2018 Senate Bills

This page includes Senate bills of relevance to local governments that passed both chambers during the Spring Session of 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.

Click on the bill number for a brief synopsis.

Bill #            Description Link IACBM Position
SB 486

Solar Project Uniform Assessments: Provides that the commercial solar energy system real property cost basis shall …

Solar Project Uniform Assessments: Provides that the commercial solar energy system real property cost basis shall be calculated at $218,000 (in the engrossed bill, $199,000) per megawatt of nameplate capacity. Currently, Illinois does not have a statewide uniform standard for assessing the value of solar energy projects. This legislative initiative is similar to the work conducted years ago to establish a uniform statewide standard for assessing wind power projects.

SB 2273

Interstate Voting Program: Requires the State Board of Elections to withdraw from the Interstate Crosscheck Program. …

Interstate Voting Program: Requires the State Board of Elections to withdraw from the Interstate Crosscheck Program. Crosscheck is the only method the State Board of Elections has to verify duplicate voters (those registered in more than one state) with Indiana and Missouri.

SB 2274

Woods Spousal Transfer: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a transfer between spouses does not …

Woods Spousal Transfer: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a transfer between spouses does not disqualify wooded acreage from the provisions for the assessment of untransferred wooded acreage.

SB 2298

Industrial Hemp Act: Establishes a legal framework within which Illinoisans could grow, cultivate and process industrial …

Industrial Hemp Act: Establishes a legal framework within which Illinoisans could grow, cultivate and process industrial hemp, subject to licensure by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Amends both the Noxious Weed Act and Cannabis Control Act, removing hemp from both legal categories as recognized by state law.

SB 2306

Homestead Exemption (Veterans Prorate): Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the homestead exemption for veterans …

Homestead Exemption (Veterans Prorate): Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the homestead exemption for veterans with disabilities shall be prorated if the person qualifying for the exemption does not occupy the qualified residence as of January 1 of the taxable year.

SB 2313

County Animal Control Population Fund: Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that ten dollars of the …

County Animal Control Population Fund: Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that ten dollars of the differential shall be placed either in a county animal population control fund (rather than or the State's Pet Population Control Fund). The dog’s owner shall pay a $25 public safety fine to be deposited into the county animal control fund or county pet population control fund (rather than $20 of which shall be deposited into the State’s Fund and $5 of which shall be retained by the county).

SB 2328

Local Government Professional Services Selection Act: A political subdivision may develop an alternative process of public …

Local Government Professional Services Selection Act: A political subdivision may develop an alternative process of public hearing, evaluation procedure, and selection procedure for the selection of architectural, engineering, or land surveying services for services costing at least $25,000 but less than $50,000. The alternative process shall establish guidelines for selection based on demonstrated competence and qualifications to perform the type of services required followed by a negotiation of the fee at a price determined by the political subdivision to be fair and reasonable after considering the estimated value, the scope, the complexity, and the nature of the services.

SB 2432

Summons (Foreclosure Proceeds): Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that the court's jurisdiction is not …

Summons (Foreclosure Proceeds): Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that the court's jurisdiction is not affected by a technical error in format of a summons if the summons has been issued by a clerk of the court, the person or entity to be served is identified as a defendant on the summons, and the summons is properly served. Makes other changes.

SB 2539

Property Tax Code Notice: Requires that in a Section requiring a receipt for payment of certain …

Property Tax Code Notice: Requires that in a Section requiring a receipt for payment of certain fees and costs incurred by a certificate holder, the county clerk must write or stamp the date of receiving upon the receipt. Also, concerning notice of an extended period of redemption, the county clerk must write or stamp the date of receipt upon the notice. NOTE: Meant to guarantee County Clerks receive items to be posted to the judgment book.

SB 2544

Lake County CAO: The election authority for Lake County shall cause to be submitted to the …

Lake County CAO: The election authority for Lake County shall cause to be submitted to the voters at the general election a referendum to convert the Office of the Chief Assessment Officer to an elected office rather than appointed office.

SB 2591

Renewable Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act: A commercial solar energy facility owner shall, not less …

Renewable Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act: A commercial solar energy facility owner shall, not less than 45 days prior to the commencement of actual construction, submit to the Department of Agriculture a standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement signed by the commercial solar energy facility owner and including all information required by the Department. The construction and deconstruction of any commercial solar energy facility shall be in conformance with the Department's standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement. Except as otherwise provided, the terms and conditions of the Department's standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement are subject to and may be modified by an underlying agreement between the landowner and the commercial solar energy facility owner.

SB 2638

Local Government Account Audits: Allows units of local government to use either accrual, cash or modified …

Local Government Account Audits: Allows units of local government to use either accrual, cash or modified cash basis of accounting to meet all required auditing requirements for conformity with GAAP accounting principles. Provides consistency in auditing guidelines for all units of local government. For Fiscal Year 2019 and thereafter, those previously who filed audit reports in full accrual must continue to do so (and cannot switch to cash flow accounting).

SB 3009

Cemetery Vacancy Duty: A notice of vacancy for a cemetery in a township will be provided …

Cemetery Vacancy Duty: A notice of vacancy for a cemetery in a township will be provided to the township supervisor rather than the presiding county board officer. NOTE: Applies only to DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

SB 3212

Reports of Damaged Property: Provides that nothing in the Illinois Income Tax Act prohibits the disclosure …

Reports of Damaged Property: Provides that nothing in the Illinois Income Tax Act prohibits the disclosure of information by officials of a county or municipality involving reports of damaged property or the owners of damaged property if that disclosure is made to a township or county assessment official in connection with the natural disaster credit. Repeals a Section providing that nothing in the Freedom of Information Act prohibits the disclosure of information by officials of a county or municipality involving reports of damaged property or the owners of damaged property if that disclosure is made to a township or county assessment official in connection with the natural disaster income tax credit.

SB 3214

Pollinator-friendly Solar Energy Development: Encourages solar developers to create habitats for bees, monarchs and other …

Pollinator-friendly Solar Energy Development: Encourages solar developers to create habitats for bees, monarchs and other pollinators within their solar sites. These projects are expected to create job opportunities for seed growers and landscape companies. Additionally, these plants will help reduce soil erosion and minimize fertilizer runoff into nearby waterways. Creates a scorecard to set minimum standards that solar developers must fulfill if they want to call their project “pollinator-friendly.” The scorecard will be designed jointly by University of Illinois Extension at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources. The bill also ensures that solar arrays will be managed to prevent propagation of noxious and invasive weed species.

SB 3215

Property Tax Code (Sales in Error): Provides changes to the Sales in Error section in order …

Property Tax Code (Sales in Error): Provides changes to the Sales in Error section in order to clarify appropriate uses of the provisions and lessen the financial impact of sales in error to counties. In cases where improvements upon the property sold have been substantially destroyed or rendered uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for occupancy, the court may order the holder of the certificate of purchase to assign the certificate to the county collector, upon request of the county collector. The county collector may further assign the certificate to the county, acting as trustee for taxing districts, or to a taxing district having an interest in the taxes sold. If a certificate has been assigned to the county collector by court order, then the period of redemption shall be extended for a period of time designated by the holder of the certificate, which may not exceed 36 months from the date of the assignment to the collector.

SB 3261

Abandoned Mobile Homes: Authorizes mobile home owners and operators to remove and dispose of abandoned mobile …

Abandoned Mobile Homes: Authorizes mobile home owners and operators to remove and dispose of abandoned mobile homes. A proceeding to remove an abandoned mobile home can be filed in the circuit court of the county that the mobile home is located. The bill also outlines the circumstances in which the mobile home park owner or operator may commence a judgment that the home is abandoned.

SB 3464

CATV Franchise Fee Audit Process: Makes a variety of procedural changes to the way counties …

CATV Franchise Fee Audit Process: Makes a variety of procedural changes to the way counties and municipalities conduct community antenna television system (CATV) franchise fee audits. This is a procedural change to the way the audits are conducted. This bill does not change the amount of any franchise fee charged to a CATV or the amount in franchise fees the counties and municipalities receive. A county's or municipality's initial report of its audit findings to CATV operators shall include the complete list of all addresses within the corporate limits of the county or municipality. Counties and municipalities shall also provide to each CATV operator an updated list of addresses annually.

SB 3503

Lactation Room (Circuit Court): Requires that on or before June 1, 2019, every facility that …

Lactation Room (Circuit Court): Requires that on or before June 1, 2019, every facility that houses a circuit court room shall include at least one lactation room or area for members of the public to express breast milk in private that is located outside the confines of a restroom and includes, at minimum, a chair, a table, and an electrical outlet, as well as a sink with running water where possible. The lactation rooms and areas shall also meet with reasonable minimum standards prescribed by the Supreme Court of Illinois, which the Supreme Court is requested to create, including requirements for posting of notice to the public regarding location and access to lactation rooms and areas, as well as requirements for the addition of a sink with running water in the event of renovation to the facilities. Requests the Supreme Court to create
minimum standards for training of courthouse staff and personnel regarding location and access to lactation rooms and areas for all people present in the courthouse who need to use lactation rooms and areas.