In addition to the many bills that were passed, state Sen. Larry
Bomke, R-Springfield, said that Senate and House Republican leaders
met with Gov. Pat Quinn and nearly a dozen major business
associations to talk about creating and maintaining jobs in
Business leaders stressed the importance of fair tax
policies, urged lawmakers to rein in state spending, emphasized the
need for health care reforms and encouraged lawmakers to continue to
work with businesses -- not against them.
Bomke noted that many business groups are concerned about Quinn's
proposed 50 percent income tax rate increase for business, stressing
that it would further burden businesses that are already suffering
as they try to stay afloat in today's floundering economy.
Supporting a future effort to give Illinois' economy and
employment numbers a kick-start, the Senate approved Senate Bill
2016, which offers state financial, governmental and structural
support for Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Illinois is one of four finalists to host the games, including
Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. The Olympic Committee will conduct
an evaluation visit in Chicago on April 2-8. Many state and
Chicago-area officials are hopeful that the passage of Senate Bill
2016 will bolster the state's review in the evaluation. The bill now
progresses to the governor, who is expected to sign the legislation
Also this week, the Senate approved Senate Bill 48, which creates
the Illinois Torture and Relief Commission. The commission will
investigate claims from convicted individuals that their conviction
resulted from a confession extracted through torture by former
Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge or police officers under his command.
The legislation is a response to allegations swirling around the
former police commander and his subordinate officers, who allegedly
used torture to interrogate African-American suspects over a 20-year
period of time.
Lawmakers approved another long-sought-after bill, Senate Bill
1467, which would permit big trucks to travel 65 mph on rural
interstates. This would include semis, buses, campers, recreational
vehicles and vehicles towing another vehicle.
This legislation has been approved by both the House and Senate
on numerous occasions; however, it has been continually vetoed by
the governor. Proponents of Senate Bill 1467 say that the states
surrounding Illinois allow big trucks to travel at least 65 mph on
rural interstates and have not seen an increase in the accident rate
involving large trucks. However, opponents contend that large trucks
cannot be treated the same way as smaller vehicles and that allowing
these trucks to travel at the same speed as cars and smaller trucks
will pose a safety risk because it takes the larger trucks more time
to stop and because they are not as maneuverable as smaller
Also approved by the Illinois Senate this week:
AABD (Senate Bill 1283): Removes the July 1 sunset date for
financial aid for refugees and asylees under the Aid to the Aged,
Blind and Disabled $500 grant program.
Abuse (Senate Bill 807): Requires the Department of Children and
Family Services to determine whether to conduct a family assessment
or an investigation to prevent or provide a remedy for child abuse
AEDs (Senate Bill 1254): Exempts outdoor facilities owned by
municipalities and townships from being required to install
automatic external defibrillators.
Aging (Senate Bill 326): Requires the Department on Aging develop a
plan for restructuring the state's service delivery plan for older
adults. The plan must be based on individual health circumstances
and functioning level, regardless of residence.
Allergies (Senate Bill 152): Requires that clear and consistent
safety guidelines and policies for life-threatening food allergies
be developed and provided to each school board for implementation.
Animal euthanization (Senate Bill 38): States that only a licensed
Illinois veterinarian can euthanize a companion animal by using
Banks (Senate Bill 1422): Requires approval by the commissioner of
banks before large banks can take "control" of small, state-charged
Circuit Breaker (Senate Bill 88): Modifies Circuit Breaker income
limits for surviving spouses so that survivors who apply for
benefits are judged solely by their own income, rather than the
income of their deceased spouse.
Confidential identification (Senate Bill 1512): Establishes
procedures for the issuance of confidential state ID cards, driver's
licenses and plates to law enforcement agencies for law enforcement
Corrections (Senate Bill 1404): Requires the departments of Human
Services and Corrections to work together to provide helpful
information to families and children of incarcerated parents.
Compensation Review Board: Senate Bill 63 requires the Compensation
Review Board to submit two reports to the General Assembly,
separating the judicial branch from the legislative and executive
branch. Senate Bill 190 reduces the number of members on the
Compensation Review Board and requires the board to create three
separate reports to be approved or reduced by the General Assembly
in three separate resolutions on three separate roll calls.
Crime victims (Senate Bill 42): Allows a victim impact statement to
be presented to the court in a mental health commitment hearing in
the case of a person who was tried for a violent crime and found not
guilty by reason of insanity.
CTA civil action (Senate Bill 84): Deletes requirement of written
notice to the Chicago Transit Authority within six months if someone
is about to commence any civil action against CTA.
Dental services (Senate Bill 1393): Establishes a grant program for
local health departments, federally qualified health centers and
rural health clinics for the development of comprehensive dental
Disabled employees (Senate Bill 40): Requires several state agencies
that assist people with disabilities to develop and implement
programs to increase the number of qualified employees with
disabilities who are working with the state.
Education grant (Senate Bill 1412): Changes the Early Childhood
Education Block Grant allocation so that no less than 11 percent,
instead of exactly 11 percent, of the grant must be used to fund
programs for children ages 0-3.
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Elections (Senate Bill 1473): Requires every political committee
that files electronically to receive all electronic notices, reports
or dispatches from the State Board of Elections.
Emergency care (Senate Bill 1487): Allows physician assistants to
provide medical care in an emergency situation without the
supervision of a physician.
Ethics (Senate Bill 54): Establishes procedures for the executive
inspector general's office to submit a version of its final report
to the Executive Ethics Commission, to the employee who is the
subject of the investigation and to the public.
Eviction (Senate Bill 153): Extends the time period for enforcement
of an eviction judgment from 90 days to 120 days after entry of the
Forestry council (Senate Bill 1413): Establishes the Illinois
Forestry Development Council to oversee Illinois' forestry
Furlough (Senate Bill 1479): Provides service credit to state
employees for up to five days of voluntary or involuntary furlough
used to address a state fiscal emergency.
Gangs (Senate Bill 141): Creates the offense of criminal street gang
recruitment of a minor.
Income tax checkoff (FS 1490): Creates an income tax checkoff for
Juvenile records (Senate Bill 104): Allows people investigating the
conduct of police officers to access juvenile records.
Medicaid (Senate Bill 1497): Authorizes Medicaid to cover dental
procedures that include diagnostic, preventative or corrective
procedures, bringing state law into line with federal law in order
to ensure federal reimbursement.
Military (Senate Bill 1333): Requires public employees to be granted
leave by their employer for any training or duty required by the
U.S. armed forces and requires that they be paid the difference
between the employee's government salary and their military salary.
MRSA (Senate Bill 105): Requires state facilities, including mental
health hospitals, correctional centers and centers for
developmentally disabled people, to develop procedures related to
MRSA prevention, control and reporting.
New fee (Senate Bill 1341): Imposes an additional $10 fee on any
person who receives court supervision for a vehicle code violation.
The fee is to be directed to the driver education fund for course
work and training.
Overtime (Senate Bill 1369): Prohibits state agency directors from
requiring employees to work in excess of an agreed upon,
predetermined and regularly scheduled daily work shift, not to
exceed 40 hours per week.
Paternity (Senate Bill 1274): Requires paternity findings and
exclusions entered in juvenile court proceedings to be disclosed to
the Department of Healthcare and Family Services when necessary.
Pensions: Senate Bill 1292 requires the state pension systems to
establish a policy with the goal of increasing the racial, ethnic
and gender diversity of its fiduciaries. Senate Bill 39 allows
downstate and suburban teachers to buy pension service credit in the
Teachers' Retirement System for out-of-state maternity leave.
Rental car liability (Senate Bill 1268): States that a rental car
patron is liable for up to $2,000 of the fair market value of a
stolen rental vehicle, regardless of whether they exercised
Required bidding (Senate Bill 1414): Establishes that counties other
than Cook are not required to seek competitive bids for services,
materials, equipment, supplies or construction costing less than
$50,000, instead of $20,000.
School boards (Senate Bill 35): Requires school boards to grant 30
days of sick leave for birth and adoption.
Semitrailers (Senate Bill 1467): Allows large trucks to go 65 mph on
Sex offenders (Senate Bill 62): Prohibits convicted child sex
offenders from operating certain types of vehicles that are
attractive to children, such as ice cream trucks.
State police (Senate Bill 1425): Establishes that state police
applicants with an honorable military discharge who received an
Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal are deemed to meet the state police
college or university education requirements.
Superintendents (Senate Bill 1276): Creates a new superintendent
mentoring program for the first two school years an individual
serves as a new superintendent.
Suspected abuse (Senate Bill 1278): Establishes disciplinary action
for optometrists who fail to report an instance of suspected abuse
Textbook bundling (Senate Bill 1485): Places restrictions on college
textbook publishers to specifically address the practice of
Torture (Senate Bill 48): Creates the Illinois Torture Inquiry and
Relief Commission to investigate claims of torture that resulted in
a confession and conviction on a felony offense, resulting from
conduct by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge or police officers
under his command.
Utilities (Senate Bill 1448): Limits fees that utilities must pay to
cross railroad rights of way.
Veterans: Senate Bill 1461 gives Illinois residents who are veterans
of the War on Terror $100 in compensation. Senate Bill 1521 allows
school boards to issue high school diplomas to honorably discharged
veterans of the Vietnam War.
Visitation (Senate Bill 101): Expands the criminal offense of
unlawful visitation interference to include interference with
parenting time orders.
[Text from file sent on behalf of
Larry Bomke by Illinois
Senate Republican staff]