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2013 Senate Bills

SB 1 (Cullerton, J.) (Madigan, M.) Recommends that the House recede from House Amendments Nos. 1 and 3 and that the bill be amended as follows: Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Cook County, State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Chicago Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles: (1) changes the amount of automatic annual increases in retirement annuities and supplemental annuities for certain active and inactive Tier 1 members; (2) for active and inactive Tier 1 members who have not begun to receive a retirement annuity, reduces some automatic annual increases in retirement annuity to zero; (3) reduces employee contributions for Tier 1 members by 1% of earnings; (4) changes the required State contributions so that the Systems are 100% (rather than 90%) funded by the end of State fiscal year 2044 (rather than 2045); (5) changes the actuarial cost method from projected unit credit to entry age normal; (6) adds State funding guarantees; (7) increases the retirement age for active and inactive Tier 1 members under age 46; (8) caps pensionable salary for Tier 1 members; (9) requires each system to create a new defined contribution plan; and (10) exempts the changes made in these Articles from provisions concerning new benefit increases. In the General Assembly Article, also changes the amount of automatic annual increases for Tier 2 members and survivors. In the State Universities Article: (1) redefines "effective rate of interest" and provides for the use of that rate in the actuarial assumptions used to calculate the amount of certain retirement annuities and (2) specifies that certain governmental entities will not qualify as employers. In the Downstate Teacher Article, redefines "regular interest" and provides for the use of that rate in the actuarial assumptions used to calculate the amount of certain retirement annuities. Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for the transfer of certain amounts from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Sets forth requirements pertaining to the accounting of payments received by the designated retirement systems from the Pension Stabilization Fund. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act to provide that employers are not required to bargain over the changes, the impact of changes, or the implementation of changes that are made to Article 14, 15, or 16 of the Illinois Pension Code, or to Article 1 of the Code as it applies to those Articles, by the amendatory Act or any subsequent Public Act, nor be subject to interest arbitration or any award issued pursuant to interest arbitration in relation thereto. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains severability and inseverability provisions. Contains a legislative statement. Passed the Senate on 3/20/2013 with a vote of 30-22-2. Passed the House on 5/2/2013 with a vote of 61-52-2. Conference Committee Report No. 1 Adopted by the House on 12/3/2013 with a vote of 62-53-1. Conference Committee Report No. 2 Adopted by the Senate on 12/3/2013 with a vote of 30-24-3.

 Last Action: 12/5/2013 Public Act 98-0599

SB 20 (Cullerton, J.) (Bradley, J.) - Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill. Adds the following provisions. Creates the Brownfields Redevelopment and Intermodal Promotion Act. Creates the South Suburban Brownfields Redevelopment Zone Fund, and provides for transfers from the General Revenue Fund for the funding of eligible projects. Amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. Makes changes concerning the terms of certain Enterprise Zones. Makes changes concerning reports required to be filed with the Department of Revenue by businesses located in Enterprise Zones. Provides that the distance between the 2 furthest geographic points of any Enterprise Zone may not exceed 20 linear miles. Provides that a business that commits to (i) make a minimum investment of $500,000,000, which will be placed in service in a qualified property, (ii) create 125 full-time equivalent jobs at a designated location in Illinois, (iii) establish a fertilizer plant at a designated location in Illinois, (iv) comply with certain prevailing wage provisions, and (v) secure general liability insurance coverage may be designated as a high impact business. Provides that the business must apply for the exemption within 60 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Repeals a Jobs Tax Credit for River Edge Redevelopment Zones. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code to extend certain TIF districts. Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that certain proceeds shall be deposited into the Underground Storage Tank Fund. Makes changes concerning building materials exemption certificates. Amends the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act. Provides that each contractor or other entity that has been issued a River Edge Building Materials Exemption Certificate shall make certain annual reports to the Department of Revenue. Provides that the incremental income tax attributable to a new employee of an individual, partnership, corporation, or other entity that develops within certain specified river edge redevelopment zones shall be deposited into the Riverfront Development Fund. Provides that moneys in the Fund shall be used by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to make grants to eligible developers for infrastructure improvements. Sets limits on the grants. Amends the State Finance Act to create certain special funds. Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section requiring the Department to certify to each chief county assessment officer the equalized assessed value per acre of farmland for each soil productivity index, provides that any increase or decrease in the equalized assessed value per acre by soil productivity index shall not exceed 10% from the immediate preceding year's soil productivity index certified assessed value of the median cropped soil, with a $5 per acre deduction. Amends the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Act. Makes changes concerning the Authority's financial statement audit. Provides that moneys that are transferred from the General Revenue Fund to the Convention Center Support Fund may be used to pay obligations related to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Creates the Public-Private Agreements for the South Suburban Airport Act. Provides that the Department of Transportation has certain powers in relation to the South Suburban Airport. Authorizes public-private agreements in relation to the airport. Amends various Acts: (1) adding reference to the Public-Private Agreements for the South Suburban Airport Act and (2) providing exemptions for the Public-Private Agreements for the South Suburban Airport Act. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 4
Makes a technical correction in a Section concerning TIF extensions. Passed the Senate on 2/13/2013 with a vote of 48-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 81-35-1. Senate concurred with HA 1, 2 & 4 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 38-17-2.

Last Action: 7/25/2013 Public Act 98-0109

SB 35 (Biss, D.) - Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the Downstate Teacher and State Universities Articles, creates a Tier 3 composite defined-benefit, defined-contribution retirement plan for employees hired on or after January 1, 2014 and certain others. Makes corresponding changes in other parts of those Articles and in the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act. Increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases required employee contributions for Tier I members and participants. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I and Tier 3 participants. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems so that those systems are 100% funded by 2043. Adds State funding guarantees. Makes other changes. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that this amendatory Act takes precedence. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Includes an inseverability provision. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
In each of the funding guarantee provisions, removes a provision that prohibited the court-ordered payment schedule from significantly imperiling the public health, safety, or welfare.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Delays the start of the funding changes from FY 2014 to FY 2015; retains the 30-year amortization period.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 4
Changes the manner of calculating automatic annual increases in retirement annuity. Requires the board of trustees of each affected retirement system to bring a mandamus action in circuit court if the State fails to pay in a fiscal year specified amounts. Requires the boards to submit a voucher for monthly contributions before commencing such an action. Requires the boards to submit a written voucher for payment if the State fails to pay the vouchered amounts within 90 days. Requires a copy of the request to be filed with the Secretary of State, who shall, in turn, provide copies of the request to the Governor and General Assembly. Provides that no earlier than the 16th day after filing such a request with the Secretary, but no later than the 21st day after filing the request, the applicable board of trustees may commence a mandamus action in the circuit court. Provides that if a board fails to commence such an action on or before the 21st day after filing the request with the Secretary of State, then any participant or annuitant may file a mandamus action against the board to compel the board to commence its mandamus action against the State. Waives the State's sovereign immunity. Specifies that the obligations and cause of action created in the funding obligation provisions are in addition to any other right or remedy otherwise provided by law. Specifies that those provisions are not to be construed to deny, abrogate, impair, or waive any other right or remedy.

Last Action: 3/20/2013 Senate Third Reading - Lost; 23-30-3

SB 36 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. In a Section concerning supplementary proceedings, provides notice requirements in proceedings commenced by a unit of local government that may result in the immobilization of a vehicle. Provides that a unit of local government may serve a citation to discover assets by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the judgment debtor's address on record with the Secretary of State, with exceptions, and that service of a citation to discover assets in this manner is effective upon mailing of the citation to discover assets. Provides that a judgment creditor which is a unit of local government may immobilize a vehicle of the judgment debtor for the purpose of facilitating enforcement of and satisfying, in whole or in part, the judgment. Provides that immobilization may not occur until the judgment debtor has had the opportunity to appear and contest the immobilization at the citation hearing, or the judgment debtor has failed to appear at the citation hearing. Provides that if a unit of local government immobilizes a vehicle, it shall affix a notice of immobilization to the vehicle at the time the restraint device is attached to the vehicle. Provides that the notice shall provide information regarding the procedure to have the device removed. Provides that the judgment debtor shall, within 24 hours of the immobilization, follow the procedures listed on the notice to pay the applicable costs. Provides that if the judgment debtor fails to respond within 24 hours of the immobilization, the unit of local government may tow and impound the vehicle. Provides that the vehicle shall be eligible for auction or public sale if, within 21 days after the vehicle is towed and impounded, the judgment debtor fails to pay all applicable costs.

Last Action: 2/28/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 37 (Silverstein, I.) - Creates the Food Allergy Awareness Act. Provides that each retail food establishment in this State shall (1) prominently display a poster relative to food allergy awareness and developed by the Department of Public Health in the staff area and (2) include on all menus a Department-approved notice to customers of the customer's obligation to inform the server about any food allergies. Provides that a certified food service sanitation manager who supervises the operations of a retail food establishment shall, in order to obtain his or her certification, view as part of an otherwise approved certified food service sanitation manager education program a video concerning food allergies. Provides that the Department shall develop a program for restaurants to be designated as Food Allergy Friendly. Requires the Department to submit a report to the General Assembly concerning the impact of the provisions of the Act. Contains other provisions.

Last Action: 4/19/2103 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 41 (Munoz, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Provides that the bill applies only in counties of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants. Makes changes concerning interest and penalties. Defines "erroneous homestead exemption". Provides that the chief county assessment officer shall include certain information concerning homestead exemptions with each assessment notice sent in a general assessment year. Provides that, if, within 60 days after receiving the notice, the property owner notifies the chief county assessment officer that he or she received a homestead exemption in error in a previous assessment year and pays the principal amount of back taxes with interest, then the property owner shall not be liable for the penalties. Provides for an amnesty period beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act and running through through December 31, 2013. Contains provisions concerning tax bills. Effective June 1, 2013. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2013 with a vote of 51-0. Passed the House on 5/27/2013 with a vote of 116-0.

Last Action: 7/17/2013 Public Act 98-0093

SB 43 (Lightford, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that language providing that a new rate may not exceed the statutory ceiling above which the tax is not authorized to be increased applies only for levy years 2005 through 2012.

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

SB 68 (Lightford, K.) - Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

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

SB 104 (Althoff, P.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that overtime compensation provisions of the Law do not apply to any employee who is a member of a bargaining unit recognized by the Illinois Labor Relations Board and whose union has contractually agreed to an alternate shift schedule as allowed by specified provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Passed the Senate on 3/1/2013 with a vote of 56-0.

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

SB 494 (Cullerton, T.) (Conroy, D.) - Amends the Counties Code. Adds a Division addressing local government reduction and efficiency. Provides the General Assembly's findings and purpose regarding units of local government and possible inefficiencies. Provides that in certain counties, the county board may enact an ordinance proposing the dissolution of a unit of local government and, upon the effective date of that ordinance, the chairman of the county board shall issue an audit of the unit. Provides that following the return of this audit report, the county board may adopt an ordinance to dissolve the unit. Provides for a court-appointed trustee-in-dissolution that shall create and implement a plan for consolidation and dissolution of the unit of local government and exercise powers including, but not limited to, the powers and duties of the board of the dissolved unit of government, levying and rebating taxes, and entering into intergovernmental agreements to combine and transfer the functions of the dissolved unit. Further provides for any outstanding indebtedness of the unit, abatement of any tax levied by the unit, and pending litigation involving the unit. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 with changes. Defines "fire protection jurisdiction". Adds a provision regarding a backdoor referendum. Limits the powers of the trustee-in-dissolution with regard to fire protection jurisdictions. Provides that all or part of the territory formerly served by a dissolved fire protection jurisdiction shall not be established as a special service area unless the creation of the special service area does not increase the average response times nor decrease the level of service provided. Provides that the governing board shall not have the power to decrease the levy that is in effect on or before the date of dissolution of the fire protection jurisdiction that affects the provision of fire and emergency medical services. Effective immediately.
Passed the Senate on 4/25/2013 with a vote of  51-0. Passed the House on 5/14/2013 with a vote of 108-6.

Last Action: 8/2/2013 Public Act 98-0126

SB 1042 (Harmon, D.) (Williams, A.) -  Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Changes the definition of "land" to include land. Adds, to the definition of "recreational or conservation purpose", entry by the general public onto the land of another for conservation, resource management, educational, or outdoor recreational use. Defines "invites" and "permits". Provides that an owner of land who permits (instead of either directly or indirectly "invites or permits") without charge any person to use the property for recreational or conservation purposes does not thereby extend any assurance that the premises are safe for any purpose or assume responsibility for or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by an act or omission of such person or any other person who enters upon the land, or assume responsibility for or incur liability for any injury to such person or property caused by any natural or artificial condition, structure or personal property on the premises. In a Section concerning the non-limitation of liability which otherwise exists in certain situations, deletes language providing that in the case of land leased to the State or a subdivision thereof, any consideration received by the owner for such lease is not a charge within the meaning of the Section. Contains applicability provisions. Provides that certain provisions apply only to causes action accruing on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Effective January 1, 2014. Passed the Senate on 5/1/2013 with a vote of 46-6. Passed the House on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 117-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 8/23/2013 Public Act 98-0522

SB 1190 (Hutchinson, T.) - Creates the Illinois Family Care Provider Act similar to the introduced bill. Changes definitions and defines additional terms. Adds references to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Deletes provisions concerning employee benefit protection, exhaustion of other leave, and enforcement by the Illinois Department of Labor. Adds provisions concerning interpretation of the Act. Effective immediately.

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

SB 1191 (Delgado, W.) (Evans, M.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall adopt rules to maintain data on child care facilities without Internet access and shall ensure the child care facilities without Internet access register for available mailing lists of pertinent recalls distributed in paper form. Removes the requirement that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services must make the comprehensive list of unsafe children's products available to those facilities that do not have Internet access. Effective immediately. Passed the House on  3/13/2013 with a vote of  56-0. Passed the House on 5/3/2013 with a vote of 108-4.

Last Action: 7/15/2013 Public Act 98-0082

SB 1210 (Silverstein, I. / Welch, E.) - Creates the Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act. Sets forth certain rights of homeless persons. Provides that in any civil action alleging a violation of the Act, the court may award appropriate injunctive and declaratory relief, actual damages, and reasonable attorney's fees and costs to a prevailing plaintiff. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to make corresponding changes. Defines "housing status" as the status of having or not having a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living on the streets, in a shelter, or in a temporary residence.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that a person experiencing homelessness has the right not to face discrimination while maintaining (rather than while seeking or maintaining) employment due to his or her lack of permanent mailing address, or his or her mailing address being that of a shelter or social service provider. Deletes amendatory changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act making it unlawful to discriminate against any individual because of his or her housing status and defining "housing status" as the status of having or not having a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living on the streets, in a shelter, or in a temporary residence.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill with the following changes: Redefines "housing status" to mean the status of having or not having a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living on the streets, in a shelter, or in a temporary residence. Adds an immediate effective date. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/25/2013 with a vote of 41-11-1. Passed the House on 5/10/2013 with a vote of 76-33. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 528/2013 with a vote of 48-7.

Last Action: 8/22/2013 Public Act 98-0516

SB 1222 (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 powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1224 (Murphy, M.) (Hoffman, J.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Cook County, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. For participants who first become participants on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, prohibits (i) payments for unused sick or vacation time from being used to calculate pensionable earnings and salary and (ii) unused sick or vacation time from being used to establish service credit. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/21/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1228 (Link, T.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. With respect to tax objection complaints, provides that the custodian of the funds for each taxing district that may be affected by the complaint or amended complaint has the right to representation by counsel of the taxing district's own choosing and is not required to accept representation by the State's Attorney. Requires the taxing district to notify the party filing the complaint and the State's Attorney if the district elects to use its own representation. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Removes a provision requiring the taxing district to notify the party filing the complaint and the State's Attorney if the taxing district elects to use its own representation. Passed the Senate on 4/17/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1246 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Fox Waterway Agency Act. Provides that if dredging and restoration work upon a channel located within the territory of the Agency is paid for with boating fees or other public moneys, the water located within the channel remains public water and that the channel shall remain open and accessible to the general public. Provides that if the dredging and restoration work is entirely paid for with funds other than those generated by boating fees or other public moneys, the owner of the property adjoining the channel shall retain the right to close the channel to the general public, provided that if a property owner closes a channel, he or she shall post signage giving notice that the channel is a private waterway and closed to the general public.

Last Action: 1/30/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1284 (Forby, G.) - Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to a person to: (1) carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person, concealed or otherwise; (2) keep or carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person when in a vehicle; and (3) keep a loaded or unloaded handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle. Prohibits the carrying of the handgun in certain locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 30 days of receipt of a completed application and shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides for home rule preemption. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Family and Personal Protection Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Finance Act and the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

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

SB 1291 (Manar, A.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 2/5/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1299 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Fox Waterway Agency Act. Allows Lake County or McHenry County, if providing law enforcement services on a waterway in which a portion of the territory of the Agency is located, to assess a public safety enforcement user fee of up to $20 per user that uses the waterway for recreational or commercial boating. Provides that if Lake County and McHenry county both levy fees, those fees will be combined into a single $30 fee to be collected by the Agency, 60% of which shall be remitted to Lake County and 40% of which shall be remitted to McHenry County. Allows the Agency to keep $0.50 of every fee collected for administrative costs. The public safety enforcement user fee shall be used for county law enforcement purposes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1308 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2013 and through taxable year 2015, 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 2012. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1309 (Murphy, M.) (Wheeler, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, provides that in all counties (now, in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants), the county board may by resolution provide that if a person has been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption, the person qualifying need not reapply for the exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/13/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 1319 (Hunter, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Human Services for a youth employment program. Effective July 1, 2013.

Last Action: 2/5/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1323 (Hunter, M.) (Golar, E.) - Amends the Community Youth Employment Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall administer a competitive grant program that will provide 5,000 youths with stipends or wages, or both, and supervision for up to a 52-week, year-round work program (instead of a 10-week summer work period). Makes other changes. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 34-16.

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

SB 1329 (Kotowski, D.) Madigan, M.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code. Removes a memorial site designation. Amends the State Parks Designation Act. Adds a Section for State Wildlife Areas, State Trails, State Habitat Areas, and State Fish and Wildlife areas. Amends Sections regarding State Wildlife Areas and State Boat Access Areas. Provides that designated areas are under the care, control, supervision, and management of the Department of Natural Resources. Removes the Department's authority to acquire land around the Smithland Reservoir. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Adds Sand Ridge State Habitat Area in Mason County and Wildcat Hollow State Habitat Area in Effingham County to the list of State habitat areas.Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 66-52. Senate concurred with HA 1, 2, 3, & 4 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 40-19.

Last Action: 6/19/2013 Public Act 98-0024

SB 1341 (Lightford, K.) - Amends the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Act. Provides that a local government defined as "distressed" under criteria adopted by the Department of Natural Resources through administrative rule shall be eligible for assistance up to 90% (rather than 50%) for the acquisition of open space lands and for capital development and improvement proposals, provided that no more than 10% of the amount appropriated under this Act in any fiscal year is made available as grants to distressed local governments. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 36-19-1. Passed the House on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 93-25.

Last Action: 8/23/2013 Public Act 98-0520

SB 1344 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that no land owned or acquired by a forest preserve may be used for any sand, gravel, or other mining operation. Prohibits a forest preserve district from transferring any land or interest in land to an entity that the district has reason to know intends to construct any mining operation, and provides that when transferring land to an entity the district must impose a covenant in the transfer that prohibits the development of any mining operation. Exempts any previous or current mining operations in a district from this prohibition.

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

SB 1346 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code, the Airport Authorities Act, the Interstate Airport Authorities Act, the Park District Code, and the County Airports Act. Provides the relevant authority with the power to plan, market, and otherwise support integrated passenger transportation. Defines "integrated passenger transportation". Sets forth requirements for the relevant authority that wishes to apply for federal grants, including that the authority consult with the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, local mass transit districts, if applicable, the Regional Transportation Authority, if applicable, and local municipal planning organizations to ensure the plan is consistent with the Department's published transportation improvement plans for integrated passenger transportation. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Corrects certain typographical errors.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code, the Airport Authorities Act, the Interstate Airport Authorities Act, the Park District Code, and the County Airports Act. Authorizes the relevant authority to plan, market, and otherwise support integrated passenger transportation. Defines "integrated passenger transportation". Sets forth requirements for the relevant authority wishing to apply for federal grants, including that the authority consult with the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, local mass transit districts, the Regional Transportation Authority, and local municipal planning organizations. Requires the relevant authority to obtain written approval from the Governor for the manner that the authority intends to plan, market, and otherwise support integrated passenger transportation before exercising the powers granted by these Sections. Prohibits moneys in the Road Fund from being used to implement these provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1352 (Sandoval, M.) - Creates the Chief Information Officer Act. Requires the Chief Information Officer of the State, as designated by the Governor, to coordinate with each State agency to develop, with any existing or newly available resources and technology, appropriate systems to accurately report data containing financial information. Requires each grantor agency that is authorized to award grants funds to an entity other than the State of Illinois to coordinate with the Chief Information Officer of the State to periodically provide for publication, at data.illinois.gov or any other publicly accessible website designated by the Chief Information Officer, of data sets containing information regarding awards of grant funds that the grantor agency has made during the previous fiscal year.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1361 (Kotowsk, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. Passed the House on 5/9/2013 with a vote of 52-1.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 1382 (Haine, W.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may not regulate the transportation of firearms and may not regulate the transportation of ammunition, components, accessories, or accoutrements for firearms. Provides that the provisions of any ordinance or resolution adopted by any unit of local government that imposes restrictions or limitations on the transportation of firearms and ammunition, components, accessories, and accoutrements of firearms in a manner other than those that are imposed by this amendatory Act are invalid and all those existing ordinances and resolutions are void. Provides that this provision is a limitation of home rule powers under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution. Effective immediately.

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

SB 1403 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if a taxpayer objects to all or any part of a property tax for any year based on an assessment, the taxpayer may elect to (i) pay all of the tax due or (ii) pay the amount of tax due for the year for which a tax objection complaint will be filed in compliance with Section 23-10, minus the amount attributable to any portion of the amount of the reduction in assessed value. Contains provisions concerning notice and penalties. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that, if the requested reduction in assessed valuation is greater than 25%, the taxpayer shall pay at least 75% of the tax due. Requires taxpayers to notify each taxing district, as shown on the last available tax bill, of the taxpayer's intention to file a tax objection complaint.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1404 (Harmon, D.) (Evans, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning scavenger sales, requires certain county collectors to publish notice of the intended application for judgment and sale of all properties upon which all or a part of the general taxes for each of 3 or more years (instead of 2 or more years) are delinquent. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 113-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0277

SB 1409 (Clayborne, J.) (Jackson, E.) - Amends the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act. Provides that the incremental income tax attributable to a new employee of an individual, partnership, corporation, or other entity that develops within certain specified river edge redevelopment zones shall be deposited into the Riverfront Development Fund. Provides that moneys in the Fund shall be used by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to make grants to eligible developers for infrastructure improvements. Sets limits on the grants. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Riverfront Development Fund. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Amends the definition of "public works" to include all projects financed by the Riverfront Development Fund. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 38-13Passed the House on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 73-45. Senate concurred with HA 1, 3 & 4 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 40-13.

Last Action: 8/27/2013 Public Act 98-0564

SB 1410 (Cullerton, T.) (Welch, E.) - Amends the Park District Code. Permits the governing body to approve a supplemental appropriation ordinance, but only with respect to additional revenue that becomes available to the Park District or is estimated to be received by the Park District subsequent to the adoption of the annual appropriation ordinance for that fiscal year. Provides that publication, notice, and hearing requirements are not applicable to the supplemental ordinance and the budget document forming the basis of that ordinance. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/25/203 with a vote of 38-14. Passed the House on  5/15/2013 with a vote of 64-49-1.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0278

SB 1430 (Syverson, D.) (Cabello, J.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the county board of a county may borrow money for county purposes from one fund for the use of another fund, as long as it is repaid within the current fiscal year. Provides that the county board of a county may borrow money from any bank or financial institution, provided that the money shall be repaid within 10 years from the time the money is borrowed. Sets forth requirements concerning the documentation of the loan. Prohibits the indebtedness incurred, when aggregated with the existing indebtedness of the county, from exceeding the debt limitation otherwise provided for by law. Defines "financial institution". Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 50-1. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 88-23-2. Senate concurred with HA 2 on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 55-2.

Last Action: 8/23/2013 Public Act 98-0525

SB 1431 (Syverson, D.) (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Election Code. Makes technical changes concerning the vacancies in a forest preserve district office and notifications of vacancies in county and forest preserve district offices. Provides that notification shall be given of each established political party within 3 days of the county board meeting where the vacancy was declared, rather than within 3 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. Authorizes a county board member in any county (now, in a county having fewer than 40,000 inhabitants), during his or her term of office, to concurrently hold the office of member of the board of education, regional board of school trustees, board of school directors, board of a community college district, or board of school inspectors. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 52-0.

Last Action: 5/24/2013 House Rules 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1432 (Collins, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property owned by an entity created by county or municipal ordinance for the purpose of acquiring troubled property and returning it to productive use is exempt from property taxation. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1448 (Munoz, A.) - Creates the Endow Illinois Tax Credit Act and amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Requires the Department of Revenue to authorize an income tax credit to taxpayers who provide an endowment gift to a permanent endowment fund. Sets forth procedures and criteria for authorizing the credits. Provides that the aggregate amount of all credits that the Department may authorize may not exceed $10,000,000 in 2013, $25,000,000 in 2014, or $50,000,000 in 2015 and each calendar year thereafter. Provides conditions for eligibility. Requires the Department to make an annual report concerning the credits. Provides that the credit may be carried forward for 5 years. Exempts the credit from the Act's sunset provisions. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may award (now, the Department of Revenue may authorize) the Endow Illinois Tax Credit. Makes changes concerning the maximum amount of credits that may be awarded in any calendar year. Provides that a separate application is required for each endowment gift. Provides that the Director of Revenue may make available to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity information received by the Director from tax returns filed under the Illinois Income Tax Act, for the limited purpose of determining the taxpayer's eligibility for credit under the Endow Illinois Tax Credit Act. Removes a provision exempting the credit from the automatic sunset. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 47-4-1. Passed the House on 11/6/2013 with a vote of 86-28-1.

Last Action: 11/6/2013 Placed on Seante Claendar Order of Concurrence HA 2

SB 1459 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Requires that each election authority (i) conduct an election day audit of a random sample of 10% of votes cast and (ii) provide by contract or employment for the performance by one or more independent auditors of post-election parallel tabulations and audits. Provides for the scope of the audits and the resulting reports. Requires that optical scan technology and direct recording electronic voting systems meet certain federal and independent testing standards. With respect to early voting, requires that an election authority using only direct recording electronic voting systems have paper ballots available for voters wishing to use them.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1471 (Holmes, L.) - Amends the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act of 2011. Extends the final report date to September 30, 2013. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1499 (Cunningham, B.) (Burke, K.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that any forest preserve district shall have the power to acquire land, in fee simple or by easement, for the following purposes: to create a forest preserve, for the consolidation of forest preserve units, to connect forest preserve units, to preserve and manage the water resources of the forest preserve district along water courses, and to provide for the extension of roads and parking for forest preserves. Further provides that any forest preserve district shall have the power to acquire land by easement as it shall deem necessary or desirable for public use of forest preserves. Provides that property owned by a forest preserve district and property in which a forest preserve district is the grantee of a conservation easement or the grantee of a conservation right shall not be subject to eminent domain or condemnation proceedings. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/13/2013 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0281

SB 1514 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that, for the purpose of awarding attorneys' fees and costs under the Act, a requester prevails if he or she obtains relief through (i) a judicial order, (ii) an enforceable written agreement or consent decree, or (iii) a voluntary or unilateral change in position after suit has been filed under the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1517 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act. Adds to the list of requirements on a grant application. Provides that a grant agreement must contain proof of either the existence of a line of credit or the financial solvency of the grantee. Prohibits the award of a grant if a family relationship exists between the grantee or its leadership and the funding agency. Provides that all administrators and service providers must be appropriately credentialed in their respective fields. Sets requirements concerning quarterly updates and reports to the grantor agency. Provides that if the funds received from the grant are used to provide State services, then the clients for recipients of those services may not be charged an additional fee for those services.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1518 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each property tax bill shall contain a separate statement for each of the taxing districts setting forth the dollar amount of tax due that will be used by the taxing district to pick up or otherwise pay its employees' contributions to a public pension fund. Provides that each taxing district that picks up or otherwise pays its employees' contributions to a public pension fund must certify this information to the county clerk on or before the last Tuesday in December. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1519 (Connelly, M.) (Farnham, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that any taxing district may order the county clerk to abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by the taxing district on certain tool and die business property. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Provides that the abatement applies to tool and manufacturing business property (instead of tool and die business property). Makes changes concerning the definition of "qualified tool and manufacturing business". Provides that any county, municipality, village, or township (instead of any taxing district) may abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by that county, municipality, village, or township on the property of a qualified tool and manufacturing business. Provides that, upon approval of an abatement ordinance by the county, municipality, village, or township, any taxing district located in whole or in part within that county, municipality, village or township may also abate all or a portion of its taxes levied on that property. Passed the Senate on 4/11/13 with a vote of 50-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1532 (Rose, C.) (Mitchell, B.) - Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. If the Department of Agriculture determines that a complaint made under the Act against a person or entity is false or unfounded and made with the intent to harass the person or entity, the Department may waive any confidentiality of the complainant and refer the matter to the State's Attorney for consideration of criminal charges against the complainant. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the introduced bill with changes. Provides that if any law enforcement officer, animal control officer, the Department, or an approved humane investigator (instead of the Department) determines that a complaint made against a person or entity is knowingly false and not made in good faith (rather that the complaint is false and unfounded) and is made with the intent to harass the person or entity, the Department may waive any confidentiality of the complainant and may refer the matter to the State's Attorney for consideration of criminal charges against the complainant. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/25/2013 with a vote of 52-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1534 (Rose, C.) (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Deferred Compensation Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that to the extent that federal law or regulations have been changed to allow plans established under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code to be amended to allow designated Roth contributions and in-plan rollovers to designated Roth accounts, the Department of Central Management Services and units of local government with such plans shall within a reasonable time amend their plans accordingly.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0491

SB 1568 (Delgado, W.) (Hoffman, J.) - Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Authorizes the Department of Labor to establish administrative procedures to adjudicate claims of any amount (removes a provision limiting the Department's authority to claims of $3,000 or less).
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Provides for the imposition of administrative fees payable to the Department of Labor when an employer is ordered to pay wages, final compensation, or wage supplements. Provides for the amount of the fee to increase based upon the amount of unpaid wages. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the Senate on 5/26/2013 with a vote of 111-0.

Last Action: 8/23/2013 Public Act 98-0527

SB 1585 (Biss, D.) (Gabel, R.) - Amends the Township Code. Provides that upon petition of at least 10% of the registered voters of a township, the county board shall certify and cause to be submitted to the voters of the county, at the next election, a proposition to discontinue and abolish that township's township organization and to transfer all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township organization to the county. Provides that if a majority of the votes of the county cast are in favor of the proposition to discontinue and abolish the township organization, then the township organization in that township shall cease, and all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the county board, or county department or officer designated by the county board. Provides that the township officers of any township that is discontinued shall continue as officers of that township until the expiration of the respective terms for which they were elected or appointed. Amends the Property Tax Code, the Public Health District Act, the Illinois Public Aid Code, and the Illinois Highway Code to provide that, for a township organization that has been discontinued and has had its duties, powers, and responsibilities transferred to the county, the county board, or county department or officer designated by the county board, shall assume the duties of the township organization or officer of the township organization, as appropriate, exercised under those Acts. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Deletes references to a "county" and "county board" and replaces them with "coterminous municipality" and "city council". Limits the provisions of the Article to townships within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality in which the city council exercises the powers and duties of the township board, or in which one or more municipal officials serve as an officer or trustee of the township. Provides that upon ordinance adopted by the city council of a township described under Section 27-5 of this Article, or upon petition of at least 10% of the registered voters of that township, the city council shall certify and cause to be submitted to the voters of the township, at the next election or consolidated election, a proposition to discontinue and abolish the township organization and to transfer all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township organization to the coterminous municipality. Adjusts references within the Property Tax Code, the Public Health District Act, the Illinois Public Aid Code, and the Illinois Highway Code to reflect these changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/17/2013 with a vote of 49-0. Passed the House on 5/16/2013 with a vote of 70-44-1.

Last Action: 8/2/2013 Public Act 98-0127

SB 1589 (Frerichs, M.) (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Provides that the Illinois Finance Authority shall administer a program for both the treatment of standing trees and the replanting of trees on public lands that are within the emerald ash borer quarantine areas of the Department of Agriculture. Provides a definition for "treatment". Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a municipality may provide for both the treatment and removal of elm trees infected with Dutch elm disease or ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer on private property if the property owners refuse, after receiving notice, to remove or treat the trees on their property. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill and makes the following changes: (1) provides that the Illinois Finance Authority may (now shall) administer an Emerald Ash Borer revolving loan program; and (2) deletes a reference to trees "in urban quarantined areas, and within 15 miles of quarantined areas". Effective immediately.Passed the Senate on 4/10/2013 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 4/11/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 1599 (Morrison, J.) (Drury, S.) - Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Permits the Department of Children and Family Services to have access to background information for all Department employees and Department applicants in addition to the criminal history record information and the adjudicatory and dispositional record system information the Department has access to under the Act. Defines "background information" to mean (i) upon the request of the Department of Children and Family Services, information obtained from the Department of State Police as a result of a fingerprint-based criminal history records check of the Illinois criminal history records database and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records database concerning a Department employee or Department applicant; (ii) information obtained by the Department after performing a check of the Department of State Police's Sex Offender Database, as authorized by the Sex Offender Community Notification Law, concerning a Department employee or Department applicant; and (iii) information obtained by the Department of Children and Family Services after performing a check of the Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS) operated and maintained by the Department. Defines "Department employee" and "Department applicant". Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/13/2013 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 115-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 8/27/2013 98-570

SB 1600 (Morrison, J.) (Drury, S.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Defines the terms "non-licensed service provider" and "volunteer". In provisions concerning criminal background investigations, extends criminal background check requirements to include non-licensed service providers and volunteers. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/13/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1603 (Hastings, M.) (Burke, K.) - Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Provides that the Illinois Finance Authority may undertake a municipal bond program project. Provides that the Authority may provide financing for other projects located outside of the State if certain conditions are met. Provides that the Authority may (now shall) administer an emerald ash borer revolving loan program. Provides that the Illinois Finance Authority may administer a program for both the treatment of standing trees and the replanting of trees on public lands that are within the emerald ash borer quarantine areas of the Department of Agriculture. Defines "treatment". Makes changes to the definition of "energy efficiency project". Provides that certain reports are to be filed at the end of the fiscal year (now the 15th of each month). Provides that the Authority may (now shall) establish a Farm Debt Relief Program. Provides that that the Authority may (now shall) establish an interest-buy-back program to subsidize loans to Illinois farmers. Amends the Illinois Environmental Facilities Financing Act. Sets forth required findings for financing or refinancing of environmental facilities located outside of the State. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that the Code does not apply to contracts entered into on or before December 31, 2018 by the Illinois Finance Authority for financing transactions in which the State of Illinois is not obligated. Makes changes concerning concessions and leases entered into by public institutions of higher education. Makes other changes. Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act. Makes changes to the definition of "energy efficiency". Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a municipality may provide for both the treatment and removal of elm trees infected with Dutch elm disease or ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer on private property if the property owners refuse, after receiving notice, to remove or treat the trees on their property. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that electric utilities may comply with a certain provision by meeting the annual incremental savings goal in the applicable year or by showing that total savings associated with measures implemented on or after May 31, 2014 were equal to the sum of each annual incremental savings goal on or after June 1, 2014 through the end of the applicable year. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 50-0. Passed the House on 5/27/2013 with a vote of 87-26-1. Senate concurred with HA 1 & 3 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 48-0.

Last Action: 7/15/2013 Public Act 98-0090

SB 1605 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.

Last Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1609 (Koehler, D.) (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Includes in the offense of threatening a public official threatening a human service provider. Defines "human service provider".
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Defines "human service provider" as a social worker, case worker, or investigator employed by an agency or organization providing social work, case work, or investigative services under a contract with or a grant from the Department of Human Services, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or the Department on Aging (rather than from the State of Illinois).
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the threat must be conveyed because of the performance or nonperformance of duty as a human service provider (rather than toward the human service provider acting in his or her authorized capacity). P
assed the Senate on  4/23/2013 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 115-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 6/26/2013 Sent to the Governor

SB 1611 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that the employment discrimination Article of the Act applies to domestic workers. Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that the overtime provisions of the Law apply to domestic workers. Amends the One Day Rest In Seven Act. Provides that every person employed as a domestic worker shall be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every calendar week. Provides that a domestic worker may voluntarily agree to work on the day of rest, provided that the worker is compensated at the overtime rate for all hours worked on the day of rest. Provides that the day of rest should, whenever possible, coincide with the traditional day reserved by the domestic worker for religious worship. Provides that after one year of work with the same employer a domestic worker shall be entitled to at least 3 days of rest in each calendar year at the regular rate of compensation.

Last Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1614 (Silverstein, I.) - Creates the Internet Posting Removal Act. Provides that a web site administrator shall, upon request, remove any posted comments posted by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate. Effective 90 days after becoming law.

Last Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1624 (Manar, A.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that petitions to constitute a new political party in the State and nomination petitions for independent candidates must be signed by a number of qualified voters at least equal to the minimum petition signature requirement for a Statewide office candidate of an established political party (instead of 1% of the number of voters who voted at the next preceding Statewide general election or 25,000 qualified voters, whichever is less). Provides that petitions for form a new political party within any district or political subdivision less than the entire State shall be signed by qualified voters of the district or political subdivision equaling in number not less than the minimum petition signature requirement for the office on the slate with the highest minimum petition signature requirement (instead of 5% of the number of voters who voted at the next preceding regular election in that district or subdivision). Provides that the signature requirement for nomination petitions for independent candidates for public offices other than Statewide offices is the same as the signature requirement for established political parties. Provides that, if the signature requirement for established political party candidates also includes a limit on the number of signatures that may be filed, then that limitation shall also apply to new political party candidates for that office. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1633 (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, 1992, a claim for refund shall not be allowed unless a petition is filed with the circuit court or a claim is made to the county collector within 20 years after the date the right to a refund arose. Provides that each county collector must maintain payment image records for a minimum of 20 years after the date of payment.

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

SB 1637 (Kotowski, D.) (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Act. Provides that at least 50% of any grant made to a unit of local government under the Act must be paid to the unit of local government at the time the Department awards the grant. Provides that the remainder shall be distributed quarterly on a reimbursement basis. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/16/2013 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 98-0326

SB 1657 (Holmes, L.) (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Removes a requirement that the third member of an appointed board of review shall be a member of the party polling the second highest vote for the applicable county office. Provides that the third member may not be affiliated with the same political party as the other 2 members. Makes changes concerning complaints filed with board of review. Provides that, if a complaint is filed by an attorney on behalf of a taxpayer, all notices and correspondence from the board relating to the appeal shall be directed to the attorney. Provides that, if a complaint does not comply with the board of review rules, the board shall send a notice identifying which rules have not been complied with and must provide the complainant with not less than 10 business days to bring the complaint into compliance. Effective immediately.
Passed the Senate on 4/24/2013 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 113-1-1.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 Public Act 98-0322

SB 1664 (Harmon, D.) (Currie, B.) - Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Extends the repeal of the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2024. Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Makes changes to provisions concerning definitions, legislative intent, issuance of license, unlawful acts, exemptions, qualifications for licensure under the Act, training for private security contractors and employees, uniforms, consumer protection, i453nspection of facilities, renewal of licenses, employee requirements, employment requirements, requirement for a firearm control card and training, armed proprietary security forces, injunctive relief, discipline, submission to physical or mental examination, complaints, investigations, and hearings, suspension of licenses, restoration of licenses, unlicensed practice, the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Board, powers and duties of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and confidentiality. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/17/2013 with a vote of 51-0.  Passed the House on 5/29/2013 with a vote of 117-0. Senate concurred with HA 2 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 59-0.

Last Action: 6/28/2013 Public Act 98-0045

SB 1669 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that by passage of a resolution, the governing body of a county, municipality, school district, or township may exempt all local public works projects undertaken from the requirements of the Prevailing Wage Act. Defines "local public works project".

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1670 (Brady, W.) (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department of Central Management Services shall distribute a spreadsheet or otherwise make data entry available to each State agency to facilitate the collection of data on the State's annual workforce characteristics, workforce compensation, and employee mobility. Provides that the Department shall determine the data to be collected by each State agency. Provides that the Department shall publish the data received from each State agency on the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal or another open data site annually. Passed the Senate on 4/10/2013 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on  5/15/2013 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0283

SB 1673 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Prohibits campaign contributions to General Assembly members from recipients of their legislative member initiatives for 5 years after initial disbursement of moneys. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Requires GOMB to establish a single updated searchable database website accessible by the public at no cost that includes information concerning each entity that receives Illinois funding. Requires GOMB to report to the General Assembly concerning the website. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1681 (Link, T.) - Creates the Unified Fire Protection District Act. Provides the purpose of the Act and definitions. Provides that a Unified Fire Protection District may be formed either by referendum or intergovernmental agreement, and sets forth requirements for each method of formation. Provides for a Planning Committee, its formation, powers, and duties with regard to the Plan. Provides guidelines for the Plan that shall design, finance, and develop the new District. Provides for the board of trustees of the Unified Fire Protection District and their duties, powers, and obligations with regard to the District. Further provides for employees, contracts, tax levy, indebtedness, and liabilities of the formerly separate units of local government now consolidated into a Unified Fire Protection District. Provides for the dissolution of the District by referendum. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill and makes the following changes: (1) adds references to "Unified Fire Protection District" throughout; (2) changes the definition of "intergovernmental authority"; (3) deletes all references to "Regional Fire Protection Service Authority Plan" and "Regional Fire Protection Service Planning Committee"; (4) adds that a special mediator shall be free of any conflicts of interest; (5) Adds references to "intergovernmental agreements" throughout; (6) permits the court to allow appointments to the Joint Committee; (7) adds a definition and references to the "Joint Labor Management Committee"; (8) authorizes the Joint Committee to take note or give due consideration to available resources, studies, and plans when negotiating intergovernmental agreements; (9) requires any intergovernmental agreement to be executed by at least 2 of the 3 Joint Committee representatives appointed by the court; (10) provides for the adoption of a Plan by an Intergovernmental Authority following participating fire protection jurisdictions' approval and open hearing processes; and (11) provides that the District shall maintain identity with the fire departments they were serving on prior to an intergovernmental agreement creating the Districts. Makes other changes for clarification purposes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1683 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Creates the Legislative Ethics Reform Task Force. Specifies the composition of the Task Force. Charges the Task Force with studying the provisions of the Code of Conduct in Article 3 of the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act and identifying provisions that need to be expanded or clarified, proposing specific penalties for violations of the Act, and enhancing the level of reporting required in the statements of economic interest. Requires the Task Force to report its findings to the Senate, the House of Representatives, Office of Attorney the General, Office of the Legislative Inspector General, and the Legislative Ethics Commission by January 1, 2014. Repeals the provision that creates the Task Force on January 1, 2015. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1692 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Specifies, in both Acts, that the term "public body" includes any association of units of local government, any not-for-profit corporation with membership consisting of units of local government, or any other entity with members consisting of units of local government irrespective of whether the entity is organized pursuant to the Illinois Constitution or any other law of this State. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1707 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the Election Code. Requires the State Board of Elections to establish and maintain a system for online voter registration no later than January 1, 2015. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1708 (Silverstein, I.) - Creates the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act. Requires employers to make specific disclosures to domestic workers regarding terms of employment. Requires written contracts. Establishes provisions for duration of shifts, meal breaks, sleep and rest periods, paid time off, and other matters. Provides for enforcement by the Department of Labor. Authorizes civil actions. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Minimum Wage Law, the Wages of Women and Minors Act, and the One Day Rest In Seven Act to make various changes regarding domestic workers. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Excludes personal care attendants and personal assistants working under the Home Services Program under specified provisions of the Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Act from the definition of "domestic worker".

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

SB 1711 (Hastings, M.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that a school entity (defined as a public school, school district, or nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of Education) shall require all physical education teachers and all coaches and referees of interscholastic athletics, student athletes, and athletic trainers to annually watch a training video, provided free of charge to the entity and of no more than 15 minutes in length, on hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1726 (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. Provides that any intergovernmental contract for joint self-insurance among public agency members that is executed, amended, or renewed on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act must authorize a public agency member to terminate its participation in the joint insurance pool or intergovernmental cooperative after giving written notice to the joint insurance pool or intergovernmental cooperative (i) at least 90 days before terminating its participation in the joint insurance pool or intergovernmental cooperative or (ii) after some shorter period of time if mutually agreed upon by the parties to the contract.

Last Action: 2/15/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1736 (Rose, C.) - Amends the Department of Revenue Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Property Tax Code, and the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal Act of 2012. Provides that, if the Department, a board of review, the Property Tax Appeal Board, or the Independent Tax Tribunal fails to reach a decision within 6 months after receiving the taxpayer's timely filed complaint, then the State automatically defaults under the complaint, and judgment in favor of the taxpayer shall be entered. Provides that the judgment shall be final and unappealable.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1737 (Rose, C.) (Brown, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if the taxpayer is notified on or before October 1 of any year that he or she owes an arrearage of taxes due to an administrative error, then the county collector may send a separate bill for the arrearages of taxes, which may be due no sooner than 30 days after the due date for the next installment of taxes. Passed the Senate on 4/10/2013 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 113-0-1.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0286

SB 1739 (Link, T.) (Lang, L.) - Creates the Chicago Casino Development Authority Act. Provides for the creation of the Chicago Casino Development Authority, whose duties include promotion and maintenance of a casino. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Gaming Facilities Fee Revenue Fund. Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Establishes the Division of Internet Gaming within the Department of the Lottery for the purpose of administering, regulating, and enforcing a system of Internet gaming (and makes conforming changes in other Acts). Amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 and the Riverboat Gambling Act to authorize electronic gaming at race tracks (and makes conforming changes in various Acts). Further amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975. Makes various changes concerning Board members. Contains provisions concerning testing of horses at county fairs and standardbred horses. Provides that the Illinois Racing Board shall submit a report to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2014 that examines the feasibility of conducting electronic gaming at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Further amends the Riverboat Gambling Act. Changes the short title to the Illinois Gambling Act and changes corresponding references to the Act. Adds additional owners licenses, one of which authorizes the conduct of casino gambling in the City of Chicago. Makes changes in provisions concerning the admission tax and privilege tax. Amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, the Riverboat Gambling Act, and the Video Gaming Act to prohibit political contributions from certain licensees. Makes other changes. Contains a severability provision. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 4
Amends the Chicago Casino Development Authority Act. Adds provisions concerning legislative intent. Defines "entity". Makes changes in provisions concerning duties of the Authority, the Casino Board, the executive director, rights and powers of the Authority, ethical conduct, casino management contracts, revenues, local regulation, bonds, and derivative products. Removes provisions amending the Illinois Lottery Law that establish the Division of Internet Gaming within the Department of the Lottery for the purpose of administering, regulating, and enforcing a system of Internet gaming; makes conforming changes. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Creates the Depressed Communities Economic Development Board and the Commission on the Future of Economic Development of the Latino Community. Further amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975. Deletes language defining the term "purse" and deletes various references to breeders. Further amends the Riverboat Gambling Act. Replaces provisions regarding a revenue-sharing agreement between the City of Rockford and Winnebago County with provisions dividing admission taxes and 5% of adjusted gross receipts equally between the City of Rockford and Winnebago County. Replaces provisions regarding the division of 5% of adjusted gross receipts equally between Park City, Waukegan, and North Chicago with provisions dividing those amounts as follows: 50% to Waukegan, 25% to Park City, and 25% to North Chicago. Restores certain provisions regarding payments into the Horse Racing Equity Fund, each home rule county with a population of over 3,000,000 inhabitants, and Chicago State University. Adds additional distributions of moneys from the State Gaming Fund. Makes changes in provisions amending the Video Gaming Act prohibiting political contributions from certain licensees and applicants. Makes other changes. Passed the Senate on 5/1/2013 with vote of 32-20-1.

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

SB 1740 (Trotter, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates the residential foreclosure to affordable housing assessment freeze law. Creates a reduction for improvements to foreclosed property. Provides that the chief county assessment officer shall reduce the assessed value of those improvements to 10% of the assessed value of those improvements for 5 taxable years if certain criteria are met. Effective January 1, 2014.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1811 (Link, T.) - Appropriates $1,500,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Human Services for grants to the Illinois YouthBuild Coalition. Effective July 1, 2013.

Last Action: 2/15/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1812 (Link, T.) (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Public Funds Deposit Act. Provides that, in addition to other investments permitted by law, any treasurer or other custodian of public funds may deposit those funds into demand deposit accounts. Excludes those deposits from statutory requirements pertaining to the eligibility of a bank to receive or hold public deposits, and to the pledging of collateral by a bank to secure public deposits, if (i) the public agency initiates the investment at or through a bank located in Illinois and (ii) the invested public funds are at all time fully insured by an agency or instrumentality of the federal government. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 50-0.

Last Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 1818 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, if nomination petitions are required to be filed with a local election official, then the unit of local government or school district represented by that local election official may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the county or municipality in which the unit of local government or school district is located providing that those nomination petitions shall be filed with the county clerk or municipal clerk during all or part of the filing period.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1819 (Syverson, D.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Requires each public official who, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, is elected or appointed to office to complete an 8-hour continuing education program established by the Community College Board within 2 years after the date he or she is first elected or appointed, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, to that office and every 2 years thereafter for as long as he or she remains a public official. Authorizes a fine to be levied against a public official who fails to timely complete the continuing education requirement. Prohibits a public official from being elected or appointed to public office if he or she fails to timely pay the fine and complete the required continuing education.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1822 (Barickman, J.) (Harms, J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes an elected or appointed member of a public body of a park district, forest preserve district, or conservation district to satisfy the training requirements of the Act through an alternative training arrangement sponsored or conducted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. Sets forth requirements for the alternative course of training.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces references to "the Illinois Association of Park Districts" with "an organization within which membership is authorized under Section 8-17 of the Park District Code". Provides that any person violating the provisions of subsection (f) of the introduced bill shall not be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/18/2013 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 4/18/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 1824 (Sullivan, J.) (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that it shall be lawful for the county board to appropriate funds to maintain a memorial within the county. Amends the Township Code. Provides that the township shall provide for the maintenance of a monument or memorial erected pursuant to a vote by voters of the township. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a municipality shall levy and collect taxes, as necessary, for the maintenance of memorials erected in that municipality pursuant to a majority vote. Amends the Park District Act. Provides that any memorial built on leased land within a park district must be maintained by the organization that leased the land. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 50-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 Public Act 98-0312

SB 1859 (Stadelman, S.) (Jefferson, C.) - Amends the Counties Code. Authorizes Winnebago County by ordinance to impose, with the consent of the municipalities representing 67% of the population of Winnebago County, hotel operators' occupation tax at a rate not to exceed 2% of the gross rental receipts from the renting, leasing, or letting. Sets forth requirements concerning the use of any revenues from the tax proceeds. Creates a Tourism Facility Board with weighted voting rights; requires the Board to meet not less than once per year to direct the use of revenues from the tax. Provides that any sports, arts, or entertainment facilities that receive revenue from certain taxes shall be considered to be public works within the meaning of the Prevailing Wage Act, and the county authorities responsible for the construction, renovation, modification, or alteration of the sports, arts, or entertainment facilities shall enter into project labor agreements with labor organizations. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 39-6. Passed the House on 5/16/2013 with a vote of 77-38.

Last Action: 8/12/2013 Public Act 98-0313

SB 1864 (Rose, C.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the county board of any county that has not enacted the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law may by ordinance authorize the county treasurer and the county clerk to charge a reasonable administration fee to county agencies that do not receive funds from the general fund of the county. Defines "administration fee". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1870 (Landek, S.) - Amends the Charitable Games Act. Defines "house-backed game" and "player-backed game". Provides that certain bond requirements do not apply to player-backed games. Provides that the limit on the number of charitable games events that may be held in any one premises per calendar year do not apply to charitable games events held at a municipal building. Removes language limiting the management or operation of the games to no more than 4 charitable games events during a calendar year. Provides that a municipality may provide the same premises for conducting charitable games nights every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (rather than for conducting 16 charitable games nights during a 12-month period). Makes other changes related to restrictions on the conduct of charitable games.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1873 (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Makes changes concerning the provisions of the Code to which group workers' compensation pools are subject. Deletes certain provisions concerning the Group Workers' Compensation Pool Insolvency Fund. Provides that all qualified group workers' compensation pools shall be a member company, as defined in the Code. Provides that beginning in 2013, the maximum amount all qualified group workers' compensation pools may be assessed as a member company shall be 0.5% of that member company's net direct written premium on the kinds of insurance in the account for the calendar year preceding the assessment; thereafter, until 2016, the maximum amount all qualified group workers' compensation pools may be assessed as a member company shall annually increase by 0.5% of that member company's net direct written premium on the kinds of insurance in the account for the calendar year preceding the assessment until the maximum assessment amount is equal to 2% of that member company's net direct written premium. Provides that after 2016, all qualified group workers' compensation pools shall be assessed at the same percentage as any other member company. Provides that on the effective date of the amendatory Act, all moneys in the Group Workers' Compensation Pool Insolvency Fund shall be transferred into the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund. Provides that all liabilities whenever occurred of the Group Workers' Compensation Pool Insolvency Fund are to be assumed by the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund. Provides that no group workers' compensation pool shall be issued a certificate of authority after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Repeals provisions concerning the standards for issuing and maintaining pool certificates of authority and group workers' compensation pools assessments. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1877 (Manar, A.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that any school district with an enrollment of less than 750 students shall be dissolved and its territory annexed by the regional board of school trustees upon the filing of a petition. Provides that if, pursuant to petition, all of the territory of a district is to be annexed to another district, then the annexing district and the annexed district need not be contiguous if certain requirements are met and documented. Provides that 2 or more school districts not contiguous to each other, each of which has an enrollment in grades 9 through 12 of less than 600 students, may jointly operate one or more cooperative high schools if certain requirements are met and documented. Provides that (i) any 2 or more entire elementary districts that are not contiguous, (ii) any 2 or more entire high school districts that are not contiguous, or (iii) any 2 or more entire unit districts that are not contiguous may be organized into a combined school district if certain requirements are met and documented. Provides that if (1) a petition is filed for the reorganization of 2 or more school districts that requires a new school building to effectively educate students, (2) the change is granted and approved at an election, and (3) no appeal is taken, then, with the approval of the regional superintendent of schools, the change may become effective after one or more of the school districts have been awarded school construction grants; provides for the voiding of a petition. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1894 (Hutchinson, T.) (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2012, the maximum reduction under the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption is $5,000 in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and $4,000 in all other counties. Provides that, for taxable years 2013 and thereafter, the maximum reduction under the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption is $5,000 in all counties. Provides that, for taxable years 2012 and thereafter, the maximum reduction under the General Homestead Exemption is $7,000 in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and $6,000 in all other counties. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/20/2013 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 109-2.

Last Action: 4/23/2013 Public Act 98-0007

SB 1899 (Biss, D.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a Section requiring the use of a competitive selection process for obtaining investment services, creates an additional exception for "contracts for follow-on funds with the same fund sponsor through closed-end funds". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1902 (Link, T.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that polls shall be open until 6:00 p.m. (now, 7:00 p.m.). Provides that the portion of an election judge's daily compensation reimbursement by the State Board of Elections shall be $25 (rather than, is increased by an additional $20). Provides that the money (rather than, the increase) provided by the Board must be used to increase each judge's compensation. Makes conforming changes to references to the closing time of the polls. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1904 (Althoff, P.) - Creates the Dedicated Fund Impact Note Act. Requires every bill that provides for the transfer of moneys from a special fund in the State treasury to any other fund in the State treasury through sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or another other fiscal or budgetary maneuver to have prepared for it, prior to second reading in each chamber, a brief explanatory statement or note that discloses the amount to be transferred from each special fund and an estimate of the programmatic impact of that transfer. Authorizes any member of the General Assembly to request one of these notes. Requires the Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget to respond to requests for these notes.

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

SB 1905 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Requires the Governor's Office of Management and Budget to establish, by July 1, 2014, and to maintain, thereafter, on its internet website a database, to be known as the "Dedicated Fund Tracker", through which members of the public may access detailed information regarding the balance of moneys in each special fund in the State treasury and the amounts transferred from each of those funds to any other fund in the State treasury by sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver. For each special fund, the website shall list the current balance in the Fund, any amount that is transferred from the fund by a sweep, administrative charge-back, or other fiscal or budgetary maneuvers, the date upon which each of those transfers occurs, and the fund to which moneys in the fund are transferred. Also provides that, with the publication of each proposed State budget, the Office shall also post in the database a list of each sweep, administrative charge-back, or other fiscal or budgetary maneuvers that will be required to implement that budget and that will result in the transfer of moneys from a special fund in the State treasury to any other fund in the State treasury. Requires data in the database to be updated no less frequently than once each month. Requires the database to be capable of compiling reports to identify amounts transferred from each fund on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.

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

SB 1910 (Kotowski, D.) (Crespo, F.) - Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that, in each fiscal year (instead of Fiscal Year 2013 only), the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall require that any convention and tourism bureau receiving a grant under this Section that requires matching funds shall provide matching funds equal to no less than 50% of the grant amount. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/18/2013 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 89-29. Senate concurred with HA 1, 2 & 4 on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 47-8.

Last Action: 7/19/2013 Public Act 98-0100

SB 1912 (Raoul, K.) (Sims, E.) - Amends the Civil Practice Law of the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that in any personal injury, property damage, wrongful death, or tort action involving a claim for money damages, a release must be tendered by the settling defendant to the plaintiff within 14 days of an agreement to the settlement, and in cases where the law requires court approval of the settlement, the plaintiff shall tender to the defendant a copy of the court order approving the settlement. Provides that the plaintiff may also timely tender to the settling defendant certain documentation relating to known third-party claimants or subrogation interests (including attorney's liens, healthcare provider liens, or rights of recovery claimed by Medicare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or private health insurance companies). Provides that a settling defendant shall pay all sums due to a plaintiff within 21 days of tender by the plaintiff to the settling defendant of all required documentation, and provides that upon failure to pay, judgment shall be entered against that defendant for the amount set forth in the executed release, plus costs incurred in obtaining the judgment and interest calculated from the date of the tender by the plaintiff to the defendant of the required documentation. Provides that the new provisions apply to all civil actions involving a claim for money damages, with exceptions. Provides that the provisions in the bill do not apply to units of local government. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2013 with a vote of 34-21. Passed the House on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 67-50-1. Senate concurred with HA 1 & 2 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 40-13.

Last Action: 8/26/2013 Public Act 98-0548

SB 1913 (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Provides that it is unlawful for an employer to interfere with an employee in the exercise of his or her rights under those Acts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1924 (Luechtefeld, D.) (Pritchard, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that certain provisions concerning the assessment of platted and subdivided property apply through December 31, 2015 (instead of December 31, 2011). Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on  4/18/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

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

SB 1930 (Bertino-Tarrant, J.) (Walsh, L.) - Park Commissioners Land Sale Act. Deletes the date of repeal. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Repeals a Section regarding the sale of golf course land on December 31, 2018 (currently December 31, 2013). Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 54-0-1. Passed the House on 5/17/2013 with a vote of 112-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/28/2013 with a vote of 57-1.

Last Action: 8/13/2013 Public Act 98-0333

SB 1937 (Radogno, C.) (McSweeney, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, provides that the applicant's household income does not include the income of any disabled person who is a member of the household.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Changes references from "disabled person" to "person with a disability". Provides that only income of a person with a disability who is also a dependent of the applicant is excluded from the applicant's household income. Provides that, if the income of a person with a disability is excluded from the applicant's household income, then the applicant must submit proof of the disability.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1941 (Mulroe, J.) - Creates the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act to provide for the utilization of legal material in an electronic record. Applies to all legal material designated as official under the Act and published after its effective date. Defines legal material and other terms. Includes court reports, statutes, session laws, rules, and agency decisions. Provides for an official publisher for the material, including the Supreme Court and the Secretary of State. Provides for authentication of official electronic records and for their preservation. Establishes standards for implementing the Act.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 1950 (Althoff, P.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Public Funds Investment Act. Provides that any unit of local government (now, municipalities and counties only) may invest its public funds in interest bearing bonds of any county, township, city, village, incorporated town, municipal corporation, or school district, of the State of Illinois, of any other state, or of any political subdivision or agency of the State of Illinois or of any other state. Amends the Municipal Code to provide that municipalities are authorized to invest the funds and public moneys in the custody of the municipal treasurer in accordance with the Public Funds Investment Act.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces a reference to "unit of government" with "governmental unit". Provides that the term "governmental unit" means a county, township, municipality, municipal corporation, unit of local government, school district, special district, public corporation, body corporate and politic, forest preserve district, fire protection district, conservation district, park district, sanitary district, and all other local governmental agencies, including any entity created by intergovernmental agreement, but does not include any office, officer, department, division, bureau, board, commission, university, or similar agency of the State.
Passed the Senate on 4/17/2013 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/17/2013 wirh a vote of 113-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0297

SB 1951 (Althoff, P.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Service Use Tax Act and the Service Occupation Tax Act. Makes changes concerning the distribution of proceeds to provide for certain transfers to the Common School Fund. Amends the Local Mass Transit District Act and the Water Commission Act of 1985. Makes changes in provisions concerning the distribution of tax proceeds to provide for offsets for amounts that were erroneously paid to the District or Commission. Amends the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act. Provides that, if there is a shortfall in appropriations from the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Revolving Fund, payments may be made when there is sufficient appropriation authority or a sufficient fund balance (instead of by June 1 or within 30 days of the receipt of these tax bills).
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act by requiring the Department of Revenue to pay the county collector certain deferred taxes within a specified time period, unless there is a shortfall in the appropriation or the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Revolving Fund balance, at which time the payments "shall be made within 14 days of there being" sufficient appropriation authority or sufficient fund balance (rather than at which time the payments will be made when there is sufficient appropriation authority or sufficient fund balance).
Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/17/2013 with a vote of 77-35.

Last Action: 8/9/2013 Public Act 98-0298

SB 1953 (Link, T.) (Mayfield, R.) - In a Section concerning valuation of PPV leases, provides that the term "net income" means all revenues received minus the lesser of (i) 62% (instead of 42%) of all revenues or (ii) actual expenses before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Provides that the provisions of the Property Tax Code concerning valuation of PPV leases apply only through taxable year 2015.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that the provisions of Senate Amendment 1 concerning the definition of "net operating income" apply only to naval facilities. Passed the Senate on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on  5/20/2013 with vote of 97-11-2.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-494

SB 2026 (Oberweis, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning judges.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2043 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Makes a technical change in a Section regarding the place of trial.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2155 (Frerichs, M.) (Bradley, J.) - If and only if Senate Bill 1715 of the 98th General Assembly becomes law, amends the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act by providing that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shall forward the necessary information to each Chief County Assessment Officer for the administration and application of ad valorem real property taxes at the county level. Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that "new property" includes any increase in assessed value due to oil or gas production that was not produced in or accounted for during the previous levy year. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 104-13. Senate concurred with HA 1 & 2 with a vote of 59-0.

Last Action: 6/17/2103 Public Act 98-0023

SB 2157 (Cunningham, B.) (McAsey, E.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that, if requested, a school board is authorized to excuse a pupil from engaging in a physical education course if the pupil has an intellectual or physical disability, is participating in an athletic program outside of the school setting, and documents such participation as determined by the school board. Effective July 1, 2013.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Allows excusal if the pupil has an individualized educational program under the Children with Disabilities Article (rather than an intellectual or physical disability). Provides that the athletic program the pupil is participating in must be an adaptive athletic program. Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/20/2013 with a vote of 110-0.

Last Action: 7/29/2013 Public Act 98-0116

SB 2161 (McCann, W.) - Amends the Contractor Prompt Payment Act. Provides that under a construction contract, it is unlawful to withhold more than 5% retainage on payments earned by contractors and subcontractors. Effective January 1, 2014.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2164 (Rose, C.) - Amends the State Parks Act. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall reach an agreement with Dawson Township in McLean County regarding the sale of a portion of Moraine View State Park to the township. Provides that the Dawson Township shall pay the full market value for the property. Provides that the sale and conveyance of the acreage shall not transpire until the Department is able to acquire an adequate replacement property that satisfies federal requirements, and the Department shall have 5 years from the date of the agreement with Dawson Township to acquire the replacement property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2168 (Collins, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires purchasers of tax delinquent property to reimburse holders of certain notes and receiver's certificates issued under the Illinois Municipal Code before a tax deed may be issued. Provides that, in lieu of reimbursement, the tax sale may be set aside as a sale in error. Effective immediately.

Last Action 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2178 (Harris, N.) (Davis, W.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that a public school district maintaining grades kindergarten through 8 may (instead of the school board of any school district may, in its discretion) provide medical or hospital service or both through accident and health insurance or through non-profit hospital service corporations or medical service plan corporations or both for pupils of the district in grades kindergarten through 8 (instead of for all pupils of the district) injured while participating in an athletic activity. Provides that a public school district maintaining grades 9 through 12 shall provide catastrophic accident insurance coverage, with specified benefit limits, for eligible students in grades 9 through 12 who sustain an accidental injury while participating in school-sponsored or school-supervised interscholastic athletic events sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association ("IHSA") that results in medical expenses in excess of $50,000. Sets forth similar provisions for non-public schools for school-sponsored or school-supervised interscholastic athletic tournaments sanctioned by the IHSA. Provides that the IHSA has the exclusive authority to promulgate a plan of coverage necessary to ensure compliance with these provisions. Requires the IHSA to provide a group policy. Allows public school districts and non-public schools to purchase the coverage necessary by participating in the group policy, obtain the coverage necessary from other coverage providers, or, in the case of the Chicago school district, provide the catastrophic accident insurance coverage through a program of self-insurance. Sets forth provisions concerning the charges for procedures, treatments, services, or prescription pharmaceuticals covered. Effective July 1, 2013.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes the provisions concerning the charges for procedures, treatments, services, or prescription pharmaceuticals covered; makes related changes.Passed the Senate on 4/24/2013 with a vote of 47-7. Passed the House on 5/20/2013 with a vote of 71-39-1.

Last Action: 8/5/2013 Public Act 98-0166

SB 2179 (Harris, N.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Removes from unlawful use of weapons the carrying or possessing openly on his or her person or in any vehicle a pistol or revolver by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and is 21 years of age or older. Removes from unlawful use of weapons carrying or possessing openly on his or her person any pistol or revolver upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within the corporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and is 21 years of age or older. Removes from aggravated unlawful use of weapons the carrying or possessing openly on his or her person or in any vehicle an uncased and loaded pistol or revolver while the firearm was immediately accessible or if unloaded the ammunition for the weapon was immediately accessible, and the person possessing the firearm has not been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card or has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and is under 21 years of age. Removes from aggravated unlawful use of weapons the carrying or possessing openly on his or her person any uncased and loaded pistol or revolver upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within the corporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town while the firearm was immediately accessible or if unloaded the ammunition for the firearm was immediately accessible, and the person possessing the firearm has not been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card or has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and is under 21 years of age. Effective immediately.

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

SB 2182 (Harmon, D.) (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that school districts and community college districts shall submit a Fiscal Responsibility Report Card to the State Comptroller and the county clerk of each county in which any part of the taxing district is located. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that Tax Increment Financing Reports must be filed electronically with the Comptroller within 180 days after the close of the municipal fiscal year or as soon thereafter as the audit for the redevelopment project area for that fiscal year becomes available. Allows the Comptroller to grant extensions. Provides that the Comptroller may charge a municipality a fee if the Tax Increment Financing Report is not filed in a timely manner. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes provisions of the introduced bill that require school districts and community college districts to submit Fiscal Responsibility Report Cards. Amends the State Comptroller Act to provide that school districts are included in the Comptroller's registry of units of local government. Passed the Senate on 4/24/2013 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/20/20111 with a vote of 111-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0497

SB 2184 (Mulroe, J.) (Martwick, R.) - Amends the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 47-4. Passed the Senate on 5/20/2013 with a vote of 87-24. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/28/2013 with a vote of  53-6.

Last Action: 8/23/2013 Public Act 98--0541

SB 2193 (Forby, G) (Phelps, B.) - Creates the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Allows residents and non-residents who meet specified qualifications to apply for a license to carry a concealed firearm in this State. The license is valid for 5 years and the license fee is $150 for a resident and $300 for a non-resident. Allows any law enforcement agency to object to a license applicant based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety. Allows the Department of State Police to object to a license applicant with gang-related arrests within the 7 years preceding the date of application. These objections are reviewed by a Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board composed of 7 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board determines by a preponderance of the evidence whether the applicant is eligible or ineligible for a license. Prohibits a licensee from carrying a concealed handgun into certain specified locations. Requires the Department of State Police to approve a 16 hour training course for new license applicants and 3 hour course for license renewal, and to certify course instructors. Establishes training course requirements. Creates a task force to develop a plan by March 1, 2014 to allow for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card and concealed carry license designation to appear on a person's Illinois driver's license or Illinois identification card. Preempts home rule on regulation of firearms. Creates the School Administrator Reporting of Mental Health Clear and Present Danger Determinations Law. Requires the principal of a public elementary or secondary school, or his or her designee, and the chief administrative officer of a private elementary or secondary school or a public or private community college, college, or university, or his or her designee, to report to the Department of Human Services when a student is determined to pose a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or to others within 24 hours of the determination. Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code to make conforming changes and require notification to the Department of State Police Firearm Owners Identification Card Office no later than 7 days after entry of a court order for an adjudication as a mentally disabled or disabled person. Requires reporting a developmental disability or clear and present danger determination within 24 hours of the determination to the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Human Services must notify the Department of State Police. Firearms in the possession of a person adjudicated as a mentally disabled or disabled person must be ordered by the court to deliver the firearms to a person with a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card for safekeeping. The adjudicated person shall also be ordered to surrender his or her Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Defines "addicted to narcotics" for purposes of disqualifying a person for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Changes the disqualification for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card as a "mental defective" to "mentally disabled". Adds to the definition of "mentally disabled" an adjudication as a disabled person, a finding of guilty but mentally ill, or a determination that a person is a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or to others. Defines "clear and present danger". Amends The Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from disclosure the names and information of persons who have applied for or received a concealed carry license and certain records under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Amends the Open Meetings Act to close deliberations of the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board. Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the State Finance Act. Creates the State Police Firearm Services Fund for fee revenue from the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and Firearm Concealed Carry Act. The Department of State Police may use the Fund for its lawful purposes, mandates, functions, and duties under the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Creates the Mental Health Reporting Fund for fee revenue from the Firearm Concealed Carry Act for the Department of State Police and the Department of Human Services for duties in collecting and reporting data on mental health records and ensuring firearm possession prohibitions related to mental health are enforced. Surplus money in the Fund may be used for mental health treatment programs. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 and other Acts to make conforming changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/17/2013 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/24/2013 with a vote of 85-30-1. 

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

SB 2212 (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Election Code. Permits grace period voting and early voting until the day before the primary or election (now, the 3rd day before the primary or election).

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2222 (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Specifies that entities created under the Judiciary Article of the Illinois Constitution are not public bodies for the purposes of the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2230 (Sullivan, J.) (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning compulsory sales, provides that the sales are not limited by deed type. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Removes the effective date.Passed the Senate on 4/11/2013 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2237 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 3/19/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2240 (Sullivan, J.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that the State Board of Elections (now only local election authorities) can issue pollwatcher credentials. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2242 (Forby, G) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning findings of public bodies and the Department of Labor.

Last Action: 2/15/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2247 (McCann, W.) - Amends the State Employee Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a provision relating to purchasing service credit for certain military service, deletes the requirement of paying an additional amount representing the employer's normal cost of the benefit plus interest. Provides that this change does not entitle any person to a refund of contributions or interest already paid. Removes the change from the definition of "new benefit increase". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2256 (Harmon, D.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for levy years 2014 and later, the taxing district's aggregate extension base is the greater of (A) the taxing district's aggregate extension limit or (B) the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension, subject to adjustments for taxing districts in 2 or more counties, merged or consolidated taxing districts, and adjustments by a rate increase or decrease factor. Provides that the term "aggregate extension limit" means the district's last preceding aggregate extension if the taxing district had utilized the maximum limiting rate permitted without referendum.Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 51-0.

Last Action: 5/10/2013 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2257 (Harmon, D.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that no referendum to increase a limiting rate may be submitted to the voters on or after January 1, 2014. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2014, a referendum to increase the district's aggregate extension may be submitted to the voters. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Makes various technical corrections. Makes changes concerning the referendum question. Passed the Senate on 4/18/2013 with a vote of 55-0.

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

SB 2259 (McCann, S.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that teachers must be provided with and a teacher must annually complete 20 hours of inservice training, 10 hours of which a teacher may complete through online learning if the online learning requires proof of proficiency. With respect to the opening date of a school term, provides that student instruction may begin no earlier than the day after Labor Day. Requires the calendar for a school term to provide for a minimum of 880 instructional hours in no more than 176 days of actual pupil attendance and at least 45 professional development hours for teachers, to be scheduled as any collective bargaining agreement allows; makes related changes. Provides that as part of its calendar for the school term, a school board shall schedule 5 emergency closure days, and the school board shall adopt a contingency plan for when emergency closure days are used during a school year to make up for a minimum of 25 lost instructional hours. Effective July 1, 2013.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2260 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Requires lobbyists to file with the Secretary of State a written statement that describes the procedures that the lobbyist and lobbyist's client will follow if the lobbyist or client determines that the lobbyist's representation of the client creates a conflict of interest. Prohibits a lobbyist from representing a client if the representation involves a conflict of interest, unless otherwise provided in the agreement between the lobbyist and the party he or she represents.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2261 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Provides that when a legislator chooses to take official action on a matter despite the existence of a conflict, he or she must notify the members of the chamber to which he or she has been elected of the existence of the conflict by filing a written notice describing the conflict with the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House of Representatives, whichever is applicable. Provides that, upon receiving such a notification, the Secretary or the Clerk, whichever is applicable, shall forward a copy of the notification to the Legislative Information System for posting on the General Assembly's website with the applicable matter.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2264 (LaHood, D.) - 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: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2265 (LaHood, D.) - 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: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2277 (McCann, W.) - Creates the Illinois License to Carry Firearms for Self-Defense Act. Authorizes the county sheriff to issue licenses to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements. Requires an applicant for a license to have completed specified training requirements developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board consisting of classroom instruction and live firing exercises. Preempts home rule. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act and the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes. Effective January 1, 2014.

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

SB 2278 (McCann, W.) - Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun to an applicant who resides in a non-home rule county of the State and who meets specified qualifications, has provided the application and specified documentation, and has submitted the requisite fees. Provides that a license to carry a handgun entitles a licensee to carry in any non-home rule county of the State a loaded handgun, either concealed or openly, on or about his or her person or in a vehicle, except in certain prohibited locations. Provides that a completed application for a license shall be submitted to the office of the sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides with all accompanying materials and fees. Provides that the sheriff shall review the application and submit a completed application, all accompanying materials, and the application fee to the Department within 30 days of receipt. Provides that a sheriff may submit an objection to an application, provided the objection is in writing, includes specific reasons for the objection, and is submitted with the application. Amends various Acts to make conforming changes.

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

SB 2280 (McCann, W.) - Provides that Act may be referred to as the Constitutional Right to Carry a Firearm Act. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Allows a person 21 or older to carry on his or her person, openly or concealed, a firearm and firearm ammunition, unless otherwise prohibited. Allows a person 18 to 20 years of age to carry on his or her person, openly or concealed, a firearm and firearm ammunition if a member or honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces, unless otherwise prohibited. Prohibits the following persons from possessing or carrying a firearm and firearm ammunition: (1) convicted of a felony or if under 21 certain misdemeanors; (2) convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence; (3) fugitive from justice; (4) unlawful user or addicted to any controlled substance; (5) intellectually disabled, adjudicated as a mental defective, or been committed to a mental institution; (6) illegally in the United States or admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa but provides exceptions; (7) has renounced United States citizenship; (10) dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces; or (11) subject to a court restraining order from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, child of the intimate partner, or person, or engaging in conduct that would place an these persons in reasonable fear of bodily injury. Repeals the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and unlawful possession of a firearm and firearm ammunition. Amends various Acts to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

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

SB 2304 (Haine, W.) (Thapedi, A.) - Amends the Forest Preserve Zoological Parks Act to clarify the effects of both Public Act 80-320 and Public Act 80-414. Provides that a forest preserve district, containing a population of 140,000 or more, or the directors or trustees of such zoological society when so authorized by the forest preserve district, may police the property of the zoological park, employ, establish, maintain and equip a security force for fire and police protection of the zoological park, and provide that the personnel of the security force shall perform other tasks relating to the maintenance and operation of the zoological park. Validates the exercise of those police powers from the effective date of Public Act 80-1364 until the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 51-0. Passed the House on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 113-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0500

SB 2306 (Radogno, C.) (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Provides that the restriction on an employer's request for information concerning an employee's social networking profile or website applies to only the employee's personal account. Defines terms. Provides that employers are not prohibited from complying with the rules of self-regulatory organizations. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 53-1. Passed the House on 5/21/2013 with a vote of 113-0-2.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0501

SB 2312 (Duffy, D.) - Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to exempt, from certain prohibitions against discrimination, an employer that, as its business purpose or objective, provides medical or hospital treatment to patients who have a cancerous condition, that gives new employees blood tests for tobacco use, and that refuses to hire an individual on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act or discharges an individual who was hired on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act or otherwise disadvantages any individual who was hired on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because the individual uses a tobacco product. Requires such an employer to give its employees the right to appeal those adverse actions. Defines "tobacco product". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/25/2013 Lost 21-18-5

SB 2335 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Public Utilities Act. Defines "non-tariffed service". Provides that an alternative gas supplier shall provide annually to the Illinois Commerce Commission a list of all non-tariffed services available to customers in a service area for publication on the Commission's website. Passed the Senate on 4/18/2013 with vote of 53-0.

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

SB 2337 (McGuire, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that a school board may, with referendum approval, elect to provide that the aggregate extension of the school district does not include any extension made: (i) for fire prevention and safety purposes under the School Code; and (ii) to pay the principal and interest on fire prevention and safety bonds issued under the School Code or on bonds issued to refund any fire prevention and safety bonds. Sets forth requirements for the referendum. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/30/2013 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2339 (Mulroe, J.) (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. Requires joint insurance pools to annually file with the Director of Insurance a certification by an independent actuary that the pool's reserves are in accordance with sound loss-reserving standards and adequate for the payment of claims. Authorizes the Director to adopt, by administrative rule, appropriate penalties for joint insurance pools that fail to comply with certain auditing, reporting, and certification requirements. Authorizes the Director, or his or her designees, to examine the affairs, transactions, accounts, records, and assets and liabilities of each joint insurance pool as often as the Director deems advisable. Requires the joint insurance pools to cooperate fully with the Director's representatives in all evaluations and audits and to resolve issues raised in those evaluations and audits. Provides that the failure to resolve those issues shall constitute a violation of the Act and may, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, result in the imposition of penalties established by the Director by administrative rule. Provides that if a joint insurance pool requires a member to submit written notice in order for the member to withdraw from a qualified pool, then the period in which the member must provide the written notice cannot, except in certain circumstances, be greater than 90 days.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that if the joint insurance pool obtains aggregate coverage or uses any other reinsurance mechanism, then the independent actuary's certification need only account for the primary level of coverage provided by the joint insurance pool prior to reinsurance. Requires the independent actuary's certification to also indicate the conditions under which the aggregate coverage or other reinsurance mechanism takes effect. Requires the joint insurance pool to annually provide the Department with an accurate statement of the amount of coverage provided through aggregate coverage or other reinsurance mechanism. Provides that the 90-day maximum does not apply during the initial year of membership in the joint insurance pool. Requires the joint insurance pool to notify each public agency member of the deadline for withdrawing from the pool at least 30 days before the deadline for withdrawal.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of Senate Amendment No. 1 to Senate Bill 2339 with the following changes. Requires the joint insurance pool to annually file with the Director of Insurance a statement of actuarial opinion by an independent actuary who is an associate or fellow in a casualty actuarial society (rather than a certification by an independent actuary). Requires the statement to be filed no later than 150 days after the end of each fiscal year. Provides that the joint insurance pool shall be exempt from filing the statement if the joint insurance pool files with the Director, by the reporting deadline, a statement on the pool's aggregate coverage, reinsurance, or other similar excess insurance coverage. Caps the civil penalties that may assessed by the Director of Insurance for specified violations. Authorizes not only the Director (or his or her staff), but also a Director-selected independent auditor (or actuarial firm) that is not owned or affiliated with an insurance brokerage firm, insurance company, or other insurance industry affiliated entity to examine the affairs, transactions, accounts, records, and assets and liabilities of each non-complying joint insurance pool.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Requires the statement of actuarial opinion that must be filed on the joint insurance pool's aggregate coverage, reinsurance, or excess insurance coverage to be supplied by the provider of that coverage. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 115-1.

Last Action: 8/16/2013 Public Act 98-0504

SB 2345 (Jacobs, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the term "pollution control facility" also includes any system, method, construction, device or appliance appurtenant thereto, or any portion of any building or equipment, that is designed, constructed, installed or operated for the primary purpose of complying with federal or State requirements enacted or promulgated to eliminate, prevent, or reduce air pollution or water pollution. In a Section concerning valuation of pollution control facilities, removes a provision requiring the Department to consider the actual or probable net earnings attributable to the facilities in question, capitalized on the basis of their productive earning value to their owner. Provides that the effective date of a pollution control facility certificate shall be January 1 of the year in which the certificate is issued. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with vote 47-4-1.

Last Action: 5/23/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 2346 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the tax exemption for property used for religious purposes.

Last Action: 2/15/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2363 (Martinez, I.) - Amends the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act. Specifies that a board of trustees of a community college district qualifies as a State university for the purposes of the Act. Amends the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act. Provides that a community college district does not qualify as a political subdivision qualifies for the purposes of the Act. Deletes a provision that exempted from the Act's notice, evaluation, and selection requirements those political subdivisions that have a satisfactory relationship for services with one or more firms. Effective immediately.

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

SB 2367 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Project Labor Agreements Act. Prohibits the State Board of Education and the Capital Development Board from requiring a project labor agreement for any school construction project or grant. Authorizes a board of education to exempt any school construction project from the requirements of the Act. Amends the Downstate Teachers Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Incrementally shifts the System's normal costs to local school districts, but only if certain State mandates are funded by the State. Includes provisions concerning billing, review, and payment. Amends the School Code. Makes changes in provisions concerning mandates for public and private schools. Repeals the Driver's Education Act. Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Prohibits school districts from entering into, amending, or renewing certain technology-related collective bargaining agreements. Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a board of education may exempt school construction projects undertaken in the district from the Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2380 (Radogno, C.) (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act. Provides that grantees and employees of grantees shall not knowingly use grant funds, or goods or services purchased with grant funds, to engage, either directly or indirectly, in a prohibited political activity. Provides that grantees and employees of grantees shall not be knowingly compensated from grant funds for time spent engaging in a prohibited political activity. Provides that a grantee who knowingly violates these provisions is guilty of a business offense and subject to a fine of up to $5,000.
Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 117-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/27/2013 Public Act 98-0588

SB 2381 (Radogno, C.) (Sandack, R.) - Creates the Grant Information Collection Act. Requires the Chief Information Officer of the State, as designated by the Governor, to coordinate with each State agency to develop, with any existing or newly available resources and technology, appropriate systems to accurately report data containing financial information. Requires each grantor agency that is authorized to award grants funds to an entity other than the State of Illinois to coordinate with the Chief Information Officer of the State to periodically provide for publication, at data.illinois.gov or any other publicly accessible website designated by the Chief Information Officer, of data sets containing information regarding awards of grant funds that the grantor agency has made during the previous fiscal year. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 118-0.

Last Action: 8/27/2013 Public Act 98-0589

SB 2382 (Radogno, C.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Prohibits campaign contributions from grantees with pending or actual annual aggregate awards of State grant funds totalling more than $50,000, or from the affiliated entities and affiliated persons of such grantees, to any political committees established to promote the candidacy of (i) the executive branch constitutional officeholder responsible for awarding the grant funds or (ii) a declared candidate for that office. Specifies the duration of the prohibitions and the penalties for violations.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2402 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Disclosure and Regulation of Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Article of the Election Code. Provides that there is a rebuttable presumption that specified expenditures do not qualify as independent expenditures. Requires a nonprofit organization, except for a labor union, that accepts contributions, makes contributions, or makes expenditures during any 12-month period in an aggregate amount exceeding $5,000 on behalf of or in opposition to public officials, candidates for public office, or a question of public policy or for electioneering communications to register with the State Board of Elections in accordance with the Board's rules and file contribution and expenditure reports and imposes certain requirements regarding the reports. Changes requirements for reports filed by a political committee that makes independent expenditures and provides that the Board shall impose a civil penalty for failure to file a report. Provides that quarterly report of campaign contributions, expenditures, and independent expenditures shall disclose the beneficial owner of any entity that contributes more than $10,000 to a ballot initiative committee or an independent expenditure committee during any election period. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/22/2013 Senate Rule 3-9 (a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2404 (Holmes, L.) - Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund according to a specified schedule beginning in FY 2016 and continuing until FY 2045 or until the retirement funds have achieved a 100% funding ratio, whichever is earlier. Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Changes the manner in which the annual required State contribution is calculated so that the the affected systems are 100% funded by 2045. Provides that employee contributions to the retirement systems are increased an additional 1% on July 1, 2013 and 2% on July 1, 2014. Provides that the State is contractually obligated to each retirement plan participant and retiree to provide funding to the retirement systems according to the specified amortization schedule beginning in FY 2016 and continuing until FY 2045 or until the retirement funds have achieved a 100% funding ratio, whichever is earlier, in addition to the annual required State contribution certified by the Board for each fiscal year. Provides that each retirement system has the right to bring a mandamus action against the State to compel the State to make any installment of the annual required State contribution certified by the Board and the transfers required under the Budget Stabilization Act. Further provides that if a retirement system shall fail to bring a mandamus action against the State to compel the State to make any required installment, then any participant or retiree may bring such a mandamus action. Effective July 1, 2013. Passed the Senate on 5/9/2013 with a vote of 40-16.

Last Action: 6/12/2013 Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

SB 2594 (Bush, M.) - Amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Provides that any owner of an establishment that serves alcohol on its premises who maintains a retail liquor license as provided in the Act and allows for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on its premises as an on premise consumption retailer, (deletes if more than 50% of the establishment's gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol) who knowingly fails to prohibit concealed firearms on its premises or who knowingly makes a false statement or record to avoid the prohibition of concealed firearms on its premises under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act shall be guilty of a business offense with a fine up to $5,000. Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a licensee under the Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into any building, real property, and parking area under the control of an establishment that maintains a retail liquor license as provided in the Liquor Control Act of 1934 and allows for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on its premises as an on premise consumption retailer (rather than serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment's gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol).

Last Action: 10/09/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2603 (Manar, A.) - Amends Public Act 98-27 and Public Act 98-50. Adds supplemental appropriations to the Department of Human Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Natural Resources for personal services and State contributions to Social Security. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/9/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2633 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the Recreational Trails of Illinois Act. Provides that the fee for an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp for a vehicle with an engine capacity of over 75 cubic centimeters shall be $15 annually. Provides that the fee for an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp for a vehicle with an engine capacity of 75 cubic centimeters and below shall be $10 annually. Provides additional exemptions to the requirement of operators of an off-highway vehicle displaying an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/3/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

SR 83 (Frerichs, M.) - Urges municipalities within the State to reevaluate their Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management plans.

Last Action: 4/11/2013 Senate Resolution Adopted

SJRCA 13 (Raoul, K.) - Proposes to amend the Bill of Rights Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that no person's services or property may be taken without just compensation. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/14/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments





















 

 























 









 

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