Bill Tracking


         Latest Bill Tracking Update: February 16, 2018
         Latest Legislative Update: February 14, 2018

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. 

SENATE 2018 Session Calendar             HOUSE 2018 Session Calendar

LEGISLATIVE NEWS ... Latest Update, February 14, 2018

2018 Illinois General Assembly Legislative Session   

The General Assembly has and continues to introduce a large number of legislative proposals that, if enacted, could definitely impact local government.  Although most purport to be beneficial, several ... HB4244, if amended by one word, HB4556 and HB4595 ... are an intrusion or very costly, or both.

You can view updated reports on recently introduced legislation below.
          Recent Introductions (Short Report)  (Synopsis Report)

On Wednesday, February 14, Governor Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address before a joint session of the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives.  Highlights of the various points made by the Governor in his Budget Address, as prepared by Mischa Fisher, Advisor to the Governor, Chief Economist, can be found here.

Both the Senate and the House returned to Springfield on Tuesday, February 13, and were scheduled to be in session the entire week.  However, the House cancelled session for Thursday, and is scheduled to return to Springfield on Tuesday, February 27. 

Illinois Consumer Electronics Recycling Act (CERA) (415 ILCS 151/)

Counties have until March 1, 2018 to register if intending to participate in the Opt-In Electronics Collection Program in 2019.

An Illinois Environmental Protection Agency overview of the procedures necessary for electing to participate in the CY2019 E-Waste Collection Program can be found below.  For additional information, contact James Jennings, IEPA Waste Reduction and Compliance Section Manager, at james.m.jennings@illinois.gov.

If you missed the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association (ILCSWMA) webinar in January explaining the new law and outlining the roles and responsibilities that Illinois counties, electronic manufacturers and the Illinois EPA have in providing expanded electronics recycling opportunities to Illinois residents beginning in 2019, information is available here.

IEPA OVERVIEW ... By March 1, any county, municipal joint action agency, or municipality with a population of more than 1,000,000 residents may elect to participate in the CY19 E-Waste Program by providing the agency and the manufacturers written notice that includes (1) the local government’s intent to participate, and, (2) a list of “proposed collection locations likely to be available and appropriate to support the program”.  To date, the manufacturers have developed a website that includes some background on the CY19 program, but does not offer much guidance on the election process.  The manufacturers are finalizing a standard election form that should be available shortly.  In the interim, and as a contingency should the form not materialize, IEPA has been informing counties that a written notice to the agency that includes the two elements identified above would satisfy the March 1 election requirements. 

HB4104/SB2258 ... Auditing Standards for Units of Local Government

Below is a synopsis of HB4104/SB2258 currently pending before the Illinois General Assembly.

Synopsis as introduced ...Amends the Illinois Municipal Auditing Law of the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that audit reports reporting on the financial position and results of financial operations for each fund of the municipality shall be consistent with either the accrual or cash basis of accounting, depending upon the system followed by each municipality, and shall otherwise be in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (Currently, shall be in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, insofar as possible).

The Comptroller of the State of Illinois is seeking to enact a much more stringent and costly method for auditing of local government financial documents.

In anticipation of the filing of an amendment to HB4104/SB2258 for inclusion of counties, UCCI legal counsel, Giffin-Winning-Cohen-Bodewes, prepared a Model Resolution calling for the Comptroller and Illinois General Assembly to protect availability of auditing standards for units of local government, and a proposed letter directed to Comptroller Mendoza.

These documents are available to counties for use as they deem appropriate and necessary.

Access to documents available here ... 
HB4104     SB2258

Public Act 100-554 ... Requirement to Establish a Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment

The provisions of Public Act 100-554 require each governmental entity to adopt, by January 16, 2018, an ordinance or resolution establishing a policy to prohibit sexual harassment.  The requirements of what that policy should include are specifically spelled out in Section 70-5.

UCCI legal counsel, Giffin-Winning-Cohen-Bodewes, has prepared both a model ordinance and a model policy designed specifically for counties to adopt, in tandem, that strictly address the requirements of the Act.

You may find, or already be aware of, other "boilerplate" models circulating around.  County Board Members should carefully consider any models proposed to their Boards to determine if they are consistent with existing policies and meet their particular needs.

Access UCCI Model Ordinance here.

Access UCCI Model Policy here.

"Property Tax Freeze" Legislation ... SB851
This website "News" notification of November 8th correctly identified that this legislation had passed only one chamber. The Illinois State Senate is still in session today, and could possibly pass the same proposal. Because the Illinois House of Representatives has adjourned until after the first of the year ... the Senate cannot amend the bill and still achieve an immediate passage date from both chambers.

We will keep you posted during the day if the Senate does address this legislative proposal.

It is very important that you read the synopsis of House Amendment #3 and recognize the entities that would be covered by statute and those entities that would be covered only if they so choose to do so by a local referendum.

Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act ... SB1451 HA#2

House Amendment #2  to SB1451 was offered on Tuesday, November 7th.

Below is a summary of this amendment, and what it does and does not do.

Addresses concerns with public safety conflicts

  • Requires critical information about equipment be provided as part of application process
  • Creates a process to address interference issues between commercial and public safety equipment at the wireless provider’s expense
  • Allows local government to terminate permits if interference issues not resolved

Provides additional authority for local governments to regulate deployment

  • Enhances protections in residential/mixed use neighborhoods and designated historic/landmark areas
  • Allows local governments greater flexibility to recommend alternative locations
  • Provides ability to regulate equipment size and height
  • Requires appropriate stealth measures where applicable
  • Prevents non-wireless providers or other private companies from accessing local government facilities
  • Provides process to address abandoned equipment
  • Extends timeframe to review new pole applications

Alleviates fiscal impact on local taxpayers

  • Increases permit fees to compensate local taxpayers for the cost of performing highly technical permit reviews - $1,000 for installing a new pole and $650 for a single collocation application and $350 each for applications that are batched in groups of 2-25 (Senate version was $350 for all permit fees which did not take into account unique costs of reviewing new poles or standalone collocation requests)
  • Preserves the terms of existing agreements between local governments and wireless providers for two years from enactment (Senate version only six months)
  • Provides a three year “sunset” to address issues that emerge from the impact of deployment

School Funding Bill signed by Governor Rauner ... Senate Bill 1947
With the signing of SB1947 by the Governor on Thursday, August 31st, a new evidence-based school funding formula was enacted into law; and, the State's public school districts should begin receiving funds within the next several weeks.

Public Act 100-465 ... A comprehensive analysis of SB1947 prepared by the Illinois Association of School Boards. 
    IASB Analysis of SB1947

    IASB Power Point Presentation ... SB1947 (PA 100-465) 
            The Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act