April 1, 2022

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on March 31, 2022. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

Criminal Law

Aggravated Battery DCFS Employee (HB 3850): Makes battery of an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services employee in the performance of his or her official duties, to prevent performance of his or her official duties, or in response to his or her official duties an aggravated battery.

Corrections Master Record File (HB 4559): Allows an inmate to request a summary of their master record file once per year and their attorney may also request one summary of the inmate's master record file once per year. Directs the Illinois Department of Corrections to create a form for this, and make it available to committed persons and to the public on its Web site.

File and Sentence Credits (HB 4741): Allows for disclosure of an inmate's master record file in accordance with a court order or subpoena. Clarifies the role of the Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in the sentencing credits statute.

Education

Career Readiness (HB 3296): Provides that by July 1, 2025, a school district shall elect to implement the program and if so, must follow the schedule guidelines and award College and Career Pathway Endorsements and requires that a school district who elects to implement the program is to submit the necessary application materials to the State Board of Education.

Withholding School Diploma (HB 4243): Provides that no public high school of a school district shall withhold a student's grades, transcripts, or diploma because of an unpaid balance on the student's school account. As well as provides that at the end of each school year, the school districts are required to report to the State Board of Education the amount of money that remains unpaid by students due to outstanding fees after the student has received his or her diploma.

Teachers and Principals Evaluations (HB 4256): For the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years the following requirements can be waived by school districts:

  1. Evaluation requirements for teachers under contractual continued service whose performance during the last school year that the teacher was evaluated received a rating of either "excellent" or "proficient".
  2. State Board of Education rule requiring that the evaluation of a teacher or principal can include looking into student growth measurements.
  3. Evaluation requirements for principals and assistant principals whose performance were rated as either "excellent" or "proficient" during the last school year in which they were rated.

Changing School Boundaries (HB 4580): Requires that the Department of School Demographics and Planning (DSP) at least once every five years must evaluate a school on their enrollment to determine if they need to revise existing boundaries. Also, contains provisions concerning the evaluation, for instance, what to look for when evaluating a school, how to report the evaluation, and who to report the evaluation to. As well as contains provisions on what it is that DSP must look for before determining to change the boundaries of schools within the district.

School Board Organization (HB 5127): Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code and within 40 days after the regular election of directors (school boards), the directors shall meet and organize by appointing one of their members as president and one of their members as clerk, and within 40 days after the consolidated election the board shall organize by electing its officers and fixing a time and place for the regular meetings.

Fee and Fine Waivers (HB 5265): Provides for school fees and fee waivers for homeless and eligible students, and waives all fees and fines associated with loss of school property on children with families who cannot afford it.

Energy and Public Utilities

Grid Task Force (SB 1104): Creates Illinois Regional Generation Reliability Task Force Act. Task Force shall meet regularly and offer reports and suggestions for policy changes to help facilitate power grid standards in Illinois.

Environment and Conservation

PFAS Incineration Ban (HB 4818): Prohibits the disposal by incineration of any TRI-PFAS perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances, including but not limited to any aqueous film-forming foam. Exempts thermal oxidizers when they are operated as a pollution control or resource recovery device at a facility that is using PFAS chemicals; the combustion of landfill gas from the decomposition of waste that may contain PFAS at a permitted sanitary landfill; or the combustion of landfill gas in a landfill gas recovery facility that is located at a sanitary landfill.

 

Public Water Supplies (HB 4988): Requires public water supply operators to notify specified health care facilities at least 30 days, but no fewer than 15 before any known, planned, or anticipated disruption event and within two hours after being aware of an unplanned disruption event. Requires any planned or unplanned disruption event notification sent to a health care facility to be sent to State agencies within five business days.

Executive

Education (HB 1167): Amends the School Code and various statutes relating to universities and community colleges.  Provides for COVID-19 administrative leave to school and college employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are restricted from being on school or campus grounds pursuant to guidance, mandates, or rules related to COVID-19.  
Provides that any sick leave used by a school district employee or college/university employee during the 2021-2022 school year shall be returned to a teacher or employee who receives all doses required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they had to use sick leave pursuant to guidance, mandates, or rules related to COVID-19. 

Drug Take-Back (HB 1780): Creates the Drug Take-Back Act. Requires drug manufacturers and distributors, "covered manufacturers" to participate in, or individually implement, a state-wide drug take-back program. Establishes requirements for drug take-back programs and their operation, including but not limited to program coverage, program changes or modifications, program promotion, annual program reporting, and program funding.  

Remote Learning Day (HB 3573): Adds that a remote learning day may also be utilized because a school was selected to be a polling place and replaces e-learning days allowed for in the school code with remote learning days following conclusion of the Governor’s public health emergency declaration due to COVID-19. Provides that a school district may utilize a remote learning day instead of an emergency day provided for in the school calendar.

GATA Applicability (HB 4489): Provides that the requirements established under GATA do not apply to awards, including capital appropriated funds, made by the Department of Transportation to units of local government for transportation projects utilizing State and federal funds. Requires GATA to recognize that federal and federal pass-through awards from the Department of Transportation to units of local government are governed by and must comply with specified federal guidelines.

Financial Institutions

Credit Unions (HB 4462): Provides that a Credit Union may serve target markets in accordance with the terms of its written business plan submitted to the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Secretary of IDFPR has sole discretion to approve/disapprove the business plan or require the credit union to modify the business plan to seek approval of the target market as an occupational, community, or associational common bond or common bonds.

Collection Agencies (HB 5220): Shifts collection agency regulation from the Division of Professional Regulation to the Division of Financial Institutions. Updates the powers and duties for Division of Financial Institutions of the Department to provide for the current names of various regulated Acts. Makes additional conforming changes.

Health

Child Care – Foster Youth (HB 4242): Expands eligibility under the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Assistance Program to include foster parents or caregivers of youth in care, youth in care who are parents, parents who have custody of their children and their children are subjects of pending cases under the Juvenile Court Act, families with children who have an open intact family services case with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and families receiving Extended Family Support Program Services from DCFS.  Provides language to include families receiving Extended Family Support Program services from DCFS, defines the term "eligible infant toddlers" to include any child younger than age 3, and provides that rates paid to day care providers by DCFS shall match the rates paid to childcare providers by DHS under the childcare assistance program.

Foster Care Investigative Committee (HB 4304): Requires the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to ensure that an exit interview is conducted with every child aged five and older who leaves a foster home. Requires the Department to review information regarding all child exit interviews regarding the home. Expands the definition of "quality of care concerns applicant" to include a foster care license applicant or any person living in the applicant's household who has requested a youth in care's removal from the home on five or more occasions.

DCFS Transportation Providers (HB 5064): States that when a service agency that provides transportation services for children signs the purchase of service contract with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, they must comply with all federal and state laws. Additionally, the signed purchase of service contract shall be the agency's certification that: all drivers know how to properly install restraint systems for children; have a valid driver’s license; be insured; have functioning heating and air systems; maintain a clean and smoke free vehicle; have the ability to communicate with legal guardians of children being transported; and have undergone a criminal background check.

Foster Children’s Rights (HB 5418): Expands the list of rights under the Foster Children's Bill of Rights to include: the right to participate in a formal intake process immediately after placement in the custody; the right to have monthly assessment visits with a staff member of the Department's Division of Child Protection (DCP) to determine the youth's well-being and emotional health following placement; the right to be gradually transitioned out of foster care; the right to be enrolled in an independent living program prior to his or her transition out of foster care;  and the right to be assessed by a third-party entity or agency prior to enrollment in any independent living program.

Healthcare Access and Availability

Healthcare Workers Taskforce (HB 5465): Creates the Task Force on Internationally-Licensed Health Care Professionals within the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to address 1). Removing barriers to licensure and practice for health care professionals licensed and practicing in other countries to get licensed and practice in Illinois; 2). Increasing the supply of culturally competent physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals to address the healthcare workforce shortage; and 3). Protecting the safety of patients and the broader public.

HIV Biomedical Resources (HB 5549): Provides that the HIV African-American HIV/AIDS Response Fund may be used to create, maintain, or create and maintain, at least one Black-led Center of Excellence HIV Biomedical Resource Hub for every $3,000,000 of available funding to improve Black health and eliminate Black HIV-related health disparities.

Higher Education

Veteran Grant Program (HB 5175): Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Makes technical changes regarding how to charge students entitled to veterans' education benefits to align with federal changes. Provides that the person applying must have received an honorable discharge after leaving federal active-duty service (as opposed to after each period of federal active duty).

Insurance

Opioid RX No Co-Pays (HB 4408): Prohibits polices that provide coverage for naloxone hydrochloride from imposing a co-payment and provides that the prohibition on co-pays applies to polices after Jan. 1, 2024. Prohibits the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services from imposing a co-payment on the coverage provided for naloxone hydrochloride under the medical assistance program.

Contracting Procedures (HB 4941): Amends the Insurance Code to provide that beginning Jan. 1, 2023, for non-routine changes to the fee schedule, all contracted health care providers must be provided notice of the change 60 days before the effective date. Requires that information about the change be provided by email, or regular mail if requested by the provider.

Hormone Therapy Treatment (HB 5254): Amends the Insurance Code to mandate insurance coverage for medically-necessary hormone therapy treatment to treat menopause that has been induced by a hysterectomy. Makes conforming changes in the: State Employees Group Insurance Act, Counties Code, Municipal Code, School Code, HMO Act, Voluntary Health Services Plans Act, and Public Aid Code.

Prostate Cancer Screening (HB 5318): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code regarding the current prostate cancer screening coverage mandate. Provides that the coverage mandate shall be without imposing a cost-sharing requirement. Provides that the cost-sharing coverage change applies to polices after Jan. 1, 2024.

Home Health Services (HB 5585): Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or a managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2024, shall provide coverage for access to "home health services" for the duration of medically necessary care. Makes conforming changes in the: State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the School Code, the Health Maintenance Organization Act, the Limited Health Service Organization Act, the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act, and the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code.

Judiciary

Order of Protection (HB 861): Creates the Domestic Violence Maintenance Task Force Act to research and examine maintenance award patterns in domestic relations cases involving domestic violence and develop recommendations to improve the safety and long-term economic security of victims of domestic violence. Includes provisions for membership, compensation, and meetings. The Task Force will issue a preliminary report and a final report to the General Assembly and Governor. Authorizes the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts to provide administrative support. Grants $250,000 for the research, subject to appropriation. Repeals the Act on Jan. 1, 2025.

Property Disclosure (HB 4322): Amends the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act. States that if a seller is involved in specified types of transfers, the seller is exempt from the Act, regardless of whether a disclosure report is delivered. The seller shall deliver to the prospective buyer the written disclosure report before the signing of a contract (currently, before the signing of a written agreement by the seller and prospective buyer that would require the prospective buyer to accept a transfer of the residential real property).

Power of Attorney: (HB 5047): Amends the Powers of Attorney for Health Care Article of the Illinois Power of Attorney Act to allow an agent to present an electronic device displaying an electronic copy of an executed form as proof of the health care agency.

Labor

Job Training Assistance and Support Services (HB 5225): Creates the Job Training Assistance and Support Services Pilot Program Act to address significant barriers to individuals participating apprenticeships, including lack of transportation and childcare and the program may provide barrier reduction funding for eligible individuals.

Licensed Activities

EMS Training (HB 4388): Requires Emergency Medical Services personnel to complete at least one-hour course of training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias per license renewal period.

Interior Design (HB 4715): Makes changes to the Registered Interior Designers Act regarding the scope of "practice of registered interior design" and makes other regulatory changes to the Act.

Optometrist (HB 4929): Provides that a licensed optometrist may independently administer the COVID-19 vaccine upon completion of the required training. Provides that vaccinations for COVID-19 shall be limited to patients 17 years of age and older.

License Information Task Force (HB 5575): Creates the Comprehensive Licensing Information to Minimize Barriers Task Force within the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Regulatory Sunset (HB 5576):  Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act to provide that the State shall not regulate a profession occupation, industry, business, or trade in a manner which will unreasonably and adversely affect equitable access to quality jobs and economic opportunities. Adds to the factors that should be considered when the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget studies the performance of a regulatory agency or program scheduled for termination. Requires Governor’s Office of Management and Budget study less restrictive measures of regulation.

Local Government

Fire District Reimbursement (HB 4461): Provides that a municipality is responsible to reimburse a fire district for all costs incurred by the fire district when trying to collect the amounts owed to them by the municipality for the disconnection of territory.

Veterans Assistance Commission (HB 5184): Removes county board oversight on the administration of funds for Veterans Assistance Commissions (VACs). Removes the Illinois Department of Human Services oversight on the administration of general assistance funds for the county. VACs are given complete authority over VAC funds or funds for veterans’ assistance.

MWRD Inspector General (HB 5316): Provides that the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District shall appoint from outside its own number an Inspector General or enter into an intergovernmental agreement with another unit of local government for the appointment of an Inspector General. Provides that the Board of Commissioners shall establish minimum qualifications and duties for the IG by ordinance or intergovernmental agreement. 

Pensions

MWRD Pension (HB 4677): Authorizes the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to issue up to $600 million in pension obligation bonds. Creates funding schedule for the MWRD Pension Fund to be fully funded by 2050 and requires actuarially determined funding. 

Chicago Police (HB 5295): Prevents double benefit payout. Provides that if a policeman receives any compensation as temporary total disability, permanent total disability, a lump sum settlement award, or other payment under the Workers' Compensation Act or the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act for any injury resulting in disability, any disability benefit provided to the policeman for such disability under the Article is to be reduced by any compensation amount so received only if that compensation amount is less than the amount of the disability benefit.

Downstate Police Benefit (HB 5447): Permits members of the Downstate Police Pension Fund who marry after retirement to designate the spouse for a survivor benefit.

Revenue

Motor Vehicle Transfer Tax (HB 4284): Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code and adds language to the Motor Vehicle Transfer Tax to clarify that the tax is $15 in the administration of an inter vivos trust that became irrevocable upon the death of the grantor when the beneficiary is not a surviving spouse.

State Government

Veterans Services (HB 2991): Requires the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs to analyze field services for veterans within the state and submit a recommendation for future delivery of services after 18 months, subject to sufficient appropriations. Sunsets Dec. 31, 2023.

CMS Bilingual Pay Supplement (HB 4740): Provides For CMS employees a bilingual pay supplement within 30 calendar days after an employee presents to the CMS Director or the Director's designee a certification of either: 1). the designated testing program process selected by the Director, or 2). an Illinois community college confirming that language skill proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking has been satisfied by the employee.

BFR Commission Meetings (HB 5192): Requires Budgeting for Results initiative to hold at least two in-person public meetings (currently, not required to be in-person). Provides that the commission may choose by a majority vote of its members to hold one virtual meeting, which is open to the public and over the Internet, in lieu of the required two in-person public meetings.

SkillBridge Program Point Agency (HB 5385): Requires the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs to serve as the State's primary organization to assist the United States Department of Defense's new SkillBridge program for employees and transitioning service members. Subject to appropriations.

Children of Incarcerated Parents (HB 5525): Creates the Commission on Children of Incarcerated Parents, which will be tasked with convening relevant stakeholders to determine how to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Children of Incarcerated Parents. The commission will focus on a wide range of issues including developing strategies for better coordination of services between state agencies, revising policies when law enforcement interacts with children, reviewing training standards, and improving conditions for visitation.

Transportation

Towing List (HB 3124): Amends the Vehicle Code to remove language that exempts Chicago law enforcement from the requirement of maintaining a tow rotation list.

Mammogram License Plates (HB 5026): Provides that all money in the Mammogram Fund shall be paid to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for patient navigation services specifically for populations with the highest rates of breast cancer mortality in Illinois.

Gold Star License Plates (HB 5078): Provides that the Illinois Secretary of State shall issue Gold Star license plates to any IL resident who is a widow, widower, parent, child, stepchild, child through adoption, brother, half-brother, sister, and half-sister, sibling, daughter, son of a person who has served in the Armed Forces and lost his/her life while serving in peacetime or war. Waives fees. 

Reduced-fee License Plates (HB 5304): Provides that those who qualify for the current Benefit Access License Plate Discount shall pay $10 rather than the current $24. 

FFA License Plate Decals (HB 5400): Provides for the issuance of a Future Farmers of America (FFA) license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Creates the FFA Fund. Money in the fund shall be paid as grants to the Illinois Association FFA. 

Term Clarification (HB 5496): Replaces within the state statutes, the words “accident” or “accidents” with the words “crash” or “crashes” to describe and regulate motor vehicle collisions.

Milwaukee Avenue Corridor (HB 5581): Designates Illinois Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) from Sangamon Avenue in Chicago to Greenwood Road in Niles as the Milwaukee Avenue Polish Heritage Corridor.