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2012 Senate Bills

SB 351 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning resident bidders.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 395 (Garrett, S.) (May, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a Section concerning the assessment of property that is subject to a PPV lease applies for taxable years 2006 and thereafter (now, the Section applies in taxable years 2006 through 2009). Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment 7

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

Last Action: 1/14/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

Last Action: 1/14/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 410 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for levy years 2013 and later, the taxing district's aggregate extension base is the greater of (A) the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension limit or (B) the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension, subject to adjustments for taxing districts in 2 or more counties, merged or consolidated taxing districts, and adjustments by a rate increase or decrease factor. Provides that the term "aggregate extension limit" means the district's last preceding aggregate extension if the taxing district had utilized the maximum limiting rate permitted without referendum. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 12/21/2012 Placed on House Calendar 2nd Reading

SB 512 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Amends the Articles of the Illinois Pension Code that create the State-funded retirement systems, other than the Judges Article, as well as various Articles affecting employees of Cook County and Chicago, and the Reciprocal Act. Requires current participants in the affected systems to make an election of one of the following: (i) the traditional benefit package under the applicable Article of the Pension Code, (ii) the existing benefit package for new hires, or (iii) a self-managed plan. Authorizes persons who become participants on or after January 1, 2011 to elect either: (i) the benefit package for new hires or (ii) the self-managed plan. Sets forth the requirements for the self-managed plan. Specifies the required employee contributions for persons who make each type of election. In the Chicago Park District Article, provides that, beginning January 1, 2012, the fiscal year of the Park Employees' and Retirement Board Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund will run from January 1 to December 31 (instead of July 1 to June 30) and makes corresponding changes in other provisions of the Article. In various Articles affecting employees of Cook County and Chicago, freezes the tax levy rate. Makes changes concerning the required State contributions for the 5 State-funded systems. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that the changes made by the amendatory Act control when there is a conflict with the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Makes other changes.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of House Amendment No. 1 with changes. Provides that the first election must take place by January 1, 2013 (instead of July 1, 2012) for periods of service on and after July 1, 2013 (instead of on and after January 1, 2013), except in the case of members of the General Assembly Retirement System in which case the election must take place by January 9, 2013 for periods of service after that date. In the General Assembly, State Employees, Downstate Teachers, and State Universities Articles, increases the salary cap for annuity purposes. For the State Employees, Downstate Teachers, and State Universities Articles, moves certain new hire provisions that had been located in the General Provisions Article and makes corresponding changes. In the Cook County and Cook County Forest Preserve Articles, removes provisions increasing the applicable tax levies. In the Cook County Article, removes provisions changing the composition of the Board of Trustees. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2012 (instead of immediately). Passed the Senate on 3/30/2011 with a vote of 43-11-1.

Last Action: 12/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to House Rules Committee

SB 538 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the 5 State-funded retirement systems, in their annual certification of the required State contribution for the next fiscal year, to specifically identify the System's predicted State normal cost for that fiscal year. Requires the State Universities Retirement System to also include the predicted State cost for the self-managed plan for the next fiscal year. Also includes revisory changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/12 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 549 (Clayborne, J.) - Creates the Metro East Police District Act. Defines terms. Provides that the Metro East Police District shall include the corporate boundaries of the City of East Saint Louis, the Village of Washington Park, the Village of Alorton, and the Village of Brooklyn. Creates the Metro East Police District Commission. Sets forth the powers of the Commission. Contains provisions concerning the establishment of a special fund. Limits the concurrent exercise of home rule powers. Repeals the Metro East Police District Act on December 31, 2019. Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Creates the Metro East Police District Fund. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county may adopt a mandatory fine of $100 to be paid by the defendant upon a judgment of guilty or a grant of supervision for any felony or violation of Section 11-501 of the Illinois Vehicle Code. Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act of the Illinois Municipal Code. Authorizes a municipality to use moneys from the special tax allocation fund to hire police officers if a determination is made that, as a result of the development associated with the tax increment financing, more police officers are needed, and the municipality is: (i) within the territory of the Metro East Police District, or (ii) contiguous to 2 or more municipalities within the territory of the Metro East Police District and having a population of more than 5,000 inhabitants. Provides that the moneys used may amount to no more than 10% of the funds available. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2013. Passed the Senate on 3/28/12 with a vote of 36-16. Passed the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 64-54. Senate concurred with HA 2 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 42-16.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Public Act 97-971

SB 551 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act. Provides that bonds that have been refunded under the Act shall not be considered to be indebtedness for the purposes of any statutory or other debt limitation if the refunded bonds are secured by and to be paid from an escrow account that is invested in certain obligations or bonds and determined by an independent certified public accountant or nationally recognized feasibility analyst to be sufficient to provide for the timely payment of the refunded bonds. Provides that a governmental unit may deposit cash into an escrow account to be held uninvested for the purpose of refunding or providing for the payment on its bonds. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 55-1. Passed the House on 11/28/2012 with a vote of 114-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 12/5/2012 with a vote of 50-0.

Last Action: 12/28/2012 Public Act 97-1138

SB 556 (Schoenberg, J.) - Amends the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 640 (Garrett, S.) - Amends the School Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning Reserve Officer's Training Corps scholarships.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1076 (Haine, W.) - Amends provisions of "An Act in relation to the transfer of various property rights by the State", Public Act 84-974, authorizing the Director of Central Management Services to convey specified real estate to the Village of Maryville. Provides that the described real estate shall not be transferred by the Village of Maryville for less than fair market value. Provides that prior to any transfer, the Village of Maryville shall obtain 3 appraisals of the described real estate, one of which shall be performed by an appraiser residing in the county in which the described real estate is located. Provides that the average of these 3 appraisals, plus the costs of obtaining the appraisals, shall represent the fair market value of the described real estate. Deletes language stating that the tract of land is for public purposes and the property shall revert to the State of Illinois if Maryville fails to use the land for public purposes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 11/29/2012 with a vote of 40-11-1. Passed the House on 1/08/2013 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 1/08/2013 Passed Both Houses

SB 1313 (Schoenberg, J.) - Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Deletes the following defined terms: "New SERS annuitant", "New SURS annuitant", "New TRS State annuitant", "New SERS survivor", "New SURS survivor", and "New TRS State survivor". Deletes provisions that require the State to contribute toward the cost of coverage under the basic program of group health benefits an amount that is equal to 5% of that cost for each full year of creditable service, up to a maximum of 100% for an annuitant with 20 or more years of creditable service, for those classes of persons. Provides that, beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Director of Central Management Services shall, on an annual basis, determine the amount that the State shall contribute toward the basic program of group health benefits on behalf of annuitants, survivors, and retired employees. Effective July 1, 2012.
House Floor Amendment No. 9
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill, as amended by House Amendment No. 8, with the following changes. Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 to grant the Director of Central Management Services the power to adopt emergency rules to alter the contributions to be paid by the State, annuitants, survivors, retired employees, or any combination of those entities. Further amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Provides that contributions required of annuitants, survivors, and retired employees shall be the same for all retirement systems and shall also be based on whether an individual has made an election under a specific provision of the State Universities Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Specifies that contributions may be based on annuitants', survivors', or retired employees' Medicare eligibility, but may not to be based on Social Security eligibility. Effective July 1, 2012. Passed the Senate on 4/13/2011 with a vote of 31-23-1. Passed the House on 5/9/2012 with a vote of 74-43. Senate concurred with House Committee Amendment 8 on 5/10/2012 with a vote of 31-20-1. Senate concurred with House Floor Amendment 9 on 5/10/2012 with a vote of 31-20-1.

Last Action: 6/21/2012 Public Act 97-695

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

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 1613 (Martinez, I.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the 32-hour certification training seminar for newly elected or appointed trustees in downstate police and firefighter pension funds to be completed within 2 years (rather than 1 year) after taking office (rather than upon appointment or election). Requires the 16-hour continuing education requirement for those trustees to be met every 2 years (rather than every year). Allows the 8 hours of ethics training required for various persons under the Code to be completed every 2 years (rather than every year) and to be applied toward the continuing education requirement for trustees in downstate police and firefighter pension funds. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 56-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2011 with a vote of 96-20.

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

SB 1673 (McCarthy, K.) - Amends the Cook County Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that "re-entrant" does not include any employee who enters service after January 1, 2011 and whose retirement age is 67. Passed the Senate on 3/31/2011 with a vote of 44-0.

Last Action: 1/04/2013 Placed on House Calendar 2nd Reading

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

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

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

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

SB 1927 (Link, T.) - Amends the Election Code. Makes changes concerning petitions for nomination, write-in votes, special elections, certification of candidates by the county clerk, vacancy in nomination, meetings of various electoral boards, and various other provisions. Makes changes concerning various time limits. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a petition for discontinuance of the county executive form of government must be submitted to the Board not less than 92 days before the general election. Amends the Township Code. Makes changes concerning the time period for filing nomination papers and caucuses. Amends the Park District Code, the Public Library District Act, and the School Code. Makes changes concerning vacancies in office. Makes numerous other changes. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that petitions for nomination for delegates or alternate delegates to a national nominating convention shall be filed in accordance with the time period set forth in the delegate selection plan for the State central committee that is approved by the national political party (in the introduced bill, not more than 78 nor less than 71 days prior to the date of the primary). Removes provisions concerning vacancies in nomination and objector's petitions. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2073 (Link, T.) - 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.
Passed the Senate on 4/8/2011 with a vote of 52-1. Passed the House on 2/21/2012 with a vote of 74-39-2.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 2139 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that the Fox Valley Pleasure Driveway and Park District is reorganized as a matter of law as the Fox Valley Park District. Provides for the election of 7 commissioners of the Fox Valley Park District (now, 6 appointed trustees) from single-member districts. Provides that the first election for commissioners of the Fox Valley Park District shall be held at the general election in 2012. Sets forth the qualifications for commissioners. Provides that the term of office for the commissioners shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election. Provides that the terms of all appointed trustees serving on the effective date of the amendatory Act shall end on December 2, 2012. Makes corresponding changes in other Sections of the Code. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Park District Code. Provides that the Fox Valley Pleasure Driveway and Park District is reorganized as a matter of law as the Fox Valley Park District. Provides for the election of 7 commissioners of the Fox Valley Park District (now, 6 appointed trustees) from single-member districts. Provides that the first election for commissioners of the Fox Valley Park District shall be held at the general election in 2012. Sets forth the qualifications for commissioners. Provides that the term of office for the commissioners shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election. Provides that the terms of all appointed trustees serving on the effective date of the amendatory Act shall end on December 2, 2012. Makes corresponding changes in other Sections of the Code. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill with changes. Specifies that beginning with the next "consolidated" election in 2013 (instead of the general election in 2012), the election authority "in whose jurisdiction the park district is located" shall conduct the elections for commissioners of the Fox Valley Park District. Provides that the 4 members of the redistricting commission shall divide the 7 elected commissioners into 3 groups to determine the terms the commissioners shall serve until the next decennial redistricting (instead of each commissioner serving 4-year terms). Sets forth the number of commissioners in each group and the terms each group shall serve. Further provides that the terms of all appointed trustees serving on the effective date of the amendatory Act shall end on May 6, 2013 (instead of December 2, 2012). Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/14/2011 with a vote of 57-1.

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

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

Last Action: 2/10/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2332 (Kotowski, D.) (Madigan, M.) - Makes appropriations and reappropriations to various officers and agencies. Effective July 1, 2012. Passed the Senate on 5/13/2012 with a vote of 34-22. Passed the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 95-23. Senate concurred with HA 1, 2 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 11/29/2012 Item Veto Stands 97-0725

SB 2404 (Steans, H.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Employment Security for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $ 24,000,000; Other State Funds $1,916,700; Federal Funds $334,619,000; Total $360,535,700. Passed the Senate on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 34-24.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2409 (Kotowski, D.) (Madigan, M.) - Makes appropriations and reappropriations to various officers and agencies, Effective July 1, 2012.
House Floor Amendment No. 5
Changes and adds appropriations. Deletes certain language from the bill and reinserts it in another location in the bill. Provides that certain appropriations to the Court of Claims are for claims other than the Crime Victims Compensation Act (rather than claims under the Crime Victims Compensation Act). Changes the funding source of an appropriation to the Department of Natural Resources. Passed the Senate on 5/4/2011 with a vote of 32-25-1. Passed the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 65-53. Senate concurred with HA 1, 2, 5 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 35-24.

Last Action: 11/29/2012 Senate Restore Item/Reduction - Senate Lost 25-19-0

SB 2455 (Steans, H.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Military Affairs for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $15,161,600; Other State Funds $6,000,000; Federal Funds $32,722,900; Total $53,884,500. Passed the Senate on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 34-24.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2461 (Kotowski, D.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as follows: General Funds $3,037,100; Other State Funds $337,881,500; Total $340,918,600. Passed the Senate on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 34-23.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2484 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that no land owned or acquired by a forest preserve may be used for any sand, gravel, or other mining operation. Prohibits a forest preserve district from transferring any land or interest in land to an entity that the district has reason to know intends to construct any mining operation, and provides that when transferring land to an entity the district must impose a covenant in the transfer that prohibits the development of any mining operation. Exempts any previous or current mining operations in a district from this prohibition.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2488 (Garrett, S.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Expands the definition of "construction or maintenance speed zone" to include an area where the Department of Transportation, Toll Highway Authority, or local agency has posted signage advising drivers that a construction or maintenance speed zone is being approached. Provides that if it is determined that a preexisting established speed limit is safe with respect to the conditions expected to exist in the construction or maintenance speed zone, additional signs shall be posted which give proper due warning that a construction or maintenance speed zone is being approached, indicate the maximum speed limit in effect, and state the amount of the minimum fine for a violation. Provides that the Section prohibiting the use of wireless telephones in school speed zones and construction or maintenance speed zones does not apply to a person using a telephone in voice-operated (instead of "voice-activated") mode or to a person using a wireless telephone by pressing a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication. Provides that voice-operated mode includes the use of a headset. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 30-20. Passed the House on 5/9/2012 with a vote of 79-37-1.

Last Action: 7/20/2012 Public Act 97-830

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

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

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

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

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

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

SB 2503 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that an abatement granted to the surviving spouse of a fallen police officer or rescue worker also applies to the surviving spouse of a fallen soldier. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 52-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2512 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the total retirement annuity of a participant in a State-funded retirement system who first became a participant before January 1, 2011 shall not exceed $120,000 per year. Provides that a participant who first became a participant before January 1, 2011 is not eligible to retire from a State-funded retirement system before reaching age 62. Provides that these changes do not apply to a participant who is eligible to retire within 8 years after the effective date of the amendatory Act, regardless of whether the participant actually retires during that period. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2551 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that "public works" does not include projects undertaken by a private business pursuant to a sales tax rebate agreement that are (i) privately funded, (ii) privately financed, (iii) located on property that is not publicly owned or operated, and (iv) carried out by a private business that is not performing a public function. Defines "sales tax rebate agreement" as an agreement entered into between a private business and a unit of local government to rebate a portion of the State Retailers' Occupation Tax. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/26/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2586 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the State Revenue Sharing Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2636 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Employee Classification Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2643 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Defines "responsible bidder" as individuals or firms meeting specified requirements of the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that a public body shall require each contractor and subcontractor to be a responsible bidder. Requires bids to include the total number of straight-time hours, identified as either "journeyperson" or "apprentice", for each craft or type of worker or mechanic needed to execute the contract. Passed the House on 3/29/12 with a vote of 32-18.

Last Action: 12/05/2012 Placed on House Calendar 3rd Reading

SB 2688 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2803 (Jacobs, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning State universities.

Last Action: 1/18/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2804 (Jacobs, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning State employees.

Last Action 1/18/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2826 (Luechtefeld, D.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that beginning with the 2013 registration year, municipally-owned vehicles operated by or for any police department shall be exempt from any fee for the transfer of registration from one vehicle to another vehicle. Provides that each municipal police department shall report to the Secretary of State any transfer of registration plates. Provides that the Secretary of State shall adopt rules to implement the new provisions. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 3/23/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 2847 (Steans, H. ) - Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Provides that in addition to an individual who is deemed to be an employer, any officers of a corporation or agents of an employer who knowingly permit such employer to violate the provisions of the Act shall be deemed to be the employers of the employees.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that officers and agents shall be deemed to be employers under the Equal Pay Act of 2003 if the officers or agents willfully and knowingly, rather than merely knowingly, permit the employer to violate that Act. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 56-0. Passed the House on 5/10/2012 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 8/6/2012 Public Act 97-903

SB 2862 (Sandoval, M.) - 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: 5/11/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2879 (Delgado, W.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a Section of the Code requiring tax purchasers to either reimburse any governmental agency that has an interest in the property as a result of certain advancements made from public funds or obtain a waiver of the lien applies to (i) interests held by the State as well as cities, villages, incorporated towns, and other units of local government that provide water or sewer service and (ii) interests based on the provision of water or sewer services.

Last Action: 4/26/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2881 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that by passage of a resolution, the board of education of any school district may exempt all school construction projects undertaken in the district from the requirements of the Prevailing Wage Act. Defines "school construction project".

Last Action: 4/26/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2882 (Rezin, S.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department shall (rather than may) establish and maintain Adopt-A-Park programs with individual or group volunteers, if requested by the individual or group volunteers. Provides that the Department shall retain the ability to approve or deny an individual or group volunteer's request; however, the Department must state the reason for the request denial. Provides that the Department may request that the individual or group volunteer's pay for a sign that identifies those volunteers adopting a particular park and park lands. Provides that the State and the Department and its employees are not liable for any damages or injury suffered by any person resulting from his or her participation in the program or from the actions or activities of the volunteers. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 112-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/24/2012 Public Act 97-1082

 SB 2893 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that no land owned or acquired by a forest preserve may be used for any sand, gravel, or other mining operation. Prohibits a forest preserve district from transferring any land or interest in land to an entity that the district has reason to know intends to construct any mining operation, and provides that when transferring land to an entity the district must impose a covenant in the transfer that prohibits the development of any mining operation. Exempts any previous or current mining operations in a district from this prohibition.

Last Action: 2/1/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2943 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning State policy.

Last Action: 4/26/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2946 (Martinez, I.) - 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. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 51-0-1. Passed the House on 5/16/2012 with a vote of 76-40.

Last Action: 7/11/2012 Public Act 97-773

SB 2958 (Kotowski, D.)- Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the State Finance Act. Provides that the chief procurement officer for the needs of State agencies shall procure one or more private vendors to administer, beginning January 1, 2013, the workers' compensation program with respect to State employees. Requires the engagement of the vendor no later than January 1, 2013. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that each chief procurement officer may access records necessary to review whether a contract, purchase, or other expenditure is or is not subject to the provisions of the Code. Provides that the Code shall not apply to procurement expenditures necessary to provide artistic or musical services, performances, or theatrical productions held at a venue operated or leased by a State agency. In a Section concerning the applicability of the Code to public institutions of higher education, includes the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in the definition of "public institution of higher education". Provides that, in the event that an alleged conflict of interest or violation of the Code that was not originally disclosed with the bid, offer, or proposal is identified, then the Procurement Policy Board shall provide written notice of the alleged conflict of interest or violation to the contractor or subcontractor on that contract and, upon the request of the contractor or subcontractor, hold a hearing at a date and time determined by the Board, but in no event shall the hearing occur later than 15 days after the date of the request. Provides that a State purchasing officer shall have the authority to approve or reject contracts (rather than, shall enter into contracts) for a purchasing agency. Provides that, if the State purchasing officer provides written approval of the contract, the applicable head of the State agency shall have the authority to sign and enter into that contract. Provides that, within 30 months (rather than 18 months) after appointment, a State purchasing officer must be a Certified Professional Public Buyer or a Certified Public Purchasing Officer. Provides that the procurement compliance monitor shall review any procurement, contract, or contract amendment and report any findings of the review. Provides that each chief procurement officer is the authority responsible for publishing its volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin in consultation with the agencies under his or her jurisdiction. Provides that each chief procurement officer may, in consultation with the agencies under his or her jurisdiction and the Procurement Policy Board, establish a vendor portal to allow a prospective vendor to provide certifications, disclosures, registrations, and other documentation needed to do business with a State agency in advance of any particular procurement. Provides that a State contract may be awarded as a sole source procurement unless an interested party submits a written request for a public hearing (rather than, a State contract may not be awarded as a sole source procurement unless approved by the chief procurement officer following a public hearing). Provides that a State contract shall include the general type of work to be performed by all known subcontractors. Provides that, within 15 days (rather than 20 days) after a request by the chief procurement officer, a contractor shall provide a copy of the requested subcontract. Provides that, for any bid or proposal for a contract with a State agency by a business entity required to register with the State Board of Elections, the chief procurement officer shall verify that the business entity is required to register and is in compliance with the registration requirements on the date the bid or proposal is due (rather than, a copy of the certificate of registration must accompany any bid or proposal for a contract with a State agency by a business entity required to register with the State Board of Elections). Provides that a not-for-profit agency for the severely handicapped that is an accredited vocational program that provides transition services to youth between the ages of 14 1/2 and 22 in accordance with individualized education plans and that provides residential services at a child care institution or a group home qualifies to provide supplies and services to the State without the State advertising or calling for bids. Provides that a vendor developing technology, goods, or services shall not be prohibited from bidding or offering to supply that technology or those goods or services if the subject demonstrated to the State represents industry trends and innovation and is not specifically designed to meet the State's needs. Provides that no person or business shall submit specifications to a State agency unless requested to do so by an employee of the State. Provides that, for certain certifications required for State contracts, if a false certification is made by a subcontractor, the contractor's submitted bid and contract may not be declared void, unless the contractor refuses to terminate the subcontract. Provides that the Procurement Policy Board shall submit any recommendation whether to allow or void a contract based on a potential conflict of interest to the Executive Ethics Commission (rather than to the chief procurement officer). Makes changes to a provision concerning procurement communications reporting requirements. Makes other changes. Amends the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act. Provides that all joint purchases between two or more governmental units shall be by competitive solicitation (rather than by competitive bids). Provides that a chief procurement officer (rather than the Department of Central Management Services) may authorize joint purchases with a governmental entity of this or another state. Makes other changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 118-0. Senate concurred with HA 1, 2 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 8/3/2012 Public Act 97-895

SB 2971 (Collins, J.) (Currie, B.) - Creates the FY2013 Budget Implementation Act. Amends various Acts to make changes in State programs that are necessary to implement the Governor's fiscal year 2013 budget recommendations. Effective July 1, 2012.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Removes a provision prohibiting any transfers from being made during fiscal year 2013 from the General Revenue Fund to the Illinois Standardbred Breeders Fund or the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders Fund. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 62-56.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 2978 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2988 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3004 (Pankau, C.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3146 (Steans, H.) (Madigan, M.) - Creates the FY2013 Budget Implementation (Supplemental) Act. Amends various Acts to make changes in State programs that are necessary to implement the Governor's fiscal year 2013 budget recommendations. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Removes a provision declaring that appropriations made from the State Pension Fund under a Section of the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act are appropriated to the designated retirement systems as a part of the annual State contribution required by the laws providing for the funding of those systems (rather than, to the designated retirement systems for the funding of the unfunded liabilities of the designated retirement systems and are in addition to any State contributions required under the Illinois Pension Code). Removes a provision appropriating to the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois on a continuing basis from the General Revenue Fund an additional aggregate amount equal to a certified Prior Fiscal Year Shortfall. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 63-55.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 3147 (Johnson, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning penalty bids at the annual tax sale, provides that no bid shall be accepted for a penalty exceeding 9% (instead of 18%) of the amount of the tax or special assessment on property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3155 (Righter, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Defines "compensatory damages" as the sum of economic and non-economic damages. Provides that any individual, contractor, or subcontractor who has been aggrieved by a falsely filed complaint may institute a civil action for damages, including, but not limited to, compensatory damages, legal fees, administrative fees, penalties assessed by the Department of Labor under the complaint, injunctive relief, and other appropriate equitable relief. Provides that no public body, including a home rule unit, is authorized to use, as a basis for denying a contract to a contractor or subcontractor, any complaint filed with the Department or any determination by the Department that the contractor or subcontractor has committed a violation under the Act, unless the contractor or subcontractor is debarred at the time of the bid.

Last Action: 4/26/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3168 (Link, T.) - Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Provides that a person who first becomes a member of the General Assembly, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General, Clerk or Assistant Clerk of the House of Representatives, Secretary or Assistant Secretary of the Senate, or any combination thereof, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act shall not be eligible for any benefit under the Act if that benefit arose from that person's service in that capacity and if he or she is no longer serving in that capacity. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Assembly Article, provides that a person who first becomes a member on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act is not entitled to participate in the General Assembly Retirement System. Also provides that Tier I employees and Tier I retirees must make an irrevocable election either: (1) to accept changes in eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases in retirement annuity or (2) to avoid those changes. Provides that a person who elects the first choice may have any future increases in income included as compensation and is entitled to certain healthcare benefits. Provides that a person who elects the second choice forgoes all of these benefits. Prohibits a person who elects the second choice from being offered any future increase in income for service as a member of the General Assembly in a form that would constitute pensionable compensation. Requires the General Assembly Retirement System to provide information describing the consequences of making this election. In various Articles, limits the ability of certain persons to become participants in retirement systems and pension funds established under the Code. In various Articles, makes technical changes in provisions concerning the annual certification of the required State contributions. In the State Employee Article, provides that, in the case of new hires, "compensation" does not include any payments for travel vouchers. In the Downstate Teacher Article, prohibits service credit from being granted to new hires for unused sick leave. Defines "future increase in income", "Tier I employee", and "Tier I retiree". Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and other Acts to make related changes. Includes severability and inseverability provisions.

Last Action: 9/17/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3182 (Syverson, D.) - Amends the Election Code. Makes technical changes concerning the vacancies in a forest preserve district office and notifications of vacancies in county and forest preserve district offices. Provides that notification shall be given of each established political party within 3 days of the county board meeting where the vacancy was declared, rather than within 3 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. Authorizes a county board member in any county (now, in a county having fewer than 40,000 inhabitants), during his or her term of office, to concurrently hold the office of member of the board of education, regional board of school trustees, board of school directors, board of a community college district, or board of school inspectors. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 45-4.

Last Action: 5/18/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3184 (Millner, J.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that certain bonds issued by a park district for airport purposes and bonds issued by the Carol Stream Park District approved by referendum at the February 2, 2010 general primary election are not subject to the any applicable percentage limitations imposed, and shall not be considered as part of the existing principal indebtedness of that district. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 80-33. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 50-3.

Last Action: 8027/2012 Public Act 97-1103

SB 3185 (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act. Provides that, whenever a governmental unit has been granted the power to issue bonds, the governmental unit may incur debt only if that the governmental unit first makes a finding that the particular instrument of indebtedness selected is the most cost-effective means or is otherwise the most appropriate method for the particular purpose for which the funds are to be used.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3210 (Clayborne, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning exemptions for leaseback property, provides that the Section applies to all property that is exempt under Article 15 of the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for exemption purposes, the property shall be treated as though the lessee were the owner of the property as long as the property on which the leased improvements is located is used for school, religious, or charitable purposes pursuant to that lease or any renewal of that lease. Contains provisions requiring that the funds received from the conveyance of the property must be used for certain purposes. Provides that projects using funds from the sale of certain property that is subject to a leaseback are subject to the provisions of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act for the initial construction of the improvements and all bidders for those projects shall comply with the Illinois Procurement Code. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 39-14-1.

Last Action: 5/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 3232 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning a list of contractors and subcontractors found to have disregarded their obligations to employees.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3245 (Holmes, L.) (Currie, B.) - Amends the State Comptroller Act. Provides that a provision requiring payment by electronic funds transfer of any itemized voucher for under $5 does not apply to any voucher presented by the State Treasurer's Office for the payment of an unclaimed property claim authorized under the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. Amends the State Prompt Payment Act. Provides that, if payment is not issued to the payee within 90 days after receipt of a proper bill or invoice, an interest penalty of 1.0% of any amount approved and unpaid shall be added for each month, or 0.033% of any amount approved and unpaid for each day, until final payment is made. Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act, Counties Code, and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that all specified governmental units, counties, and municipalities must submit specified audits with the Comptroller electronically, and the Comptroller must post the audits on the Internet no later than 45 days after they are received. Provides that the requirement concerning electronic filing may be waived if sufficient evidence is provided to the Comptroller that the audit cannot be filed electronically. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 56-0. Passed the House on 11/28/2012 with a vote of 114-0. Senate concurs with HA 1 & HA2 on 12/5/2012 with a vote of 51-0.

Last Action: 12/28/2012 Public Act 97-1142

SB 3258 (Martinez, I.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961 in relation to child sex offenders residing or being present near certain places. Changes the definition of "child sex offender" to provide that the victim is a person under 18 years of age at the time of the offense. Changes the definition of "sex offense" to include forcible detention, custodial sexual misconduct, sexual misconduct with a person with a disability, sexual relations within families, promoting prostitution (other than arranging or offering to arrange a situation in which a person may practice prostitution), grooming, traveling to meet a minor, and permitting sexual abuse of a child. Changes cross references to conform to Public Act 96-1551.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Adds bikeway and trail to the definition of "public park" which applies to the offenses of approaching, contacting, residing with, or communicating with a child within certain places by child sex offenders prohibited and sexual predator and child sex offender presence or loitering in or near public parks prohibited.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Makes a technical correction to the bill. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 55-0-1. Passed the House on 5/24/2012 with a vote of 107-9-1. Senate conccured with HA 2, 3 on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 33-20-1.

Last Action: 6/22/2012 Public Act 97-698

SB 3294 (Dillard, K.) - Amends the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act. Provides that a chief procurement officer (now, the Department of Central Management Services) may authorize the purchase of personal property, supplies, and services jointly with a governmental entity of this or another state. Provides that, under a joint purchase agreement of governmental units, one of the governmental units shall conduct the competitive selection process (now, letting of bids). Provides that the purchase of all personal property, supplies, and services under the Act shall be based on competitive solicitations (now, competitive sealed bids). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3314 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Central Illinois Economic Development Authority Act. Authorizes the Central Illinois Economic Development Authority to create one or more employment advisory boards to report to the Authority on employment related issues. Provides that employment advisory boards shall consist of members of the Authority and representatives from businesses and vocational training institutions located within the geographic boundaries of the Authority. Provides that the Authority and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall provide administrative and other support to employment advisory boards. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 57-0. Passed the House on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 118-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 8/24/2012 Public Act 97-1087

SB 3323 (Bivins, T.) - Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act, the Counties Code, the Township Code, and the Illinois Municipal Code. Requires the governing board of each governmental unit, county board, township board, or corporate authorities of a municipality, as applicable, to review specified audit and financial reports and report any suspected criminal activity or fraud to the appropriate State's Attorney's office. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3332 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act and the Public Officer Simultaneous Tenure Act. Makes findings. Provides that an elected county official is not prohibited from holding elected office in another unit of local government, as long as there is no disqualifying contractual relationship between the county and the other unit of local government, except for a general contractual relationship that is available to other units of local government in that county. Provides that the elected county official shall not vote on the proposition for entering into the general contractual relationship in his or her capacity as an elected county official or an elected officer of a unit of local government. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3334 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title and purpose of the Act.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3338 (Harmon, D.) (Currie, B.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that for the 2013 consolidated election period, an election authority or local election official shall accept until 104 days before the election at which candidates are to be on the ballot any nomination petition or certificate of nomination required by the Code to be filed no earlier than 113 and no later than 106 days before the consolidated election. Provides that a special primary election shall be held on February 26, 2013, and a special election shall be held on April 9, 2013, to fill a vacancy in the office of representative in congress if the vacancy occurs less than 60 days following the 2012 general election. Sets forth requirements concerning the filing of petitions for nomination and the provision of ballots. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 11/28/2012 with a vote of 114-0. Passed the Senate on 11/29/2012 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 12/03/2012 Public Act 97-1134

SB 3339 (Radogno, C.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that each petition for nomination shall include an affidavit signed by the candidate, under oath, stating that the petition contains no fewer than the specified minimum number of signatures. Provides that the election authority with whom the petition for nomination would otherwise be filed may not accept for filing any petition for nomination that does not include the affidavit. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 3/29/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 3357 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning State Universities.

Last Action: 5/11/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3370 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, provides that the assessor or chief county assessment officer may require the taxpayer's initial application to be notarized. Provides that no subsequent reapplication shall be required to be notarized. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9 (a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3374 (Holmes, L.) - Amends the School Code. Establishes the Enhance Physical Education Task Force to promote and implement enhanced physical education programs that can be integrated with a broader wellness strategy and health curriculum in elementary and secondary schools in this State. Requires the task force to make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on certain goals of the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health. Requires the task force to focus on updating the standards based on research in neuroscience that impacts the relationship between physical activity and learning. Provides that on or before August 31, 2013, the task force must make recommendations and file a report with the Governor and the General Assembly. Repeals these provisions on September 1, 2013. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that the Enhance Physical Education Task Force's purpose of promoting and implementing enhanced physical education programs includes educating and promoting leadership on enhanced physical education among school district and school officials; developing and utilizing metrics to assess the impact of enhanced physical education; promoting training and professional development in enhanced physical education for teachers and other school and community stakeholders; identifying and leveraging local, State, and national resources to support enhanced physical education; and such other strategies as may be identified by the task force. Makes a technical correction. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 117-0. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/27/2012 Public Act 97-1102

SB 3381 (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires collectors to mail a Senior Citizen Information Notice with each property tax bill. Provides that the notice must contain certain information. Requires the collector to mail a Supplemental Senior Citizen Informational Notice to each a individual who has ever applied for or received the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption and whose property taxes are not paid within 30 days after the date upon which payment is due. Preempts the concurrent exercise of home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9 (a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3382 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Requires that a unit of local government or school district that has an Internet website that the full-time staff of the unit of local government or school district maintains must post on its website for the current calendar or fiscal year, as the case may be, and the 4 years immediately before that calendar or fiscal year the following information: (i) contact information for elected and appointed officials, (ii) notice of and materials prepared for regular and emergency meetings, (iii) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district, (iv) annual budget, (v) ordinances under which the unit of local government or school district operates, (vi) procedures to apply for building permits and zoning variances, (vii) financial reports and audits, (viii) information concerning employee compensation, (ix) contracts with lobbying firms, (x) taxes and fees imposed by the unit of local government or school district, (xi) rules governing the award of contracts, (xii) bids and contracts worth $25,000 or more, and (xiii) campaign contributions made by a vendor. Provides that a unit of local government or school district must create a searchable expenditure and revenue database on its website. Sets forth requirements concerning the database. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3386 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Authorizes a board of review in a county with 3 million or more inhabitants to send electronic notices of assessment changes. Provides for the electronic filing of assessment complaints in counties with a population of 3 million or more inhabitants. Shortens the period during which a board of review in a county with 3 million or more inhabitants must retain hearing records. Defines "electronic", "electronic record", and "electronic signature". Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 117-0-1. Senate concurred with HA 1,2 on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/23/2012 Public Act 97-1054

SB 3389 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section granting an exemption for specially adapted housing for disabled veterans, provides that, beginning in tax year 2011, the veteran qualifies if he or she has a service-connected disability of at least 70% (now, the veteran qualifies if his or her disability is of such a nature that the federal government has authorized payment for the purchase or construction of Specially Adapted Housing).
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill. Amends the State Mandates Act to provide for implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3391 (Bomke, L.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the maximum income limitation under the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption is $60,000 for taxable year 2012 and thereafter. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3392 (Duffy, D.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Requires that a unit of local government or school district that has an Internet website that the full-time staff of the unit of local government or school district maintains must post on its website for the current calendar or fiscal year, as the case may be, and the 4 years immediately before that calendar or fiscal year the following information: (i) contact information for elected and appointed officials, (ii) notice of and materials prepared for regular and emergency meetings, (iii) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district, (iv) annual budget, (v) ordinances under which the unit of local government or school district operates, (vi) procedures to apply for building permits and zoning variances, (vii) financial reports and audits, (viii) information concerning employee compensation, (ix) contracts with lobbying firms, (x) taxes and fees imposed by the unit of local government or school district, (xi) rules governing the award of contracts, (xii) bids and contracts worth $25,000 or more, and (xiii) campaign contributions made by a vendor. Provides that a unit of local government or school district must create a searchable expenditure and revenue database on its website. Sets forth requirements concerning the database. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3396 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes an elected or appointed member of a downstate police or downstate firefighter pension fund to satisfy the Act's training requirements by participating in a course of training sponsored or conducted by the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. Sets forth requirements for the course of training.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Requires the alternative training to be provided by a statewide organization representing police and firefighters (rather than the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association). Provides that the alternative training is available to the elected or appointed members of the board of trustees (rather than the elected or appointed members) of a downstate police or firefighter pension fund.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Provides that the statewide organization that offers the alternative training may represent police, firefighters, or both (rather than police and firefighters). Effective January 1, 2013. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 5/11/2012 Lost 46-59

SB 3403 (Pankau, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Includes disabled persons within the provisions granting an assessment freeze homestead exemption to senior citizens and changes the title of the exemption to the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 3/29/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 3408 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that each school district must not make available food containing industrially produced trans fat or use food containing industrially produced trans fat in the preparation of a food item served to students from any source, including, but not limited to, school stores, school vending machines, school cafeterias, school food service establishments, and fundraising activities on school premises. Provides that the prohibition applies to all food and beverages sold on school grounds during the regular and extended school day, but does not apply to food provided through a United States Department of Agriculture meal program, packaged items used for fundraising, food or beverages provided by parents or guardians, or activities or programs organized and supervised by a private or not-for-profit organization on school premises. Effective January 1, 2014.

Last Action: 3/22/2012 Lost 11-30

SB 3410 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the School Code. In provisions that require a 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 the protocols, policies, and by-laws state that any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in this State or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in this State. Makes technical changes having a revisory function. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 53-0.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3421 (Jacobs, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the Cook County and Cook County Forest Preserve Articles, increases the multiplier used to calculate the maximum tax levy for the years 2014 through 2020. Beginning in 2021, provides for an annual tax levy based on (1) the employer's normal cost of the pension fund, plus (2) the annual amount necessary to amortize the fund's unfunded accrued liabilities over a period of 30 years from the effective date of the evaluation. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3426 (Maloney, E.) - Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Provides that neither a local public entity nor a public employee is liable for an injury where the liability is based on the existence of a condition of any public property intended or permitted to be used for library purposes, unless that local entity or public employee is guilty of willful and wanton conduct proximately causing the injury. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/09/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3429 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the general homestead exemption shall be $6,000 in all counties beginning with the 2012 assessment year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3460 (Pankau, C.) - Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the personal property replacement income tax shall not be imposed for the taxable year in which the taxpayer first begins doing business in Illinois or for the 2 immediately succeeding taxable years. Provides that, for subsequent taxable years, the tax shall be increased by 0.5% per year until such time as the tax is imposed at the rates set forth in the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3478 (Clayborne, Jr., J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in order to maintain exempt status under the Code, the titleholder or owner of the beneficial interest of any property must file with the chief county assessment officer each year an affidavit stating whether there has been any change in the status of the owner or resident (now, the status of the owner-resident). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 3498 (Schoenberg, J.) (Currie, B.) - Creates the State Police DNA Backlog Foundation. The Foundation's purpose is to raise funds to eliminate the backlog of processing DNA samples by the State Police. Provides for the appointment of the Foundation's board of directors.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Adds the Attorney General or his or her designee to the Foundation board. Specifies that the Foundation may make grants to the Department of State Police to accomplish the purposes set forth in the Act. Prohibits the Foundation from accepting funds from, or on behalf of, an incarcerated person, a person with a pending criminal case in a State or federal court, or a person having a familial relationship with such a person.

Last Action: 12/28/2012 Public Act 97-1144

SB 3503 (Althoff, P. ) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the county board or board of county commissioners of a county may regulate by ordinance the use of road salt and de-icing chemicals and may require a permit for the use of road salt or de-icing chemicals. Provides that the regulations may apply to incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3508 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act, Counties Code, and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that all specified governmental units, counties, and municipalities must submit specified reports with the Comptroller electronically, and the Comptroller must post the reports on the internet no later than 45 days after they are received. Provides that the county board of any county (now, counties having a population of over 10,000 but less than 500,000) shall be required to perform an annual audit on funds and accounts of the county, which shall be filed with the Office of the Comptroller. Provides that the requirement concerning electronic filing may be waived if sufficient evidence is provided to the Comptroller that the report cannot be filed electronically. Sets forth posting requirements and penalties for delinquent reports. Limits the concurrent exercise of home rule units. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 54-0. Passed the House on 5/11/2012 with a vote of 104-0.

Last Action: 8/2/2012 Public Act 97-890

SB 3509 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Counties Code. Authorizes the county board or board of county commissioners of a county to prohibit the use of coal tar pavement product on all roadways, driveways, and parking lots within the county. Defines "coal tar" and "coal tar pavement product".

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3512 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act in connection with certified payroll filings. Provides that those filings must be on a certified payroll form as provided by the Department of Labor. Provides that public bodies shall accept any reasonable submissions by contractors only if recorded on the State of Illinois Certified Transcript of Payroll Form as provided by the Department of Labor.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3518 (Mulroe, J.) - 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. Limits the concurrent exercise of home rule powers.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Makes a technical correction. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 41-9-1. Passed the House on 5/25/2012 with a vote of 110-0-1.

Last Action: 6/15/2012 Public Act 97-692

SB 3543 (McCann, S.) - Amends the Riverboat Gambling Act. Provides that certain moneys under the Act that were to be paid to Chicago State University shall instead be transferred in specified amounts to the following funds: the State and County Fair Assistance Fund; the Partners for Conservation Fund, to be used for grants to soil and water conservation districts; the State Cooperative Service Trust Fund, to be used for grants to the State's cooperative extensions; the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders Fund; and the Colt Stakes Purse Distribution Fund. Amends the State Finance Act to create the State and County Fair Assistance Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Provides that the Fund shall be administered by the Department of Agriculture, and that the Department of Agriculture shall award grants from moneys appropriated from the State and County Fair Assistance Fund for the development, expansion, or support of county fairs that showcase Illinois agriculture products or byproducts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3547 (Bivins, T.) - Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Defines "active licensed law enforcement officer" and "inactive licensed law enforcement officer". Requires full-time and part-time police officers to be licensed rather than certified. Makes corresponding changes. Provides that the Board has the power to require local governmental units to furnish personnel rosters, employment status reports, and annual training plans to the Board. Sets forth procedures concerning the permanent appointment of a county corrections officer. Provides that each law enforcement officer, excluding any police chief, deputy police chief, or elected sheriff, shall complete a minimum of 32 hours of in-service training every 4 years during the term of his or her license. Sets forth requirements concerning the training. Contains other provisions.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3553 (Duffy, D.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, along with each petition for nomination, either (i) a certified copy of the candidate's birth certificate or (ii) any other reliable proof of the candidate's citizenship shall be filed with the appropriate election authority. Provides that the appropriate election authority may allow a member of the public to visually inspect the copy of the birth certificate or other proof of citizenship at the office of the local election authority but may not release a copy of the birth certificate or other proof of citizenship for duplication, transmission, or any other purpose. Permits the candidate to redact from the birth certificate or other proof of citizenship the maiden name of the candidate's mother and any social security numbers included on the document.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3566 (Dillard, K.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a Public Act that amends the Code and takes effect after January 1, 2013 must be limited to one of the following: (i) amendments to a single Article of the Code, (ii) amendments affecting a single pension fund, retirement system, entity, or plan established under the Code, or (iii) revisory matters. Any amendment to the Code that violates this requirement is null and void.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3569 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Cook County, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. For participants who first become participants on or after the effective date, prohibits (i) payments for unused sick or vacation time from being used to calculate pensionable earnings and salary and (ii) unused sick or vacation time from being used to establish service credit. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3595 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning compulsory sales, provides that the sales are not limited by deed type. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 3607 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that complaints affecting the assessment of property shall be filed on or before 30 calendar days after the date of publication of the assessment list (now, those complaints must be filed on or before the 10th day of August in counties with less than 150,000 inhabitants and on or before the 10th day of September in counties with 150,000 or more but less than 3,000,000 inhabitants). Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 51-0. Passed the House on 5/25/2012 with a vote of 112-0-1.

Last Action: 7/13/2012 Public Act 97-812

SB 3627 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that overtime compensation provisions of the Law do not apply to any employee who is a member of a bargaining unit recognized by the Illinois Labor Relations Board and whose union has contractually agreed to an alternate shift schedule as allowed by specified provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Passed the Senate on 5/10/2012 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 5/17/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 3629 (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that beginning January 1, 2013, the fiscal year of the Park Employees' and Retirement Board Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund will run from January 1 to December 31 (instead of July 1 to June 30). Makes corresponding changes in other provisions of the Article. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/28/2012 with a vote of 112-0. Senate concurred with HA 2 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 59-0.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Public Act 97-973

SB 3639 (Forby, G.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Provides that no legislator may negotiate for employment with a lobbying entity that engages in lobbying with members of the General Assembly during the legislator's term of office. Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that a member may not, within a period of one year immediately after termination of the member's most recent term of office, engage in lobbying with members of the General Assembly, if the member accepts compensation specifically attributable to that lobbying.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3645 (Landeck, S.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that the Local Records Commission shall approve certain lists or schedules of public records that have no administrative, legal, research, or historical value and should be disposed of or destroyed. Further provides that upon the approval of the list or schedule, no further approval is necessary prior to the destruction or disposal of any record that is on the list or schedule. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3646 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Requires all persons who must file a statement of economic interests to disclose the name of any immediate family member who is a registered lobbyist. Defines "immediate family member" as a spouse, parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3647 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Provides that a person required to register under the Act must include in his or her report a description of any business or familial relationship, or both, that the registrant has with a State official. Defines "familial relationship".

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3654 (Lauzen, C.) - Amends the Election Code. Requires the State Board of Elections to conduct an audit of the State's voter registration to determine whether the voter registration numbers in each election jurisdiction are current and accurate. Provides that local election authorities shall provide the Board with the necessary information to conduct the audit.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3660 (Hunter, M.) - Amends the Illinois Youth and Young Adult Employment Act of 1986. Relocates the Community Youth Employment Program to the Illinois Youth and Young Adult Employment Act of 1986. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources instead of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall administer the competitive grant program to provide up to 5,000 youths with stipends or wages, or both, and supervision for up to a 10-week summer work program. Repeals the Community Youth Employment Act. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that subject to appropriations, the Department of Natural Resources is authorized to administer a competitive grant program to provide youths with a 10-week summer work program. Provides that the Department shall include the Department of Employment Security, in addition to newspapers, electronic media, educational facilities, and units of local government, when making public notification of the availability of jobs for eligible youths and young adults in Community Youth Employment Program. Provides that the Department shall adopt reasonable rules regarding the administration of the Community Youth Employment Program.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 3667 (Link, T.) - Amends the Fire Protection District Act. Provides for the creation of unified fire protection districts by contiguous units of local government (municipalities, counties, fire protection districts, and townships) to reduce the costs of providing fire protection and emergency medical services. Provides that unified fire protection districts may be created by an intergovernmental agreement. Sets forth the requirements for the petition and intergovernmental agreement, including referendum approval of the agreement. Sets forth the process for referendum approval. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3669 (Link, T.) (Chapa LaVia, L.) - Amends the Election Code. Deletes language providing that, at the option of a church or private school that is a polling place, no person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes on any of the property of that church or private school. Deletes language providing that, at the option of a church or private school that is a polling place for voting by absentee ballot, no person shall, during the period beginning on the 40th day preceding an election and continuing through the day preceding the election, display advertising pertaining to a candidate or proposition to be voted on or engage in electioneering on any of the property of that church or private school. Provides that nothing shall prohibit the placement of temporary signs within a private dwelling in a public or private building where a polling place is located. Provides that nothing shall prohibit the placement of temporary signs on the doors or windows of a private dwelling in a public or private building so long as that private dwelling is located on a different floor than the polling room or that private dwelling is located a distance of at least 100 horizontal feet from each entrance to the polling room if the private dwelling and polling room are located on the same floor. Denies home rule powers. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 31-20.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3676 (Trotter, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the county clerk shall abate 100% of property taxes levied by any taxing district for the first taxable year on foreclosed residential real estate purchased or otherwise received by a taxpayer for improvement, subject to certain conditions. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 1/06/2013 Held on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading

SB 3695 (Frerichs, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Requires contractors to include in recording keeping the gross and net wage, hourly overtime rate, fringe benefit rates, and the sponsor and administrator of fringe benefit plans. Provides for filing of the records with the Department of Labor. Authorizes that Department to require electronic filing. Requires that Department to create and provide a form for the filing of certified payrolls. Allows any interested party to bring an action under the Act. Defines terms. Passed the Senate on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 30-27.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3720 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides for the Philip J. Rock Center and School to participate in the Fund as a participating instrumentality. Includes provisions relating to prior service and inability to pay the required employer contributions. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/10/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3722 (Harmon, D.) (Currie, B.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that contributions to a political action committee made through dues, levies, or similar assessments paid by any natural person, corporation, labor organization, or association in a calendar year may not exceed $500 (now, may not exceed the limits set forth in the Section). Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill, but makes changes. Deletes language providing that a political action committee may report contributions to the committee made through dues, levies, or similar assessments paid by any natural person, corporation, labor organization, or association in the aggregate only if the contributions do not exceed $500 in a calendar year. Provides that contributions to a political action committee made through dues, levies, or similar assessments paid by any natural person, corporation, labor organization, or association that exceed $1,500 in a calendar year shall be itemized on the committee's quarterly report for the quarter in which the $1,500 limit is exceeded. Provides that, on January 1 of each odd-numbered year, the State Board of Elections shall adjust the amounts of the contribution limitations for inflation. Provides that the State Board shall publish the adjustment on its official website. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill, but makes changes. Extends the grace period for the registration of voters to until the 3rd day (now, the 7th day) before the primary or election. Provides that, for the 2012 general election, each appropriate election authority shall conduct grace period registration and early voting in a high traffic location on the campus of a public university within the election authority's jurisdiction. Provides that a political committee may be designated as an independent expenditure committee. Defines "independent expenditure committee". Provides that, for an independent expenditure committee, "election cycle" means the period beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31 of each calendar year. Provides that the definition of "independent expenditure" includes any payment, gift, donation, or expenditure of funds by a natural person or political committee for the purpose of making electioneering communications or of expressly advocating for or against any question of public policy to be submitted to the voters. Provides that a ballot initiative committee or independent expenditure committee (now, a ballot initiative committee only) may accept contributions in any amount from any source, provided that the committee files a statement of organization and files the disclosure reports required by the Code (now, provided that the committee files a statement of organization only). Provides that the treasurer of a political committee shall keep a detailed and exact account of the total amount of contributions made to or for the committee from a raffle. Provides that the amounts that may be transferred between certain political party committees (now, a State political committee) and an affiliated federal political committee established by the same party shall not be limited. Provides that, if a natural person or independent expenditure committee makes independent expenditures for the benefit of the campaign of a particular public official or candidate in an aggregate amount of more than (i) $250,000 for statewide office or (ii) $100,000 for all other elective offices in an election cycle, then, upon receiving notice from the State Board of Elections, all candidates for that office in that election shall be permitted to accept contributions in excess of certain contribution limits imposed by the Code. Provides that contributions to a political action committee made through dues, levies, or similar assessments paid by any natural person, corporation, labor, organization or association that exceed $500 in a quarterly reporting period (rather than, $1,500 in a calendar year) shall be itemized on the committee's quarterly report and may not be reported in the aggregate. Provides that an excess contribution that is not disposed of within 15 days after the political committee receives notification of the excess contribution from the State Board of Elections (rather than, within 15 days after receipt of the excess contribution) shall escheat to the General Revenue Fund. Provides that a natural person or independent expenditure committee that makes an independent expenditure supporting or opposing a public official or candidate that, alone or in combination with any other independent expenditure made by that natural person or independent expenditure committee supporting or opposing that public official or candidate during the election cycle, equals an aggregate value of more than (i) $250,000 for statewide office or (ii) $100,000 for all other elective offices must file a written disclosure with the State Board of Elections within 2 business days after making any expenditure that results in the natural person or independent expenditure committee exceeding the applicable threshold. Provides that it shall be the duty of the State Board of Elections to promptly send, by certified mail directed only to the officers of a political committee, written notice of any fine or penalty assessed or imposed against the political committee. Makes changes to the form of the application for absentee ballot. Provides that the period for early voting by personal appearance begins the 15th day (now, the 22nd day) before the election and extends through the 3rd day (now, the 5th day) before the election. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2012. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 56-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 63-55. House concurred with HA 1, 4 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 30-26.

Last Action: 7/6/2012 Public Act 97-766

SB 3727 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Swimming Facility Act. Makes changes to certain definitions. Makes changes to provisions concerning licenses to operate, permits for construction or major alteration, license renewal, and payment of fees. Sets forth provisions concerning plan certification and plan resubmittal. Establishes various fee structures for licensure and inspection. Makes changes in provisions concerning rules, violations at facilities, records, and fees for copies of records held by the Department of Public Health. Includes the Attorney General in the list of entities that shall enforce a closing order. Provides that violations of the Act shall be punishable by a fine of $1,000 for each day the violation exists in addition to civil penalties or up to 6 months imprisonment or both a fine and imprisonment. Provides that the Department of Public Health may impose administrative civil penalties for violations of the Act by any person and that the State's Attorney of the county in which the violation occurred or the Attorney General shall bring an action for collection. Makes changes in provisions concerning the applicability of the Act. Makes changes in provisions concerning the adoption of ordinances. Sets forth provisions concerning the suspension and modification of prequalifications and licenses. Provides that any person seeking to perform construction, installation, modification, or repair of a swimming facility must be licensed by the Department of Public Health. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2013. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 36-18. Passed the House on 5/29/2012 with a vote of 69-47. Senate concurred with HA 1 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 34-23.

Last Action: 8/14/2012 Public Act 97-957

SB 3751 (Jones, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in Cook County, a claim for a refund is allowed if the right to a refund arose less than 20 years prior to the date the application is filed. Provides that applications for refunds based on claims arising more than 5 but less than 20 years prior to the date the application is filed are allowed only if the application is filed after September 1, 2011 (now, between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2012). Removes a limitation on the aggregate total amount of taxes and interest allowed to be refunded for all claims arising more than 5 years prior to the date the application is filed. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3759 (Collins, J.) - Amends the Swimming Pool Safety Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the use of a life jacket.

Last Action: 2/10/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3760 (Collins, J.) - Amends the Swimming Pool Safety Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the use of a life jacket.

Last Action: 2/10/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3773 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Expands the definition of "public body" to include not-for-profit organizations that receive State funding. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 3787 (Rezin, S.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Budget Law. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning a municipality's noncompliance with the Act.

Last Action: 2/10/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3791 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Denies home rule powers to require firearm training and instruction or to otherwise regulate the ownership or possession of firearms. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3796 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Provides that upon the request of an employee, the local public entity shall provide for the indemnification of any judgment in or settlement of a claim or an action associated with the employee's employment, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and payment of legal defense costs from such claims and actions brought against the employee, in either an individual or official capacity, provided, however: (i) that the action taken by the employee was on behalf of the local public entity; (ii) that the litigation against the employee was not initiated by the local public entity or State or federal government and does not pertain to a criminal defense; or (iii) that the litigation was not initiated by the employee. Provides that the employee shall have the ability to retain legal representation of his or her own choosing and that the local public entity shall hold the employee harmless from the payment of any and all reasonable attorney's fees and costs associated with the defense in the litigation. Makes other changes. Deletes provisions permitting a local governmental entity to elect to do any one or more of the following: (i) appear and defend against the claim or action; (ii) indemnify the employee or former employee for his court costs or reasonable attorney's fees, or both, incurred in the defense of such claim or action; (iii) pay, or indemnify the employee or former employee for a judgment based on such claim or action; or (iv) pay, or indemnify the employee or former employee for, a compromise or settlement of such a claim or action.

Last Action: 5/2/2012 Re-referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3797 (Sandack, R.) - Creates the Local Government Consolidation and Reform Act of 2012. Contains only a short title provision.

Last Action: 2/10/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3802 (Link, T.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that State agreements for performance contracting shall be included in the definition of "contract". Provides that a performance contract shall not be entered into for a period of time exceeding 20 years. Provides that installment payment performance contracts and performance-based lease purchase agreements that guarantee energy or operational cost savings shall be for a term not to exceed 20 years. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinsert the provisions of the introduced bill, but makes changes. Provides that State agreements for performance contracting and guaranteed energy savings contracting (instead of just performance contracting) shall be included in the definition of "contract". Provides that a guaranteed savings contract or a performance contract (instead of just a performance contract) shall not be entered into for a period of time exceeding 20 years. Provides that installment payment performance contracts and guaranteed savings contracts and performance-based lease purchase agreements (instead of just performance contracts and performance-based lease purchase agreements) that guarantee energy or operational cost savings shall be for a term not to exceed 20 years. Provides that the Capital Development Board shall establish procedures to prequalify firms or entities seeking to provide services for performance and guaranteed energy savings contracts. Provides that a performance or guaranteed energy savings contract shall include a written guarantee of the qualified provider that either the energy or operational cost savings, or both, will meet or exceed within 20 years the costs of the energy conservation measures. Sets forth provisions concerning requests for proposals, evaluation of proposals, award of contract, installment payment contracts, operational and energy cost savings, and bonding. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 31-24. Passed the House on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 68-50. Senate concurred with HA 1, 6 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 32-25.

Last Action: 6/30/2012 Public Act 97-732

SB 3809 (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Park District Code and the Chicago Park District Act. Prohibits a park district from knowingly employing an applicant who has been adjudicated a delinquent minor for committing specified offenses. Provides that the Illinois Department of State Police shall conduct a search of the Illinois criminal history records database to ascertain if an applicant being considered for employment with a park district has been adjudicated a delinquent minor for committing specified offenses. Adds that a park district shall not knowingly employ a person who has been convicted, or adjudicated a delinquent minor, for stalking, aggravated stalking, or cyberstalking. 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 an applicant for employment who has been adjudicated a delinquent minor. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the Senate on 5/1/2012 with a vote of 113-0.

Last Action: 6/22/2012 Public Act 97-700

SB 3901 (Kotowski, D.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Natural Resources for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, as follows: General Revenue Fund $45,310,000; Other State Funds $156,888,104; Federal Funds $23,605,909; Total $225,804,013.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SB 3932 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Project Labor Agreements Act. Prohibits the State Board of Education and the Capital Development Board from requiring a project labor agreement for any school construction project or grant. Authorizes a board of education to exempt any school construction project from the requirements of the Act. Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Prohibits employees, except in certain circumstances, from receiving a retirement annuity before age 62. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases in retirement annuities. Caps pensionable salary and compensation. Suspends the accrual of benefits in traditional and portable benefit packages. Establishes a self-managed plan for each State-funded retirement system. Requires affected participants to participate in the self-managed plans with respect to future service. Shifts normal costs to local school districts if certain mandates are funded. In various Articles, excludes new hires of certain government-related organizations from participation in State retirement systems. Amends the School Code. Makes changes in provisions concerning mandates for public and private schools. Repeals the Driver's Education Act. Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Prohibits school districts from entering into, amending, or renewing certain technology-related collective bargaining agreements. Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a board of education may exempt school construction projects undertaken in the district from the Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/14/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3936 (Schmidt, S.) - Amends the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act of 2011. Extends the final report date to September 30, 2013. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/14/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3937 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, if the last day of the filing period for petitions for nomination is the day before a State holiday, the Board may, by proclamation, authorize the office in which petitions must be filed to remain open until noon (instead of 5:00 P.M.) on the last day of the filing period. Provides that the proclamation must be issued before the first day for circulating petitions for nomination for that filing period, except that a proclamation for the 2013 consolidated election period must be issued within 7 business days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that polling places for early voting may remain open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (instead of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/14/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3941 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Creates a uniform statement of economic interest form that must be completed by all persons who are required to file that form under the Act. Changes the nature of the required disclosures that must be made. Authorizes the Secretary of State to institute an electronic statement of economic interest filing system. Repeals a provision that established a separate form for persons required to file a statement of economic interests with county clerks. Effective January 1, 2014.

Last Action: 11/29/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

SR 596 (Hunter, M.) - Urges President Obama and Congress to pass the $5 billion Pathways Back to Work legislation as soon as possible to create an employment program throughout the year, with a particular emphasis on the creation of summer employment for 500,000 youth and adults, by combining education and productive work in their neighborhoods.

Last Action: 3/8/2012 Senate Resolution Adopted

SJR 45 (McCann, S.) - Resolves that special funds in the State treasury that are dedicated for purposes concerning agriculture and conservation shall not be subject to sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver that would in any way transfer any funds from such special funds into any other fund of the State.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

SJRCA 44 (McCann, S.) - Proposes to amend the Finance Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that no special fund in the State treasury 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 upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/24/2012 Senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments

SJRCA 47 (Dillard, K.) - Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution in relation to the passage of bills. Provides that a bill that takes effect after January 1, 2013 and amends the Illinois Pension Code or a successor Act must be limited to one of the following: (i) amendments affecting a single pension fund, retirement system, entity, or plan established or to be established under the Code or successor Act, (ii) amendments to a single plan or general provision that governs a related group of pension funds or retirement systems, (iii) amendments necessarily affecting more than one pension fund or retirement system, such as transfers of participants or credits, or (iv) amendments for the codification, revision, or rearrangement of laws. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/24/2012 Senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments

SJRCA 52 (Collins, A.) - Proposes to amend the Constitutional Revision Article of the Illinois Constitution. Authorizes amendments to the statement of economic interests Section of the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution by initiative. Requires that the amendment be limited to establishing and enforcing ethical standards for State and local officeholders and candidates. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/24/2012 Senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments

SJRCA 55 (Collins, A.) - Proposes to amend the Constitutional Revision Article of the Illinois Constitution. Authorizes amendments to the statement of economic interests Section of the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution by initiative. Requires that the amendment be limited to establishing and enforcing ethical standards for State and local officeholders and candidates. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 2/24/2012 Senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments




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