2017 Senate Bills

The 100th General Assembly commenced on January 11, 2017. The following Senate bills have passed both chambers during the 2017 Legislative session. Public Act numbers are listed for bills approved by the Governor. The remaining bills await Governor action. The list is not all-inclusive. If you have questions regarding any legislation please contact our office at (217) 528-5331.

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Bill #            Description Link IACBM Position
SB 3

Local Government Consolidation: Amends the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency Division of the Counties Code. …

Local Government Consolidation: Amends the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency Division of the Counties Code. Provides that the Division applies to all counties (currently, only applies to DuPage, Lake, and McHenry Counties). Excludes specified boards from the definition of "unit of local government". Provides how the status and rights of employees, including those represented by an exclusive bargaining representatives, are affected by the dissolution of a unit of local government under the Division. Provides for the assumption of obligations of the dissolving unit of local government by the entity absorbing the dissolving unit as they relate to representation rights and collective bargaining agreements. Amends the Township Code. Removes a restriction limiting townships to 126 square miles. Provides for the consolidation of 2 or more townships which share a boundary, the merging of one township into 2 other townships, and the dissolution of all townships (currently, only allowed in specified townships) within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality. Makes other changes. Amends the Election Code. Specifies procedures for township consolidation, merger, and discontinuance referenda. Amends the Illinois Drainage Code. Provides that specified counties may, by resolution, dissolve drainage districts wholly within their borders and drainage districts only partially within its borders under specified circumstances. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that specified township road districts may be abolished by public referendum. Effective on January 1, 2018, but this Act does not take effect at all unless Senate Bills 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 of the 100th General Assembly become law.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Removes provisions that were being added in the Illinois Drainage Code that would have allowed specified counties, by resolution, to dissolve drainage district wholly or partially within their borders.

SB 58

Police Shooting Drug Test: Amends the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act. Provides that each …

Police Shooting Drug Test: Amends the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act. Provides that each law enforcement agency shall adopt a written policy regarding drug and alcohol testing following an officer-involved shooting. Provides that the written policy adopted by the law enforcement agency must include the following requirements: (1) each law enforcement officer who is involved in an officer-involved shooting must submit to drug and alcohol testing; and (2) the drug and alcohol testing must be completed as soon as practicable after the officer-involved shooting but no later than the end of the involved officer's shift or tour of duty. Defines "officer-involved shooting" as any instance when a law enforcement officer discharges his or her firearm, causing injury or death to a person or persons, during the performance of his or her official duties or in the line of duty. Effective immediately.

 

SB 584

Administrative Review Notices: Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that in a contested …

Administrative Review Notices: Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Provides that in a contested case, the notice required to be provided to all parties may be served by electronic mail if agreed to by the parties. Requires every final order to contain a list of all parties of record to the case including the name and address of the agency or officer entering the order and the addresses of each party as known to the agency where the parties may be served with pleadings, notices, or service of process for any review or further proceedings. Requires every final order to state whether the rules of the agency require any motion or request for reconsideration to make the decision reviewable under the Administrative Review Law and to cite the rule for the requirement. Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that the scope of an Article concerning administrative review shall be liberally construed in the interests of justice to grant an orderly method of judicial review of administrative agency decisions. Provides that no action for administrative review shall be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction under certain specified circumstances. Provides that the circuit court has the power to correct misnomers, which shall include any erroneous identification of the administrative agency. Effective immediately.

Removes a Section concerning contested cases and notice of hearing. Removes a Section concerning the scope of a specified Article and liberally construing that Article to grant an orderly method of judicial review of administrative agency decisions. Provides that no action for administrative review shall be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction for failure to name an employee, agent, or member, who acted in his or her official capacity, of an administrative agency, board, committee, or government entity where a timely action for administrative review has been filed that identifies the final administrative decision under review and that makes a good faith effort to properly name the administrative agency, board, committee, or government entity (rather than only the administrative agency). Provides that the Circuit Court has the power to correct misnomers, including any erroneous identification of an administrative agency that was made in good faith (currently, good faith not required). Makes technical changes.

Provides that every final order of an agency shall state whether the rules of the agency require any motion or request for reconsideration and cite the rule for the requirement.

SB 626

Nursing Home - Staffing Nurses: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that upon application …

Nursing Home - Staffing Nurses: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that upon application by a facility, the Director of Public Health may grant or renew a waiver of certain staffing requirements for registered nurses, considering specified criteria, if the facility demonstrates to the Director's satisfaction that the facility is unable, despite diligent efforts, including offering wages at a competitive rate for registered nurses in the community, to employ the required number of registered nurses. Provides that the Director may not grant or renew such waivers for certain minimum nurse staffing requirements contained in federal regulations to facilities that are Medicare-certified or both Medicare-certified and Medicaid-certified. Provides that these waivers shall be reviewed quarterly by the Department of Public Health, including requiring a demonstration by the facility that it has continued to make diligent efforts to employ the required number of registered nurses, and shall be revoked for noncompliance with certain requirements. Effective immediately.
 

SB 701

IMRF Earnings Exclusion: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension …

IMRF Earnings Exclusion: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. For a person who first becomes a participating employee on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, excludes vehicle allowances from the definition of "earnings". In a provision that requires an employer to pay the present value of the increase in pension resulting from an increase in earnings greater than 6% or 1.5 times the increase in the consumer price index for any of the 12-month periods used to determine final rate of earnings, excludes earnings increases resulting from payments for unused vacation time, but only for payments for unused vacation time made in the final 3 months of the final rate of earnings period. Effective immediately.

SB 731

Civil Procedure - Zoning Board of Appeals: Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. In provisions …

Civil Procedure - Zoning Board of Appeals: Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. In provisions governing actions to review decisions of a zoning board of appeals, deletes language limiting the provisions to municipalities with populations of 500,000 or more inhabitants.
 

SB 751

Counties Enforce Judgments: Amends the Counties Code. In provisions regarding enforcement of judgments, fines, costs, …

Counties Enforce Judgments: Amends the Counties Code. In provisions regarding enforcement of judgments, fines, costs, penalties, or other sanctions that remain unpaid after exhaustion of, or failure to exhaust, judicial review, provides that taxes and fees may also be collected and that the taxes, fees, fines, costs, penalties, or other sanctions cannot be related to real property. Makes technical changes.

 

SB 789

Motor Fuel Tax Use: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a county board of …

Motor Fuel Tax Use: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a county board of any county, any township, or any municipality may use motor fuel tax funds allotted to it for the operation costs of any public transportation service, for capital improvements designed to improve or enhance pedestrian, bicycle, or transit mobility, or for infrastructure used to support publicly or privately owned electric vehicles.
 

SB 860

Line of Duty Compensation: Amends the Line of Duty Compensation Act. Changes the definition of …

Line of Duty Compensation: Amends the Line of Duty Compensation Act. Changes the definition of "killed in the line of duty" to include losing one's life while on active duty in connection with, among other operations, Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Inherent Resolve. Effective immediately.

SB 910

County Board Apportionment Plan: Amends the Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011. Provides that apportionment …

County Board Apportionment Plan: Amends the Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011. Provides that apportionment plans pursuant to certain provisions of the Counties Code shall provide racial minorities or language minorities with equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice. Provides that the apportionment plan shall provide racial minorities or language minorities who constitute less than a voting-age majority of a district with an opportunity to substantially influence the outcome of an election. Provides that to the extent practicable, districts shall be drawn to create crossover districts, coalition districts, or influence districts. Provides that the requirements imposed are in addition and subordinate to other laws. Amends the Counties Code to make conforming changes.

SB 1238

Veterans Court Treatment - Counties: Amends the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act. Provides that …

Veterans Court Treatment - Counties: Amends the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act. Provides that at the discretion of the Chief Judge, the Veterans and Servicemembers Court program may be operated in one or more counties in the Circuit, and allow veteran and servicemember defendants from all counties within the Circuit to participate.
 

SB 1417

Electronic Products Recycling: Creates the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act. Provides that for program year 2019 …

Electronic Products Recycling: Creates the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act. Provides that for program year 2019 and each program year thereafter, each manufacturer shall, individually or as a manufacturer clearinghouse, provide a manufacturer e-waste program to transport and subsequently recycle, in accordance with the requirements of the Act, residential covered electronic devices collected at, and prepared for transport from, the program collection sites and one-day collection events included in the program during the program year. Provides that each manufacturer e-waste program individually or collectively for a program year shall be based on a convenience standard based on the population density per square mile for counties in Illinois that requires a certain number of collection sites to be established in counties that have opted into the manufacturer e-waste program. Contains provisions concerning collection sites in a municipality with a population of over 1,000,000. Contains provisions concerning the e-waste program, convenience standard, the Environmental Protection Agency's responsibilities, manufacturer e-waste program plans, manufacturer registration, retailer responsibilities, recycler responsibilities, penalties, administrative citations, delegation of county rights and responsibilities to municipal joint action agencies, relation to other State laws, severability, cathode ray tube retrievable storage, the collection of covered electronic devices outside of the manufacturer e-waste program, best practices, and public reporting. Provides that the Act is repealed on December 31, 2026. Makes other changes. Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Makes changes to provide that various provisions of the Act shall run through dates applicable to program year 2018. Deletes provisions providing that individual consumers shall not be charged fees when bringing covered electronic devices or eligible electronic devices to collection sites. Adds provisions providing that specified units of local government and retailer may collect a fee for any covered electronic device or eligible electronic device accepted or collected. Makes other changes. Provides that the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act is repealed on January 1, 2020. Provides that the Electronics Recycling Fund may be used for the administration of the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act. Provides that specified transfers shall be made from the Electronics Recycling Fund to the Solid Waste Management Fund. Abolishes the Electronics Recycling Fund on January 1, 2020. Amends the State Finance Act and Environmental Protection Act to make corresponding changes. Further amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that the moneys in the Solid Waste Management Fund shall be used for the administration of the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act and, until January 1, 2020, the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Effective immediately, except for a provision abolishing the Electronics Recycling Fund that takes effect on January 1, 2020.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2: Deletes the definition for "processing for reuse" from the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act. In provisions of the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act concerning manufacturer registration, provides that information on a specified registration form shall include the weight of all specified individual covered electronic devices by category (rather than televisions). Deletes language providing that the specified registration form shall include the weight of specified desktop computers, desktop computer monitors, small-scale servers, and desktop printers. In provisions of the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act concerning penalties, adds language concerning penalties for violations of specified provisions concerning a landfill ban. Makes corresponding changes in provisions concerning the landfill ban.

SB 1479

Election Grace Period - Nursing Homes: Amends the Election Code. Provides that grace period …

Election Grace Period - Nursing Homes: Amends the Election Code. Provides that grace period registration and changes of address shall be conducted for eligible residents in connection with voting at certain elder care facilities. Effective immediately.

 

SB 1518

Quick Take Authority - McHenry County: Amends the Eminent Domain Act. Authorizes McHenry County to …

Quick Take Authority - McHenry County: Amends the Eminent Domain Act. Authorizes McHenry County to use quick-take proceedings for a period of no more than one year after the effective date for the acquisition of certain described property for the purpose of construction at the intersection of River Road and Dowell Road.

SB 1561

Pollution Control - Counties: Amends the Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. Provides that no …

Pollution Control - Counties: Amends the Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. Provides that no provision of the Act shall be construed allow any county with a population of less than 2,000,000 residents to adopt an ordinance or resolution, with certain exceptions, that requires the issuance of a permit, or that imposes regulations upon the operations of a municipal solid waste landfill unit, sanitary landfill, storage site, transfer station, or waste disposal site, as long as the facility obtains specified permits. Provides that nothing in the amendatory Act shall be construed to diminish or impair any authority conferred upon a county under the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that nothing in the amendatory Act shall be construed to limit the authority of a county to prepare, adopt, or implement a specified plan; or to relieve a facility proposed for siting approval from demonstrating consistency with that plan under specified provisions of the Environmental Protection Act. Effective immediately.

SB 1668

IDNR-IDOT - Convey Real Estate: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to make certain real …

IDNR-IDOT - Convey Real Estate: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to make certain real estate conveyances in Peoria County and Cook County, subject to specified conditions. Authorizes the Department of Transportation to make certain real estate conveyances in Ogle County, Pike County, Madison County, St. Clair County, and Woodford County. Authorizes the State, upon payment of $17,250, to release described land in Will County from all dedication and easement rights and interests acquired for highway purposes. Effective immediately.

SB 1905

Collective Bargaining Freedom: Creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. Provides that it is the policy …

Collective Bargaining Freedom: Creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State that employers, employees, and their labor organizations are free to bargain collectively. Provides that the authority to enact laws or rules that restrict the use of union security agreements between an employer and a labor organization vests exclusively with the General Assembly. Prohibits local governments from enforcing any such law or rule. Defines terms. Effective immediately.