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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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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Thursday, July 31, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 01 August 2014 08:37
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 3831

An Act Concerning: State Government

Exempts certain contract fees under the State Comptroller Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1381

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Amends certain traffic control indications in the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3427

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Provides a competitive bidding process for fire protection districts.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation and Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey and Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:56

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand the Holocaust and Genocide Commission; Commission Works to Increase Public Awareness Through Educational Programs, Events and Outreach

SKOKIE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission, increasing its ability to reach even more people across Illinois with its important message. The commission works with Holocaust survivors to increase public awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides through educational programs, events and outreach efforts. The Governor signed the legislation at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie as part of his agenda to ensure Illinois embraces all people.

“It is important that we never forget the millions of lives lost not only in the Holocaust, but all terrible acts of genocide throughout history,” Governor Quinn said. “The Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission works to ensure tolerance among our future generations. I urge all residents to strive to overcome hate and indifference through learning and acceptance.”

Senate Bill 3129, sponsored by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), increases the number of commission members from 18 to 22, and ensures that one of them is a student. Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, the Holocaust and Genocide Commission was created in July 2010. Members consist of Holocaust and other genocide survivors, liberators and other volunteers to share their knowledge and experiences in order to increase public awareness. The commission also holds events to memorialize the Holocaust and other genocides. The new law takes effect immediately.

“This law allows the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission to continue educating Illinois residents about crimes against humanity,” Senator Silverstein said. “We must never forget this tragedy. We must work together to prevent genocide from ever happening.”

“Today, Governor Quinn signs into law a bill that will protect the future of the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission,” Representative Feigenholtz said. “This legislation enables the Commission to keep promoting awareness and understanding of one of the darkest eras of human history.”

Illinois was the first state in the nation to mandate public elementary schools and high schools include a study of Holocaust history in its curriculum.

In 2011, Governor Quinn visited Israel to further develop ties between Illinois and Israel, and signed legislation requiring anyone convicted of a hate crime to enroll in an educational program discouraging hate crimes. In April 2013, the Governor proclaimed April 24 as Jan Karski Day to honor a hero of the Polish Underground during World War II who was lauded for risking his life to expose the horrors of the Holocaust to the world. Karski was later a professor at Georgetown University where a young Pat Quinn was among his students at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Friday, July 25, 2014**

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

 

Bill No.: HB 4505

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Creates a new license through the Illinois Department of Agriculture for individuals who store, filter, process or distribute used cooking grease for reuse or recycling.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4522

An Act Concerning: Education

Reduces number of contiguous school districts needed to jointly operate a science and mathematics school through a college or university.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5692

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Creates an advisory committee to assist in the design and implementation of a program for the electronic verification of motor vehicle liability insurance.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 0336

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Creates the Community Stabilization Assessment Freeze Pilot Program.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2791

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Clarifies the powers of a designated railroad police force.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ensure Quality Distance Learning and Online Education Programs; Also Signs Legislation to Streamline School Financial Processes and Extend Task Force on Civic Education

CHAMPAIGN – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to sign a law to help boost the quality of distance and online learning programs across Illinois and other states. The Governor also signed laws to streamline higher education financial processes and to extend the Task Force on Civic Education. Today's actions are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to ensure that everyone in Illinois has the opportunity for a high quality education.

“Attending college online is an important educational option more people around the world are pursuing,” Governor Quinn said. ”Illinois’ higher education institutions have found a willing and world-wide audience for these types of course offerings. This new law makes sure the educational programming offered online out of Illinois maintains the same high quality standards in order to help ensure all students receive a high quality education, regardless of where they live.”

Senate Bill 3441, sponsored by State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) and State Representative Robert Pritchard (R-Sycamore), authorizes the Illinois Board of Higher Education to make agreements with other states to guarantee distance learning programs maintain common standards and that completed course work is recognized by institutions in each state. The agreements will also establish a mechanism for handling complaints and refunds across states and institutions. The new law is effective January 1, 2015.

"Governor Quinn's action fulfills the legislature's goal to make high-quality, affordable online higher education available to Illinois residents,” Senator McGuire said. “This new law shows what cooperation between Democrats and Republicans and among Midwestern states can accomplish—lower costs for governments, and expanded opportunities for our 21st century workforce."

“Distance learning allows students to take courses that may not be offered where they are attending college or at times that are more convenient for them,” Representative Pritchard said. “This legislation offers consumer protections that the courses will be recognized by institutions of higher education, and assures refunds will be made if the student takes the appropriate steps to cancel the course.”

The new law will allow Illinois to join other members of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines while also making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. The Midwestern Compact will interact with other regional compacts across the country.  Any public college, university or independent institution can participate and seek accreditation, a designation that will indicate the institution has the “seal of approval” from the participating states for its distance learning programs.

Last year through the University of Illinois, 323,857 students from around the world enrolled in online offerings through the Massive Open Online Courses including nontraditional students, professionals looking to build specific competencies and many other lifelong learners.

By providing a broad range of affordable, flexible options, online learning has great potential to help many people across Illinois meet their education and careers goals. With nearly one in ten community college students taking a class online each year, online learning is becoming an increasingly popular option.

Governor Quinn today also signed two bills sponsored by State Representative Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana). Senate Bill 230, co-sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), increases efficiency by saving schools time and money by removing an extra step in the public university vouchering process. Senate Bill 2728, co-sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), allows the Task Force on Civic Education to complete its mission by extending the life of the task force and setting a new date for its final report. Both laws are effective immediately.

Governor Quinn has made support for higher education in Illinois a top priority. At his direction, distance learning is just one of the many strategies Illinois has pursued as part of a comprehensive plan to make postsecondary attainment more accessible to all students. Illinois is engaged in a number of innovative approaches to bolstering college completion including early college credit opportunities.

In Fiscal Year 2012, almost 8,900 dual credit courses were offered through Illinois community colleges, providing opportunities for approximately 88,000 high school students during the past year. The dual credit system has seen tremendous growth with a nearly 125 percent increase in dual credit students served annually since 2004.

As a result of these and other initiatives, Illinois’ college completion rate, which is above the national average, has grown to 43 percent under Governor Quinn’s administration.

In addition to supporting expanded access to early college credit and career certificates, Governor Quinn has been a steadfast supporter of the Monetary Award Program (MAP) which enables more than 140,000 low income students to pursue higher education each year. He has proposed doubling the funds available for the plan over the next five years to provide 21,000 more students each year with an opportunity to attend college that would not otherwise be available.

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Governor Quinn Welcomes New Class of Illinois State Police Troopers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:55

37 Police Academy Graduates Assigned Across the State

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau to commission 37 new State Troopers during a graduation ceremony at the State Police Academy in Springfield.  The new troopers will begin patrolling throughout the state starting Monday, July 28. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve public safety across Illinois.

“The Illinois State Police have a long and distinguished history of service to the state,” Governor Quinn said.  “Our newest graduates have been rigorously trained to uphold that tradition. I welcome this class of cadets into the State Police, and thank each of them for their dedication to making our state a safer place for all.”

“These men and women dedicated themselves to successfully completing 25 weeks of rigorous training to become Illinois State Police officers,” Director Grau said. “We welcome them to our ranks and salute their commitment to serving the citizens of Illinois.”

Today’s graduation of Cadet Class 124 marks the second cadet class this year. It is the third class to graduate under a new law that allows veterans who have been awarded an Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal by the U.S. military to apply without having earned a college degree. Fourteen of the new troopers are veterans, and of these, nine were hired under the new law.

The troopers completed a rigorous 25-week regimen of physical and classroom instruction which included training in Terrorism Awareness, Domestic Violence, Critical Incident Response, Firearms Training, First Responder Certification, Illinois Vehicle Code, Criminal Law, Motor Carrier Safety, Juvenile Law and more.

The new officers have been assigned to the following areas of the state and will immediately begin their patrol duties:

·         District 1 Sterling, 2 troopers

·         District 2 Elgin, 3 troopers

·         Chicago District, 4 troopers

·         District 5 Joliet, 1 trooper

·         District 6 Pontiac, 2 troopers

·         District 7 East Moline, 2 troopers

·         District 8 Metamora, 4 troopers

·         District 11 Collinsville, 6 troopers

·         District 14 Macomb, 1 trooper

·         District 16 Pecatonica, 4 troopers

·         District 17 LaSalle, 4 troopers

·         District 21 Kankakee, 4 troopers.

The Illinois State Police Academy is one of the most respected and recognized training facilities in the country.  Dozens of law enforcement agencies also use Academy curriculum to meet standards set forth by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Those interested in joining the ranks of the Illinois State Police are encouraged to visit the Illinois State Police Merit Board website at www.illinoistrooper.com for application information.

 

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Thursday, July 24, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:10

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

 

Bill No.: HB 5342

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to develop rules and guidelines for credit union and bank examinations.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

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