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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.

2011 Priority Bills - House

HB 20 (Sommer, K.) - Amends the Wildlife Code. Repeals a provision concerning local control of deer population. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 97 (May, K.) - Amends the Election Code to provide for the recall of local elected officials. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 124 (Madigan, M.)(Kotowski, D.) – Makes FY 12 appropriation for various state agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources.

Last Action: 6/30/2011 Public Act 97-0057

HB 146 (Franks, J.) - Amends the General Assembly, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Caps the highest salary for annuity purposes, final rate of earnings, final average compensation, and final average salary for current members, participants, and participating employees of the affected systems at $106,800, but authorizes that amount to be annually increased by the lesser of 3% or one-half of the annual percentage increase in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the September preceding each November 1. Requires employee contributions to also be based on these capped amounts. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 148 (Phelps, B.) - 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 that it is declared to be the policy of the State that it is an exclusive power and function of the State to regulate the possession and transportation of handguns and the issuance of licenses to carry handguns. Provides that with certain exceptions a home rule unit shall not regulate the possession or transportation of handguns. Provides that a home rule unit shall not regulate the number of handguns or require registration of handguns possessed by a person licensed under the Act. 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. Includes the Citizen Safety and Self-Defense Trust Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that the statute concerning unauthorized possession or storage of weapons does not apply to a person acting lawfully under the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that certain unlawful use of weapons provisions relating to unlawful use of a weapon do not apply to or affect a licensee who has been issued a license to carry a handgun under the Family and Personal Protection Act, notwithstanding the provisions of that Act prohibiting the carrying of a handgun in certain places.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Changes references from "handgun" and "weapon" to "concealed firearm". Provides that a concealed firearm licensee who is prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm in certain places shall be permitted to store that handgun or ammunition out of plain sight in a locked vehicle or within a locked compartment or container within his or her vehicle. Provides that a licensee shall not be in violation of the Family and Personal Protection Act while he or she is traveling along a public right of way that touches or crosses any of the prohibited premises if the handgun is carried on his or her person in accordance with the provisions of the Act or is being transported in a vehicle by the licensee in accordance with all other applicable provisions of law. Adds an immediate effective date to the bill.

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

HB 149 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. See Senate Bill 512.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 191 (Eddy, R.) - Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the maximum amount of hours a part-time police officer employed by one or more units of local government may work is 1,560 hours per unit per year.

Last Action: 3/10/2011 Tabled by Sponsor Roger Eddy

HB 200 (Cross, T.) - Requires each school board to adopt a policy regarding student athlete concussions and head injuries that is in compliance with the protocols, policies, and by-laws of the Illinois High School Association. Provides that information on the school board's concussion and head injury policy must be a part of any agreement, contract, code, or other written instrument that a school district requires a student athlete and his or her parents or guardian to sign before participating in practice or interscholastic competition. Requires the Illinois High School Association to make available to all school districts education materials that describe the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries. Requires each school district to use education materials provided by the Illinois High School Association to educate coaches, student athletes, and parents and guardians of student athletes about the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, including continuing play after a concussion or head injury.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes everything. Reinserts the contents of the bill as engrossed, with the following changes. Provides that the amendatory Act may be referred to as the Protecting Our Student Athletes Act. Amends the Park District Code. Provides that any park district is authorized and encouraged to make available to residents and users of park district facilities, including youth athletic programs, electronically or in written form, educational materials that describe the nature and risk of concussion and head injuries, including the advisability of removal of youth athletes that exhibit signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion, such as a loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems, from a practice or game. Provides that these educational materials may include materials produced or distributed by the Illinois High School Association, those produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or other comparable materials. Provides that the intent of these materials is to assist in educating coaches, youth athletes, and parents and guardians of youth athletes about the nature and risks of head injuries. Makes a technical correction to a caption. Adds a July 1, 2011 effective date. Passed the House on 3/1/2011 with a vote of 112-0. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 7/28/2011 Public Act 97-0204

HB 217 (Crespo, F.) - 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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 222 (Franks, J.) - 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 also include a searchable database of all county, township, and municipal employees sorted by the employing unit of local government, employment position title, and current pay rate and year-to-date pay. Amends the Counties Code, the Township Code, and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that counties, townships, and municipalities must comply with the requirements established by the Department of Central Management Services concerning ITAP. Limits home rule powers. 
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the inclusion of county, township, and municipal employee information in the database of the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal shall be subject to appropriation. Passed the House on 3/9/2011 with a vote of 112-2-1.

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

HB 262 (Chapa La Via, L.) - Amends the Public Construction Bond Act concerning a cash bond or other surety from a builder or developer. Allows a county or municipality to require a cash bond or other surety (instead of requiring the county or municipality to accept a letter of credit or other instrument issued by a financial institution). Eliminates a procedure allowing an engineer or architect to certify completion of a project and requiring the county or municipality to pay interest on any unrefunded bond beginning 60 days after written notification of completion. Eliminates the preemption of home rule powers. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 268 (Franks, J.) - Creates the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act of 2011. Establishes a commission of legislative members and local government representatives appointed by the Governor to report to the Governor and General Assembly on consolidating local governments. Provides for support of the commission by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Repeals the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 2/24/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 48-2.

Last Action: 8/12/2011 Public Act 97-0316

HB 296 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that if a public employer obtains a stay of an arbitration panel's order pending judicial review and the final decision of the court is adverse, then all reasonable costs of the proceedings in the reviewing courts including reasonable attorneys' fees, as determined by the court, shall be paid by the public employer. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 340 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 358 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. In a provision concerning the revolving door prohibition, specifies that, with respect to officers or employees of a regional transit board, the phrase "person or entity" does not include: (i) the United States government, (ii) the State, (iii) municipalities, as defined under Article VII, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution, (iv) units of local government, as defined under Article VII, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution, or (v) school districts. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 10/27/2011 with a vote of 74-40-0.

Passed the Senate on 11/29/2011 with a vote of 49-4.

Last Action: 11/29/2011 Passed Both Houses

HB 363 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. In a provision requiring the amount of additional tax attributable to the new rate or increased limiting rate to be included with the referendum question, provides that the calculation of the additional tax shall include the equalization factor issued by the Department for the first levy year for which the new rate or increased limiting rate will be applicable. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/29/2011 with a vote of 52-1.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 506 (Currie, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "taxing district".

Passed the House on 10/27/2011 with a vote of 67-44-2.

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

HB 519 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 542 (Hernandez, E.) - Amends the Counties Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 587 (Sullivan, E.) (Hutchinson, T.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a park district may increase the property tax levy for corporate purposes or recreational programs to a total rate that does not exceed the total of the rates authorized under the Act for those purposes, as long as the increase is offset by a like property tax levy reduction in one or more of the park district's funds. Further provides that a tax increase may not exceed the limiting rate set forth in the Property Tax Code. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 5/17/2011 witha  vote of 71-44.

Last Action: 11/9/2011 Senate Postponed-Revenue

HB 906 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Notice By Publication Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

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

HB 1058 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that any taxing district may order the county clerk to abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by the taxing district on certain tool and die business property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1070 (Pihos, S.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2013 registration year, the Secretary of State may reissue only those non-military and non-veteran special plates that belong to any plate category for which the Secretary has received at least 3,000 applications as of the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that persons who have been issued special plates that are discontinued under the new provision may continue to display those special plates, and the Secretary shall continue to accept annual fees for renewal stickers for those plates from those persons. Provides that the Secretary shall no longer issue any new category of special plates. Provides that persons and organizations seeking issuance of special plates, and persons holding discontinued plates who need to replace them, may apply for Universal Charitable Organization license plates and decals under the Code.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause and re-inserts language similar to the original bill, with the following changes: provides that the Secretary may re-issue any special plate plate that exists as of the effective date of this amendatory Act (instead of only plates for which the Secretary has received at least 3,000 applications); removes language referring to the discontinuance of plates for which the Secretary has received less than 3,000 applications; adds language providing that the Secretary shall work in cooperation with persons and organizations to design decals used on Universal Charitable Organization license plates and that there shall be no limit to the number of Universal Charitable Organization plates and decals which may be distributed.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1082 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that Boone, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, or 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. Provides that the tax 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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1127 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act. Provides that the approval of bonds authorized to be issued under the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act and approved by Lake County voters in a November 2008 referendum shall remain for 10 years after the date of the referendum. Amends the Conservation District Act and the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Requires that certain language concerning the impact of the bond issuance on single-family homeowners be printed on the ballot of any bond proposition put forward by forest preserve districts or conservation districts. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 3/3/2011 with a vote of 81-3. Passed the Senate on 5/18/2011 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 8/15/2011 Public Act 97-0364

HB 1130 (Sente, C.) - Creates the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act. Requires any organization that sets up, moves, or stores a movable soccer goal to follow all applicable guidelines for anchoring, securing, and counterweighting a movable soccer goal as those guidelines are set forth in "Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety", a publication of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Provides that beginning on the effective date of the Act, no commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, re-manufacture, retrofit, distribute, sell at wholesale or retail, contract to sell or resell, lease, or sublet, or otherwise place in the stream of commerce, a movable soccer goal that is not tip-resistant. Requires movable soccer goals with specified measurements to comply with applicable ASTM standards. Provides that a violation of the Act is a petty offense for which a fine not to exceed $500 may be imposed. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Creates the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Removes a provision requiring an organization to comply with the "Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety". Requires instead that an agent or employee of an organization (i) not knowingly cause a movable soccer goal to be unanchored or improperly anchored and (ii) upon being notified of an unanchored or improperly anchored movable soccer goal, ensure that the goal is properly anchored or eliminate the risk that the goal will inadvertently tip over by laying it forward onto its face or otherwise securing it from being used in its unanchored position. Makes the ban on the sale and distribution on goals that are not tip-resistant effective one year after the effective date of the Act (instead of on the effective date of the Act). Removes a provision that made a violation of the Act a petty offense. Requires the Department of Public Health to provide technical assistance materials by June 30, 2012. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces a provision that created a statutory standard of care for the use of movable soccer goals with a provision that requires each organization that owns and controls a movable soccer goal to create a soccer goal safety and education policy. Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/12/2011 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/2/2011 Public Act 97-0234

HB 1157 (Bost, M.) - Creates the Program Abolition for Nonappropriation of Funds Act. Requires the Office of the Comptroller to compile lists of programs created by laws containing language making the programs subject to appropriation. Requires the State officer or agency responsible for administering each such program to submit a report to the Comptroller stating whether any funds have been appropriated for the program during certain time periods. Requires the Comptroller to compile lists of such programs for which no funds have been appropriated during certain time periods. Provides that the lists shall be filed with the Index Department of the Secretary of State and published in the Illinois Register. Provides that each program on a list filed with the Index Department of the Secretary of State is abolished, funds may not be expended for any such program after the date of publication, and the Comptroller shall notify the State officer or agency that is statutorily responsible for administering an abolished program that the program has been abolished. Provides for adoption of rules. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Changes the time periods during which a law shall be in effect in order to be subject to the Act to at least 7 fiscal years (in the case of laws that were to have been in effect for at least 4 fiscal years under the introduced bill) and at least 4 fiscal years (in the case of laws that were to have been in effect for at least 2 fiscal years under the introduced bill).
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that lists of programs for which no funds have been appropriated during certain time periods shall also be filed with the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives. Passed the House on 3/30/2011 with a vote of 99-15.

Last Action: 5/4/2011 Assigned to Senate Appropriations II

HB 1194 (Davis, M.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a law enforcement vehicle parked or standing on or along the highways at night must at a minimum have its parking lamps and tail lamps lighted.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1214 (Riley, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Exempts special purpose extensions made by any taxing district for payment of that district's share of the amounts required to be contributed to any pension fund created under the Illinois Pension Code from the definition of "aggregate extension". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/10/2011 Tabled by Sponsor Rep. Al Riley

HB 1226 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Public Construction Bond Act. Provides that a subcontractor with a claim for labor and material furnished to a political subdivision of the State shall have no right of action unless it has filed notice with the Clerk or Secretary of the political subdivision and with the contractor. In a sentence setting forth the required contents of the claim, provides that a description of the contract, the work done by the subcontractor, and the total amount due and unpaid shall be included. Provides that no action shall be brought later than one year after the date of the furnishing of the last item of work or materials by the subcontractor. Passed the House on 4/5/2011 with a vote of 68-35. Passed the Senate on 5/27/2011 with a vote of 48-4.

Last Action: 8/22/2011 Public Act 97-0487

HB 1277 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes the closure of meetings between internal or external auditors and governmental audit committees, finance committees, and their equivalents, when the discussion involves internal control weaknesses, identification of potential fraud risk areas, known or suspected frauds, and fraud interviews conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards of the United States of America.  Passed the House on 3/3/2011 with a vote of 91-22. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2011 Public Act 97-0318

HB 1292 (Lang, L.) - 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: 4/6/2011 Lost 49-60-1

HB 1299 (Moffitt, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the question of establishing a maximum aggregate extension may be combined with the question of forming or establishing a new taxing district. Contains referendum language. Passed the House on 4/12/11 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 1321 (Schmitz) - Amends the Public Construction Bond Act. Provides that all officials, boards, commissions, or agents of this State or any political subdivision of this State, in making contracts for work intended to be conveyed by a developer to the State or political subdivision pursuant to a development agreement, shall require every contractor for the work to furnish, supply, and deliver a bond to the State or the political subdivision. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1325 (Harris, G.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Authorizes each pension fund and retirement system to establish and administer an optional retirement plan. Sets forth requirements for the plans. Authorizes each employer that is subject to the Code to make an irrevocable election to participate in the plan. Requires each fund to solicit proposals to provide administrative services and funding vehicles for the plan. Requires those proposals to be assessed using specified criteria. Authorizes employees to direct the investment of their plan balances. Indemnifies fund fiduciaries. Also contains provisions concerning: participation in the plan; establishment of an initial account balance; duplication of service credit; required contributions; termination; vesting; withdrawal; return to service; benefit amounts; and the making of plan elections. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1365 (Moffitt, D.) - Amends the Truth in Taxation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the Truth in Taxation Law does not apply to taxing districts that are subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1416 (Jones, T.) - Amends the Election Code and the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that a person is ineligible as a candidate for elective office and may not seek reelection to office if he or she has been convicted of a felony under the laws of this State, another state, the United States, or a foreign country. Provides that a person convicted of a felony under the laws of another country is ineligible as a candidate for office and is ineligible to seek reelection to office only if the felony under that country's laws is substantially similar to a felony violation in this country and if that country's judicial system affords a criminal defendant guarantees of due process similar to those afforded to a criminal defendant in the United States. Applies to persons who seek elective office or reelection to office after the effective date of the amendatory Act.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1435 (Gabel, R.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. With respect to statements of economic interests, makes changes concerning: interests of spouses and immediate family members living with the person required to file; development of forms by the Secretary of State that replicate federal forms; supplemental filings by board and commission appointees; electronic filing; posting of statements by the Secretary of State in a searchable database on the Internet; and training by the Secretary of State for ethics officers and persons required to file statements. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1462 (Burke, D.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Gives code enforcement officials employed by units of local government the power to enforce a provision relating to the display of company insignia on construction vehicles while the vehicle is being used on a worksite located within the boundaries of the local jurisdiction. Effective immediately. 
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Defines "code enforcement official" as an officer or other designated authority charged with the administration, interpretation, and enforcement of codes on behalf of a municipality or county.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Provides that if an alleged violation of a Section requiring that commercial trucks display the company name of the construction contractor or subcontractor using the truck has been corrected prior to or on the date of a hearing scheduled to adjudicate the alleged violation, the code enforcement official shall dismiss the violation. Passed the House on 3/9/2011 with a vote of 71-43.

Last Action: 5/10/2011 Senate Postponed - Transportation

HB 1471 (McCarthy, K.) - Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Makes changes in the way the annuity reserve is calculated if a retiring employee has accumulated service in more than one participating municipality or participating instrumentality. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective January 1, 2012.  Passed the House on 3/9/2011 with a vote of 115-0. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2011 Public Act 97-0319

HB 1502 (Poe, R.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In provisions that are applicable to new hires: (i) provides that a member or participant is entitled to a retirement annuity upon written application if he or she has attained age 62 (rather than age 67), has at least 10 years of service credit, and is otherwise eligible under the requirements of the applicable Article and (ii) removes provisions concerning entitlement to a reduced annuity. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1505 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that, beginning with the general election held in 2014, the commissioners of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County shall be elected from 3 specified election districts. Provides the election procedures and terms of office for the 9 commissioners. Provides that the president, with the advice and consent of the board of commissioners, must appoint a general superintendent. Provides that the general superintendent is the chief administrative officer of the district. Amends the Election Code. Provides that, at the general election in the appropriate even-numbered years, the offices of commissioner of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County shall be filled. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1508 (Eddy, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Changes the definition of "debt service extension base" to include extensions for principal and interest payments on bonds issued by individual taxing districts that merged or consolidated to form a taxing district. Makes changes concerning the applicability of the Law to merged or consolidated districts and to districts with boundary changes. Provides that the Law applies to those districts if (i) the majority of the taxing district's equalized assessed valuation as of the effective date of the boundary change, merger, or consolidation is located in an affected county or counties or (ii) the majority of the taxing district's equalized assessed valuation as of the effective date of the boundary change, merger, or consolidation is located in one or more counties in which the voters have approved a referendum, and none of the equalized valuation of the taxing district is located in a county (other than an affected county) that has never held a referendum. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1512 (DeLuca, A.) - Creates the Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending Act. Creates the Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending. 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. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending is created in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. Provides that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget shall provide administrative and other support to the Commission. Passed the House on 3/29/2011 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 3/30/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 1531 (Berrios, M.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Act. Provides that the Chicago Park District may not prohibit licensed medical personnel from using appropriate medical equipment, including needles, to administer vaccinations as part of a health related program or fair held on property owned or leased by the Chicago Park District. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Chicago Park District Act. Provides that the Chicago Park District may not prohibit licensed medical personnel from using appropriate medical equipment to administer vaccinations as part of a health related program or fair on property owned or leased by the Chicago Park District, provided that all of the permit requirements, policies, and procedures of the Chicago Park District are complied with in full as determined by the Chicago Park District. Passed the House on 3/29/2011 with a vote of 114-0. Passed the Senate on 5/12/2011 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 07/28/2011 Public Act 97-0211

HB 1556 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that it is a Class 4 felony for a child sex offender to knowingly operate, manage, be employed by, or be associated with any local fair when persons under 18 years of age are present. Defines "local fair" as an event that is staged by a local municipality in which people gather to trade or display goods. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1578 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a park district may levy taxes for corporate purposes or recreational programs to a total rate that does not exceed the total of the rates authorized under the Act for those purposes. Provides that a tax increase for corporate purposes or recreational programs may not exceed the extension limitation set forth in the Property Tax Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 Lost 50-48

HB 1585 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Illinois Plumbing License Law. Provides that "plumbing" includes rainwater harvesting distribution systems, but does not include any rainwater harvesting distribution system or rainwater harvesting collection system unless otherwise required by the Illinois Plumbing Code. Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to adopt and publish a minimum code of standards for rainwater harvesting collection systems and rainwater harvesting distribution systems by January 1, 2012. Requires rainwater harvesting collection systems and rainwater harvesting distribution systems to be (A) used only for non-potable uses and (B) constructed in accordance with the Illinois Plumbing Code. Defines "rainwater harvesting collection system" and "rainwater harvesting distribution system". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1605 (Moffitt, D.; Bost, M.) - Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that no county or municipality may prohibit a charitable organization from soliciting for charitable purposes, including solicitations taking place on public roadways from passing motorists, if certain requirements are met. Sets forth the requirements concerning the solicitation regarding the groups involved, application requirements, and liability insurance. Defines "local agency" to mean a municipality, county, special district, fire district, joint powers of authority, or other political subdivision of the State of Illinois. Effective immediately.  Passed the House on 3/10/2011 with a  vote of 111-0.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Held in Senate Local Government

HB 1624 (McAsey, E.) - Creates the Job Preservation Act of 2011. Provides that companies that lose 100 or more employees due to outsourcing of jobs are ineligible to receive procurement contracts with the State, units of local government, or school districts and to receive government grants, loans, tax incentives, or other economic incentives. Requires certain companies that lose 100 or more employees to notify the Department of Labor about the loss. Requires the Department to send a survey to companies that report the loss of 100 or more employees in order to determine the number of employees lost because of outsourcing jobs outside of the United States. Requires the Department to provide written notice to the Governor, the General Assembly, State agencies, units of local government, and school districts. Preempts home rule powers. Exempts from the reimbursement requirements of the State Mandates Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1627 (Sosnowski, J.) - Creates the American-Assembled Vehicles Act. Defines "taxing body" to mean the State of Illinois and its officers and agencies, units of local government, community college districts, and school districts. Provides that any taxing body purchasing or leasing vehicles on or after the effective date of the Act must purchase or lease vehicles whose final assembly occurred in the United States and must give preference to vehicles whose final assembly occurred in Illinois. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1645 (Hatcher, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if in any taxable year the governing authority of any taxing district determines that a surplus of funds is available from any source, that taxing district may, by resolution or ordinance, eliminate its tax levy for that taxable year. Provides that the taxing district may resume its tax levy in any subsequent taxable year without additional referendum approval. Passed the House on 4/5/2011 with a vote of 102-0.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

HB 1670 (Burke, K.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Requires each elected or appointed member of a public body subject to this Act who is such a member on the effective date of the amendatory Act to successfully complete the electronic training curriculum developed and administered by the Public Access Counselor. Requires those members to complete the training not later than one year after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Requires each elected or appointed member of a public body subject to the Act who becomes such a member after the effective date of the amendatory Act to successfully complete the electronic training curriculum developed and administered by the Public Access Counselor. Requires those members to complete the training not later than the 90th day after the date the member either (i) takes the oath of office, if the member is required to take an oath of office to assume the person's duties as a member of the public body or (ii) otherwise assumes responsibilities as a member of the public body, if the member is not required to take an oath of office to assume the person's duties as a member of the governmental body. Requires each member who successfully completes the curriculum to file a copy of the certificate of completion with the public body. Provides that the failure of one or more members of a public body to complete the training required by this Section does not affect the validity of an action taken by the public body. Provides that an elected or appointed member of a public body subject to this Act who has successfully completed the required training and filed a copy of the certificate of completion with the public body is not required to subsequently complete that training. Passed the House on 3/30/2011 with a vote of 67-48. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2011 with a vote of 43-0.

Last Action: 8/23/2011 Public Act 97-0504

HB 1674 (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 the Department awards the grant and the remainder to be distributed quarterly on a reimbursement basis. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1698 (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Code of Civil Procedure, and the Workers' Compensation Act. Makes numerous changes concerning the following in relation to workers' compensation: plans by the Department of Central Management Services for State employees, creation of the State Workers' Compensation Program Advisory Board, subpoenas, burden of proof, Commissioner and arbitrator standards of conduct, employee leasing companies, citations, construction employer collective bargaining, negotiated rate, wage differential, preferred provider programs, permanent partial disability, out-of-state fees, fee schedules, electronic claims, utilization review programs, employee intoxication, Commissioner qualifications, the Workers' Compensation Advisory Board, arbitrator appointments, prohibitions on gifts, claims brought by commission employees, carpal tunnel syndrome, fraud, sentencing, advisory premium rates, and insurance oversight. Makes other changes. Contains a severability provision. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 5
Provides that the Director of the Department of Labor shall adopt a selection process to designate 2 international, national, or statewide organizations made up of affiliates who are the exclusive representative of construction employer employees recognized or certified pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act to participate in the collective bargaining pilot program. Provides that "labor organization" means an affiliate of an international, national, or statewide organization that has been selected by the Department of Labor to participate in the collective bargaining pilot program. Restores certain language regarding an employer's liability to pay for such medical services selected by the employee to the existing law. Changes a cross-reference. Makes changes concerning judicial review.

Last Action: 6/28/2011 Public Act 97-0018

HB 1715 (Durkin, J.) - 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. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 74-44.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1716 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Defines "recurrent requester" as a person that, in the 12 months immediately preceding the request, has submitted to the same public body (i) a minimum of 50 requests for records, (ii) a minimum of 15 requests for records within a 30-day period, or (iii) a minimum of 7 requests for records within a 7-day period. Establishes procedures that public bodies are to use in responding to requests from recurrent requesters. Authorizes a public body to charge a fee for each hour spent by personnel in searching for and retrieving requested records. Specifies that a person whose records request is made for a commercial purpose may not file a request for review with the Public Access Counselor, except for the limited purpose of determining whether the public body accurately characterized the request as a commercial request. Makes other changes. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/14/11 with a vote of 70-44. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 84-31.

Last Action: 8/26/2011 Public Act 97-0579

HB 1853 (Brady, D.) - Amends the Election Code. With respect to objector's petitions, requires that (i) 2 copies (now, one copy) must be filed with the petition, (ii) the petition shall not be accepted for filing without the 2 copies, and (iii) challenges to signatures must include recapitulation sheets that refer to the page and line numbers of the signatures. Permits an electoral board to examine a randomly selected sample of the signatures. Makes other changes.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1869 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Notice By Publication Act. See Senate Bill 1686.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1879 (Mitchell, B.; 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: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1898 (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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1902 (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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1914 (Rosenthal, W.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that no special fund shall be subject to sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver that would in any way transfer any amounts from a special fund into any other fund of the State. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that no special fund shall be subject to administrative charge-backs (now, sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver).

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1948 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Act. Requires that the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority create a form for agencies to list the number of cameras that they own or have access to and to post that form on its official Internet website. Provides that the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority must post on its website a list of agencies that own or have access to cameras and the number of cameras that each agency owns or has access to. Requires that an agency submit to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority a copy of any policies adopted by the agency that address camera use by the agency. Provides that the camera use policies must be posted on the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority's website. Defines "camera" and "agency". Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/18/2011 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 11/8/2011 Bill Dead – No Positive Action Taken – Amendatory Veto 

HB 1956 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Deletes a provision that requires the authorized agent of a participating municipality or participating instrumentality to be a member of the fund. Deletes a provision that prohibited certain employers from electing a 1,000 hour participation standard based on their original date of participation. Authorizes retired members who return to work for an IMRF employer to keep their pension even if employed in a position requiring less than the employer's standard for participation in IMRF. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/10/2011 with a vote of 107-0. Passed the Senate on 5/18/2011 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2011 Public Act 97-0328

HB 1963 (Burke, D.) - See House Bill 200

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1977 (McCarthy, K.) - Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Provides that eligibility to participate in the program of health benefits for community college benefit recipients and community college dependent beneficiaries shall be determined by the appropriate community college and the determination will be provided to the State Universities Retirement System (was, determined by the State Universities Retirement System). Provides that nothing in provisions concerning the program of health benefits for community college benefit recipients and community college dependent beneficiaries and contribution to the Community College Health Insurance Security Fund establishes a duty on the part of the State Universities Retirement System to certify, verify, audit, or otherwise ensure the appropriateness or adequacy of the information received from the community colleges. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Specifies that provisions concerning approval of travel or educational missions do not apply to expenses necessarily incurred in the State of Illinois for attending board or board committee meetings, ethics training, or fiduciary training. Makes changes concerning an annual report to the Governor identifying economic opportunity investments made by pension funds. Makes changes concerning the appointment and election of trustees of the Board of Trustees of the State Universities Retirement System. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1986 (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a unit of local government or the Department of Transportation shall authorize the operation of all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles or both on rural roads under its jurisdiction if the unit of local government or Department determines that the public safety will not be jeopardized. Provides that before permitting the operation of all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles on rural roads, a unit of local government or the Department must consider the volume, speed, and character of traffic on the roadway and determine whether all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles may safely travel on or cross the roadway. Provides that appropriate signs shall be posted on rural roads where the operation of all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles is permitted. Provides that if a roadway is under the jurisdiction of more than one unit of government, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles may not be operated on the roadway unless each unit of government agrees and takes action as provided in this amendatory Act. Limits home rule powers. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2037 (Brady, D.) - Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that an elected or appointed coroner may elect to participate in the Fund as a sheriff's law enforcement employee (SLEP). Allows conversion of prior service. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2049 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the purposes of the definition of 33 1/3%, the fair cash value of property is determined by the lesser of: (1) the Department of Revenue's sales ratio studies for the 3 most recent years preceding the assessment year; or (2) the valuation of the property in the prior year (under the current law, the fair cash value is based on the sales ratio studies).

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2050 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts the following types of information from the copying and inspection requirements of the Act: the names of applicants and participants in forest preserve district educational, recreational, or volunteer programs; the names of financial donors to a forest preserve district; the names of holders of special use or other permits issued by a forest preserve district; and the names of subscribers to any magazine, newsletter, periodical, or other publication of a forest preserve district. Provides, however, that the names of individuals (i) who are employed by or have a contract with the forest preserve district or (ii) who have any other financial arrangement with or interest in the forest preserve district are not exempt from copying and inspection. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2057 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that, beginning with fiscal year 2012 and thereafter, Road Fund moneys may not be appropriated to certain executive agencies. Prohibits certain transfers from the Road Fund and the State Construction Account Fund. Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2011, motor fuel and gasohol must be taxed under those Acts at the rate of 1.25% (now, 6.25%). Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Imposes an additional tax of $0.150 per gallon on motor fuel sold in the State. Provides that this additional tax must be adjusted each fiscal year to account for inflation. Provides that the proceeds of this additional tax must be deposited into the Capital Projects Fund and used for capital projects. Contains provisions relating to the Capital Projects Fund that were added or amended by Public Act 96-34, 96-37, or 96-38. Those Public Acts were declared invalid by the First District Appellate Court in , based on a single subject violation. Includes language reenacting those provisions and validating certain actions taken in reasonable reliance on them. Includes findings and a severability provision. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2061 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if the amount of earnings of a participant or member of the specified pension systems or retirement funds exceeds the amount of his or her earnings with the same employer for the previous plan year by more than 12%, then that portion of the increase of salary in excess of 12% shall not be included in the calculation of any of the following, as is applicable: final average salary, highest average annual salary for any 4 consecutive years within the last 10 years of service immediately preceding the date of withdrawal, average final salary, final average compensation, or average salary. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2099 (McAsey, E.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the Department shall require all licensed child care facility employees who care for newborns and infants to complete training every 3 years on the nature of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the safe sleep recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Passed the House on 3/10/2011 with a vote of 107-0. Passed the Senate on 5/12/2011 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 7/6/2011 Public Act 97-0083

HB 2100 (McAsey, E.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Changes the name of the offenses 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. Includes in the offense criminal street gang recruitment on park district property. Passed the House on 4/5/2011 with a vote of 97-3-2.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

HB 2119 (Madigan, M. ) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Illinois Arts Council for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $9,471,900; Federal Funds $1,950,000; Total $11,421,900.

Last Action: 2/22/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations - General Services Committee

HB 2130 (Madigan, M.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Historic Preservation Agency for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $11,084,800; Other State Funds $15,360,255; Total $26,445,055.

Last Action: 2/22/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations-General Services Committee

HB 2134 (Madigan, M.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Natural Resources for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Revenue Fund $55,095,000; Other State Funds; $172,484,109; Federal Funds $32,392,700; Total $259,971,809.

Last Action: 2/22/2011 Assigned to House Approprations-General Services Committee

HB 2163 (Madigan, M.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Public Health for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $155,998,500; Other State Funds $116,864,100; Federal Funds $308,174,600; Total $581,037,200.

Last Action: 2/22/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations-General Services Committee

HB 2185 (Madigan, M.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Illinois Department of Transportation for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $11,471,600; Other State Funds $2,662,503,806; Federal Funds $4,191,715; Total $2,678,167,121.

Last Action: 2/22/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations-Public Safety Committee

HB 2189 (Madigan, M.) - Makes Capital appropriations and reappropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. Passed the House on 5/13/2011 with a vote of 102-6. Passed the Senate on 5/30/2011 with a vote of 35-24.

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

HB 2191 (Sommer, K.) - Amends the Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act. Provides that no public or private employer may take disciplinary action against an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker because the employee, when acting as a volunteer worker, is absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2289 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

 HB 2558 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that prior to appointing a private attorney to perform the functions of the State's Attorney, the court shall contact certain public agencies to determine a public prosecutor's availability to serve as a special prosecutor at no cost to the county. Provides that the county shall participate in all agreements relating to the compensation of a special prosecutor. Further provides that the power and authority of a special prosecutor shall not be expanded without prior notice to the county and an opportunity for the county to present information in court concerning the financial impact of an expansion. Sets forth limits on a court's interpretation regarding certain orders and the requirement of a county to pay legal fees. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 108-0. Passed the Senate on 11/9/2011 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 11/9/2011 Placed on House Calendar Order of Concurrence Senate Amendment(s) 1, 2

HB 2568 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

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

HB 2692 (Cross, T.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Illinois Arts Council for its FY12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/7/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations - General Services Committee

HB 2694 (Cross, T.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Historic Preservation Agency for its FY12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/7/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations - General Services Committee

HB 2844 (Mathia, S.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Defines as a prohibited political activity the wearing or displaying of items expressing support for or against a candidate or referendum question while registering voters as a deputy registrar or assisting persons in completing mail-in voter registration applications. Defines a "candidate" to include candidates for federal and local offices as well as State offices.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2849 (Currie, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if property is owned by the State, a unit of local government, or a school district and that property is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district, then the property and the leasehold interest are exempt from taxation under the Property Tax Code or under any other law. Further provides that property of schools that is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district (now, only leases to a municipality) for governmental purposes on a not-for-profit basis is exempt and that the leasehold interest is not taxable. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Provides that the changes made by the amendatory Act apply to taxable years 2010 and thereafter. Provides that the changes also apply to taxable years prior to 2010, but no payments of any such taxes need be refunded. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2850 (Gabel, R.) - Creates the Child Bicycle Helmet Safety Awareness Act. Contains legislative findings and definitions. Provides that a person under the age of 15 may not operate or be a passenger on a bicycle on a highway, multipurpose public path, or other public right-of-way unless at all times when the person is so-engaged he or she wears a protective bicycle helmet of good fit fastened securely upon the head. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a person under the age of 15 may not permit the person to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle in an unlawful manner. Provides that no person may rent or lease any bicycle to or for the use of any person under the age of 15 on a highway, multipurpose public path, or other public right-of-way unless certain conditions are met. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2854 (Watson, J.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, in lieu of filing a petition for nomination, a candidate may pay a filing fee to the office of the State or local election official charged with accepting nomination petitions for that office. Provides that the fee shall be equal to 1% of the annual salary of the office for which the candidate is seeking nomination or $50 if the office is non-salaried.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2855 (Mitchell, B.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that notarized declarations of intent shall include a sworn statement affirming the person filing the declaration is, at the time of filing, eligible to hold the office being sought. Sets forth the requirements on filing an objection to a declaration of intent. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2865 (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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2871 (Hernandez, E.) - Creates the Healthy Workplace Act. Requires an employer to provide an employee up to 7 sick days with pay during each 12-month period. Provides that an employee may use the sick days care for physical or mental illness, injury, medical condition, professional medical diagnosis or care, or a medical appointment of the employee or a family member. Contains provisions regarding: accrual; certification; notice; responsibilities of employers; unlawful practices; powers and duties of the Department of Labor; violations; penalties; civil liability; severability; and other matters.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2876 (Ford, L.) - Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that the Department of Employment Security shall periodically ascertain the average weekly household income for Illinois households. Provides that, if the wages of an otherwise eligible individual who is a part-time worker in a week, combined with the individual's weekly benefit amount, do not exceed the lesser of the individual's final regular wages, not including overtime or bonuses, at the individual's last full-time position the average weekly household income for Illinois households, then the individual is eligible to receive the same weekly benefit amount to which the eligible individual would be entitled if he or she were not working part-time. Provides for a reduced weekly benefit amount under specified circumstances. Provides that benefits under the new provisions are available only during an individual's period of regular benefits and not during any period of extended benefits. Provides that, if an individual who is a part-time worker in a week is eligible for benefits under any other provision of the Act or rule of the Department in amount that is greater than the amount to which an individual is eligible for benefits under the new provisions, then that other provision or rule shall control.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2878 (Davis, W.) - Amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975. Provides for deposit of moneys from civil penalties, certain filing fees, and other sources under the Act into the Horse Racing Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rules 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2883 (Reis, D.) - Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Defines "accident" and "injury." Provides that pain or other subjective complaints alone, in the absence of objective relevant medical findings, are not compensable. Deletes language allowing rebuttable presumptions for an employee employed as a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), or paramedic. Deletes language allowing an employee to secure his own physician, surgeon and hospital services at the employer's expense. Provides that the employer shall choose all necessary medical, surgical and hospital services reasonably required to cure or relieve from the effects of the accidental injury at the employer's expense, except upon a finding by the Commission that the employer's choice of medical care threatens life, health, or recovery, then the employee may choose a second physician, surgeon, and hospital services at the employer's expense. Provides for a waiver of employee privacy for the employer to obtain necessary decision making information. Provides for a wage differential award and that such award shall cease when the employee reaches the full retirement age as defined by the Social Security Administration. Provides for reimbursement of out-of-state procedures, treatments, services, products or supplies. Provides for a new medical fee schedule after January 1, 2012, in accordance with the Medicare payment systems (160%). Moves the utilization review program registration and administration to the Department of Insurance. Makes numerous changes regarding employee intoxication, partial or total disability, implants, employment verification documents, and other changes.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2885 (Jefferson, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2011, all property owned by an exempt organization under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code or its successor is exempt from taxation under the Code when exclusively used for a purpose authorized to be exempted under the Illinois Constitution.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2894 (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that if an employee has authorized a criminal background investigation, but the investigation has not been completed, then the employee may work directly with the children if another employee who has completed a criminal background investigation is present at all times. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2923 (Eddy, R.) - Amends the Election Code. With respect to consolidated elections, returns the timeline for certain certifications and filings to what it was before the enactment of Public Act 96-1008. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2938 (McAsey, E.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that if a special license plate is authorized by law to raise funds for a specific cause and the Secretary of State has not received the required number of applications for that special plate within 2 years of the effective date of the Public Act authorizing the special plate, the Secretary's authority to issue the plate is nullified. Provides that revenues from special license plates shall only benefit designated charitable entities, which must be in compliance with specified requirements. Requires a charitable entity to annually provide the Secretary with a letter of compliance issued by the Attorney General's office, requires the name of the charitable entity which is to receive the funds to be provided to the Secretary within specified time limits, and provides that in the case of a failure to comply with these requirements, the special plates shall be discontinued and any undisbursed funds collected from the sale of plates authorized for that organization shall be transferred to the General Revenue Fund. Provides that if fewer than 1,000 sets of any special plate issued by the Secretary are actively registered for 2 consecutive calendar years, the Secretary may discontinue the issuance of that special plate and that discontinued plates shall be recalled and that owners of vehicles which were registered with recalled plates shall not be charged a reclassification or sticker replacement plate fee upon the issuance of new plates. Makes various changes in provisions concerning moneys collected under provisions creating special plates. Repeals provisions creating Lewis and Clark Bicentennial special plates. Effective January 1, 2012. Passed the House on 4/6/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/20/2011 with a vote of 46-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2011 Public Act 97-0409

HB 2958 (Dugan, L.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if a full-time firefighter or firefighter/paramedic employed by a city, village, incorporated town, or township that meets certain requirements is not eligible to participate in a retirement fund created under the Downstate Firefighters Article of the Code, then he or she is eligible to participate, as a sheriff's law enforcement employee, under the IMRF Article of the Code. Specifies survivor and occupational disease disability benefits that are available to the qualifying firefighters. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2962 (Davis, M.) - Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the purpose of the Article regarding nonprofit risk organizations.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2975 (May, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code. Excludes from the definition of the term "aggregate extension" extensions made by a taxing district for contributions to a pension or retirement fund created under the Downstate Police, Downstate Fire, or IMRF Articles of the Illinois Pension Code for the first 5 taxable years after the taxing district first participates in such a system. Amends the Downstate Police and IMRF Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the referenda questions used to create a pension or retirement fund under the specified Articles to also authorize the levying of an annual tax for the purpose of participation in that fund.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2986 (Verschoore, P.) - Amends the Local Governmental Employees Political Rights Act. Provides that a member of any police department or Sheriff's department (as well as a member of any fire department or fire protection district) may be a candidate for or appointed to any public office. Further provides that a police officer or Sheriff's deputy (as well as a firefighter) who is elected to the Illinois General Assembly shall be granted a leave of absence from his or her employer without compensation during his or her term of office. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2990 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that any taxing district may order the county clerk to abate any portion of its taxes on any property owned by the county and used as a visitor's center.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2993 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that if a vacancy in the office of park district commissioner occurs with more than 28 months left in the term, but less than 123 days (now, 88 days) before the next regularly scheduled election for the office, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold the office until the second regularly scheduled election for the office following the appointment, at which a member shall be elected to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/5/2011 with a vote of 103-0. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 7/14/2011 Public Act 97-0131

HB 3010 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that the definition of "disability" also includes any mental, psychological, or developmental disability, including autism spectrum disorders.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that for purposes of the provisions of the Act concerning public accommodations, "disability", as a characteristic, also includes any mental, psychological, or developmental disability, including autism spectrum disorders. Passed the House on 3/29/2011 with a vote of 113-0. Passed the House on 5/20/2011 with a vote of 45-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2011 Public Act 97-0410

HB 3017 (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2011 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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3018 (Tryon, 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 certain aquifers is considered to provide a demonstrated public benefit. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3023 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Recreational Trails of Illinois Act. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may allow the operation of all-terrain vehicles, as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code, on designated trails on property owned or managed by the Department if the temperature is below 28 degrees Fahrenheit and there is less than 4 inches of snow on the ground. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3025 (Burke, K.) - Amends the Personal Information Protection Act. Provides that "breach of the security of the system data" includes the unauthorized use (instead of only the unauthorized acquisition) of computerized data that compromises the security, confidentiality, or integrity of personal information maintained by a data collector. Provides that a data collector that owns or licenses personal information shall notify the Attorney General of a breach. Provides that a data collector that maintains or stores (instead of only maintains) computerized or other data (instead of only computerized data) that includes personal information must cooperate with the owner or licensee of the information in relation to a breach. Requires that notification of a breach sent to an Illinois resident by a data collector that owns or licenses personal information or by a State agency must contain certain information, including information concerning placing a security freeze on the release of information from the resident's credit report. Sets forth standards for disposal of materials containing personal information, and provides penalties for a violation.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Personal Information Protection Act. Provides the same substance as House Amendment 1 except to (i) remove unauthorized use of computerized data from the definition of "breach of the security of the system data", (ii) remove the provision that a data collector that owns or licenses personal information shall notify the Attorney General of a security breach, (iii) require that more general information shall be provided in the disclosure notification to an Illinois resident after a breach, (iv) provide for a delay of notification, by a State agency, to prevent interference with a criminal investigation, (v) state that a third party contracting with a person to dispose of materials containing personal information may be subject to a civil penalty, and (vi) specify that a person disposing of materials containing personal information must do so in a manner that renders the information unreadable, unusable, and undecipherable and no longer strictly limits the avenues for disposal.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that a financial institution under 15 U.S.C. 6801 et. seq. or any person subject to 15 U.S.C. 1681w is exempt from a new Section specifying requirements for the disposal of materials containing personal information. Passed the House on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 114-0-2. Passed the Senate on 5/20/2011 with a vote of 47-0.

Last Action: 8/22/2011 Public Act 97-0483

HB 3043 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Election Code. Defines "local ballot insert". Authorizes local election authorities to produce or to arrange with the Board for production of local inserts into the guide to contain information on local candidates, questions, and voting. Permits candidates to submit photographs and personal statements for inclusion in the guide.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3075 (Beiser, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a member or participant who first becomes a member of one of the specified pension or retirement systems on or after January 1, 2011 is entitled to a retirement annuity upon written application if he or she has attained age 62 (rather than 67), has at least 10 years of service credit, and is otherwise eligible under the requirements of the applicable Article. Provides that if such a person has attained age 57 (rather than 62), has at least 10 years of service credit, and is otherwise eligible under the requirements of the applicable Article, then he or she may elect to retire early and receive a lower retirement annuity. Exempts these benefit changes from the new benefit increase provisions added by Public Act 94-4 in each of the affected Articles. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3076 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, if the amount of a participating employee's earnings for any calendar year used to determine the participating employee's retirement annuity exceeds the amount of his or her earnings with the same participating municipality or participating instrumentality for the previous calendar year by more than 6%, then the participating municipality or participating instrumentality must pay to the fund the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from the portion of the increase in earnings that is in excess of 6%. Provides that the Fund must exclude certain earnings when assessing payment for any amount due under this provision. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/11/2011 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3081 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Decreases the amount of the annual increases in benefits to which current and future annuitants, participants, and survivors of the State-funded pension and retirement systems are entitled. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3089 (Arroyo, L.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property tax bills shall contain a statement itemizing the amount and percentage of funds from each taxing district in which the property is located that are distributed into a tax increment allocation fund and the total amount amount and percentage of funds being allocated to a tax increment allocation fund.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3094 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to projects with a total cost of $20,000 or less. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3098 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that no employer shall be required to pay temporary partial or total disability benefits to an employee who has been discharged for cause. Provides procedures for notice and hearings. Defines "discharge for cause" as a discharge resulting from the employee's voluntary violation of a rule or policy of the employer not caused by the employee's disability. Effective January 1, 2012.

Last Acton: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3104 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code. Provides that if, in any levy year, after application of the allowable extension limitations, the aggregate extension for a taxing district increases less than 1.0%, or the aggregate extension for a taxing district decreases, the implementation of the Law shall be suspended for that levy year only. Provides that, upon suspension of the Law, the tax rate shall be calculated as if the taxing district were located in a county to which the Law does not apply. Provides that the Law shall go back into effect in the following levy year unless the 1.0% threshold is once again not met. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3110 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Election Code. In a provision requiring a political committee to file an electronic report with the State Board of Elections if it receives a contribution of $1,000 or more, provides that the report must be filed within 2 business days if the contribution is received 90 (instead of 30) or fewer days before the date of an election. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3114 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that homestead properties that have been improved with a renewable energy improvement are entitled to an exemption, limited to the value of the improvement, as assessed and equalized. Defines "renewable energy improvement". Provides that no exemption shall be granted for more than 10 taxable years after a renewable energy device was first installed and operational. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3116 (Jefferson, C.) - Creates the Public Pension Abuse Abatement Act. Authorizes and directs the Governor to execute a compact on behalf of the State with any other state to end abuse of public pension programs. Provides that the compacting states shall agree that no governmental employer under the jurisdiction of any state shall pay wages or salary to any public pension fund annuitant unless that annuitant elects to suspend his or her pension for the duration of his or her employment. Sets out provisions of the compact concerning definitions, the effective date, and construction and severability. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3129 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Park District Code. Prohibits a park district from knowingly employing a minor who has been adjudicated as committing any of the following offenses: (i) unlawful use of weapons, (ii) a violation of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, (iii) a violation of certain provisions of the Cannabis Control Act, (iv) a forcible felony, (v) a violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or (vi) a felony or a Class A or B misdemeanor. Provides that the Illinois Department of State Police shall conduct a search of the Illinois criminal history records database to ascertain if a minor applicant being considered for employment with a park district has been adjudicated as committing specified offenses. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. In provisions concerning the confidentiality of the law enforcement records of minors, provides that the president of a park district may have access to specified records of a minor who is applying for employment with the park district. Passed the House on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 86-22-8.

Last Action: 4/27/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 3131 (Pihos, S.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that any required agenda must be sufficiently descriptive to give the public reasonable notice of the items that will be considered or will be the subject of final action at the meeting. Requires the public body conducting a public meeting to ensure that at least one copy of any requested notice and agenda for the meeting is continuously available for public review during the entire 48-hour period preceding the meeting.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 4
Provides that the public body conducting a meeting must take reasonable steps to ensure that a copy of the required notice and agenda is continuously available for public review during the entire 48-hour period preceding the meeting. Specifies that publication of the notice and agenda on a website that is maintained by the public body satisfies the requirement for continuous posting. Provides that if a notice or agenda is not continuously available for the full 48-hour 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. Passed the House on 4/6/2011 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate with Senate Floor Amendment No. 4 on 5/20/2011 with a vote of 47-0. House non-concurs with Senate Floor Amendment No. 4 on 5/31/11.

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

HB 3137 (Eddy, R.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts the following types of information from disclosure: the date of birth of public employees, medical and health information of public employees, the names of applicants for public employment, applications for public employment, recommendations and opinions regarding the qualification of public employment applicants, investigative notes of public employees, and outlines or drafts of oral statements, presentations, or remarks. Removes a provision that required public bodies to seek pre-authorization from the Public Access Counselor before opting not to disclose these types of information.

Last Action: 4/27/2011 Assigned to Senate Executive

HB 3151 (Stephens, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is used as a private airport is eligible for open space land valuation. Effective January 1, 2012.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3176 (Cavaletto, J.) - Amends the Riverboat Gambling Act. Provides that, on the first day of every month, the Comptroller must certify to the Board the mean delay in payment of valid reimbursement claims of health service providers. Requires the Illinois Gaming Board to delay payments to units of local government from privilege tax receipts by the length of time certified by the Comptroller. Provides that any interest on moneys held by the Illinois Gaming Board shall be transferred to the General Revenue Fund.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3199 (Golar, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In the Real Estate Transfer Tax Law, provides that (i) deeds or trust documents that release property that is security for a debt or other obligation and (ii) deeds issued to a holder of a mortgage pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in lieu of foreclosure are subject to the tax beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly and through June 30, 2016. Provides that deeds issued to a holder of a mortgage pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in lieu of foreclosure shall remain exempt for the period prior to July 1, 2016 if the holder (i) originated the mortgage in question, (ii) did not originate more than 10,000 mortgage loans in 2007, and (iii) had less than $5,000,000,000 in assets as of the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that, of the moneys received from the real estate transfer tax imposed upon those deeds, 50% shall be deposited into the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, 35% shall be deposited into the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Fund, and 15% shall be deposited into the Natural Areas Acquisition Fund. Effective immediately.

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

HB 3201 (Golar, E.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that unless otherwise authorized by law, it is a civil rights violation for any employer, employment agency or labor organization to inquire into or to use the fact of a felony conviction that was entered more than 7 years earlier as a basis 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. This Section does not prohibit a State agency, unit of local government or school district, or private organization from requesting or utilizing sealed felony conviction information obtained from the Department of State Police under State or federal laws or regulations that require criminal background checks in evaluating the qualifications and character of an employee or a prospective employee.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3217 (Saviano, A.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3228 (Brady, D.) - Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the restriction on return to service after accepting early retirement benefits applies only to (A) employment for which the person is required (or is allowed and has elected) to participate in the Fund and (B) contractual personal services which, if performed as an employee, would require the employee to participate in the Fund. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3237 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that contractors and subcontractors participating in public works shall keep records for at least three years from the date of the last payment on a contract or subcontract. Also provides that such contractors and subcontractors shall file a certified payroll for each month signed by the contractor or subcontractor or an officer, employee, or agent of the contractor or subcontractor and stating that he or she has examined the certified payroll records. Provides that when these specified individuals willfully fail to file or willfully file a false certified payroll, false as to a material fact, they are guilty of a Class 4 felony. Provides that a contractor or subcontractor shall make available for inspection and copying records, upon 3 business days' notice (instead of 7), to federal, State or local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in addition to the public body in charge of the public works project and the Director of Labor and his deputies and agents. Provides that any contractor or subcontractor and any officer, employee or agent thereof who willfully fails to create, keep, maintain or produce a record or document required by the Prevailing Wage Act is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Provides that a contractor or subcontractor convicted under specific provisions of the Act shall be subject to an automatic and immediate debarment, thereafter prohibited from participating in any public works project for 4 years, with no right to a hearing. Effective January 1, 2012.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that a certified payroll must be filed for only those calendar months during which construction on a public works project has occurred. Changes several criminal penalties within the Prevailing Wage Act from Class 4 felonies, as previously proposed, to Class A misdemeanors. Restores prior language concerning notice for inspection. Provides that a contractor or subcontractor may be subject to debarment due to guilty verdict in addition to a conviction under specific sections of the Prevailing Wage Act. Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 67-49. Passed the Senate on 5/25/2011 with a vote of 36-19. House concurred with SA1 on 5/31/2011 with a vote of 74-42.

Last Action: 8/25/2011 Public Act 97-0571

HB 3253 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Prohibits a sheriff's law enforcement employee who begins service in that capacity after the effective date of the amendatory Act from being able to convert up to 10 years of service in any other capacity into service as a sheriff's law enforcement employee. Provides that, on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, an elected county officer will not be able to elect to establish alternative credits for an alternative annuity. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/7/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/12/2011 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/8/2011 Public Act 97-0272

HB 3319 (McAuliffe, M.) - Amends the Highway Advertising Control Act of 1971. Provides that with respect to signs owned or leased by the State or a political subdivision or on property for which either the State or a political subdivision determines a benefit, an area zoned for business, commercial, or industrial activities that is adjacent to and within 660 feet of (i) an Interstate highway and that is in Township 41 North, Range 10 East of the Third Principal Meridian, or (ii) a toll highway in the Cities of Des Plaines and Elmhurst or in the Villages of Hoffman Estates, Rosemont, and Indian Head Park, shall be deemed a "business area" for purposes of the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3332 (Poe, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Downstate Police and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, for 60 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, a person may transfer to IMRF up to 10 years of creditable service accumulated under a downstate police pension fund created under Article 3 of the Code. Provides that the creditable service shall be transferred upon payment by the police pension fund to IMRF of an amount equal to: (i) the amounts accumulated to the credit of the applicant on the books of the fund on the date of transfer; (ii) employer contributions in a specified amount; and (iii) any interest paid by the applicant in order to reinstate service. Provides that, until 60 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, any active member of IMRF may reinstate all or any portion of his or her service that was terminated by receipt of a refund, by payment to the police pension fund of the amount of the refund with interest thereon at the actuarially assumed rate, compounded annually, from the date of refund to the date of payment. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/31/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/12/2011 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 8/8/2011 Public Act 97-0273

HB 3334 (Poe, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Removes a provision requiring an application for leave-of-absence credit to be filed within 2 years after termination of the leave. Specifies 2 additional criteria that must be met for a person to be eligible for either temporary disability benefits or total and permanent disability benefits. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/30/2011 with a vote of 115-0-1. Passed the Senate on 5/20/2011 with a vote of 49-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2011 Public Act 97-0415

HB 3342 (Burke, K.) - Amends the Toll Highway Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority may not sell or otherwise provide to third parties personally identifiable information obtained through its electronic toll collection system. Provides that the Authority may store personally identifiable information only if the information is required to perform account functions such as billing, account settlement, or toll violation enforcement activities. Provides that the Authority shall establish a privacy policy containing certain provisions by December 31, 2011. Provides that the Authority must discard personally identifiable information no more than 4 years after the closure date of the billing cycle, payment of the bill, and resolution of all applicable toll violations, and that the Authority shall purge personally identifiable information of a closed or terminated account no more than 4 years after account closure or termination. Provides exceptions to the prohibition on release of personally identifiable information. Defines terms. Provides that in any agreement allowing another public entity to use the Authority's toll collection system in a transportation facility, the Authority shall require the other public entity to comply with the stated privacy requirements. Provides that personally identifiable information generated through the Authority's toll collection process shall be exempt from release under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Passed the House on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 116-0. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2011 Public Act 97-0342

HB 3343 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts the names, addresses, and other personal information of participants and registrants in the programs of park districts, forest preserve districts, conservation districts, recreation agencies, and special recreation associations from the inspection and copying requirements of the Act. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that the following are exempt from copying and disclosure under the Act: (i) the names, addresses, and other personal information of persons who are minors and are participants and registrants in programs of park districts, forest preserve districts, conservation districts, recreation areas, and special recreation areas and (ii) the names, addresses, and other personal information of persons who are participants and registrants in programs of park districts, forest preserve districts, conservation districts, recreation areas, and special recreation areas where such programs are targeted primarily to minors. Passed the House on 4/1/2011 with a vote of 105-0. Passed the Senate on 5/18/2011 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/15/2011 Public Act 97-0385

HB 3362 (Mell, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that "public works" does not include gardening-related maintenance projects, including but not limited to watering and pruning. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 Tabled by Sponsor Rep. Deborah Mell

HB 3364 (Winters, D.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Adds "aeronautic use" to the recreational and conservation uses that are addressed in the Act. Provides that "aeronautic use" means the entry onto a private airstrip on the land of another to conduct recreational non-commercial flight activities with ultra light or other aircraft, or any related activity. Provides that except as specifically provided by the Act, a land owner owes no duty of care to keep private airstrip premises safe for entry or use by others for recreational non-commercial flight activities, except as to known hazards or defects, provided that this shall not be construed to impose liability or remove the immunity conferred by the Act for failure to guard or warn of a dangerous condition created by the forces of nature. Makes corresponding changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3370 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the Fund, by rule, to establish a defined contribution benefit plan. Requires the plan to be qualified under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and to authorize each participating municipality and participating instrumentality to (i) require participation in the plan by any person who first becomes its employee on or after January 1, 2012, (ii) define benefit levels and employer contributions as it sees fit, (iii) make benefit changes as it deems appropriate, and (iv) otherwise administer the plan. Provides that participating municipalities and instrumentalities must elect to participate in the plan by no later than January 1, 2012. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3372 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board in a metropolitan county located in the area served by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, or Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Kankakee, Grundy, LaSalle, DeKalb, Kendall, or Boone county, that has adopted a stormwater management plan may adopt a schedule of fees applicable to real property within the county that benefits from the county's stormwater management facilities and activities. Sets forth the circumstances under which a fee schedule may be adopted and the uses for the fees. Caps the fees at the same limit as an authorized stormwater tax that has been approved by referendum in the county. Provides that the county shall give land owners at least 2 years' notice of the fee during which time the county shall provide education on green infrastructure practices and an opportunity to take action to reduce or eliminate the fee. Further provides that a fee waiver shall be included for property owners who have taken actions or put in place facilities that are approved by the county that reduce or eliminate the cost of managing runoff. Provides that the county may enter into intergovernmental agreements with other bodies of government for the joint administration of stormwater management and collection of the fees. Provides that if a county adopts a fee schedule and has existing debt repayments to make, the remainder of that debt may be paid with proceeds from a tax imposed for stormwater management purposes. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Counties Code. Provides that an authorized fee schedule "must have the same limit as the authorized stormwater tax". Passed the House on 4/13/2011 with a vote of 73-43.

Last Action: 10/12/2011 Placed on Senae Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 3374 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal shall provide direct access to a database of all current State grants, sorted by grantee name, awarding agency, grant value, and the purpose for which the grant is awarded. Effective July 1, 2011.Passed the House with a vote of 110-0.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3375 (McCarthy, K.) - Amends the Downstate Teachers Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Specifies that a provision authorizing annuitants to return to service must not be construed to authorize multiple annuitants, without impairing their retirement status, to accept employment with a school district or other employer in order to fill, as a group, a teaching position that would ordinarily be occupied by an active participant. Provides that if a school board or other employer determines there is a subject or administrative shortage, then it must apply for an exemption under a specific provision of the Code. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/12/2011 with a vote of 114-0. Passed the Senate on 11/29/2011 with a vote of 43-13.

Last Action: 11/29/2011 Placed on House Calendar Order of Concurrence Senate Amendment(s) 1, 2

HB 3378 (Ramey, R.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes a public body to hold a closed meeting to discuss correspondence and records (i) that may not be disclosed under a specific portion of the Public Aid Code or (ii) that pertain to appeals conducted a specific provision of the Public Aid Code. Amends the Freeom of Information Act. Exempts those types of correspondence and records from the Act's inspection and copying requirements. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/16/2011 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 22(g)

HB 3426 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that lump sum payments for retirement, severance, or sick or vacation time may not be used to calculate the final rate of earnings. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3427 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Requires all pension funds and retirement systems established under the Code to exclude the following items when computing the compensation, salary, or wages upon which an annuity, pension, or other benefit is to be based: (i) lump sum payments for retirement, severance, and sick or vacation time and (ii) any annual increase in compensation, salary, or wages of more than 6%. Applies only to persons who are participants on the effective date or who first become participants on or after the effective date. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3439 (Verschoore, P.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that "public works" does not include a project that (i) came under the definition of "public works" as a result of the changes made by Public Act 96-58 and (ii) received funds from tax increment financing sources before January 1, 2010 (the effective date of Public Act 96-58). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3458 (Winters, D.) - Amends the Park District Code. Authorizes park districts 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. Provides that park districts must use a 2-phase procedure for the selection of the successful design-build entity for projects where the budgeted construction cost is over $12,000,000.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Park District Code. Provides that a park district shall include in every Phase II evaluation the total project cost (instead of guaranteed maximum project cost). Defines "total project cost". Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/6/2011 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/12/2011 Public Act 97-0349

HB 3459 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that when an employee is absent from work to serve as an election judge, the 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 4/5/2011 with a vote of 101-0.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3472 (Colvin, M.) - Amends the Economic Development Area Tax Increment Allocation Act and the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. Provides that upon the request or approval of an enterprise zone or an economic development area (TIF), the public body shall send all applicable information to the State Comptroller's Office. Provides that a notice of request or approval of an enterprise zone or an economic development area (TIF) shall be posted on the website of the State Comptroller's Office within 5 business days of the receipt of approval. Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Changes the definition of "public works".

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3474 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. See Senate Bill 1831. Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 110-0.

Last Action: 5/4/201 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 3475 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code.
Proposed Amendment No. 1 to House Bill 3475
Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Prohibits overtime, commissions, bonuses, vehicle and other allowances, and lump sum payments for sick, comp, and vacation time from being included in the final rate of earnings for pension purposes. Suspends the retirement annuity or pension of retirees who enter into independent contracts for positions covered under another public pension system. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor if a retiree fails to notify a contractual employer of his or her retirement status. Changes the IMRF's 125% rule stating that the earnings to be considered for each of the final 24 months (currently 3 months) of the final earnings period cannot exceed 125% of the highest earnings of any other month in the four-year period used to calculate a retiree's annuity. Further provides that, if the amount of a participating employee's earnings for any calendar year used to determine the participating employee's retirement annuity exceeds the amount of his or her earnings with the same participating municipality or participating instrumentality for the previous calendar year by more than 6%, then the participating municipality or participating instrumentality must pay to the fund the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from the portion of the increase in earnings that is in excess of 6%. Provides that the Fund must exclude certain earnings when assessing payment for any amount due under this provision. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. 

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3476 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3500 (Morthland, R.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that the names and information of people who have applied for or received Firearm Owner's Identification Cards under the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act are exempt from inspection and copying, except in criminal investigations as otherwise provided for in that Act. Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, including the Freedom of Information Act, it is the public policy of the State that the names and information of people who have applied for, or received a Firearm Owner's Identification Card under the Act are considered private and shall not be disclosed. Provides that no State or local law enforcement agency shall provide a list of names of any or all holders or applicants in the State of Illinois of Firearm Owner's Identification Cards except that the Department of State Police may provide confirmation that an individual has or has not been issued, applied for, or denied a Firearm Owner's Identification Card in connection with a criminal investigation, and the Department of State Police may continue to report that information to the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) for authorized users. Effective immediately.
House Amendment 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as amended by House Amendment 1 but eliminates the amendatory changes to the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/8/2011 with a vote of 98-12. Passed the Senate on 5/20/2011 with a vote of 42-1-2.

Last Action: 7/5/2011 Public Act 97-0080

HB 3532 (Golar, E.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that any person being paid or compensated for the circulation of nominating petitions must register with the State Board of Elections. Provides that, to be eligible to register, an individual must (i) be a United States citizen, (ii) be at least 18 years of age, (iii) provide 2 forms of identification, and (iv) complete a one-hour training seminar. Requires the State Board of Elections to list electronically all individuals registered. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3555 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the purposes of the definition of 33 1/3%, the fair cash value of property is determined by the lesser of: (1) the Department of Revenue's sales ratio studies for the 3 most recent years preceding the assessment year; or (2) the valuation of the property in the year immediately preceding the assessment year (under the current law, the fair cash value is based on the sales ratio studies). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3579 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that, with respect to any week beginning prior to January 1, 2011, an individual's weekly benefit amount shall be an amount equal to the weekly benefit amount as defined at the time of the effective date of this amendatory Act. Deletes or changes numerous provisions relating to benefit amounts, dependents' allowances, and benefit charges. Changes definitions. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3591 (Mussman, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Adds a provision applicable to new hires that provides that an individual shall not be paid any of the benefits provided under the Code if he or she is convicted of a felony relating to, arising out of, or in connection with his or her service as a member or participant. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/6/2011 with a vote of 103-5-2. Passed the Senate on 5/23/2011 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/19/2011 Public Act 97-0442

HB 3600 (Osterman, H.) - 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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3602 (Osterman, H.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the alternative general homestead exemption, provides that the maximum amount of the exemption is $40,000 for taxable year 2011 and thereafter. Provides that the alternative general homestead exemption applies on a permanent basis. In a Section concerning the long-time occupant homestead exemption, expands the definition of "adjusted homestead value". Beginning with taxable year 2011 and thereafter, "adjusted homestead value" means a property's base homestead value increased by 7% for each taxable year after the base year through and including the current tax year for qualified taxpayers with a household income of $100,000 or less. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3608 (Morthland, R.) - 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: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3609 (Kosel, R.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Requires that a registrant with a client that is a State agency, a unit of local government, a school district, or any other governmental entity that receives public funds must file with the Secretary of State a semi-annual report that details the lobbying activities undertaken on behalf of each such client. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3610 (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Prohibits the use of public funds by a State agency, unit of local government, school district, or other governmental entity that receives public funds to contract for lobbying. Does not prohibit the use of public funds for lobbying by employees. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3624 (Feigenholtz, S.) - Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to disburse grants from the Illinois Clean Water Fund to other State agencies, local governments, publicly owned entities subject to NPDES permitting requirements, and charitable organizations for the purposes of reducing water pollution and protecting surface and ground water quality and aquatic habitats. Authorizes the Agency to adopt rules to administer this grant program. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3671 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Agriculture for its FY12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/1/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations-General Services Committee

HB 3672 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Illinois Arts Council for its FY12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/1/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations-General Services Committee

HB 3685 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Historic Preservation Agency for its FY12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/1/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations-General Services Committee

HB 3689 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for its FY12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 3/1/2011 Assigned to House Appropriations-General Services Committee

HB 3793 (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: 11/8/2011 Third Reading – Lost 34-73-5

HB 3794 (Mitchell, B.) - Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that in a county which by a majority vote of the county board authorizes the sheriff to issue concealed carry licenses, the sheriff shall issue a license to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun to an applicant who meets specified qualifications, has provided the application and specified documentation, and has submitted the requisite fees. Provides that a license to carry a handgun entitles a licensee to carry a loaded handgun, either concealed or openly, on or about his or her person or in a vehicle in the county of issuance and in any county that authorizes the sheriff to issue concealed carry licenses, except in certain prohibited locations. Provides that the license shall be valid in the authorized counties 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 and the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3798 (Burke, D.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that a State employee who holds a Rutan-exempt position and is involuntarily terminated from that position shall not, within a period of 5 years immediately after involuntary termination, knowingly accept employment or receive compensation or fees for services from a person or entity if the person or entity or its parent or subsidiary is a party to a State contract or contracts, regardless of whether the State employee participated personally and substantially in the award of the State contract or contracts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3813 (Cross, T.)  - Amends the General Provisions, Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighters, Chicago Police, Chicago Firefighters, Chicago Municipal, Cook County, Chicago Laborers, State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that any reasonable suspicion by any appointed or elected commissioner, trustee, director, board member, or employee of a retirement system or pension fund created under the Code or the State Board of Investment of a false statement or falsified record being submitted or permitted by a person under the Code shall be immediately referred to the board of trustees of the applicable retirement system or pension fund created under the Code, the State Board of Investment, or the State's Attorney of the jurisdiction where the alleged fraudulent activity occurred. Requires the board of trustees of a retirement system or pension fund or the State Board of Investment to immediately notify the State's Attorney of the jurisdiction where the alleged fraudulent activity occurred. Specifies the terms under which credit may be earned in each of the affected systems during leaves of absence to serve various labor organizations. Repeals and declares void ab initio a provision added to the Code by Public Act 94-1111. Defines "reasonable suspicion". Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
In the Chicago Police Article, removes a requirement that the police officer be on special duty assignment. In the Chicago Municipal and Chicago Laborer Articles, provides that "final average salary", for a participant receiving credit for specified types of leave, means the highest average salary for any 4 consecutive years (or any 8 consecutive years if the employee first became a participant on or after January 1, 2011) in the 10 years immediately prior to the leave of absence, and adding to that highest average salary, the product of (i) that highest average salary, (ii) the average percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during each 12 month calendar year for the calendar years during the participant's leave of absence, and (iii) the length of the leave of absence in years. Prohibits that amount, however, from exceeding the participant's salary at the local labor organization. In the State Universities Article, requires an individual to file an irrevocable election to become a participant before the effective date of the amendatory Act in order to have specified periods of leave applied to his or her service as an employee. In the Downstate Teachers Article, requires an individual to file an irrevocable election to become a participant before the effective date of the amendatory Act in order to have specified periods of leave applied to his or her service as a teacher. Makes the provisions of the Act severable. Passed the House on 10/27/2011 with a vote of 111-3-1. Passed the Senate on 11/10/11 with a vote of 50-0-1.

Last Action: 1/5/2012 Public Act 97-0651

HB 3814 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if any property that was not eligible to receive a homestead exemption was granted a homestead exemption, then a tax lien may be placed against the property and the arrearages of taxes that might have been assessed, plus specified penalties and interest, shall be charged against the property by the county clerk. Contains provisions concerning notice and hearings. Provides that, if the erroneous homestead exemption is granted as a result of a clerical error or omission on the part of the chief county assessment officer, and if the owner has paid its tax bills as received for the year or years in which the error occurred, then the penalties shall not be chargeable to the owner.

Last Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3815 (May, K.) - Amends the Chicago Municipal and Chicago Laborers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides, in both affected Articles, that a leave of absence without pay during employment with a local labor organization is not to be included in computing the term of service of a person who first becomes a participant on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective January 1, 2012. Passed the House on 10/27/2011 with a vote of 113-2-0. Passed the Senate on 11/10/2011 with a vote of 37-11-4.

Last Action: 11/10/2011 Placed on House Calendar Order of Concurrence Senate Amendment(s) 1, 2

HB 3824 (Pritchard, R.) - Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Adds to the existing purposes (tort liability, insurance and risk management) for which an extraordinary tort liability tax levy may be imposed the installation and maintenance of sprinkler or other fire suppression systems that meet national standards and are certified by the local fire officials. Declares, as a matter of policy, that the use of tort liability tax revenue for the installation and maintenance of sprinkler or other fire suppression systems is appropriate because of the safety benefits of fire suppression systems, the associated reduction in potential exposure to tort liability claims, and the reduction in insurance costs achievable for facilities equipped with fire suppression systems. Adds to the existing purposes (insurance, specified types of judgments, settlements, and obligations, and risk management programs) for which a local public entity may annually levy: to pay the cost of the installation and maintenance of sprinkler or other fire suppression systems.

Last Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3827 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that any reasonable suspicion by any appointed or elected commissioner, trustee, director, board member, or employee of a retirement system or pension fund created under the Code or the State Board of Investment of a false statement or falsified record being submitted or permitted by a person under the Code shall be immediately referred to the board of trustees of a retirement system or pension fund created under the Code or the State Board of Investment or the State's Attorney of the jurisdiction where the alleged fraudulent activity occurred, and that the board of trustees of a retirement system or pension fund or the State Board of Investment shall immediately notify the State's Attorney of the jurisdiction where any alleged fraudulent activity occurred for investigation; Amends the Chicago Police, Chicago Firefighter, Chicago Municipal, Chicago Laborers, Chicago Park District, and Chicago Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to terminate the existing pension boards 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act and to provide for a new board comprised of 4 members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chicago and 3 elected members representing active members and annuitant members of the fund. Amends the Cook County Article of the Illinois Pension Code to terminate the existing board of trustees 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act and to provide for a new board comprised of 5 members appointed by the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and 4 elected members representing active and annuitant members of the fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

HB 3828 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the State Revenue Sharing Act. Includes regional officials and local officials among the expenses for which the payments of revenue into the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund shall be used. Makes corresponding changes. Amends the School Code in the Article concerning regional superintendents of schools to provide that the salaries plus an amount for other employment-related compensation or benefits for regional superintendents and assistant regional superintendents are payable monthly by the State Board of Education out of the personal Property Tax Replacement Fund through a specific appropriation to that effect in the State Board of Education budget. Makes corresponding changes. Makes a change concerning reporting requirements when the State Board of Education becomes aware that a regional superintendent is employing his or her relative as an assistant regional superintendent. Further amends the School Code in the Article concerning the common school fund to provide that the State Board of Education shall request an appropriation payable from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund or the common school fund (rather than the common school fund only) for compensation for regional superintendents of schools and the assistant regional superintendents of schools. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/27/2011 Placed on House Calendar - Consideration Postponed

HB 3830 (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 required ethics training.

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3832 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Chicago Municipal and Chicago Laborers Articles to specify that creditable service for leaves of absence without pay during which a participant is employed full-time by a local labor organization that represents municipal employees may be established provided that the participant does not receive credit in any pension plan established by the labor organization based on his employment by the organization, including, but not limited to, pension plans established by the local labor organization, the national labor organization, or the international labor organization (rather than any pension plan established by the local labor organization). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

HB 3833 (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: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee 

HB 3839 (Davis, M.) - Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Code of Civil Procedure, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the Non-Support Punishment Act, and the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 to provide that no child support order entered on or after the effective date shall accrue interest and that interest on orders entered prior to the effective date shall no longer accrue interest after the effective date.

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3847 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $9,100,000 to the Illinois State Board of Education from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for Regional Superintendents' and Assistants' Compensation. Appropriates $2,225,050 to the Illinois State Board of Education from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for Regional Superintendents' Services. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/25/2011 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 3849 (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that provisions prohibiting the use of electronic communication devices while driving shall also apply to bicycles. Exempts bicyclists using electronic communication devices in hands-free or voice-activated mode and bicyclists using devices while parked on the shoulder of a roadway. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3850 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that the term "public record" includes any agreement between a person or entity and a unit of local government authorizing or requiring the unit of local government to rebate or refund all or a portion of any tax imposed by the unit of local government upon the person or entity. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Requires counties and municipalities to post information related to those agreements on the county's or municipality's website. Preempts the concurrent exercise of home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3851 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a governmental agency in cities of over 1,000,000 inhabitants may establish automated speed enforcement (ASE) systems in designated safety zones. Defines terms. Provides that the municipality may impose liability on a registered owner of a vehicle that violates the applicable law, with exceptions. Provides that notwithstanding any other applicable consequences under the Illinois Vehicle Code, the penalty for and consequence of a traffic violation recorded by an ASE system is a civil fine not to exceed $100 for each violation. Contains provisions governing the expenditure of funds generated by the use of ASE systems. Provides that unless the driver of the motor vehicle received a Uniform Traffic Citation from a police officer within 5 minutes of a violation recorded by an ASE system, the owner of the vehicle will be liable for the civil penalty. Provides that a violation for which a civil penalty is imposed is not a violation of a traffic regulation governing the movement of vehicles and may not be recorded on the driving record of the owner of the vehicle. Contains provisions concerning notice and administrative hearing procedures related to implementation of the amendatory Act. Provides that recorded images are confidential, with specified exceptions. Provides defenses to ASE system violations. Provides equipment and signage requirements. Provides that a municipality operating an ASE system shall conduct a statistical analysis to assess the safety impact of the system and provides procedures for conducting the statistical analysis. Provides that if any part of the Section concerning ASE systems in school zones or around parks is held unconstitutional, the decision shall not affect the remaining parts of the Section. Makes corresponding changes in other Sections of the Vehicle Code. Effective July 1, 2012.

Last Action: 10/25/2011 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading 

HB 3856 (Schmitz, T.) - Amends the General Assembly Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act, if a member is receiving a retirement annuity under the Article and is elected or appointed to a position that is subject to election under the Election Code and if the annual salary the member is to receive in that position exceeds the lowest annual salary paid to a General Assembly member for service in the General Assembly, as calculated on the date of election or appointment, then the person's retirement annuity under the Article shall be suspended during that employment. Provides that, upon termination of that employment, the person's retirement annuity shall resume and, if appropriate, be recalculated. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/24/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3857 (Morthland, R.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide that participants under those Articles are only entitled to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service 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: 10/24/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3859 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that tax revenue sharing agreements and reports are public records. Amends the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Requires that retailers file with the Department of Revenue a return stating the amount of any retailers' occupation tax share, rebate, or refund anticipated to be received pursuant to any tax revenue sharing agreement, the governmental entity from which the rebate or refund is anticipated, whether the tax revenue sharing agreement is directly with the governmental entity or with an intermediary, and, if applicable, the identity of the intermediary through which any tax revenue sharing agreement will be administered. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a county or municipality, as applicable, may enter into a tax revenue sharing agreement. Defines "tax revenue sharing agreement". Sets forth requirements concerning reports. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Last Action: 10/25/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3864 (Saviano, A.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, the State Construction Account Fund, and the Road Fund shall not be subject to sweeps, administrative charges or chargebacks, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver that would transfer any amount from those Funds into any other Fund of the State unless those actions were specifically authorized by law prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act. Repeals a Section of the State Finance Act authorizing the Governor to transfer moneys from the Road Fund to State Construction Account Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/27/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3865 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Downstate Teachers Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires an individual to be a member of the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois before the effective date of the amendatory Act in order for specified service as an officer or employee of a statewide teacher organization or as an officer of a national teacher organization to qualify as service as a teacher under the Code. Provides that any person whose membership in the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois is derived solely from employment as a substitute teacher and employment with a statewide teacher organization shall forfeit service credit in the System. Requires a refund of contributions made by those persons. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/9/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments Committee

HB 3870 (Morthland, R.) - Amends the Downstate Teachers Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if a teacher has not, before the effective date of the amendatory Act, availed himself or herself of the opportunity to establish service credit for similar employment under a specific provision of the Code, then he or she must, on or before that date, pay to the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois all contributions that must ordinarily be paid in order to establish that credit. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/2/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3884 (Franks, J.) - Creates the Overhead Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to plant restricted vegetation within 20 feet of an electric utility pole or overhead electrical conductor located within the State. Provides that any restricted vegetation planted, whether by a person or by natural means, within 20 feet of an electric utility pole or overhead electrical conductor located within the State shall be subject to removal. Provides that any person who sells restricted vegetation within this State shall affix a label to each piece of restricted vegetation identifying it as restricted vegetation. Permits the Illinois Commerce Commission to adopt rules concerning the removal of restricted vegetation. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with an electric utility while performing vegetation management and removal activities. Also creates provisions concerning findings, definitions, and Commission enforcement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/21/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3887 (Gaffney, K., Kay, D.) - Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Adds personnel of institutions of higher education, athletic program personnel, and early intervention providers to the list of mandated reporters under the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/21/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3892 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that the corporate authorities of a forest preserve district, by ordinance or resolution, may authorize the sale or public auction of a structure located on land owned by the district. Sets forth requirements that must be met concerning the sale of the land, publication of notice, and acceptance of an offer. Further provides that surplus personal property may also be sold if three-fifths of the members of the board of commissioners of a forest preserve district find the sale to be in the best interests of the district. Provides that that the district is not required to advertise the sale of surplus personal property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/29/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3904 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide 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: 12/11/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3905 (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: 12/11/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3907 (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: 12/11/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3911 (Kay,D.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides, with regard to a reduction in the amount of recovery from a judgment, additional reductions in an amount equal to the sum of (i) 100% of the amount of the benefits that is in excess of the amount which has been paid, not the amount billed (as shown through evidence that proves that the injured person's bill was paid in full by an amount that is less than the stated charge) by the injured person or third party and (ii) 100% of the amount of the medical benefits that is in excess of the amount which was paid by a governmental or charitable entity and for which the health provider has released the injured party from all claims shall be deducted from any judgment in an action based on an allegation of negligence or other wrongful act on the part of a licensed hospital or physician, provided that specified procedures are followed.

Last Action: 12/11/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3916 (Jone, T.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that a forest preserve district may establish procedures to comply with certain regulations regarding affirmative action and the use of small businesses or businesses owned by minorities or women in construction and procurement contracts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3923 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that the provision that authorizes closed meetings to be held to consider the the sale or purchase of securities, investments, or investment contracts does not apply to meetings held to consider the investment of assets or income of funds deposited into the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3925 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Child Vision and Hearing Test Act. Provides that vision and hearing screening services may be administered to preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child-care facility only once every 2 years prior to entering kindergarten. Provides that vision screening services may be conducted and administered by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an optometrist licensed under the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987, or a certified vision screening technician. Provides that hearing screening services may be conducted and administered by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an audiologist licensed under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act, or a certified hearing screening technician.

Last Action: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3929 (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: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3932 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Provides that no person may be appointed to a board, commission, authority, or task force on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act if, on the date of his or her appointment, he or she has been adjudicated in arrears in court ordered child support or maintenance, or a combination of child support and maintenance, in an amount equal to or greater than $10,000 and has been found in contempt by the court for failure to pay that support or maintenance. Amends the Election Code. Provides that statements of candidacy must include a statement that the candidate is not delinquent in the payment of court ordered child support or maintenance, or a combination of child support and maintenance, in an amount equal to or greater than $10,000. Provides that each electoral board designated for the purpose of hearing and passing upon objector's petitions shall independently verify that no candidate under its jurisdiction is delinquent in the payment of court ordered child support or maintenance, or a combination of child support and maintenance, in an amount equal to or greater than $10,000. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3936 (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: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HJR 14 (Sente, C.) - Creates the Local Government and School District Consolidation Task Force. Requires that the Task Force prepare and issue a report to the Governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2012, recommending the best procedure and governmental structure for consolidating units of local government, school districts, and library districts.

Last Action: 2/24/2011 Assigned to State Government Administration Committee

HJR 17 (May, K.) - Creates the Pension Reform Force to assess whether a prospective diminution in pension benefits for current public employees is consistent with the prohibition on the diminishment and impairment of pension benefits under Article XIII, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution.

Last Action: 3/1/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HJRCA 5 (Madigan, M.) - Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that a bill shall not become a law without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly if that bill increases a benefit under any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof. Provides that if the Governor vetoes such a bill, then it shall not become law unless it is passed, upon its return, by a record vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides that if the Governor returns such a bill with specific recommendations for change to the house in which it originated, then those recommendations may be accepted only by a record vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides that an ordinance, resolution, or other action of the governing body of any unit of local government or school district shall not be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of that governing body if that ordinance, resolution, or other action increases a benefit under any pension or retirement system for officials or employees of that unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof. Provides that a bill, ordinance, resolution, or other action increases a benefit if it increases the amount of an existing benefit, adds a new benefit, or expands the class of persons eligible for a benefit, regardless of whether it includes an increase in contributions or a reduction in any other benefit. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 5/11/2011 Placed on House Calendar 3rd Reading

HJRCA 6 (Mathias, S.) - Proposes to amend the Finance Article of the Illinois Constitution. Requires that appropriations be approved by a three-fifths vote of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/7/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HJRCA 21 (May, K.) - Proposes to amend the Suffrage and Elections Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides for elections to recall State executive branch officers except for the Governor, members of the General Assembly, and elected salaried officers of units of local government. Provides for successor elections to fill the vacant term of a recalled officer or member. Provides for petitions to be filed with the State Board of Elections and sets requirements for petitions. Provides for the State Board of Elections to proclaim the election and set the date. Provides for objections to petitions. Provides that the recall provisions are self-executing and judicially enforceable. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/24/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

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