2018 House Bills

This page includes House bills of relevance to local governments introduced in the 100th Illinois General Assembly. 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
HB 4110

Criminal Code Eavesdropping Exemption: Extends from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2023, the date …

Criminal Code Eavesdropping Exemption: Extends from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2023, the date of the inoperability of the eavesdropping exemption that provides with prior request to and written or verbal approval of the State's Attorney of the county in which the conversation is anticipated to occur, recording or listening with the aid of an eavesdropping device to a conversation in which a law enforcement officer, or any person acting at the direction of a law enforcement officer, is a party to the conversation and has consented to the conversation being intercepted or recorded in the course of an investigation of a qualified offense as defined in the exemption.

HB 4111

Use Taxes - Senior Citizens: Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, …

Use Taxes - Senior Citizens: Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the following items are exempt from the taxes under those Acts when purchased for use by a person who (i) is 65 years of age or older and (ii) receives medical assistance under Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code or assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: (1) food for human consumption that is to be consumed off the premises where it is sold; (2) prescription and nonprescription medicines, drugs, and medical appliances; (3) medical devices by the United States Food and Drug Administration that are used for cancer treatment pursuant to a prescription, as well as any accessories and components related to those devices; and (4) insulin, urine testing materials, syringes, and needles used by diabetics, for human use.

HB 4123

Illinois Vehicle Code - Fine Waiver: Creates a traffic ticket fine waiver program available to …

Illinois Vehicle Code - Fine Waiver: Creates a traffic ticket fine waiver program available to a defendant who is in default or is unable to pay required fines, fees, costs, or court assessments, or who has a suspended driver's license, resulting from a minor traffic offense under the Code or a similar provision of a local ordinance. Provides that upon submission of the application to enter into the program, the court shall grant the defendant (1) the ability to convert all of the amount due into court-approved public community service or (2) a partial obligation waiver. Provides that the program shall apply only to a defendant convicted of a minor traffic offense committed no earlier than 2 years before the effective date of the bill

HB 4125

Natural Disaster Home Repair Assist: Creates a homestead exemption for property that sustains damage as …

Natural Disaster Home Repair Assist: Creates a homestead exemption for property that sustains damage as a result of a natural disaster occurring in assessment year 2017 or thereafter; and the homeowner incurs costs to repair that damage during the assessment year for which the exemption is sought. The exemption is a reduction in the EAV in an amount equal to costs incurred, but not to exceed $5,000 per year.

HB 4132

PTELL - Extension Base Abatement: Provides that, if a taxing district grants a property tax …

PTELL - Extension Base Abatement: Provides that, if a taxing district grants a property tax abatement for a defined period of time measured in levy years, then, for the first levy year after the expiration of the abatement, the district's aggregate extension base shall be the taxing district's last preceding aggregate extension, subject to certain adjustments, plus the amount of the expired abatement for the previous levy year.

HB 4160

Local Protection of Individual Rights Act:  Provides that a unit of local government, an agent …

Local Protection of Individual Rights Act:  Provides that a unit of local government, an agent of a unit of local government, or a person acting on behalf of a unit of local government shall not engage in a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers that deprives any person of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States or Illinois. Provides that the Attorney General may bring a civil action in the name of the people to obtain appropriate equitable and declaratory relief to eliminate the pattern or practice if the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that a deprivation of any person's rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States or Illinois has occurred.
 

HB 4171

Video Gaming Cafes: Provides that a representative of a municipality or county may enter a …

Video Gaming Cafes: Provides that a representative of a municipality or county may enter a licensed establishment, licensed veterans establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, or licensed fraternal establishment for the purpose of enforcing an ordinance prohibiting gaming cafes.

HB 4187

Workers Compensation Act - Injury:  Provides that "injury" includes the aggravation of a pre-existing condition …

Workers Compensation Act - Injury:  Provides that "injury" includes the aggravation of a pre-existing condition by an accident arising out of and in the course of the employment, but only for so long as the aggravation of the pre-existing condition continues to be the major contributing cause of the disability. Provides that an injury resulting directly or indirectly from idiopathic causes is not compensable.
 

HB 4190

Township Road District Consolidations: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that before a township may …

Township Road District Consolidations: Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that before a township may submit a proposition or referendum to abolish a road district under the Code, the township shall prepare, through an independent entity, a cost study demonstrating that the abolishment is cost efficient and that the township is capable of carrying out its required duties and responsibilities on the date of abolishment. Defines "independent entity".

HB 4202

Income Tax Act - Rates: Provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January …

Income Tax Act - Rates: Provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, the rate of tax shall be 5% for corporations (currently, 7%). Makes conforming changes concerning distributions to the Local Government Distributive Fund.

HB 4211

Income Tax Act - Reduce Rates: Provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after …

Income Tax Act - Reduce Rates: Provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018 and beginning prior to January 1, 2025, the rates of tax shall be (i) 3.75% for individuals, trusts, and estates and (ii) 5.25% for corporations. Provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2025, the rates of tax shall be (i) 3.25% for individuals, trusts, and estates and (ii) 4.8% for corporations.

HB 4220

Enterprise Zone Act - Applications: Provides that, in calendar year 2018, the Department of Commerce …

Enterprise Zone Act - Applications: Provides that, in calendar year 2018, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may certify an additional 25 Enterprise Zones. Provides that, for Enterprise Zones scheduled to expire after January 1, 2023, the application process shall begin 5 years prior to the year in which the Zone expires. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may award partial points during the application process if the applicant demonstrates job creation and investment levels below the threshold set forth in the statute. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may adjust the scoring for applicants that are located entirely within a county with a population of less than 300,000 if the Department finds that the designation will help to alleviate the effects of poverty and unemployment within the proposed Enterprise Zone. Provides for provisional certification of substantially complete Enterprise Zone applications.

HB 4228

Use Taxes - Aviation Fuel: Creates the State Aviation Program Fund, the Local Government Aviation …

Use Taxes - Aviation Fuel: Creates the State Aviation Program Fund, the Local Government Aviation Trust Fund, and the Aviation Fuel Sales Tax Refund Fund. Provides that moneys in the State Aviation Program Fund and the Local Government Aviation Trust Fund shall be used by the Department of Transportation for the purposes of administering a State Aviation Program. Provides that the State Aviation Program shall include grants to units of local government for airport-related purposes. Provides that moneys in the Aviation Fuel Sales Tax Refund Fund shall be used by the Department of Revenue to pay refunds. Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act to provide that the local share of moneys received from the tax paid on aviation fuel shall be deposited into those Funds. Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Provides that aviation fuel sold or used on or after June 23, 2018 shall be deposited into the State Aviation Program Fund. Amends the Innovation Development and Economy Act, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the Civic Center Code, the Flood Prevention District Act, the Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act, the Local Mass Transit District Act, the Regional Transportation Authority Act, and the Water Commission Act of 1985. Prohibits certain local retailers' occupation taxes on aviation fuel unless the unit of local government has an airport-related purpose. Provides that the proceeds from those taxes on aviation fuel shall be deposited into the Local Government Aviation Trust Fund. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Contains provisions concerning a Residential Sound Insulation Progra

HB 4237

Income Tax - Charitable  Contribution: Creates an income tax credit in an amount equal to …

Income Tax - Charitable  Contribution: Creates an income tax credit in an amount equal to the contributions made by the taxpayer to the Illinois Excellence Fund during the taxable year. (1) provides that the Fund shall be known as the Illinois Education Excellence Fund; (2) provides that the Illinois Education Excellence Fund may accept contributions for exclusively public education purposes; (3) provides that the tax credits for contributions to the Illinois Education Excellence Fund and the county fund for charitable purposes apply to individual taxpayers only; (4) provides that the State Treasurer shall provide a copy of the certification to the taxpayer and the Department of Revenue as soon as possible after the contribution is certified; (5) provides that the income tax credit applies for taxable years ending after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026; and (6) provides that provisions amending the Counties Code apply for taxable years 2018 through 2025.

HB 4242

Local Records Act - Sexual Harassment: Provides that when a unit of local government, school …

Local Records Act - Sexual Harassment: Provides that when a unit of local government, school district, community college district, or other local taxing body enters a severance agreement with an employee or contractor because the employee or contractor was found to have engaged in sexual harassment or sexual discrimination, the public body shall publish specified information on its Internet website, if one is maintained, and make available such information to the news media for inspection and copying within 72 hours of the taxing body's approval of the severance agreement. Provides exceptions to disclosure of specified information. Provides that no unit of local government, school district, community college district, or other local taxing body shall incur liability as a result of its compliance with required disclosures, except for willful or wanton misconduct. Provides that disclosure requirements do not supersede the confidentiality provisions of a severance agreement. Provides that nothing in the applicable provisions shall limit disclosure of public records required to be disclosed under the Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Defines terms.

HB 4246

Local Government Convention Expenses: HB 4246 creates the Local Government Convention Expense Control Act. Provides …

Local Government Convention Expenses: HB 4246 creates the Local Government Convention Expense Control Act. Provides that on or after the effective date of the Act, public funds shall not be expended by a unit of local government for expenses connected with attendance by an employee or contractor of the unit of local government at a convention or gathering of personnel. Excludes public funds expended (1) at any convention or gathering of public safety personnel or (2) pursuant to a entered into before the effective date of the Act.

Convention Space Appropriation: HB 4247 Provides that a State agency shall not expend public funds to rent or pay for access to physical space for booths, hospitality suites, or other physical space at a convention or gathering of personnel. Provides that those provisions do not apply to public funds expended under a contract entered into before the effective date of the amendatory Act or to public funds expended for physical space at any convention or gathering of public safety personnel. Defines "State agency" as the departments of the executive branch of State government listed in Section 5-15 of the Departments of State Government Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois

Convention Expense Limitations: HB 4248 Creates the Local Government Convention Expense Control Act. Provides that on or after the effective date of the Act, public funds shall not be expended by a unit of local government for expenses connected with attendance by an employee or contractor of the unit of local government at a convention or gathering of personnel. Excludes public funds expended (1) at any convention or gathering of public safety personnel or (2) pursuant to a contract entered into before the effective date of the Act. Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that, for contracts entered into on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act by units of local government, school districts, community college districts, or local taxing bodies, State appropriations shall not be expended to rent or pay for access to physical space for booths, hospitality suites, or other physical space at a convention or gathering of personnel. Excludes appropriations for physical space expenditures at any convention or gathering of public safety personnel.

OPPOSE
HB 4271

Counties Code - Auxiliaary Deputies: Provides that the county authorities may (rather than shall) require …

Counties Code - Auxiliaary Deputies: Provides that the county authorities may (rather than shall) require that all auxiliary deputies be residents of the county served by them.

SUPPORT
HB 4375

Local Government Email Act: Provides that all emails that are in connection with the transaction …

Local Government Email Act: Provides that all emails that are in connection with the transaction of public business sent or received by a unit of local government or school district or an employee, staff member, trustee, board member, elected official, or officer of a unit of local government or school district are public records regardless if the emails are sent or received on a personal or unit-provided or district-provided email address. Requires a unit of local government or school district that provides an email address to one or more of its employees, staff members, trustees, board members, elected officials, or officers to provide an email address for all employees, staff members, trustees, board members, elected officials, and officers of the unit of local government or school district. Provides that employees, staff members, trustees, board members, elected officials, or officers shall use unit-provided or district-provided email for all communications in connection with the transaction of public business. Provides that employees, staff members, trustees, board members, elected officials, or officers shall promptly forward, print, or otherwise provide any email sent or received on his or her personal email address to his or her unit of local government or school district if the email is in connection with the transaction of public business. Provides that if an email received on a personal email was carbon copied to a unit-provided and controlled or district-provided and controlled email, a copy of the email does not need to be provided to the unit or district.

OPPOSE
HB 4473

Juvenile Court Act - Period of Detention: Provides that the decision to place a minor …

Juvenile Court Act - Period of Detention: Provides that the decision to place a minor alleged to be a delinquent minor in detention shall be a last resort and for as short of a time period as possible. Provides that a review of the decision to detain a minor alleged to be a delinquent minor shall be held as soon as possible. Provides that unless sooner released, a minor alleged to be a delinquent minor taken into temporary custody must be brought before a judicial officer as soon as possible but in no event later than 24 hours including weekends and holidays for a detention or shelter care hearing to determine whether he or she shall be further held in custody (rather than within 40 hours exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and court-designated holidays).

OPPOSE
HB 4583

Open Meetings Act - Special Meetings: Provides that certain notice provisions that currently apply to …

Open Meetings Act - Special Meetings: Provides that certain notice provisions that currently apply to regular meetings of a public body shall also apply to special meetings of a public body. Requires a public body that has a website maintained by a full-time staff to post the agenda and notice of meetings for both the governing body and all subsidiary bodies of the public body. Removes a provision stating that the failure of a public body to post on its website notice of any meeting or the agenda of any meeting shall not invalidate any meeting or any actions taken at a meeting. Requires a public body that has a website to post the minutes of a regular, special, or emergency meeting of its governing body (currently, only regular meeting). Allows a court to declare null and void any final action taken at a meeting in violation of the Act, regardless of whether or not the meeting was a closed meeting. Provides that a court shall (rather than may) assess against any party, except a State's Attorney, reasonable attorney's fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred by any other party who substantially prevails in any action brought under specified provisions of the Act.

OPPOSE
HB 4594

Creates the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act. Provides a minimum fine is $25. Provides when …

Creates the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act. Provides a minimum fine is $25. Provides when any defendant is convicted, pleads guilty, or placed on court supervision for a violation of a law or local ordinance, the court shall order one schedule of assessments in the case plus any conditional assessment applicable to a conviction in the case, as set forth in the Act, for the defendant to pay in addition to any fine, restitution, or forfeiture ordered by the court. Provides all money collected by the clerk of the court based on the schedules or conditional assessments shall be remitted to the appropriate treasurer as directed in the Act. Provides the treasurers shall deposit the money as indicated in the ordered schedule or conditional assessment. Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that a defendant may petition the court for full or partial waiver of court assessments imposed under the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act. Provides the court shall grant a full or partial waiver of court assessments if specified conditions are met. Makes corresponding and conforming changes to various Acts and Codes. Repeals various laws. Effective July 1, 2019, except for certain provisions that are effective July 1, 2018.
 

HB 4651

Renewable Energy Facility - Solar Energy: Amends the Wind Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act. …

Renewable Energy Facility - Solar Energy: Amends the Wind Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act. Provides that the Act may be cited as the Renewable Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act. Changes references in the Act from "commercial wind energy facility" to "commercial renewable energy facility". Provides that "commercial renewable energy facility" means a commercial wind energy facility or commercial solar energy facility. Defines "commercial solar energy facility". Provides that for commercial renewable energy facility owners of a commercial solar energy facility, the agricultural impact mitigation agreement shall be entered into prior to the commercial renewable energy facility owner making contact with a landowner seeking an underlying agreement for the development of a commercial solar energy facility. Makes conforming changes in the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code.

NEUTRAL
HB 4748

County Stormwater Management: Changes the application of specified provisions concerning stormwater management in the area …

County Stormwater Management: Changes the application of specified provisions concerning stormwater management in the area served by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission to those located in the area served by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Authorizes counties containing all or a part of an urbanized area (rather than only 9 specified counties) to adopt stormwater management plans by referendum. Requires a county to adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance or a stormwater management ordinance that has been approved by the Office of Water Resources of the Department of Natural Resources and designate a Certified Floodplain Manager before the county may submit a referendum question to the electors for an annual tax. Prohibits a county from levying the tax if they are not in full compliance with specified provisions. Provides for specified special districts to be represented on the stormwater management planning committee in specified counties. Provides that a county's minimum standards for floodplain and stormwater management should have an emphasis on the use of cost-effective solutions to flooding problems. Provides that the stormwater management plans shall evaluate flooding problems caused by urban flooding. Defines "urban flooding". Provides that a stormwater management planning committee may make grants to units of local government, not-for-profit organization, and landowners under specified conditions. Provides that a municipality receiving grant moneys must have adopted an ordinance requiring actions consistent with the stormwater management plan. Makes other changes. Makes similar changes to provisions regarding DuPage and Peoria counties.

NEUTRAL
HB 5284

Standardized Valuation of Solar Farms: Amends the Property Tax Code. Changes the definition of "solar …

Standardized Valuation of Solar Farms: Amends the Property Tax Code. Changes the definition of "solar energy system". Defines "allowance for physical depreciation", "commercial solar energy system", "commercial solar energy system real property cost basis", "ground installation", "trending factor", and "trended real property cost basis". Provides the equation for the fair cash value of commercial solar energy systems in counties with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants. Provides exemptions for specific commercial solar energy systems property. Provides that the owner of the land the ground installation commercial solar energy system is constructed upon may request a metes and bounds survey description of the area and provides the procedures for such a request. Provides the equation for the fair cash value per acre of a parcel of land where a commercial solar energy system is installed. Provides that any real property assessed as farmland in the year prior to valuation shall return to being assessed as farmland in the year after the commercial solar energy system has been removed and the property is returned to farm use.

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