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Gov. Branstad issues statement on the passing of former Des Moines Mayor Richard Olson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:05

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of former Des Moines Mayor Richard “Dick” Olson:

“Dick Olson was a fine mayor for the City of Des Moines. Dick’s accomplishments, including the Des Moines Botanical Center and the skywalk system, are still prevalent in Iowa’s capital city. He was a very dedicated public servant who served as both a Des Moines City Councilman and two-term Mayor. He will be greatly missed.”

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill & Legislative Actions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman and Dave Blanchette   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:48

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Workers Across Illinois

Bill Drafted by Attorney General Madigan Limits Payroll Card Fees and Gives Employees More Flexibility

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to protect the increasing number of workers across Illinois who receive their compensation through a payroll card. The measure, drafted by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, provides important protections for employees by limiting fees that can be imposed on payroll cards. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois workers are treated fairly and receive the compensation they deserve.

“We need to make sure that all Illinois residents are treated fairly when it comes to receiving their hard-earned pay,” Governor Quinn said. “No one should be penalized by unnecessary fees when they are trying to collect their wages. I applaud Attorney General Madigan for pushing this common-sense legislation to protect the hardworking men and women of our state. Not only are we fighting to raise the minimum wage in Illinois, but now employees will have the choice between proven and safe ways of receiving all the wages they rightfully deserve.”

“Before today, there were better protections on gift cards than payroll cards in Illinois,” Attorney General Madigan said. “But with this new law, which will be the strongest of its kind in the country, Illinois employees will no longer have to pay just to get their pay.”

Payroll cards are an alternative way to pay employees who do not have traditional banking services. Rather than issuing a paper check, employers provide employees with a payroll card that gets loaded with the employee’s wages every pay period. Payroll cards look and operate much like debit cards, and can be used to make withdrawals from an ATM or to make purchases at a store.

The Attorney General’s Office began investigating employers’ use of payroll cards after receiving complaints from Illinois workers and uncovered a number of harmful practices, including excessive, unreasonable fees that were attached to the cards; $5 account inactivity fees; $3 fees for monthly statements; and 50-cent fees for point-of-sale transactions. Many employers have implemented responsible payroll card programs, but some employers are forcing workers to use payroll cards and failing to provide them with any information about how to use the cards, including how to avoid fees.

House Bill 5622, sponsored by State Representative Arthur Turner (D-Chicago) and State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), ensures that employees are not required to accept a payroll card and can choose another form of payment, such as a paper check or direct deposit. For employees who do accept a payroll card, the new law sets limits on fees and requires employers to clearly provide the terms of their payroll card program.

The new law ensures employees can access their wages without incurring unreasonable fees. This includes a prohibition on fees for overdrafts, transaction history requests and purchases. The law also limits fees for declined transactions and card inactivity. More than 20 states already have similar protections for employees and payroll cards. The law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

“This is a simple matter of justice for low-wage workers,” Senator Raoul said. “The men and women who form the backbone of our economy deserve informed choices, fair treatment and a fair wage, and this law protects those rights.”

Throughout his career, Governor Quinn has been a strong advocate for all workers. In 2013, the Governor signed legislation that protects Illinois workers’ pay by fighting questionable business practices, particularly in the construction industry. The laws deal with the misclassification of workers and the attempts of employers to avoid paying state employment taxes and premiums.

The Governor fought for and signed a law amending the Equal Pay Act to give victims more time to address issues of underpayment and is leading the charge to increase the state’s minimum wage to at least $10 per hour.

In his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Quinn proposed a minimum of two days of earned sick leave per year for 2.5 million Illinois workers who have no sick leave.

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**Tuesday, August 5, 2014**

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:

 

Bill No.: SB 1630

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Makes changes to medical billing procedures.

Action: Amendatory Vetoed

Effective: Immediately

 

A copy of the amendatory veto message is attached.

 

 

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, August 4, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:44

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 5397

An Act Concerning: Education

Requires the Illinois State Board of Education to mandate that public schools use a physical fitness assessment.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3274

An Act Concerning: Education

Provides that physical education and health education teachers can be regarded as highly-qualified if they meet the requirements applied to teachers in core academic subjects.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

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TOPINKA TO UNVEIL NEW OFFICE INNOVATION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brad Hahn   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:39

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will make a video announcement about the newest innovation in her office, first on her Facebook fan page and Twitter accounts at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Please "like" Comptroller Topinka on her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter so you can get the news first!

Stay tuned!

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Friday, August 1, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 04 August 2014 08:07
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 4407

An Act Concerning: Children

Allows children to receive early intervention services and continue to receive services during state proceedings.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4495

An Act Concerning: Minors

Authorizes the Juvenile Courts to grant custody to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for certain delinquent minors.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4636

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Updates definitions in the Adoption Act and Child Care Act and expands accessibility for adoption proceedings.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4652

An Act Concerning: State Government

Increases the number of college tuition waivers the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services can award to current and former foster youth.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4773

An Act Concerning: State Government

Requires that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services maintain a statewide and regional youth advisory boards for the purpose of determining how to best serve the children and wards in current and former care.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4916

An Act Concerning: Children

Clarifies the Department of Children and Family Services review process for unfounded reports.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5598

An Act Concerning: State Government

Prevents families from relinquishing custody of children to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services solely because of serious mental illness or serious mental disturbance.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5990

An Act Concerning: Government

Updates The Children’s Advocacy Center Act   to adhere to current operational practices and national accreditation standards.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 119

An Act Concerning: Government

Makes technical changes to the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 333

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Clarifies recovery process for certain erroneously granted homestead exemptions.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 506

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Allows a coroner to disqualify him or herself in the event of a conflict of interest.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 643

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Makes technical changes to the Genetic Counselor Licensing Act and extends its sunset to Jan. 1, 2025.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 646

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Provides additional consumer protections for certain fraternal society organizations

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 822

An Act Concerning: Health

Specifies how the proceeds from sales of certain state facilities are to be allocated.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1841

An Act Concerning: State Government

Makes changes in the non-practice information posting requirements on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation website.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1999

An Act Concerning: Government

Expands licensure requirements opportunities for individuals seeking to operate a day care home.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2598

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Allows certain road districts to use road taxes collected from a subdivision for additional road improvements.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2608

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Makes technical changes to the Illinois Insurance Code.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2633

An Act Concerning: State Government

Establishes additional exemptions and reduces fee for Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamps.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2656

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Provides for efficient and expedited transfers of certain property upon the death of the owner.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2657

An Act Concerning: Safety

Institutes statutory clean up provisions from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately; one provision takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.

 

Bill No.: SB 2662

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Diversifies the types of financial instruments in which farm mutual insurance companies may invest.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2709

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Provides that the donation of blood or undertaking labor at a blood bank are excluded from the community service that may be performed by juvenile offenders.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2773

An Act Concerning: State Government

Creates a Long-Term Services and Supports Disparities Task Force.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2783

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Adheres procedure for witness fees for witnesses to actions involving abused, neglected or dependent minors to that of other criminal cases.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2811

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Modifies provisions of the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2814

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Clarifies appointee requirements for sanitary district trustees.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2852

An Act Concerning: Criminal law

Allows search warrants to be issued by use of electronic mail.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2909

An Act Concerning: State Government

Requires the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to provide all caregivers with a safety plan.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2937

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Modifies the Freedom From Drone Surveillance Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2947

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Provides that an application for registration of a title insurance agent will be considered if the applicant accurately discloses a felony or misdemeanor involving a crime of theft or dishonesty.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2955

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Bars individuals that have engaged in financial exploitation of an elderly person or person with disability from benefitting from the estate of the victim.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2968

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Provides the administrator of a care facility 60 days to notify the required individuals about the closing of the facility.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2975

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Changes the amount of indebtedness that the Byron Forest Preserve District may incur.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2985

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Requires persons executing a small estate affidavit to pay the decedent’s creditors before making any distribution to heirs.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2998

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Requires that an advance practice nurse (APN) hold and maintain a national certification in nursing in order to be licensed.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2999

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Strengthens licensing requirements in the Illinois Roofing Industry Licensing Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3009

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Requires the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to submit a Day Care Licensing Report to the General Assembly annually.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3036

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Allows a property tax collector’s books to be created, transmitted and stored in an electronic format.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3048

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Affords long-term care facilities the same status and protections as other health care providers under the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Act and the Managed Care and Patient Rights Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3057

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Modifies certain rules pertaining to Common Interest Community Associations.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3103

An Act Concerning: Business

Clarifies what is covered under the Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3149

An Act Concerning: Public Health

Allows a person with diabetes to self-administer insulin in any location, including public locations, where he or she is authorized to be.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3217

An Act Concerning: Children

Charges the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force with providing recommendations on a multi disciplinary team approach for investigating reports of abuse or neglect of children.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3283

An Act Concerning: State government

Expands the definition of “relative” with respect to youth wards of the state being placed in foster care.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015 with certain provisions taking effect June 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3290

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Clarifies liability of off-road riding facilities.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3302

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Provides a religious exemption from the photograph requirement for professional license applications.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3406

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Allows applicants for licensure as a clinical psychologist to be a graduate from a doctoral program in clinical, school or counseling psychology accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3421

An Act Concerning: Children

Makes continuing education credit available for licensees attending mandated reporter training for reporting child abuse.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3432

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Ensures the notification of private emergency medical services providers in cases of dangerous or infectious diseases.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3495

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Allows McHenry County to acquire certain property.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3532

An Act Concerning: Health

Provides direction to the courts when an independent medical examination is requested.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

 

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