April 30, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on April 29. 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 29

COVID Emergency Housing (HB 2877): Creates the Covid-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act. Implements an emergency rental assistance program, provides for the sealing on all residential evictions, and enacts a stay on all foreclosure proceedings.

Tourism Promotion Grants (SB 317): Amends the Illinois Promotions Act to include units of local government to the list of entities that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity can award grants to, from the Tourism Promotion Fund for the purposes of promoting, attracting, and hosting tourism events in Illinois. Specifies local parks can be promoted by the Department under its tourism program.

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 30 of the same year.

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.

Park District Land (SB 740): Allows board and park commissioners to apply to the Circuit Court to sell a golf course and banquet facility. Only applicable to the sale of Bensenville Park District land.

Centreville Township (SB 928): Creates new provisions specifically targeted at dissolving Centreville Township. All powers, functions, assets, powers, duties, rights, liabilities and obligations, and taxing authority would be transferred to the adjacent City of Cahokia Heights.

Vendor Payments (SB 1040): Allows that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services may define additional exceptions to the 180-day deadline for filing vendor payment claims by rule only, not through the provider notice.

COVID-19 Testing (SB 1096): Mandates insurers and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for COVID testing to nursing home employees.

Revenue Recapture (SB 1138): Amends the Local Government Revenue Recapture Act. Trailer bill that updates definitions, makes technical changes, and clarifies intent of the Local Government Recapture Act that was passed in 2019.

Redevelopment Costs (SB 1139): Amends the Illinois Tax Increment Redevelopment. Allocation Act of the Illinois Municipal Code. Adds to the definition of “redevelopment costs” for TIFs “Costs of real or personal property and improvements to accommodate public health and safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency, including, but not limited to, equipment purchases and construction costs.”

Non-Highway Vehicles (SB 1231): Defines a “large non-highway vehicle.” Adds large non-highway vehicles to the list of vehicles not allowed on Illinois trails in the recreational trails program. Adds that electric powered recreational off-highway vehicles less than 3,000 pounds are permitted in the Illinois recreational trails program.

Aeronautics Buildings (SB 1232): Clarifies existing language to specify that the State can only contribute for the development of public-use aeronautical facilities. Allows financial assistance for construction costs directly related to projects financed in whole or in part by State monies (currently just engineering costs). Provides opt-out language for the channeling of federal pass-through dollars through the State for airports serving at least 10,000 annual enplanements. Defines the State’s match of one half of the local share when it comes to FAA Airport Improvement Program funding.

School Construction (SB 1305): Allows a school district meeting certain specifications to opt out of the portion of School Construction Law that requires school districts to get certification for the project from the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEEDs) Green Building Rating System.

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. 

Peoria TIF Extension (SB 1822): Extends the life of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district 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.

ISBE School Code (SB 2043):  Provides the Sick Leave Bank Act does not apply to the State Board of Education, and the School Code. Also makes changes relating to ISBE’s strategic plan, a State mandate report, the School Technology Program, a reading advisory group, school district and school report cards, the suspension and expulsion of students, licensure requirements for educators trained in other states or countries, chronic absenteeism in preschool children, physical fitness assessments, State reimbursement for transportation, and the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force.

Lottery Child Abuse Prevention (SB 2090): Creates a new scratch-off game for the purposes of preventing child abuse. Diverts net revenues from the Common School Fund to the Child Abuse Prevention Fund.

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. 

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.

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.

Visitation Plan Policies (SB 2137): Changes the structure of visitation plan policies at long-term care facilities, and requires the Illinois 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.

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).

Portable Emissions Testing (SB 2563): Establishes for 2007 model and newer vehicles a peak level of smoke opacity at 5 percent. Requires the Illinois 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.