April 17, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by Senate Committees during the week of April 12-16. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/.

You can download the full summary here.

Agriculture

Winter Deer Harvesting (SB 1245): Provides that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shall publicly announce with a statewide press release, the season dates and shooting hours, and the counties and sites open to hunting for the reason of taking surplus deer.

Livestock Culling (SB 1656): Provides that the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency establish a safe and responsible process to deal with the situation many livestock producers experienced during the pandemic when the livestock supply chain was disrupted, resulting in a major backup of livestock ready to go to market that had no place to go. Current Illinois law has no provisions for a safe and responsible process to deal with a mass culling event.

Stray Cats, Dogs (SB 1673): Replaces certain references to spaying or neutering animals with references to “sterilizing” those animals.

Pesticide Use (SB 2245): Makes it unlawful to apply a restricted-use pesticide on or within 500 feet of a school property during normal hours.

Biodiesel Tax Exemption (SB 2394):  Ends exemptions for biodiesel fuels B11 and above, on Dec. 31, 2021, and institutes a new exemption for B20 (20 percent biodiesel and above) that will apply to sales made between Jan. 1, 2022, and June 30, 2024. Provides that diesel fuel must contain at least 5 percent of biodiesel fuel oil by volume on and after July 1, 2021, and contain at least 20 percent of biodiesel fuel oil by volume on and after July 1, 2024.

Aquaculture (SB 2395): Defines Aquaculture and Aquatic products. Aquaculture is now a well-established practice, and language in the Act needs to be clarified to reflect current practices and definitions.

Conservation Funds (SB 2474): Requires the State Comptroller to automatically transfer moneys to the Partners for Conservation Fund through June 30, 2027 (currently, 2021). Specifies the amount of moneys transferred to the Fund from 2022 through 2027 (currently, only for 2021). Specifies amounts and uses for moneys to be transferred to, and used by, the Fund through specified years.

Behavioral and Mental Health

Mind Strong (SB 347): Requires the Department of Public Health, or a third party contractor with experience in successful public education and awareness campaigns selected by the Department of Public Health, to develop and lead a two-year educational campaign within each of Illinois’ 11 health regions on the availability of adult mobile crisis response services within each region and how to access such services.

Mental Health Medicines (SB 1623): Prohibits prior approval and utilization management controls from being imposed under fee for service and managed care for any FDA-approved prescription drug recognized as effective in the treatment of mental disorders.

Prescribing Psychologist (SB 2272): Authorizes clinical psychologists to prescribe to pediatric patients and geriatric patients and to prescribe Schedule II substances. Makes clarification changes to the education and training.

Mental Health Administration (SB 2314): Changes sections of the Illinois Administrative Code pertaining to: community-based mental health service definitions and professional qualifications; program approval for specified behavioral health services; assertive community treatment; and community support teams.

Commerce

Fair Food Delivery (SB 672): Creates the Fair Food Delivery Act. Prohibits a third-party delivery service from using the likeness, registered trademark, or intellectual property belonging to a merchant without obtaining written consent from the merchant for the use of the likeness, trademark, or other intellectual property.

Sexual Orientation Reporting (SB 1730): Requires a publicly-held domestic or foreign corporation with its principal executive office located in Illinois to report to the Secretary of State the self-identified sexual orientation and self-identified gender identity of its board of directors.

Future of Work (SB 2481): Creates the Illinois Future of Work Task Force. Provides for the duties and responsibilities of the Task Force. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall provide administrative support to the Task Force. Requires the Task Force to submit a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than Nov. 1, 2022.

Criminal Law

Court Fees (SB 481): Clarifies that County Clerks are to send funds from court fines and fees to the State Treasurer rather than directly to the Illinois State Police.

Community Service (SB 626): Enhances hourly value of community service applied to assessments. Raises assessment waiver public service hourly rate from $4 to at least $10. Extends assessment waiver to traffic cases rather than just criminal cases. Sets the hourly rate as not be less than the State’s minimum wage.

Juvenile Court (SB 1552): Allows the Department of Juvenile Justice to share information with probation departments and juvenile detention facilities.

Immigration Hate Crime (SB1596): Adds to the hate crime offense the commission of specified criminal acts against a person because of the actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status.

Child Pornography (SB 1892): Makes possession of child pornography where the child is a household or family member of the defendant non-probationable.

Minor Statement (SB 2122): Limits the presumed inadmissibility to a confession made by the minor during the custodial interrogation (rather than statements) and the presumption of inadmissibility of the confession may be overcome by a preponderance of the evidence.

Resentence Petition (SB 2129): Allows current and subsequent State’s Attorneys to petition the sentencing court to re-sentence an offender if the State’s Attorney believes the original sentence no longer advances the interests of justice.

Freight Container Burglary (SB 2193): Clarifies that the burglary offense also includes freight containers on trains.

No Contact Order (SB 2277): Makes a civil “no contact” order permanent if a judgment of conviction for criminal sexual assault is entered.

Child Victim Privacy (SB 2339): Allows the identity of any child who is a victim of a criminal sexual offense to be disclosed only if a court order is issued authorizing the disclosure of a particular case or particular cases records maintained by any circuit court.

Adult Victim Privacy (SB 2340): Restricts the identity of adult victims of alleged sex offenses that are contained in law enforcement agencies or all circuit court records maintained by any circuit clerk other than for certain authorized officials without a court order.

Misdemeanor Diversion Program (SB 2364): Creates an unfit diversion program for defendants with misdemeanors. If a defendant is approved for the program, criminal charges will be dropped and admitted.

DCFS Ward Detention (SB 2370): Requires if juveniles who are wards of the Department of Children and Family Services have been ordered detained, then there shall be subsequent hearings on a regular basis.

Drug Court (SB 2373): Expands drug courts to include any court that primarily accepts defendants charged with driving while impaired with either alcohol or drugs.

Drug Court Treatment (SB 2565): Makes changes to the various problem-solving courts under the Drug Court Treatment Act, the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act, and the Mental Health Court Treatment Act regarding peer recovery coaches.

Knowing Consent (SB 2567): Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act by making definitional changes to “neglected child” and “person responsible for the child’s welfare.”

Education

Local School Council (SB 148): Strikes language from current law that would disqualify an individual from election/appointment to a Local School Council for a host of offenses under the Criminal Code and the Illinois Controlled Substance Act.  Going forward, only disqualifies a person from election or appointment to a Local School Council if he/she appears on the National Sex Offender Public website, the Statewide Sex Offender database or the Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth database.

Committee of Agriculturalists (SB 274):  Provides that the committee of agriculturalists established to represent the various and diverse areas of the agricultural industry in Illinois shall, among other duties, advise the State Board of Education on the administration of the agricultural education line item appropriation and agency rulemaking that affects agricultural education educators. 

Special Education Programs (SB 517): Includesseparate public special education day schools” in the definition of “special educational facilities and services, “and requires a school district to pay the cost of tuition for special education and related services, including public therapeutics programs, if a child attends a non-public school or special education facility, a public out-of-state school, or a special education facility owned and operated by a county government unit. 

Charter Schools (SB 577):  Provides that any renewal of a certified charter must include a union neutrality clause, and will require a union neutrality clause to be included in a charter school proposal. 

Absence, Truancy Policy (SB 605): Requires that each school district, charter school, or alternative school or any school receiving public funds develop an absenteeism and truancy policy to be communicated to students and their parent or guardian on an annual basis.

Local School Council (SB 652):  Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code to provide that if the number of members serving on a local school council falls below seven members due to vacancies, then four serving members of the local school council shall constitute a quorum for the sole purpose of convening a meeting to fill vacancies through appointments. 

Bullying Restorative Measures (SB 673):  Provides that in regard to bullying prevention, “restorative measures” would include alternatives to exclusionary discipline that increase student accountability if the bullying is based upon religion, race, ethnicity, or any other category identified by the Human Rights Act. Also requires the State Board to provide funding for counselors and social workers to support mediation with regard to incidents of bullying that are based on religion, race, ethnicity, or any other category identified in the Human Rights Act. 

Return to Work (SB 1989):  Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that through June 30, 2023, (instead of June 30, 2021), an annuitant may accept employment as a teacher without impairing his/her retirement status if that employment is not within the school year during which service was terminated and does not exceed 120 paid days or 600 paid hours in each school year.

Student Suspension/Expulsion (SB 2088):  Provides that a school district may adopt a policy providing that if a student is suspended or expelled for any reason from any public or private school in this or any other state, the student must complete the entire term of the suspension or expulsion before being allowed to attend the school district in person (rather than before being admitted into the school district).

Student Discipline Report (SB 2091): Provides that in regard to the State Board of Education’s student discipline report, the State Board is required to annually collect data on all of the data elements pertaining to school discipline, student seclusion, and student restraint collected by the U.S. Department of Education as part of its Civil Rights Data Collection. The State Board is also required to collect data on all disciplinary incidents that result in office referrals but do not result in out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, disciplinary transfers to alternative schools, referrals to law enforcement, or school-based arrests beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. 

Trauma-Informed School Standard (SB 2109):  Requires each member of a school board and the district superintendent (including Chicago Public Schools) to complete a course of instruction approved by the State Board on the adoption and administration of a trauma-informed school standard on an annual basis. Also, requires the State Board to approve one or more courses that satisfy the training requirements by Dec. 1, 2021. 

Time Out, Restraint (SB 2296):  Makes changes regarding a school board’s use of time out and physical restraint, including providing that isolated time out, time out, and physical restraint may be used only under certain circumstances. Also bans the deprivation of necessities and prone, mechanical, and chemical restraint, and requires a meeting with school personnel to be held if requested by the parent or guardian. Requires the State Board to establish a grant program for school districts and special education cooperatives and charter schools to implement school-wide, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed practices, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and restorative practices, subject to appropriation. 

Energy and Public Utilities

Commercial Natural Gas Cooperative (SB 50): Creates new alternative system for commercial gas cooperatives in rural areas that do not have access to gas lines.

Universal Broadband (SB 1557): Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to establish a new Universal Broadband Service Assistance Program. Provides that the Program shall provide for a reduction of monthly charges, a reduction of installation charges, devices used in connection to the Internet, or any other alternative assistance or program to increase accessibility to broadband service and broadband Internet access service that the Commission deems advisable subject to the availability of funds for the program. Creates a similar program for low-income residential customers of cable and video service providers. Customers may voluntarily contribute to the new assistance program.

Cell Tower Tracking (SB 2530): Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that upon request of a law enforcement agency or a public safety answering point on behalf of a law enforcement agency, a wireless service provide shall provide call location information concerning the telecommunications device of a user to the requesting law enforcement agency or public safety answering point.

Environment and Conservation

PFAS Reduction (SB 561):  Prohibits persons, local governments, fire departments, or state agencies from discharging or otherwise using for training or testing purposes any class B firefighting foam containing intentionally-added PFAS, which are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s.  On and after Jan. 1, 2027, prohibits the knowing manufacture, sale, offering for sale, distribution for sale, or distribution for use of a class B firefighting foam containing intentionally-added PFAS. 

Coal Tar Sealant (SB 692): Requires public schools and public school districts, and State agencies to disclose the use of a coal tar-based sealant or high polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon sealant product.

EPA Authority (SB 695): Makes a new sunset date of December 31, 2026, for the Illinois EPA’s “fast-track” rulemaking authority to adopt regulations under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).

Coal Plant Demolition (SB 1920):  Requires owners of former coal-fired power plants to provide notice to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and public of demolition activity 60 days prior to the event. Requires such owners to provide demolition plans to the IEPA.

Executive

Youth Vaping/Cigarettes (SB 512): Creates the Preventing Youth Vaping Act. Amends the Prevention of Cigarette Sales to Persons under 21 Years of Age Act, and the Prevention of Cigarette Sales to Persons under 21 Years of Age Act.

Public Labor Relations (SB 525):  Restricts the definitions of “confidential employee,” “managerial employee,” and “supervisor,” making more employees eligible for collective bargaining.  Provides that public employers may permit their managerial employees to form their own bargaining units. Permits collective bargaining agreement to extend 12 months after an executive branch constitutional officer begins his/her term (instead of June 30). Carves out automatic salary, pay schedule, and benefit increases from the prohibition on salary, wage, and benefit increases during the period between the beginning of the term of a constitutional officer and June 30th of the same year. Restricts when unit clarification petitions may be filed.

TRUST Act (SB 667): Amends the Illinois TRUST Act. Changes and expands the definitions of “immigration detainer” and “non-judicial immigration warrant.”

VOICES (SB 2079): Amends the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES) Act. Requires state officials, if they deny an application for an individual to be certified as a victim of a qualifying criminal activity for immigration purposes, to inform the applicant and permit the applicant 30 business days to appeal the decision. Permits applicants to file for mandamus action or seek other relief in court prior to filing an administrative appeal or other administrative relief. 

Transportation Network (SB 2183): Pushes the automatic repeal date of the Transportation Network Providers Act back to Jan. 1, 2027.

IDOC Employment (SB 2249): Prohibits the Illinois Department of Corrections from making possession of a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card a condition of continued employment for a Correctional; Officer, under certain conditions.

Car-Sharing Program (SB 2403): Creates the Car-Sharing Program Act. Provides that a car-sharing program shall assume liability for a shared-vehicle owner during the car-sharing period. The car-sharing program must ensure that, during the car-sharing period, both the shared-vehicle owner and the shared-vehicle driver are insured for liability.

Student Records (SB 2434): Permits the release, transfer, and disclosure of student records under an intergovernmental agreement between overlapping elementary and high school districts.

United Negro College Fund (SB 2438): Creates the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Advisory Board under the Illinois State Board of Education. The advisory board must consult with the Illinois Department of Revenue in promoting the UNCF and direct funds to the UNCF 501(c)(3). Creates a new lottery scratch-off with the net revenues going to the UNCF.

Chicago School Board (SB 2497): Provides for the election of members of the Chicago Board of Education, replacing the seven current members appointed by the mayor with 21 directly elected. Members shall be elected for four-year terms, except for members elected on March 22, 2022, who shall serve five-year terms and until the members’ successors are elected and have qualified. Provides that the Chicago Board of Education, not the mayor, shall appoint the Chicago public education inspector general.

Vehicle Smoke Opacity (SB 2563): Provides that for 2007 model and newer vehicles, establishes a peak level of smoke opacity at 5 percent (as opposed to 40 percent). Requires the Department of Transportation to issue 12-month permits to portable emissions testing companies if the company: pays a $10 fee; files an application; provides proof of experience, training, and ability necessary to conduct testing; provides proof of approved testing equipment; provides bond of $1,000.

Financial Institutions

Collection Agency Fees (SB 644): Provides that any fees collected under the Collection Agency Act are to be deposited into the Financial Institution Fund rather than the General Professions Fund. Upon becoming law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may transfer any fees collected under this Act from the General Professions Fund to the Financial Institutions Fund.

State Moneys (SB 653): Amends the Deposit of State Moneys Act to update how a financial institution can become an approved State depository and defines what entities are considered to be a financial institution.

Illinois Credit Unions (SB 1534): Allows credit unions to serve targeted populations in addition to investment areas. Also, authorizes credit unions to meet virtually, appoint associate directors, and to meet quarterly rather than monthly. A credit union can loan or invest up to 6 percent, rather than 3 percent, into a credit union service organization.

Banking Emergency (SB 2360): Amends the Banking Emergency Act to provide that on a day when a bank or one of its offices must close due to an emergency or impending emergency, the day shall be deemed a legal holiday with respect to any banking business to reduce liability.

Healthcare Access and Availability

Non-Transplant Organ Donation (SB 363): Establishes a task force on best practices and licensing of non-transplant organ donation organizations to report on national standards for licensing and regulation of these organizations.

Health

Medicaid Eligibility (SB 100): Requires a person who uses spend-down to qualify for Medicaid to be provided up to six consecutive months to submit and have medical receipts and have bills processed by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services as evidence of payment of the person’s monthly spend-down amount before becoming ineligible.                  

Education Stipend Program (SB 136): Requires the Department of Children and Family Services to establish the Child Welfare Education Stipend Pilot Program.

Nursing Home Care (SB 1633): Adds specific rights that include the patients’ rights to be treated with courtesy and respect, to have their human and civil rights maintained in all aspects of medical care, and have their basic human needs accommodated in a timely manner.

MCO Incentive Exclusion (SB 1664): Prohibits the Department of Healthcare and Family Services from entering into a contract or agreement with a managed care organization that includes any incentive for denying authorization of a requested service.

Non-Emergency Transportation (SB 1740): Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to approve licensed providers of non-emergency medi-car and service car transportation to have in house safety programs for training their own staff if they meet established HFS training components.                                            

Community Benefits (SB 1840): Provides that the Act now applies to all nonprofit and public hospitals licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act. Also provides that the Attorney General shall post relevant information pertaining to the financial information on charity care to the Office’s website.

Abused and Neglected Children (SB 1904): Expands the types of unfounded reports that can be admitted in Juvenile Court proceedings to those that involve members of the child’s household, in addition to reports involving the same child, a sibling of the child or the same perpetrator. Also requires the Department of Children and Family Services to notify the parties to the case of its final finding if an investigation was pending when the case was screened in to court.

Smoke Evacuation System (SB1908): Requires certain facilities to adopt policies to ensure the elimination of surgical smoke plume by use of a surgical smoke plume evacuation system.

HFS Federal Funding (SB 1977): Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to apply for all federal funding to promote community inclusion for persons with disabilities, regardless of age.

DHS Rehab Services (SB 1981): Amends the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act by making a number of technical fixes and clean-ups to reflect current practices. Includes the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education within the options for services for those with physical disabilities.

MCO Contract Transparency (SB 2006): Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to publish all managed care organization (MCO) contracts on their website. Also, seeks to establish a statewide potentially preventable hospital readmissions (PPR) policy. Requires all MCOs to obtain approval from HFS for all material changes made to their health plans.

Cottage Foods (SB 2007): Allows the sale of cottage foods directly to consumers through online purchases, pick up or delivery, and at an expanded list of venues outside of the traditional farmers markets. Also expands the list of foods that can be sold by cottage food operators to include fermented or acidified foods, as well as buttercream.

Visitation Plan Policies (SB 2137): Changes the structure of visitation plan policies at long-term care facilities, and requires the Department of Public Health to adopt rules regarding a long-term care facility’s Internet access and subsequent Internet barriers in relation to a resident’s visitation plan.

Nurse Staffing Improvement (SB 2153): Creates the Nurse Staffing Improvement Act, which modifies various acts to better engage nurses in the hospital staffing process and address the long-standing issues surrounding nurse shortages in Illinois.

DCFS Baggage (SB 2177): Requires the Department of Children and Family Services to ensure youth in care have appropriate baggage for belongings when moving through the system.

Psychotropic Medications (SB 2265): Provides that informed consent is only necessary if the dosage of a psychotropic medication is being increased. Also allows for a dispensing pharmacist for a facility and a licensed practical nurse to discuss the medication with the resident to obtain informed consent.

Nursing Home Rules (SB 2270): Provides that the Department of Public Health shall file with the Secretary of State’s Office proposed rules or proposed amendments to existing rules to certify nursing homes or distinct self-contained units within existing nursing homes for the behavioral management of persons with a high risk of aggression no later than Jan. 1, 2022.

DCFS Transportation (SB 2323): Prohibits the use of restraints for youth in care during transportation services provided by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or its contractual assigns. Also requires DCFS to prepare individualized trauma Sensitive transportation plans for certain transport situations.

Medical Assistance (SB 2325): Establishes that for appeals concerning ambulance services on or after Dec. 15, 2012, a provider shall use a Patient Care Report to establish the medical necessity of an ambulance transport, and clarifies that a Physician Certification Statement, a Certificate of Transportation Services, and/or a Medical Certification for Non-Emergency Ambulance form is not necessary to establish a proper jurisdiction for appeal or medical necessity on appeal.

Pediatric Palliative Care (SB 2384): Provides that the Medical Assistance Program shall cover community-based pediatric palliative care. Also requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to develop a pediatric palliative care program, as opposed to a pilot program, under which a qualifying child may receive pediatric palliative care and may choose to pursue aggressive curative or disease-directed treatments for a serious illness. 

DCFS Annual Report (SB 2406): Provides that no later than Dec. 31, 2022, and no later than Dec. 31 of each year thereafter, the Department of Children and Family Services shall prepare and submit an annual report, covering the previous fiscal year, to the General Assembly regarding racial disparities for children and families involved in the child welfare system.

MCO Pharmacist Reimbursement (SB 2420): Requires all Medicaid managed care organizations to reimburse pharmacy dispensing fees and acquisition costs at the fee-for-service level. 

Higher Education

Student Data (SB 267): Provides that the Illinois Board of Higher Education, in consultation with the Illinois Community College Board, public institutions of higher education, and advocates, shall prepare a question or questions to be placed on one or more forms that are used by an institution on an annual basis to collect demographic data from its students for the purpose of determining the parental status or legal guardian status of each of its enrolled students.

Social Work Scholarships (SB 661): Provides that subject to appropriation, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall annually award up to 250 Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License scholarships to qualified students attending Illinois public universities. Within one year of graduation or termination of enrollment, any person who has accepted a scholarship must begin working at a public or not-for-profit preschool, elementary, or secondary school in Illinois for at least two of the five years immediately following that graduation or termination.

Social Work Grants (SB 662): Provides that subject to appropriation, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall award a grant up to $6,500 to social workers in Illinois that have student loan debt and have been employed as a school social worker at a public K-12 school in Illinois.

Student Debt Settlement (SB 669): Adds language to the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection specifically addressing services provided to student loan borrowers by student debt settlement relief providers.

Community Colleges (SB 1832): Allows community college districts to create programs to offer a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a Professional Educator License with endorsements in early childhood education and early childhood special education.

University Contracts (SB 2240): Provides that if a university enters into a contract renewal or renegotiation of an existing contract with a university president or chancellor that includes transitioning to another position in the university, the contract must include: 1). Which department the president or chancellor will transition into; and 2.) A provision that the president or chancellor will not be paid more than the highest paid employee in that department.

Private Education Loans (SB 2291): Provides that before a private educational lender may disburse any funds with respect to a private education loan, the private educational lender shall obtain from the relevant institution of higher education where such loan is to be used on behalf of the borrower, the institution’s certification of the enrollment status of the borrower, the borrower’s cost of attendance at the institution and the difference between the cost of attendance and the borrower’s estimated financial assistance.

Human Rights

Financial Literacy (SB 1556): Creates the Financial Literacy Task Force to develop recommendations for increasing the availability and uptake of financial education in our State’s academic institutions.

Human Trafficking (SB 1599): Creates the 18-member Human Trafficking Task Force to study human trafficking in the state and develop policies and practices to improve the handling of such cases.

Human Trafficking Recognition (SB 1600): Amends the Lodging Services Human Trafficking Recognition Act to require restaurant and truck stop employees to undergo training in the recognition of human trafficking.

Natural Hair (SB 1847): Provides for the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act. For unlawful discrimination, adds hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists to definition of race.

Data Governance (SB 2133): Expands the data requirements for the Board of Education and various State Departments to report age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender in addition to race and ethnicity of each major program administered by the Board/Department.

Insurance

Total loss of vehicle (SB 61): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to require auto insurers to reimburse for sales taxes, title, and transfer fees in third-party total loss vehicle claims.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Parity (SB 202): Creates a new civil rights violation. Provides insurers are committing a violation by offering coverage that does not include equal coverage for mental health and substance use treatment. Provides an insurer is committing a civil rights violation if equal coverage regarding characteristics protected under the Human Rights Act is not provided for in the policy.

Provider Directories (SB 332): Clarifies a provider can offer telehealth services if clinically appropriate.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse (SB 471): Amends the Network Adequacy and Transparency Act to establish timely and proximate access to treatment requirements for mental health services.

Dental Care Billing (SB 493):  Creates the Uniform Electronic Transactions in Dental Care Billing Act to require providers and carriers to transaction electronically using requirements provided for under HIPAA. Removes ERISA plans from the definition of “dental plan carrier.” Removes language that would give DOI authority to implement a complaint and investigative process.

Uninsured Motorist Penalties (SB 574): Provides that drivers from out-of-state are subject to the penalties for uninsured motorists under the Illinois Vehicle Code. 

Travel Insurance (SB 1588): Makes updates suggested by the NAIC to provisions regarding travel insurance, including ensuring consistency throughout sales, advertising, and marketing materials provided to consumers prior to purchasing a policy.

Autism Treatment (SB 1592): Regarding coverage for autism spectrum disorder and facilitative services for children, provides to prohibit insurers from denying or refusing to provide covered services solely based on the location of the service.

Surplus Lines Market (SB 1753): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code in Sections regarding surplus line insurance contracts. Eliminates “diligent effort” provisions in commercial wholesale transactions. Provides clarification on annual declinations for master policies and program business.

E-Learning Option (SB 1836): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code, and adds an eLearning course option to Sections regarding premium and rate reductions for insureds over the age of 55.

Recoupments Timeline (SB 1974): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to prohibit insurers, HMOs, independent practice organizations, or physician hospital organizations from attempting recoupment until all provider appeals are exhausted. Removes the language that would prohibit insurers, HMOs, and certain health care providers from attempting recoupment until all provider appeals are exhausted.

Navigator Certification Act (SB 2294): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to correct a discrepancy in Illinois law, the Administrative Code, and federal law regarding the wellness cap percentage.

IIGF Claims Service (SB 2408): Amends the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund Article under the Illinois Insurance Code to clarify the Fund’s authority to contract with the Department of Insurance, the Life and Health Guaranty Association, and out-of-state organizations to provide consulting and claims-related services.

NAIC Holding Company (SB 2409): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to update the Insurance Holding Company Systems Article in order to maintain accreditation with the NAIC. Authorizes the Director of the Department of Insurance to act as a group-wide supervisor for an internationally active insurance group.

NAIC Covered Agreement (SB 2411): Provides credit for reinsurance to be allowed in interactions involving reciprocal jurisdictions. Requires insurance groups to submit group capital calculations to the lead state commissioner. Protects certain information submitted to the Department pursuant to an examination or investigation under the Article as proprietary.

Judiciary

Real Property Transfer (SB 47): Updates the Illinois Residential Real Property Transfer on Death Instrument Act to apply to all real property and become the Real Property Transfer on Death Instrument Act.

Solar Power Policy (SB 215): Amends the Homeowner’s Energy Policy Statement Act to make solar energy more available. Adds to the definition of “solar storage mechanism” to include all equipment and batteries. A property owner may not prohibit the installation of a solar energy system, but they may determine the specific configuration of the solar energy system on any given roof facing. A homeowners association or condo association must provide a policy statement on solar panels within 75 days of a request (currently 120 days). An application for installing a solar panel system with an association must be decided within 60 days of submission of the application (currently 90 days).

Consumer Fraud (SB 227): Amends the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act to States that no action can be brought under this section as a result of an over collection of any tax by a person to the extent that such over collected tax is remitted to a government entity or agency.

Foreclosure (SB 255): Amends the Mortgage Foreclosure Law of the Code of Civil Procedure is amended to provide that the order confirming the foreclosure sale may approve the mortgagee’s fees and costs incurred on or after the date of execution of an affidavit of indebtedness and prior to the judgment but not included in the judgment.

Court-ordered counseling (SB 257): Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act by deleting subparagraph (d) which bars all information from therapy” getting out. The all information from therapy is an issue for courts, guardians, and therapists who are given court ordered counseling. Counseling ordered under this Act is subject to the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act and federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Divorce Law Updates (SB 258): Repeals conflicting language in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. These conflicts have been caused by multiple changes in the IMDMA in the last decade.

Permission to Relocate (SB 259): Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in the temporary order statute to allow a party to seek permission to relocate while the case is pending if it is in the child’s best interest.

Unclaimed Property (SB 338): Makes several changes to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Authorizes data matching with the Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections for unclaimed property of $2,000 or less to facilitate the payment of such claims. Expands coverage of U.S. Savings Bonds to include matured, unredeemed savings bonds not physically in the possession of the State Treasurer’s Office. Makes other changes.

Condo Bylaws (SB 636): States that Condominium Bylaws may require that a majority of board members must be unit owners that live on the property as primary residents.

Adult Guardianship (SB 1576): Allows licensed clinical psychologists to prepare required evaluations of the adult who is subject to a petition for guardianship or is a ward instead of only allowing the evaluations to be conducted by a licensed physician.

LLC Updates (SB 1795): Makes several conforming and substantive changes about Fiduciary Duties and Operating Agreements to the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act.

Mobile Home Safety (SB 1839): Amends the Illinois Modular Dwelling and Mobile Structure Safety Act. Mandates that any rules or codes enforced by the Department of Public Health with respect to modular dwellings and mobile homes shall not be any more stringent than codes and rules enforced on single or multi-family homes

Parental Rights (SB 2110): Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, and the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 to provides that the procedures, actions, and remedies in the amended Acts shall not be exclusive, but shall be available in addition to other actions and remedies of support, including remedies provided in specific other Acts. Adds that actions and remedies under the Act do not require a custody/allocation of parental rights or visitation determination as a prerequisite to a determination of a support obligation

Uniform Electronic Transactions (SB 2176): Creates the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, which allows electronic signatures for all business transactions to be valid. Applies to all electronic records and signatures related to a transitions unless 1.) A conflict between a law governing wills, codicils, or testaments or 2.) A transactions governed by the Uniform Commercial Code.

Statute of Repose (SB 2179): Amends the Limitations Article of the Code of Civil Procedure so that a six-year statute of repose that would take effect immediately. Also includes a “safe harbor” period to ensure judicial approval of the legislation.

Permanency Goals Juvenile Court (SB 2194): Provides that at a permanency hearing, allows for permanent guardianship of the minor as long as the other permanency goals have been deemed inappropriate and not in the child’s best interests (rather than ruled out).  Requires the court confirm that the Department of Children and Family Services has discussed adoption, if appropriate, and guardianship with the caregiver prior to changing a goal to guardianship.

Tollway Information (SB 2235): Prohibits the tollway from releasing personally identifiable information, except to a law enforcement agency with a search warrant.

Consumer Fraud (SB 2312):  Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to provide that it is an unlawful practice violation to solicit, offer of enter into an agreement to refer patients to a substance treatment or mental health disorder treatment in exchange for a fee.

Real Estate Licensee (SB 2347): Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Excludes real estate licensees paid by commission only pursuant to a written agreement as being classified as an “employee.”

Mechanics Lien (SB 2494): Amends the Mechanics Lien Act. Amends the sunset of the lien for payment on work done with three years to expire Dec. 31, 2026 (currently, December 2021).

Collateral Recovery (SB 2496): Extends the repeal date of the Collateral Recovery Act to Jan. 1, 2032 (currently, Jan. 1, 2022).

Conflict of Interest (SB 2520): Amends the Counties Code so that if a majority of the county board, by resolution, declares there to be a conflict of interest between the State’s Attorney and the county board, the county board may, petition the circuit court to authorize the county board to hire outside legal counsel. The outside legal counsel may only represent the county board while the conflict of interest remains.

Quick-take proceeding (SB 2522): Amends the Eminent Domain Act to allow quick-take proceeding to be used for a period of no more than two years after the effective date by Moultrie County for the acquisition of property for a new bridge to be built by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Labor

Child Labor Law (SB 696): Allows for a minor seeking employment to submit the necessary application remotely.

Prevailing Wage (1767): Amends the Prevailing Wage Act, and beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, the Department of Labor shall make accessible to the public certified payroll records. 

Freedom to Work (SB 1838): Amends Illinois Freedom to Work Act, and specifies conditions for valid covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit. Creates limitations on covenants not to compete and not to solicit.

Licensed Activities

Advanced Practice Nursing (SB 105): Allows the clinical experience of an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) to be attested to by the employer, instead of just the collaborating physician or physicians in current law. Also adds that if a collaborating physician or employer is unable to attest to the completion of the clinical experience that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may accept other evidence of clinical experience as established by rule.

Physician Assistant (SB 145): Provides that a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches may collaborate with a physician assistant (rather than may delegate care and treatment responsibilities to a physician assistant). Provides that a collaborative agreement shall be for services in the same area of practice or specialty as the collaborating physician in his/her medical practice.

Home Services (SB 221): Amends the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act. Adds to the definition of “home services” or “in-home services”.

Private Detective (SB 548): Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Makes changes relating to training requirements for: Private detectives and employees; Alarm contractors and employees; Private security contractors and employees; Firearm control card; and Armed proprietary security force.  Also amends the Criminal Code to reflect the updated training requirements.

Alzheimer’s Continuing Education (SB 677):  Requires “health care professionals” who have continuing education requirements must complete at a one hour course in training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias per renewal period. period.

Cemetery Oversight (SB 1732): Extends the repeal date of the Cemetery Oversight Act from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2030. Also includes numerous changes that update the Cemetery Oversight Act similar to other regulatory acts that have been updated in the last few years.

Local Government

Garden Regulation (SB 170): Provides that any person may cultivate vegetable gardens on their own property in any municipality or county, and allows regulation by local ordinance. There is concern this may supersede cannabis laws and allow people to grow cannabis on their property.

Municipal Disposal Container (SB 590): Requires facilities under county or municipal control to have a container where unwanted pharmaceuticals and “sharps” can be disposed.

Gardening leases (SB 665): Allows municipalities to make leaseholds with non-profits for an up to 25-year term that may be extended for an additional 25 years for gardening on parcels. Sale of fruits and vegetables are permitted as long as the proceeds benefit the non-profit.

County Board Elections (SB 1595): Provides that chairpersons and vice-chairpersons are to be elected by a majority of those elected to the board rather than a majority of those present at the meeting where the election occurs. Also provides for the vice-chairperson to fill a vacancy left by a departing chairperson only until a new chair is elected prior to the end of the original chairperson’s two-year term.

General Assistance Funds (SB 1799): Allows township boards to do a one-time funds transfer by board vote.

Municipal Meetings (SB 2356): Requires each unit of local government to review the minutes of all closed meetings once every six months.

Township Meeting (SB 2390): Amends the Township Code by providing that in the event of a conflict with the celebration of Ramadan, an annual township meeting may be postponed to the first Tuesday following the last day of Ramadan.

County Clerk Technology (SB 2506): Permits county clerks to use technology to execute duties or assist in the execution of certain duties where common methods or data storage, transmission, and cybersecurity are utilized. Provides guidelines for technology use for writing, signatures or an appearance, and the certification of paperless digital copies in PDF.

Official Vacancy Posting (SB 2553): Creates the Local Government Vacancy Posting Act; requires all units of local government to post every elected official vacancy on its website if the unit has a website. The vacancy must remain on the website until the vacancy is filled. Pre-empts home rule.

Pensions

Downstate Fire Pension (SB 167): Provides that a downstate a person who becomes a firefighter after Dec. 31, 2010, may transfer pension credit between employers. A firefighter must notify a new employer, all previous employers under this article, and the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance of intent to receive benefits and make the required contributions with applicable interest.

Chicago Municipal Pension (SB 212): Increases City of Chicago contributions to the Chicago Municipal Employees pension system for Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022.

Emerging Manager Contract (SB 460): Provides that all contracts for investments services are to be awarded by the Illinois State Board of Investment using a competitive process similar to what is present in the Procurement Code for professional and artistic services. However, emerging investment managers are to be exempt from specified requirements such as net assets of $5,000,000 or more and other financial/market related parameters.

Contract School Teachers (SB 2093): Amends the CTPF article of the pension code to allow teachers of “contract schools” to participate in the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund. Adds to the underlying bill a grace period for submitting payroll records and contributions between July 1 and Oct. 1, 2021, if good-faith efforts are made. If the Oct. 1, 2021, date is not met, liquidated damages, penalties and interest shall be calculated according to statute.

Firefighters’ Pension Investment Fund (SB 2107): Allows employees of the recently created Firefighters’ Pension Investment Fund to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Excludes board members from participation.

TRIP Billing Error (SB 2168): Provides that when an error is made in billing a Teachers’ Retirement System TRIP (Teachers Retirement Insurance Plan) benefit, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services shall identify the error and take every step to refund the overpaid amount as soon as possible and practical.

Public Safety

Domestic Violence (SB 685): Creates a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission. Establishes domestic violence fatality review teams on a regional basis – one team in each of the 24 Judicial Circuits – to review past domestic violence cases.

Firefighter Exam (SB 2150): Amends the Illinois Municipal Code and Fire Protection District Act regarding qualifications to sit for the exam to be a firefighter. Provides that a person 35 years of age or older who has served a municipality as a regularly enrolled volunteer, paid-on-call, or part-time firefighter is eligible to take an examination for a position as a firefighter.

Amusement Rides (SB 2226): Amends the Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Act to clarify that  “amusement ride” means, among other things, any dry slide, alpine slide, or toboggan slide that a person must pay to gain access to, but not a slide at a private residence, public or nonpublic school, daycare, or public park. Adds slide exemptions under the Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Act including: 1.) Any slide that is placed in a playground and that does not normally require the supervision or services of a person responsible for its operation; or 2.) Any slide that is not open to the general public and for which admission is monitored and strictly controlled by invitation, company or group identification, or other means of identification.

Revenue

Student Assistance Tax Credit (SB 340): Extends the tax credit for employers that make a contribution to an employee’s education for an additional 10 years.

EDGE Credit for Startups (SB 472): Extends the EDGE Tax Credit to startup companies.

PTELL Adjustment (SB 508): Provides that a taxing district’s aggregate extension base will be adjusted in the following levy year to account for certificates of error (COE) and board of review (BOR) or PTAB decisions issued in the previous levy year.

Enterprise Zone Act (SB 664): Adds requirements concerning enterprise zone applications and provisional certification and decertification of enterprise zones. Modifies requirements concerning qualifications for enterprise zones. Modifies reporting requirements under the Act.

Disabled Police/Firefighter Homestead Exemption (SB 1572): Creates a $5,000 homestead Property Tax Homestead Exemption for police/firefighters disabled in the line of duty.

Tax Levy Certification (SB 1667): Allows taxing districts to certify their tax levy electronically.

Disabled Vet Homestead Exemption (SB 1691): Requires that, if a veteran with a surviving spouse was in the process of review to receive the homestead exemption for veterans with disabilities, but the veteran died before the exemption was approved, then the application process shall continue and any subsequent approval granted to the veteran shall carry over to the spouse as long as the spouse meets the requirements for carry over.

Historic Preservation Tax Credit (SB 1711): Provides that the aggregate amount of the credit may not exceed $3 million, and provides that credits may be awarded upon completion of the project and approval of a complete application. Also, offers that the taxpayer is not eligible to receive credits under that Act and as qualified River Edge Redevelopment Zone property for the same qualified expenditures or qualified rehabilitation plan. Furthermore, makes various technical corrections concerning allocation of credits.

 

Disabled Veteran Homestead Exemption (SB 1750): Requires that veterans with a 100 percent service related disability need not reapply for the disabled veterans PTAX exemption annually.

Delinquency in Tax Property   (SB 1776): Provides that in provisions concerning delinquencies by lessees of property owned by a taxing district, changes the date for which a delinquency occurs to 60 days after the final installment due date rather than 60 days after the second installment due date. Provides that those provisions apply in all counties

Peoria TIF Extension (SB 1822): Extends the life of a TIF for the City of Peoria for an additional 12 years, from 23 years to 35 years.

River Edge Tax Credit (SB 1823): Extends a tax credit allowable for qualified expenditures incurred by a qualified taxpayer in the restoration and preservation of a qualified historic structure located in a River Edge Redevelopment Zone to Jan. 1, 2031.

Employer Tax Credit (SB 1918): Creates a tax credit for employers that offer paid time off for organ donations.

Property Description (SB 2062): Requires income-producing properties to file a physical description of their properties with the county assessor’s office.

Auctions Not Marketplace Facilitators (SB 2066): Provides that auctions are not marketplace facilitators, and adds language that clarifies that in 2020 marketplace sellers were exempt from the Use Tax (because the marketplace facilitators collected the Use Tax from the purchaser and remitted the Use Tax to IDOR). Also, the agreed upon language creates a credit mechanism by which remote sellers based in Illinois which  remitted the Use Tax can recover the tax they should not have been required to pay .

Senior PTAX Assistance (SB 2244): Raises the income threshold for the senior citizen assessment freeze homestead exemption to $75,000 for Cook County for tax year 2020. As well as, raises the income threshold to $75,000 for all counties beginning in tax year 2021.

Tax Use Oversight (SB 2278): Requires that a county that is authorized to impose a Special County Retailers’ Occupation Tax For Public Safety, Public Facilities, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, or Transportation to establish a seven-member board, which shall oversee the use of funds received from the tax.

IDOR Omnibus Cleanup (SB 2279): Makes changes in four subject areas relating to the Illinois Department of Revenue:  1.) Extend Assessment Life for High Risk; 2). Pollution Control Facility – Effective Date Change; 3.) Statute of Limitations – Extension for Claims; and 4.) Create Fund for Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB). 

Cook County Affordable Housing (SB 2297): Requires that in Cook County, in determining the fair cash value of a housing funded by the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the assessment officer must consider the actual or projected net operating income attributable to the property. Also clarifies the assessment process to be used for properties that utilize the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

Omnibus TIF Reform (SB 2298): Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act of the Illinois Municipal Code, and adds two factors to the determination of a “blighted area” for improved, industrial, commercial, and residential buildings or improvements: 1.) If the redevelopment project area has had an annual average unemployment rate of at least 120 percent of the State’s annual average unemployment rate; and 2.) If the redevelopment project area has a poverty rate of at least 20 percent, 50 percent or more of children in the redevelopment project area participate in the federal free lunch program, or 20 percent or more households in the redevelopment project area receive food stamps.

Affordable Housing EAV Reduction and AHPAA Changes (SB 2304): Provides for a reduction in the assessed value (AV) of newly-constructed or rehabilitated rental property if the owner of the residential real property commits that, for a period of 30 years (an initial 10 years plus two additional 10 year renewals), at least 20 percent of the multifamily building’s units will have rents that are at or below maximum rents and are occupied by households with household incomes at or below maximum income limits.

Solar Power PPA Agreement PTAX (SB 2365): Clarifies in statute that Behind-the-Meter power purchase agreement solar projects are eligible and/or included in the existing solar property tax exemption.

Investment Partnership Definition (SB 2430): Expands the definition of investment partnership to encompass private equity investments.

Nursing Home Food (SB 2432): Reduces the sales tax charged to meals prepared and then sold/transferred to assisted living/nursing home facilities.

Affordable Housing Donation (SB 2444):  Extends the Affordable Housing Donation tax credit for an additional five years.

Omnibus Affordable Housing (SB 2445): Creates the Build Illinois Homes Tax Credit Act, and requires that the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the City of Chicago Department of Housing may award credits for certain qualified low-income housing projects, modeled off of the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. 

SALT Cap Workaround (SB 2531): Allows partnerships and Subchapter S corporations to elect to have the profits of the partnership/subchapter s corporation attributable to Illinois, taxed at an entity level rather than on the individual partner/shareholder level.

State Government

Secure Choice Savings Program (SB 208): Expands employer mandate by amending the Secure Choice Savings Program. Expands the program to include employers with five or more employees.

College Savings Pool (SB 558): Amends the State Treasurer Act. Makes changes to the College Savings Pool. “Qualified expenses” includes qualified higher education expenses as defined under 26 USC 529: Qualified Tuition Programs. Aims to get Illinois in line with federal standards set out it USC 529.

Publish Corporation List (SB 680): Sets out to eliminate distribution and fee requirements for lists of corporations that are published by the Secretary of State. These lists are compiled and distributed to various entities in hard copy and with fees charged to certain non-government groups seeking the lists. Instead, the bill replaces this methodology with a stipulation that SOS publish the lists as “open data” available to anyone. Potential cost to the state.

Volunteer Firefighter Training (SB 1714): Removes labor history training requirements from volunteer firefighters in the state, while retaining them for professionals hired under the municipal code.

Sportsman’s License Fees (SB 1817): Permits any person authorized to issue Department of Natural Resources licenses who operates a business with only one location in the state to withhold the following amounts from the fees to be remitted to the Department (in addition to the issuing fees that already exist in the same amounts): $0.75 in the case of Sportsmen’s Combination Licenses or nonresident hunting licenses; and $0.50 in the case of all other licenses, permits, and stamps.

Commission on Poverty (SB 1962): Repeals the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty Act.

Official State Microbe (SB 2004): Designates Penicillium rubens NRRL 1951 as the official State microbe of the State of Illinois.

Illinois Housing Authority (SB 2065): Doubles the bonding authority for the Illinois Housing Authority from $3.6 billion to $7.2 billion.

State Park Flags (SB 2089): Requires that the Department of Natural Resources fly a US Flag, an Illinois flag, and a POW/MIA flag at all State parks.

Annual Revisory Bill (SB 2435): Provides for the 2021 General Revisory Bill, prepared to combine multiple versions of statutes, eliminate duplication, remove obsolete or outdated terminology, and make stylistic and grammatical corrections.

Electronic Signature Waiver (SB 2459): Provides that Illinois Department of Transportation, the Tollway and the Capital Development Board shall accept electronic signatures in transactions.

Mahomet Aquifer Council (SB 2515): Creates the Mahomet Aquifer Council consisting of 23 members, per the amendment. Replaces the defunct task force of similar name.

Silver Search Program (SR 91): Urges county authorities throughout the State to utilize the Silver Search program more frequently.

Social Workers Month 2021 (SR 101): Declares the month of March 2021 as Social Workers Month in the state of Illinois.

GATA (SB 2192): Provides that the requirements established under the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act do not apply to State shared revenues distributed by formula to units of local government from the Local Government Distributive Fund, the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund, the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, or the Transportation Renewal Fund.

Tourism and Hospitality

Cultural District Program (SB 1833): Creates a State-designated cultural district program under the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law. Provides the certification of a district is valid for 10 years, upon which renewal is every five years.

Children Meals (SB 1846): Amends the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to create a new Section for “default beverages for children’s meals” sold at restaurants. Requires restaurants to include certain beverages with offered children’s meals, by default. Imposes penalties and fees to be paid by the restaurant for noncompliance. Prohibits added sweeteners for the water and sparking water beverage option.

Transportation

SOS Vehicle Services (SB 573): Makes several changes in the Vehicle Code that affect operations at the Secretary of State’s Department of Vehicle Services.
 
SOS Driver Services (SB 698): Makes several changes in the Vehicle Code that affect operations at the Secretary of State’s Department of Driver Services.
 
Title Transfers (SB 1542): Requires the Secretary of State to remove the registration and the license plate number associated with a VIN before issuing a new certificate of title. Also streamlines the record-keeping required of licensees so there is parity across the industry, but still requires documentation related to the acquisition or disposition of vehicles and their essential parts to be kept for three years.

 Salvage Vehicles (SB 1545): Provides that a vehicle of four model years or older, rather than nine model years or older, may be retained by the registered owner instead of by the insurance company, even after the insurance company makes a payment of damages on total loss claim for the vehicle.
 
Ag Student Transportation (SB 2164): Allows students to be transported in first or second division vehicles for the purpose of transporting students to or from any agrarian-related school activity.

Amtrak Supplier Report (SB 2424): Stipulates that Amtrak may submit an annual supplier-diversity report to the Illinois Commerce Commission by April 15 of each year.

RTA and MetroLink (SB 2454): Requires the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to develop, adopt, and implement a system safety program standard and establish procedures to comply with current law. This will enhance the safety oversight of the railway transit system in the Chicago and St. Louis area. IDOT will be responsible for investigations, audits, issue directives/emergency orders, suspending services, conducting hearing, and inspections.

Accident Reporting Requirements (SB 2455): Repeals sections of the Vehicle Code requiring the driver of a vehicle that is involved in specified types of accidents to file a report of the accident with the Illinois Department of Transportation in its capacity as the Administrator of the Illinois Safety and Family Financial Responsibility Law.

Veterans Affairs

VA Home Donations (SB 2250): Provides that each administrator of an Illinois Veterans Home who has an established locally-held member’s benefits fund shall prepare and submit to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs a monthly report of all donations received.