and supervisory employees to the class of individuals barred from engaging in sexual harassment. Provides that a supervisory employee includes only employees who, with independent judgment, are authorized to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, discipline, and handle grievances of the charging employee at the time of the alleged harassment without regard to whether any qualifying supervisory or managerial employee had such powers over other, non-charging employees. Provides that a managerial employee includes only employees who, with independent judgment, manage the affairs of a business, office, or other organization. Provides that an employer may ask an employee or applicant for employment about an arrest for which the employee or applicant is out on bail or on his or her own recognizance pending trial. Provides that upon reviewing a report of an allegation of a human rights violation, the Director of the Department of Human Rights shall make a determination of substantial evidence when there is a genuine issue of material fact that is in dispute. Defines material fact, and provides that any genuine dispute as to the existence of any material fact shall be resolved by viewing the fact in the light most favorable to the charging party. Provides that the Director shall determine whether the entirety of the facts found in the investigation taken, including genuinely disputed material facts viewed in the light most favorable to the charging party, comprises substantial evidence to support the determination that a civil rights violation has been committed. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2496 (Brown, A.) - Amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. Provides that a business that intends to establish a fertilizer plant at a designated location in Illinois may be designated as a high impact business. Provides that a business that intends to make a minimum investment of $500,000,000, which will be placed in service in a qualified property, and intends to create 125 full-time equivalent jobs at a designated location in Illinois may be designated as a high impact business. Amends the Property Tax Code to provide for an abatement of property taxes for property of any commercial or industrial development of at least 225 (instead of 500) acres. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that a business that intends to (i) make a minimum investment of $500,000,000, which will be placed in service in a qualified property, (ii) create 125 full-time equivalent jobs at a designated location in Illinois, and (iii) establish a fertilizer plant at a designated location in Illinois may be designated as a high impact business.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Adds provisions amending the Capital Development Board Act. Provides that, for certain contracts entered into between the Capital Development Board and a regional port district concerning an appropriation for cargo handling facilities, if, for a period of 25 years, the regional port district has not been required to remit any amount of the appropriation to the State because the regional port district has failed to achieve the required level of profit, then the regional port district shall not be required to remit any amount of the appropriation under the contract.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2509 (Hoffman, J.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Changes the definition of "public works" to include projects when located in an economic development project area under the Economic Development Project Area Tax Increment Allocation Act of 1995 and a business receives a financial benefit available under that Act.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2540 (Smiddy, M.) (Van Pelt, P.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Deletes language requiring copies of determinations concerning the prevailing rate of wages to be filed with the Secretary of State. Effective January 1, 2014. Passed the House on 4/10/2013 with a vote of 112-0. Passed the Senate on 5/14/2013 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 8/5/2013 Public Act 98-0173

HB 2562 (Jones, T.) - Amends the Personnel Record Review Act and the State Finance Act. Authorizes the Department of Labor to assess civil penalties under the Personnel Record Review Act. Provides for collection actions by the Attorney General. Provides that employers in violation are subject to a penalty of $250 plus $25 per day of violation. Creates the Personnel Records Enforcement Fund, a special fund in the State treasury. Authorizes the Department to use the moneys in the fund for administration of the Act.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Exempts the General Assembly from the penalty of $250 plus $25 per day of violation.

Last Action: 5/31/2013 House Rule 19 (a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2622 (Verschoore, P.) - Amends the Local Governmental Employees Political Rights Act. Adds that a member of a police department or a sheriff's department may be elected or appointed to public office and may serve in public office. Provides that if the member is not in uniform and not on duty, the member may solicit votes and campaign funds and challenge voters. Adds that a police officer or sheriff's deputy who is elected to the Illinois General Assembly shall, upon written application to the employer, be granted a leave of absence without compensation during his or her term of office.

Last Action: 2/21/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 2624 (Fortner, M.) (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the full-time webmaster must compile and update the ITAP database with information received from library districts. Provides for a searchable database of both current employees and employees hired on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act, sorted separately by employing unit of government, employment position title, and current pay rate and year-to-date pay. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/10/2013 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/16/2013 with a vote of 51-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0246

HB 2632 (Berrios, M.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Prohibits a member from knowingly requesting, outside of the scope of his or her official duties, that an appropriation or transfer of State funds be made to an entity upon whose board of directors the member sits. Prohibits an employee from knowingly requesting, outside of the scope of his or her official duties, that an appropriation or transfer of State funds be made to an entity upon whose board of directors the employee sits. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/21/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 2648 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that officers or other persons appointed by the presiding officer of the county board to attend a tax sale on behalf of the county shall be selected through a competitive bidding process. Provides that the presiding officer of the county board shall report annually to the county board the total amount paid to that officer or person for those services, and provides that the agreement or contract shall be made public. Provides that the county clerk shall annually provide to the county board a list containing: (1) the permanent index number of each parcel of property auctioned or sold during the previous year, (2) the total number of properties redeemed with the county clerk during the previous year, (3) the amount for which the property was sold or redeemed, (4) the fees or costs incurred by the county for each parcel that was sold or redeemed, and (5) the interest rate paid at the time the property was redeemed.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2649 (Arroyo, L.) (Cunningham, B.) - Amends the Employee Classification Act. Provides for notice to an employer of violations and penalties and for a time within which an employer may request a hearing; provides for a formal administrative hearing. Makes changes concerning responsibilities of the Attorney General and the recovery of penalties. Adds provisions concerning review, an investigation, and a formal hearing. Provides for individual officers and agents of employers to be liable under the Act.Passed the House on 4/16/2013 with a vote of 66-45-1. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 34-20-1. House concurs with SA 1 on 5/29/2013 with a vote of 67-49-1.

Last Action: 7/23/2013 Public Act 98-0106

HB 2651 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section requiring the Department to certify to each chief county assessment officer the equalized assessed value per acre of farmland for each soil productivity index, provides that any increase or decrease in the equalized assessed value per acre by soil productivity index shall not exceed 10% from the immediate preceding year's soil productivity index certified assessed value of the median cropped soil. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2656 (Senger, D.) (Brady, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, for service transferred from a downstate police pension fund under a specific provision, credits and creditable service shall be granted upon transfer of those credits to IMRF. Specifies that if the board determines that the amount transferred is less than the true cost to the Fund of allowing that creditable service to be established, then in order to establish that creditable service, the member must pay to the Fund an additional contribution equal to the difference, as determined by the board in accordance with the rules and procedures adopted by the Fund. Provides that if the member does not make the full additional payment prior to termination of his participation with that employer, then his or her creditable service shall be reduced by an amount equal to the difference between the amount transferred and the true cost to the Fund of allowing that creditable service to be established, as determined by the board in accordance with the rules and procedures that it adopts. Authorizes the board to establish, by rule, the manner of making these calculations. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 107-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0439

HB 2689 (Ives, J.) - 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 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. Makes conforming changes in the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/20/2013 House Tabled Pursuant to Rule 22(g)

HB 2691 (Harris, D.) (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of theft of public funds. Provides that a person commits the offense when he or she: (1) embezzles, steals, purloins, obtains by fraud, or knowingly converts to his or her use or the use of another, or without authority sells, conveys, or disposes of, any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the State of Illinois or any department or agency of the State, or of any unit of local government or school district, or any property made or being made under contract for the State of Illinois or any department or agency of the State, or any unit of local government or school district; or (2) receives, conceals, or retains the record, voucher, money, thing of value, or property of the State of Illinois or any department or agency of the State, or of any unit of local government or school district, or any property made or being made under contract for the State of Illinois or any department or agency of the State, or any unit of local government or school district with intent to convert it to his or her use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined, obtained by fraud, or converted. Establishes penalties based on the value of the property unlawfully obtained. Changes the statute concerning misapplication of funds. Includes embezzling, stealing, obtaining by fraud, or otherwise without authority knowingly converting to the use of any person other than the rightful owner or intentionally misapplying, property that is owned by, or is under the care, custody, or control of the State of Illinois or of any agency of the State, a unit of local government, or school district. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 111-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

HB 2701 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act. Sets forth requirements for responsible bidders on material testing contracts.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2702 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that any public officer or employee or special government agent commits misconduct when, in his official capacity or capacity as a special government agent, intentionally or recklessly influences the decision of any financial institution on whether to make a loan or award a line of credit to any business or person. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2706 (Welch, E.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that unless an employer is specifically authorized or required to do so by State or federal law, it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to hire, to segregate, or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure, or terms, privileges, or conditions of employment on the basis of a person's status as an ex-offender who was convicted of or placed on supervision for a non-violent crime.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2714 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a Section of the Code requiring tax purchasers to either reimburse any governmental agency that has an interest in the property as a result of certain advancements made from public funds or obtain a waiver of the lien applies to (i) interests held by the State as well as cities, villages, incorporated towns, and other units of local government that provide water or sewer service and (ii) interests based on the provision of water or sewer services.

Last Action: 2/21/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 2715 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning refunds for erroneous assessments or overpayments, provides as follows: If the right to a refund arose on or after January 1, 1990, a claim for refund shall not be allowed unless a petition is filed with the circuit court or a claim is made to the county collector within 20 years after the date the right to a refund arose. Provides that each county collector must maintain payment image records for a minimum of 20 years after the date of payment.

Last Action: 2/21/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 2746 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code to impose a 3-year freeze on tax levies by school districts and community college districts. Amends the School Code and the Public Community College Act to make conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Provisions Article, creates a cash balance plan for new hires of the State Universities and Teachers' Retirement Systems and for certain Tier II participants. In the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles, increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases Tier I employee contributions. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants and provides that nothing prohibits an employer from providing additional retirement benefits outside the retirement system for participating employees whose compensation exceeds the new salary limitation. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems. Guarantees certain funding levels. In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers. Makes other changes. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in the preparation of a State budget. Amends the School Code to strengthen the requirements for reimbursement of State mandates on school districts. Includes an inseverability provision. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2747 (Conroy, D.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Authorizes written FOIA requests to be submitted to a public body by electronic mail. Requires each public body to post an email address where requests for public records may be directed.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Removes a provision providing that the next 2 members appointed to the Illinois Finance Authority must have expertise in agribusiness or production agriculture. Passed the House on 3/22/2013 with a vote 82-26.

Last Action: 10/23/2013 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading

HB 2756 (Brown, A.) - Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Requires every employer, after hiring an employee, to verify the employment eligibility of the employee through the E-Verify program. Provides that, in addition to any other requirement for an employer to receive a grant, loan, or performance-based incentive from any government entity, the employer shall register with and participate in the E-Verify program. Provides that before receiving the economic development incentive, the employer shall provide proof to the government entity that the employer is registered with and is participating in the E-Verify program. Provides that the State, its political subdivisions, and units of local government, including home rule units, shall require each employer to use an Employment Eligibility Verification System as a condition of receiving a government contract or a business license.

Last Action: 2/21/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 2761 (Moffit, D.) (Althoff, P.) - Creates the Interstate Mutual Aid Act. Authorizes the State and units of local government to enter into mutual aid agreements with units of government from another state to provide for the coordination of communications, training, response to, and stand-by for planned events and emergency responses between the units of government. Contains provisions concerning licenses and certifications, liability, and employee benefits.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the language of the introduced bill with the following changes. Deletes a provision which stated that the Act does not prohibit a private entity that employs emergency responders, or its employees, from participating in the provision of mutual aid, provided that the private entity is a party to a mutual aid agreement with the requesting political subdivision and the agreement permits the participation. Provides that the Act shall not provide greater immunities to emergency responders from outside of this State than those immunities provided to emergency responders with a license, certificate, or permit in this State. Makes certain portions of the Act apply only to causes of action accruing on or after the effective date of the Act. Defines "training exercises". Makes other changes. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/9/2013 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 Public Act 98-0309

HB 2763 (Sherer, S.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make certain reasonable accommodations in the workplace for an employee protected under an order of protection. Provides that an employer is not required to make the reasonable accommodations if they cause undue hardship on the work operations of the employer. For purposes of the new provisions, defines "undue hardship" as significant difficulty or expense on the operation of an employer, when considered in light of: (1) the nature and cost of the reasonable accommodation needed; (2) the overall financial resources, number of employees, and the number, type, and placement of the work locations of an employer; and (3) the type of operation of the employer, including the composition, structure, and functions of the workforce of the employer, the geographic separateness of the employee's work location from the employer, and the administrative or fiscal relationship of the work location to the employer. Provides that prior to making the reasonable accommodations, an employer may verify that an employee is protected by an order of protection entered under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2806 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. With respect to tax objection complaints, provides that the custodian of the funds for each taxing district that may be affected by the complaint or amended complaint has the right to representation by counsel of the taxing district's own choosing and is not required to accept representation by the State's Attorney. Requires the taxing district to notify the party filing the complaint and the State's Attorney if the district elects to use its own representation. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2813 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the purpose of determining eligibility for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, "income" does not include federal Supplemental Security Income or federal Social Security Disability Income benefits.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2816 (Manley, N.) - Creates the Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending Act. Provides that the Commission shall conduct investigations, review the budget submitted by the Governor in order to make recommendations for reducing expenditures set forth in the budget, review activities of agencies and grant recipients, and consider State and local budgetary reductions by reduction or elimination of mandated expenditures or the consolidation of agencies and instrumentalities to eliminate waste and inefficiency. Sets forth the membership of the Commission. Provides that the Commission shall conduct at least one public hearing and may issue reports. Provides that the Governor shall respond, in writing, within 30 calendar days after the submission of the reports. Provides that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget shall provide administrative and other support to the Commission. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to House Rules Committee

HB 2846 (Golar, E.) - Creates the Best Candidate for the Job Act. Provides that private and public employers shall properly consider for employment and licenses persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses. Prohibits discrimination against such persons unless there is a direct relationship between the offense and the specific license or employment sought. Establishes criteria for evaluating convictions. Exempts law enforcement agencies.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that there must be a substantial, rather than unreasonable, risk before adverse action regarding to employment may be taken based upon an applicant's convictions. Provides that consideration must be given to the bearing the conviction will have upon the fitness or ability to perform duties necessarily related to the license, job, or opportunity. Authorizes recovery of reasonable litigation expenses by a person injured by a violation of the Act.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Removes the requirement that public agencies and private employers provide a written statement setting forth the reasons a person previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses was denied a license or employment upon that person's request.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2863 (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Exempts from the Code all property owned by an entity created by a county or by one or more municipalities by ordinance or intergovernmental agreement for the purpose of acquiring tax-delinquent, low-value, or other troubled property and returning it to productive use. Provides that when a government unit acquires property by acceptance of a donation, all due or unpaid property taxes and existing liens for unpaid property taxes imposed or pending under any law or ordinance of this State or any of its political subdivisions shall become null and void. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2865 (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Amends a Section regarding previously exempt by providing that public highways, streets, and alleys shall be subject to taxation under the Illinois Drainage Code. Adds a Section in an Article regarding exemptions providing that public highways, streets, and alleys shall be taxable under the Illinois Drainage Code. Amends the Illinois Drainage Code. Provides that public highways, streets, and alleys shall be included in the commissioners' assessment roll of benefits, damages, and compensation. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2866 (Moffitt, D.) - Creates the Interstate Mutual Aid Act. Authorizes political subdivisions of the State to enter into mutual aid agreements with units of government from another state to provide for the coordination of communications, staging, training, and response to planned and unplanned events which a local jurisdiction has determined exceed, or are likely to exceed, its emergency response capabilities. Grants immunity from civil actions to persons acting pursuant to a mutual aid agreement. Also contains provisions concerning licenses, certifications, and employee benefits. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2869 (Harris, G.) (Steans, H.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that if a form, schedule to a form, or line item in a form issued by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is mentioned in this Code and that form, schedule to a form, or line item in a form is renumbered, then any reference to that renumbered form, schedule to a form, or line item in a form in this Code shall be construed as though the renumbering had not occurred. Provides that a not-for-profit organization shall not be exempt from this Code if it receives a grant subject to continuing disclosure requirements or was previously exempt under a purchase of care exemption. Sets forth documentation that must be disclosed by these organizations. Adds a Section that sets forth disclosure requirements for not-for-profit organizations subject to this Code. Sets forth additional disclosure requirements, including a copy of the organization's IRS Form 990, for not-for-profit organizations in Sections regarding facilities for persons with severe disabilities and continuing disclosure requirements. Defines terms. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/22/2013 with a vote of 105-0-1. Passed the Senate on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 55-2. House concurred with SA 1 & 2 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 114-0-3.

Last Action: 7/17/2013 Public Act 98-0094

HB 2870 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that petition sheets shall be neatly bound and deletes a reference to placing the sheets in a pile and fastening them together at one edge in a secure and suitable manner. Further provides that petitions filed that are bound using paper clips, prong fasteners, tape, or any similar temporary fastening device shall be found invalid. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2872 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that if a person requests information from the corporate authorities of a public body during a meeting and if the corporate authorities of the public body do not respond to the request during the meeting, then the corporate authorities of the public body shall provide a written response to the request prior to or at the next meeting of the public body. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2874 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Deletes a provision which provided that if a notice or agenda is not continuously available for the required period due to actions outside of the control of the public body, then that lack of availability does not invalidate any meeting or action taken at a meeting. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2875 (Williams, A.) - Amends the State of Illinois Recreational Use of Leased Land Act. Changes: (i) the definition of "owner-lessor" to mean the owner of land that is leased to the Department of Natural Resources or any political subdivision of this State pursuant to a nominal lease; (ii) the definition of "nominal lease" to mean any lease between an owner-lessor and the Department or any political subdivision of this State under which the total rent for the term of the lease is less than $5; and (iii) the definition of "leased land" to mean any land leased by an owner-lessor to the Department or any political subdivision of this State pursuant to a nominal lease (the prior definitions did not include "or any political subdivision of this State"). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2883 (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2013 taxable year, all barns that were first placed in service more than 75 years before the first day of the taxable year and are located in areas zoned for agriculture shall have an assessed value of zero. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2885 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Requires each election authority to transmit to the principal office of the State Board of Elections maps in electronic portable document format (.PDF) showing the current boundaries of all the precincts within its jurisdiction. Further requires the county board or board of election commissioners to prepare maps in electronic portable document format (.PDF) showing election precinct boundaries that has been redivided or readjusted no later than 45 days before the next scheduled election. Sets forth requirements for forwarding these copies.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2888 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to wages paid to all laborers, workers, and mechanics employed by or on behalf of a public body engaged in a public works project with a total cost of $20,000 or less if the public body notifies the Department of Labor of each project for which the waiver is used within 60 days of commencing the project. Provides that the Department shall make available a form with which public bodies may make this notification. Provides that the Department shall submit an annual report detailing the number of projects engaged using the waiver in the preceding year, the total number of employees engaged in those projects, the total cost of those projects without using prevailing wage standards, the total cost of those projects using prevailing wage standards, and any other information the Department deems appropriate.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2898 (Willis, K.) (Harmon, W.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. In the statute creating the offense of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds, defines "school grounds" to mean the property, including buildings and grounds, of a public or private elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school, or a public or private 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education; public property or property open to public use within 1,000 feet of school property; a school bus; a designated school bus stop; and public property or property open to public use which is within 1,000 feet of the school bus stop, during the time when school children are waiting to be picked up and transported to or are being dropped off from school or a school-sponsored activity. Expands the offense to include the commission of the crime in a public park. Defines "public park". Passed the House on 3/22/ 2013 with a vote of 106-0.

Last Action: 11/6/2013 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading

HB 2901 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a taxing district may adopt a levy to recapture revenue lost due to refunds issued pursuant to a decision of the Property Tax Appeal Board, an assessment or exemption decision of the Department of Revenue, a court order, or an administrative decision of a local assessment official. Provides that those recapture levies are not included in the taxing district's aggregate extension base under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Provides that any taxpayer who has received a refund that has been included in a recapture levy by one or more taxing districts has the right to an abatement in an amount equal to a portion of that refund amount, subject to certain limitations. Repeals a Section of the School Code requiring the State Board of Education to incorporate and deduct the total aggregate adjustments to assessments made by the State Property Tax Appeal Board or Cook County Board of Appeals from the equalized assessed valuation of the district when calculating the amount of State aid to be apportioned to school districts. Provides that commercial or industrial taxpayers who (i) receive a final assessment that exceeds the final assessment of the immediate past year by $100,000 or more in assessed valuation, and (ii) intend to seek further review of the assessment shall give notice of their intent to seek a review to the governing body of any municipality, school district, and community college district in which the property is situated.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2925 (Fine, L.) (Biss, D.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that any member of a governmental entity appointed by the president of the county board, with or without the advice and consent of the county board, shall abide by the ethics laws applicable to, and the ethics policies of, that county and, if applicable, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of that county's ethics officer or inspector general. Limits the applicability of this Section to governmental entities that are located, in whole or in part, within a county with a population of 3,000,000 or more. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/18/2013 with a vote of 114-0. Passed the Senate on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 57-0. House concurred with SA 1 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 114-2.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0457

HB 2928 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, provides that, for taxable years 2012 and thereafter, the maximum reduction is $5,000 in all counties. Provides that the maximum reduction under the General Homestead Exemption is $7,000 in Cook County and $6,000 in all other counties. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2930 (Unes, M.) (Rose, C.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Authorizes and, in some circumstances requires, a public body to respond by electronic mail to requests for public records that it has received by electronic mail. Passed the House on 3/22/2013 with a vote of 106-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Pursuant to Seante Rule 3-9(b) / Re-referred to Assignment

HB 2935 (Mussman, M.) - Amends the Sanitary Food Preparation Act. Requires that all premises of a permitted food establishment, including indoor play areas, be kept clean, fully operative, and in good repair. Sets forth specific requirements for an owner or operator of a permitted food establishment with an indoor play area. Sets forth mandatory procedures for when vomiting or fecal accidents occur in or around an indoor play area. Sets forth provisions concerning signage.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2941 (Drury, S.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that no former officer and no employee or immediate family member of a former officer shall, for a period of 2 years after the end of the former officer's most recent term of office, engage in lobbying. Provides that no immediate family member of an officer shall, during the term of office to which the officer is elected, engage in lobbying. Makes a violation of these requirements a Class 4 felony. Authorizes the imposition of a fine in an amount equal to the total amount of salary, compensation, or any other form of payment that the person received in connection with the prohibited activity. Defines "immediate family member". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2948 (Drury, S.) - Amends the Election Code. Eliminates the requirement that a voter declare party affiliation when voting at a primary election. Provides that the voter shall receive the primary ballot of each of the established political parties nominating candidates for office at the primary election but may cast a ballot of only one political party, except in certain cases involving statewide political parties and political parties established only within a political subdivision. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2949 (Drury, S.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that the general primary election shall be held on the fourth Tuesday in June (now, the third Tuesday in March). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2950 (Drury, S.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 and the Unified Code of Corrections. Creates the offense of theft of public funds. Provides that a person commits the offense when he or she: (1) embezzles, steals, purloins, obtains by fraud, or knowingly converts to his or her use or the use of another, or without authority sells, conveys, or disposes of, any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the State or any department or agency of the State, or of any unit of local government or school district, or any property made or being made under contract for the State or any department or agency of the State, or any unit of local government or school district; or (2) receives, conceals, or retains the record, voucher, money, thing of value, or property of the State or any department or agency of the State, or of any unit of local government or school district, or any property made or being made under contract for the State or any department or agency of the State, or any unit of local government or school district with intent to convert it to his or her use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined, obtained by fraud, or converted. Establishes penalties based on the value of the property unlawfully obtained. Changes the statute concerning misapplication of funds. Includes embezzling, stealing, obtaining by fraud, or otherwise without authority knowingly converting to the use of any person other than the rightful owner or intentionally misapplying, property that is owned by, or is under the care, custody, or control of the State or of any agency of the State, a unit of local government, or school district.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2953 (Drury, S.) (Morrison, J.) - Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that when a separate finding of fact by the trier of fact shows beyond a reasonable doubt that an offender is a public official who has been convicted of a felony and that the felony conviction relates to, arises out of, or is in connection with the offender's holding of an elected office, the offender may be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed the greater of the value of the salary and fringe benefits paid to the offender, by virtue of holding an elected public office, after the commission of the first act that was a basis for the felony conviction or $25,000. Passed the House on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

HB 2956 (Drury, S.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Prohibits any fund listed in this Act from being subject to sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver that would in any way transfer any amount from that fund into the General Fund of the State or any other fund.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2957 (Drury, S.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Expands the definition of lobbying to include communications with government employees and attempts to persuade local government officials. Pre-empts home rule authorities from defining the act of "lobbying" in a manner inconsistent with the State's definition. Prohibits family members of legislators and persons with whom a legislator or State employee maintains a close economic relationship from lobbying for compensation. Provides that a violation of this prohibition is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor with a fine equal to five times the total compensation earned in violation of this Section.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2963 (Drury, S.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Redefines "lobbying" to include any communication with an official of the executive or legislative branch of any body of government within this State, including, but not limited to, the General Assembly and any unit of local government, for the ultimate purpose of influencing, as that term is defined in the Lobbyist Registration Act, any executive, legislative, or administrative action. Provides that no legislator may engage in lobbying other than in the course of his or her official duties. Increase penalties. Limits home rule powers.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2964 (Drury, S.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Makes the gift ban apply to additional classes of persons. Places caps on gifts that may be accepted as exempt under the educational materials and missions exemption and the travel expenses for State business exemption. Deletes exemptions that authorize the acceptance of gifts provided by an individual on the basis of personal friendship; gifts made through bequests, inheritances, and other transfers at death; and gifts of food. Exempts from the gift ban the cost of food or beverages consumed at certain receptions, meals, and meetings. Establishes a procedure for the reporting of all gifts that are accepted as exempt from the gift ban. Authorizes the Secretary of State to institute a system for the reporting of accepted gifts. Increases penalties for violations of the gift ban.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2968 (Pritchard, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, through December 31, 2015, the assessed valuation of certain platted and subdivided property shall be determined based on the last assessed value assigned to the property prior to its last transfer or conveyance, not including the following transfers and conveyances: (i) the transfer to a holder of a mortgage pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in lieu of foreclosure; (ii) the transfer to an agent or affiliate of a mortgage holder for the purposes of property management following a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or a transfer in lieu of foreclosure; or (iii) an initial sale of any platted lot. Provides that, beginning on January 1, 2016 (instead of January 1, 2012), the assessed valuation of that property shall be determined each year based on the estimated price the property would bring at a fair voluntary sale for use by the buyer for the same purposes for which the property was used when last assessed prior to its platting. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2970 (Smiddy, M.) - Amends the Automatic Contract Renewal Act. Expands scope of the Act to cover contracts containing a negative option feature. Defines terms. Requires additional disclosures regarding those contracts. Provides that it is a violation of the Act to fail to promptly terminate a contract upon written request or to ship substituted merchandise without the express consent of the consumer. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2974 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that all property of the Illinois Conservation Foundation is exempt. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2990 (Ford, L.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a reduction for improvements to foreclosed property. Provides that the assessed value of those improvements shall be reduced 10% of the equalized assessed value of the improvements on June 30, 2012. Provides that the reduction shall be for a period of 5 years, and is subject to certain conditions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2994 (Thapedi, A.) (Haine, W.) - Creates the First 2013 General Revisory Act. Combines multiple versions of Sections amended by more than one Public Act. Renumbers Sections of various Acts to eliminate duplication. Corrects obsolete cross-references and technical errors. Makes stylistic changes. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Corrects a combining error in provisions of the Public Utilities Act. Passed the House on 4/18/2013 with a vote of 117-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0463

HB 3004 (Soto, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that municipalities and counties may establish green energy special service areas. Provides that those green energy special service areas shall include only property for which each owner of record has executed a contract or agreement with the county or municipality consenting to the inclusion of the property within the green energy special service area. Provides that green energy special service areas are not subject to certain notice and hearing requirements set forth in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the owner of record of each parcel of property within a green energy special service area may arrange, through an agreement with the municipality or county, for specific energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy improvements and may obtain financing for such improvements through the process set forth in the ordinance establishing the special service area. Provides that counties and municipalities may levy property taxes in connection with green energy special service areas. Provides that counties and municipalities may issue bonds in connection with those special service area projects and may sell, assign, or pledge those bonds to the Illinois Finance Authority. Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act to make conforming changes. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3005 (Mayfield, R.) - Creates the Employee Background Check Act. Provides that employers may not conduct criminal history inquiries with respect to a candidate for employment until after the employer has received an application from and interviewed the candidate. Provides an exemption to permit background checks when a candidate's criminal history is an essential factor in the hiring decision. Permits questions concerning convictions during interviews. Authorizes a private right of action to remedy violations.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 Lost 24-80-3

HB 3023 (Hurley, F.) (Cunningham, B.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes it unlawful for a child sex offender to knowingly be present in or loiter on a public way within 500 feet of any publicly accessible privately owned building with playground or recreation facilities or on real property comprising any publicly accessible privately owned building with playground or recreation facilities. Provides that a violation is a Class 4 felony. Passed the House on 4/16/2013 with a vote of 115-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0266

HB 3024 (Hurley, F.) - Amends the Personal Information Protection Act. Expands the scope of the Act to cover private contact information (home address, home or personal phone number, personal e-mail address). Limits the transfer of private contact information.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3030 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that the election authority shall offer in-person grace period voting at his or her office, and may offer in-person grace period voting at additional locations specifically designated for that purpose by the election authority, but removes a provision allowing the election authority to conduct grace period voting by mail. Provides that, if a request for withdrawal from the ballot is received after the date for certification of the candidates for the ballot, the candidate's name will appear on the ballot, but the votes for that candidate shall not be tabulated. Provides that a person to whom an absentee ballot was issued may vote early or on election day. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3032 (Cloonen, K.) - Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. Prohibits a person required to file a statement of economic interest under certain provisions of the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act from knowingly employing or seeking to influence the employment or promotion of a relative in a position in the same unit of local government or school district. Defines "relative". Provides that violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3041 (Kifowit, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year (excluding new property, recovered tax increment value, and property that is annexed to or disconnected from the taxing district in the current levy year) is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3055 (McAsey, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3058 (Willis, K.) - Creates the Veterans Day Act. Provides that an employer shall provide each employee who is a veteran with paid or unpaid time off for Veterans Day, November 11, if the employee would otherwise be required to work on that day, in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Provides that an employer, in complying with the Act, shall have the discretion of providing paid or unpaid time off on Veterans Day. Provides that an employer may only refuse to grant paid or unpaid time off as requested under the Act when providing time off would impact public health or safety or would cause the employer to experience significant economic or operational disruption. Provides that if the employer determines that the employer is unable to provide time off for Veterans Day, the employer shall deny time off only to the minimum number of veteran employees needed by the employer to protect public health or safety or to maintain minimum operational capacity, as applicable. Contains provisions concerning notices and penalties.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3059 (Willis, K.) - Amends the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act. Requires the State Fire Marshal to adopt rules requiring the installation of approved carbon monoxide alarms in (i) public schools, as defined in Section 1-3 of the School Code, (ii) non-public schools recognized by the State Board of Education, and (iii) day care centers, as defined in Section 2.09 of the Child Care Act of 1969.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3060 (Willis, K.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall order for immediate closure of a child care facility whenever the Department expressly finds that the continued operation of a child care facility jeopardizes the health, safety, morals, or welfare of children served by the facility or upon the death of a minor while under the care of the facility, unless the death was medically anticipated or the Department determines that the facility did not violate any rule related to the death. Provides that upon closure, the facility shall immediately notify the parent or guardian of each child enrolled in the program. Requires the Department to immediately investigate the circumstances of the minor's death or the circumstances where a child's health, safety, morals, or welfare are in jeopardy and, if the Department determines that the facility fails to meet any requirements of the Act, the Department shall immediately revoke the facility's license.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3067 (Bost, M.) (Dillard, K.) - Amends the Public Community College Act. In a provision that requires contracts to be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, removes the exception for contracts for materials and work that have been awarded to the lowest responsible bidder but must be revised, causing expenditures not in excess of 10% of the contract price. Adds an exception for contracts for the purchase of perishable foods and perishable beverages.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Restores current law with respect to the exception for contracts for materials and work that have been awarded to the lowest responsible bidder but must be revised, causing expenditures not in excess of 10% of the contract price. Passed the House on 4/9/2013 with a vote 89-22. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 56-0. 

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0269

HB 3068 (Welch, E.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act applies to projects for the construction or maintenance of roads or structures financed in whole or in part with funds received from the Illinois Department of Transportation regardless of who performs the work.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the Prevailing Wage Act applies to projects when the work is performed by direct employees of any public body when the project is financed, in whole or in part, with funds received from the Department of Transportation rather than applying the Act to projects when funded by the Department of Transportation regardless of who performs the work.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3087 (Mell, D.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that in addition to any other sentence that may be imposed for criminal defacement of property, a person convicted of criminal defacement of property (rather than criminal defacement of property that is chargeable as a Class 3 or 4 felony) shall be subject to a mandatory minimum fine of $500 plus the actual costs incurred by the property owner or the unit of government to abate, remediate, repair, or remove the effect of the damage to the property. Provides that to the extent permitted by law, reimbursement for the costs of abatement, remediation, repair, or removal shall be payable to the person who incurred the costs. Provides that if the offense is gang-related, the fine shall be at least $1,000.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3100 (Williams, A.) - Amends the Officials Convicted of Infamous Crimes Act, Election Code, Township Code, Illinois Municipal Code, Park District Code, and School Code. In each of the affected Acts, defines the term "infamous crime" to mean any one or more of the following offenses, as the context requires: arson, residential arson, place of worship arson, aggravated arson, bigamy, bribery, burglary, residential burglary, aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, subsequent conviction for criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a child, child pornography, aggravated child pornography, forgery, kidnapping or aggravated kidnaping, first degree murder, perjury, robbery, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, sale of controlled substances, subornation of perjury, terrorism, luring of a minor, trafficking in persons, involuntary servitude, theft that results in a felony conviction, or any similar offense. Also makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3125 (Mautino, F.) (Forby, G.) - Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that paper or electronic return receipts issued by the United States Postal Service constitute proof of service.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the engrossed bill and adds the following: Amends the Department of Employment Security Law. Requires contractors other than certain construction contractors to post job vacancies on IllinoisJobLink.com. Exempts construction-related services from the scope of IllinoisJobLink.com (Illinois Skills Match Program). Provides that the Department of Employment Security shall engage in veterans' outreach programs based upon federal funding availability. Amends the Veterans' Employment Representative Act by changing provisions requiring the assignment of a veterans' employment representative to each full-service office of the employment service. Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Removes an employee's projected monthly wages from information disclosed in new hire reports. Beginning July 1, 2014, requires reimbursement of recording fees paid by the Director of Employment Security before the Director withdraws a lien. Provides for electronic payments by employing units. Adds penalties for the willful filing of a fraudulent quarterly wage report and adds other provisions concerning penalties. Abolishes the Local Employment Assistance Fund. Makes other changes. Generally effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/19/2013 with a vote of 88-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 58-0. House concurred with SA 3 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 118-0.

Last Action: 7/23/2013 Public Act 98-0107

HB 3134 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption, provides that, for taxable years 2013 and thereafter, if the veteran has a service connected disability of 30% or more, then the property is exempt from taxation under the Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3143 (Jones, T.) - Amends the School Code. In order to provide additional funding beyond the funding awarded to specific after-school programs, requires the State Board of Education to add, in its annual budget proposal, (i) a line item equal to 2% of the After-school Programs, Mentoring and Student Support (ASPMSS) line item for out-of-school time for monitoring, administration, and technical assistance for after-school providers funded by the ASPMSS line item in the State Board of Education's budget proposal; and (ii) a line item equal to 4% of the ASPMSS line item for out-of-school time for grants to qualified, statewide, non-profit agencies to provide capacity building, system development, training, and professional development services. Provides for how the additional appropriations, if any, must be used.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3148 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the Department of Public Health Act. In a provision concerning Department powers, provides that the Department may levy a fine on any institution or entity that it licenses or regulates for failing to comply with a lawful order made by the Department or for otherwise violating an Act that the Department has the responsibility of administering. Provides that any institution or entity licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act and subject to fines and penalties under that Act is exempt from the provision concerning fines for failure to comply with a lawful order made by the Department. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3151 (Acevedo, E.) - Amends the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act. Provides that applicants for a Qualification Based Selection Act contract that includes on-site construction-related activities are not required to participate in apprenticeship or training program approved by the United States Department of Labor for those on-site construction activities. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/26/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3161 (Ives. J.) - Creates the Political Funding Reform Act. Prohibits a public employer from collecting, deducting, or transmitting political funds. Provides that if a person or organization (i) has used as political funds any of the funds collected or deducted for it by any public employer, (ii) has commingled funds collected or deducted by any public employer with political funds, or (iii) has deducted or collected funds from multiple levels of an organization and transmitted those funds to a single recipient who has used those funds as political funds, then, for a period of 2 years, no public employer shall collect, deduct, or assist in the collection or deduction of funds for any purpose for that person or organization. Voids existing contracts and agreements that violate the Act. Makes the provisions of the Act severable. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3179 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act in the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that after the approval by ordinance of a redevelopment plan and designation of redevelopment project area, the plan may be amended and additional properties may be added to the redevelopment project area without notice, a meeting of the joint review board, or a public hearing if (i) the amendment adds additional properties that include dilapidated public bridges owned by the municipality and (ii) the municipality approves the amendment by ordinance before October 1, 2013. Sets forth requirements concerning notice of the changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3182 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning refunds for erroneous assessments or overpayments, provides as follows: If the right to a refund arose on or after January 1, 1990, a claim for refund shall not be allowed unless a petition is filed with the circuit court or a claim is made to the county collector within 20 years after the date the right to a refund arose. Provides that each county collector must maintain payment image records for a minimum of 20 years after the date of payment.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3210 (Yingling, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for tax year 2013 and thereafter, any taxing district, upon a majority vote of its governing authority, may order the county clerk to abate any portion of its taxes on commercial property on which a family-owned business is located. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3211 (Yingling, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a taxing district may order the county clerk to abate any portion of its taxes on property used by a business that did not have a location in the State in the previous taxable year. Provides that the abatement may not exceed $1,000,000 for all taxing districts in any taxable year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3220 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that the Executive Ethics Commission may levy an administrative fine of (i) $250 against any officer, member, or employee under the jurisdiction of the Commission who fails to complete the ethics training within 30 days after the deadline set by the Commission for the completion of that training, (ii) $350 against any officer, member, or employee under the jurisdiction of the Commission who fails to complete the ethics training within 31 to 60 days after the deadline set by the Commission for the completion of that training, and (iii) $500 against any officer, member, or employee under the jurisdiction of the Commission who fails to complete the ethics training more than 61 days after the deadline set by the Commission for the completion of that training.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3222 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each local registrar shall transmit monthly to each chief county assessment officer a copy of the death certificate of each resident of the chief county assessment officer's county who (i) died during the previous month and (ii) was 65 years of age or older at the time of his or her death. Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if a person qualifies for the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, that person need not reapply. Provides that the chief county assessment officer shall review each death certificate transmitted to that chief county assessment officer to determine whether the decedent was, at the time of his or her death, an owner of record of property that received a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption in the previous taxable year. Provides that, if the decedent is the only owner of record who qualifies for the exemption under this Section, then the exemption shall not be renewed for subsequent assessment years unless another qualified person reapplies for the exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3223 (Beiser, D.) (Frerichs, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Requires contractors to include in record keeping the gross and net wage, hourly overtime rate, fringe benefit rates, and the sponsor and administrator of fringe benefit plans. Provides for filing of the records with the Department of Labor. Authorizes that Department to require electronic filing. Requires that Department to create and provide a form for the filing of certified payrolls. Defines terms. Passed the House on 4/19/2013 with a vote of 68-38-1. Passed the Senate on 5/23/2013 with a vote of 35-19.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0482

HB 3232 (Gordon-Booth, J.) (Koehler, D.) - Exempts contracts awarded to a contractor located in the county where the school district or any portion of the school district is situated who is not the lowest bidder, but who is a responsible bidder who qualifies under the award of contract provisions and who has submitted a bid that does not exceed 2% over the lowest responsible bid received by the school board, from the requirement that a school board award all contracts for the purchase of supplies and materials or work involving an expenditure in excess of $25,000 to the lowest responsible bidder. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

HB 3246 (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that motorized wheel chairs and electric personal assistive mobility devices are required to display a slow-moving vehicle emblem while being operated on any public way designed for the use of vehicles, including any berm, median, shoulder, designated bicycle lane, or crosswalk.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3251 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Counties Code. Adds a Division addressing local government reduction and efficiency. Provides the General Assembly's findings regarding units of local government and possible inefficiencies. Permits the question of dissolution of a unit of local government to be proposed to the voters of the county either by resolution of the county board or by petition by the voters. Provides that the referendum shall designate the county department or officer, or both, that shall assume the powers, duties, assets, records, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the dissolved unit. Further provides for any outstanding indebtedness of the unit, abatement of any tax levied by the unit, and pending litigation involving the unit. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3259 (Davis, W.) - Amends the State aid formula provisions of the School Code. Provides that school districts for which Available Local Resources per pupil equals or exceeds the product of 2.00 times the Foundation Level are not eligible for general State aid (instead of providing that for any school district for which Available Local Resources per pupil equals or exceeds the product of 1.75 times the Foundation Level, the general State aid for the school district shall be calculated as the product of $218 multiplied by the Average Daily Attendance of the school district); makes corresponding changes. Makes changes concerning equalized assessed valuation data and the calculation of Available Local Resources. Makes changes concerning supplemental general State aid and the amount of a grant. Effective July 1, 2013.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill with the following changes. Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code. Makes changes concerning (i) the definitions of "debt service extension base", "aggregate extension base", and "limiting rate" and (ii) a new rate or increased limiting rate and a direct referendum. Further amends the School Code. Makes changes concerning the debt limitations of school districts and the issuance of bonds for certain purposes. In the Working Cash Fund Article, makes changes concerning indebtedness and bonds, the use and reimbursement of the fund, and transfers to other funds. Effective July 1, 2013.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3273 (Hoffman, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates an exemption for property on which a hospice residence is located if the hospice provider meets certain criteria related to charity care. Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act to create an exemption for hospice providers. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3291 (Ives, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. in the General Assembly Article, restricts participation in the General Assembly Retirement System to persons who become participants before the effective date and provides that, beginning on that date, the System shall not accept any new participants. Makes related changes. In the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Chicago Municipal, and Cook County Articles, provides that a person who holds part-time elective office is not an employee, contributor, or participant with respect to that office, unless he or she (i) was elected to that office before the effective date and (ii) has elected while in that office to become a contributor. Provides that an elective office shall be presumed to be part-time in the absence of an official job description or determination by the legal advisor of the applicable unit of local government, filed with the Board of the Fund, declaring the elective office to be full-time.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3298 (Senger, D.) - Creates the Physical Fitness Center Employee Background Check Act. Provides that a physical fitness center employer who makes a conditional offer of employment to an applicant for a position as an employee shall initiate a fingerprint-based criminal history record check on the applicant, if a background check has not been previously conducted. Provides that the Department of State Police shall notify the physical fitness center of any convictions associated with the fingerprints submitted. Provides that the applicant or employee may be required to pay all related application and fingerprinting fees. Provides that the physical fitness center employer shall retain on file, for a period of 5 years, records of criminal records requests for all employees. Provides other requirements for fingerprint-based criminal history records checks and employer's files. Provides that if an employee is suspended from employment based on the results of a criminal background check conducted under this Act, and the results prompting the suspension are subsequently found to be inaccurate, the employee is entitled to recover backpay from his or her physical fitness center employer for the suspension period, provided that the employer is responsible for the inaccuracy. Authorizes the Department of Public Health to exercise the powers and duties prescribed by the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois for administration of licensing acts and shall exercise other powers and duties necessary for effectuating the purpose of the Act. Provides that any person who is found to have violated any provision of the Act is guilty of a petty offense for the first offense and a Class A misdemeanor for the second and any subsequent offense.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3310 (Ives, J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Specifies that the term "meeting" includes collective bargaining meetings. Defines the term "collective bargaining meeting". Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Deletes a provision that, subject to certain exceptions, exempts from the Act's copying and disclosure requirements records relating to collective negotiating matters between public bodies and their employees or representatives. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Deletes provisions that make the Open Meetings Act inapplicable to collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitrations under those Acts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3311 (Osmond J.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Repeals a provision authorizing a public body to deny a FOIA request on the basis that the requested record is a preliminary draft, note, recommendation, memorandum or other record in which an opinion is expressed, or a policy or action is formulated. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3312 (Ives, J.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Requires a unit of local government or school district with an annual budget of $1 million or more to maintain an Internet website and post to that website, for the current calendar or fiscal year, as the case may be, the following information: (1) contact information for elected and appointed officials; (2) notice of and materials prepared for regular and emergency meetings; (3) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district; (4) annual budget; (5) ordinances under which the unit of local government or school district operates; (6) procedures to apply for building permits and zoning variances; (7) financial reports and audits; (8) information concerning employee compensation; (9) contracts with lobbying firms; (10) taxes and fees imposed by the unit of local government or school district; (11) rules governing the award of contracts; (12) bids and contracts worth $25,000 or more; (13) campaign contributions made by a vendor; (14) a debt disclosure report; and (15) public notices. Sets forth requirements concerning a searchable expenditure and revenue database. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from the Act's copying and disclosure requirements any record or information that a unit of local government or school district maintains an electronic copy of on its Internet website in order to comply with the Local Records Act.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3325 (Harms, J.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Authorizes a State agency, a unit of local government, a school district, or any other governmental entity that receives public funds to designate no more than 2 natural persons at the same time as legislative liaisons or lobbyists to engage in lobbying General Assembly members with respect to legislative action. Permits a person serving in an elective office to lobby without designation and in addition to the designated persons. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3352 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Requires the corporate authorities of a taxing district that is subject to the Law to adopt a limiting rate by ordinance or resolution if the percentage change in the equalized assessed value of all property within the taxing district during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year is less than the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index during that same period of time. Provides that the limiting rate may not exceed the maximum rate permitted under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Contains provisions concerning notice. Provides that the rate extended for the sum of all of the funds included in the taxing district's aggregate extension may not exceed the limiting rate adopted by the taxing district. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3372 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles, imposes limitations on participation by certain persons. In the State Employees Article, provides that, for new members: (i) "compensation" does not include any payments or reimbursements for travel vouchers, and (ii) service credit is not available for unused sick leave. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3385 (Chapa LaVia, L.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that it shall be lawful for the county board to appropriate funds to maintain a memorial within the county. Amends the Township Code. Provides that the township shall provide for the maintenance of a monument or memorial erected pursuant to a vote by voters of the township. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a municipality shall levy and collect taxes, as necessary, for the maintenance of memorials erected in that municipality pursuant to a majority vote. Amends the Park District Act. Provides that any memorial built on leased land within a park district must be maintained by the organization that leased the land. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/19/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3406 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. With respect to certain types of actions, provides that for any defendant whose fault is less than 25% of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendant who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendant except the plaintiff's employer), shall be severally liable for all other damages. Provides that for any defendant whose fault is 25% or greater of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendants who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendants except the plaintiff's employer), shall be jointly and severally liable for all other damages.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3634 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the hospital exemption does not apply if (i) the subject property is located in a municipality that would be disproportionately impacted by the exemption and (ii) the hospital's net income for the hospital year is 8% or more of its revenue for the hospital year if the exemption is not applied to the property. Provides that the municipality would be disproportionately impacted by the exemption if (1) the municipality in which the property is located has a population of 10% or less of the total population of all municipalities served by the hospital and (2) the municipality provides services to 50% of more of the hospital's properties in the county in which the municipality is located. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/24/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3654 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the hospital exemption does not apply if (i) the subject property is located in a municipality that would be disproportionately impacted by the exemption and (ii) the hospital's net income for the hospital year is 8% or more of its revenue for the hospital year if the exemption is not applied to the property. Provides that the municipality would be disproportionately impacted by the exemption if (1) the municipality in which the property is located has a population of 10% or less of the total population of all municipalities served by the hospital and (2) the municipality provides services to 50% of more of the hospital's properties in the county in which the municipality is located. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3664 (Kosel, R.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a settlement agreement that is funded in whole or part by public moneys or that releases a claim against a public body shall not require or impose any condition on any party to keep allegations, evidence, settlement amounts, or any other information confidential, except that which is necessary to protect a trade secret, proprietary information, or information that is otherwise exempt from disclosure under the Act. Provides that a severance agreement that is funded in whole or part by public moneys or that releases a claim against a public body shall not require or impose any condition on any party to keep allegations, evidence, settlement amounts, or any other information confidential, except that which is necessary to protect a trade secret, proprietary information, or information that is otherwise exempt from disclosure under the Act. Defines "settlement agreement" and "severance agreement".

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3665 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if a member or participant of a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, intimidation by a public official, bribery, official misconduct, engaging in kickbacks, fraudulently obtaining public moneys reserved for a disadvantaged business enterprise, or certain theft offenses, then none of the benefits that are provided for under the Code and that are attributable to the service of that person shall be paid. Provides that if a member or participant of a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code is receiving an annuity or pension from a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code and is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, a felony (other than intimidation by a public official, bribery, official misconduct, engaging in kickbacks, fraudulently obtaining public moneys reserved for a disadvantaged business enterprise, certain theft offenses, or any other felony requiring the forfeiture of that annuity or pension under the Code), then the board of trustees of that fund or system shall suspend the payment of that annuity or pension during that individual's incarceration for that offense. Provides that, upon completion of the term of incarceration for that offense, the member or participant may seek reinstatement of his or her annuity or pension by filing a request for reinstatement of benefits with the applicable pension fund or retirement system in the manner prescribed by the applicable fund or system.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3667 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Limits the ability of certain classes of persons to participate in the retirement systems established under the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Code. In the State Universities Article, specifies that, in the case of doubt as to whether a person is an employee, the decision of the Board of Trustees of the State Universities Retirement System shall be final. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3676 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each supervisor of assessments, assessor, deputy assessor, county treasurer, or member of a board of review must successfully complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education hours each year. Provides that each notice of a final board of review action shall be postmarked (or e-mailed, if applicable) no later than 120 days after that final board of review action. Provides that, with respect to taxpayer complaints filed with the board of review, if the assessed value of the property for the year in question exceeds the assessed value of the property for the previous general assessment year by more than 5%, then the assessor or chief county assessment officer who certified the assessment has the burden of proving that the assessment is correct. Provides that the board of review may grant a continuance of any hearing before the board of review for good cause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3678 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that if in any levy year (1) the tax rate for the sum of all of the funds that are included in a taxing district's aggregate levy exceeds the district's tax rate for those funds in the previous levy year, and (2) the district is not otherwise required to hold a Truth in Taxation hearing, then the corporate authorities of the taxing district must approve, by ordinance or resolution, the total tax rate and hold a public hearing. Contains provisions concerning notice. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3683 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that contracts of $250,000 or more between (i) the State and its political subdivisions, (ii) the State and other governments, or (iii) State governmental bodies are not exempt from the Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3715 (Wheeler, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the homestead exemption is $100,000 (now $75,000) beginning January 1, 2015. Provides that a homestead exemption claimed for improvements to make the property accessible to a disabled person or a senior citizen who uses the property as his or her primary residence shall continue for as long as the disabled person or senior citizen uses the property as his or her primary residence.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3718 (Turner, A.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/22/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3721 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act. Defines "ski flag" as a red or orange flag measuring no less than 12 inches on each side, in the shape of a square or rectangle and mounted or displayed on a motorboat in such a manner as to be visible from every direction. Provides that a ski flag shall be displayed to indicate a downed water skier. Provides that for the purposes of ski flag requirements, "water skier" includes persons engaged in all forms of water skiing or any activity where a person is towed behind or alongside a motorboat, including, but not limited to, barefoot skiing, tubing, skiing on other contrivances, wake boarding, and parasailing. Exempts from the new provisions performers engaged in professional exhibitions and persons engaged in a regatta, vessel or water skiing race or competition, or other marine event authorized by law. Provides that a violation of the new provisions is a petty offense punishable by a fine of $25, of which the moneys shall be deposited into the Conservation Police Operations Assistance Fund. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall adopt rules to implement the new provisions.

Last Action: 10/23/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3726 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that if (i) the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, or (ii) the median equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year and the 2 levy years immediately preceding the current levy year is less than the median equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the 3 levy years immediately preceding that 3-year period, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or the rate of increase approved by the voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3727 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year (excluding new property, recovered tax increment value, and property that is annexed to or disconnected from the taxing district in the current levy year) is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). Provides that a referendum to increase the extension limitation may not be conducted at a general primary or a consolidated primary election. Provides that certain supplemental information must be provided on the referendum ballot. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3732 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour on October 1, 2014. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/04/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3755 (Lilly, C.) - Amends the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. Provides that the State Treasurer is not required to publish notice for reportable property if the entity identified as the owner is a federal, State, or local government or governmental subdivision, agency, entity, officer, or appointee thereof, or any successor entity provided by statute. Requires the State Treasurer to directly transfer reportable property to the identified owner unless the identified owner has been renamed, merged with another entity or officer, or abolished, in which case the State Treasurer shall contact the successor entity or officer to confirm ownership and make arrangements for the transfer. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/3/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3760 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a member or participant of a retirement system or pension fund established under the Code who is receiving a retirement annuity or retirement pension under the Code and becomes employed on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act in a position in which he or she is eligible to accrue service credit or creditable service under any Article of the Code shall, in the month immediately after commencing that employment, have the amount of his or her monthly retirement annuity or retirement pension offset by the amount of his or her compensation, earnings, or salary (whichever is applicable) in the immediately preceding month as certified to the applicable retirement system or pension fund by his or her employer, unless the payment of that retirement annuity or pension is already suspended or terminated under the Code during that period. Exempts the first $2,000 per month of retirement annuity payments. Provides that if during the course of a member's or participant's employment that member's or participant's retirement annuity or retirement pension under the Code fully vests, then that member or participant may maintain his or her employment in that position without contributing to any retirement annuity fund or any retirement pension fund under the Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/3/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3769 (Thapedi, A.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a retirement system or pension fund may not invest in any funds that trade derivatives in off markets or non-open markets, and if a retirement system or pension fund is investing in such a fund on the effective date, then the retirement system or pension fund must divest the retirement system's interest in the fund within one year after the effective date. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/5/2013 Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Andre Thapedi 

HJRCA 11 (Sosnowski, J.) - Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Repeals a provision that specifies that membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/4/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HJRCA 25 (Lilly, C.) - Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that, beginning in 2022, Representatives shall first be elected for terms of four years, then for terms of two years, and then for terms of four years. Adds that whenever a seat in the House of Representatives becomes vacant with more than 28 months remaining in the term, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment until the next general election, at which time a replacement shall be elected to serve for the remainder of the term. Provides that the General Assembly shall be a continuous body for a period beginning and ending at noon on the second Wednesday of January of consecutive odd-numbered years. Applies to the terms of Representatives elected in 2022 and thereafter.

Last Action: 2/27/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HJRCA 27 (Drury, S.) - Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that a person who is a member of the General Assembly may not, during his or her term of office, hold any other elected public office. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/27/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HR 276 (Madigan, M.) - Congratulates the board of trustees, staff, and entire membership of the Illinois Association of Park Districts on the occasion of its 85th anniversary.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 House Resolution Adopted


 










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