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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.

2009 Priority Bills - House

HB 36 (Reitz, D.) - Amends the State Finance Act.  Amounts that were transferred from certain funds into the FY09 Budget Relief fund prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act shall be re-transferred.  Limits future transfers from those funds. Passed the House on 2/25/2009 with a vote of 114-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/13/2009 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action:  8/10/2009  Public Act 96-160

HB 37 (Moffitt, D.) - Creates the Lease of Closed State Properties Act. Requires that the Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency offer to lease to any interested unit of local government, non-profit organization, or public or private college or university the operation and maintenance of any closed State park or historic site for one dollar. Provides that the leasing entity shall retain all revenues generated by such operation during the term of the lease. At the end of the lease, requires the State to reimburse the leasing entity for the undepreciated portion of any improvements made or paid for by the entity. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 4/1/2009 with a vote of 117-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/15/2009 with a vote of 59-0.

Last Action:  8/18/2009  Public Act 96-557

HB 62 (Stephens, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that voters in certain counties may initiate a referendum on the applicability of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law by submitting a petition to the county board signed by a number of voters equal to at least 1% of the votes cast in the county at the last preceding general election. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Referred to Rules

HB 71 (D'Amico, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device to compose, send, or read an electronic message. Provides that a violation is an offense against traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles. Sets forth exceptions.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the engrossed bill and makes the following changes: changes an exception in the definition of "electronic communication device" to exclude a global positioning system or navigation system (rather than a global positioning system or navigation system used exclusively for the navigation purposes) from the definition, creates an exception to the electronic message prohibition for a driver using an electronic communication device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway, and creates an exception for a driver using an electronic communication device when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the driver has the motor vehicle transmission in neutral or park.  Passed the House on 4/1/2009 with a vote of 89-27Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of  45-6-7.  House concurs with Senate Amendment 1 on 5/28/2009 with a vote of 92-25.

Last Action:  8/6/2009  Public Act 96-130

HB 161 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal (IMRF) Article of the Pension Code; makes park police eligible for the sheriff?s law enforcement employee formula.  Amends the State Mandates Act.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Referred to Rules

HB 163 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that when a public body or other entity covered by the Act has awarded work to a contractor without a public bid, contract or project specification, such public body or other entity shall provide the contractor with written notice on the purchase order related to the work to be done or on a separate document indicating that not less than the prevailing rate of wages as found by the public body or Department of Labor or determined by the court on review shall be paid to all laborers, workers, and mechanics performing work on the project. Provides that when a contractor has awarded work to a subcontractor without a contract or contract specification, the contractor shall provide a subcontractor with a written statement indicating that not less than the prevailing rate of wages shall be paid to all laborers, workers, and mechanics performing work on the project. Provides that the failure to provide written notice by a public body, other entity, or contractor does not diminish the right of a laborer, worker, or mechanic to the prevailing rate of wages as determined under the Act. Provides that the contractor or subcontractor shall be responsible to pay the revised rate. Provides that in lieu of posting on the project site of the public works, a contractor which has a business location where laborers, workers, and mechanics regularly visit may: (1) post in a conspicuous location at that business the current prevailing wage rates for each county in which the contractor is performing work; or (2) provide such laborer, worker, or mechanic engaged on the public works project a written notice indicating the prevailing wage rates for the public works project.  Passed the House on 4/1/2009 with a vote of 116-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of 45-6-7.

Last Action:  8/14/2009  96-437

HB 218 (Schmitz, T.) - Amends the Department of Revenue Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Revenue to conduct a study to determine the effects and feasibility of assessing property in the State at 100% rather than at 33 1/3% of its fair cash value. Requires the Department to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2010 concerning the study. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Referred to Rules

HB 242 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the debt service extension base must be increased each year by the percentage increase, for the previous calendar year, of the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately. 
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the debt service extension base must be increased by the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year (instead of the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar year).  Passed the House on 3/26/2009 with a vote of 69-46Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of 36-21.

Last Action:  8/14/2009  Public Act 96-501

HB 268 (Mitchell, B.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that an automatically generated telephone communication that (i) is directed at voters and (ii) mentions the name of a candidate at the next election or advocates for or against a public policy position must identify the person or entity paying for the communication. Makes knowing generation of a violating communication a Class A misdemeanor. Passed the House on 4/1/2009 with a vote of 116-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action:  58/16/2009  House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 312 (Lang, L.) - Makes appropriations and reappropriations for specified purposes. Effective July 1, 2009.  Passed the House on 3/19/2009 with a vote of 69-45.  Passed the Senate on 5/20/2009 with a vote of 59-0.  House concurred with SFA #2 on 5/22/2009 with a vote of 117-0.

Last Action:  7/13/2009  Public Act 96-35

HB 313 (Madigan, M.) - Makes FY10 appropriations and reappropriations for specified purposes. If and only if House Bill 312 of the 96th General Assembly becomes law, makes changes to that Act. Effective July 1, 2009.  Passed the House on 3/19/2009 with a vote of  69-45.  Passed the Senate on 6/1/2009 with a vote of 59-0.  House concurs with Senate Amendments 1, 2, 3 on 6/1/2009 with a vote of 115-0-2. 

Last Action:  6/1/2009  House concurs with Senate Amendments 1, 2, 3 (Motion Pending)

HB 344 (Lang, Lou)
- 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, and that upon completion of 50% of the work under the contract, retainage must be reduced to an amount not to exceed 2.5%. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 2/19/2009 with a vote of 112-1.

Last Action:  8/15/2009  Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

HB 372 (Hannig, Gary) - Amends the Design-Build Procurement Act. Eliminates the Act's July 1, 2009 repeal provision. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 3/4/2009 with a vote of 110-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action:  6/30/2009  Public Act 96-21

HB 374 (Turner, A.) - Creates the Abusive Work Environment Act. Finds that the well-being of the State relies upon healthy employees free of abusive work environments. Defines "abusive conduct" as conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer's legitimate business interests; and "abusive work environment" as a workplace where an employee is subjected to abusive conduct so severe that it causes physical or psychological harm to the employee. Provides that it is an unlawful to subject an employee to an abusive work environment or to retaliate against an employee who acted pursuant to the Act or filed an action or participated in any proceeding under the Act. Provides that an employer is liable for an abusive work environment under its control. Provides that it is an affirmative defense to an abusive work environment action: if the employer exercised reasonable care to prevent and correct abusive conduct and the employee failed to take advantage of those opportunities; or, if the filed action is based upon a negative employment decision that is consistent with the employer's legitimate interests. Provides that a defendant who engaged in abusive conduct or who maintained an unlawful abusive work environment may be enjoined and an order may provide other relief including reinstatement, removal of the offending party from the work environment, lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress damages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees. Provides that if an employer maintained an abusive work environment that did not result in a negative employment decision, the employer's liability for damages for emotional distress may not exceed $25,000 and no punitive damages may be awarded. Provides that the Act is enforceable by a civil action filed by an injured employee. Provides that an action may be filed no later than one year after the last act that comprises the unlawful actions. Provides that no provision of the Act shall exempt any person from any liability, duty, or penalty provided by State law or rule. Provides that the Act's remedies are in addition to workers' compensation remedies.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 379 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Authorizes State purchasing officers under the jurisdiction of the Director of Central Management Services to use an electronic reverse auction procurement method for purchases of supplies and services other than professional and artistic services. Requires that the method comply with rules adopted by the Director and that the purchasing officer first explain in writing to the Director his or her determination that use of the method will be in the State's best interest. Exempts contracts for construction projects from reverse auctions.  Creates the Local Government Electronic Reverse Auction Act. Permits units of local government to use the same electronic reverse auction method for procurements of supplies and services other than professional and artistic services and contracts for construction projects. Effective immediately.  In the Local Government Electronic Reverse Auction Act and the Illinois Procurement Code, provides that the exemption from the reverse auction provisions for procurements of professional and artistic services includes telecommunications services, communications services, Internet services, and information services.  Passed the House on 3/18/2009 with a vote of 114-2.  Passed the Senate on 5/13/2009 with a vote of 58-0.  House concurred with Senate Amendment 1 on 5/22/2009 wtih a vote of 114-0.

Last Action:  8/18/2009  Public Act 96-588

HB 467 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975. Provides that if an inter-track wagering location licensee's facility changes its location, then the payments associated with that facility for museum purposes shall be paid to the park district in the area where the facility relocates, and the payments shall be used for museum purposes. Provides that if the facility does not relocate to a park district, then the payments shall be paid to the taxing district that is responsible for park or museum expenditures. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 3/5/2009 with a vote of 105-4.  Passed the Senate on 5/15/2009 with a vote of 52-0.  House concurs with Senate Amendment 1 on 5/22/2009 with a vote of 109-5.

Last Action:  8/18/2009  Public Act 96-562

HB 477 (Winters, D.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that, if the boundaries of a district are co-extensive with the boundaries of a county having a population of more than 200,000 but less than 800,000, bordering the State of Wisconsin but not adjoining any county with a population of over 2,000,000, then all commissioners of the forest preserve district shall be elected at large. Provides for the election of 7 commissioners. Specifies the terms and requirements of the commissioners. Provides the method for the filling of vacancies. Provides that the commissioners shall serve without compensation. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/5/2009 with a vote of 108-1.  Passed the Senate on 5/15/2009 with a vote of 50-0.

Last Action:  8/11/2009  Public Act 96-239

HB 482 (Poe, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Increases the death benefit from $3,000 to $5,000. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Referred to Rules

HB 493 (Pritchard, R.)- Amends the Property Tax Code. With respect to Truth in Taxation provisions and the notice that must be published if an adopted levy exceeds a proposed levy, authorizes the following statement to be included in the notice at the discretion of the taxing district: "The taxing district has estimated its equalized assessed valuation to secure new growth revenue and must adhere to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL or "tax cap" law). PTELL limits the increase over the prior year in the property tax extension of this taxing district to the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is (insert applicable CPI percentage increase)." Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 3/24/2009 with a vote of 114-0.  Passed the Senate of 5/19/2009 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action:  8/14/2009  Public Act 96-504

HB 494 (Fritchey, J.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to make land and water areas available (instead of available to any individuals or members of the public) for recreational or conservation purposes by limiting liability to others. Provides that the definition of land used for recreational or conservation purposes does not include residential buildings or residential property. Provides that recreational or conservation purpose means: (1) entry by individuals or members of the public (instead of entry) onto the land of another for hunting, recreational shooting, a related activity, or (2) entry by the general public onto the land of another for conservation, restoration, resource management, exercise, educational purposes, or any combination of those activities (instead of hunting, recreational shooting, or related activities). Effective immediately. 

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 547 (Pihos, S.) - Creates the Identity Protection Act. Prohibits a State or local government agency from using an individual's social security number in certain ways, subject to various exceptions. Requires each State or local government agency to develop and implement an identity protection policy. Provides that any employee of a State or local government agency who intentionally violates the provisions of the Act is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. Preempts the concurrent exercise of home rule powers. Imposes conditions on any rulemaking authority. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Defines "identity-protection policy". In provisions concerning the public inspection and copying of information and documents, provides that a person or State or local government agency must redact social security numbers from information or documents containing all or any portion of an individual's social security number. Requires each State or local government agency to develop and approve an identity-protection policy within 12 months after the effective date of the Act. Deletes provisions requiring each State and local government agency to include in their respective identity-protection policy penalties for violating the policy and a description of how to properly dispose of information and documents that contain social security numbers. Makes other changes. Removes the immediate effective date.  Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/2/2009 with a vote of 118-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/21/2009 with a vote of 59-0.  House concurs with Senate Amendment 1 on 5/28/2009 with a vote of 117-0.

Last Action:  10/30/2009  Both Houses Accepted Amendatory Veto

HB 671 (Eddy, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that all contributions to a pension fund created under Article 3, Article 4, or Article 7 of the Illinois Pension Code are exempt from the definition of "aggregate extension". Provides that levies by fire protection districts for pension contributions and for tort liability, insurance, and risk-management programs are exempt from the definition of "aggregate extension". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Referred to Rules

HB 817 (Eddy, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that "extension limitation" means (a) the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Employment Cost Index or, upon referendum approval, the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate increase approved by the voters. Defines "Employment Cost Index" as the Employment Cost Index for total compensation for civilian and state and local government workers published by the United States Department of Labor. Sets forth referendum procedures to allow for the calculation of the extension limitation based upon the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/ Re-referred to Rules

HB 905 (Verschoore, P.) -
Amends the Capital Development Board Act. Requires local governments without building codes to adopt building codes based on specified model codes. Requires that persons performing building inspection services under the Act must be qualified by the State, certified by a certification organization, or have filed verification of inspection experience with the Board. Permits a local government to out-source building inspection. Defines a local government as a municipality, county, or fire protection district. Exempts municipalities over 500,000 population, and applies beginning July 1, 2011, except that a local government must provide notice to the Board of its adopted building code within 60 days after the bill's effective date.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Referred to Rules

HB 921 (Burke, D.) - Amends the Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act; provides that a physical fitness facility must ensure that there is a trained automated external defibrillator (AED) user on staff "during staffed business hours". Amends the Illinois Dental Practice Act. Requires each dental office in the State to develop and implement an emergency medical plan. Requires all dental offices that administer anesthesia or sedation to contain at least one AED on the premises at all times. Provides that the owner of a dental office is responsible for complying with these requirements. Amends the Physical Fitness Services Act; provides that a physical fitness center shall have available and on its premises, during staffed business hours (instead of at all times during which members of such physical fitness center or other persons are engaged in physical fitness activities or receiving physical fitness services), at least one person who holds a valid certificate indicating that he or she has successfully completed a course of training in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  Passed the House on 3/27/2009 on a vote of 106-0Passed the Senate on 5/20/2009 with a vote of 56-0.  House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1 with a vote of 115-1.

Last Action:  8/25/2009  Public Act 96-748

HB 952 (Beiser, D.)- Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act applies to the demolition of public works.  Passed the House on 3/27/2009 with a vote of 106-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/13/2009 with a vote of 52-2.

Last Action:  8/10/2009  Public Act 96-186

HB 1287 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code. In the definition of "debt service extension base", provides that for certain taxing districts, the term means an extension for payment of principal and interest "on bonds that are obligations of the taxing district issued without referendum" (instead of "on bonds issued by the taxing district without referendum"). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Referred to Rules

HB 1295 (Cavaletto, J.) - Creates the Natural Resources Congress Act. Creates the Natural Resource Congress in order to protect, conserve, and appropriately use the natural resources of the State; to ensure that opportunities are available for the enjoyment of natural resources; and to enhance the quality of life of all of the present and future citizens of Illinois. Creates the Natural Resources Council, a committee comprised of the Directors of certain natural resource related State agencies. Requires the Natural Resources Congress to make certain recommendations to the Natural Resources Council. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 1332 (Boland, M.)- Creates the Official United States Flag Act. Provides that each agency of the State government and each unit of local government shall ensure that each United States flag that is flown at each building, structure, or facility that is owned or occupied entirely by the agency or unit of local government is manufactured in the United States.  Passed the House on 3/24/2009 with a vote of 113-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action:  8/14/2009  Public Act 96-513

HB 1345 (Joyce, K.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act in the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the redevelopment projects in specified TIF districts (Madden/Wells, Roosevelt/Racine, Stony Island Commercial/Burnside Industrial Corridors, and Englewood Mall) created by ordinance by the City of Chicago must be completed by December 31 of the 35th year (now, the 23rd year) after the year in which the respective ordinances were adopted. Requires website posting of TIF ordinances and documents in municipalities of 1,000,000 or more. Makes revisory changes. Contains a non-acceleration clause. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 4/3/2009 with a vote of 108-0.  Passed the Senate on 5/29/2009 with a vote of 46-9.  House Concurs with Senate Floor Amendment 2 on 5/31/2009 with a vote of 89-28-1.

Last Action:  8/28/2009  Public Act 96-773

HB 1907 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Illinois Open Land Trust Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the legislative policy of the Act.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 1908 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title of the Act.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2046 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Baseball Facility Liability Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning limitations on liability. 

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2172 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Illinois Arts Council for its FY10 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2009.

Last Action:  2/19/2009  Assigned to House Appropriations General Services

HB 2182 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Historic Preservation Agency for its FY10 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2009.

Last Action:  2/19/2009  Assigned to House Appropriations General Services

HB 2185 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for its FY10 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2009.

Last Action:  2/19/2009  Assigned to House Appropriations General Services

HB 2237 (Chapa LaVia, L.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that for levy years 2010 through 2014, "aggregate extension" does not include extensions made for contributions to a pension fund established pursuant to the Illinois Pension Code to the extent that the contributions exceed the base rate for the fiscal year ending in 2009. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2274 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, upon the filing of any tax objection complaint that would, if allowed, reduce the assessed valuation of any property by more than $100,000, the plaintiff must give notice of the tax objection complaint by mailing a copy of it to any municipality, school district, and community college district in which the property is situated, by certified mail, return receipt requested. Provides that the plaintiff must attach a certification to the tax objection complaint that the notice to taxing districts has been made and that the courts have no jurisdiction to hear any tax objection complaint if proper certification of notice is not filed. Provides that, upon receipt of notice of the filing of a tax objection complaint, a taxing district has an unconditional right to intervene in the tax objection proceedings and has the right to participate fully in the proceedings in the same manner as the named party defendant. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2276 (Acevedo, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for appeals to the Property Tax Appeal Board requesting a change in assessed value of $1,000,000 or more on non-farm property other than that consisting of 6 or fewer residences, appellant must notify affected municipalities, school districts, and community college districts and the taxpayer of record if the taxpayer is not the appellant (now, if a change of $100,00 or more is sought, the board of review must notify all taxing districts). Sets forth procedures and requires proof of service.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2295 (Hatcher, K.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a person is not eligible to serve as park commissioner if that person is in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the park district or has been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 3/8/2009 with a vote of 114-1.  Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action:  8/14/2009  Public Act 96-458

HB 2377 (Smith, M.) - Creates the Local Government Construction Contract Bidders Act. Requires bidders on construction contracts with units of local government and school districts to comply with applicable laws, comply with applicable provisions of the Prevailing Wage Act, comply with federal equal employment opportunities laws, have a valid FEIN or SSN, have valid insurance certificates, and participate in apprenticeship and training programs. Imposes monetary penalties for violation.
House Committee Amendment No. 1

Requires a bidder to have a valid certificate of insurance showing professional liability coverage that applies only to design professionals. Provides that a responsible bidder must have in a place a substance abuse testing program unless such a program is specifically addressed under a collective bargaining agreement. Specifies that the substance abuse testing program must be in place no later than 90 days before the solicitation for bids.


Last Action: 4/3/2009  House Bill 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules
 

HB 2406 (Coladipietro, F.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Excepts the following types of contracts from competitive bidding requirements: professional or technical services, utilities, technology integration, printed matter, those not adapted to bidding, single source, repairs by the manufacturer or its agent, and emergency. Excepts from the competitive bidding requirements contracts for the maintenance or servicing of equipment that are made with the manufacturer or authorized service agent of that equipment where the provision of parts, maintenance, or servicing by an unauthorized service agent voids a warranty or user agreement (instead of the provision of parts, maintenance, or servicing that can best be performed by an authorized agent). Deletes provisions exempting from competitive bidding requirements contracts for technology integration and contracts that by their nature are not adapted to bidding. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules
 

HB 2454 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Act. Provides that at least 50% of any grant made to a local government under the Act must be paid to the local government at the time that the Department awards the grant and that any remainder may be distributed to the local government on a reimbursement basis. (Now, grants to local government under the Act are made on a reimbursement basis.) Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2500 (Dunkin, K.) - Amends the Public Construction Bond Act. Authorizes a public body to waive or lower the requirement of a surety bond for a public construction contract if the contractor is a small business enterprise. Defines a small business enterprise.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2502 (Turner, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the extension limitation may not be less than 2%. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2535 (Poe, R.)- Amends the Illinois State Vehicle Code. Increases the percentage of biodiesel blend required to be used by a diesel powered vehicle owned by the State or units of local government of the State when refueling at a bulk central fueling facility from 2% to 5%, unless the engine is designed to operate on a higher percentage. Effective July 1, 2009.  Passed the House on 3/25/2009 with a vote of 114-0Passed the House on 5/14/2009 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/11/2009  Public Act 96-281 

HB 2590 (Froehlich, P.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that the limit of 3 public questions per election in a political subdivision does not apply when a fourth public question is non-advisory and initiated by electors if the first 3 public questions are advisory propositions initiated by resolution. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2594 (Osterman, H.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that in tax bills must include, for each taxing district, a statement of the increase or decrease of the tax imposed on the taxpayer by that taxing district from the previous taxable year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2623  (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that the Act is not violated when, without notice or minutes, a majority of the quorum of one public body attends and discusses public business at a meeting of another public body that complies with the Act's notice and minutes requirements. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2710 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Recreational Trails of Illinois Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2711 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title of the Act.

Last Action: 4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 2913 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section authorizing the Department of Revenue to adopt rules.

Last Action: 4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3606 (Hannig, G.) - Amends the General Assembly Article in the Illinois Pension Code to change provisions concerning the conditions for payment of a survivor's annuity. Amends the Downstate Police Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Excludes from participation under the Downstate Police Article a person who has entered into a personal services contract to perform police duties for the Village of Bartonville on or before the effective date of the amendatory Act and who may be appointed as an officer in the Village of Bartonville within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, in July 2009, the monthly pension of a firefighter who retired before January 1, 1977 shall be recalculated and increased to reflect the amount that the firefighter would have received in July 2009 had the firefighter been receiving a 3% compounded increase for each year he or she received pension payments after January 1, 1986, plus any increases in pension received for each year prior to January 1, 1986. In each January thereafter, provides that he or she shall receive an additional increase of 3% of the amount of the pension then being paid. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that such an officer does not forfeit certain early retirement incentives. Amends the State Employees Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Allows any person who rendered contractual services on a full-time basis to the Illinois Institute of Natural Resources and the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources to establish creditable service for up to 4 years of those contractual services. Requires application to the System within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 4/1/2009 with a vote of 82-34. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2009 with a vote of 50-6.  House Concurs with Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 on 6/1/2009 with a vote of 109-5.

Last Action: 8/28/2009  Public Act 96-775

HB 3660 (Chapa LaVia, L.) - Amends the Swimming Facility Act. Changes the statement of purpose and changes and adds definitions. Changes and adds provisions regarding: licensing of a swimming facility; swimming facility contractor licenses; swimming facility designer licenses; permits for construction, development, installation, or major alteration of swimming facilities; license renewal; fees; rules; violations; civil and criminal penalties; hearings and determinations; facility closure; applicability; and other matters. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3680 (McAsey, E.)  - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Changes the offense of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds or public property adjacent to school grounds to criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds, public property adjacent to school grounds, or park district property. Eliminates from the elements of the offense that the person must threaten the use of physical force. Provides that criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds, public property adjacent to school grounds, or park district property is a Class 2 felony if the person did not threaten the use of physical force during the commission of the offense and a Class 1 felony if the person threatened the use of physical force during the commission of the offense.

Last Action: 4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules 

HB 3683 (Froehlich, P.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Authorizes a court to award reasonable attorneys fees and costs and assess a fine not to exceed $1,000 if it finds that a public body denied or delayed access to a public record on improper or unreasonable grounds or for the sole purpose of delaying access without good cause.

Last Action: 3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3782 (Ryg, K.) - Creates the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act. Provides that a person, in setting up a movable soccer goal for use, must follow all applicable guidelines for anchoring, securing, and counterweighting the movable soccer goal that are set forth in "Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety", published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Provides that a violation of the Act is a petty offense for which a fine not to exceed $500 may be imposed.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3828 (Bellock, P.) - Amends the Illinois Lake Management Program Act. Creates the Task Force on the Conservation and Quality of the Great Lakes for the protection of the water quality and supply of the Great Lakes. Sets forth the membership, powers, and duties of the Task Force.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Illinois Lake Management Program Act. Removes the Lt. Governor from the task force on the Conservation and Quality of the Great Lakes and provides that one member of the Task Force must be appointed by the Governor. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency with the assistance of the Department of Natural Resources to provide administrative support to the Task Force (now, administrative support is to be provided by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor).  Effective immediately. 
Passed the House on 3/24/2009 with a  vote of 114-0Passed the Senate on 5/19/2009 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action:  8/14/2009  Public Act 96-471

HB 3829 (Bellock, P.) - Creates the Great Lakes Preservation and Protection Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois International Port District to submit an annual report to the General Assembly concerning ballast water in the Great Lakes. Requires the Agency and the Department of Natural Resources to offer technical assistance to the Great Ships Initiative for the purpose of accelerating the development and approval of ballast-treatment technology that is sufficient to protect the waters of the State from aquatic invasive species. Requires the Department to sample and monitor the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan for new aquatic nuisance species and report its findings annually to the General Assembly. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules 

HB 3867 (Gordan, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, increases the maximum amount of the exemption in all counties, from $3,500 to $5,000 and provides that the maximum amount must be increased each year by the lesser of (i) 2% or (ii) the percentage increase during the immediately prior taxable year in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for all items published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3892 (Turner, A.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Act. Provides that the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District may levy supplemental property taxes in respect of the recovered tax increment value of certain redevelopment project areas, subject to certain restrictions. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3917 (Osterman, H.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Act. Provides that, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Chicago Park District may issue bonds without a referendum only for the purpose of refunding or refinancing its existing obligations. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3932 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Provides that an employee who prosecutes his or her own claim for wages and prevails in an action in court against an employer shall also be awarded reasonable attorney's fees.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3975 (Jefferson, C.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961 and the Sex Offender Registration Act. Prohibits a child sex offender from residing within 1,000 (rather than 500) feet of a school, park, playground, child care institution, day care center, part day child care facility, day care home, group day care home, or facility providing services exclusively directed toward children under 18 years of age. Prohibits a child sex offender from loitering within 1,000 feet of a school or on a public way within 1,000 feet of a public park. Establishes exemptions for persons who purchased property before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the Sex Offender Registration Act relating to the statement a child sex offender must sign that he or she understands the prohibitions imposed by Illinois law on residing or loitering in certain places. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 3986 (Joyce, K.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Act. Authorizes the Chicago Park District to enter into "design-build" contracts. Defines "design-build". Specifies the solicitation process for design-build proposals. Sets forth the requirements for the award of design-build contracts. Passed the House on 3/18/2009 with a vote of 114-0-1.  Passed the Senate on 5/30/2009 with a vote of 57-0.  House Concurs with Senate Floor Amendment 2 on 5/31/2009 with a vote of 116-1.

Last Action:  8/28/2009  Public Act 96-777

HB 4020 (Acevedo, E.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Act. In a Section concerning criminal background investigations for employment with the Chicago Park District, provides that the Chicago Park District shall submit an applicant's personal information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (now, Department of State Police). Provides that the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall conduct a search of their criminal history record information database to determine if an applicant has been convicted of specified offenses (now, Department of State Police). Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2010.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4029 (Froehlich, P.) - Amends the Election Code. Authorizes binding initiatives to be placed on the ballot by electors of units of local government.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4033 (McGuire, J.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article of the Illinois Pension Fund. Changes how a supplemental benefit payment is calculated. Provides that the amount of the supplemental benefit payment to each eligible person shall be 75% of the monthly retirement or surviving spouse annuity payable to that person in June preceding the July 1 supplemental benefit payment date. Adds the percentage of earnings of the participating employees of all participating municipalities and participating instrumentalities necessary to provide that year's supplemental benefit payment to the list of considerations in determining the municipal contribution rate. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4062 (Tyron, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code concerning the valuation of land encumbered by conservation rights. Provides that land that is certified by the Department of Natural Resources as contributing to the groundwater recharge potential of an aquifer is considered to provide a demonstrated public benefit. Effective immediately.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4063 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that township assessors and county assessors must monitor the average fair-market value of residential property within their jurisdiction. Provides that, if the average fair-market value of residential property within the jurisdiction of the assessor falls by more than 7% in any taxable year, the assessor shall notify the Illinois Department of Revenue. Provides that, whenever the Department of Revenue is notified by a county or township assessor that the average fair-market value of residential property within the jurisdiction of a township or county assessor has fallen by more than 7%, it shall immediately impose an additional special multiplier in the geographic area specified by the assessor so that the equalized assessed value of all property in the geographic area reflects the decline in fair-market value.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4088 (Currie, B.) - Creates the Illinois Accurate Government Records Act. Sets forth the findings of the General Assembly. Contains provisions concerning an individual's access to his or her personal records. Contains provisions concerning an individual's correction of his or her personal records. Contains provisions concerning the limitations on an agency's disclosure of personal records. Contains provisions concerning the limitations on an agency's maintenance of systems of personal records. Contains provisions concerning the limitations on an agency's maintenance of personal records. Contains provisions concerning civil remedies. Contains provisions concerning agency responsibilities. Contains provisions concerning the Attorney General's responsibilities. Contains provisions concerning government contractors. Contains provisions concerning the rights of legal guardians.  Passed the House on 3/27/2009 with a vote of 107-0.  Passed the House on 5/30/2009 with a vote of 49-5-1.

Last Action:  8/16/2009  House Rule 19(b)/Referred to Assignments

HB 4122 (Chapa Lavia, L.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that it is unlawful for any governing body, State agency, county government, local municipality, or institute of higher learning that employs peace officers to prohibit a peace officer from carrying a firearm in the performance of his or her duties, unless the peace officer fails to qualify with the firearm, is declared unfit for duty, and is unable to be armed.  Passed the House on 3/18/2009 with a vote of 92-21-3.

Last Action:  8/15/2009  House Rule 19(b)/Referred to Assignments

HB 4145 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Authorizes the Department to charge an annual vehicle admission fee and daily access fee for entrance to properties owned, managed, or both by the Department. Provides that the annual vehicle admission fee must not exceed $25 for each vehicle or $15 for each motorcycle and that the daily access fee may not exceed $5 for each vehicle or $2.50 for each pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist. Provides that the Department must not charge an annual vehicle admission fee or a daily access fee to Illinois residents who are either disabled or veterans and must charge discounted fees to seniors. Provides that vehicles with current registered environmental or sportsman series license plates are exempt from these fees. Authorizes the Department to create a volunteer pass program that would allow each person who provides 500 or more hours of volunteer service at a State park (and up to 3 of his or her guests) to enter properties owned, managed, or both by the Department without paying an annual vehicle admission fee or a daily access fee. Requires revenue generated by the annual vehicle admission and daily access fees to be deposited into the State Parks Fund. Provides that each State park shall receive 100% of the revenue that it generates from these fees for its operation and maintenance costs. Authorizes the Department to adopt any rules necessary to implement these fees. Effective July 1, 2009. 

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4151 (Biggins, B.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that the principal on bonds issued by a park district shall be payable no later than 30 years from their respective date of issue (now, 20 years). Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 3/24/2009 with a vote of 85-28Passed the Senate on 5/15/2009 with a vote of 52-1.

Last Action:  8/11/2009  Public Act 96-321

HB 4160 (Franks, J.) - Creates the Local Official's Sign Act. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for the proper name of an elected officer of a unit of local government or school district to appear on a sign paid for with public funds. Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Adds any type of sign to the prohibition against the proper name or image of an executive branch constitutional officer or General Assembly member from appearing on a commercial billboard designed, prepared, paid for, or distributed using public dollars.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4161 (Connelly, M.) - Creates the Council on Efficient Government Act. Creates the council and sets forth its duties, including review of whether goods and services provided by State agencies should be privatized or outsourced to obtain cost savings or best value. Requires reports. Requires business case analyses. Sets forth outsourcing contract requirements. Requires the council to establish an accounting method. Exempts transportation construction. Repeals the Act on July 1, 2019. Effective July 1, 2009.

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4165 (Currie, B.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Attorney General Act. Requires each public body to have a freedom of information officer to process requests for inspection and copying of public records. Establishes within the Attorney General's Office an Office of the Public Access Counselor, and requires the Attorney General to appoint the Counselor. Authorizes the Counselor to issue binding opinions on a public body's compliance with the Open Meetings Act or on a public body's denial of access to public records, when requested by the denied party. Provides for administrative review of Public Access Counselor's opinions.

Last Action:  4/3/2009  House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4176 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Provides that "recreational or conservation purpose" means entry onto the land of another to conduct hunting, recreational shooting, or snowmobiling (instead of hunting or recreational shooting) or a combination thereof or any activity solely related to the aforesaid hunting, recreational shooting, or snowmobiling (instead of hunting or recreational shooting).

Last Action:  3/13/2009  House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 4182 (Turner, A.) - Amends the Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act. Provides that "physical fitness facility" does not include a facility owned or operated by an entity, other than a college or university, that is a not-for-profit organization or is incorporated under the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986.  Passed the House on 4/1/2009 with a vote of 107-9.

Last Action:  10/28/2009  Placed on Senate Calendr Order of 2nd Reading

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