April 29, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on April 28. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

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Bills that were reported passed by the Senate on April 28

Social Work Scholarships (SB 661): Subject to appropriation, creates a “Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License” scholarship, to be administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. This scholarship would pay for those already holding a master’s degree to take courses required to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement in School Social Work.

Social Work Grants (SB 662): Subject to appropriation, creates the School Social Work Shortage Loan Repayment Program, with the stated intent to encourage school social workers to work, and continue to work, in this field at public schools. Administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

Adult Protective Services (SB 701): Requires the Illinois Department on Aging to offer an annual trauma-informed training program that includes instruction on how trauma impacts caseworkers and other employees who respond to and prevent adult abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment. Increases the statute of limitations for theft by deception of a victim age 60 or older or a person with a disability from three to seven years.

Mentoring Programs (SB 814): Amends the School Code. Creates teacher and principal mentoring programs. Provides that each new teacher induction and mentoring program under the grant program must align with the Illinois Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standard set in administrative rule.