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The Priority Bill section contains a brief snapshot of current legislation that is of particular interest to park districts, forest preserves and conservation districts. Watch for updates on bills pending the Governor's signature.

Check the New IAPD Complete Bill Review Database for a complete listing of all bills that the association is tracking during this session of the general assembly.

2014 Priority Bills - House 

HB 8 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that with respect to employment, it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, if she so requests, with the advice of her health care provider. Provides that the term "reasonable accommodations" means actions which would permit such an employee to perform in a reasonable manner the activities involved in the job or occupation including an accessible worksite, acquisition or modification of equipment, job restructuring, and modified work schedule. Provides that the reasonable accommodations shall be undertaken provided that those actions do not impose an undue hardship on the business, program, or enterprise of the entity from which the actions are requested. Passed the House on 4/10/2014 with a vote of 65-36-1.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Passed the House 65-36-1

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

Last Action: 5/1/2013 Tabled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 1/3/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 1/3/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HB 1040 (Tryon, M.) (Althoff, P.) - Creates the Chief Information Officer Act. Requires the Chief Information Officer of the State, as designated by the Governor, to coordinate with each State agency to develop, with any existing or newly available resources and technology, appropriate systems to accurately report data containing financial information. Requires each grantor agency that is authorized to award grants funds to an entity other than the State of Illinois to coordinate with the Chief Information Officer of the State to periodically provide for publication, at data.illinois.gov or any other publicly accessible website designated by the Chief Information Officer, of data sets containing information regarding awards of grant funds that the grantor agency has made during the previous fiscal year. Provides that the website shall include a database of pension contributions made on behalf of members of the General Assembly Retirement System and the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois and annuity payments for annuitants under those retirement systems.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of House Amendment No. 1, as amended by House Amendment No. 2, with changes. Changes the short title of the Act to the Open Operating Standard Act. Creates the Office of Chief Information Officer, appointed by the Governor. Provides that the Chief Information Officer shall establish an open operating standard, to be known as "Illinois Open Data", for the State of Illinois. Provides that each agency of State government under the jurisdiction of the Governor shall make available, via a single state web portal, public data sets of public information. Provides the Chief Information Officer with rulemaking authority. Effective immediately, except that the grant reporting provisions take effect January 1, 2014. Passed the House on 4/19/2014 with a vote of 90-0. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2013 with a vote of 58-0. House concurs with SFA 3 on 3/6/2014 with a vote of 107-0.

Last Action: 3/10/2014 Public Act 98-0627

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HB 2317 (Zalewski, M.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property tax bills may be sent via e-mail only if the property owner or taxpayer has requested in writing to have the bill sent via e-mail. Passed the House on 4/9/13 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/30/2013 with a vote of 55-0. House cocurs with SFA 1 on 3/4/2014 with a vote of 111-0.

Last Action: 3/6/2014 Sent to the Governor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 1/29/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/19/2014 Placed on House Calendar 2nd Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 1/03/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HB 3251 (Franks, J.) - Amends the General Assembly Organization Act. Prohibits the General Assembly from enacting any law creating any new unit of local government, including, but not limited to, the division of existing units of local government. Provides that the prohibition shall not apply to the creation of a new unit of local government from the consolidation of 2 or more pre-existing units of local government.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Provides that the ban on the creation of new units of local government shall be in effect for four years after the effective date. Passed the House on 4/2/2014 with a vote of 101-10.

Last Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3664 (Kosel, R.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a settlement agreement that is funded in whole or part by public moneys or that releases a claim against a public body shall not require or impose any condition on any party to keep allegations, evidence, settlement amounts, or any other information confidential, except that which is necessary to protect a trade secret, proprietary information, or information that is otherwise exempt from disclosure under the Act. Provides that a severance agreement that is funded in whole or part by public moneys or that releases a claim against a public body shall not require or impose any condition on any party to keep allegations, evidence, settlement amounts, or any other information confidential, except that which is necessary to protect a trade secret, proprietary information, or information that is otherwise exempt from disclosure under the Act. Defines "settlement agreement" and "severance agreement".
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the provisions barring publicly-funded confidential settlement or severance agreements do not apply to agreements signed before the effective date of the amendatory Act.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the introduced bill, and makes the following changes: (1) relocates the new provisions to the Section of the Act concerning settlement agreements; and (2) provides that the changes made by the amendatory Act do not apply to agreements signed before the effective date.
House Floor Amendment No. 4
Deletes all amendatory provisions concerning settlement agreements. Passed the House 4/10/2014 with a vote of 106-0.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar 1st Reading

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

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

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

Last Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3820 (Crespo, F.) - Creates the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to establish uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for State and federal pass-through awards to non-federal entities. Provides that, on or before July 1, 2015, the Governor's Office of Management and Budget shall by rule adopt the federal Uniform Guidance regarding federal grant awards and apply those rules to all State and federal awards on and after July 1, 2015. Provides for the following: (1) the adoption of federal rules applicable to grants; (2) conflicts of interest; (3) mandatory disclosures; (4) supplemental rules; (5) applicability of the Act; (6) State grant-making agency responsibilities; (7) responsibilities of the centralized grants management unit; (8) audit requirements; (9) review date; (10) State agency implementation; (11) exceptions to the Act; and (12) an annual report that demonstrates the efficiencies, cost savings, and reduction in fraud, waste, and abuse as a result of the implementation of the Act. Repeals the Act 5 years after the effective date of the Act. Provides that on and after July 1, 2015, in the event of a conflict between the Grant Funds Recovery Act and the provisions of the Act, the Act shall prevail. Makes a corresponding change in the Grant Funds Recovery Act. Further amends the Grant Funds Recovery Act and extends the date of repeal for the Illinois Single Audit Commission to December 31, 2014 (now April 1, 2014). Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget may adopt emergency rules to implement the provisions of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Provides for the creation of the centralized grants management unit within the Office and requires the Office to adopt rules under the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Provides that the definition of "loan" includes a State loan or loan guarantee. Provides that should changes to the rules be required by the review mandated by the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, the Governor's Office of Management and Budget may adopt such peremptory rules (rather than emergency rules) as are necessary to comply with changes to corresponding federal rules. Provides that all other rules that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget deems necessary to adopt in connection with the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act must proceed through the ordinary rule-making process. Deletes a provision that adoption of emergency rules shall be deemed to be necessary for the public interest, safety, and welfare. Passed the House on 4/10/2014 with a vote of 89-13-1.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Passed the House 89-13-1

HB 3825 (Madigan, M.) -
Amends the Agency Energy Efficiency Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed House Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Disaster Relief Act. Provides that the Disaster Response and Recovery Fund shall be used to finance disaster assistance grants under a specified provision of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency may provide disaster assistance grants to reimburse disaster response expenses for debris removal and emergency protective measures incurred by (1) a unit of local government as defined in the Illinois Constitution, (2) any school district, or (3) any public community college district, if that entity is located in a county that the Governor has declared a disaster area. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Disaster Assistance to Local Governments Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 3828 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed House Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the I-FLY Act. Provides that grants under the I-FLY Program may be made for a 3-year period (now a 2-year period). Provides that State funding for a grant under the I-FLY Program may not exceed $1,500,000 (now $1,000,000) to a particular airport in any year. Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that as soon as practicable the State Comptroller shall direct and the State Treasurer shall transfer the sum of $1,500,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the I-FLY Fund. Effective July 1, 2014.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 3882 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the purpose of the Act.
Proposed House Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Illinois Certainty and Fairness in Local Tax Sourcing Act. Contains provisions concerning the allocating or sourcing of any municipal, county, special district, or other local retailers' occupation tax and the local share of the State's retailers' occupation tax. Effective January 1, 2015.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 3888 (DeLuca, A.) - Amends the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed House Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that any taxing district may, by ordinance, abate all or a portion of its taxes on property that (i) contains a grocery store or supermarket that offers fresh produce for sale at retail and (ii) is located in an area that qualified as a food desert in the taxable year immediately preceding the taxable year in which the grocery store or supermarket first conducted business at that location. Defines "food desert".

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 3898 (Conroy, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions.
House Committee Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Eliminates the supplemental benefit payment (13th check). Table Bill/Resolution Pursuant to Rule 60(b), Rep. Deborah Conroy.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 3902 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In the definition of "employee", excludes contributors to a Taft-Hartley pension plan to which the participating municipality is required to contribute as the person's employer based on earnings from the municipality; does not apply to persons in service before the effective date. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/10/2014 with a vote of 111-0.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar 1st Reading

HB 4094 (Madigan, M.) -
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the sexual exploitation of children.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. In the provisions making it unlawful for a sexual predator or a child sex offender to knowingly be present in any public park building or on real property comprising any public park or to knowingly loiter on a public way within 500 feet of a public park building or real property comprising any public park, provides an exemption if the offender is a parent or guardian of a person under 18 years of age who is also present in the building or in the public park and the offender does not contact or communicate with any other persons under 18 years of age.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 concerning the statute prohibiting sexual predators and child sex offenders from knowingly being present in any public park building or on real property comprising any public park and from knowingly loitering on a public way within 500 feet of a public park building or real property comprising any public park. Provides that the conduct is prohibited, except as otherwise provided by law.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Placed on House Calendar 3rd Reading

HB 4157 (Madigan, M.) -
Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that for purposes of the provisions of the Act concerning sexual harassment in the workplace, "employee" includes unpaid interns.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that an unpaid intern is a person who performs work for an employer under the following circumstances: the person works for the employer at least 10 hours per week; the employer is not committed to hiring the person at the conclusion of his or her tenure; the employer and the person agree that the person is not entitled to wages for the work performed; and the work provides experience for the benefit of the person, does not displace regular employees, and is performed under the close supervision of staff.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Placed on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 4171 (Madigan, M.) -
Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed House Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that a non-binding advisory referendum concerning an increase in the minimum wage shall be placed on the ballot at the first general election to occur after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Repeals the provision on January 1, 2017.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 4187 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that on and after the effective date of this Act, contracts of $250,000 or more between the State or any State agency and another state or the federal government may be entered into only by a separate Act of the General Assembly. Provides that a contract executed before the effective date of this amendatory Act valued at more than $250,000 between the State or any State agency and another state or the federal government may be renewed or extended only by a separate Act of the General Assembly. Provides that copies of such contract shall be filed with the Index Department of the Office of the Secretary of State upon execution. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4197 (Morrison, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Beginning in taxable year 2014, increases the maximum income limitation under the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption from $55,000 to $75,000 for applicants who have occupied the residence for 5 years or more. Indexes the maximum income limitation to the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4208 (Fine, L.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that any member of a governmental entity appointed by the president or chairperson of the county board, or by any member or members of the county board, shall abide by certain ethics laws (current law provides for a member of a governmental entity appointed by the president or chairperson of the county board only). Passed the House on 2/26/2014 with a vote of 116-0.

Last Action: 3/5/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments Committee

HB 4209 (Willis, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code and the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act. Increases the maximum income limitation for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption and the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Program to $60,000 (instead of $55,000). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/15/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4216 (DeLuca, A.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that any person who knowingly, without lawful authority and with the intent to defraud any party, public officer, or entity, alters, destroys, defaces, removes, or conceals any public record commits a Class 4 felony. Passed the House on 3/27/2014 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 4219 (Harris, G) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that if a form, schedule to a form, or line item in a form issued by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is mentioned in this Code and that form, schedule to a form, or line item in a form is renumbered, then any reference to that renumbered form, schedule to a form, or line item in a form in this Code shall be construed as though the renumbering had not occurred. Provides that a not-for-profit organization shall not be exempt from this Code if it receives a grant subject to continuing disclosure requirements or was previously exempt under a purchase of care exemption. Sets forth documentation that must be disclosed by these organizations. Adds a Section that sets forth disclosure requirements for not-for-profit organizations subject to this Code. Sets forth additional disclosure requirements, including a copy of the organization's IRS Form 990, for not-for-profit organizations in Sections regarding facilities for persons with severe disabilities and continuing disclosure requirements. Defines terms. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4222 (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2014 taxable year, all barns that were first placed in service more than 75 years before the first day of the taxable year and are located in areas zoned for agriculture shall have an assessed value of zero. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/17/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4223 (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Raffles Act and the Charitable Games Act. Provides for the regulation of poker runs as raffles rather than as charitable games events. Provides that poker runs shall be licensed by the governing body with jurisdiction over the key location and the license granted by the key location shall cover the entire poker run. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to make corresponding changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 4247 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in a county that is not subject to the Law, the registered voters within the county may file a petition with the county clerk requesting the county board to submit to the voters of the county the question of whether to make all non-home rule taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation situated in the county subject to the Law. Provides that, if 10% of the registered voters within the county sign the petition, then the county board shall submit the question. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/22/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4251 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2014 and concluding in taxable year 2017, the county clerk shall reduce the property taxes levied by each taxing district to a level that is not greater than that taxing district's levy in the previous taxable year. Provides that the county clerk may increase or decrease the portion of a total tax levy paid by any individual taxpayer, provided that the increase or decrease in the individual taxpayer's tax bill is based solely on a change in the equalized assessed value of the taxpayer's property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/22/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4267 (Chapa LaVia, L.) - Amends the Illinois Plumbing License Law. Provides that no governmental unit shall act as a plumbing contractor. Further provides that a person employed by a governmental unit as a Plumbing Inspector is prohibited from acting as a plumbing contractor on behalf of the governmental unit.

Last Action: 1/22/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4268 (Ives, J.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that, once an agreement is reached between a public or educational employer and its employees regarding all of the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, the agreement shall be reduced to writing and published on the website of the public or educational employer. Requires the public or educational employer, not less than 14 days after publishing such an agreement, to hold an open public meeting on the ratification of that agreement. Makes conforming changes in the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4270 (Costello, J.) - Amends the Recreational Trails of Illinois Act. Provides that the operator of an off-highway vehicle shall not be required to display an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp if the off-highway vehicle is operated on any private land with the permission of the land owner. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4272 (Gabel, R.) - Creates the Illinois Family Care Provider Act. Provides that an employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid family medical leave to an employee during any 12-month period for one or more of these purposes: the birth or adoption of a grandchild in order for the employee to care for such grandchild; because of the placement of a grandchild with the employee for adoption or foster care; or in order for the employee to care for a grandchild if such grandchild has a serious health condition or the employee to care for a grandparent if such grandparent has a serious health condition. Contains provisions concerning notification and certification. Authorizes an employee to file a civil action for enforcement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 4273 (Franks, J. ) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a non-binding advisory referendum concerning a proposed extension limitation shall be placed on the ballot at the first general election to occur after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/24/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4276 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that a person who is 17 years old on the date of a consolidated primary election is qualified to vote at that primary if he or she will be 18 years old on the date of the immediately following regular election (now, general election). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4303 (Wheeler, B.) - Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act. Provides that the owner of a boat livery, or his agent or employee, shall not rent a watercraft to a person without requiring that person to watch a boating safety video approved by the Department of Natural Resources. The person renting the watercraft must sign and date a form acknowledging that he or she watched the boating safety video and understood its contents. The owner of the boat livery shall keep these forms on file for one year from the date of the signature, and provide these forms to the Department of Natural Resources for inspection upon request. Requires the Department to provide access to approved boating safety videos to licensed boat liveries.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 4317 (Drury, S.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Provides that lobbying is an activity that may be undertaken by non-attorneys. Further provides that the General Assembly declares that lobbying records should generally be available to the public, and work records related to lobbying are not shielded by the attorney-client privilege solely because the lobbyist employed by the unit of government is an attorney. Requires units of local government and school districts to register with the Secretary of State if it employs or compensates a lobbyist. Requires every lobbying entity to report billings to clients, which includes the amount billed, the client billed, and the time frame in which services were performed. Provides that lobbying is an activity that may be undertaken by persons without any professional credential, and no professional privileges or immunities shall attach to lobbying work-product solely on the basis that such work was performed by a person with professional credential or credentials. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4318 (Drury, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning PPV leases, provides that the current method of classifying and valuing PPV leases expires on the earlier of (i) January 1, 2056 or (ii) January 1 of the calendar year in which the particular PPV lease terminates (now, January 1, 2016). Provides that, for naval training facilities, naval bases, and naval support facilities, "net operating income" means all revenues received minus the lesser of (i) 42% of all revenues or (ii) actual expenses before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (now, all revenues received minus the lesser of (i) 62% of all revenues or (ii) actual expenses before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4352 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Beginning in taxable year 2014, increases the maximum income limitation under the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption from $55,000 to $75,000 for applicants who have occupied the residence for 5 years or more. Indexes the maximum income limitation to the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4354 (Hays, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates an abatement for property that (i) is used exclusively for commercial or industrial purposes and (ii) has been rebuilt following a natural disaster occurring in taxable year 2013 or any taxable year thereafter. Effective immediately.
Proposed House Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a special valuation method for commercial or industrial property that (i) is owned and used by a small business and (ii) has been rebuilt following a natural disaster occurring in taxable year 2013 or any taxable year thereafter. Provides that the property shall be valued at the lesser of (i) its modified equalized assessed value or (ii) 33 1/3% of its fair cash value. Provides that the property's modified equalized assessed value is (i) the equalized assessed value of the property for the taxable year immediately preceding the year in which the natural disaster occurred for the first taxable year after the natural disaster occurs and (ii) the modified equalized assessed value of the property for the previous taxable year, increased by 4%, for the second taxable year after the natural disaster occurs and thereafter. Provides that the valuation applies only if the structure is rebuilt within 2 years after the date of the natural disaster and the square footage of the rebuilt structure is not more than than 110% of the square footage of the original structure as it existed immediately prior to the natural disaster. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4357 (Mitchell, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for tax year 2013 and subsequent tax years, all applications for judgment and order of sale for taxes and special assessments on delinquent properties shall be made by July 1 of the calendar year following the second installment due date. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4385 (Walsh, Jr., L.) - Amends the Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that, in addition to passenger automobiles, light duty trucks, and heavy duty trucks, the Department of Transportation may sell any self-propelled motorized equipment in excess of 25 horsepower and attachments to units of local government upon a determination by the Department of Central Management Services that this equipment will not be re-allocated to other State agencies. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/4/2014 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 4388 (Burke, K.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that no district may incur indebtedness for the acquisition of land or lands for any purpose in excess of 90,000 acres (currently, 75,000 acres) without prior certification to the proper election officials and approval by the district's voters. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/4/2014 Lost 41-71-0

HB 4406 (Gabel, R.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the licensing standards for day care centers and day care homes shall include a requirement that such facilities adopt policies regarding immunizations for day care staff, and that the most current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices may be used as a guideline in adopting such policies. Further provides that the licensing standards shall include exemptions for day care staff who object to immunization on religious grounds or for clinical reasons. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4420 (Berrios, M.) - Creates the Earned Sick Time Act. Provides that all employers that employ 20 or more employees shall provide paid sick time to their employees. Requires all employers to provide a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked by an employee, regardless of whether the employee is full-time or part-time, with a minimum of 2 days of paid sick time per calendar year. Provides for administration by the Department of Labor. Provides enforcement provisions and sets penalties. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4426 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that if (i) the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, or (ii) the median equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year and the 2 levy years immediately preceding the current levy year is less than the median equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the 3 levy years immediately preceding that 3-year period, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or the rate of increase approved by the voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4429 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year (excluding new property, recovered tax increment value, and property that is annexed to or disconnected from the taxing district in the current levy year) is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). Provides that a referendum to increase the extension limitation may not be conducted at a general primary or a consolidated primary election. Provides that certain supplemental information must be provided on the referendum ballot. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4430 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that contracts of $250,000 or more between (i) the State and its political subdivisions, (ii) the State and other governments, or (iii) State governmental bodies are not exempt from the Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4436 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that petition sheets shall be neatly bound and deletes a reference to placing the sheets in a pile and fastening them together at one edge in a secure and suitable manner. Further provides that petitions filed that are bound using paper clips, tape, or any similar temporary fastening device shall be found invalid. Makes similar changes to provisions concerning the form of nominating petitions under Article 10 of the Election Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4437 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Deletes a provision which provided that if a notice or agenda is not continuously available for the required period due to actions outside of the control of the public body, then that lack of availability does not invalidate any meeting or action taken at a meeting. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4438 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that if a person requests information from the corporate authorities of a public body during a meeting and if the corporate authorities of the public body do not respond to the request during the meeting, then the corporate authorities of the public body shall provide a written response to the request prior to or at the next meeting of the public body. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4450 (Cabello, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2014 and concluding in taxable year 2018, the county clerk shall reduce the property taxes levied by each taxing district to a level that is not greater than that taxing district's levy in the previous taxable year. Provides that the county clerk may increase or decrease the portion of a total tax levy paid by any individual taxpayer, provided that the increase or decrease in the individual taxpayer's tax bill is based solely on a change in the equalized assessed value of the taxpayer's property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/3/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4460 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning refunds for erroneous assessments or overpayments, makes the following changes applicable to Cook County: (i) allows the claimant to recover the costs of suit, and (ii) provides that the total amount of taxes and interest refunded for claims for which the right to a refund arose prior to January 1, 2009 shall not exceed $2,500,000 per year.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4466 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Increases the maximum reduction under the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption from $4,000 to $7,000 for taxable year 2014 and indexes the reduction to the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4471 (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Park District Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning criminal background investigations.

Last Action: 2/3/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4472 (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning criminal background investigations.

Last Action: 2/3/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4473 (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning drivers of vehicles owned by private carrier companies.

Last Action: 2/3/2013 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4475 (Ives, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Assembly Article, restricts participation in the General Assembly Retirement System to persons who become participants before the effective date of the amendatory Act and provides that, beginning on that date, the System shall not accept any new participants. Makes related changes. In the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Chicago Municipal, and Cook County Articles, provides that a person who holds part-time elective office is not an employee, contributor, or participant with respect to that office, unless he or she (i) was elected to that office before the effective date of the amendatory Act and (ii) has elected while in that office to become a contributor. Provides that an elective office shall be presumed to be part-time in the absence of an official job description or determination by the legal advisor of the applicable unit of local government, filed with the Board of the Fund, declaring the elective office to be full-time.

Last Action: 2/3/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4483 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes an elected or appointed member of a public body of a park district, forest preserve district, or conservation district to satisfy the training requirements of the Act through an alternative training arrangement sponsored or conducted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. Sets forth requirements for the alternative course of training. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/3/2014 with a vote of 93-21.

Last Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 4515 (McAsey, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for levy years 2015 and later, the taxing district's aggregate extension base is the greater of (A) the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension limit or (B) the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension, subject to adjustments for taxing districts in 2 or more counties, merged or consolidated taxing districts, and adjustments by a rate increase or decrease factor. Provides that the term "aggregate extension limit" means the district's last preceding aggregate extension if the taxing district had utilized the maximum limiting rate permitted without referendum.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4531 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Notice By Publication Act. Provides that whenever a governmental unit is required to provide notice by publication in a newspaper by law, order of court, or contract, the governmental unit may publish the notice on an official government website instead of in a newspaper. Provides conditions concerning the availability and format of the notice web page. Repeals a Section concerning the placement of published notices on a statewide website and makes corresponding changes throughout the Act and in the Newspaper Legal Notice Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4581 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that an employer may not require an employee to use earned vacation time or any form of paid leave time to serve as an election judge. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/19/2014 with a vote of 103-0.

Last Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 4589 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, provides that the total property tax liability of any property receiving an exemption under this Section may not exceed the total property tax liability for that property in the immediately preceding taxable year, increased by the lesser of (i) 3% or (ii) one-half of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, as issued by the United States Department of Labor, during the immediately preceding taxable year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4597 (Martwick, R.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that the board of a park district may borrow money for any corporate purpose from a bank or other financial institution, provided that the money shall be repaid within 2 years from the general funds of the park district and such other sources of payment as are otherwise lawfully available. Prohibits the indebtedness incurred, when aggregated with the existing indebtedness of the park district, from exceeding the debt limitation otherwise provided for by law. Defines "financial institution". Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 82-30-1.

Last Action: 4/2/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar 1st Reading

HB 4599 (Fine, L.) - Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2015, no person may knowingly cause or allow sale at wholesale or retail of a coal tar sealant product. Provides that, on and after July 1, 2016, no person may knowingly cause or allow application of a coal tar sealant product on any surface in the State of Illinois including but not limited to a driveway, parking area, playground, sidewalk, bike trail or roadway. Provides that a city or county may adopt ordinances providing for enforcement of the requirements of this provision. Provides that any violation of this provision shall be enforceable by administrative citation. Provides that penalties for violation may not exceed $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for the second offense. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4609 (Feigenholtz, S.) - Amends the Fire Investigation Act. Makes a technical change in the Section creating the Fire Prevention Fund.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Task Force on Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education Act. Creates the Task Force on Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education. Provides requirements for the membership and duties of the Task Force. Provides that on or before July 15, 2015, the Task Force shall summarize its findings and recommendations in a report to the General Assembly. Provides that the Office of the State Fire Marshal shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Amends the Fire Sprinkler Contractor Licensing Act and the Fire Investigation Act. Provides that the Office of the State Fire Marshal may not adopt rules imposing new statewide mandates or changes to existing or future statewide mandates requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in specific types of buildings or other structures. Provides that the Office of the State Fire Marshal may impose new statewide mandates or changes to existing or future mandates requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in specific types of buildings or other structures by means of a bill passed by the General Assembly. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 4656 (Riley, A.) - Amends the Local Government Prompt Payment Act. Provides that the appropriate local governmental official or agency receiving goods or services must approve or disapprove a bill from a vendor or contractor within 35 days (currently, 30 days) after the receipt of such bill or within 35 days (currently, 30 days) after the date on which the goods or services were received.

Last Action: 2/5/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4676 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that the prohibition against the use of the fact of an arrest in making employment decisions shall not be construed to apply to inquiries regarding arrests for which criminal charges are pending at the time of the inquiry.

Last Action: 2/5/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4684 (Tabares, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Removes the income limitation for the purposes of determining eligibility for the senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4686 (Sullivan, E.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that if a person files a complaint in circuit court alleging that a unit of local government has violated State preemption under the Act by adopting an ordinance or resolution restricting a licensee or business under the Act and the court finds that the allegations in the complaint are true, the court shall order that the unit of local government pay plaintiff's court costs, attorney's fees, actual damages, and at least $1,000 per day per violation in punitive damages from the time of the filing of the complaint as the court deems appropriate. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4689 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 2/5/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4692 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that any county, municipality, village, or township may order the county clerk to abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by the county, municipality, village, or township on certain tool and die manufacturing business property. 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. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4716 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act. Provides that the district may sell or otherwise dispose of recovered resources or renewable energy resources resulting from the operation of district facilities. Allows the district to take in materials used in the generation of usable products from recovered resources or which increase the production of renewable energy resources. Provides legislative findings, and defines terms. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/19/2014 with a vote of 102-0.

Last Action: 3/20/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 4719 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a public body that willfully and intentionally failed to comply with the Act, or otherwise acted in bad faith, is guilty of a business offense (rather than being subject to a civil penalty) and subject to a fine of not less than $2,500 nor more than $5,000 for each occurrence. Provides that an individual acting on behalf of a public body who willfully and intentionally fails to comply with the Act is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and subject to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 60 days.

Last Action: 2/5/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4722 (Moffitt, D.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Deletes provision prohibiting a licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm into a public park. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/5/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4726 (Davis, W.) -
Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the rules and regulations on sentence credit prescribed by the Department of Corrections shall also provide for timely notification to inmates that their eligibility for the award by the Director of Corrections of additional sentence credit for good conduct in specific instances as the Director deems proper is being reviewed and timely notification of the decision to award or not award sentence credit for good conduct and the amount of credit awarded, if any.
Proposed House Amendment 001
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. In the provisions making it unlawful for a sexual predator or a child sex offender to knowingly be present in any public park building or on real property comprising any public park or to knowingly loiter on a public way within 500 feet of a public park building or real property comprising any public park, provides an exemption if the offender is a parent or guardian of a person under 18 years of age who is also present in the building or in the public park and the offender does not contact or communicate with any other persons under 18 years of age.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading​​​​

HB 4758 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. In a provision making it a civil rights violation to engage in sexual harassment, provides that managerial and supervisory employees include only those employees who have authority to effect a significant change in the employment status of the alleged victim, such as by hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassigning with significantly different responsibilities, or making a decision causing a significant change in benefits.

Last Action: 2/5/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4759 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Public Funds Investment Act. Provides that a financial institution shall not be required to provide a product or service that it does not already provide. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/4/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 4769 (Beiser, D.) - Amends the Public Construction Bond Act. Provides that the surety on a bond shall be a company with a certificate of authority from the Department of Insurance specifically authorizing it to execute surety bonds and a financial strength rating of at least A as rated by A.M. Best or a similar rating agency. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/4/42014 with a vote of 109-0.

Last Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 4794 (Riley, A.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Exempts from open meetings requirements negotiations of a public body when the discussion involves entering into contracts with a vendor.

Last Action: 2/7/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4803 (Sullivan, E.) -
Amends the Local Governmental Acceptance of Credit Cards Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed House Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Local Records Act. Requires any unit of local government serving a population of 5,000 or more and any school district with an enrollment of 500 or more students to maintain an Internet website and post to that website, for the current calendar or fiscal year, as the case may be, certain information. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides that records posted pursuant to this amendatory Act may remain posted on the entity's website, or subsequent websites, in perpetuity. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a public body is not required to copy and make available for public inspection a public record that is published on the public body's website if the public body's Freedom of Information officer certifies that the online record is a true and accurate copy of the original record maintained by the public body. Provides that the Freedom of Information officer shall notify the person requesting the public record that it is available online. Provides that if the person requesting the public record is unable to access the record online, the public body is then required to copy and make available the public record. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 4811 (Sosnoswki, J.) - Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning reports to the Comptroller.
Proposed House Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act. Provides that a governmental unit receiving revenue of less than $850,000 shall cause an audit of the accounts every 3 years (currently, each year). Requires a governmental unit receiving less than $850,000 in revenue each fiscal year to submit financial reports to the Comptroller each year that an audit is not conducted (currently, submitted in lieu of an annual audit). Passed the House on 4/10/2014 with a vote of 98-2.

Last Action: 4/10/2014  Passed the House 98-2

HB 5058 (Hatcher, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "33 1/3%".
Proposed House Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption, provides that the amount of the exemption is (1) $2,500 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 30% but less than 50% and (ii) $5,000 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 70%. Provides that, for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 70%, the property is exempt from taxation.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 5062 (Sullivan, E.) -
Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "33 1/3%".
Proposed House Floor Amendment 1

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 5289 (Sullivan, E.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, at a State convention, each county shall be entitled to one delegate for each 500 ballots voted by the primary electors of the party in such county at the most recent general primary held prior to the convention (instead of the primary to be held next after the call for the convention). Provides that the State Board of Elections or the appropriate election authority or local election official shall notify a person for whom a petition for nomination has been filed of the obligation to file campaign disclosure documents (now, those documents are listed). Provides that an election authority shall, at least 46 days (now, 45 days) prior to the date of the primary election, have a sufficient number of ballots printed so that the ballots will be available for mailing 45 days prior to the primary election. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall send a written notice of any fine or penalty assessed or imposed against the political committee by first class mail (instead of certified mail) to the address of the political committee. Makes other changes. Makes various technical corrections. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5311 (Unes, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a Township Property Tax Extension Freeze for the 2014 levy year for townships with a population of 100,000 or less that are located within a county that is subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/3/2014 with a vote of 66-43.

Last Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 5343 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Provides that funds from certain taxes authorized under the Act may be used for the funding of sprinklers, health or medical insurance premiums or health savings plans, and pension funds.

Last Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5350 (Jones, T.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that every park district that maintains an Internet website must post to its website a list of total compensation paid to each employee and whether that employee is an elected official. Requires park districts without a website to make the same information available to the public in its main office. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5351 (Willis, K.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. In the statute creating the offense of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds, defines "school grounds" to mean the property, including buildings and grounds, of a public or private elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school, or a public or private 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education; public property or property open to public use within 1,000 feet of school property; a school bus; a designated school bus stop; and public property or property open to public use which is within 1,000 feet of the school bus stop, during the time when school children are waiting to be picked up and transported to or are being dropped off from school or a school-sponsored activity. Expands the offense to include the commission of the crime in a public park. Defines "public park".

Last Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5420 (Acevedo, E.) - Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that no licensee shall contract with any non-home rule municipality for the provision of auxiliary police services. Further provides that a licensee may contract with a home rule municipality for the provision of auxiliary police services, provided that each employee who is to act as an auxiliary police officer under the contract is properly appointed by the municipality and has met certain training requirements. Provides that an employee serving as an auxiliary police officer shall perform only those duties provided by the Illinois Municipal Code and shall, at all times during his or her service, comply with all other requirements of the Code.

Last Action: 2/11/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5431 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act. Provides that an association or other entity that has, as one of its purposes, promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among schools and students within this State shall develop an online certification for high school coaching personnel and athletic directors in concussion awareness and reduction of repetitive sub-concussive hits and concussions. Provides that on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, online concussion certification is mandatory for all high school coaching personnel, including the head and assistant coaches, and the athletic directors. Sets forth provisions governing certification requirements for coaching personnel and athletic directors hired before and after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that the mandatory online certification program content shall be updated annually and include a video, and sets forth the topics of focus. Further provides that to pass the concussion certification, coaching personnel and athletic directors shall review the association's online material and demonstrate proficiency on the test developed by the association. Requires the certification to be renewed every 2 years. Provides that high school coaching personnel and athletic directors shall annually require their student athletes to watch the video in the online concussion certification program to increase athlete awareness of the risk of concussion and sub-concussive hits to the head. Provides that high school coaching personnel shall encourage coaches of youth sports organizations to consider this certification. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 102-11.

Last Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 5438 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act, Counties Code, and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the amount of fees owed by a governmental unit for delinquent audits or reports may be reduced at the Comptroller's discretion. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act, Counties Code, and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the amount of fees owed by a governmental unit for delinquent audits or reports may be reduced at the Comptroller's discretion. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/8/2014 with a vote of 80-34.

Last Action: 4/8/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar 1st Reading

HB 5439 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the research and development credit applies on a permanent basis. Provides that the credit may be carried forward for a period of 20 years (instead of 5 years). Increases the amount of the research and development credit by providing that the increase in qualifying expenditures shall be an increase over 50% (instead of 100%) of the average of the qualifying expenditures for each year in the base period. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/11/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5440 (Cabello, J.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal to provide direct access to a searchable database of all taxing bodies in the State, sorted separately by name, bonded indebtedness, and other debt. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/11/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5444 (Unes, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is leased by a charitable organization for a period of at least one year is exempt from taxation.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5445 (Burke, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that certain property owned by a county, municipality, taxing district, unit of local government, or by one or more municipalities pursuant to an ordinance or intergovernmental agreement, that is held for land bank purposes is exempt from taxation under the Code. Provides that the property remains exempt even if the property is leased to another entity whose property is not exempt.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5452 (McAsey, E.) - Creates the State Funds Consolidation Act. Creates the State Funds Consolidation Board that shall: (i) review and analyze the current structure of the State's funds held in the State Treasury; (ii) review the Auditor General's finding regarding the excessive number of State funds that are held by the State; (iii) review specific funds to determine if it would be beneficial to the State to consolidate certain funds into existing or new funds; and (iv) report any recommendations to the General Assembly, the State Comptroller, the Governor, and the State Treasurer on an annual basis. Provides for the membership of the Board. Repeals the Act on June 30, 2018. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/13/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee 

HB 5464 (Rosenthal, W.) - Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that an applicant under the Act who has been certified shall be required to apply for a license or pesticide dealer registration on or before October 31 of each year. Provides that failure to apply for a license or pesticide dealer registration on or before October 31 of each year shall void the certification. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/4/2014 with a vote of108-0.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 5501 (Davis, M.) - Amends the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. Deletes provisions: (i) authorizing 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, (ii) requiring 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, and (iii) 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. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5505 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is used for refining crude oil located in a county of less than 1,000,000 inhabitants, as to which litigation with respect to its assessed valuation is pending or was pending as of January 1, 2011, may be the subject of a real property tax assessment settlement agreement among the taxpayer and taxing districts in which it is situated. Provides that wind turbines and ethanol producing facilities (other than systems, methods, construction, devices, or appliances appurtenant to ethanol producing facilities) are not considered pollution control facilities. In a Section concerning valuation for pollution control facilities, provides that the Department of Revenue shall, when reasonable, (now, the Department "shall") consider certain factors when determining the fair cash value of the facility. Provides that the effective date of a pollution control facility certificate is January 1 of the year in which the certificate is issued. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5507 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that all money received by the board of trustees of the Fund shall be deposited with the Fund (instead of the State Treasurer). Provides that disbursements shall be made only upon proper authorization by the board. Repeals a provision that provides that the State Treasurer is the treasurer of the Fund. Removes provisions that require the State Comptroller to draw his or her warrant on the State Treasurer for deposits and disbursements. Effective July 1, 2014.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 5521 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning erroneous homestead exemptions, provides for the collection of and imposes penalties and interest on the erroneous exemption principal amount (instead of the back taxes due an owing). Defines "erroneous exemption principal amount" as the total amount of property tax principal that would have been billed to a property index number but for the erroneous homestead exemption or exemptions a taxpayer received. Makes changes concerning the collection and distribution of the erroneous exemption principal amount, penalties, and interest, to provide that the county treasurer shall collect and distribute those proceeds. Makes other changes.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5533 (Ives, J.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that, once an agreement is reached between a public or educational employer and its employees regarding the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, the agreement shall be reduced to writing and published on the website of the public or educational employer. Requires the public or educational employer, not less than 14 days after publishing such an agreement, to hold an open public meeting on the ratification of that agreement. Makes conforming changes in the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/13/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5552 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for tax years 2014 through 2016, the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/13/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5553 (Halbrook, B.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that an individual acting on behalf of a public body who willfully and intentionally fails to comply with the Act is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/13/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5559 (Gabel, R.) - Amends the Illinois Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. Provides that the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) shall by rule establish a schedule of annual fees that are due from any facility required to submit an inventory form. Provides that the rules shall establish procedures for collection and management of the fees and may include penalties for late filing of forms. Provides that the rules may provide an exemption for State, county, and municipal entities, special districts, and other public bodies or political subdivision that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency deems appropriate. Provides that fees collected by the SERC shall be deposited into the Emergency Planning and Training Fund and shall be used by the SERC, pursuant to appropriation, for its activities arising under the Act and a specified provision of the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. Provides that the SERC may make grants to local emergency planning committees to facilitate the disclosure of information about hazardous substances. Provides that, before implementing a grant program, the SERC shall adopt rules governing grant eligibility, application, and administration. Provides that all such fees shall be nonrefundable. Eliminates provisions concerning tier I inventory forms, and makes changes concerning tier II inventory forms. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5568 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each taxing district may, by a majority vote of its governing authority, order the county clerk to abate any portion of its taxes on property that contains a structure operating as a small business if that structure has been rebuilt following a natural disaster occurring in taxable year 2012 or any taxable year thereafter. Defines "small business" to mean a business that employs fewer than 50 full-time employees. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/14/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5576 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Expands the list of uses of land or improvements that do not qualify for valuation as open space land. Provides that improvements or structures located on or adjacent to land that is qualified to be valued as open space that enhance, preserve, or conserve that land in its use for open space purposes shall be included within the open space valuation. Sets forth open space land valuation requirements and limitations for golf courses. Makes other changes.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5592 (Martwick, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a provision authorizing the election of a reversionary annuity: (i) deletes the requirement that the election be made at the time retirement annuity begins; and (ii) provides that the election is irrevocable. Effective January 1, 2015. Passed the House on 4/3/2014 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 5593 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a park district that serves a population within at least 2, but no more than 4, municipalities and serves within a county with a population greater than 100,000 but less than 200,000 shall have a board of commissioners consisting of 9 members (instead of 5 members) that includes 4 appointed commissioners. Sets forth the procedures for appointing the commissioners and the length of their initial and subsequent terms.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Park District Code. Provides that the State legislators of the district in which the Plainfield Park District is located shall each appoint one commissioner to the board of commissioners. Provides that the appointed commissioners shall serve on the board until the next consolidated election, when their offices become elected offices. Sets forth the procedures and term lengths for the newly elected commissioners. Contains a repeal date of June 1, 2017.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Provides that the State Representative and Senator appointing board members shall be from the district in which the Plainfield Park District is predominantly located. Adds an immediate effective date. Passed the House on 4/8/2014 with a vote of 100-12-2.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 5597 (Currie, B.) - Creates the First 2014 General Revisory Act. Combines multiple versions of Sections amended by more than one Public Act. Renumbers Sections of various Acts to eliminate duplication. Corrects obsolete cross-references and technical errors. Makes stylistic changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/14/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5606 (Reis, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the term "public works" does not include work done for purposes of soil and water conservation, whether or not done under public supervision or paid for wholly or in part out of public funds, and performed directly by an owner or person who has legal control on agricultural lands. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/1//2014 with a vote of 113-0.

Last Action: 4/2/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar 1st Reading

HB 5613 (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Real Estate Transfer Tax Law in the Property Tax Code. Contains provisions concerning electronic revenue stamps. Requires the recorder of deeds or registrar of titles to electronically file a return and electronically remit the tax to the Department of Revenue if the recorder or registrar uses an electronic revenue stamp or alternative indicia to indicate payment of the tax. Provides that a penalty shall be imposed upon the recorder or registrar of titles if a return is not timely filed or the tax is not fully paid. Amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act to make conforming changes. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/8/2014 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 5623 (Sandack, R.) - Creates the Governmental Officer Online Accessibility Act. Provides that every unit of local government and school district that maintains an electronic mail system and an Internet website shall: (1) provide an electronic mail address for the use of each of its elected officials, including board members, and appointed officers, to be used in the course of their official duties; and (2) provide a means for the public to transmit correspondence directly by electronic mail to each elected and appointed official, including board members, through its official website.Passed the House on 4/10/2014 with a vote of 101-0.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Passed the House 101-0.

HB 5635 (Hurley, F.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that a settlement or severance agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly by a public body and an employee of the public body is a public record. Prohibits a public body from entering into confidential settlement or severance agreements with its employees. Provides that if a public body enters into a confidential settlement or severance agreement, then the agreement is void and any moneys paid to an employee under that agreement shall be forfeited to the public body. Requires each settlement or severance agreement entered into by a public body to contain a provision authorizing public disclosure of the agreement in its entirety. Defines required terms.

Last Action: 2/14/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5638 (Mitchell, C.) - Creates the Employment Background Check Act. Provides that employers may not conduct criminal history inquiries with respect to an applicant for employment until after the employer has received an application from and interviews an applicant. Provides an exemption to permit background checks when an applicant's criminal history directly relates to the position of employment sought or the occupation for which a license is required. Permits questions concerning convictions during interviews. Authorizes remedies. Effective January 1, 2015.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5646 (Yingling, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that counties and municipalities may provide for an abatement of the taxes imposed by the county or municipality on property upon which a commercial or industrial facility has been newly constructed or improved. Provides that the governing body of the county or municipality shall determine the period of time during which the abatement will apply, which shall not exceed: (i) 10 years if the facility is a LEEDS certified facility or a facility that will be used to provide direct medical services; or (ii) 5 years in the case of all other qualified facilities.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5651 (Anthony, J.) - Creates the Government Reform Task Force to investigate ways to streamline State government, reduce spending and waste, find and suggest changes to duplicative, onerous, or redundant statutes and rules, and make suggestions to eliminate any other inefficiencies in the manner in which State government conducts State business. Sets forth Task Force membership. Provides that members of the Task Force shall not receive compensation for services, but may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses. Requires the Task Force to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2015. Contains a repealer provision.

Last Action: 2/14/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5654 (Davis, W.) - Amends the Illinois Veteran, Youth, and Young Adult Conservation Jobs Act. Creates the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps for the purpose of making grants to local sponsors to provide wages to young adults operating and instructing in conservation or recreational programs. Provides that local sponsors who can provide necessary facilities, materials, and ma

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