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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, August 18, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:29

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

 

Bill No.: HB 3681

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Exempts certain payment system operators from licensure by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3798

An Act Concerning: Government

Changes quorum requirements for certain state boards.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4535

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Exempts applicants with an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. educational institution from an English proficiency test prior to licensure as an architect or engineer.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4653

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Enhances penalties for domestic battery offenders with similar prior convictions in other jurisdictions.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4741

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Changes current law to allow current and former military members between the ages of 35 and 40 to apply for a position as a firefighter.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4782

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Extends the amount of time condominium associations have to lease certain units.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5488

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Requires that the Continuity and Record Evaluation patient care needs assessment tool be identical to the version used by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5678

An Act Concerning: Education

Allows the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees to sell, lease or transfer and convey specified property.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5681

An Act Concerning: Education

Requires the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees to hold one quarterly meeting at the Quad Cities campus each year.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5697

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Permits military dependents to remain eligible for and receive disability services if the military member is reassigned out of state.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5742

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Authorizes Illinois Department of Public Health to designate a hospital as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital if certain requirements are met.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5785

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Streamlines the process for consolidating certain units of local government.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5856

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Permits voters to vote to dissolve and consolidate their fire protection district with an adjoining district.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5935

An Act Concerning: State Government

Makes technical changes to the Illinois Department of Human Services Home Services Program and creates the Home Services Medicaid Trust Fund.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 125

An Act Concerning: Government

Provides for the lending or donation to a presidential library or museum items linked to President Barack Obama’s service as an Illinois State Senator.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3440

An Act Concerning: Public Health

Amends the Illinois Rural/Downstate Health Act regarding Access Fund.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3504

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Requires insurance companies to issue notifications to consumers regarding mine subsidence coverage.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3554

An Act Concerning: Education

Adds a non-voting member to the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

 

 

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:04
Prohibit ATM Fees on Child Support Payments

Law Will Ensure Children Receive the Support and Care They Deserve

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit ATM fees on EPPICards, reloadable debit cards which are methods of receiving child support payments. The new law will ensure that children receive the support and care they deserve. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers and support Illinois’ families.

“Child support is intended to make sure that our state’s youngest residents have access to the food, clothing and housing they need,” Governor Quinn said. “Those funds should go towards care for the child, not bank fees. Protecting withdrawals on these cards means that parents can access the funds they are entitled to without burdensome fees.”

Senate Bill 640 allows consumers to access these child support funds through an ATM without incurring additional fees. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) currently offers EPPICards to individuals receiving child support payments who do not use banking services, allowing individuals to access child support funds electronically. EPPICards help consumers avoid check cashing fees and provides protection from theft or fraud. The law is effective July 1, 2015.

“This measure protects families living paycheck to paycheck,” State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), sponsor of the legislation, said. “It keeps single parents who receive child support from paying unjust fees and enables them to get the money they rightfully deserve.”

Governor Quinn has been a leader in protecting Illinois’ consumers and making sure residents have access to their money without burdensome fees.  This month Governor Quinn signed legislation protecting users of employee payroll cards by limiting the fees that can be imposed on the cards, including a prohibition on fees for overdrafts, transaction history requests and purchases.

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Governor Quinn Signs Law to Coordinate Assistance to Illinois’ Servicemembers

New Partnership Will Help Guide Support for Illinois’ Servicemembers and their Families

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help coordinate the donations and grants made by the public toward Illinois’ veterans. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.

“When it comes to supporting our veterans, Illinois is second to none,” Governor Quinn said. “This law is just another way a grateful state can say ‘thank you’ to those who served. Now we can help ensure our servicemembers receive the support they deserve for all of the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedoms.”

“We are grateful for Governor Quinn’s leadership and support of our Illinois veterans and their families,” Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Acting Director Rodrigo Garcia said. “The bill he’s signed into law today is a strong initiative to continue helping us to help those who’ve served.  Senate Bill 3222 creates the Illinois Joining Forces Foundation and marks the next stage in our efforts to help so many deserving people across Illinois. We are also grateful to the sponsors and supporters of this important piece of legislation.”

Senate Bill 3222, sponsored by State Senator Mike Hastings (D-Matteson), a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran, and State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Litchfield), a veteran and a retired Illinois Air National Guard officer, represents the next step forward for Illinois Joining Forces. The law allows Illinois Joining Forces to be housed in a non-profit organization, the Illinois Joining Forces Foundation. The Foundation will help coordinate the “sea of goodwill” being offered to veterans and their families from numerous public and private sources. The new partnership allows the Illinois Joining Forces program to solicit, accept and disperse grants and donations on behalf of the state’s veterans. This central coordination will ensure the most effective acceptance and distribution of assistance for veterans. The law is effective immediately.

“The Illinois Joining Forces Foundation is an outstanding way to show our veterans that we will honor and support them even after their services are inactive,” Senator Hastings said. “When these men and women return to their homes, they should not have to go door to door to receive the services they may need and the foundation will provide an excellent one-stop-shop for them.”

“With so many organizations available to assist our military service members, veterans and families, it can often be overwhelming to know where to turn for assistance,” Representative Rosenthal said. “That is where the Illinois Joining Forces excels. By creating a one-stop shop to help our military find the assistance they need, the Foundation makes the process less daunting. Establishing the Illinois Joining Forces Foundation as a not-for-profit will allow for additional resources to be allocated towards their mission, services and programs.”

Illinois Joining Forces has been recognized by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an “innovative example” of expanding collaboration and information sharing at the local level. In Feb. 2014, IDVA received the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs for its creation of Illinois joining forces. For more information on Illinois Joining Forces, visit www.illinoisjoiningforces.org

Governor Quinn has long been a leader for supporting Illinois’ military families. He initiated the Illinois Veterans Grant and Illinois National Guard Grant, which cover tuition at all Illinois public universities and community colleges for eligible veterans and serving National Guard members. He also required colleges to post all benefits available to Illinois veterans and assign a staff member to serve as the point of contact for student-veterans who need information and assistance. In 2012, Governor Quinn and the Departments of Veterans and Military Affairs spearheaded the statewide public-private partnership, Illinois Joining Forces, which has been a model for other states to follow. Today’s bill signing creates a foundation that will help further this organization’s mission of assisting veterans.


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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Keep Dangerous Substances Away from Illinois’ Schools

Additional Laws Help Combat Drug Use and Possession by Illinois’ Children

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed three new laws to fight the use and manufacture of illegal drugs in Illinois. The laws toughen penalties for meth manufacture near schools, add certain synthetic drugs to the Controlled Substances Act and prohibit anyone under 18 from purchasing or possessing any product containing the herbal drug Kratom. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep schools safe and protect the health of the people of Illinois.

“Dangerous substances have no place near our schools or children,” Governor Quinn said. “These laws will help ensure that drugs stay away from these special places of learning. To those who choose to violate the law and manufacture the drug, today we are sending a strong message - these harmful drugs do not belong anywhere near our children.”

House Bill 4093, sponsored by State Representative Daniel Beiser (D-Alton) and State Senator William Haine (D-Alton), increases the penalty for methamphetamine, or meth, manufacture if it occurs within 1,000 feet of any school property.

The offense is now classified as aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacture, a Class X felony with tougher penalties than the Class 1 felony of participation in methamphetamine manufacture. The possible sentences for breaking the law are now a minimum of six years in prison, with up to 60 years possible, and fines up to $400,000 or the total street value of the drug. The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

“I introduced House Bill 4093 after a very serious situation was brought to my attention by the South Roxana Police Department involving methamphetamine manufacture near a daycare,” Representative Beiser said. “I was shocked to discover our current law had a loophole in its language regarding proximity to what constituted school property. House Bill 4093 closes this dangerous loophole. I want to thank the law enforcement community for bringing this to my attention so that we can work together to protect schoolchildren and prosecute those reckless criminals who would otherwise put them in harm’s way.”

“The evils of meth are all around us. It destroys individuals, families and neighborhoods,” Senator Haine said. “Meth is a highly addictive and disruptive substance. There is no redeeming social value in the manufacture of meth.”

Governor Quinn today also signed Senate Bill 3275, sponsored by State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) and Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Addison), that adds the synthetic drugs 25-I, 25-C and 25-B to the listed of controlled substances which are illegal to manufacture, deliver or possess with the intent to distribute. These hallucinogenic substances have been available for purchase online and are linked to a number of serious or fatal reactions, particularly among high school students. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.

The Governor also signed House Bill 5526, sponsored by Representative Reboletti and State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), which makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or possess any product containing the herbal drug Kratom and also makes it illegal for anyone to sell or provide Kratom to a minor. This stimulant made from leaves indigenous to southeast Asia can mimic the effects of heroin or frequently abused pain killers in higher doses. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Since taking office, Governor Quinn has worked toward a drug free Illinois. He signed the Emergency Medical Services Access law in 2012, which provides immunity to a person who, in good faith, seeks or obtains emergency medical assistance for someone experiencing an overdose. As part of the Drug Overdose Prevention Program, a life-saving law took effect in 2010 to allow non-medical persons to dispense a drug overdose antidote in an emergency to prevent a drug overdose from becoming fatal.

Additionally, in 2009, the Governor approved law enforcement tracking of online or over-the-counter drug purchases to reduce access to pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, ingredients involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine commonly found in over-the-counter allergy and cold medicines. The Methamphetamine Precursor Tracking Act made a pilot program to track purchase of methamphetamine ingredients permanent and makes it tougher for meth manufacturers to obtain their ingredients in Illinois.

The pilot program helped Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Teams locate and seize 155 meth labs and make 231 meth arrests. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported that in calendar year 2012, Illinois had 801 clandestine methamphetamine lab incidents, the fifth highest in the country.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Friday, August 15, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:59

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

 

Bill No.: HB 2513

An Act Concerning: Education

Provides that all new school building construction governed by the Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools shall include a storm shelter.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 3685

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Allows the Illinois Secretary of State to grant a waiver for a lapse in the renewal of a driver’s license in excess of 30 days for certain drivers, including religious organization bus drivers and senior citizen transportation drivers.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 3695

An Act Concerning: Education

Provides that an Advanced Placement computer science course may satisfy a mathematics requirement for high school graduation.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3765

An Act Concerning: Health

Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to add information to its written summaries regarding the detection, treatment and follow-up tests of breast cancer.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 3819

An Act Concerning: State Government

Codifies the Benefit Access Program within the Illinois Act on Aging.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3829

An Act Concerning: State Government

Requires the Strategic Business Development Plan for the State of Illinois to include an assessment of the economic development practices of bordering states and recommendations regarding best practices for counties that border another state.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3924

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Extends the tax increment financing deadline for the City of Ottawa until 2028.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4033

An Act Concerning: Health

Exempts employees and volunteers at facilities licensed or certified under the ID/DD Community Care Act or the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA) Licensure and Certification Act from wearing an identification badge.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4035

An Act Concerning: Health

Provides for the collection and maintenance of childhood cancer survival statistics by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4082

An Act Concerning: Courts

Expands opportunities for criminal adjudication of juvenile delinquency alternatives and authorizes a State’s Attorney discretion to file a petition for adjudication of delinquency against a minor who has failed to comply with their non-judicial probation adjustment.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4185

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Extends the completion date of a tax increment financing project for the Village of Arlington Heights until 2037.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4208

An Act Concerning: Government

Provides that appointments to a governmental entity by the county board be subject to county ethics laws.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4235

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Updates state statutes to reference an Illinois Supreme Court rule containing procedures for out-of-state attorneys.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4236

An Act Concerning: State Government

Disqualifies individuals convicted of stalking from eligibility for the Illinois Department of Human Services’ designated drug abuse treatment programs.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4269

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Expands the definition of criminal fortification of a structure used for the manufacture, storage or delivery of controlled substances.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4277

An Act Concerning: Fish

Allows residents holding a disability identification card or receiving a disability pension to fish commercially without a sport fishing license.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4290

An Act Concerning: Safety

Provides for criminal penalties for firearms instructors who knowingly falsify training certifications for concealed carry license applicants.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4483

An Act Concerning: Government

Provides for the Illinois Association of Park Districts to conduct Open Meeting training for park district members.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4486

An Act Concerning: State Government

Expands and clarifies list of medications that may be administered by direct care staff in certain state-run or state-funded facilities.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4491

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Provides that eligible recipients of a Purple Heart license plate are exempted from the payment of registration or renewal fees.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4516

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Clarifies the offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4569

An Act Concerning: State Government

Increases the amount of a transaction allowed from a petty cash fund.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4594

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Provides for a judge to issue a search warrant based on testimony via a live simultaneous video and audio feed transmission.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4597

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Permits a park district board to borrow money from a bank or financial institution.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4612

An Act Concerning: Education

Requires the Illinois State Board of Education to submit a study to the General Assembly regarding shared service contracts in student transportation.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4694

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Provides that the health records shall be disclosed to a coroner when investigating the death of an individual in a mental health facility.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4713

An Act Concerning: Finance

Expands the purposes of moneys deposited in the State Treasurer’s Bank Services Trust Fund.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 4725

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Sets forth the purpose and requirements for maintaining a risk management framework as well as completing and filing an own risk and solvency assessment and report.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4790

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Updates the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 4995

An Act Concerning: Education

Allows Monticello Community Unit School District 25 to issue bonds up to $35 million, pending approval by voters and the school board.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5079

An Act Concerning: Wildlife

Tightens trapping license requirements for individuals born on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5080

An Act Concerning: Wildlife

Establishes a waterfowl outfitter permit and classifies supplying outfitting services without a permit as a Class B Misdemeanor.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5082

An Act Concerning: Fish

Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code to increase the size of casting nets.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5283

An Act Concerning: Education

Allows the community unit school district created by the consolidation of Milford Community Consolidated School District 280 and Milford Township High School District 233 to issue bonds up to $17.5 million pending voter and school board approval.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5286

An Act Concerning: Education

Allows work experience in the capacity of school support personnel to count towards principal endorsement on a Professional Educator License until June 30, 2019.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5288

An Act Concerning: Education

Allows school counseling services to be provided by school counselors and other qualified individuals and sets forth a list of services that may be provided in school counseling.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5290

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Adds knowing distribution of photographs depicting the sex organs of the child to the definition of the grooming offense.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5323

An Act Concerning: Education

Requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to submit a study to the General Assembly regarding the feasibility of implementing Pennsylvania’s Pay It Forward Pay It Back program in Illinois.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5415

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Clarifies language regarding posting of rewards for information on the Illinois State Police website.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5438

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Amends the Illinois Comptroller’s duties regarding submissions of audits or reports by a government unit.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5464

An Act Concerning: Safety

Clarifies the effective period of certification for pesticide applicators and pesticide dealers.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5514

An Act Concerning: Wildlife

Changes the methods by which animals may be removed from traps.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5564

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Requires the Illinois Department of Revenue to prescribe regulations allowing taxpayers to elect a credit carryforward on an original return, amended return, or otherwise.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5567

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Establishes new procedural requirements for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in connection with oil and gas permits and petitions.

Action: Signed

Effective: Sept. 1, 2014

 

Bill No.: HB 5575

An Act Concerning: Insurance

Increases the caps for binding arbitration awards via uninsured motorist coverage.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5593

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Increases the size of the Plainfield Park District Board from five members to seven.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5613

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Provides for the electronic use of Real Estate Transfer Tax Stamps.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5623

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Requires certain types of local governments and school districts to provide e-mail addresses for elected officials of the local government or school district on its website.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5682

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Establishes a criminal penalty for any person requiring payment in exchange for assisting individuals with applications for state or federal benefits.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5696

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits

Codifies current omitted service procedures of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), makes changes to uncontested IMRF elections, and removes outdated transfers of service credit.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5709

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Exempts qualifying municipal employees from real estate appraisers’ licensure requirements if they perform valuation waivers not exceeding $10,000.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5845

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Extends the date by which the Precious Metal Purchasers Task Force must submit its report to the General Assembly.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5852

An Act Concerning: Aging

Creates the Home Care Consumer Bill of Rights and requires the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department on Aging to develop a plan for enforcement.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5858

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Allows human trafficked and gang-involved youth to remove tattoos related to servitude or affiliation without parental consent.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5893

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Requires property owners to notify fire protection districts upon the filing of an exemption that would reduce the assessed valuation of property by more than $100,000.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5899

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Establishes a committee to study and recommend a Best Practices Protocol on issues related to the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 5926

An Act Concerning: Liquor

Creates training requirements for new and existing alcohol servers in Cook County.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5950

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Sets forth procedures for a crime victim to enforce certain payments through the courts by an offender whose sentence includes an order of restitution.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 0728

An Act Concerning: Liquor

Creates a five year window in which the Liquor Control Commission may consider current offenses of sale to a minor in combination with previous offenses occurring within that time period.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2620

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Allows sewer vacuum trucks registered as Special Hauling Vehicles to operate with an increased weight load while conducting emergency repairs in certain circumstances.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2650

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Allows criminal defendants to petition for return of court costs in cases in which the defendant has been found factually innocent and their conviction has been reversed.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2800

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Extends a program that speeds up the returning to court of defendants who are fit to stand trial.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2978

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Clarifies rules on who may be issued Illinois State Police Memorial Park license plates and expands eligible vehicles to motorcycles.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2984

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Clarifies the definition of a substantially identical interest for virtual representatives for trust cases and expands the use of non-judicial settlement agreements when virtual representation is utilized.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2989

An Act Concerning: Education

Adds alternative qualifications for individuals seeking the designation of “school psychologist.”

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 2995

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Expands law to allow DNA testing related to convictions based upon guilty pleas by individuals in cases where such testing of relevant evidence was not available at the time of a guilty plea.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3027

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Adds the sale of a mobile home owned by a governmental body to the criteria considered to be a sale in error.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3029

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Removes certain requirements for what must be printed on a check by banks.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3055

An Act Concerning: Safety

Grants the Illinois Department of Public Health the authority to modify or abandon water wells and clarifies definitions to remain consistent with existing well construction regulations.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3071

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Streamlines competitive-bidding requirements for public libraries.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3074

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Provides offenders extra time to pay full restitution to victims by extending terms of probation or conditional discharge in cases where a later imprisonment had impeded their ability to pay restitution.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3110

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Adds to the list of circumstances in which a physician or surgeon may disclose patient information.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3137

An Act Concerning: State Government

Requires Senate confirmation of the Governor’s appointments to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3139

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Amends the weight limits for vehicles carrying petroleum under the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3147

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Extends the sunset date of the housing opportunity area abatement program.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3157

An Act Concerning: Public Health

Aligns Illinois pasteurized milk products laws with federal laws.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3176

An Act Concerning: Safety

Regulates the manufacture of modular dwellings and mobile structures.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3225

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Allows for the development of a training program for law enforcement officers regarding veterans awareness.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3231

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Creates guidelines for determining spousal maintenance awards and clarifies child support calculations.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3234

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Eliminates an outdated reference to the tire user fee.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3256

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Establishes the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ reimbursement procedures for intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3262

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Streamlines the Motor Fuel Tax Law with changes to the International Fuel Tax Agreement.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3276

An Act Concerning: State Government

Allows the Illinois State Treasurer to retain an administrative charge of certain moneys.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3286

An Act Concerning: Civil Law

Requires employees of gated communities to allow entrance to process servers.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3306

An Act Concerning: Education

Creates pilot program associated with Monetary Award Program funds.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3318

An Act Concerning: Gaming

Amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3322

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Amends and repeals provisions of the Illinois Insurance Code and Intergovernmental Corporation Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3324

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Clarifies provisions of the Illinois Insurance Code.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3334

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Suspends the statute of limitations for claims for refunds for financially disabled individuals.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3402

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Exempts vehicles with out-of-state dealer plates from registration requirements for limited travel in Illinois under specific circumstances.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3412

An Act Concerning: Education

Amends School Code regarding goals and assessments.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3414

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Aligns EMS Education Standards with national standards.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3448

An Act Concerning: Revenue

Changes the timeframe in which the Illinois Department of Revenue must provide notice of expiring certificate of registration.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 3468

An Act Concerning: Health

Expands the ability of a peace officer to take a minor into custody and transport the minor to a mental health facility.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3488

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Clarifies provisions of the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3506

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Allows only urgent care non-emergency centers to use term “urgent.”

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan.1, 2015

 

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Downtown SCC Campus and Kahl Renovation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 07:41

Total Investment: $50 Million (estimated)
Total Public Investment: TBD
Private Funds Leveraged: TBD
Jobs Created: 200-plus (estimated, construction & full-time)

The vacant First Midwest Bank building will be converted into one of the core campus buildings for Scott CC downtown

The pace of development in downtown Davenport is accelerating even faster with the announcement of a major public-private partnership between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and developer Restoration St. Louis that will renovate three major buildings over the next two years.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, around $50 million will be invested to create a brand new downtown urban campus for Scott Community College and renovation of the Kahl Building (the current home of Scott classrooms) into market rate housing, first floor retail, and the long-awaited restoration of the Capitol Theater.

Two vacant and deteriorating buildings - the former First Midwest Bank and former First Federal Bank/Social Security Administration building on 3rd Street - will be renovated and make up the core of the new campus building. The 80,000 square-foot campus will feature classrooms, computer labs, a science lab, student commons, outdoor plaza, meeting place and administrative offices. The college's current classrooms and offices in both the Kahl Building and the Ground Transportation Center will be consolidated on the new campus.

The Kahl will then be taken over by Restoration St. Louis and renovated into an 80-90 unit apartment building featuring first-floor retail and the new and improved Capitol Theatre. The theatre will be a big screen, first-run movie house that likely will serve food and alcoholic beverages, according to Restoration St. Louis.

Project costs are calculated at approximately $50 million. Financing will come from a variety of sources, including Historic Preservation Tax Credits, traditional lending, bond issuance proceeds and a capital campaign by Eastern Iowa Community College. EICC Chancellor Don Doucette vowed that no property taxes or tuition increases will be part of the funding. Sam Estep, senior VP of development for Restoration, said the company does plan to submit an economic development agreement to the City of Davenport at some point. This likely will involve economic incentives, but what exactly those will entail is still being worked out.

The timeline is to finalize feasibility studies and cost estimates by late fall of this year and begin construction in 2015, Estep said. College officials would like to move into classrooms in 2016.

"This is a really exciting opportunity to meet not only the growing needs of a local educational resource, but to do so while creating a major economic development project," said Estep. "We remain very excited about the future of downtown Davenport."

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, August 11, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:56

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

 

Bill No.: HB 4561

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Provides that adult driver education course provider applicants undergo a fingerprint-based background check in order to qualify for certification.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: HB 5504

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Streamlines the memorial highway designation process.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 927

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Provides for the use of emergency lights by Illinois State Toll Highway Authority vehicles responding to an emergency or engaged in maintenance and construction, and qualifies these vehicles for protections under Scott’s Law.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 930

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Increases the maximum speed limit for trucks on interstates outside of urban areas from 55 to 60 miles per hour in certain counties.

Action: Vetoed

Effective: Immediately

 

A copy of the veto message is attached.

 

Bill No.: SB 1103

An Act Concerning: Employment

Creates the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Jan. 1, 2015

 

Bill No.: SB 2972

An Act Concerning: Education

Provides that a superintendent endorsement may be attached to the Professional Educator License of a holder that has the requisite experience and satisfies all other requirements.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 3313

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Requires that any private business telecommunications system must be configured so dialing 9-1-1 is a direct connection to emergency services.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2015

 

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