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  apple-touch-icon-144-precomposed.pngLegislative Bill Tracking ... Latest Update February 22, 2019

     Legislative Session News ... February 19, 2019 Update
     (Minimum Wage Bill Signed by Governor)    

United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) tracks legislation pending before the Illinois General Assembly that is of interest to county government.  Access to currently proposed legislation being tracked is available through the reports listed below.  A schedule, by date, of those pieces of legislation being tracked by UCCI that are currently set for committee hearing is provided for your review and information, as well as, a listing of all bills that have passed both chambers. 


LEGISLATIVE SESSION NEWS ... February 19, 2019 Update

Minimum Wage Bill (SB1) Signed by Governor .. Public Act 101-0001

Senate Bill 1, which increases the minimum wage across the State of Illinois to $15 per hour by 2025, sent to the Governor's desk just last Friday, was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on Tuesday, one day before he delivers his Budget Address scheduled at noon on February 20th. 

Illinois law now provides that the minimum wage will increase gradually to $15 by 2025, with the first increase from $8.25 to $9.25 going into effect on January 1, 2020.  On July 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase to $10.00, followed by one-dollar increases on January 1st each year until it hits $15 in 2025.

Illinois now joins New Jersey, California, New York, Massachusetts and Washington D.C. in phasing in a $15.00 minimum wage.


The next scheduled session days for the House are February 26, 27 and 28.  The Senate will not reconvene until Tuesday, March 5th.

Legislation introduced in the 101st Illinois General Assembly that is of interest to units of local government is tracked and updated on a regular basis by UCCI.  A listing of both House and Senate bills is available in the Legislative Tracking section above, as well as a schedule, by date, of UCCI tracked legislation currently set for committee hearing.

See the 2019 Session Calendars above for a complete listing of both the House and Senate Spring Session events.

SENATE 2019 Session Calendar             HOUSE 2019 Session Calendar


Illinois Noxious Weed Law 
A topic of discussion at the upcoming January 28, 2019 UCCI Membership meeting will be the Illinois Noxious Weed Law, Administrative Provisions and Forms.  In anticipation of that discussion, we are pleased to provide for your review the following references/information:


White House Conference with State & Local Leaders - September 12-13, 2018

On Thursday, September 13th, state and local leaders from across Illinois attended a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.  This conference was designed to allow attendees to hear and discuss pertinent issues impacting the State of Illinois with key administration officials and policymakers.  An unannounced appearance of Vice President Mike Pence capped off a productive and enjoyable event.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) also hosted a reception on the evening of September 12th for conference attendees. This event included dinner-beverages and a brief one-hour overview and prep session for the Illinois attendees participating in the September 13th conference.

Attendees also had the opportunity to tour the White House on the morning of September 13th, prior to the early afternoon start of the conference. 


SCOTUS Rules Against Unions ... Janus vs AFSCME Council 31

On June 27th, in a 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court dealt a major blow to labor unions.  In a landmark decision, the high court ruled that non-members cannot be forced, in certain states, to pay fees to unions representing public employees. 

The case, challenging the constitutionality of fair share union fees, was brought by Illinois state worker Mark Janus.  Plaintiff argued, and the Court agreed, that forcing workers to subsidize unions through mandatory fees violated government workers' First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.

Government workers will now be able to choose whether they want to financially support their unions.

Anticipated FOIA requests due to SCOTUS decision ... UCCI has recently received reports from membership that outside entities, separate and apart from their respective counties, have provided input on the handling of FOIA requests that are anticipated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Janus versus AFSCME Council 31.

In order to help membership comply with the requirements of this anticipated FOIA request, or any FOIA request, UCCI would like to provide the following general principles of FOIA.
             CLICK HERE for Brief Refresher on FOIA Requirements.


UPDATE ... 2018 Prevailing Wage Act

Under Section 5 of the Prevailing Wage Act, all public bodies in the State of Illinois are required to pass an ordinance or resolution establishing prevailing rates of wages and file that resolution with the Illinois Department of Labor.  The due date for filing resolutions is July 15, 2018.

Current rates may be found at:
https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/Pages/2017-Rates.aspx

However, the Department of Labor posted the following on its website:

2018 PREVAILING WAGE SURVEY:   During the month of June 2018, the Illinois Department of Labor will be conducting an electronic survey of rates paid for various categories of work performed on public works projects throughout Illinois.  The survey will be soliciting data on wages and fringe benefits paid to workers at the time the survey is conducted—that is, wages and fringe benefits paid during the month of June 2018.  In the coming weeks, the Department will be providing additional instructions to unions and contractors on how to access and enter their rate data into the Department’s on-line survey system. 

Please note that the Department will not be accepting paper submissions in response to its June 2018 rate survey.  Throughout the survey period, Department personnel will be available to provide technical support and assistance on any questions that may arise in connection with the survey.

 

It is not clear whether the Department will be able to complete its electronic survey in time for new rates to be issued prior to the county’s time to pass and file its resolutions.

FAQ:  How do we prepare an ordinance if the rates are unknown at this time?
         The prevailing wisdom is to adopt the most recent version in effect at the last meeting in the month of June. When the new rates are released, the county should adopt a revised rate, publish, and submit to the Department like the first time around.

A model ordinance can be found here:
https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/Documents/modord.pdf


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