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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Tuesday, August 23, 2011** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 09:45

CHICAGO – August 23, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  

   

Bill No.: HB 297  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires the Task Force on Inventorying Employment Restrictions submit findings and recommendations concerning employment restrictions that are not reasonably related to public safety.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1091  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Creates a Public-Private Partnership (“P3”) Act authorizing P3s and establishing a framework for P3 transportation projects.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1216  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Creates the School District Realignment and Consolidation Commission to study school districts across the state and make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on their findings.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1670  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Requires any elected or appointed member of a public body to complete online training conducted by the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 2934  

An Act Concerning: Public Aid  

Permits the state to interfund borrow for the purpose of enhancing Medicaid reimbursements prior to June 30, 2011.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediate  

   

Bill No.: HB 2955  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Makes technical changes to statute to make sure that the Illinois Compiled Statutes are consistent with laws that were enacted in the 96th General Assembly.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3041  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Adds trust companies to the definition of financial institutions included in the Illinois Notary Public Act.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3620  

An Act Concerning: Safety  

Requires that structural fill made from coal combustion waste must meet the standards of the American Society of Testing Materials or the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in order to be considered for beneficial use.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 87  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Exempts currency exchanges from the Transmitters of Money Act for the sale, loading, or unloading of stored value cards.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 90  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Removes the requirement that Secretary of State driver facilities have deputy registrars and allows driver facilities to be permanent places for voter registration.   

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 115  

An Act Concerning: Employment  

Increases the civil penalty to $5,000 when an employer interferes or discourages an individual from exercising their rights under the Equal Pay Act or retaliates against an individual for exercising their rights under the Act.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 152  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Requires arbitration for smaller automobile insurance damage claims where the amount in dispute involves less than $2,500.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 153  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Extends the repeal date of the Massage Licensing Act from Jan. 1, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2022 and makes various substantive and technical changes.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 170  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Designates the Governor authority to appoint superintendents for the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) with advice and consent of the Senate.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1234  

An Act Concerning: Civil Liabilities  

Allows for more integration between mental health and physical health providers.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1235  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Eliminates a duplicative child care law.     

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1240  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Allows the Emergency Telephone System Board to purchase real property if the purchase occurred before March 16, 2006.     

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1292  

An Act Concerning: Courts  

Broadens a juvenile court’s jurisdiction in order to conduct permanency hearings and allows the Department of Juvenile Justice to obtain matching federal funds under Title IV-E.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1357  

An Act Concerning: Safety  

Allows the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to collect fines for violations of Compliance Commitment Agreements.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1364  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Allows municipal hospital contract employees to serve on public hospital board.    

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1386  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Allows Cook County residents to apply for a refund of excess property taxes between Sept. 1, 2011 and Sept. 1, 2012.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1470  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Provides that the Prisoner Review Board may schedule a rehearing no later than five (rather than three) years from the date of the parole denial.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1471  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Prohibits the Prisoner Review Board from releasing any material containing any information from the victim to the inmate or inmate’s attorney unless the victim provides a waiver.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1553  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Amends the filing dates for semi-annual expense reports required from insurance carriers.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1578  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Grants educational support staff the opportunity to upgrade their skills through professional development institute day attendance.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1602  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Makes various changes regarding mobile dental vans in the Illinois Dental Practice Act.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1607  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Attempts to protect seniors from being mislead when purchasing or learning about life insurance policies and amends life insurance provisions concerning both proof of death and payment of proceeds.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1622  

An Act Concerning: Health  

Requires the Department of Human Services to conduct a geographic analysis of support services for persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness and report the findings to the General Assembly.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1623  

An Act Concerning: Health  

Requires the Department of Human Services to report on the progress of implementation of Williams v. Quinn consent decree and propagate a new rule governing community-based residential settings.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1740  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Requires parole or mandatory supervised release to be written as part of the sentencing order; changes a condition of mandatory supervised release from mandatory to discretionary.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1761  

An Act Concerning: Public Health  

Provides for expanded screening to identify new diseases and disorders in newborns.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1804  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Guarantees that a restrictive covenant may not limit a person’s right to a notice of public hearing.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1821  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Creates the Carbon Dioxide Transportation and Sequestration Act.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1972  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Requires the purchaser of a property at a foreclosure sale of common interest community unit to pay the court costs incurred by the association in an attempt to collect assessments that are past due.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1996  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Requires the Department of Public Health to develop a plan regarding the relocation of mobile home and manufactured home residents.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2007  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Removes the requirement that the Treasurer’s Office publish in Chicago and Springfield newspapers the investment or management policy for the College Savings Pool and the Public Treasurers’ Investment Pool.    

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2040  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Provides that the Illinois Anti-Piracy Statute comports with Federal law, with respect to sound recordings, and applies only to those that were initially fixed prior to Feb. 15, 1972.        

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2042  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Removes a reference to reapportionment by the General Assembly for the Lincoln Land Community College District No. 526, and instead provides that Board of Trustee members must be elected by district at the 2013 consolidated election.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2064  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Grants the Secretary of State the ability to suspend a car’s registration if it is confirmed that the car was used for gun running.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2082  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires the Secretary of State to publish a report on the number of businesses in Illinois every quarter.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2170  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Makes changes to the School Facility Occupation Tax Law which requires the imposition of a sales tax earmarked for school construction if the voters approve the referendum.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2236  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Requires applicants for land surveyor-in-training licenses must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university program.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

 

Bill No.: SB 2268

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Provides that within 14 days of seizure, the state shall seek a preliminary determination from the circuit court as to whether there is probable cause that the property may be subject to forfeiture.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

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WQPT FREEDOM RIDERS EVENTS CONTINUE RECEIVES GRANT FROM ROCK ISLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WQPT BRINGS ORIGINAL FREEDOM RIDER DIANE NASH TO THE QUAD CITIES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 09:43

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – In 1961, black and white students deliberately violated Jim Crow laws in an effort to end segregation in the Deep South. This first group of ‘Freedom Riders’ were beaten and their bus burned. Should they continue? The answer came from a young civil rights leader from Fisk University. She said “It was clear to me that if we allowed the Freedom Ride to stop at that point, just after so much violence had been inflicted the message would have been sent that all you have to do to stop a nonviolent campaign is inflict massive violence.” That young woman was Diane Nash.

The Rock Island Community Foundation has generously donated $2,000 to WQPT to help bring Diane Nash to the Quad Cities to speak at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island on October 15th at 10:00 a.m.  This event is free to the public, though donations are accepted at the door. Seating is on a first come/first served basis. She will also be the keynote speaker at the Illinois NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet taking place at the i wireless Center that same night.

“After we aired ‘Freedom Riders’ in May and held public viewings of the film for junior high and high school students we wanted to expand the reach of the project,” said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best. Original Freedom Riders who spoke at the April events were Joan Trumpauer-Mulholland and Dion Diamond.  “Having Ms. Nash appear to speak is especially important because of her role as a leader in the civil rights movement,” Mr. Best said. Ms. Nash is prominently featured in the film and was a guest on Oprah in April when she aired a special on the 50thAnniversary Freedom Rides.

“As the school year starts WQPT has made available to 100 area schools a DVD of the film and a study guide for teachers. Earlier in the year we conducted teaching seminars to help prepare instructors to teach this part of our civil rights history,” said Ana Kehoe, WQPT Educational Outreach Director.  “The response to our April event was remarkable and the WQPT Freedom Riders committee, made up of area educators and civil rights leaders, felt that we should continue our efforts.”  WQPT will also be airing an interview with Ms. Nash on “The Cities with Jim Mertens” on October 20th at 6:30 p.m.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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Morthland presents House Resolution honoring local community member PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Morthland   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 08:20

Moline, IL...State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) passed House Resolution 377 acknowledging the outstanding work of Nick Ziegler who builds BMX bikes that are given to underprivileged children. A press conference will be held 2:00PM, August 31 at 1620 20th Ave, Moline, IL to present Mr. Ziegler with the signed House Resolution. 

WHO:  State Representative Rich Morthland

WHAT: Press Conference honoring the work of BMX enthusiast Nick Ziegler.

WHEN: 2:00PM CST, August 31, 2011
WHERE: 1620 20th Ave, Moline, IL at Ziegler’s home bike shop in his garage.

To date, Mr. Ziegler has refurbished and given away dozens of BMX racing bikes. On one occasion, he outfitted all the children of a man who was stricken with cancer. That father saw his children compete on those bikes before he passed away.

For more information call (309) 762-3008 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Attached is the text of the House Resolution.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, August 22, 2011** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:23

CHICAGO – August 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  

   

Bill No.: HB 220  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Automatically revokes the license of healthcare workers convicted of certain sexual criminal acts.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: 30 days after becoming law; September 21  

   

Bill No.: HB 279  

An Act Concerning: Public Health  

Mandates hospitals post an anti-discrimination notice, provide a patient with a written statement outlining a patients’ right not to be discriminated against and provide information about how a patient can initiate a grievance if discriminated against.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1129  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Permits the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance to specify the form and manner by which insurance companies file annual financial statements and to clarify the associated fee requirements.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1226  

An Act Concerning: Finance  

Creates additional rules for a subcontractor with a claim on labor or materials furnished to a political subdivision.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1359  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

A fire chief, or any other designated officer, may prohibit open burning within a fire protection district on an emergency basis for safety and atmospheric reasons.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1380  

An Act Concerning: Health Facilities  

Requires that the Department of Public Health establish a surveyor development unit funded from money in the Long Term Care Monitor/Receiver Fund.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1444  

An Act Concerning: Finance  

Exempts privately-held companies with more than 200 shareholders from completing the Federal 10K reporting when submitting a bid to the State.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1458  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Allows for energy produced through anaerobic digestion of organic matter to be considered a renewable energy resource.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1651  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Makes various changes to acts regulating the financial industry.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1699  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Creates an additional way for an assumed or legal father of a child being placed for adoption to voluntarily waive his parental rights and allow the adoption to proceed.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1707  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Enhances the immunization information available on the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) website to increase awareness of preventable diseases.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2086  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Allows for the immediate transfer of expelled or suspended students to an alternative school or alternative learning program.   

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan 1.  

   

Bill No.: HB 2974  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Requires telecommunications carriers to provide written notice to nearby municipalities of their plans to build new facilities 30 days prior to issuing construction permits.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3038  

An Act Concerning: Public Utilities  

Provides residential and small commercial customers an opportunity to choose another alternative retail electric supplier (ARES) before being committed to the electric utility for a period of time.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3274  

An Act Concerning: Wildlife  

Allows returning Veterans to receive hunting and fishing permits at a reduced price.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: April 1, 2012  

   

Bill No.: HB 3403  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Provides that prohibition of operating a motor vehicle while a visual display for entertainment or business is visible to the driver while driving does not apply to a navigation display.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

 

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Consumer Protections in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:03

New Laws Aid Seniors, Protect Against Release of Personal Information  

CHICAGO – August 22, 2011. As part of his ongoing commitment to consumer protection, Governor Pat Quinn today signed four pieces of legislation to strengthen safeguards for Illinois consumers. The new laws cover a range of consumer issues including: increasing penalties for financial exploitation of the elderly, protections for consumers in the event of car dealership bankruptcy and creating additional levels of security for personal and identity information.  

“It is critical that we continue to improve consumer protections for the people of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “This legislation will help protect our elders, those making large investments and all Illinoisans from identity theft by safeguarding their sensitive personal data.”  

House Bill 1689, sponsored by Rep. Emily McAsey (D-Lockport) and Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), increases penalties for the financial exploitation of an elderly person or a person with a disability. According to the AARP, financial exploitation of the elderly is the most commonly reported crime to Illinois’ Elder Abuse and Neglect Program, constituting nearly 60 percent of reports. Nationally, elder financial abuse costs victims more than $2.6 billion every year. To both penalize and deter those that prey on the most vulnerable, the legislation lowers the dollar threshold required for indictment on a Class 1 (more than $50,000, down from $100,000) and Class 2 (between $5,000 and $50,000, down from $100,000) felony if the crime is committed against an elder or person with a disability.  

House Bill 3025, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Oak Lawn) and Sen. Edward D. Maloney (D-Chicago), provides additional safeguards and penalties surrounding the protection of personal information, including prevention and following a breach. The new law requires the disposal of materials containing personal information in a manner that renders the information unreadable, unusable and undecipherable. In the event of a breach, House Bill 3025 also increases the notification provided to affected individuals. Before the law, entities were required to notify the individual that a breach had occurred but did not detail what the notification should include. The new law requires that notification include:  

  •  ·          Toll-free numbers and addresses for consumer reporting agencies;  
  •  ·          The toll-free number, address and website for the Federal Trade Commission; and  
  •  ·          A statement that the individual can obtain information from these sources about fraud alerts and security freezes.  

Any person, entity or third-party is subject to a civil penalty of $100 (capped at $50,000) per individual whose personal information was not disposed of properly, and the Attorney General may bring a civil suit to impose a penalty.  

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Governor Quinn today also signed House Bill 880, which creates the Dealer Recovery Trust Fund to protect consumers in the event of a car dealership’s bankruptcy. Some dealerships entering bankruptcy have refused to honor agreements with customers to pay the lien on their traded-in vehicle, forcing consumers to pay for their new car, as well as the outstanding balance on their trade-in. Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Oak Lawn) and Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), House Bill 880 adds a new annual “dealer recovery fund” fee, which requires any new or used car dealership selling 25 or more vehicles annually to pay a $500 fee and $50 for each business location. The fund is used to help the victims of dealership closings and is administered by an independent administrator selected by the Attorney General and the Secretary of State.      

Additionally, House Bill 1518, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago), was signed by Governor Quinn today. The bill increases the income threshold for eligible seniors under the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Act from $50,000 to $55,000.  

House Bill 1518 is effective immediately. House Bills 1689, 3025 and 880 take effect Jan. 1.   

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