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2011 Senate Bills


SB 29 (Lauzen, C.) -  Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. With respect to service on or after July 1, 2011 by current employees, adds provisions concerning the annuity rate of accrual, annuity calculations, automatic annual increases, and survivors' annuities. With respect to later entrants (members who first become members on or after July 1, 2011), adds provisions concerning creditable service, conditions for eligibility, amount of annuities, automatic annual increases, survivors' annuities, and refunds. Defines "salary", "earnings", "compensation", and "wages" for periods of service on and after July 1, 2011 for any participant or member of any retirement system or pension fund under this Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 37 (Duffy, D.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Requires that a unit of local government or school district that has an Internet website that the full-time staff of the unit of local government or school district maintains must post on its website for the current calendar or fiscal year, as the case may be, and the 4 years immediately before that calendar or fiscal year the following information: (i) contact information for elected and appointed officials, (ii) notice of regular and special meetings, (iii) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district, (iv) annual budget, (v) ordinances under which the unit of local government or school district operates, (vi) procedures to apply for building permits and zoning variances, (vii) financial reports and audits, (viii) information concerning employee compensation, (ix) contracts with lobbying firms, (x) taxes and fees imposed by the unit of local government or school district, (xi) expenditures, (xii) rules governing the award of contracts, (xiii) bids and contracts worth $25,000 or more, and (xiv) campaign contributions made by a vendor. 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. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 38 (Garrett, S.) - Amends the Illinois Plumbing License Law. Provides that "plumbing" includes rainwater harvesting distribution systems, but does not include any rainwater harvesting distribution system or rainwater harvesting collection system unless otherwise required by the Illinois Plumbing Code. Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to adopt and publish a minimum code of standards for rainwater harvesting collection systems and rainwater harvesting distribution systems by January 1, 2012. Requires rainwater harvesting collection systems and rainwater harvesting distribution systems to be (A) used only for non-potable uses and (B) constructed in accordance with the Illinois Plumbing Code. Defines "rainwater harvesting collection system" and "rainwater harvesting distribution system". Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 2/17/2011 with a vote of 49-0.

Last Action: 11/2/2011 Assigned to House Executive Committee

SB 39 (Garrett, S.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that communications and materials exchanged between an attorney-lobbyist and a public body that concern either lobbying to be performed on behalf of the public body by the attorney-lobbyist or the expenditure of public moneys for goods or services to be provided on behalf of the public body by the attorney-lobbyist are public records, are not exempt from inspection and copying unless otherwise exempt under a specific provision of the Act, and are not privileged from disclosure at trial unless otherwise required by law.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 42 (Garrett, S.) - Amends the Counties Code. Requires that a county board create a uniform application process for all appointed county positions. Defines "appointed county position" as a position on a board or commission authorized or created by State law or county ordinance or resolution to which the county board, one or more members of the county board, the county board chairperson, or any combination of those persons or entities, has the authority to make the appointment. Provides that, if a county maintains an Internet website, then the county must create and maintain on that website a centralized, searchable database, freely accessible to the public, of information concerning appointed county positions. Sets forth the requirements for the database. Provides that if a county does not maintain an Internet website, then the county must publish the information in a newspaper of general circulation within the county. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. In provisions allowing a person to apply for a permit to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum, deletes language requiring the load to consist of a single nondivisible object and adds language regarding determinations of reasonableness by the Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Provides that, in determining whether a load may be reasonably dismantled or disassembled for the purpose of the issuance of a permit, the Department of Transportation shall consider whether there is a significant negative impact on the condition of the pavement and structures along the proposed route, whether the load or vehicle as proposed causes a safety hazard to the traveling public, whether dismantling or disassembling the load promotes or stifles economic development and whether the proposed route travels less than 5 miles. Provides that a load is not required to be dismantled or disassembled if the Secretary of the Department determines there will be no significant negative impact to pavement or structures along the proposed route, the proposed load or vehicle causes no safety hazard to the traveling public, dismantling or disassembling the load does not promote economic development and the proposed route travels less than 5 miles. Makes other changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/8/2011 with a vote of 51-2. Passed the House on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 102-13. Senate concurs with HA's 1,2,3 on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 8/22/2011 Public Act 97-0479

SB 43  (Garrett, S.) - Creates the Taxation Disclosure Act. Provides that the Department of Revenue shall make tax rate information available on its Internet website. Provides that information for use and occupation taxes shall include the tax rate applicable in a municipality or the unincorporated area of a county and list the individual rates that comprise the aggregate rate in that municipality or in the unincorporated area of that county. Provides that information for property taxes shall include the name of each taxing district, a list of all funds for which taxes were extended, and the district's total tax rate. Provides that information for income taxes shall include the individual and the corporate income tax rates. Provides that information for excise taxes shall include the statewide and the local rates. Provides that the information shall be made available in a viewable and downloadable format and shall be updated regularly. Effective July 1, 2012. Passed the Senate on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 56-0. Passed the House on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2011 Public Act 97-0353

SB 52 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the court may not enter an order for supervision if the defendant is charged with speeding in a school or park zone. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 55 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Makes it unlawful: for a person under the age of 16 to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle unless he or she wears a protective bicycle helmet; for a person who weighs less than 40 pounds or is less than 40 inches in height to be a passenger on a bicycle unless the person can be and is properly seated in and adequately secured to a bicycle safety seat; and for a parent or legal guardian of a person below the age of 12 to permit the person to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle in violation of the foregoing provisions. Provides for a civil penalty, and that moneys collected under this Act shall be deposited into the Share the Road Fund. Provides that, in the case of a first offense in a 12 month period, the court shall waive the civil penalty upon receipt of satisfactory proof that the violator has, since the date of the violation, purchased or otherwise obtained an appropriate protective bicycle helmet or bicycle safety seat. Provides that failure to wear a protective bicycle helmet or to secure a passenger to a restraining seat is not admissible as evidence in a trial of any civil action. Provides that except in cases involving a parent or legal guardian of a person below the age of 12, a law enforcement officer observing a violation of the new provisions shall issue a warning to the person and shall not arrest or take into custody any person solely for a violation. Contains definitions and a statement of purpose. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 57 (Silverstein, I.) - Creates the Ski Slope Safety Act. Provides that every ski area operator shall ensure that skiers and snowboarders are not permitted to enter ski areas without protective helmets and requires all skiers and snowboarders to wear protective helmets while in a ski area. Sets forth penalties for violations of the Act. Provides that the Director of Public Health shall adopt reasonable rules to enforce compliance with the Act. Makes other changes.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 90 (Crotty, M.) - provides procedures for the creation of a local government initiative petition and referendum for establishing the Office of Veterans' Advocate within the local government; defines Veterans' Advocate; provides procedures concerning the appointment and compensation of Veterans' Advocates.

Last Action: 10/12/2011 Placed on Senate Calendar Amendatory Veto October 25, 2011

SB 104 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the Department shall charge a fee for application for or renewal of a license on every day care center, day care home, or group day care home. Provides that the Department may assess a fine on any day care center for a violation of this Act. Provides that an application for a license to operate a day care center, day care home, or group day care home shall include a non-refundable application fee. Requires the Department to publish all substantiated violations found in all day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes. Makes other corresponding changes. Effective July 1, 2013.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 105 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Requires current participants in the State-funded pension and retirement systems to make a one-time, irrevocable election of one of the following: (i) the traditional benefit package under the applicable Article of the Pension Code, (ii) the existing benefit package for new hires, or (iii) a self-managed plan (if made available by the participant's employer). Authorizes persons who became or become participants on or after January 1, 2011 to irrevocably elect either: (i) the benefit package for new hires or (ii) the self-managed plan (if made available by the participant's employer). Sets forth the requirements for the self-managed plan and provides that if such a plan is available it is the default plan if a participant fails to make an election. In the Articles creating the State-funded pension and retirement systems, provides: (i) that, beginning in fiscal year 2013, the State's required contribution is the greater of 6% of the applicable employee payroll or one-half of the actuarially-determined normal cost of the benefit package for new hires and (ii) that the required employee contribution will be based on the benefit package elected by the participant. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that the changes made by the amendatory Act control when there is a conflict with the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 127 (Sandoval, M.) - Creates the Illinois Family and Medical Leave Act. Contains provisions similar to those in the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, except that it applies to a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, domestic partner, or sibling who has a serious health condition, increases the leave allowed to 16 workweeks, and some of the provisions of the federal law pertaining to federal employees, federal matters, and the 2008 amendments have been omitted or changed. Contains provisions concerning applicability and coordination. Effective 6 months after becoming law.

Last Action: 4/8/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 128 (Sandoval, M.) - Creates the Healthy Workplace Act. Requires an employer to provide an employee up to 7 sick days with pay during each 12-month period. Provides that an employee may use the sick days care for physical or mental illness, injury, medical condition, professional medical diagnosis or care, or a medical appointment of the employee or a family member. Contains provisions regarding: accrual; certification; notice; responsibilities of employers; unlawful practices; powers and duties of the Department of Labor; violations; penalties; civil liability; severability; and other matters.

Last Action: 4/8/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 150 (Raoul, K.) - Provides that the amendatory Act may be referred to as the Protecting Our Student Athletes Act. Amends the Park District Code. Provides that any park district is authorized and encouraged to make available to residents and users of park district facilities, including youth athletic programs, electronically or in written form, educational materials that describe the nature and risk of concussion and head injuries, including the advisability of removal of youth athletes that exhibit signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion, such as a loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems, from a practice or game. Provides that these educational materials may include materials produced or distributed by the Illinois High School Association, those produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or other comparable materials. Provides that the intent of these materials is to assist in educating coaches, youth athletes, and parents and guardians of youth athletes about the nature and risks of head injuries. Amends the School Code. Requires each school board to adopt a policy regarding student athlete concussions and head injuries that is in compliance with the protocols, policies, and by-laws of the Illinois High School Association. Provides that information on the school board's concussion and head injury policy must be a part of any agreement, contract, code, or other written instrument that a school district requires a student athlete and his or her parents or guardian to sign before participating in practice or interscholastic competition. Requires the Illinois High School Association to make available to all school districts education materials that describe the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries. Requires each school district to use education materials provided by the Illinois High School Association to educate coaches, student athletes, and parents and guardians of student athletes about the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, including continuing play after a concussion or head injury. Effective July 1, 2011. Passed the Senate on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 173 (Link, T.) - Creates the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act. Establishes the Local Government Consolidation Commission to create a recommended list of units of local government to be abolished or consolidated. Provides that the Commission shall submit its recommended list to the General Assembly by no later than April 1, 2012. Sets forth the requirements for the recommended list. Provides that the General Assembly may disapprove the list of the Commission in whole, but may not disapprove of specific types of units of local government or specifically named units of local government on the list, within 30 calendar days after each chamber next convenes after the list is submitted to the General Assembly, by adoption of a resolution by a record vote of the majority of the members elected in each house. Provides that if the recommended list is not disapproved by the General Assembly within the time period for disapproval, then the Legislative Reference Bureau shall prepare for introduction a revisory bill effecting the changes in the statutes as may be necessary to conform the statutes to the changes in law made by the recommended list. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/3/2011 Lost 14-30-2

SB 335 (Steans, H.) (Madigan, M.) - Creates the FY2012 Budget Implementation (Finance) Act. Amends various Acts to make changes in State programs that are necessary to implement the Fiscal Year 2012 budget recommendations concerning finance. Effective July 1, 2011.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Further amends the State Finance Act. Provides that in order to meet cash flow deficits and to maintain liquidity in the General Revenue Fund, the Healthcare Provider Relief Fund (rather than the Hospital Relief Fund), and the Common School Fund, through June 30, 2011, the State Treasurer and the State Comptroller shall make transfers to those funds, as directed by the Governor, out of special funds of the State, to the extent allowed by federal law. Makes other changes.

Last Action: 6/30/2011 Public Act 97-0072

SB 395 (Garret, S.) (May, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a Section concerning the assessment of property that is subject to a PPV lease applies for taxable years 2006 and thereafter (now, the Section applies in taxable years 2006 through 2009). Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment 7
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill. Further amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if any property that was not eligible to receive a homestead exemption was granted a homestead exemption, then a tax lien may be placed against the property and the arrearages of taxes that might have been assessed, plus specified penalties, shall be charged against the property by the county clerk. Contains provisions concerning notice and hearings. Provides that, if the erroneous homestead exemption is granted as a result of a clerical error or omission on the part of the chief county assessment officer, and if the owner has paid its tax bills as received for the year or years in which the error occurred, then the penalties shall not be chargeable to the owner. Provides that a board of review may enter into discussions with a taxpayer aimed at achieving a stipulated revised assessment upon the property. Contains provisions concerning notice provided to taxing districts regarding the stipulated revised assessment and objections by taxing districts to the proposed assessment. Provides that any proposed stipulation or agreement may not be used as evidence in any proceeding before the Property Tax Appeal Board. Provides that, if property is owned by the State, a unit of local government, or a school district and that property is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district, then the property and the leasehold interest are exempt from taxation under the Property Tax Code or under any other law. Further provides that property of schools that is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district (now, only leases to a municipality) for governmental purposes on a not-for-profit basis is exempt and that the leasehold interest is not taxable. Makes other changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/3/2011 Placed on Senate Calendar Order of Concurrence House Amendment(s) 7 - November 7, 2011

SB 405 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "year".

Last Action: 10/12/2011 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading

SB 510 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Makes technical changes in a Section concerning credits and creditable service.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 512 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Amends the Articles of the Illinois Pension Code that create the State-funded retirement systems, other than the Judges Article, as well as various Articles affecting employees of Cook County and Chicago, and the Reciprocal Act. Requires current participants in the affected systems to make an election of one of the following: (i) the traditional benefit package under the applicable Article of the Pension Code, (ii) the existing benefit package for new hires, or (iii) a self-managed plan. Authorizes persons who become participants on or after January 1, 2011 to elect either: (i) the benefit package for new hires or (ii) the self-managed plan. Sets forth the requirements for the self-managed plan. Specifies the required employee contributions for persons who make each type of election. In the Chicago Park District Article, provides that, beginning January 1, 2012, the fiscal year of the Park Employees' and Retirement Board Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund will run from January 1 to December 31 (instead of July 1 to June 30) and makes corresponding changes in other provisions of the Article. In various Articles affecting employees of Cook County and Chicago, freezes the tax levy rate. Makes changes concerning the required State contributions for the 5 State-funded systems. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that the changes made by the amendatory Act control when there is a conflict with the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Makes other changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/30/2011 with a vote of 43-11-1.

Last Action: 11/9/2011 Placed on House Calendar 3rd Reading

SB 513 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 524 (Cullerton, J.) – Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 533 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "municipality".

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 541 (Garrett, S.) (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board in a county with a population greater than 300,000 but less than 2,000,000 may by ordinance require certain units of local government and agencies to provide the county with detailed financial information, including, but not limited to, finances, budget, contracts, employment, and ethics policies. Further provides that the ordinance may require the unit of local government or agency to immediately disclose any internal or external findings of non-compliance with any law or regulation involving the unit of local government or agency and its personnel. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/8/2011 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/23/2011 with a vote of 114-0-1.

Last Action: 7/7/2011 Public Act 97-0084

SB 965 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that in cities of over 1,000,000 inhabitants, a governmental agency may establish automated speed enforcement (ASE) systems in designated safety zones. Defines terms. Provides that the municipality may impose liability on a registered owner of a vehicle that violates the applicable law, with exceptions. Provides that notwithstanding any other applicable consequences under the Illinois Vehicle Code, the penalty for and consequence of a traffic violation recorded by an ASE system is a civil fine not to exceed $100 for each violation. Contains provisions governing the expenditure of funds generated by the use of ASE systems. Provides that unless the driver of the motor vehicle received a Uniform Traffic Citation from a police officer within one-eighth of a mile and 15 minutes of a violation recorded by an ASE system, the owner of the vehicle will be liable for the civil penalty. Provides that a violation for which a civil penalty is imposed is not a violation of a traffic regulation governing the movement of vehicles and may not be recorded on the driving record of the owner of the vehicle. Contains provisions concerning notice and administrative hearing procedures related to implementation of the amendatory Act. Provides that recorded images are confidential, with specified exceptions. Provides defenses to ASE system violations. Provides equipment and signage requirements. Provides that a municipality operating an ASE system shall conduct a statistical analysis to assess the safety impact of the system and provides procedures for conducting the statistical analysis. Adds severability language. Makes corresponding changes in other Sections of the Vehicle Code. Effective July 1, 2012.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Removes a reference to counties in a subsection allowing ASE systems. Provides additional testing requirements for ASE equipment and specifies that equipment shall be tested once each week (instead of once every 60 days). Modifies the definition of "safety zone". Provides that ASE systems shall be operational and violations shall be recorded only between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. in safety zones based upon schools, and if the safety zone is based upon property owned by a park district, only between one hour before and one hour after the hours the property is open to the public. Provides that no penalty may be imposed for an ASE system violation if the recorded speed of a vehicle is 5 miles per hour or less over the legal speed limit, and that a municipality may send a speed violation warning notice where the violation involves a speed of 5 miles per hour or less above the legal speed limit. Passed the Senate on 10/26/2011 with a vote of 32-24. Passed the House on 11/9/2011 with a vote of 64-50.

Last Action: 12/8/2011 Sent to the Governor

SB 1122 (Link, T.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Adds an employment discrimination prohibition that provides that it is a civil rights violation for any 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 pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment 1
Further amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work. In provisions concerning charges other than in real estate, modifies procedures for cases in which both the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Department of Human Rights have jurisdiction. Describes how those cases shall be processed and what rights a claimant has under various types of dispositions of the charge, including a request for a Department investigation using the EEOC file. Provides that the time limits under the Act are tolled until the EEOC issues its determination. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/26/2011 Public Act 97-0596

SB 1222 (Sullivan, J.) - Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that any public water district organized under the Public Water District Act is authorized to construct, maintain, alter, and extend its water main along, upon, under, and across any highway, street, alley, or public ground in the State. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1235 (Hutchinson, T.) - Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Eliminates a provision allowing the Department of Human Services to make grants-in-aid to units of local government, voluntary agencies, and not-for-profit associations which provide day care services. Eliminates a provision authorizing the Department to establish the Child Care Expansion Program. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/13/2011 with a vote of 58-0. Passed the House on 5/28/2011 with a vote of 67-45-1.

Last Action: 8/23/2011 Public Act 97-0516

SB 1284 (Lightford, K.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for any employer, employment agency, or labor organization to inquire into or use the fact of an arrest, the fact of a criminal charge, or any expunged or sealed criminal history record information (instead of only the fact of an arrest or expunged or any sealed criminal history record information) of a person, as a basis to refuse to hire, for an adverse employment action, to refuse to grant tenure, or to affect the terms, privileges or conditions of employment, but that the prohibition against the use of the fact of an arrest or the fact of a criminal charge (instead of only the fact of an arrest) does not prohibit an employer, employment agency, or labor organization from obtaining or using other information which indicates that a person actually engaged in the conduct for which he or she was arrested or for which he or she was the subject of a criminal charge.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 1308 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that, in addition to any other relief that may be awarded or penalties that may be imposed under the Act, in a proceeding brought under the Employment Article, if there is a finding that an employer committed a civil rights violation against a female employee based upon the employee's sex, the award of damages may be increased up to an amount not to exceed 3 times any actual damages sustained. Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Provides that, in addition to any other relief that may be awarded or penalties that may be imposed under the Act, if there is a finding that an employer committed a violation of this Act against a female employee, the award of damages may be increased up to an amount not to exceed 3 times any underpayment.

Last Action: 4/8/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1335 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in Cook County, all applications for judgment and order of sale for taxes and special assessments on delinquent properties shall be made according to the following schedule: (i) by July 1, 2011 for tax year 2009, (ii) by July 1, 2012 for tax year 2010, (iii) by July 2013 for tax year 2011, (iv) by July 1, 2014 for tax year 2012, and (v) within 90 days after the second installment due date for tax year 2013 and thereafter. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/31/2011 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 11/8/2011 with a vote of 111-0-1. Senate concurs with House Committee Amendment No. 2 on 11/9/2011 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 12/16/2011 Public Act 97-0637

SB 1346 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the State Revenue Sharing Act. Provides that, if the county treasurer of any county with a population of 3,000,000 or more fails to prepare and mail actual property tax bills for the county, as required under Section 21-30 of the Property Tax Code, by October 1 of any year, beginning in 2011, then that county shall forfeit its share of proceeds from the Local Government Distributive Fund for a 12-month period beginning with the distribution made in January of the next calendar year. Provides that any amounts so forfeited shall be paid instead to the other counties and municipalities within the State in proportion to the number of individual residents of such municipality or county to the total population of the State. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1358 (Pankau, C.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that, beginning with the general election in 2012 and each succeeding general election, a forest preserve district shall be divided into 6 districts and one commissioner of the forest preserve district shall be elected from each district that is co-extensive with a county with a population of more than 800,000 but less than 3,000,000 (now, commissioners of the forest preserve district are elected from the same districts as members of the county board). Provides that by July 1, 2011 and each 10 years thereafter, the board of commissioners of a forest preserve district shall develop an apportionment plan for the district. Sets forth the requirements for the apportionment plan. Provides that, if any forest preserve district fails to complete the reapportionment of its district by July 1 in 2011 or any 10 years thereafter, the county clerk of that county shall convene the county apportionment commission to develop the apportionment plan. Sets forth the requirements for filing an apportionment plan. Provides that, if no apportionment plan is filed, then the commissioners of the forest preserve district shall be elected at large in the district. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1382 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Public Construction Bond Act. Provides that a contractor who has entered into a contract for public work for the State or a political subdivision of the State may not require a subcontractor to post a bond to guarantee completion of a project or to pay a share of any bond that the contractor is required to furnish. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/8/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1386 (Jones, E.) - 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. Passed the Senate on 3/31/2011 with a vote of 52-1. Passed the House on 5/27/2011 with a vote of 58-0-1.

Last Action: 8/23/2011 Public Act 97-0521

SB 1436 (Althoff, P.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. In provisions concerning annexation of contiguous territory, provides that the definition of a "conservation area" includes any area owned by a conservation district. Passed the Senate on 5/19/2011 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2011 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 8/26/2011 Public Act 97-0601

SB 1456 (Radogno, C.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning lists of available records.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 1550 (Haine, W.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that for a laborer, worker, or mechanic engaged in the transportation of aggregate or excavated materials or the operation of equipment to haul aggregate or excavated materials to or from the site of the building or construction job, the Department of Labor shall take into consideration the applicable prevailing wage rate and the Illinois Department of Transportation's current method of establishing equipment rates for trucks on public works projects. Defines various terms.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1565 (Lightford, K.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides for fewer limitations on the definition of "employee." Provides a procedure for increasing the minimum wage annually to restore the minimum wage to its historic level and thereafter increasing the minimum wage by the increase in the cost of living during the preceding year. Deletes language pertaining to temporary or irregular employees and employees under the age of 18. Provides for an increased amount of damages recoverable by an employee that is paid less than the wage to which he is entitled to under the Minimum Wage Law. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/8/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1581 (Jacobs, M.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, beginning with the year 2013 and in each year thereafter, the Chicago Park District Board of Park Commissioners shall levy a tax annually upon all taxable property embraced in the district at a rate that will produce a sum that, when added to the amounts deducted from the salaries of the employees or otherwise contributed by them, and revenues from other sources, will equal a sum sufficient to meet the annual actuarial requirements of the pension fund, as determined by a qualified actuary retained by that fund.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1586 (Harmon, D.) (Zalewski, M.) - Reinserts the provisions of House Amendment 1 with changes. Removes provisions concerning grace period registration and early voting at student unions. Removes provisions extending the grace period for registration and changes of address. Removes provisions concerning voter initiatives for veterans. Removes provisions concerning vacancies in nomination. Removes provisions concerning absentee ballots and provisional ballots. Further amends the Election Code to remove language providing that, in the first primary following redistricting, petitions for nomination shall be signed by at least 500 electors (in the case of a State Representative) and 1,000 electors (in the case of a State Senator). Makes other changes. Adds provisions amending the Circuit Courts Act. Provides that if and only if the provisions of Senate Bill 63 of the 97th General Assembly become law: (i) the Supreme Court shall allot all vacancies in at large judgeships or resident judgeships from Kane County of the 16th circuit occurring after the 2012 general election (instead of shall allot all vacancies in at large judgeships existing on or occurring on or after the effective date), excluding a designated vacancy; (ii) an additional resident judgeship in the 16th Circuit shall be filled by election beginning at the 2012 general election and shall be assigned to subcircuit 2 for election (instead of assigned to subcircuit 2); (iii) the 23rd circuit shall have 7 (instead of 6) resident judgeships consisting of 5 existing resident judgeships, the added resident judgeship for Kendall County, and the resident judgeship created by the first vacancy of an at large judgeship (instead of an at large resident judgeship) or a resident judgeship in the new 16th circuit; and (iv) the added resident judgeship for Kendall County shall be filled at the 2012 general election. Effective immediately, except that provisions amending the Circuit Courts Act take effect upon becoming law or upon the effective date of Senate Bill 63 of the 97th General Assembly, whichever is later. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 6/22/2011 with a vote of 82-22. Senate Concurred with House Floor Amendments 1, 2 & 3 on 6/22/2011 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 7/5/2011 Public Act 97-0081

SB 1613 (Martinez, I.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Requires (rather than authorizes) every retirement system other than the State-funded retirement systems to indemnify and protect its board of trustees from damage claims for negligent or wrongful acts. Authorizes the State-funded retirement systems and the Illinois State Board of Investment to offer similar indemnification. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 56-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2011 with a vote of 96-20.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 1629 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act shall not apply to the wages of any owner, corporate officer, or other person vested with the responsibility of managing the affairs of a contractor or subcontractor with 25 employees or less.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1641 (Sullivan, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Removes reference to neighborhood vehicles from the definition of "non-highway vehicle". Provides that a unit of local government may authorize the operation of low-speed vehicles on streets that have a speed limit of more than 30 miles per hour but not greater than 35 miles per hour, provided that it first considers the volume, speed, and character of traffic on the street and whether low-speed vehicles may travel safely on that street. Provides that if a street is under the jurisdiction of more than one unit of government, each unit of government must agree to allow low-speed vehicles on that street. Provides that upon authorization of low-speed vehicles on a street, appropriate signs shall be posted. Removes signs or decal requirements for low-speed vehicles. Effective immediately. 
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Makes a change in a subsection reference so it conforms to the renumbered definition of "non-highway vehicle".
Passed the Senate on 3/3/2011 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 102-11-1.

Last Action: 7/14/2011 Public Act 97-0144

SB 1645 (Maloney, E.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. See Senate Bill 1716.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 1670 (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Park District Aquarium and Museum Act. Provides that any aquarium or museum shall be open to persons who reside in this State (now, the public) without charge for a period equivalent to 52 days.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Adds an immediate effective date. Passed the Senate on 3/31/2011 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 4/28/2011 with a vote of 107-1.

Last Action: Public Act 97-0187

SB 1674 (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, in those cases where the injury or death for which a disability or death benefit is payable was caused under circumstances creating a legal liability on the part of some person or entity to pay damages to the disabled employee, then legal proceedings may be taken against that other person or entity to recover damages, notwithstanding the fund's payment of or liability to pay disability or death benefits. Provides that the fund may intervene in any action brought by the disabled employee or his or her personal representative. Authorizes the fund to bring an action against the third party for the recovery of all damages on account of injuries caused to the employee if the employee has not brought such an action within a specified period of time.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1679 (Schoenberg, J.) - Amends the Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighters, and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the board of each downstate police and downstate firefighter fund to transfer to the board of trustees of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, for the management and administration of all investments owned by the funds. Terminates, upon completion of the transfer, the authority of the boards of each downstate police and downstate firefighter fund to make investments. Charges the board of trustees of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund with controlling and managing the investment expenditures and income, including interest dividends, capital gains, and other distributions on the investments of the downstate police and downstate firefighter funds. Provides for the election of a police officer trustee and a firefighter trustee to the board of trustees of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1683 (Link, T.) - Amends the Public Officer Simultaneous Tenure Act. Provides that no person may simultaneously serve in an elective office of more than one unit of local government if the units of local government may tax any of the same services, occupations, uses, or property. Provides that, if a person is elected to or appointed to fill a vacancy in an elective office for more than one unit of local government with the power to tax any of the same services, occupations, uses, or property, then, upon acceptance of the second office, the person shall be deemed to have resigned from and created a vacancy in the first office. Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. Provides that if there is a conflict between the provisions of the Act and the provisions of the Public Officer Simultaneous Tenure Act, then the provisions of the Public Officer Simultaneous Tenure Act shall control.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1686 (Koehler, D.) (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Public Funds Statement Publication Act. Makes changes concerning publication of summary statements of operations. Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires published assessment notices to include certain statements. Provides that the publication fee paid to newspapers for publishing assessment lists shall be $0.80 per parcel (now, the publication fee is set forth according to a schedule). Provides that, for the preamble, headings, and any other explanatory matter either required by law or requested by the supervisor of assessments to be published, the rate shall be set according to the Legal Advertising Rate Act (now, the newspaper's published rate for the advertising). Eliminates a requirement for publication of certificates of error. Repeals a Section concerning publication fees for publication for Board of Review changes. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that certain notices must be published only once. Amends the Legal Advertising Rate Act. Defines "required public notice" and sets forth the maximum rate charged for each insertion of a required public notice. Effective January 1, 2012, except that provisions amending the Property Tax Code take effect immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/26/2011 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 7/14/2011 Public Act 97-0146

SB 1704 (Duffy, D.) - Amends the Wildlife Code. Makes it unlawful to place, set, or maintain a body-gripping trap (other than an underwater set) within 30 feet of bait that is not completely covered and concealed from sight and (ii) to place, set, use, or maintain certain types of traps within one-quarter mile of a residence, school, picnic area, playground, beach, campground, road, highway, public trail, golf course, or parking lot. Exempts certain government employees as well as their duly authorized agents from the latter of these prohibitions if certain conditions are met. Redefines the term "bait" to include certain types of oils. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1733 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a municipality, township, county, or other unit of local government may not impose a civil penalty for violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code that is in excess of the civil penalty specified in the Code.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 1745 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Requires employers to enroll in an Electronic Employment Verification System or the E-Verify program and the Basic Pilot program (rather than permitting an employer to voluntarily enroll).

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1752 (Crotty, M.) - Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act, the Township Code, the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act, the Park District Code, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act, and the School Code. Provides that earned interest included in the annual budget or appropriation ordinance of a governmental unit and earned interest designated as "Reserved" funds in a governmental unit's annual audit or financial reports shall not be construed to be earmarked or restricted unless the governing body specifically states that the interest is earmarked or restricted. Provides that any transfer of interest income prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act that would have been valid under the provisions of the amendatory Act is validated. Amends the Property Tax Code. In the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law, defines "new rate" as a tax included within a taxing district's aggregate extension that was newly authorized by statute after the affected taxing district first became subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Provides that taxes that are not submitted to direct referendum under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law and that are not new rates are validated. Contains provisions allowing taxing districts to accumulate balances in funds. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1772 (Maloney, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Authorizes taxing districts to adopt a levy, without referendum approval, to recapture revenue lost by certain refunds. Exempts the recapture levy from the definition of "aggregate extension" in the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Allows a taxpayer who has received a refund to have a portion of the refund amount included in the extension of the district's recapture levy against his or her property abated. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1831 (Raoul, K.) (May, K.) - Amends provisions of the Illinois Pension Code
• For new hires under any public pension system, suspends the retirement annuity or pension of retirees who enter into independent contracts to provide services to a governmental entity from which he or she has retired. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor if a retiree fails to notify a contractual employer of his or her retirement status. (Page 8) Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article
• Changes the IMRF's 125% rule for new hires by stating that the earnings to be considered for each of the final 24 months (currently final 3 months) of the final earnings period cannot exceed 125% of the highest earnings of any other month in the four-year period used to calculate a retiree's annuity. (Page 14)
• For IMRF employers, provides that if the amount of an employee's earnings for any calendar year used to determine the employee's retirement annuity exceeds the amount of his or her earnings with the same IMRF employer for the previous calendar year by the greater of 6% or 1.5 times the CPI then the employer must pay to the fund the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from the portion of the increase in earnings that is in excess of 6%. Provides that the IMRF must exclude certain earnings such as overtime, standard promotions resulting in increased responsibilities and workload, any earnings paid to members who are 10 years or more from retirement, earnings increases paid to individuals under contracts or collective bargaining agreements entered into, amended, or renewed before the January 1, 2012, and earnings attributable to personnel policies adopted before January 1, 2012, when assessing payment for any amount due under this provision. (Pages 56-58)
• Makes changes in the way the annuity reserve is calculated if a retiring IMRF employee has accumulated service in more than one participating municipality or participating instrumentality to include both salary and service time in the pension calculation (currently only service time is used). (Pages 58-61)
• Before an IMRF employer increases the earnings of an officer, executive, or manager by more than 12%, requires the employer to obtain and pay the costs of a "Pension Impact Statement” from the IMRF which states the effects of the salary increase on the employee's pension benefits. Excludes certain increases that are attributable to promotions, those under collective bargaining agreements, increases resulting from a change from a part-time to full-time position, and any earnings paid to members who are 10 years or more from retirement. (Pages 62-63)Amends the Open Meetings Act
• Requires IMRF employers to post on their website or at their principal office the total compensation package of employees earning $150,000 or more per year at least 6 days before the employer approves that total compensation package. The employer must also post the total compensation package within 6 business days after approving their budget for employees earning $75,000 or more. If the employer with a website chooses to post the information at the principal office instead of the website, the employer must provide directions on the website of how to access the information. "Total compensation” under the bill means payment by the employer to the employee for salary, health insurance, a housing allowance, a vehicle allowance, a clothing allowance, bonuses, loans, vacation days granted, and sick days granted. (Pages 1-2)
Other Provisions
• In the IMRF Article: (1) deletes a provision that requires the authorized agent of a participating municipality or participating instrumentality to be a member of the fund; (2) deletes a provision that prohibited certain employers from electing a 1,000 hour participation standard based on their original date of participation; (3) authorizes retired members who return to work for an IMRF employer to keep their pension even if employed in a position requiring less than the employer's standard for participation in IMRF; (4) prohibits a sheriff's law enforcement employee who begins service in that capacity after the effective date of the amendatory Act from being able to convert up to 10 years of service in any other capacity into service as a sheriff's law enforcement employee; (5) provides that, on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, an elected county officer will not be able to elect to establish alternative credits for an alternative annuity; and (6) changes the definition of employ to include certain participants in Taft-Hartley pension plans. (Various pages)
• In the State Employees Article, prohibits a person who on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act first becomes a member of one of the specified boards from participating in the pension plan created under that Article. In the Miscellaneous Administrative Provisions Article, prohibits persons who first sit on the boards of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Suburban Bus Division, or Commuter Rail Division on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act from participating in the pension plans provided for those entities. (Page 87)
• Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. (Page 87) Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 50-0. Passed the House on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 117-0. Senate concurred with HA's 1 & 3 on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 8/26/2011 Public Act 97-0609

SB 1865 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. Prohibits a joint insurance pool or other intergovernmental cooperative from requiring a public agency member to provide notice of the member's intent to withdraw from the pool or cooperative more than 30 days before the date upon which the member withdraws. Provides that if a public agency member of a joint insurance pool or intergovernmental cooperative withdraws for the sole reason of seeking competitive pricing and then seeks to rejoin the pool or intergovernmental cooperative within 60 days after withdrawing, the member shall be allowed to rejoin the pool or intergovernmental cooperative without penalty and without being required to pay higher premiums. Requires the head of any joint insurance pool or other intergovernmental cooperative to be a licensed insurance producer in the State of Illinois. Prohibits, after the effective date of the amendatory Act, a joint insurance pool or other intergovernmental cooperative from entering into any contract for insurance coverage that exceeds one year in duration.
House Floor Amendment No. 4
If and only if Senate Bill 965 of the 97th General Assembly becomes law in the form in which it passed the Senate, amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that if a safety zone is based upon the property line of any facility, area, or land owned by a school district, an automated speed enforcement system shall be operational and violations shall be recorded only on school days and no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 8:30pm if the school day is during the period of Monday through Thursday, or 9 p.m. if the school day is a Friday. Replaces existing civil penalties for automated speed enforcement system violations with the following civil penalties: a maximum of $50 if the recorded speed is no less than 6 miles per hour and no more than 10 miles per hour over the legal speed limit plus an additional penalty of not more than $50 if the original penalty is not paid in a timely manner; and a maximum of $100 if the recorded speed is more than 10 miles per hour over the legal limit plus an additional penalty of not more than $100 if the original penalty is not paid in a timely manner. Adds after school programs to the list of purposes for which the net proceeds from automated speed enforcement systems may be used. Effective July 1, 2012. Passed the Senate on 4/8/2011 with a vote of 45-5-1. Passed the House on 11/9/2011 with a vote of 63-50.

Last Action: 12/19/2011 Sent to the Governor

SB 1869 (Pankau, C.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department shall accept job postings from all local units of government and shall post those openings on its current statewide database of jobs. Provides that the database shall be searchable by locale and other reasonable and accepted criteria. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/8/2011 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1901 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act, the Counties Code, the Township Code, and the Illinois Municipal Code to require that, before the county board, the township board, or the corporate authorities of a municipality may vote on an officer's or employee's increase in earnings that exceeds his or her earnings for the previous calendar year by more than 6%, the county board, the township board, or the corporate authorities shall conduct a public hearing addressing the proposed increase in earnings. Requires publication of notice of the public hearing. Pre-empts home rule. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1902 (Risinger, D.) - Amends the Downstate Police Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if, as a result of the publication of the 2010 federal census data, a city, village, or incorporated town is first recognized as having a population of 5,000 or more inhabitants and is, therefore, required to create a downstate police pension fund, then an employee of such a city, village, or town who transfers credit from an IMRF fund to that fund shall pay the true cost of establishing service credit in that fund. Specifies that if the board of trustees of the applicable downstate police fund determines that the amount transferred is less than the true cost to the pension fund of allowing service credit to be transferred, then the amount of creditable service the police officer may establish shall be reduced by an amount equal to the difference between those 2 amounts, as determined by the board. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1926 (Link, T.) - Creates the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act. See Senate Bill 173.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1927 (Link, T.) - Amends the Election Code. Makes changes concerning petitions for nomination, write-in votes, special elections, certification of candidates by the county clerk, vacancy in nomination, meetings of various electoral boards, and various other provisions. Makes changes concerning various time limits. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a petition for discontinuance of the county executive form of government must be submitted to the Board not less than 92 days before the general election. Amends the Township Code. Makes changes concerning the time period for filing nomination papers and caucuses. Amends the Park District Code, the Public Library District Act, and the School Code. Makes changes concerning vacancies in office. Makes numerous other changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1933 (Raoul, K.)(Bradley, J.) - Repeals the Workers' Compensation Act and the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act. Creates the Workers' Compensation and Workers' Occupational Diseases Transfer and Transition Act. Provides that: except as otherwise provided, the provisions of the repealed Acts do not apply to any cause of action based on workplace injuries or diseases accruing on or after January 1, 2012; on January 1, 2012, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission is divested of jurisdiction over any action over which it had jurisdiction on December 31, 2011; all actions over which the Commission had jurisdiction on December 31, 2011 are transferred to the Supreme Court for assignment to the circuit courts, which assume jurisdiction over those actions on January 1, 2012, with the exception of cases transferred to the Court of Claims; each such action shall be decided in accordance with the substantive law that was in effect when the cause of action accrued and procedure shall be governed by court rule; and if a cause of action for compensation or treatment accrued before January 1, 2012, an action may be brought in the circuit court within the time limits that were in effect when the cause of action accrued, the action shall be decided in accordance with the substantive law that was in effect when the cause of action accrued, and procedure shall be governed by court rule. Provides for: venue; appeals; records, property, and personnel of the Commission; duties of the Department of Labor as a substituting party and successor agency; abolition of the Commission; temporary orders; funds; insurance; offsets; and other matters. Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code, the State Finance Act, the Illinois Insurance Code, and the Court of Claims Act to make various changes concerning workplace injuries and occupational diseases. Effective January 1, 2012.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 1937 (Delgado, W.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the extension limitation may not be less than 2%. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1983 (Dillard, K.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Requires all persons who must file a statement of economic interests to disclose the name of any immediate family member who is a registered lobbyist. Defines "immediate family member" as a spouse, parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1991 (Dillard, K.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Provides that a person required to register under the Act must include in his or her report a description of any business or familial relationship, or both, that the registrant has with a State official. Defines "familial relationship".

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1999 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Swimming Facility Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning swimming facility closings.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 2000 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that, beginning with the general election in 2014, the commissioners of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County shall be elected from 3 specified election districts (instead of the county board of commissioners serving as the board). Provides the election procedures and terms of office for the 9 commissioners. Provides that the president, with the advice and consent of the board of commissioners, must appoint a general superintendent. Provides that the general superintendent is the chief administrative officer of the district. Amends the Election Code. Provides that, at the general election in the appropriate even-numbered years, the offices of commissioner of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County shall be filled. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2017 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title and purpose of the Act.

Last Action: 2/10/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments Committee

SB 2048 (Wilhelmi, A.J.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts the names, addresses, and other personal information of participants and registrants in the programs of park districts, forest preserve districts, conservation districts, recreation agencies, and special recreation associations from the inspection and copying requirements of the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2055 (Risinger, D.) - Amends the Notice By Publication Act. Provides that notwithstanding any law to the contrary, when any notice is required by law to be published in any newspaper, then, on and after January 1, 2012, that notice must instead be published by posting the notice on an Internet website maintained by the Secretary of State and shall not be published in a newspaper. Provides that publication on the website is deemed to meet all legal requirements for publication. Provides that if requested, the Secretary of State shall certify the inclusive dates upon which the notice is posted on the website. Provides that the Secretary of State is authorized to adopt rules to implement and administer these provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/10/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments Committee

SB 2073 (Link, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the hearing notice required to be given by the municipality or county prior to levying a tax for special services shall include the proposed tax levy for special services for the initial year for which taxes will be levied, a statement of the estimated cost of each category of special services to be provided for the initial year for which taxes will be levied, and a tax impact statement. Provides that a special service levy that includes an increase greater than the lesser of 5% of the extension of taxes for the preceding levy year for the special service area or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year may be extended only if notice is given and a public hearing is held. Provides that the public hearing on the establishment of a special service area shall be held within the boundaries of the proposed special service area to the extent practicable. Effective January 1, 2012.

Last Action: 10/6/2011 Placed on House Calendar 2nd Reading

SB 2077 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2011 and through taxable year 2013, the total amount due on each property tax bill in each taxable year may not exceed the total amount due for that property in taxable year 2010. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2139 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that the Fox Valley Pleasure Driveway and Park District is reorganized as a matter of law as the Fox Valley Park District. Provides for the election of 7 commissioners of the Fox Valley Park District (now, 6 appointed trustees) from single-member districts. Provides that the first election for commissioners of the Fox Valley Park District shall be held at the general election in 2012. Sets forth the qualifications for commissioners. Provides that the term of office for the commissioners shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election. Provides that the terms of all appointed trustees serving on the effective date of the amendatory Act shall end on December 2, 2012. Makes corresponding changes in other Sections of the Code. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 57-1.

Last Action: 5/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2147 (Schoenberg, J.) - Amends the State Revenue Sharing Act. Includes regional offices and officials and local officials among the expenses for which the payments of revenue into the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund shall be used for fiscal year 2012. Makes corresponding changes. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the recorder of deeds of Cook County for his or her additional duties imposed by law shall receive an annual stipend to be paid by the State (rather than the Illinois Department of Revenue). Amends the School Code. Provides that the grants to qualifying Educational Service Centers shall be paid from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for fiscal year 2012 only, and from the General Revenue Fund for fiscal year 2013 and beyond. Provides that the salaries plus an amount for other employment-related compensation or benefits for regional superintendents and assistant regional superintendents are payable monthly by the State Board of Education out of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund through a specific appropriation to that effect in the State Board of Education budget for the fiscal year 2012 only, and are payable monthly from the Common School Fund for fiscal year 2013 and beyond through a specific appropriation to that effect in the State Board of Education budget. Makes corresponding changes. Makes a change concerning reporting requirements when the State Board of Education becomes aware that a regional superintendent is employing his or her relative as an assistant regional superintendent. Establishes the Streamlining Illinois' Regional Offices of Education Commission. Provides that the State Board of Education shall request an appropriation payable from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for fiscal year 2012 only, and from the Common School Fund for fiscal year 2013 and beyond (rather than the Common School Fund only) for compensation for regional superintendents of schools and the assistant regional superintendents of schools. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 59-0. Passed the House on 11/9/2011 with a vote of 74-36.

Last Action: 11/14/2011 Public Act 97-0619

SB 2153 (Lightford, K.) - Creates the Employment Advertisement Fairness Act. Provides that no employer, employment agency, labor organization, or an agent or representative of any such entity shall publish in print or on the Internet an advertisement for a job that contains a statement indicating that current employment is a job qualification or that an applicant who is not employed will not be considered. Provides that a violation is a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation, collectible by the Department of Labor in a proceeding under rules adopted by the Department. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that the public policy of this State in the area of employment is modified to include: to prevent discrimination based on unemployment status or on a gap in employment history. Provides that unless otherwise authorized by law, it is a civil rights violation for any employer, employment agency, or labor organization to inquire into or to use a prospective employee's unemployment status or gap in employment history as a basis to refuse to hire or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, or other employment decisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2156 (Brady, B.) - Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act, every new benefit increase is contingent upon each affected pension or retirement system (i) having been at least 90% funded according to its most recent annual actuarial valuation and (ii) having received any required State contributions that have come due since the most recent annual actuarial valuation. Specifies that a new benefit increase that does not satisfy this additional requirement is null and void, unless the enactment of that new benefit increase is required to maintain qualified plan status.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2163 (Bivins, T.) - Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Requires full-time and part-time police officers to be licensed rather than certified. Makes related changes. Provides that the Board has the power to require local governmental units to furnish personnel rosters, employment status reports, and annual training plans to the Board. Provides that a police officer who has been licensed, certified, or granted a valid waiver shall be decertified or have his or her license or waiver revoked upon a determination by the Illinois Labor Relations Board State Panel that he or she knowingly and willfully violated a rule or regulation of his or her department or agency that has as a penalty the discharge or dismissal of the officer from the department or agency. Establishes hearing procedures on decertification. Contains other provisions.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2172 (Cullerton, J.) (Madigan, M.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that all outstanding liabilities as of June 30, 2011, payable from appropriations that would otherwise expire at the conclusion of the lapse period for fiscal year 2011, and interest penalties payable on those liabilities under the State Prompt Payment Act, may be paid out of the expiring appropriations until December 31, 2011, without regard to the fiscal year in which the payment is made, as long as vouchers for the liabilities are received by the Comptroller no later than August 31, 2011. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 37-21. Passed the House on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 112-0-3. Senate concurs with HA's 1 & 2 on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 44-13.

Last Action: 6/30/2011 Public Act 97-0075

SB 2183 (Risinger, D.) - Amends the Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighters, and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Changes the definition of municipality so that, on and after the effective date of the Act, a city, township, village, or incorporated town qualifies as a municipality for the purposes of the affected Articles if it has a population of more than 7,500 (rather than 5,000) but less than 500,000 inhabitants. Makes corresponding changes in provisions concerning referenda that smaller municipalities use to opt into in the affected funds. Requires any municipality that has, before the effective date of the amendatory Act, established a pension fund under one of the affected Articles to continue to maintain that fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/10/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments Committee

SB 2186 (Noland, M.) - Creates the Job Preservation Act of 2011. Provides that companies that lose 100 or more employees due to outsourcing of jobs are ineligible to receive procurement contracts with the State, units of local government, or school districts and to receive government grants, loans, tax incentives, or other economic incentives. Requires certain companies that lose 100 or more employees to notify the Department of Labor about the loss. Requires the Department to send a survey to companies that report the loss of 100 or more employees in order to determine the number of employees lost because of outsourcing jobs outside of the United States. Requires the Department to provide written notice to the Governor, the General Assembly, State agencies, units of local government, and school districts. Preempts home rule powers. Exempts from the reimbursement requirements of the State Mandates Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2195 (Hutchinson, T.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board in a metropolitan county located in the area served by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, or Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Kankakee, Grundy, LaSalle, DeKalb, Kendall, or Boone county, that has adopted a stormwater management plan may adopt a schedule of fees applicable to real property within the county that benefits from the county's stormwater management facilities and activities. Sets forth requirements and uses for the fees. Provides that the county shall give land owners at least 2 years' notice of 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.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2199 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a firefighter employed by a village with a population on July 1, 2007 greater than 9,000 but less than 12,000 who was excluded from participation in a downstate firefighter fund prior to January 1, 1996 because the firefighter earned credit for that service under the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article for the same municipality may also elect to establish creditable service for those periods of employment for that municipality's emergency services as a firefighter, EMT, or paramedic during which he or she was excluded from participation in a downstate firefighter fund. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2203 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. In the Act's intent provisions, removes references to the lower priority of a public body's financial obligations when considering requests. Changes the deadline by which a public body must act on a records request and provides that that period is to be calculated in accordance with the Statute on Statutes and, with respect to School Code entities, certain provisions of the School Code relating to non-pupil attendance days. Authorizes each public body to charge fees for reproducing and certifying public records. Removes the requirement that a public body provide the first 150 pages of a request at no charge. Removes the requirement that a public body include certain legal bases when denying a request. Permits a public body to seek review of a binding opinion of the Public Access Counselor in the county where the body's principal office is located (now, Cook County or Sangamon County). With respect to the disclosure exemption for personal information, removes the balancing test with respect to an unwarranted invasion of privacy. Exempts from disclosure employment applications and applications for appointments to fill vacancies in public offices. Deletes provisions requiring public bodies to give notice to the Public Access Counselor before asserting exemptions for personal information or preliminary documents. Requires (now, permits) a review when a public body seeks an advisory opinion from the Public Access Counselor. Provides for the effects of a public body seeking and relying upon a binding written opinion of the Public Access Counselor.
Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 2285 (Wilhelmi, A.J.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. With respect to the disclosure exemption for administrative enforcement and law enforcement records, extends the exemption to records the disclosure of which would affect enforcement proceedings and investigations of any public body (now, the public body that receives the request). Requires a public body that receives any administrative enforcement or law enforcement records request but that is not the public body or law enforcement or correctional agency contemplating or conducting a proceeding or investigation to transmit the request to such body or agency. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/18/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2286 (Wilhelmi, A.J.) -  Amends the Park District Code. Prohibits a park district from knowingly employing a minor who has been adjudicated a delinquent minor for any of the offenses for which an adult would be disqualified from employment. In provisions concerning the confidentiality of the law enforcement records of minors, provides that the president of a park district may have access to records of a minor who is applying for employment with the park district and who has been or adjudicated a delinquent minor for any of the offenses which would disqualify the minor for employment. Passed the Senate on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 55-1-1.

Last Action: 5/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2395 (Sullivan, J.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for its FY 12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 2408 (Sullivan, J.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Agriculture for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $31,361,800; Other State Funds $51,343,700; Federal Funds $14,075,700; Total$ 96,781,200. Passed the Senate on 5/13/2011 with a vote of 33-24.

Last Action: 5/29/2011 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

SB 2409 (Sullivan, J.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Natural Resources for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Revenue Fund $55,095,000; Other State Funds $172,484,109; Federal Funds $32,392,700; Total $259,971,809. Passed the Senate on 5/4/2011 with a vote of 32-25.

Last Action: 5/29/2011 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

SB 2414 (Cullerton, J.) (Currie, B.) - Makes appropriations and reappropriations for specified purposes. Also, if and only if House Bill 2165 of the 97th General Assembly becomes law, then changes the amounts of certain appropriations to the State Police Merit Board. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 6/30/2011 Public Act 97-0076

SB 2458 (Kotowski, D.) - Appropriates $10,806,400 to the Illinois State Board of Education from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for Regional Superintendents' and Assistants' Compensation and Related Benefits. Appropriates $2,225,050 to the Illinois State Board of Education from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for Regional Superintendents' Services. Amends Public Act 97-56 to add a line item for the Chairman of the Local Panel of the Illinois Labor Relations Board and for the Superintendent of the Department of the Lottery. Effective immediately.Passed the Senate on 5/13/2011 with a vote of 31-25. Passed the House on 11/9/2011 with a vote of 75-30.

Last Action: 11/14/2011 Public Act 97-0620

SB 2472 (Steans, H.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Illinois Arts Council for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $9,471,900; Federal Funds $1,950,000; Total $11,421,900.

Last Action: 5/4/2011 Lost 22-25-8

SB 2478 (Kotowski, D.) - Makes Capital appropriations and reappropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 2488 (Garrett, S.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that no person may use a wireless telephone at any time while operating a motor vehicle on any section of a highway that is undergoing a construction or maintenance project (instead of on a highway in a construction or maintenance speed zone).

Last Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

 SB 2490 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a three-fourths vote is required by the governing board of the park district in order to acquire any real estate that contains a habitable building listed on property tax records. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2496 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Election Code. Requires that a person seeking to vote on election day present a government-issued photo identification card to the election judge (now, required only when voting early). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2497 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Chicago Municipal, Chicago Laborers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that, for certain leaves of absence during which a participant is employed by a labor organization, contributions shall be based upon the participant's regular salary (rather than the salary received from the organization). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2499 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide that participants under those Articles are only entitled to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service is 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: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2503 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that an abatement granted to the surviving spouse of a fallen police officer or rescue worker also applies to the surviving spouse of a fallen soldier. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/24/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2510 (Dillard, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning exemptions for property used for charitable purposes.

Last Action: 10/25/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2499 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide that participants under those Articles are only entitled to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service is 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: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2503 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that an abatement granted to the surviving spouse of a fallen police officer or rescue worker also applies to the surviving spouse of a fallen soldier. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/24/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments Committee

SB 2510 (Dillard, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning exemptions for property used for charitable purposes.

Last Action: 10/25/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments 

SJRCA 6 (Murphy, M.) - Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that a bill shall not become a law without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly if that bill increases a benefit under any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof. Provides that if the Governor vetoes such a bill, then it shall not become law unless it is passed, upon its return, by a record vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides that if the Governor returns such a bill with specific recommendations for change to the house in which it originated, then those recommendations may be accepted only by a record vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides that an ordinance, resolution, or other action of the governing body of any unit of local government or school district shall not be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of that governing body if that ordinance, resolution, or other action increases a benefit under any pension or retirement system for officials or employees of that unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof. Provides that a bill, ordinance, resolution, or other action increases a benefit if it increases the amount of an existing benefit, adds a new benefit, or expands the class of persons eligible for a benefit, regardless of whether it includes an increase in contributions or a reduction in any other benefit. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 3/29/2011 Sent to Senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments

SJRCA 10 (Althoff, P.) - Proposes to amend the Local Government Article of the Illinois Constitution. Requires the State to reimburse units of local government for increased expenses resulting from activities mandated by the General Assembly or State executive action. Exempts mandates requested by a local government or predating the effective date. Makes unfunded mandates unenforceable unless passed by three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly and specifically characterized as non-reimbursable. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 3/29/2011 Sent to Senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments

 

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