May 22, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by Senate Committees during the week of May 17-21. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site.

A PDF of this summary is available here.

Agriculture

Agricultural Experience (HB 3650): Provides that licenses are not required for anyone trying to provide an “agricultural experience,” which is defined as any agriculture-related activity.

Behavioral and Mental Health

Mental Health Education (HB 212): Amends the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003. Requires the Children’s Mental Health Plan to include recommendations for ensuring all Illinois youth receive mental health education and have access to mental health care in the school setting. In developing these recommendations, the Children’s Mental Health Partnership must consult with the Illinois State Board of Education, education practitioners, healthcare professionals, disability advocates, and other representatives as necessary to ensure the interests of all students are represented.

Community Emergency Services (HB 2784): Creates the Community Emergency Services and Support Act. Provides that each 9-1-1 call center and provider of emergency services dispatched through a 9-1-1 system must coordinate with the mobile mental and behavioral health services established by the Division of Mental Health of the Illinois Department of Human Services so that the following State goals and State prohibitions are met whenever a person interacts with one of these entities for the purpose seeking emergency mental and behavioral health care or when one of these entities recognizes the appropriateness of providing mobile mental or behavioral health care to an individual with whom they have engaged.

Suicide Prevention (HB 3911): Amends the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. Requires the First Responders Suicide Prevention Task Force to recommend that:

  • Agencies and organizations guarantee access to mental health and wellness services, including, but not limited to, peer support programs and providing ongoing education related to the ever-evolving concept of mental health wellness.
  • Agencies and organizations sponsor or facilitate first responders with specialized training in the areas of psychological fitness, depressive disorders, early detection, and mitigation best practices.
  • Administrators and leadership personnel solicit training services from evidence-based, data driven organizations.
  • Agencies and organizations incorporate specific training components into already existing modules and educational curriculums.

Commerce

Pet Loans, Contracts (HB 572): Provides that a sales finance agency shall not finance, enter into a retail installment contract, or make a loan for the purchase of a cat or dog.

Task Force (HB 645): Creates the Illinois Future of Work Task Force.

Motor Vehicle Franchise (HB 2435): Amends the Motor Vehicle Franchise Act by providing that a manufacturer may not require a motor vehicle dealer to make available any secondary product or prohibit a motor vehicle dealer from offering a secondary product. 

Citizen Services Coordinator (HB 2985): Creates and allows the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to hire a Citizen Services Coordinator for each regional office.

Automatic Contract Renewal (HB 3955): Amends the Automatic Contract Renewal Act by providing that a consumer who accepts an automatic renewal or continuous service offer online shall be allowed to terminate the automatic renewal or continuous service exclusively online.

Criminal Law

Debt Collection Limits (HB 862): Prohibits an action to collect a debt arising from a violation of a municipal ordinance to be filed more than seven years after the date of adjudication.

Background Checks (HB 1765): Prohibits a law enforcement agency or an officer from knowingly and intentionally conducting a background check of a person for the sole reason of that person speaking at an open meeting of a public body, including police disciplinary boards. Makes exception for reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct or a reasonable suspicion of a threat to security at the meeting. Also does not apply whenever the person speaking at an open meeting of the public body is also under consideration for appointment to a government position by that public body.

Public Defender Task Force (HB 2427): Creates the Public Defender Quality Defense Task Force to study the caseload of public defenders and determine the optimal caseload for public defenders in the state.

Corrections Release Info (HB 3235): Requires the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide inmates certain information 45 days prior to their scheduled release. This would include information on obtaining ID cards, voter registration, job listings, housing, directory of State and local officials, and any other information that the DOC deems necessary to provide the committed person.

Hate Crimes (HB 3262): Adds various disorderly conduct offenses (false reporting) to the list of offenses that a person may bring a civil action for damages for in relation to a hate crime.

Domestic Violence Task Force (HB 3317): Creates the Domestic Violence Task Force to establish a consistent, uniform statewide system to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence, while holding offenders accountable.

Corrections Referral Services (HB 3463): Amends the Unified Code of Corrections to require the Illinois Department of Corrections to make known to inmates the various referral services available to them upon their release.

Domestic Violence Hope Cards (HB 3485): Requires the Supreme Court to implement a program to issue a Hope Card to the petitioner of a plenary order of protection for the petitioner to distribute to any individual who may need to be aware of the order. A Hope Card shall have the same effect as the underlying plenary order of protection.

Supervised Release (HB 3512): Allows juvenile offenders in Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice custody, who were convicted and sentenced as adults before their 18th birthday, to be considered by a panel of as little as two out of three members of the Prisoner Review Board for Mandatory Supervised Release prior to transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections on their 21st birthday for serious felony offenses.

Juvenile Corrections Centers (HB 3513): Requires the clerk of the court to forward all police reports for sex offenses allegedly committed by a minor committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Provides that all adult sentences shall run concurrent to any and all sentences under the Juvenile Court Act. Provides that the target release date for youth committed to DJJ as a Habitual Juvenile Offender or Violent Juvenile Offender under the Juvenile Court Act shall be extended by not less than 12 months rather than requiring commitment until age 21.

Defendant Closed Circuit (HB 3575): Allows the Illinois Supreme Court or any circuit court to adopt rules permitting the use of videoconferencing in forensic mental health matters. Also creates a pilot program in two counties that would demonstrate tele-hearings in forensic mental health matters.

Resentencing Motion (HB 3587): Creates the Resentencing Task Force to study ways to reduce the prison population in Illinois from initiations of resentencing motions filed by State’s Attorneys, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the judicial branch.

State Police (HB 3656): Provides that drivers in any lane shall heed the warning of the visual signal, reduce the speed of the vehicle, proceed with due caution, maintain a safe speed for road conditions, be prepared to stop, and leave a safe distance until safely passed the stationary emergency vehicle. Creates and tasks the Move Over Early Warning Task Force with studying: 1.) the issue of violations of the provisions of the Code prescribing how to safely enter a highway construction zone, approach a disabled vehicle, and approach an authorized emergency vehicle; and 2.) new technologies and early warning systems in cellular phones and vehicles that alert the public to the presence of first responders and road safety hazards. Prescribes membership for the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall meet and present its report and recommendations, including legislative recommendations, if any, to the General Assembly no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

Corrections Medical Release (HB 3665): Gives the Prison Review Board (PRB) discretion to grant early release to medically incapacitated and terminally ill patients.

Grand Juror Oath (HB 3678): Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Changes the oath taken by grand jurors. Amends the Jury Act to delete a duplicative provision concerning the oath taken by the foreman of a Grand Jury.

Asset Forfeiture (HB 3762): Deletes provision that requires when the property seized for forfeiture is a vehicle, the law enforcement agency seizing the property must immediately notify the Illinois Secretary of State that forfeiture proceedings are pending regarding the vehicle.

Electric Turn Signal (HB 3854): Provides that electric turn signal lamps shall not be flashed or left in the on position other than for indication of the driver’s intention to turn a vehicle left or right, change lanes, or otherwise turn or maneuver a vehicle from a direct course of travel.

Correctional Officer (HB 3895): Makes sure the wellness program is open to all staff instead of just correctional officers and makes it so that the services provided to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Illinois Department of Corrections staff are on a voluntary basis instead of being mandatory.

Education

Time Out and Restraint (HB 219): Provides that the Illinois State Board of Education shall circulate rules governing the use of isolated time out, time out, and physical restrain in public schools and special education nonpublic facilities.

Media Literacy (HB 234): Provides that beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, every public high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy.

Suicide Prevention Info (HB 1778): Provides that each school district that serves pupils in any of grades 6-12, and that issues an ID card to pupils shall provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988), the Crisis Text Line, and either the Safe2Help Illinois helpline or a local suicide prevention hotline or both on the ID card.

National Board Certified Teachers (HB 2438):  Requires the Illinois State Board of Education’s school report cards to include the number of teachers who are National Board Certified Teachers.

Special Education Transition (HB 2748): Provides that eligible students who reached or will reach their 22nd birthday between March 17, 2020, and the end of the 2021-2022 school year shall be afforded the option of extending the student’s eligibility through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Provides the student with an opportunity to participate in post-secondary transition activities and services and pursue the goals under the student’s most recent individualized education program.

State Education Equity (HB 3114): Creates the State Education Equity Committee within the State Board of Education and repeals the Advisory Council on At-Risk Students. 

Committee of Agriculturalists (HB 3178): Amends the School Code, and makes changes to the Illinois Committee for Agriculture Education, which currently advises the State Board on vocational agricultural education.

Student Rights (HB 3223): Creates Article 26 in the School Code to provide a number of new rights to students that are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Student Pregnancy (HB 3272): Requires a school board to adopt written policies related to absences and missed homework or classwork assignments as a result of or related to a student’s pregnancy. 

Naturalization Curriculum (HB 3281): Provides that every public high school may include in its curriculum a unit of instruction about the process of naturalization.

Sexual Abuse Policy (HB 3461): Provides that by no later than July 1, 2022, a school district shall adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that shall (rather than may) include an age-appropriate and evidence-informed curriculum for students in grades PreK-12 and also clarifies the definition of “grooming.”

Location of Parent/Guardian (HB 3906): Provides that the State Superintendent may determine that the location of the parent or guardian of a student is unknown after considering information submitted from the school district that last enrolled the student or from the school or special education facility providing special education and related services to meet the needs of the student.

Energy and Public Utilities

Water Financial Assistance (HB 414): Creates all new water assistance fees and programs for low-income families in Illinois. Adds a 20-cents per-month fee on water systems in Illinois. Criteria for assistance is 200 percent of federal poverty line.

ICC Emergency Powers (HB 3113): Provides that in specified war-like emergency times, the Illinois Commerce Commission may issue an interim order to authorize or require any public utility to curtail or discontinue service and otherwise regulate the furnishing of service in specified emergency circumstances, effective for a period not exceeding 45 days (rather than 15 days), if the circumstances do not reasonably permit the holding of a hearing.

ARES and ARGAS Reporting (HB 3116): Changes annual calendar dates for various reports that must be filed by alternative electric and alternative gas suppliers in Illinois.

Pembroke Township Program (HB 3404): Creates new pilot program for the distribution of grants for the construction of new natural gas pipelines and infrastructure. Creates new NICOR gas line in Kankakee County Township that now uses propane.

Water Report (HB 3853): Provides that the water rates report for the Lake Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois must be issued no later than Dec. 1, 2022. Provides that the water rates report for the remainder of Illinois must be issued no later than Dec. 1, 2023. Changes the repeal date of the water rates report provisions to Jan. 1, 2024.

Environment and Conservation

Recycling Activities (HB 2785): Makes corresponding changes throughout the statute of the transfer of various powers, duties, rights, and responsibilities of the Office of Energy and Recycling under the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

PFA Disposal (HB 3190): Provides that the disposal by incineration of aqueous film-forming foam that contains any perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFA) substance is prohibited in Illinois. Provides that disposal by incineration of any perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance, including, but not limited to, aqueous film forming foam (rather than disposal by incineration of aqueous film-forming foam that contains any perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance), is prohibited in Illinois.

CCR Training (HB 3783): Provides that no person shall construct, install, modify, or close a coal combustion residual (CCR) surface impoundment in accordance with a permit issued under the Act without certifying to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that all contractors, subcontractors, and installers utilized to construct, install, modify, or close a CCR surface impoundment are participants in specified training programs.

Conservation Task Force (HB 3928): Creates the Illinois Thirty-by-Thirty Conservation Task Force Act. Provides that the Task Force shall hold listening sessions regarding ways in which Illinois can protect 30 percent of its land and water resources by 2030. Provides that the Task Force shall hold a minimum of three separate listening sessions in geographically distinct areas of the State.

Executive

Cairo Port District (SB 1770): Amends the Forestry Cooperative Agreement Act. Provides that the special forestry protection provisions of this Act does not apply to construction activities at facilities of property located within five miles of the Ohio River and the Mississippi River and covered by the Alexander-Cairo Port District Act.

Sexual Assault Evidence (HB 1739): Requires health care providers and law-enforcement officials working with victims of sexual assault to inform the victims about the Illinois State Police sexual assault evidence tracking system.

Black Wall Street (HB 1960): Creates the Black Wall Street Program Act. Creates a State-funded urban venture capital program for Black entrepreneurs and financiers, to be operated through Illinois municipalities that are either: 1.) specified on a list created by this Act, or 2.) if not specified, are municipalities for which at least 70 percent of the population is African American. The fiscal impact is $40 million, subject to appropriation.

Fire and Smoke Damper Inspection (HB 2408): Creates the Fire and Smoke Damper Inspection Act. Requires the inspection and testing of HVAC fire and smoke dampers to be conducted by individuals certified by the International Certification Board and accredited to comply with requirements by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or another nationally recognized certifying body.

Suburban Mass Transit (HB 2413): Provides for the discontinuance of the Chicago South Suburban Mass Transit District on Jan. 1, 2021.

Electronic Signature Waiver (HB 2499): Amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act.

  • Requires a written authorization for towing or storing a lost, abandoned, or stolen boat. The owner, operator, or other legally entitled person is responsible for paying all fees. If law enforcement sells the craft, the fees for towing or storing shall be paid from the sales.
  • Changes the requirements for watercraft lights.
  • Requires every younger than 13 passenger of a watercraft to wear a personal flotation device while it its being towed.
  • Forbids a fishing vessel from impeding navigation in a narrow channel or canal; requires care to be taken when navigating a bend or narrow channel where other vessels may be obscured; forbids vessels from anchoring in a narrow channel, under bridges, or in heavily traveled channels if unreasonable under the circumstances.
  • Replaces current right-of-way language with more technical and detailed sailing jargon.

Employee Rights (HB 2521): Amends the Public Labor Relations Act and the Educational Labor Relations Act. Permits public-sector workers to indicate interest in a representation petition electronically. This interest may be evidenced by electronic communication and verified by an electronic signature. Permits public-sector workers to vote on a representative collective bargaining unit by electronic communication verified by an electronic signature. Electronic voting may also be used in secret ballots elections, using an electronic voting system.

Procurement Code Exemption (HB 2616): Exempts acquisitions for repairs, modifications, and replacement parts for assistive technology devices and assistive technology services that provide reasonable accommodations for the following purposes from competitive bidding and other provisions of the Procurement Code:

  • that enable individuals with disabilities to apply for state employment;
  • that modify the work environment to enable individuals with disabilities from performing the functions of a job;
  • that enable current employees with disabilities to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as other employees;
  • that permit members of the public to fully utilize and enjoy the state’s programs, services, and benefits.

Health Education E-Cigarettes (HB 3202): Adds e-cigarettes and other vapor devices as one of the educational areas the Comprehensive Health Education Program must include. 

Workers’ Comp Commission Salaries (HB 3293): Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act.

  • Requires the commissioners of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to be attorneys. (Under current law, a commissioner must be an attorney, have served as an arbitrator at the commission for three years, or have at least four years of labor relations experience.
  • Sets commissioner salaries at 70 percent of the salary of a circuit court judge in the first judicial district with the chairman receiving a five percent annual premium.
  • Sets the salaries of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission secretary and arbitrators at five percent less than that of the commissioners.

Hazardous Materials Workforce (HB 3437): Creates the Investing in Illinois Works Tax Credit Act, the Access to Apprenticeship Act, and the Illinois Hazardous Materials Workforce Training Act. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act and the Illinois Procedures Act.  For tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2023, provides a tax credit of up to $2,500 to owners/operators of petroleum refineries, petrochemical manufacturers, ethyl alcohol manufacturers, and all other basic organic chemical manufacturers that employ graduating skilled laborers (building and construction trades) who have completed a pre-apprenticeship program or a registered apprenticeship program and who are minorities, women, veterans, or other underrepresented populations.

Dream Resources (HB 3438): Requires public universities and community colleges to, beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, designate an employee as an “undocumented student resource liaison” to provide assistance to undocumented students and mixed status students in streamlining access to financial aid and academic support, including to successfully matriculate. A liaison must be available at each campus.

Labor Relations (HB 3496): Amends the Illinois Education Labor Relations Act. Extends collective bargaining to supervisory employees and restricts who can be classified as a managerial employee.

Car Sharing Program (HB 3712): 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.

IDOT Seasonal Employment (HB 3716): Provides that veterans shall be preferred for employment with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the position of snow removal operator and winter salaried highway maintainer under the Department’s Winter Seasonal Employment Program. 

Lead Service-Line Replacement (HB 3739): Amends the Environmental Protection Act, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law, and the State Finance Act.

  • Requires owners/operators of community water supplies to develop service-line inventories (initial inventory by April 15, 2022, and final by April 15, 2024).
  • Requires owners/operators of community water supplies to create plans to replace lead service lines and galvanized services lines connected downstream to lead piping (initial plan by April 15, 2024, and final by April 15, 2027).
  • Requires owner/operators to make good-faith efforts to use contractors and vendors owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities for at least 20 percent of the contracts.
  • Requires the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to establish by rule a low-income water assistance program. DCEO shall annually set an income cap for program participants. This cap shall be no higher than 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline.

State Police Fund Transfer (HB 3811): Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code, the State Finance Act, and other acts.

  • Dissolves the Over Dimensional Load Police Escort Fund and transfers its remaining balance to the State Police Operations Assistance Fund.
  • Dissolves the Firearm Dealer License Certification Fund and transfers its remaining balance to the State Police Firearm Services Fund.
  • Dissolves the State Offender DNA Identification System Fund and transfers its remaining balance to the State Crime Laboratory Fund.
  • Dissolves the State Police Vehicle Maintenance Fund and transfers the remaining balance to the State Police Vehicle Fund.

State Holiday Juneteenth (HB 3922): Provides that Juneteenth National Freedom Day shall be observed on June 19 of each year as a holiday throughout the state.

Vehicle Franchise Warranty (HB 3940): Changes the manner in which dealers are reimbursed by manufacturers. Provides that manufacturers must pay a dealer no less than the amount a retail customer pays the dealer for the same services. Authorizes the use of agreed-upon time guides. Requires the manufacturer to pay each dealer no less than the amount a retail customer pays for the same services and for the effective labor rate, including diagnoses times and warranty repairs. Applies to warranty work and factory recall.

Circuit Court Clerk Regulation (HB 3956): Allows a clerk or deputy clerk of a circuit court to draft or prepare documents required or authorized by statute or Supreme Court order (rather than “by law required, or by some statute authorized”).

Healthcare Access and Availability

Department on Aging Fact Sheet (HB 32): Provides that, on an annual basis, requires each recipient of home-delivered meals to receive a fact sheet developed by the Illinois Department on Aging with a current list of toll free numbers to access various information on health conditions, elder abuse and programs for persons 60 years of age and older.

Maternal Care Consumer Choice (HB 3084): Creates the Consumer Choice in Maternal Care for African American Mothers Pilot Program Act. Requires the Task Force on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans to partner with community-based maternal care providers to develop rules and regulations for a Medicaid voucher pilot program to expand consumer choice for African American mothers that includes planned home birth services and in-home perinatal and postpartum care services provided by racially concordant nationally accredited certified professional midwives who are licensed and registered in Illinois. Requires the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to implement the five-year pilot program by Jan. 1, 2023.

Healthy Illinois Survey (HB 3504): Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to administer an annual survey, named the Healthy Illinois Survey. The survey shall include interviews of a sample of State residents such that statistically reliable data for every county, ZIP code groupings within more highly populated counties and cities, suburban Cook County municipalities, and Chicago community areas can be developed, as well as statistically reliable data on racial, ethnic, gender, age, and other demographic groups of State residents important to inform health equity goals.

Income Eligibility Threshold (HB 3620): Increases income eligibility threshold for child care assistance from 185 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) to 200 percent of the FPL.

Fair Patient Billing (HB 3803): Requires a hospital to proactively offer information on charity care options available to uninsured patients, regardless of their immigration status or residency.

Health

Hospital Licensing (HB 68): Amends the Hospital Report Card Act to include statistics specifically about women’s health in a reporting period, including, but not limited to, female patients with underlying condition(s) COVID-19 statistics 

TANF Cash Eligibility (HB 88): Prohibits persons from being determined ineligible for TANF cash assistance based upon a conviction for any drug-related felony under state or federal law.

Admission Document Extension (HB 357): Extends the amount of time that a long-term care facility has to submit new admissions with associated admission documents to the Illinois Department of Human Services from 45 to 120 days after first arrival of the resident at the facility.  

Aftercare Plan Requirement (HB 1854): Provides that when a recipient of voluntary or involuntary services is being discharged from an inpatient facility, the Illinois Department of Human Services is required to provide the recipient and the recipient’s guardian, or other legally authorized representative, a written aftercare plan prior to the recipient’s discharge from the facility.

Foster Care Commission (HB 3267): Creates the Advisory Commission on Reducing the Disproportionate Representation of African-American Children in Foster Care to be a coordinating and advocating body that acts on behalf of the interests of African-American children who are at risk of placement within the state’s child welfare system.

Medical Examiner Offices (HB 3592): Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure that medical examiner offices are included as part of medical facilities for the purposes of complying with and implementing specified federal laws.

Parent-Child Contact (HB 3793): Provides that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services may immediately restrict or terminate parent-child contact or sibling contacts, without either amending the parent-child visiting plan or the sibling contact plan or obtaining a court order, where the Department or its assigns reasonably believe there is an immediate need to protect the child’s health, safety, and welfare.

Child Welfare Task Force (HB 3821): Creates the Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare Task Force within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Healthcare Telementoring (HB 3879): Requires the Illinois Department of Human Services to designate one or more healthcare telementoring entities, based on an application to be developed by the Department.

Birth Center Licensing (HB 3995): Creates the Birth Center Licensing Act and requires birth centers to obtain a valid license issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Higher Education

Adjunct Professor (HB 375): Provides that the board of trustees at public university or community college must notify an adjunct professor about the status of enrollment of the class the adjunct professor was hired to teach at least 30 days before the beginning of the term and 14 days before the beginning of the term.

Private Education Loans (HB 2746): Creates the Know Before You Owe Private Education Loan Act. Before a private educational lender may disburse any funds with respect to a private education loan, the private educational lender shall obtain information from the relevant institution of higher education about 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.

Agriculture Sciences (HB 3218): Provides that agricultural sciences will count toward the three years of high school science required to be admitted into a public university. Agricultural education will count toward the two years of electives in foreign language required to be admitted into a public university.

Personal Support Workers (HB 3359): Requires all public universities and community colleges in Illinois to allow personal support workers to attend class with a qualified student at no expense to the personal support worker, if the worker is attending solely to provide personal support services to the student.

Dual Credit Courses (HB 3950): Requires school districts and community colleges to ensure that students with disabilities have access to dual credit courses.

Human Rights

Address Confidentiality (HB 625): Allows victims of human trafficking to apply for the Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence Act.

Disability Discrimination (HB 1838): Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to provide that discrimination based on disability includes unlawful discrimination against an individual because of the individual’s association with a person with a disability.

Ethnic Group Terms (HB 3217): Amends various Acts to remove the phrase “terms such as ‘Haitian’ or ‘Negro’ can be used in addition to “Black or African American” in 17 Acts or Codes.

Insurance

Substance Use Treatment (HB 33): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to prohibit life insurers from denying an individual, limiting the amount, kind or extent of coverage solely based on the individual’s participation in a substance use treatment program no less than five years before apply or if the individual obtained an opioid antagonist.

Reimbursement to Pharmacists (HB 135): Require insurers to cover health and patient care services provided by a pharmacist if:

  • the pharmacist meets the requirements and scope of practice set forth under the Pharmacy Practice Act;
  • the health plan provides coverage for the same service provided by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or a physician assistant;
  • the pharmacist is in-network; and
  • reimbursement has been successfully negotiated.

Comprehensive Cancer Testing (HB 2109): Creates a new comprehensive cancer testing mandate section under the Illinois Insurance Code and makes conforming changes to the HMO Act.

Opioid Overdose Prevention (HB 2589): Amends the Substance Use Disorder Act to include opioid overdose prevention activities as eligible grant activities. Provides a healthcare professional or person acting under the direction of a healthcare professional can obtain, store and dispense an opioid antagonist to a patient in certain healthcare settings.

Mental Health Coverage (HB 2595):  Creates the Generally Accepted Standards of Behavioral Health Care Act of 2021. Requires insurers to cover medically necessary mental health and substance use disorder care and follow generally accepted standards of mental health and substance use disorder care.

Group Health Policies (HB 3598):  Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to require insurers offering group health insurance policies to offer such policies to local chambers of commerce.

Infertility Coverage (HB 3709): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to make changes to sections regarding infertility coverage.

Judiciary

Disability Guardian (HB 55): Amends the Guardians For Adults With Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that in the case of an intellectual disability, the required report for a petition for adjudication of disability and for appointment of a guardian may include a psychological evaluation by a clinical psychologist within one year of the date of the filing of the petition (rather than requiring an analysis by a licensed physician).

Temporary Guardian (HB 263): Amends the Guardians For Adults with Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that a petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian for an alleged person with a disability shall be filed at the time of or subsequent to the filing of a petition for adjudication of disability and appointment of a guardian. Requires specified information in petitions for appointment of temporary guardian. Provides that notice of the appointment of a temporary guardian shall be given at least three days before the hearing.

Ward Preferences (HB 266): Amends the Guardians For Adults With Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that a guardian shall consider the ward’s current preferences to the extent the ward has the ability to participate in decision making when the preferences are known or reasonably ascertainable by the guardian. The guardian’s decisions shall conform to the ward’s current preferences unless the guardian reasonably believes it would result in substantial harm to the ward’s welfare or personal or financial interests; and so long as those decisions give substantial weight. If the guardian is unable to ascertain the ward’s preferences, the decisions may be made by conforming as closely as possible to what the ward would have done or intended under the circumstances.

Heath Care Agent (HB 679): Amends the Illinois Power of Attorney Act. Provides that a principal may elect a 30-day delayed revocation of the principal’s healthcare agency.

Payment of Fees (HB 842):
Amends the Adult Guardianship Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that instead of the court ordering the petitioner to pay all fees or amounts of the guardian ad litem or appointed counsel if the respondent or their estate is unable to pay, the allocation of guardian ad litem fees and costs is within the discretion of the court. No costs, in addition to legal fees or appointed counsel fees, shall be assessed against the Office of the State Guardian, public guardian, adult protective services agency, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, or agency designated by the Governor under the Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act.

Illinois Trust Code (HB 1795): Amends the Illinois Trust Code (ITC) to clarify several areas of original bill. Examples of the Trailer Bill’s ITC clarifications include:

  • Added definitions of terms in Article I which appear in multiple places in the ITC and added consistency other definitions, e.g., a “qualified beneficiary”;
  • Clarifying that someone other than a settlor may create a trust, e.g., a court in a special-needs setting; and
  • Clarifying the “pre-ITC” and “post-ITC” dividing line of the applicability of notice and accounting sections.

Injunctive Relief (HB 1831): Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 to allow a licensee or interested party who successfully obtains injunctive relief against a party who is in violation of the Act be awarded reasonable attorney’s fees.

Household Privacy (HB 2553): Creates the Protecting Household Privacy Act. Prohibits a law enforcement agency from obtaining household electronic data or directing the acquisition of household electronic data from a private third party. Exempts data obtained pursuant to a warrant, data obtained to respond to a call for emergency services, certain emergency situations, or with the consent of the device owner. Provides that in emergency situations where data was obtained a warrant must be obtained within 72 hours. Requires household electronic data to be destroyed within 60 days if no charges are filed unless it contains evidence of criminal activity or there is an ongoing investigation.

Ottawa Canal (HB 3165): Amends the Illinois and Michigan Canal Development Act to remove canal lands conveyed to the City of Ottawa Illinois by deed dated Aug. 18, 1970, and recorded Sept. 15, 1970, as Document #563847. Removes all restrictions imposed under law and in the deed of conveyance.

Rape Crisis Center (HB 3265): Amends the Evidence Article of the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that “rape crisis organization” includes, but is not limited to, rape crisis centers certified by a statewide sexual assault coalition. Changes the definition of “rape crisis organization” to mean any organization or association a major purpose of which is providing information, counseling, and psychological support to victims of any or all of the crimes of aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual assault, sexual relations between siblings, criminal sexual abuse, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

CASA Expansion (HB 3277):
Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to require (rather than gives discretion to the court) to appoint a special advocate (CASA), if available, upon the filing of a petition to declare a minor an abused, neglected, or dependent minor and to adjudge the minor a ward of the court. Makes appointment of a special advocate permissive in Cook County and for court related documents and cases to only related to those in regard to the minor child.  Upon presentation of an order of appointment, a CASA shall have access to all records and information relevant to the minor’s case.

Crime Victims Compensation (HB 3295): Changes the dates of application to Jan. 1, 2022, from Jan. 1, 2021, in provisions amending the Crime Victims Compensation Act. Extends the applicant’s period for submitting requested information to 45 days (from 30 days). Caps final award as not to exceed $45,000 (instead of $27,000) for a crime committed on or after Aug. 7, 2022. Allows emergency awards to be issued to the applicant for the purpose of paying funeral and burial expenses.

Child Forensic Interview (HB 3462): Provides that every child reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or to law enforcement to be a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse whose case is accepted for investigation has the right to have that child’s forensic interview conducted by a forensic interviewer from an accredited children’s advocacy center and serving the child’s area, when such service is available.

Retainer Fees (HB 3484): Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to allow either party to petition or move for an allowance from the other party for a retainer fee to obtain an attorney, accompanied by a financial affidavit that is supported by documentary evidence, and a certificate stating that if an allowance is granted, the party shall only use it for retaining an attorney. The court shall review the financial affidavit and, if appropriate, grant an allowance to the party for a retainer fee.

Worker Cooperatives (HB 3577): Amends the Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act. Incorporates the Limited Liability Company Act into the Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act. Codifies specific operational rules for worker cooperatives.

Minor Custody (HB 3595): Amends the Abused, Neglected, or Dependent Minors Article of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 so that if the minor is being restored to the custody of a parent, legal custodian, or guardian who lives outside of Illinois, and an Interstate Compact has been requested and refused, the court may order the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to arrange for an assessment of the minor’s proposed living arrangement and for ongoing monitoring of the health, safety, and best interest of the minor and compliance with any order of protective supervision.

Remote Notarization (HB 3764): Amends Uniform Recognition of Acknowledgments Act. Changes the definition of “acknowledged before me” to mean that, among other things, the person acknowledging appeared before the person taking the acknowledgment in a manner prescribed by the laws or regulations applicable in the place in which the acknowledgment is taken.

Supported Decision-Making (HB 3849): Creates the Supported Decision-Making Agreement Act. Authorizes the creation of supported decision-making agreements and allows a supporter to assist a principal with an intellectual or developmental disability in accessing, collecting, or obtaining information relevant to a decision authorized under agreement. Presumes all adults to be capable of making decisions on daily living and to have capacity unless otherwise determined by a court. Requires abuse to be reported, allowing for guardianship and termination of the agreement. States that the supporter will advocate for the wishes and decisions of the individual instead of “assisting.” Add that the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission will develop training and education materials for principals and supporters, which will be publicly available on their Web site.

Blighted Areas Redevelopment (HB 3864): Repeals the Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947. Makes conforming changes to the Illinois Municipal Code, the Housing Authorities Act, the Housing Development and Construction Act, the Urban Community Conservation Act, the Redevelopment Project Rehousing and Capital Improvements Act, the Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation Law, the Urban Community Conservation Act, the Urban Renewal Consolidation Act of 1961, and the Eminent Domain Act.

Positive Action (HB 3914): Amends the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides requirements concerning Positive Action toward addressing systemic racism and barriers to increase workforce diversity in State employment. Requires each State agency to establish the goal of increasing diversity on interview panels in order to increase State employment opportunities provided to women, minority persons, and specified other persons. Makes other changes.

Special Purpose Trust (HB 3968): Amends the Corporate Fiduciary Act to create the Special Purpose Trust Company Authority and Organization Article. Provides that a corporation that has been or shall be incorporated under the general corporation laws of the State for the special purpose of providing fiduciary custodial services or providing other like or related services as specified by rule may be appointed to act as a fiduciary with respect to such services and shall be designated a special purpose trust company. Amends the Blockchain Business Development Act to provide that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall have authority to adopt rules, opinions, or interpretive letters regarding the custody of digital assets, including digital consumer assets, digital securities, and virtual currency.

Labor

Employee Sick Leave (HB 816): Organizes certain benefits that must be provided to school employees in relation to leave after the birth, adoption, placement for adoption or fostering of a child.

Financial Benefits (HB 1207): Allows for potential employers to discuss certain financial benefits a prospective employee would forfeit should the prospective employee resign from their current position.

Health Insurance Options (HB 2568): Amends the Public Safety and Employee Benefit Act, and limits what type of health insurance plans that are allowed to be offered to employees as those that are collectively bargained for.

Wind Energy Businesses (HB 3174): Eliminates language that exempted new wind power and wind energy companies that did not comply with the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.

Licensed Activities

IDFPR Licensing (HB 14): Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes the following changes:

  • Requires the Illinois Department of Financial Regulation (IDFPR), if they refuse to issue a license or certificate or grant registration to an applicant based upon a criminal conviction or convictions, to include in its notification to the applicant an explanation of how exactly the conviction directly related to and would prevent the person from effectively engaging in the position for which a license, registration, or certificate is sought.
  • Requires IDFPR to post on its website a list of all State licensing restrictions that would prohibit an applicant from working in a position for which a license is sought.
  • In provisions concerning an annual report summarizing statistical information relating to new license, certification, or registration applications during the preceding calendar year, requires IDFPR to also include the types of criminal convictions that contributed to the denial of a license, certificate, or registration.

Home Inspector License (HB 562): Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Extends the repeal of the Home Inspector License Act to Jan. 1, 2027. Amends the Home Inspector Licensee Act. Requires that all applicants and licensees provide a valid address and email address to the IDFPR. Provides that entities that have only one employee, a licensed home inspector, do not need to be licensed entities. Clarifies high school diploma requirement. Provides what criminal records the Department may not ask an applicant about and provides what criminal records an applicant must disclose. Requires that all applicants for a home inspector license and all licensees maintain general liability insurance in an amount of not less than $100,000.

Medical Practice Act (HB 3139): Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Provides for the repeal of the Medical Practice Act of 1987 on Jan. 1, 2027 (rather than Jan. 1, 2022). Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Creates the Illinois State Medical Board to carry out the duties of the Medical Disciplinary Board and the Medical Licensing Board under the Act (and makes conforming changes). Provides for membership of the Illinois State Medical Board.

Opioid Pamphlet (HB 3355): Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Provides that the Illinois Department of Human Services shall develop and make available on its Web site information on the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on opioids and any alternative treatments, including the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. Provides that the Department shall develop and make available upon request to all prescribers, pharmacists, and patients in the State a pamphlet which explains the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on opioids. Provides that a pharmacist shall, prior to dispensing an opioid that is a Schedule II controlled substance, furnish the pamphlet or information therein developed by the Department and discuss the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on opioids.

Professional Midwives (HB 3401): Creates the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act. Provides for the licensure of certified professional midwives by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and for certain limitations on the activities of licensed certified professional midwives. Creates the Illinois Midwifery Board. Sets forth provisions concerning application; qualifications; exemptions; title protection; informed consent; consultation and referral; grounds for disciplinary action; reporting; and administrative procedures.

State Board of Pharmacy (HB 3497): Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that the State Board of Pharmacy shall consist of 11 members (rather than nine members). Provides that eight members (rather than seven members) shall be licensed pharmacists. Provides that one of the licensed pharmacists shall have a primary site for the practice of pharmacy at an inpatient hospital pharmacy. Adds one member who is a pharmacy technician.

Electronic Prescriptions (HB 3596):  Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, a prescription for a substance classified in Schedule II, III, IV, or V must be sent electronically. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, a prescriber shall not be required to issue prescriptions electronically if he or she certifies to the Illinois Department of Financial Regulation (IDFPR) that he or she will not issue more than 25 prescriptions during a 12-month period. IDFPR shall adopt rules for the administration of these provisions to allow exemptions.

Corrections Healthcare Vendors (HB 3798): Provides that “healthcare employer” includes the Illinois Department of Corrections or a third-party vendor employing certified nursing assistants working with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Local Government

Volunteer Boards (HB 2806): Provides for the removal of volunteer board officials for misconduct.

Design-Build Contracts (HB 3160): Authorizes Forest Preserves and Conservation Districts to enter into design-build contracts, allowing for one entity to provide both design and fabrication services. Also increases the threshold requiring competitive bidding.

Response Time Study (HB 3763): Amends various local government statutes to require that when there is a jurisdictional or territory change involving fire protection, a response time study must be conducted that shows estimated response times from the receiving unit to the territory being transferred and estimated response times of the current jurisdictional arrangement.

Pensions

Service Credit Transfer (HB 126): Allows a Downstate Police Pension Fund member to transfer service credit previously earned in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to their Downstate Pension Fund.

Prohibited Investments (HB 232): Provides that prohibited investments/transactions for retirement systems include for-profit companies that contract to shelter migrant children

Public Employee Benefits (HB 275): Amends the Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund article of the pension code to do the following:

  • Adds language that allows the fund to address over payments and underpayments to beneficiaries. Language is modeled after current statue for state systems.
  • Clarifies that a when fund officer whose signature appears on any check or draft ceases to hold office, that the signature retains validity.

Forest Preserve District (HB 417): Allows the Cook County forest preserve district to use other lawfully available revenue toward the pension fund in lieu of all or part of the property tax levy.

Leave of Absence (HB 426): Amends the Chicago Police Article of the Pension Code. Clarifies provisions surrounding applying for service credits for “investigative work.” Adds a provision saying that credits will not be granted to an officer who, before their date of retirement, has not contributed to the fund within five years after the approval of their application. Creates a deadline of Dec. 21, 2022, for reconsideration of service application.

Subject Shortage Areas (HB 2569): Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Concerning “eligible employment” for the purpose of allowing a teacher to return to teaching in subject shortage areas without impairing his or her retirement status or retirement annuity, the sunset is extended from June 30, 2021, to no later than June 30, 2024.

Revolving Door Prohibition (HB 3004): Prevents members of pension fund board members from being employed by the respective fund, investment board, or retirement system for 12 months after ceasing to be a board member.

Trustee Eligibility (HB 3474): Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a person who meets the criteria to be an executive trustee may not serve as an employee trustee.

Public Safety

Driver’s Education Procedures (HB 3097): Adds requirements to driver’s education for school students and adults about the proper actions motorists should take during a traffic stop, and what would be the appropriate interactions with law enforcement. The Rules of the Road manuals would also be updated with the information.

Domestic Violence Review (HB 3161):  Allows for domestic violence fatality review teams to be established on a regional basis to review past domestic violence cases. Appoints the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority as an oversight body.

Revenue

Fair Cash Value (HB 1769): Requires that when determining the fair cash value of a supportive living facility using the income capitalization approach, that gross potential income must not exceed the maximum individual Supplemental Security Income amount, minus a resident’s personal allowance, multiplied by the number of apartments authorized by the supportive living facility certification. 

TIF Extensions (HB 2061): Provides for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District extensions for the City of Mount Carroll and the Village of Elizabeth.

DCEO BRIMPA (HB 2411): Requires data centers to be certified as carbon neutral within two years of being put into service. As well as, extends the Brownfields Redevelopment and Intermodal Promotion Act (BRIMPA) for projects through Fiscal Year 2026.

PTAX Homestead Exemption (HB 3289): Requires Assessors to automatically renew homestead exemptions in 2021 if the property had a homestead exemption in 2020.

TIF Extension (HB 3313): Provides for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District extension for the City of Morris.  

State Government

Chicago Fire Labor History (HB 202): Requires that Chicago city firefighters receive training in the history of the labor movement in their profession.

Bird Safety (HB 247): Requires each State building constructed, acquired, or of which more than 50 percent of the façade that is substantially altered shall meet specified standards concerning bird safety. Provides requirements for the Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services in implementing the standards.

Flag Display (HB 3372): Specifies protocol for display of the United States Flag at half-staff in Illinois. Largely mirrors the federal flag code.

Amateur Sports Commission (HB 3870): Creates the Illinois Amateur Sports Commission to make recommendations about how best to promote and develop amateur sports in the state, with an emphasis on physical fitness. The Commission is to have 28 members, 24 of which are appointed by the Governor.

Transportation

Gold Star Plates (HB 20): Removes the $151 registration fee for Gold Star license plates for a surviving widow, widower, or parent of a person who served in the United States Armed Forces and lost his/her life while in wartime service.
 
Tinted Windows (HB 96): Adds “light sensitivity as a result of a traumatic brain injury” to the list of medical conditions for which a person is eligible for the tinted windows license plate and therefor exempt from certain window tint restrictions.
 
Transportation Performance Program (HB 253): Requires the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to establish and implement a transportation performance program for all transportation projects under its jurisdiction including the department’s annual Multi-Year Plan. Requires that IDOT apply different weights to the performance measures based on regional geography or project type. Projects selected as part of the process shall be included in the State’s multi-year transportation plan and the annual element of the multi-year plan. Requires that starting Jan. 1, 2022, no project shall be included in the multi-year transportation plan or annual element without being evaluated under the selection process. Also requires the Regional Transportation Authority to establish a similar program for transit projects in Northeast Illinois.

Truck Regulations (HB 396): Updates truck weight and length regulations to better reflect federal laws.

Veterans Plates (HB 694): Provides that, with respect to the supporting documentation required to obtain a plate for a veteran with a disability, the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) shall allow an applicant to redact information on the documentation that pertains to the nature of the applicant’s health issue. Allows the SOS to require an applicant to disclose information necessary to confirm that the applicant’s disability is service-connected or to establish the degree of the applicant’s disability.
 
Fold of Honor Decals (HB 1915): Allows for the issuance of Fold of Honor special license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
 
Aviation Enthusiast Decals (HB 1927): Provides that the Illinois chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association shall have the authority to issue Aviation Enthusiast decals. In addition to the standard $151 fee, the decals will have an annual renewal fee of $25.
 
Quad Cities Decals (HB 1928): Allows for the issuance of Child Abuse Council of the Quad Cities license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Human Services.
 
Electronic System Implementation (HB 2432): Changes the deadline for the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) to implement the electronic lien and title system created by House Bill 2856 in the 101st General Assembly from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022.
 
Automotive Parts Recycling (HB 2529): Allows an automotive parts recycler, in addition to a scrap processor, to submit a Junk Vehicle Notification to the Illinois Secretary of State.
 
Deputy, Assistant Fire Chiefs (HB 2860): Allows deputy and assistant fire chiefs to have vehicles equipped with sirens and makes them eligible for fire chief license plates.
 
Expectant Mother Decals (HB 3027): Allows the Illinois Secretary of State to provide a disabilities motor decal or device to an expectant mother during her third trimester. Provides that a decal or device provided to an expectant mother shall be valid for no more than 90 days, and shall clearly set forth the date that the decal or device expires.
 
Hazardous Material Routes (HB 3881): Defines a local road as it pertains to the movement of hazardous materials and agriculture movements. Local road is defined as any State roadway except for a highway with 4 or more lanes or an interstate highway.
 
Healthcare Worker Decals (HB 3929): Allows the issuance of healthcare worker license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Veterans Affairs

Service Officers (HB 3255): Expands an honorable discharge requirement that is currently only applicable to service officers in a field office, to any supervisors including the field manager of a field office.

Veterans Assistance (HB 3515): Creates provisions not currently defined in statute that address delegates and alternates for Veteran’s Organizations serving more than one county.

Preventing Deceptive Practices (HB 3865): Prevents deceptive practices from organizations “servicing” veterans obtaining benefits by requiring disclosure on voice and typed messaging that veterans’ benefit services are free of charge at county veteran service offices. Makes it unlawful to violate the fiduciary responsibility of the veteran.