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2014 Senate Bills

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

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

SB 68 (Lightford, K.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

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

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

SB 172 (Harmon, D.) (Madagin, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Makes changes to the process of absentee voting (now "voting by mail"), the approval of election judges, the dissemination of election information online, provisions concerning voter registration, and provisions concerning registration grace periods. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall enter into an agreement with the Electronic Registration Information Center effective January 1, 2016, for the purpose of maintaining a statewide voter registration database. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall comply with the requirements of the Electronic Registration Information Center Membership Agreement. Makes corresponding changes. Provides that the Secretary of State may release personally identifying information or highly restricted personal information only to the State Board of Elections for the purpose of providing the signatures required by a local election authority to register a voter through an online voter registration system or as may be required by an agreement the State Board of Elections has entered into with a multi-state voter registration list maintenance system. Makes other changes. Amends the Revised Cities and Villages Act of 1941. Provides that, for the election following the redistricting of wards, and each election thereafter until the next redistricting of wards, petitions for nominations of candidates shall be signed by the number of legal voters of the ward as will aggregate not less than 4% of the total number of votes cast for mayor at the last preceding municipal election divided by the number of wards. Amends the Illinois Identification Card Act, the Revised Cities and Villages Act of 1941, the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act, and the Unemployment Insurance Act making corresponding changes to meet the requirements of the Electronic Registration Information Center Membership Agreement. Passed the Senate on 11/19/2014 with a vote of 35-14. Passed the House on 12/3/2014 with a vote of 70-44. Senate concurred with HCA 1 and HFA 2 on 12/3/2014 with a vote of 40-17.

Last Action: 1/12/2015 Public Act 98-1171

SB 219 (Hunter, M./Hurley, F.) -
Amends the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Creates the "Go for the Gold" scratch-off game. Provides that revenue from the game must be deposited into the Special Olympics Illinois Fund. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the engrossed bill with the following changes: amends the State Finance Act to create the Special Olympics Illinois and Special Children's Charities Fund as a special fund in the State treasury; provides that the net revenue from the Go For The Gold special instant scratch-off game must be deposited into the Special Olympics Illinois and Special Children's Charities Fund (rather than the Special Olympics Illinois Fund) for appropriation by the General Assembly solely to the Department of Human Services, which must be distributed 75% to Special Olympics Illinois to support the statewide training, competitions, and programs for future Special Olympics athletes and 25% to Special Children's Charities to support the City of Chicago wide training, competitions, and programs for future Special Olympics athletes (rather than only distributed to Special Olympics Illinois to support the statewide training, competitions, and programs for present and future Special Olympics athletes). Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/7/2014 with a vote of 39-0. Passed the House on 5/16/2014 with a vote of 94-11. Senate concurs with HA 1 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 52-0.

Last Action: 6/16/2014 Public Act 98-0649

SB 220 (Kotowski, D.) (Madigan, M.) -
Creates the FY2015 Budget Implementation Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to make the changes in State programs that are necessary to implement the Governor's FY2015 budget recommendations. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 64-49. Passed the House on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 64-49. Senate concurs with HA 1 & 2 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 38-19.

Last Action: 6/30/2014 Public Act 98-0674

SB 231 (Koehler, D. / Sommer, K.) - Amends the Disaster Relief Act. Provides that the Disaster Response and Recovery Fund shall be used to finance disaster assistance grants under a specified provision of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency may provide disaster assistance grants to reimburse disaster response expenses for debris removal and emergency protective measures incurred by (1) a unit of local government as defined in the Illinois Constitution, (2) any school district, or (3) any public community college district, if that entity is located in a county that the Governor has declared a disaster area. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Disaster Assistance to Local Governments Fund. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 59-0.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 274 (Cullerton, J.) (Madigan, M.) - Creates the Illinois Revenue Volatility Study Act. Provides that the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability shall conduct a study of the volatility of the sources of general revenue funds collected by the State of Illinois. Provides for the specific issues to be addressed in the study. Directs the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to report its findings to the General Assembly and the Governor on or before December 31, 2014. Repeals the Act on December 1, 2015. Amends the State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that beginning July 1, 2014: the aggregate appropriations available for salaries for members of the General Assembly and judges from all State funds for each State fiscal year shall be no less than the total aggregate appropriations made available for salaries for members of the General Assembly and judges for the immediately preceding fiscal year; and the aggregate appropriations available for legislative operations from all State funds for each State fiscal year shall be no less than the total aggregate appropriations made available for legislative operations for the immediately preceding fiscal year. Defines "legislative operations". Provides a continuing appropriation if aggregate appropriations are insufficient to meet the required funding levels. Provides that the General Assembly may appropriate lesser amounts by law. Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Provides that the reimbursement rates for members of the General Assembly for lodging, meals, and automobile travel for FY15 shall be the same as FY14. Amends the Compensation Review Act. Prohibits FY15 cost of living adjustments for State government legislative elected officials and appointees in positions for which the Compensation Revision Board previously recommended or determined compensation. Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that the State Treasurer and State Comptroller shall make transfers from special funds of the State to the General Revenue and Health Insurance Reserve Funds, as directed by the Governor. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/10/2014 with a vote of 39-19. Passed the House on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 65-48. Senate concurs with HA 1 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 39-18.

Last Action: 6/30/2014 Public Act 98-0682

SB 277 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the General Obligation Bond Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed Senate Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that no transfers may be made from the General Revenue Fund to certain special funds without additional express authority granted on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Provides that the purpose of this amendatory Act is to evaluate spending from the General Revenue Fund for Fiscal Year 2015 , in order to determine the impact that transfers to certain Funds supported by set statutory formulas have on the cash flow of the State throughout the course of the State's fiscal year. Effective immediately.
Proposed Senate Floor Amendment 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that no transfers may be made from the General Revenue Fund to certain special funds without additional express authority granted on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Provides that the purpose of this amendatory Act is to evaluate spending from the General Revenue Fund for Fiscal Year 2015 , in order to determine the impact that transfers to certain Funds supported by set statutory formulas have on the cash flow of the State throughout the course of the State's fiscal year. Effective immediately.
Proposed Senate Floor Amendment 3
Provides that moneys may not be transferred from certain special funds (currently, the Governor may not transfer moneys from certain special funds).

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 279 (Cullerton, J.) -
Amends the State Finance Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed Senate Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that, in Fiscal Year 2015, the moneys that would normally be transferred into the Local Government Distributive Fund from the State and Local Sales Tax Reform Fund shall instead be transferred to the Common School Fund. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act and the Aircraft Use Tax Law. Provides that a portion of the proceeds collected under those Acts shall be deposited into the Common School Fund (instead of the Local Government Distributive Fund). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 333 (Harmon, D.) (Currie, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning erroneous homestead exemptions, provides for the collection of and imposes penalties and interest on the erroneous exemption principal amount (instead of the back taxes due an owing). Defines "erroneous exemption principal amount" as the total amount of property tax principal that would have been billed to a property index number but for the erroneous homestead exemption or exemptions a taxpayer received. Makes changes concerning the collection and distribution of the erroneous exemption principal amount, penalties, and interest, to provide that the county treasurer shall collect and distribute those proceeds. Defines "taxpayer" and makes other changes. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 50-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 107-0-2.

Last Action: 8/1/2014 Public Act 98-0811

SB 336 (Trotter, D.) (Turner, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates the Community Stabilization Assessment Freeze Pilot Program. Provides that any the chief county assessment officer in any county may reduce the assessed value of certain improvements to residential real property for 10 taxable years after the improvements are put in service if certain conditions are met. Provides that the reduction in the equalized assessed value of the improvements is calculated as follows: (1) an amount equal to 90% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the first 7 years after the improvements are placed in service; (2) an amount equal to 65% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the eighth taxable year after the improvements are placed in service; and (3) an amount equal to 35% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the ninth taxable year after the improvements are placed in service. Passed the Senate on 4/24/2013 with a vote of 46-8. Passed the House on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 107-1-1.

Last Action: 7/25/2014 Public Act 98-0789

SB 345 (Hastings, M.) (Riley, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the levies authorized under the Illinois Pension Code for social security or medicare shall not be considered new rates. Provides that the amendatory Act does not authorize a taxing district to increase its limiting rate without first obtaining referendum approval. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides that the amendatory Act does not authorize a taxing district to increase its limiting rate or its aggregate extension (in the engrossed bill, limiting rate only) without first obtaining referendum approval. Passed the Senate on 4/3/2014 with a vote of 51-0. Passed the House on 5/28/2014 with a vote of 66-49. Senate concurs with HA 1 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 6/27/2014 Sent to Governor

SB 347 (Holmes, L.) (Cloonen, K.) -
Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that rates may be calculated beyond 3 decimal points to allow the extension to be as close to the levy requested as possible. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/8/2014 with a vote of 51-0. Passed the House on 5/16/2014 with a vote of 105-0-1.

Last Action: 8/8/2014 Public Act 98-0863

SB 348 (Harmon, D.) (Lilly, C.) - Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2015, a referendum to increase the district's aggregate extension may be submitted to the voters. Effective immediately.Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 5/16/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 452 (Clayborne, J.) (Turner, A.) -
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Requires persons and entities bidding on a contract for providing investment services, consulting services, or or commitment to a private market fund to a retirement system, pension fund, or investment board to disclose certain information about their use of minority persons, female persons, and persons with a disability. Requires consideration of these disclosures before awarding the contract. Defines terms.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
In a provision requiring consideration of the data presented prior to awarding a contract, requires that consideration to be "within the bounds of financial and fiduciary prudence".
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the engrossed bill, plus the following additional provisions: (1) In provisions relating to investment managers, defines "minority investment managers" and provides that, on or before February 1, 2015, a public employee retirement system, pension fund, or investment board, with certain exceptions, shall adopt a policy that sets forth goals for increasing the utilization of minority investment managers; requires annual review. Declares it to be the public policy of the State to encourage the use of minority investment managers. Provides that if a minority investment contractor is qualified for a contract, the manager shall be invited to present his or her firm for final consideration for a contract. (2) Beginning January 1, 2015, requires every current or incoming trustee, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer, and Executive Director of any public retirement system, pension fund, or investment board to receive 10 hours of minority and female investment inclusion training, with the oversight of the Senate Public Pensions and State Investments Committee, (3) Amends the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Act. Provides that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall be subject to the same requirements as are imposed upon the board of trustees of a retirement system under certain provisions of the Illinois Pension Code, to the extent that those requirements are not in direct conflict with any other requirement of law to which the Commission is subject.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Deletes a provision that required every current or incoming trustee, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer, and Executive Director of any public retirement system or pension fund to receive 10 hours of minority and female investment inclusion training. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 58-0. Passed the House on 5/29/2014 with a vote of 1-8-6-1. Senate concurs with HA 2 & 3 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 8/22/2014 Public Act 98-1022

SB 978 (Raoul, K.) (Turner, A) -  Amends the State Records Act. Exempts from the provisions of the Act juvenile law enforcement records in the possession of the Department of State Police subject to automatic expungement under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Amends the Criminal Identification Act. Removes the ability to object to a petition for expungement of a conviction record if filed by a person who has been granted a pardon with authorization for expungement on the offense by the Governor. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that 180 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, the Department of State Police shall automatically expunge, on or before January 1 of each year, a person's law enforcement records relating to incidents occurring before his or her 18th birthday in the Department's possession or control which pertain to the person when arrested as a minor if: (1) the minor was arrested for an eligible offense and no petition for delinquency was filed with the clerk of the circuit court; (2) the person attained the age of 18 years during the last calendar year; and (3) since the date of the minor's most recent arrest, at least 6 months have elapsed without an additional arrest, filing of a petition for delinquency whether related or not to a previous arrest, or filing of changes not initiated by arrest. Provides that nothing in the automatic expungement provisions precludes a person from filing a petition for expungement of records subject to automatic expungement. Provides that eligible offenses under the automatic expungement provisions are records relating to an arrest or incident occurring before the person's 18th birthday that if committed by an adult is not an offense classified as a Class 2 felony or higher offense or sex offense. Also commencing on the effective date of this amendatory Act, a person whose law enforcement records are not subject to automatic expungement and who has attained the age of 18 years may use the Access and Review process, established in the Department of State Police, for verifying and expunging his or her law enforcement records relating to incidents occurring before his or her 18th birthday in the Department's possession or control which pertain to the person when arrested for an eligible offense as a minor, if the incident occurred no earlier than 30 years before the effective date of this amendatory Act. Establishes procedures. Provides that a petition for expungement may include multiple offenses on the same petition, if the petitioner is 18 years of age or older and when a minor was arrested and no delinquency petition filed or if filed was found not delinquent of the offense or supervision successfully completed, or the offense would be a Class B misdemeanor or lesser offense if committed by an adult. Provides the Department of State Police or any employee of the Department shall be immune from civil or criminal liability for failure to expunge any records of arrest that are subject to expungement under the new provisions because of inability to verify a record. Provides that nothing in the expungement provisions shall create Department of State Police liability or responsibility for the expungement of law enforcement records it does not possess. Automatic expungement of records applies to law enforcement records of minors arrested or taken into custody on or after January 1, 2015 and access and review expungement of records of an incident no earlier than 30 years before the effective date of the amendatory Act applies to law enforcement records of minors arrested or taken into custody before January 1, 2015. Passed the Senate on 4/8/2014 with a vote of 41-13-1. Passed the House on 5/28/2014 with a vote of 74-40.

Last Action: 6/9/2014 Public Act 98-0637

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

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

SB 1222 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act, the Counties Code, the Township Code, and the Illinois Municipal Code to require that, before the county board, the township board, or the corporate authorities of a municipality may vote on an officer's or employee's increase in earnings that exceeds his or her earnings for the previous calendar year by more than 6%, the county board, the township board, or the corporate authorities shall conduct a public hearing addressing the proposed increase in earnings. Requires publication of notice of the public hearing. Pre-empts home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 1308 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2013 and through taxable year 2015, the total amount due on each property tax bill in each taxable year may not exceed the total amount due for that property in taxable year 2012. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately.

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

SB 1309 (Murphy, M.) (Wheeler, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, provides that in all counties (now, in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants), the county board may by resolution provide that if a person has been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption, the person qualifying need not reapply for the exemption. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/13/2013 with a vote of 54-0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 1361 (Kotowsk, D.) (Zalewski, M.) - 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.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Requires the reporting of specified interests held in the filer's name, held jointly by the filer with his or her spouse, or held jointly by the filer with his or her minor children. Makes changes to the list of items that must be reported and the form that must be used to report those items. Further amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Requires each registered lobbyist to report any business or familial relationship that he or she has with an official. Provides that if expenditures are incurred for hosting receptions, benefits, and other large gatherings held for purposes of goodwill or otherwise to influence executive, legislative, or administrative action and if the total number of State officials invited to such an event is equal to or greater than the number of State legislators in the smaller minority caucus of either the House of Representatives or the Senate, as defined in the rules of those chambers, then only the total amount of the expenditure, the date of the event, and the estimated number of officials in attendance shall be reported. Effective January 1, 2015.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Makes technical changes. Passed the Senate on 5/9/2013 with a vote of 52-1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 1448 (Munoz, A.) (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. Provides that certain distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals may elect to claim the credit against their withholding tax liability. Amends the Service Use Tax Act. Provides that purchases of manufacturing machinery and equipment and graphic arts machinery and equipment made on and after September 1, 2004 through August 30, 2014 qualify for the manufacturer's purchase credit regardless of whether or not the serviceman made certain elections to exclude the transaction from the Act. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with a vote of 47-4-1. Passed the House on 11/6/2013 with a vote of 86-28-1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 1600 (Morrison, J.) (Drury, S.) - Amends the Sex Offender Evaluation and Treatment Provider Act. Provides alternate methods of satisfying qualifications for licensure under the Act, which are valid until January 1, 2015. Changes the effective date of certain provisions of Public Act 97-1098 from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014. Amends the Sex Offender Registration Act. Provides that $35 of the initial $100 registration fee and $35 of the annual $100 renewal fee shall be retained and used by the registering agency for official purposes. Provides that having retained $35 of the initial registration fee and $35 of the annual renewal fee, the registering agency shall remit the remainder of the fee to State agencies within 30 days of receipt for deposit into specified State funds. Provides that the registering agency shall establish procedures to document the remittance of the $100 initial registration fee and $100 annual renewal fee. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/13/2013 with a vote of 53-0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 1633 (Jones, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning refunds for erroneous assessments or overpayments, provides as follows: If the right to a refund arose on or after January 1, 1992, a claim for refund shall not be allowed unless a petition is filed with the circuit court or a claim is made to the county collector within 20 years after the date the right to a refund arose. Provides that each county collector must maintain payment image records for a minimum of 20 years after the date of payment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 1739 (Link, T.) (Lang, L.) - Amends the Riverboat Gambling Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.  Passed the Senate on 5/1/2013 with vote of 32-20-1.

Last Action: 5/30/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 1740 (Trotter, D.) (Turner, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates the Community Stabilization Assessment Freeze Pilot Program. Provides that any the chief county assessment officer in a county with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants may reduce the assessed value of certain improvements to residential real property for 10 taxable years after the improvements are put in service if certain conditions are met and the residence is located in a census tract where more than 10% of the residences have had at least one foreclosure filing since the 2005 calendar year.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill with changes. Provides that the reduction in the equalized assessed value of the improvements is calculated as follows: (1) an amount equal to 90% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the first 7 years after the improvements are placed in service; (2) an amount equal to 65% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the eighth taxable year after the improvements are placed in service; and (3) an amount equal to 35% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the ninth taxable year after the improvements are placed in service. Provides that the bill applies in all counties (instead of counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants). Adds a provision to the list of requirements for the assessment freeze providing that the purchase price may not exceed the Federal Housing Administration's loan limits then in place for the area in which the improvement is located; requires the taxpayer to provide evidence that the purchase price does not exceed those limits. Provides that the benefit does not apply if the property was transferred by a tax sale. Provides that, if there is a transfer of ownership during the period of the assessment freeze, then the benefit shall not apply to that property on or after the date of that transfer unless (i) the property is conveyed by an owner who does not occupy the improvements as a primary residence to an owner who will occupy the improvements as a primary residence and (ii) all requirements of this Section continue to be met. Makes changes to the definition of "targeted area".
Passed the Senate on 4/8/2014 with a vote of 53-1. Passed the House on 11/20/2014 with a vote of 112-0. House concurred with HCA 2 and HFA 4 on 12/3/2014 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 12/30/2014 Public Act 98-1143

SB 1812 (Link, T.) (Brauer, R.) - Amends the Public Funds Deposit Act. Provides that, in addition to other investments permitted by law, any treasurer or other custodian of public funds may deposit those funds into demand deposit accounts. Excludes those deposits from statutory requirements pertaining to the eligibility of a bank to receive or hold public deposits, and to the pledging of collateral by a bank to secure public deposits, if (i) the public agency initiates the investment at or through a bank located in Illinois and (ii) the invested public funds are at all time fully insured by an agency or instrumentality of the federal government. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/12/2013 with a vote of 50-0. Passed the House on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 110-1-1.

Last Action: 7/7/2014 Public Act 98-0703

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 1941 (Mulroe, J.) (McAuliffe, M.) - Creates the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act to provide for the utilization of legal material in an electronic record. Applies to all legal material designated as official under the Act and published after its effective date. Defines legal material and other terms. Includes court reports, statutes, session laws, rules, and agency decisions. Provides for an official publisher for the material, including the Supreme Court and the Secretary of State. Provides for authentication of official electronic records and for their preservation. Establishes standards for implementing the Act.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
In the definition of "legal material", includes reported decisions of the Illinois Court of Claims (rather than including the "Illinois Court of Claims" without any reference to its reported decisions). Passed the Senate on 3/6/2014 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/16/2014 with a vote of 105-0. Senate concurs with HA 2 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 58-0.

Last Action: 6/27/2014 Sent to Governor

SB 2004 (Oberweis, J.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
Proposed Senate Floor Amendment 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides for incremental increases in the minimum wage for workers over the age of 25 to $9 per hour in 2015, $9.50 per hour in 2016, and $10 per hour in 2017. Makes corresponding changes in the Act. Provides that municipalities may not establish a minimum wage in an amount greater than the minimum wage established under the Minimum Wage Law and preempts home rule.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 2256 (Harmon, D.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the district's aggregate extension base shall be modified by certain recaptured amounts. Passed the Senate on 4/23/2013 with a vote of 51-0.

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

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

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

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

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

SB 2265 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Requires all persons who must file a statement of economic interests to disclose the name of any immediate family member who is a registered lobbyist. Defines "immediate family member" as a spouse, parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild.

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

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

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

SB 2345 (Jacobs, M.) (McAsey, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "33 1/3%". Passed the Senate on 5/22/2013 with vote 47-4-1.

Last Action: 5/30/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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

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

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

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

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

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

SB 2633 (Koehler, D.) (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Recreational Trails of Illinois Act. Provides that the fee for an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp for a vehicle with an engine capacity of over 75 cubic centimeters shall be $15 annually. Provides that the fee for an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp for a vehicle with an engine capacity of 75 cubic centimeters and below shall be $10 annually. Provides additional exemptions to the requirement of operators of an off-highway vehicle displaying an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/5/2014 with a vote of 56-0. Passed the Senate on 5/8/2014 with a vote of 94-13.

Last Action: 8/1/2014 Public Act 98-0820

SB 2640 (Bush, M.) (Madigan, M.) - Creates the First 2014 General Revisory Act. Combines multiple versions of Sections amended by more than one Public Act. Renumbers Sections of various Acts to eliminate duplication. Corrects obsolete cross-references and technical errors. Makes stylistic changes. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/4/2014 with a vote of 52-0-1. Passed the House on 5/27/2014 with a vote of 114-0. Senate concurs with HA 1 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of  58-0.

Last Action: 7/16/2014 Public Act 98-0756

SB 2648 (Althoff, P.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Department of Labor shall administer the Act and adopt rules to effectuate the purposes of the Act. Passed the Senate on 3/6/2014 with a vote of 48-0.

Last Action: 5/16/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2653 (Forby, G.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Deletes provision prohibiting the knowing carrying of a firearm into a public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2658 (Connelly, M.) (Burke, K.) - Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that motor fuel tax funds allotted to municipalities may be used for the treatment or removal of trees infected with Dutch elm disease or ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer from any parcel of public or private property within the municipality.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Removes the provision that money used for treatment on private property is eligible for reimbursement under the Illinois Municipal Code. Restricts the use of motor fuel tax funds in the treatment or removal of ash trees to the following situations: (1) the municipality is located in the emerald ash borer internal State quarantine zone most recently published by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, unless the Department has determined that the entire State has become infested and rescinded the quarantine zone; (2) the trees are located on the public right-of way or are a potential hazard to vehicle travel; (3) the trees to be removed are shown in a detailed inventory; and (4) motor fuel tax funds are not used to plant replacement trees. Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 49-0.

Last Action: 5/16/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2665 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act. Requires operators of a watercraft towing a person or persons to display purple flags on their watercraft. Requires this flag to be displayed at the highest point of the boat's helm. Effective January 1, 2015.

Last Action: 2/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2669 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a person shall not carry a concealed firearm onto private real property of any type without prior permission from the property owner. Provides that a real property owner shall indicate permission to carry concealed firearms onto the property by clearly and conspicuously posting a sign at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property under his or her control, except this posting is not required if the property is a private residence. Provides that the sign shall be at least 4 inches by 6 inches in size (rather than exactly that size). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2685 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, provides that the total property tax liability of any property receiving an exemption under that Section may not exceed the total property tax liability for that property in the immediately preceding taxable year, increased by the lesser of (i) the percentage increase, if any, in the total equalized assessed value all taxable property in the county over the immediately preceding taxable year, or (ii) one-half of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index during the immediately preceding taxable year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/1/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2693 (Hutchinson, T.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that no district may incur indebtedness for the acquisition of land or lands for any purpose in excess of 90,000 acres (currently, 75,000 acres) without prior certification to the proper election officials and approval by the district's voters. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2696 (Hastings, M.) - Amends the Fox Waterway Agency Act. Makes a technical change to the Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 2722 (Hastings, M.) (Currie, B.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Provides that the term "official" includes members of any board, commission, authority, or task force of the State authorized or created by State law or by executive order of the Governor and having the authority to make binding recommendations or determinations. Requires the Secretary of State to publish and maintain a list of each board, commission, authority, or task force that has the authority to make binding recommendations or determinations and to make this list available on the Secretary of State's website. Provides that the Secretary of State may display the picture of the registrant along with information about the registrant on the Secretary of State's website and may use the picture to produce a photo identification card for the registrant. Provides that for registrations on and after January 1, 2015, every natural person and every entity required to register shall annually renew his, her, or its registration during the period commencing on December 1st of the preceding year and ending on January 15th of the applicable registration year. Deletes provisions regarding reporting requirements for the years 2010 and 2011. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Permits disclosure of certain photographs and signatures to officers and employees of the Secretary of State who require access to the stored images for purposes of issuing lobbyist identification cards to a list of persons. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the following from the bill: (1) provides that the Secretary of State may display the picture of the registrant along with information about the registrant on the Secretary of State's website and may use the picture to produce a photo identification card for the registrant; and (2) permits disclosure of certain photographs and signatures to officers and employees of the Secretary of State who require access to the stored images for purposes of issuing lobbyist identification cards to a list of persons. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/3/2014 with a vote of 49-0.

Last Action: 5/30/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2731 (Morrison, J.) (Burke, K.) - Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act. Requires operators of a watercraft towing a person or persons to display red or orange flags on their watercraft.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that flags must be orange, not red or orange. Provides that the flag must be displayed at the highest point of the area surrounding the boat's helm so as to be visible from all directions rather than at any point on the boat so as to be visible from all directions. Passed the Senate on 4/7/2014 with a vote of 45-0. Passed the House on 5/16/2014 with a vote of 97-7-1.

Last Action: 7/7/2014 Public Act 98-0697

SB 2732 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Fox Waterway Agency Act. If dredging and restoration work upon a channel located within the territory of the Agency is paid for with boating fees or other public moneys, the water located within the channel remains public water and that the channel shall remain open and accessible to the general public. Provides that if the dredging and restoration work is entirely paid for with funds other than those generated by boating fees or other public moneys, the owner of the property adjoining the channel shall retain the right to close the channel to the general public, provided that if a property owner closes a channel, he or she shall post signage giving notice that the channel is a private waterway and closed to the general public. Provides that these provisions only apply to dredging and restoration work performed on or after the effective date of this Act. Effective January 1, 2014.

Last Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 2733 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act. Provides that a person operating a motorboat or personal watercraft must (1) possess a valid Boating Safety Certificate; (2) possess a valid license issued by the United States Coast guard or a maritime certificate issued by the Canadian government; (3) possess a rental or lease agreement from a rental or leasing business; (4) be under the direct supervision of a person that meets the safety criteria; (5) demonstrate that he or she is not a resident, is only temporarily using the waters of this State, and meets the safety education requirements of their home state or possess a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator's Card; (6) have assumed operation in response to an illness or physical impairment of the operator for the purpose of returning the vessel to shore in order to provide assistance to that operator; (7) be registered as a commercial fisherman or be operating a commercial fisherman's vessel while under the supervision of that commercial fisherman; or (8) provide documentation that he or she is serving or has qualified as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. Provides that children between the age of 10 and 12 years may operate a motorboat under the supervision of an adult that meets the safety requirements. Provides that children between the age of 12 and 18 years that do not possess a Boating Safety Certificate may operate a motorboat under the supervision of an adult that meets the safety requirements. Provides that persons operating a motorboat or personal watercraft must provide proof they satisfy these requirements to law enforcement officers upon request. Provides that these requirements shall go into effect on a graduated schedule based on the watercraft being operated and the age of the operator. Provides that these requirements do not apply to law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties. Provides that a violation carries a civil penalty of $100. Requires boating safety education courses approved by the Department of Natural Resources to meet standards set by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Provides that the Department may approve online boating safety education courses. Provides rule making authority to implement the boating safety requirements. Effective January 1, 2015.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2736 (Martinez, I.) (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. Passed the Senate on 3/4/2014 with a vote of 52-0.

Last Action: 5/30/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2780 (Kotowski, D.) (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Adds additional legislative findings. Changes the definitions of "treatment works" and "local government unit". Provides new purposes for the Water Pollution Control Loan Program. Makes a change to a provision concerning rules for prioritizing loans under the Act. Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/8/2014 with a vote of 104-0.

Last Action: 7/23/2014 Public Act 98-0782

SB 2789 (Munoz, A.) - Creates the Earned Sick Time Act. Provides that all employers that employ 20 or more employees shall provide paid sick time to their employees. Requires all employers to provide a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked by an employee, regardless of whether the employee is full-time or part-time, with a minimum of 2 days of paid sick time per calendar year. Provides for administration by the Department of Labor. Provides enforcement provisions and sets penalties. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2809 (Raoul, K.) (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of the Administrative Review Law or the Code to the contrary, a civil action may be brought by the Attorney General to enjoin the payment of benefits under the Code to any person who is convicted of any felony relating to or arising out of or in connection with that person's service as an employee. Passed the Senate on 3/4/2014 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 11/19/2014 with a vote of 99-14. Senate concurred with HA 2 and HFA 3 on 12/4/2014 with a vote of 51-0.

Last Action: 12/29/2014 Public act 98-1137

SB 2829 (Link, T.) (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that in and administrative review action under the Administrative Review Law, if the court reverses the decision of a municipal code hearing officer that imposes a fine or penalty against the owner of a single-family or multi-family residential dwelling for a violation related to the condition or use of that residential property, then the court may award the plaintiff all reasonable costs, including court costs and attorney's fees, associated with the action if the court finds that: (i) the decision of the hearing officer was arbitrary and capricious; or (ii) the defendant failed to file a record that is sufficient to allow the court to determine whether the decision of the hearing officer was arbitrary and capricious. Provides that the court may award the municipality reasonable costs, including court costs and attorney's fees, if the court finds that the plaintiff's action for administrative review of a decision by the municipal code hearing officer is not reasonably well grounded in fact, is not warranted by existing law, or is not accompanied by a reasonable argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law. Provides that the new provisions do not apply to any administrative decision of a municipality with a population of more than 500,000. Provides that the new provisions are mutually dependent and inseverable. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 49-7. Senate concurs with HA 1 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 52-1.

Last Action: 6/27/2014 Sent to Governor

SB 2838 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes an elected or appointed member of a public body of a park district, forest preserve district, or conservation district to satisfy the training requirements of the Act through an alternative training arrangement sponsored or conducted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. Sets forth requirements for the alternative course of training. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2854 (Jones, E.) (Rita, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning refunds for erroneous assessments or overpayments, makes the following changes applicable to Cook County: (i) allows the claimant to recover the costs of suit, and (ii) provides that the total amount of taxes and interest refunded for claims for which the right to a refund arose prior to January 1, 2009 shall not exceed $2,500,000 per year. Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 50-0-3. Passed the House on 5/29/2014 with a vote of 112-1-2.

Last Action: 8/22/2014 Public Act 98-1026

SB 2889 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in counties other than Cook County, rates may be calculated beyond 3 decimal points to allow the extension to be as close to the levy requested as possible. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 2905 (Hastings, M.) (Kifowit, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code and the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Act. Provides that the disabled veterans' exemption also applies to housing that is donated or improved by a charitable organization if the veteran was eligible to receive federal funds for the purchase or construction of Specially Adapted Housing. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Provides that the disabled veterans exemption for specially adapted housing applies to property with an assessed value of up to $100,000 (currently, $70,000). In a provision of the introduced bill extending that exemption to housing and adaptations donated by a charitable organization, adds a requirement that the home must be inspected and certified by a licensed home inspector to be in compliance with applicable standards set forth in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration Pamphlet 26-13 Handbook for Design of Specially Adapted Housing. Removes a provision from the introduced bill providing that the exemption for housing and adaptations donated by a charitable organization applies regardless of whether or not the veteran applied for and received federal funds. Further amends the Property Tax Code to provide that the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption applies even if the veteran did not qualify for or obtain the exemption before death if the veteran was killed in the line of duty. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the Senate on 11/20/2014 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 12/30/2014 Public Act 98-1145

SB 2926 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a public body is not required to copy and make available for public inspection a public record that is published on the public body's website if the public body's Freedom of Information officer certifies that the online record is a true and accurate copy of the original record maintained by the public body. Provides that the Freedom of Information officer shall notify the person requesting the public record that it is available online. Provides that if the person requesting the public record is unable to access the record online, the public body is then required to copy and make available the public record. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2943 (Silverstein, I.) - Creates the Workplace Bullying Prohibition Act. Provides that bullying is prohibited in the workplace. Applies to employers having more than 2 employees. Defines terms. Requires an employer to establish a policy regarding workplace bullying and file the policy with the Department of Labor. Provides that a violation of the Act constitutes a business offense subject to a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $2,000.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2951 (Bivins, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that whenever, as the result of a final order of the Property Tax Appeal Board or any court, a property assessment is reduced for a tax year for which the taxes have already been paid and the subject property is still owned by the same person, entity, or a successor entity, the chief county assessment officer shall award to the taxpayer obtaining the order a compensatory assessment reduction for the next assessment year available for assessment adjustment. Provides that the amount of the compensatory assessment reduction shall be equal to the assessment reduction for the prior year or years as ordered by Property Tax Appeal Board or court and provides that the amount may be carried forward. Provides that the award of compensatory assessment reductions shall take place prior to and shall be considered in the determination of tax rates by the county clerk. Provides that the award of compensatory assessment reductions shall not affect the determination of the fair market value of the subject property or its assessed valuation once the compensatory assessment reductions have been exhausted.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2971 (Righter, D.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for an employer participating in the E-Verify Program, as authorized by 8 U.S.C. 1324a, (instead of "8 U.S.C. 1324a, Notes, Pilot Programs for Employment Eligibility Confirmation (enacted by PL 104-208, div. C title IV, subtitle A)") to take certain actions while knowingly failing to follow the procedures under the E-Verify Program. Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Adds the scienter of "knowingly" to elements of certain violations of the Act. Replaces references to the Basic Pilot Program with references to any federal Electronic Employment Verification System in order to conform to changes made by federal Public Law 111-83, Title V, Sec. 551. Provides that an employer's responsibility under the Section concerning the E-Verify Program is limited to the most current federal statute and federal regulations in effect at the time of the alleged violation.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2975 (Bivins, T.) (Demmer, T.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that the Byron Forest Preserve District may not incur indebtedness in excess of .6% of the assessed value of taxable property in the district. Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 53-0. Passed the House on 5/9/2014 with a vote of 64-36.

Last Action: 8/1/2014 Public Act 98-0835

SB 2991 (Bertino-Tarrant, J.) (Martwick, R.) - Amends the Regional Planning Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. Passed the Senate on 4/3/2014 with a vote fo 42-9.

Last Action: 5/30/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 2996 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a person riding a bicycle is not required to have at least one hand on the handlebars at all times if the bicycle is stopped and at rest.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 2997 (Link, T.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that a person who is 17 years old on the date of a consolidated primary election is qualified to vote at that primary if he or she will be 18 years old on the date of the immediately following regular election (now, general election). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 3106 (Connelly, M.) (Sandack, R.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a unit of local government or school district that serves a population of less than 1,000,000 that maintains an Internet website other than a social media or social networking website shall post to its website for the current calendar year a mechanism, such as a uniform, single email address, for members of the public to electronically communicate with elected officials of that unit of local government or school district. Requires the information to be easily accessible from the unit of local government's or school district's home page through a hyperlink. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 49-0 . Passed the House on 5/9/2014 with a vote of 99-0.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 3108 (Noland, M.) (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Provides that funds from certain taxes authorized under the Act may be used for the funding of preventative maintenance measures such as sprinkler systems.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Makes a technical change in the short title Section.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 4
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Provides that funds from certain taxes authorized under the Act may be used, in fire protection districts subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law, for the installation of sprinklers. Effective immediately.
Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 38-17.

Last Action: 5/16/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3120 (Righter, D.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a person licensed under the Act has standing to bring an action in circuit court against a unit of local government challenging the validity of an ordinance or regulation of that unit of local government that purports to regulate any activities under the Act that are declared exclusive powers and functions of the State under the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3126 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Reduces the income tax rate for corporations to 3.5% for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Removes a provision reducing the income tax rate on corporations if the State exceeds the specified spending limitation. Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage to $12 per hour on October 1, 2014. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3141 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Deletes provision prohibiting a licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm on any real property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3143 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Deletes provision prohibiting a licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm into a public park. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3144 (Syverson, D.) - Amends the Video Gaming Act. Provides that a licensed truck stop establishment may operate up to 10 (rather than 5) video gaming terminals on its premises at any time.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that a licensed truck stop establishment located within 3 road miles from a freeway interchange, as measured in accordance with the Illinois Department of Transportation's rules regarding the criteria for the installation of business signs, and that sells at retail more than 50,000 gallons of diesel or biodiesel fuel per month may operate up to 10 video gaming terminals at any time. Provides that a licensed truck stop establishment may meet this sales requirement by showing that its estimated future or past sales average at least 50,000 gallons per month. Further provides that all other licensed truck stop establishments may operate no more than 5 video gaming terminals at any time.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Provides that a licensed truck stop establishment may monitor the area where its video gaming terminals are located through a closed circuit television monitor located on the premises and within the direct view of at least one employee who is over 21 years of age.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 3219 (Jacobs, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is used for refining crude oil located in a county of less than 1,000,000 inhabitants, as to which litigation with respect to its assessed valuation is pending or was pending as of January 1, 2011, may be the subject of a real property tax assessment settlement agreement among the taxpayer and taxing districts in which it is situated. Provides that wind turbines and ethanol producing facilities (other than systems, methods, construction, devices, or appliances appurtenant to ethanol producing facilities) are not considered pollution control facilities. In a Section concerning valuation for pollution control facilities, provides that the Department of Revenue shall, when reasonable, (now, the Department "shall") consider certain factors when determining the fair cash value of the facility. Provides that the effective date of a pollution control facility certificate is January 1 of the year in which the certificate is issued. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3225 (Morrison, J.) (Unes, M.) - Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall conduct or approve a training program in veterans' awareness for law enforcement officers of local government agencies. Provides that the purpose of the program shall be to identify issues relating to veterans and to provide guidelines for appropriate responses to such issues.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board may conduct or approve a training program in veterans' awareness for law enforcement officers of local government agencies. Provides that the purpose of the program shall be to identify issues relating to veterans and to provide guidelines for appropriate responses to such issues. Encourages each local government agency to designate an individual to respond to veterans' issues. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 59-0. Passed the House on 5/20/2014 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 8/15/2014 Public Act 98-0960

SB 3259 (Frerichs, M.) (Hayes, C.) -
Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a special valuation method for commercial or industrial property that (i) is owned and used by a small business and (ii) has been rebuilt following a natural disaster occurring in taxable year 2013 or any taxable year thereafter. Provides that the property shall be valued at the lesser of (i) its modified equalized assessed value or (ii) 33 1/3% of its fair cash value. Provides that the property's modified equalized assessed value is (i) the equalized assessed value of the property for the taxable year immediately preceding the year in which the natural disaster occurred for the first taxable year after the natural disaster occurs and (ii) the modified equalized assessed value of the property for the previous taxable year, increased by 4%, for the second taxable year after the natural disaster occurs and thereafter. Provides that the valuation applies only if the structure is rebuilt within 2 years after the date of the natural disaster and the square footage of the rebuilt structure is not more than 110% of the square footage of the original structure as it existed immediately before the natural disaster. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 4
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill with changes. Provides that the valuation applies only in the case of an occurrence of widespread or severe damage or loss of property resulting from a tornado or combination of tornadoes (instead of a "natural disaster"). Provides that qualified commercial and industrial property shall be valued at the lesser of (i) its modified equalized assessed value or (ii) 33 1/3% of its fair cash value or, in the case of property located in a county that classifies property for purposes of taxation in accordance with Section 4 of Article IX of the Constitution, the percentage of fair cash value as required by county ordinance (in the engrossed bill, the lesser of its modified equalized assessed value or 33 1/3% of its fair cash value). Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 53-0-1. Passed the House on 5/29/2014 with a vote of 114-0-1. Senate concurs with HA 4 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 7/7/2014 Public Act 98-0702

SB 3273 (Holmes, L.)Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Changes the definition of "commercial purpose" to mean the purpose or intent to use (rather than "the use of") any part of a public record or records, or information derived from public records, in any form for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services or to otherwise further a commercial, trade, or profit interest or enterprise, as those terms are commonly understood. Provides that a public body may make its records available through any publicly accessible electronic means and may respond to a request by notifying the requester that the record is available through its Internet website or other publicly accessible electronic means. Provides procedures in the event that the requester is unwilling or unable to access the record electronically. Provides that a public body is not required to respond to a request for records to be used for a commercial purpose and makes corresponding changes. Provides that a person who knowingly obtains a public record for a commercial purpose without disclosing that it is for a commercial purpose after being requested to do so by the public body is liable to the public body for a civil penalty equal to 3 times the cost of time, materials, equipment, and personnel expended by the public body in copying or producing the record and for any attorney's fees and other costs incurred by the public body in collecting the penalty. Exempts from disclosure under the Act records relating to all employee performance reviews and personnel evaluations and records and all complaints and investigatory material relating to a public body's adjudication of employee grievances or disciplinary cases. Exempts from disclosure records relating to litigation of a civil or criminal nature to which the public body is or may be a party or to which an officer or employee of the public, as a consequence of the person's office or employment, is or may be a party. Provides that the Attorney General must make available on the website of the Office of the Attorney General a copy of each binding opinion, each advisory opinion, and, for any instance in which the Attorney General resolves a request for review by mediation or by means other than the issuance of a binding opinion, each nonbinding opinion or other correspondence or document that constitutes the final decision by the Attorney General in resolving that request for review.

Last Action: 3/28/2914 Rule 3-9 (a) / Re-Referred to Assignments

SB 3287 (Raoul, K.) (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that there is no right to recover damages for injury or death, other than the compensation provided under the Act, from a service organization that is wholly owned by the employer or the employer's insurer or broker and that provides safety service, advice, or recommendations (rather than from the a service organization retained by the employer or the employer's insurer or broker to provide safety service, advice, or recommendations). Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 35-19. Passed the House on 5/20/2014 with a vote of 65-49-3.

Last Action: 6/5/2014 Public Act 98-0633

SB 3291 (McConnaughay, K.)Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a unit of local government or a school district located in a county with a population of 100,000 or more shall have a website containing the following information for the current calendar year: (1) contact information for elected and appointed officials; (2) notice of and materials prepared for regular and emergency meetings; (3) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district; and (4) public notices. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3292 (McConnaughay, K.)Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a unit of local government or a school district located in a county with a population of 100,000 or more shall have a website containing the following information for the current calendar year: (1) annual budget; (2) ordinances under which the unit of local government or school district operates; (3) financial reports and audits; (4) information concerning employee compensation; (5) taxes and fees imposed by the unit of local government or school district; (6) a debt disclosure report; and (7) a pension liability debt disclosure report. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3293 (McConnaughay, K.)Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a unit of local government or a school district located in a county with a population of 100,000 or more shall have a website containing the following information for the current calendar year: (1) procedures to apply for building permits and zoning variances; (2) contracts with lobbying firms; (3) rules governing the award of contracts; (4) bids and contracts worth $25,000 or more; (5) campaign contributions made by a vendor; and (6) all vendor disclosures of relationships to any employee of that unit of local government or school district. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3299 (Syverson, D.)Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that when notification is made to a lessor by a governmental agency of an act under the Section concerning leased premises used in furtherance of a criminal offense, the governmental agencies having jurisdiction over the leased premises shall provide the owner, lessor, or agent with the information reasonably necessary to substantiate the required elements of a forcible entry and detainer action. Provides that a municipality or other governmental entity may not require an owner, lessor, or agent to bring a forcible entry and detainer action or impose a penalty on the owner, lessor, or agent for failure to evict when notification is made.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3316 (Munoz, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2014 and each taxable year thereafter, the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption is $5,000 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 50% (currently, the exemption is (i) $5,000 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 70% and $2,500 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 70%). Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2014 and each taxable year thereafter, the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption is $6,000 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 70% and $3,000 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 70%. Provides that the residence must be occupied as a qualified residence by a disabled veteran who has an ownership interest in the property (currently, the residence must be used as the veteran's primary residence). Provides that, if the disabled veteran resides with a family member but does not have an ownership interest in the property, the property is still entitled to the exemption, subject to certain conditions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 3322 (Haine, W.) (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. Makes changes in the provision concerning joint self-insurance. Provides that any statement of actuarial opinion, as defined in the Code of Professional Conduct of the American Academy of Actuaries (the Academy), must be prepared by an actuary who satisfies the qualification standards set forth by the Academy to issue the opinion in the particular area of actuarial practice. Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. In provisions concerning deposits of securities, deletes certain references to provisions of the Code concerning rated credit instruments. Makes changes in the provisions concerning the kinds of reinsurance agreements that shall not be entered into by any domestic company unless such agreements are approved in writing by the Director of Insurance and the assignability of life insurance. Repeals the Insurance Exchange, Assessment Legal Reserve Life Companies, Mutual Benefit Associations, and Small Employer Group Health Insurance Law Articles of the Code. Repeals provisions concerning the committee to create a uniform small employer group-health status questionnaire and individual health statement and accident and health expense reporting.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Removes the repeal of a provision concerning vehicle protection products.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Deletes the changes to the provision requiring joint insurance pools to file a statement of actuarial opinion with the Director of Insurance. Provides instead that the joint insurance pool shall also annually file with the Director a statement of actuarial opinion that conforms to the Actuarial Standards of Practice issued by the Actuarial Standards Board; all statements of actuarial opinion shall be issued by an independent actuary who is an associate or fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society or of the Society of Actuaries; and the statement of actuarial opinion shall include a statement that the pool's reserves are calculated in accordance with sound loss-reserving standards and adequate for the payment of claims. Provides that any statement of actuarial opinion must be prepared by an actuary who satisfies the qualification standards set forth by the American Academy of Actuaries to issue the opinion in the particular area of actuarial practice. Passed the Senate on 4/7/2014 with a vote of 48-0. Passed the House on 5/21/2014 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 8/15/2014 Public Act 98-0969

SB 3341 (Althoff, P.) (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Conservation District Act. Provides that a district may incur indebtedness for the purposes of paying any capital expenditure without first obtaining consent of the legal voters of the district. Sets forth a list of the types of bonds that do not limit a district from issuing non-referendum debt. Makes other changes.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Conservation District Act. Provides that a district located entirely within McHenry County may incur indebtedness for the development of real property, all or a portion of which has been acquired with referendum-approved bonds. Describes "development". Sets forth a list of the types of bonds that do not limit a district from issuing non-referendum debt. Makes other changes. Passed the Senate on 4/7/2014 with a vote of 48-0. Passed the House on 12/3/2014 with a vote of 91-23.

Last Action: 1/12/2014 Public Act 98-1168

SB 3342 (Althoff, P.) (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Conservation District Act. Provides that a district may annually levy a tax of 0.025% for the purposes of educational programming, equipment, supplies, and funding for research projects in association with endangered Illinois species and the preservation of historic sites. Provides that a district may not levy annual taxes, in the aggregate, in excess of 0.125% (currently, 0.1%).

Last Action: 5/16/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3370 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that, once an agreement is reached between a public or educational employer and its employees regarding the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, the agreement shall be reduced to writing and published on the website of the public or educational employer. Requires the public or educational employer, not less than 14 days after publishing such an agreement, to hold an open public meeting on the ratification of that agreement. Makes conforming changes in the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3382 (Munoz, A.) (Sullivan, Jr., Ed)- Amends the Property Tax Code. Expands the list of uses of land or improvements that do not qualify for valuation as open space land. Provides that improvements or structures located on or adjacent to land that is qualified to be valued as open space that enhance, preserve, or conserve that land in its use for open space purposes shall be included within the open space valuation. Sets forth open space land valuation requirements and limitations for golf courses. Makes other changes.       

Last Action: 5/30/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3387 (McConnaughay, K.) (Kifowit, S.) - 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 transition from the existing park district board consisting of 6 appointed trustees with 4-year terms to a board of 7 elected commissioners with 4-year terms by providing for the appointed trustees now serving to be replaced as their terms expire by elected commissioners. Includes language concerning the length of terms for the commissioners elected in the first 2 elections held after the reorganization that corresponds to other portions of this Division. Makes corresponding changes in other Sections of the Code. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 3/6/2014 with a vote of 52-0. Passed the House on 5/23/2014 with a vote of 111-0. Senate concurs with HA 1 & 2 on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 7/16/2014 Public Act 98-0772

SB 3408 (Raoul, K.) (Burke, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that certain property owned by a county, municipality, taxing district, unit of local government, or by one or more municipalities pursuant to an ordinance or intergovernmental agreement, that is held for land bank purposes is exempt from taxation under the Code. Provides that the property remains exempt even if the property is leased to another entity whose property is not exempt. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Provides that the provisions of the introduced bill apply only to land bank property owned by a county of more than 3,000,000 inhabitants or by one or more municipalities within such a county. Provides that the provisions of the introduced bill apply only if a land bank has been created to promote redevelopment or reuse of vacant, abandoned, or tax-delinquent properties, to support targeted efforts to stabilize neighborhoods, and to stimulate residential, commercial, and industrial development. Provides that leasehold interests with respect to that property are also exempt. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 47-0.

Last Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 3416 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Deletes provisions regarding investigatory hearings by the Department of Labor regarding new wage classifications. Requires the creation of any new prevailing wage classification to be promulgated by administrative rule by the Department of Labor in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that the requirements apply to any prevailing wage classification not yet established as of January 1, 2013.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3428 (McCann, W.) - Amends the Swimming Facility Act. In provisions concerning fees for swimming pool licensing, provides that a license fee or license renewal fee shall not exceed $2,500. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3431 (Cullerton, T.) - Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2015, no person may knowingly cause or allow sale at wholesale or retail of a coal tar sealant product. Provides that, on and after July 1, 2016, no person may knowingly cause or allow application of a coal tar sealant product on any surface in the State of Illinois including but not limited to a driveway, parking area, playground, sidewalk, bike trail or roadway. Provides that a city or county may adopt ordinances providing for enforcement of the requirements of this provision. Provides that any violation of this provision shall be enforceable by administrative citation. Provides that penalties for violation may not exceed $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for a second or subsequent offense. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3433 (Morrison, J.) (Burke, K.) - Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act. Provides that beginning January 1, 2016 no person born on or after January 1, 1991 shall operate a motorboat with over 10 horse power without a Boating Safety Certificate. Beginning January 1, 2016, requires persons between 10 and 12 operating a motorboat with over 10 horse power to be under the direct on-board supervision of a parent, guardian, or designee over 18 that possesses a Boating Safety Certificate. Beginning January 1, 2016, requires persons between 12 and 18 operating a motorboat with over 10 horse power to have a Boating Safety Certificate or be under the supervision of a parent, guardian, or designee over 18 with a Boating Safety Certificate. Beginning January 1, 2016, provides that the owner of a motorboat with over 10 horse power shall not allow it to be operated by anyone without a Boating Safety Certificate. Provides that a person operating a motorboat with over 10 horse power must provide their Boating Safety Certificate to law enforcement upon request. Provides that boat liveries may offer an abbreviated safety course that allows persons renting motorboats from the livery to operate those rentals without a Boating Safety Certificate. Provides that providing false information in an application for a Boating Safety Certificate or displaying a false certificate is a Class A misdemeanor. Provides exceptions to the certificate requirement.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act. Provides that a person operating a motorboat or personal watercraft must (1) possess a valid Boating Safety Certificate; (2) possess a valid license issued by the United States Coast guard or a maritime certificate issued by the Canadian government; (3) possess a rental or lease agreement from a rental or leasing business; (4) be under the direct supervision of a person that meets the safety criteria; (5) demonstrate that he or she is not a resident, is only temporarily using the waters of this State, and meets the safety education requirements of their home state or possess a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator's Card; (6) have assumed operation in response to an illness or physical impairment of the operator for the purpose of returning the vessel to shore in order to provide assistance to that operator; (7) be registered as a commercial fisherman or be operating a commercial fisherman's vessel while under the supervision of that commercial fisherman; or (8) provide documentation that he or she is serving or has qualified as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. Provides that children between the age of 10 and 12 years may operate a motorboat under the supervision of an adult that meets the safety requirements. Provides that children between the age of 12 and 18 years that do not possess a Boating Safety Certificate may operate a motorboat under the supervision of an adult that meets the safety requirements. Provides that persons operating a motorboat or personal watercraft must provide proof they satisfy these requirements to law enforcement officers upon request. Provides that these requirements shall go into effect on a graduated schedule based on the watercraft being operated and the age of the operator. Provides that these requirements do not apply to law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties. Provides that a violation carries a civil penalty of $100. Requires boating safety education courses approved by the Department of Natural Resources to meet standards set by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Provides that the Department may approve online boating safety education courses. Provides rule making authority to implement the boating safety requirements. Effective January 1, 2015. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 7/7/2014 Public Act 98-0698

SB 3434 (Morrison, J.) (Burke, K.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides for the seizure and forfeiture of a watercraft used with the knowledge and consent of the owner in the commission of specified offenses. Provides for the seizure and forfeiture of a watercraft when a person operating the watercraft was (1) under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or combination thereof under the Boat Registration and Safety Act during a period in which his or her privileges to operate a watercraft are revoked or suspended and the revocation or suspension was for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or combination thereof; (2) operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or combination thereof and has been previously convicted of reckless homicide or a similar provision of a law in another state relating to reckless homicide in which the person was determined to have been under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or combination thereof as an element of the offense or the person has previously been convicted of committing a violation of operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or combination thereof and was involved in an accident that resulted in death, great bodily harm, or permanent disability or disfigurement to another, when the violation was a proximate cause of the death or injuries; or (3) the person committed a violation of operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or combination thereof under the Boat Registration and Safety Act or a similar provision for the third or subsequent time. Passed the Senate on 4/2/2014 with a vote of 52-2-1. Passed the House on 5/23/2014 with a vote of 85-27.

Last Action: 7/7/2014 Public Act 98-0699

SB 3443 (Kotowski, D.) (Davis, W.) - Amends the State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Removes a requirement that the Governor must distribute budget statements on all appropriated funds. Removes a requirement that the Governor's written quarterly financial reports must be prepared for each State agency and on a statewide level. Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that certain information must be posted on the Department of Revenue's website. Repeals a provision of the Wholesale Drug Distribution Licensing Act requiring wholesale distributors to submit a bond. Amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Removes a provision requiring State parks to consent before alcohol may be sold at retail in buildings in the park. Repeals the High Blood Pressure Control Act. Amends the Environmental Control Act. Authorizes the transfer of moneys from the Hazardous Waste Occupational Licensing Fund to the Environmental Protection Permit and Inspection Fund. Repeals various boards and commissions. Amends the Animal Gastroenteritis Act to add members to the Swine Disease Control Committee. Provides that meetings shall only be held in the event of a disease outbreak. Repeals the Defense Contract Employment Discrimination Act. Effective immediately, except that some provisions take effect January 1, 2015. 
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Removes provisions from the introduced bill repealing (i) a Section of the Energy Conservation and Coal Development Act that creates the Illinois Coal Development Board and (ii) provisions of the General Obligation Bond Act concerning proceeds from the sale of bonds for the purposes of development of coal and alternative forms of energy.
House Committee Amendment No. 4
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill with the following changes: Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Sets forth appointment procedures for temporary appointments. Deletes provisions in the Animal Gastroenteritis Act that added members to the Swine Disease Control Committee and provided that meetings should only be held in the event of a disease outbreak. Amends the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Act. Transfers the Commission from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Public Health and makes related changes throughout the Act. Allows the Commission to undertake the following activities: taking an active role in the State's emergency management plan to coordinate volunteers for disaster preparedness and response; promoting intergenerational initiatives and efforts to promote inclusion among diverse populations; and fostering an environment that promotes social innovation throughout the State. Provides that the Commission may, subject to appropriation, award an Illinois Service Education Award Grant to recipients of a national service educational award. Specifies that the Commission may receive and expend funds, grants, and services from any source for purposes reasonable and necessary to carry out a coordinated plan of community service throughout the State. Changes the members of the Commission. Makes other changes. Provides that the Legislative Reference Bureau shall reassign the Act in the Illinois Compiled Statutes (to reflect the transfer to the Department of Public Health). Amends the General Assembly Operations Act. Provides that in the event of death or resignation of the President of the Senate after the sine die adjournment of the session of the General Assembly at which he was elected, the powers held by him shall pass to the Majority Leader (rather than Assistant Majority Leader) of the Senate. Abolishes the Senate Operations Commission; makes related changes to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the General Assembly Compensation Act, and the State Finance Act. Transfers the powers and responsibilities of the Senate Operations Commission to the President of the Senate. Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Provides that the compensation for one majority leader of the Senate, 5 (rather than 6) assistant majority leaders, one Deputy Minority leader of the Senate, and 4 (rather than 5) assistant minority leaders in the Senate shall be $12,000 each. Amends the Legislative Commission Reorganization Act of 1984. Adds that the Architect of the Capitol shall prepare and implement a long-range master plan of development for the land and State buildings and facilities within the area bounded by Washington, Third, Cook, and Pasfield Streets (rather than just the State Capitol Building and the remaining portions of the legislative complex) that addresses the improvement, construction, historic preservation, restoration, maintenance, repair, and landscaping needs of these State buildings and facilities and the land. Provides that the Architect of the Capitol shall submit changes in the mater plan that relate to the areas other than the State Capitol Building to the Capitol Historic Preservation Board for its review and comment. Provides that the Architect of the Capitol shall monitor construction, preservation, restoration, maintenance, repair, and landscaping work in the legislative complex and implementation of the master plan, as well as activities that alter the historic integrity of the legislative complex and master plan. Effective immediately, except that Section 70 takes effect January 1, 2015.
House Floor Amendment No. 6
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as amended by House Amendment No. 4 with the following changes. Deletes changes made regarding the abolition of the Senate Operations Commission. Deletes provisions regarding the salaries of leaders of the General Assembly. Makes a technical change. Deletes provisions amending the Property Tax Code. Further amends the Legislative Commission Reorganization Act of 1984. Provides that that Board of the following agencies shall consist of the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk and Assistant Clerk of the House of Representatives: the Legislative Information System, the Legislative Printing Unit, the Legislative Reference Bureau, and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. Exempts the Legislative Information System, the Legislative Information System, the Legislative Printing Unit, the Legislative Reference Bureau, and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol from the requirement: that during the month of February of each odd-numbered year, and that the Joint Committee on Legislative Support Services shall select from the members of each agency 2 co-chairmen and such other officers and the Joint Committee deems necessary. Provides that the Boards of the Legislative Information System, the Legislative Information System, the Legislative Printing Unit, the Legislative Reference Bureau, and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol shall meet twice annually or more often upon the call of the chair or any 3 members. Provides that when the Board of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol has cast a tied vote concerning the design, implementation, or construction of a project within the legislative complex, the Architect of the Capitol may cast the tie-breaking vote. Effective immediately, except that Section 60 takes effect January 1, 2015.
Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/30/2014 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Public Act 98-0692

SB 3476 (Munoz, A.) (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning erroneous homestead exemptions, provides for the collection of and imposes penalties and interest on the erroneous exemption principal amount (instead of the back taxes due and owing). Defines "erroneous exemption principal amount" as the total amount of property tax principal that would have been billed to a property index number but for the erroneous homestead exemption or exemptions a taxpayer received. Makes changes concerning the collection and distribution of the erroneous exemption principal amount, penalties, and interest, to provide that the county treasurer shall collect and distribute those proceeds. Defines "taxpayer" and makes other changes. Passed the Senate on 4/10/2014 with a vote of 59-0.

Last Action: 5/16/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3496 (Syverson, D.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Requires each public official who, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, is elected or appointed to office to complete an 8-hour continuing education program established by Econ Illinois-Illinois Council on Economic Education and approved by the Illinois Community College Board within 2 years after the date he or she is first elected or appointed and every 2 years thereafter for as long as he or she remains a public official. Authorizes a fine to be levied against a public official who fails to timely complete the continuing education requirement. Prohibits a public official from being elected or appointed to public office if he or she fails to timely pay the fine and complete the required continuing education.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3498 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for assessment years following the next general assessment after the effective date of the amendatory Act, no increase in assessment may exceed 2% per year. Provides exceptions for the valuation of property that is sold, transferred, or conveyed during the taxable year and for new improvements.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3510 (McGuire, P.) - Amends the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act. Provides that a political subdivision may take into account verbal or written estimates of the cost of services for the project. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/11/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3514 (Holmes, L.) (Hoffman, J.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that no election shall be directed by the Illinois Labor Relations Board in any bargaining unit after an interest arbitrator has been appointed pursuant to the impasse resolution procedures under the Act, except in the case of fire fighter units. Provides that for peace officer units and security employee units only, within 7 days after the request of either party to proceed to arbitration, the parties shall request a panel of impartial arbitrators from which they shall select the neutral chairman, unless the parties have mutually agreed upon an arbitrator or have negotiated a contract procedure for selecting an impartial interest arbitrator. Provides that in the absence of mutual agreement or an agreed contract procedure for selecting an impartial arbitrator, either party may request a panel from the Board. Provides that if the parties fail to notify the Board of their selection of a neutral chairman within 7 days after receipt of the list of impartial arbitrators, the Board shall appoint, at random, a neutral chairman from the list.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill. Provides that for peace officer units and security employee units only, within 7 calendar days (rather than 7 days) after the request by either party to proceed to arbitration, the parties shall request from the Board a panel of arbitrators from which the parties shall select the neutral chairman. Deletes provisions regarding the absence of mutual agreement or an agreed contract procedure for selecting an impartial arbitrator. Provides that if the failure to notify the Board of a mutual selection for the neutral chairman is due to one party's failure to timely participate in the selection process, the party who was prepared to participate in a timely selection may notify the Board of its willingness to select an arbitrator from the panel. Further provides that under such circumstances, the Board, after waiting 7 days after the receipt of the panel by the non-participating party, shall appoint as the neutral chairman the arbitrator from the panel chosen solely by the party who was prepared to participate in a timely selection. 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.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Provides that within 7 days after the receipt of the panel by the non-participating party and upon filing a written request with the Board, the non-participating party shall receive a one-time 7-day extension for the period within which to participate in the selection process. Provides that this extension takes effect during the initial 7-day period to select a neutral chairman and shall toll the running of that 7-day period. Further provides that if, after the expiration of the initial 7-day period and the 7-day extension, the non-participating party does not participate in the selection process, the Board shall appoint as the neutral chairman the arbitrator from the panel chosen solely by the party who participated in a timely selection. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 4/10/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 3517 (Biss, D.) (Burke, D.) - Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the effective date of a retirement annuity shall be no earlier than 2 years before the date of receipt by the System of the application for retirement. Contains a nonacceleration provision.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the effective date of a retirement annuity may not be more than 2 years (rather than one year) prior to the date on which the application for the annuity is received by the Fund. Also limits the application of the change made by the underlying bill to members of the Teachers' Retirement System who are not eligible to retire on the effective date of this amendatory Act. Passed the Senate on 4/2/2014 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 3521 (Hunter, M.) (Davis W.) - Amends the Illinois Veteran, Youth, and Young Adult Conservation Jobs Act. Creates the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps for the purpose of making grants to local sponsors to provide wages to young adults operating and instructing in conservation or recreational programs. Provides that local sponsors who can provide necessary facilities, materials, and management for summer conservation or recreational activities within the community may apply to the Department of Natural Resources for a grant under the Act for the purpose of hiring managing supervisors and eligible young adults for conservation or recreational programs. Provides that the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps shall be limited to citizens of this State who, at the time of enrollment, are unemployed, are 18 through 25 years of age, and who have skills that can be used in the summer conservation or recreational program. Provides that the Department shall adopt reasonable rules pertaining to the administration of the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Removes a provision that provides that young adults who are unemployed shall be given preference for employment as managing supervisors.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that persons employed through the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps shall not perform work in State parks. Provides that participation in the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps or the Illinois Veteran Recreation Corps is available to persons whose skills can be used in conservation or recreational programs, rather than summer conservation or recreational programs. Removes the limitation on local sponsors to make lands, facilities, equipment, materials, administration, and personnel available for summer programs only. Requires rules adopted to administer the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps to prohibit the use of Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps employees in a manner that displaces or replaces regular employees and shall prohibit any activity that impairs or is inconsistent with an existing collective bargaining agreement or with the collective bargaining rights of employees. Provides that Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps employees shall not be assigned work within the scope of bargaining unit work without the written consent of the exclusive bargaining representative. Extends the enrollment period for the Illinois Veteran Recreation Corps from 6 months to 12 months. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 53-0-2.

Last Action: 5/30/2014 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SB 3530 (Stadelman, S.) (Madagin, M.) -
 Amends the Department of Employment Security Law of the Civil Administrative Code to require executive branch State agencies and entities that contract with those agencies to post employment vacancies on the Department's IllinoisJobLink.com System (removes the alternative of providing an online link to employment vacancies). Amends the Public Employment Office Act to permit referrals to an apprenticeship program that is approved by the United States Department of Labor when the application fee is $50 or less. Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Replaces a statutory requirement concerning recording fees in relation to a release of a lien with rulemaking authority to permit, but not require, reimbursement of recording fees before releasing a lien. Provides that an employing unit may seek an adjustment not later than 3 years after notice by the Director of Employment Security of an erroneous payment (currently 3 years after making payment). Provides for a semi-annual, rather than quarterly, statement of credit balances in an employer's account. Provides for the transfer of amounts in the special administrative account to the Title III Social Security and Employment Fund. Applies a certain electronic filing requirement to employers with 25, rather than 50, or more employees. Repeals provisions relating to the Earnfare Program. Authorizes collection of additional data concerning employee hours and other information. Authorizes the Director of Employment Security to establish a processing fee in connection with the failure to file electronically or to include certain information with the filing. Provides that the Director of Employment Security may establish a short-time compensation plan by rule. Authorizes an employer to submit a short-time compensation plan to the Director of Employment Security for the Director's approval. Provides that under such a plan, the employer requests the payment of short-time compensation benefits (as distinguished from unemployment insurance benefits otherwise payable under the Act) to workers in an affected plant, department, shift, or other definable unit of the employer to avert layoffs. Sets forth provisions concerning: (1) an employer's application for approval of a short-time compensation plan; (2) approval or disapproval of such a plan; (3) the effective date and duration of such a plan; (4) revocation of approval; (5) modification of a plan; (6) eligibility for short-time compensation benefits and determination of the benefit amount; (7) charging of short-time compensation benefits to an employer's experience rating account; and (8) extended benefits. Effective July 1, 2014 except that provisions concerning refunds and interest related to contributions under the Unemployment Insurance Act take effect January 1, 2015.
House Floor Amendment No. 4
Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act in relation to the determination of the employment status of persons performing services in the delivery of newspapers or shopping news (instead of only shopping news). Provides that the term "employment" does not include the delivery of newspapers or shopping news if at least one of the statutorily prescribed elements is present, including (1) the individual performing the services gains the profits and bears the losses of the services and (2) the person or firm for whom the services are performed does not represent the individual as an employee to its customers (instead of listing those elements as "factors to be considered" in determining employment status). Makes conforming changes in provisions of the Act concerning coordination with the Federal Unemployment Tax Act. Deletes provisions relating to the enforcement of liens on employer-owned property. Removes provisions relating to a bank's right of setoff. Deletes provisions requiring posting of certain job vacancies on the IllinoisJobLink.com System. Passed the Senate on 4/9/2014 with a vote of 39-17-2. Passed the House on 5/29/2014 with a vote of 115-0.

Last Action: 7/1/2014 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

SB 3536 (Jacobs, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning complaints before the board of review seeking a change in assessed valuation of $100,000 or more, provides that the complainant (instead of the board of review) shall serve a copy of the petition on all taxing districts as shown on the most recent tax bill. Provides that the complaint shall include a certificate of service showing that that the copies were served. Provides that, if the complainant fails to include a certificate of service, then the complainant waives the right to receive a change of $100,000 or more in assessed value for that year. Contains provisions concerning intervention by taxing districts in proceedings before the board of review. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3552 (Morrison, J.) (Yingling, S.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board may by ordinance adopt a code of conduct regarding the fiscal responsibility and procurement authority, as required by State law, local ordinance, or county board policy, as well as the accountability, transparency, and ethical conduct of county appointees, in addition to those requirements mandated by law for and applicable to the appointees of any unit of local government. Provides that appointees appointed by a county board chairman or county executive, with or without the consent of the county board, may be removed from office for violating the code of conduct by the county board chairman or county executive with concurrence by a 2/3 majority vote of the county board. Requires that reasonable notice of the violation and a hearing before the county board or its designee shall be provided to the appointee prior to the vote. Provides that appointees appointed by the county board may be removed by a 2/3 majority vote of the county board for violating the code of conduct after providing the appointee with reasonable notice of the violation and a hearing before the county board or its designee.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Exempts the removal of county superintendent of highways and county engineer from the provisions of the amendatory Act.
Passed the Senate on 4/1/2014 with a vote of 55-0. Passed the House on 5/26/2014 with a vote of 108-0. Senate concurs with HA 1 on 5/29/2014 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 7/21/2014 Public Act 98-0779

SB 3564 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that a district's aggregate extension base shall be modified by certain recaptured amounts. Provides that a taxing district may seek voter approval before it decreases its aggregate extension for one or more levy years.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3565 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that the regulation of pesticides by any political subdivision of this State, including home rule units, is specifically prohibited except for counties with a population over 2,000,000 and municipalities entirely within Cook County with a population over 50,000.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SB 3587 (Cullerton, J.) - Makes appropriations and reappropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.

Last Action: 3/28/2014 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 3600 (Cullerton, J.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Natural Resources for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, as follows: General Revenue Fund $38,376,200; Other State Funds; $190,761,923; Federal Funds $29,615,810; Total $258,753,933.

Last Action: 3/28/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

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

Last Action: 4/11/2013 Senate Resolution Adopted

SR 256 (Cullerton, J.) - Designates May 1, 2013 as Parks and Park District Day in the State of Illinois and recognizes the board of trustees, staff, and entire membership of the Illinois Association of Park Districts on the occasion of its 85th anniversary.

Last Action: 5/1/2013 Senate Resolution Adopted

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

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

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