January 18, 2019 Update

Governor J.B. Pritzker was sworn in as Illinois 43rd Governor on Monday, January 14th. Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and Treasurer Michael Frerichs, were also sworn into office on Monday. Democrats now control all state-wide offices and both chambers in the Illinois General Assembly.
J.B. Pritzker’s inaugural address will likely take the place of a State of the State speech, typically delivered in January. Without offering specific policy detail, Pritzker used this speech as an opportunity to briefly highlight priorities for his Administration. Pritzker spoke of Illinois’ future as one of “possibility and promise”. Pledging to create an end to the partisan bickering that plagued Illinois for the past four years, Pritzker called on Democrats and Republican to work together for a better Illinois. Pritzker promised to enact a “balanced budget”, noting that to do so will require making hard choices to lower the cost of government without jeopardizing high quality services. Pritzker acknowledged that a balanced budget will also require “responsible fiscal management” which will include implementing a “Fair Tax System.” Other priorities for the Governor include passing a capital bill to update the state’s infrastructure program and expanding broadband high-speed internet to downstate. The Governor pledged to create environmental protections and indicated that one of his first actions will be for Illinois to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. In addition to raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, Pritzker wants his Department of Labor to enforce laws protecting workers wages and rights. The new Governor plans to work together to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of recreational cannabis. He spoke of approaching education with a holistic mindset that includes addressing teacher salaries, early education, vocational training and the state’s universities. Pritzker also pledged to appoint and create a diverse government. Specific details on how the Governor plans to implement these priorities are likely to be revealed when he delivers his first budget address to lawmakers on February 20th.
Details regarding the Governor’s organization of his administration continue to emerge. The three Deputy Governors are each assigned to oversee state agencies and assist in facilitating working relationships and enhanced communication between and within those agencies. Dan Hynes will oversee the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Revenue and other economic development agencies. Jess Ruiz will handle education related agencies. Christian Mitchell will oversee infrastructure. The deputy chiefs of staff will each be given smaller agencies to oversee.
Governor Pritzker made the following staffing announcements:

  • Sol Flores will serve as Deputy Governor. Flores is the founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte. The Flores appointment brings the number of Deputy Governors to four.
  • John Kim will serve as Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Kim currently serves as the Department’s chief legal counsel.
  • Jim Bennett will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Bennett served as the Midwest Regional Director at Lambda Legal.
  • Michael Kleinik will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Labor. Kleinik currently serves as executive director of the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois.

We will continue to update you on the new Administration’s organization as details become available.
Governor Pritzker issued three Executive Orders during his first week in office. EO19-1 directs state agencies, boards and commissions to immediately review their compliance with statutory mandates, come into compliance with data transparency laws and release all data that is required to be disclosed under state law, as well as review potential voluntary disclosures that would improve transparency and provide plans to address all audit findings of the past four years. Executive Orders take effect immediately.
The second Executive Order, EO19-2, requires the Department of Central Management Services and the Department of Human Rights to review the state’s pay plan to eliminate bias generated by asking employees for salary history. The order further directs the Illinois Department of Labor to expeditiously handle all cases of wage theft and day labor exploitation, including referring appropriate cases to the Attorney General. Finally, the order requires that all state agencies comply with the Project Labor Agreements Act.
Governor Pritzker issued EO19-3 which requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to report to the Governor regarding targeted industries and workforce resources. Under the EO, the Department will conduct a comprehensive review of industries the Department has identified for targeted growth to determine the ongoing effectiveness of investment in those industries and to identify emerging opportunities for investment in growing industries. The Department will also conduct a comprehensive review of the return on investment for targeted industries with recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing investment, and best practices and lessons learned for future investment in emerging growth industries. Finally, the Department will also report on comprehensive recommendations for improving alignment of workforce resources for communities that have been disenfranchised, including rural and urban communities.
This week, Governor Pritzker signed two pieces of legislation sent to him by the 100th General Assembly. The Governor also signed legislation (SB203 Lightford/Davis ) to ensure that the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) engages in collective bargaining with local labor stakeholders to establish prevailing wage rates. It also requires the IDOL to release reports on the diversity of workers employed on public works projects and provide recommendations to increase employment of women and people of color on projects. Pritzker also signed legislation (SB337 Harmon/Will) that requires state regulation of gun dealers.  
Pritzker also announced that his administration will initiate a process to bring state employees to their appropriate salary step level. Under this measure, union employees, many of whom have not received step increases since 2015, will be placed at their appropriate step for purposes of their pay going forward. The action does not address backpay owed to employees.
Kim Janas has been appointed Chief of Staff for Attorney General Raoul. Janus most recently served as General Counsel for the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. Adam Braun, counsel with Greenberg Traurig LLP, will serve as Executive Deputy Attorney General. Brent Stratton, who has been with the Attorney General’s office since 2005, will serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General.
House Speaker Michael Madigan finalized his leadership team and committee structure.  There will be 35 standing committees and 3 special committees for the 101st General Assembly.  There are nine newly created committees (Adoption and Child Welfare, Appropriations – Capital, Child Care Accessibility and Early Childhood Education, Economic Opportunity and Equity, Elementary and Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing and Charter Schools; Energy and Environment; Health Care Availability and Accessibility; Mental Health and Prescription Drug Affordability and Accessibility.  Twenty-three committees from the 100th General Assembly were either eliminated or merged.  Here is a complete listing of Speaker Madigan’s leadership team, committee structure and committee chairmanship
Senate Republican Leader Brady announced his leadership team. Senator Syverson will serve as the Deputy Republican Leader. Senators Rezin, Rose, Barickman, Anderson and Righter will serve as Assistant Republican Leaders. Senators Oberweis and Tracy will serve as Senate Republican Whips.
House Republican Leader Durkin announced his leadership team. Representatives Brady and Demmer will serve as Deputy Republican Leaders. Representatives Bourne, Davidsmeyer, Hammond, McAuliffe, Wehrli and Wheeler will serve as Assistant Republican Leaders. Representative Butler will serve as the Republican Caucus Chair and Representative Batinick will serve as the Republican Floor Leader.
The Senate Democrats released their committee assignments this week. Committee Chairs are as follows: Senator Bennet (Agriculture); Senator Steans (Appropriations I), Senator Manar (Appropriations II); Senator Lightford (Assignments); Senator Murphy (Commerce and Economic Development; Senator Sims (Criminal Law); Senator Bertino-Tarrant (Education); Senator Cunningham (Energy and Public Utilities); Senator Bush (Environment and Conservation); Senator Munoz (Executive Appointments); Senator Hastings (Executive); Senator Collins (Financial Institutions); Senator Aquino (Government Accountability and Pensions; Senator McGuire (Higher Education); Senator Morrison (Human Services); Senator Harris (Insurance); Senator Mulroe (Judiciary); Senator Tom Cullerton (Labor); Senator Jones III (Licensed Activities); Senator Holmes (Local Government); Senator Van Pelt (Public Health); Senator Hutchinson (Revenue); Senator Landek (State Government ); Senator Stadelman (Telecommunications and Information Technology); Senator Sandoval (Transportation); and Senator Castro (Veterans Affairs).   Republican appointments are pending.
The General Assembly remains adjourned until January 29th.Key Session Dates:
February 1 – DEADLINE – Senate and House LRB RequestsFebruary 15 – DEADLINE – Introduction of Substantive Senate and House BillsFebruary 20 – Governor’s Budget AddressFebruary 26 – Consolidated Primary ElectionMarch 22 – DEADLINE – Substantive Senate Bills out of Senate CommitteeMarch 29 – DEADLINE – Substantive House Bills out of House CommitteeApril 2 – Consolidated ElectionApril 12 – DEADLINE – Third Reading Substantive Senate Bills and Substantive House BillsMay 10 – DEADLINE – Substantive Bills out of Committee in 2nd chamberMay 24 – DEADLINE – Third Reading Substantive Bills in 2nd chamberMay 31 – ADJOURNMENT

January 11, 2019 Update

The 101st General Assembly was sworn into office at noon on January 9th. Both chambers spent the first two days organizing for business and filing new legislation.
Democrat Michael Madigan was re-elected to his 18th term as Speaker of the House, making him the longest serving Speaker in the country, while John Cullerton was re-elected to his 6th term as Senate President. Republican Leaders Representative Jim Durkin and Senator Bill Brady were also re-elected. Even though Democrats now have a veto-proof majority in both chambers, (74-44 in the House and 40-19 in the Senate), Republicans and Democrats pledged to work in a bipartisan manner going forward.
Senate President Cullerton announced his leadership team for the 101st General Assembly. Senator Lightford will serve as the Majority Leader. Senators Link, Munoz, Harmon, Martinez and Koehler will all serve as Assistant Majority Leaders. Senator Hunter will serve as Majority Caucus Chair and Senators Collins, Sandoval and Holmes will serve as Majority Caucus Whips. Republican Leader Brady has not announced his leadership team.
Rules to govern the Illinois Senate were filed and adopted. The Senate will now have 25 standing committees. Changes to the Senate committee structure include eliminating the Senate Gaming Committee; revamping the Government Reform Committee into the Government Accountability and Pensions Committee and restructuring the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee into the Licensed Activities Committee. Membership for Senate committees, including chairmanships, are pending.
Representative Greg Harris will serve as the House Majority Leader, replacing Barbara Flynn Currie who retired at the end of the 100th General Assembly. Speaker Madigan is expected to announced his remaining leadership team in the coming days. Rules to govern the House of Representatives have not yet been filed and committees have not yet been named.
Governor-Elect Pritzker made the following staffing announcements:

  • Emily Bittner will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications in the Office of the Governor. Bittner currently serves as Chief of Strategy for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
  • Jordan Abudayyeh will serve as Press Secretary in the Office of the Governor. Abudayyeh currently serves as press secretary of the transition and served the same role on Pritzker’s gubernatorial campaign.
  • Tiffany Newbern-Johnson will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Governor. Newbern-Johnson currently leads Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s state legislative agenda as the Deputy Director of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs.
  • Alicia Tate-Nadeau will serve as Director of Homeland Security and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Tate-Nadeau currently serves as the executive director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
  • Janel L. Forde will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). Forde currently serves as the chief operating officer of the City of Chicago after serving the same role at the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Theresa Eagleson will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). Eagleson currently serves as the executive director of the Office of Medicaid Innovation at the University of Illinois system.
  • Heidi Mueller will continue to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Mueller has spent nearly five years at IDJJ and was appointed to serve as director by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2016.
  • Matt Perez will continue to serve as Illinois State Fire Marshal. Perez was appointed as Illinois State Fire Marshal by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2015.

January 9, 2019 Update

The 100th General Assembly adjourned session sine die following a brief lame-duck session. The 101st General Assembly was sworn in today at noon.  The Governor-elect and all newly elected constitutional officers will take office Monday, January 14th.
During the lame duck session, the 100th General Assembly approved a handful of items including two items requested by Governor-elect Pritzker before concluding its business. Both chambers approved SB1298 (Cullerton/Currie) which allows the Governor-elect to replace all of the current members of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority Board. Supporters of the legislation questioned the Board’s spending and contracting practices.
The General Assembly also approved SB3531(Cullerton/Mitchell) which provides a 15% salary increase for State Agency Director and Assistant Director positions. The salaries for these positions have been frozen for the past 10 years. The Pritzker administration argued that the salary increases are necessary to make the positions competitive nationally and to attract competent leadership in those positions.
Both bills now head to the Governor’s desk for consideration. The General Assembly has 30 days to transmit legislation to the Governor once it passes both chambers. It is widely expected that the General Assembly will wait to forward both of these bills until the Governor-elect is sworn into office next week.
Other News:Democrat State Representative Lou Lang resigned his position on Monday after serving 16 terms in the Illinois House. Lang’s replacement has not yet been named. Lang will be lobbying for Advantage Government Strategies.
Democrat State Representative Christian Mitchell, who has been selected as a Deputy Governor in the new Administration, is expected to resign his legislative seat in the coming days.
Several new State Senators were sworn in at the end of the 100th General Assembly. Robert Peters, political director of Reclaim Chicago, was appointed to replace Senator Kwame Raoul who will be sworn in January 14th as the Attorney General for the State of Illinois. Peters, 33, will hold Raoul’s old seat until 2021.   Ram Villivalam, who defeated Senator Ira Silverstein in the Democratic primary, was sworn into office ahead of the 101st General Assembly. Former Democratic Representative Laura Fine was sworn into office, replacing Senator Biss, who ran for governor instead of reelection. Christopher Belt was sworn in to replace Senator James Clayborne who did not seek re-election. Former Republican Representative Brian Stewart was sworn in to replace Republican Senator Bivins who resigned in December. And John Fisher was sworn in to replace Republican Senator Michael Connelly who resigned after he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Laura Ellman.
Governor-Elect Staffing Announcements:

  • Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton will head the newly-created Office of Criminal Justice Reform and Economic Opportunity.
  • Former Comptroller Dan Hynes, current Democratic State Representative Christian Mitchell, and current President of the Chicago Park District Board Jesse Ruiz will all serve as Deputy Governors.  
  • Anne Caprara, who was Governor-elect Pritzker’s campaign manager and senior advisor during the transition, will serve as Chief of Staff for the New Administration.
  • Ann Spillane, who currently serves as Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Chief of Staff, will serve as general counsel to the new Administration.
  • Alexis Sturm, who currently serves as the director of cash management and bond reporting for Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza, will serve as Director of Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
  • Nikki Budzinski, who currently serves as transition director and previously served as senior adviser to the JB Pritzker for Governor campaign, will serve as senior adviser.
  • Sean Rapelyea, who was political director of Pritzker’s campaign, will be Deputy Chief of Staff for external affairs in the Governor’s office.
  • Former Democratic State Senator John Sullivan of Quincy will serve as the Director of the Department of Agriculture.
  • Republican State Representative David Harris will serve as Director of the Department of Revenue.
  • Current regional GM for Uber Midwest Erin Guthrie will serve as director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Key Session Dates:January 9th -101st General Assembly InaugurationJanuary 14th – Executive Branch InaugurationFebruary 1 – DEADLINE – Senate and House LRB RequestsFebruary 15 – DEADLINE – Introduction of Substantive Senate and House BillsFebruary 20 – Governor’s Budget AddressFebruary 26 – Consolidated Primary ElectionMarch 22 – DEADLINE – Substantive Senate Bills out of Senate CommitteeMarch 29 – DEADLINE – Substantive House Bills out of House CommitteeApril 2 – Consolidated ElectionApril 12 – DEADLINE – Third Reading Substantive Senate Bills and Substantive House BillsMay 10 – DEADLINE – Substantive Bills out of Committee in 2nd chamberMay 24 – DEADLINE – Third Reading Substantive Bills in 2nd chamberMay 31 – ADJOURNMENT
As you know there are several new members in the legislature.  Here is a link to a publication from the Illinois General Assembly Legislative Research Unit that has information on them.  

November 30, 2018 Update

The Illinois General Assembly concluded its second week of the two-week Veto Session. The General Assembly remains adjourned until January 7th. The 100th General Assembly is scheduled to be in session for two days to conclude its work before the 101st General Assembly takes office at noon on January 9th.

 

The General Assembly had 73 vetoes (46 total vetoes/27 amendatory vetoes) pending during the Fall Veto Session. Of those, the Legislature overrode 13 amendatory vetoes, 16 total vetoes and accepted 1 amendatory veto.
Failed Veto Override Attempts:
The following veto overrides were debated this week and failed to garner enough votes for passage.
SB2332 (Morrison/Lilly) which would raise the legal age to buy tobacco, including electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, in the state from 18 to 21. The House fell short of overriding this veto by a vote of 62-45.
SB2376 (Harris/Ford) which creates the Cook County Water Infrastructure Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. The Fund will be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to make grants to municipalities to fund infrastructure improvements to facilitate water supplies from Lake Michigan for residents of Cook County. The vote fell three votes short in the House.
HB5481 (Guzzardi/Acquino) fell short by two votes in the Illinois House. HB 5481 addresses goals for K- 12 class sizes.
SB65 (Hastings/Williams) which allows for the bifurcation of title insurance. The House fell short of overriding this veto by a vote of 65-39-5.
HB1262 (Currie/Bertino-Tarrant) which requires school waiver requests to come before the General Assembly if the waiver could result in a property tax increase. The Senate voted twice on the measure and fell one vote short both times.
HB5175 (Hoffman/Cunningham) which prevents a charter school from appealing to the Charter’s School Commission a denial or revocation by a local school board. The Senate fell short of overriding this veto by a vote of 31-14.
Amendatory Vetoes accept
HB5177 (K. Burke/Cunningham) which deals with establishing credit in the Chicago Pension Fund. Both chambers voted to accept this amendatory veto and it now becomes law.
Legislation Overridden in both chambers:
The following vetoes have been overridden by both chambers and will now become law, the veto of the Governor notwithstanding.

 

SB34 (J. Cullerton/Hernandez) which creates the Voices Act dealing with immigrant crime-victim visas.
SB427 (Raoul/Currie) which extends from 2 to 3 the number of terms a person may serve on the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board.
SB904 (Hastings/Hoffman) which makes changes to the medical billing rules under the worker’s compensation system. Two trailer bills were passed addressing worker’s compensation. They are highlighted below.
SB1737 (Munoz/Unes) which is the omnibus insurance legislation passed last Spring.
SB1830 (Hastings/Turner) which deals with informant testimony.
SB2297 (Hutchinson/Reick) which provides that rescue squads can levy a special tax to provide for ambulance service.
SB2345 (Lightford/Currie) which provides that a school report card shall include the most current data possessed by the State Board of Education relating to whether or not a school has participated in the Illinois Youth Survey.
SB2407 (Clayborne/Hoffman) which amends the Child Death Review Act to allow certain professionals to review child deaths.
SB2589 (Harris/Davis) which deals with the Midlothian Park District.
SB2419 (Martinez/Burke) which addresses surgical assistant certifications.
SB2481 (Hastings/Riley) which increases the cap from $100,000 to $2 million on tort awards issued with the court of claims. The measure allows relief for the victims of the Legionnaires outbreak at the Quincy Veterans Home among others.
SB2619 (Anderson/Willis) which requires paid fire departments to hire Chiefs with certain fire related qualifications.
SB2629 (T. Cullerton/Willis) which provides that a member of the board of trustees of a fire protection district may satisfy the training requirements of the Open Meetings Act by participating in a course of training sponsored or conducted by an organization that represents fire protection districts.
SB2662 (Murphy/Mussman) which creates the Task Force on Human Services Contracting Act.
SB3041 (Holmes/Moeller) which expands the County Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act to municipalities and townships.
SB3136 (J. Cullerton/Currie) which allows employers to use discretion regarding termination of state troopers or corrections officers who are found to have used cannabis.
HB126 (Willis/Holmes). The legislation gives 58 full-time paramedics in 6 units of local government the same rights as firefighters under the Public Labor Relations Act.
HB127 (Willis/Holmes) which protects paramedics under the Public Safety Benefit Act if they are catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
HB3418 (Harper/Hunter) which allows counties and municipalities to create Urban Agricultural Zones.
HB4282 (K. Burke/Cunningham) which prohibits the disconnection of private property from a municipality if the property is located within a TIF district.
HB4284 (Chapa LaVia/Bertino-Tarrant) which requires 3 of the 9 members of the Illinois State Board of Education to be from the educator community.
HB4514 (Olsen/Connelly) which provides that only persons licensed and endorsed as a school counselor under the Code may use the title “school counselor”.
HB4645 (Davis/Harris) which extends for 10 years the sunset date for the certificate of need process for the Health Facilities Services Review Board.
HB4657 (Manley/Sims) which creates the Emotional Intelligence Education Task Force to develop curriculum guidelines on emotional intelligence.
HB4743 (Ford/Lightford) which amends the Equal Pay Act to prohibit employers from discriminating in wages for African Americans from other employees in similar jobs.
HB4771 (Hammond/Mulroe) which is designed to eliminate the backlog of Medicaid expedited long-term care eligibility determinations.
HB5195 (Greenwood/Clayborne) which addresses Safe Passage to Schools in high crime areas.
HB5221 (Willis/Holmes) which puts paramedics under the Public Employee Disability Act.
HB5342 (Martwick/Mulroe) which allows firefighters who are elected to office and are members of the Fireman’s Annuity Benefit Fund of Chicago to continue with the Fund.
Additional Legislation:
The House approved two worker’s compensation trailer bills this week. HB3452 (Soto/Hastings) limits the ability to go to circuit court only for collection of the 1% interest and HB200(Hoffman/Hastings) clarifies that the explanation of benefits that is required to go to the medical provider and the injured worker. Both bills now head to the Governor’s desk.
The Senate Executive Committee voted to concur with the House amendments on SB 482 (Zalewski/J. Cullerton) which deals with sales tax on jet fuel and how the taxes may be used.  The concurrence motion is now pending before the full Senate.
The General Assembly approved legislation, HB4637(Link/McSweeney), that allows road district dissolution by referendum in Lake and McHenry counties. The sponsor indicated that this applies to 5 road districts in Lake and McHenry. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

 

The General Assembly approved SB1469 (Steans/Harris) which reflects negotiations with stakeholders to make some corrections related to the hospital assessment previously passed. The bill corrects errors that resulted in decreases to rural critical access hospitals, makes corrections to the hospital assessment, extends rates for psychiatric hospitals, makes changes to the SMRF Act, extends and sunsets the Hospital Transformation Committee and provides for a 5-year sales tax exemption for not-for-profit hospitals. A procedural hold has been placed on the bill in the Senate. Once removed, the bill will head to the Governor’s desk.

 

The General Assembly approved legislation, SB3051(Clayborne/Hoffman), which allows municipalities to sell their water systems. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

 

The General Assembly approved legislation, SB849(McGuire/Zalewski), to extend by two years the sunset to prohibit home rule units from taxing sources of electric generation. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk.

 

Other News:
Republican Senator Chris Nybo, who lost his re-election bid to his Democratic opponent Suzy Glowiak, resigned at the end of the first week of veto session. Nybo is temporarily being replaced by Republican Milton Township Trustee Nick Nathwani. Glowiak will be sworn in January 9th.

 

The ballots in three undecided races are now counted. Democrat Mary Edly Allen defeated appointed Republican Representative Helene Miller Walsh. Republican Representative Tom Morrison barley survived a tight race winning by 37 votes over Democratic challenger Maggie Trevor. And in the Senate, Democratic challenger Mary Ellman defeated incumbent Republican Senator Michael Connelly.

 

With November ballots counted, the House of Representatives will contain 74 Democrats and 44 Republicans in the 101st General Assembly while the Senate will contain 40 Democrats and 19 Republicans. The Democratic House supermajority represents the most Democratic House members since Speaker Madigan assumed leadership over the chamber in 1982. The Democratic supermajority in the Senate ties with the year 2012 for the greatest number of Democratic Senators. The Senate will contain 20 women, the most in the state’s history. The Illinois House has a net loss of 3 women from the current General Assembly.

 

The Illinois House is forming a “Progressive Caucus” for the 101st General Assembly. According to Representative Guzzardi, “the members of the caucus will determine what’s progressive and what they want to push forward, but he cited popular support for issues like a hike in the minimum wage and a graduated income tax, as reflected in a statewide poll released last month with the launch of the Forward Illinois umbrella group of progressive organizations.”

 

Democratic Comptroller Susan Mendoza, who earlier this month won her re-election bid, officially filed petitions to run for Mayor of Chicago. She joins a crowded field of 21 candidates seeking the chance to replace Chicago Mayor Emmanuel.

 

Governor Elect JB Pritzker announced the formation of additional transition committees. The 25-member Committee on Quality, Equity and Opportunity will be chaired by Access Living President and CEO Marca Bristo, Casa Central interim President and CEO Marty Castro, and Pride Action Tank Executive Director Kim Hunt and consist of 25 members. The Committee on Equality, Equity, and Opportunity will tackle civil rights issues and work to ensure Illinois can protect children and families from policies from the federal government.

 

The Educational Success Committee will be chaired by Senator Andy Manar, Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice Jackson, and Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin and consist of 35 members.
The Powering Illinois’ Future Committee will be chaired by Illinois Environmental Council Executive Director Jennifer Walling, Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore, and IBEW Local 51 Business Manager John Johnson and consist of 30 members. In announcing the committee’s formation, Lt. Governor elect Stratton indicated investing in infrastructure will be a top priority in the new administration. Stratton believes this committee will bring both advocacy and industry stakeholders together to put our state on a path toward mutually agreed upon projects that move us toward a clean energy economy.

 

Key Session Dates:
January 7th/8th – Lame Duck 100th
January 9th -101st General Assembly Inauguration
January 14th – Executive Branch Inauguration
February 1 – DEADLINE – Senate and House LRB Requests
February 15 – DEADLINE – Introduction of Substantive Senate and House Bills
February 20 – Governor’s Budget Address
February 26 – Consolidated Primary Election
March 22 – DEADLINE – Substantive Senate Bills out of Senate Committee
March 29 – DEADLINE – Substantive House Bills out of House Committee
April 2 – Consolidated Election
April 12 – DEADLINE – Third Reading Substantive Senate Bills and Substantive House Bills
May 10 – DEADLINE – Substantive Bills out of Committee in 2nd chamber
May 24 – DEADLINE – Third Reading Substantive Bills in 2nd chamber
May 31 – ADJOURNMENT
The Spring 2019 General Assmebly Calendars were released.  Here is a link to the Senate Calendar, and here is a link to the House Calendar.

November 16, 2018

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its first week of the two-week Fall Veto Session. Both chambers return to Session on Tuesday, November 27th.
They were busy this week overriding several of lame-duck Republican Governor Rauner’s vetoes.   In total, the General Assembly overrode 18 amendatory vetoes and 28 total vetoes. All but one of those vetoes, which was approved by both chambers, will now go to the opposite chamber for consideration. The House moved to accept the Governor’s specific recommendations on just one bill, HB5177   (K. Burke/Cunningham) which deals with establishing credit in the Chicago Pension Fund. Both chambers failed to override a total of four vetoes.
Failed Veto Override Attempts:
The Illinois Senate failed by a vote of 34-5-1 to override SB2493   (Rose/Halbrook) which required a study on supplemental deer feed.
The Illinois Senate failed by one vote, 35-21, to override the total veto of SB2273 (Raoul/Williams ) which provides that ERICS shall be the exclusive voter registration system for Illinois.
The Illinois House failed by a vote of 67-44 to override the total veto of HB3792 (Lilly/Harmon) which amends the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act to provide that, beginning in grade 6, students should be introduced to the importance of developing and applying a work ethic in a variety of contexts.
The Illinois House failed 61-45 to override the Governor’s total veto of HB 4882 HB4882 (Mayfield/Martinez) which makes changes to the Grow Your Own Teacher Act.
Legislation Overridden in both chambers:
The General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to override the Governor’s amendatory Veto of HB4515 (Swanson/Nybo) which creates the Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act. The Act creates a Task Force to develop policies regarding Lyme Disease education and allows physicians to treat outside of the CDC protocols. The bill now becomes law.
Additional Legislation:
The Illinois Senate approved two worker’s compensation trailer bills this week. HB3452 (Soto/Hastings) limits the ability to go to circuit court only for collection of the 1% interest and HB200 (Hoffman/Hastings) clarifies that the explanation of benefits that is required to go to the medical provider and the injured worker. Both bills now advance to the House for concurrence.
The Senate approved legislation, SB 0279 (Koehler) which re-appropriates prior capital projects to allow those projects to continue. The bill now heads to the House. This bill will require three Readings in the House.
The House approved legislation, HB5698 (Welch) to make term limits on local municipal officials, including home rule units, prospective in nature. The bill now heads to the Senate. This bill will require three Readings in the senate.
The Illinois Senate approved legislation, SB515 (Haine) which creates the Statewide Relocation Towing Licensure Commission to evaluate the state’s current towing laws. The bill now heads to the House. This bill will require three Readings in the House.
The House approved negotiated legislation, HB5769 (Conroy), which requires the Department of Insurance to develop a uniform electronic prior authorization form to be used by an insurer that provides prescription drug benefits when requiring prior authorization for prescription drug benefits. The bill now heads to the Senate. This bill will require three readings in the Senate.
Other News:
One week after winning her re-election as Illinois’ Comptroller, Democrat Susana Mendoza announced her candidacy for Mayor of Chicago. She joins a growing field of Democratic candidates seeking to replace retiring Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
Following Tuesday’s mid-term elections, the Conservative Party qualified as an established political party in over 80 Illinois counties by securing more than 5% of the vote. As an established political party, the Conservative Party candidates will require far fewer signatures than other third party candidates making it easier to secure a position on the ballot in 2020. For Congressional races, the threshold for minor party candidates is five percent of the total votes cast in the last election for that race, while established party candidates need only half of one percent. In State Senate and House races, established party candidates need only 1,000 and 500 signatures, respectively. Minor party candidates require five percent of the electorate. However, because party status is conferred with respect to districts and political subdivisions and not geographic areas that exist independently of districts and political subdivisions, it will not be until precinct level data is available to determine which Congressional, House and Senate districts confer party status to the Conservative Party.
Governor Pritzker announced the formation of two more transition committees. The 19 member Serving Illinois Heroes Committee will be chaired by US Senator Tammy Duckworth. Committee members include Secretary of State Jesse White and State Representative David Harris. Prizker also formed the Healthy Children and Families Committee which will focus on how we should rebuild social services, identify ways we can help children and families build better lives, and expand health care. The Healthy Children and Families Committee will be chaired by state Sen. Heather Steans, Howard Brown Health President and CEO David Munar, and Children’s Home and Aid President and CEO Nancy Ronquillo and consist of 36 members.
The 2019 Spring Legislative Calendar is expected to be released by the end of the month.