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Targeted LIST OF ACTIVE BILLS in Illinois

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The list includes bills to SUPPORT and bills to OPPOSE to advance a progressive agenda in Illinois.  Click any bill number for details. We’ll gladly consider any additions.

Women’s Agenda | Labor Agenda | Budget | Homeless

This list of bills is related to gender issues and women’s rights.  Click a bill number for current status of a bill in the Illinois legislature.

HB40Would safeguard legal abortions. House Bill 40 repeals a dangerous “trigger” provision in the Illinois Abortion Law. It confirms that abortion will remain legal in Illinois even if the US Supreme Court rolls back Roe v Wade.
HB2771/ SB1296Securing paid sick time and paid Family Medical Leave for working families so that women can take care of themselves and their children
HB2462/ SB981Strengthening the Illinois Equal Pay Act to target systemic discrimination
HB3215Learn with Dignity: Requires a school district to make feminine hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in the bathrooms of school buildings
SJRCA4Ratifying the ERA in Illinois. The U.S. has 36 states who have taken this action, most recently Nevada in 3/2017. There is active legislation at the Federal level to enable 38 states to trigger full ratifaction of the ERA in Congress.
HB 690Addresses gender discrimination affecting about 400,000 women in Illinois’ temp staffing industry.

Labor Agenda

This is a list of bills focused on Labor issues.  Click a bill number for current status of a bill in the Illinois legislature.

HB 0262Fight For $15, effort to raise the state minimum wage to $15/hr by 2022
HB 3213Childcare expansion: This bill restores children of parents who are in education and training programs back into the Childcare Assistance Program, and begins the critical work of childcare expansion.
SB1720Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act: Would increase penalties for companies which commit serious wage theft and bar companies which have committed serious wage theft from getting state contracts
HB 690Responsible Job Creation Act, would affect as many as 800,000 Illinois residents employed by temporary-job agencies, primarily in manufacturing and warehouses. Workers hired through temp agencies don’t undergo the same kind of safety training, are subject to sexual violence and racial harassment, and don’t get the same kinds of benefits or pay.

 

SB 19This bill would stop the layoff of 124 Correctional Nurses in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The governor wants to privatize these jobs.

Budget

This is a list of bills focused on responsible Budget.Click a bill number for current status of a bill in the Illinois legislature.

General PushFor a Responsible Budget to be passed
ICIRR ASK:Maintain the Immigrant Services Line Item (ISLI) in the Illinois Department of Human Services budget, administered by ICIRR, which funds: New Americans Initiative: citizenship and DACA assistance, English and citizenship classes; Immigrant Family Resource Program: immigrant self-sufficiency, outreach, and interpretation; We Want to Learn English/Uniting America: immigrant integration through volunteerism and local partnerships; Fully fund adult education through the Illinois Community College Board to provide English, GED, and citizenship education at community colleges and community-based organizations
SB 6Appropriations bill containing the $18.6 million FY17 funding promised to DV service providers by their IDHS contracts; part of the Senate’s Grand Bargain legislation package (all 12 Grand Bargain bills must pass for any appropriation to occur via this bill).
HB 3259Singular appropriation bill containing the approximately $18.6 million FY17 funding promised to DV service providers by their IDHS contracts.

Homeless

This list of bills relates to Homeless issues. Click the bill number to see a bill’s current status in the Illinois legislature.

HB3212Access to housing for homeless youth. Establishes a pathway for unaccompanied homeless minors to consent to housing and services with a DCFS-licensed youth transitional housing program
HB3211College Hunger. This bill utilizes flexibility offered by the federal program to extend SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, food stamps) eligibility to low income adults pursuing a vocational or degree program at a community college.
HB3709Increasing Counseling Services. In Illinois minors 12 and over are permitted to consent to 5 counseling visits without parental consent. Youth often struggle with discussing problems with their parents or guardians. Sometimes 5 sessions are not enough for youth to feel comfortable sharing with their parents. This bill expands counseling sessions from 5 to 8.
HB261Expanding Housing Assistance Options for Families of Homeless Children

Civil Rights, LGBTQ

This list of bills relates to Civil Rights and LGBTQ Rights.  Click the bill number to see current status of a bill in the Illinois legislature.

SB 1761Prohibiting use of the gay and trans panic defenses in murder cases in Illinois
SB 1670Allowing individuals to self-identify as LGBTQ when they apply for a spot on a State board or commission and requiring the Governor’s Office to include the aggregate data in its report to the General Assembly on individuals who apply and individuals who are appointed
SB 889 & HB 2431Ensuring non-discrimination protections in jury service in Illinois
HB 1785Amends the Vital Records Act. This bill is a modernization of Illinois’ law that allows transgender individuals to change their gender designation on their birth certificate to reflect their lived gender identity without necessarily undergoing surgery. Many transgender individuals must undergo costly surgery before being allowed to change their birth designation.
HB 664 OPPOSEBathroom ban bill, OPPOSING: Would isolate and stigmatize transgender and gender non-conforming youth by forcing them to use separate restrooms and locker rooms from their peers in schools
HB 647Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act; provides that it would be a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make reasonable workplace accommodations for an employee covered by an order of protection; creates employer protections and opt-out language in the event an employer would suffer undue hardship on its workplace operations.

Voting and Elections

This list includes bills related to Voting and Elections. Click the bill numbers for current status on a bill in the Illinois legislature.

HB 3695Creates an automatic voter registration program for whenever an individual applies or renews their driver’s license.
SB 982Requires a person to release 5 years of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot for president in Illinois.

Immigration

This list of bills relates to Immigration. Click the bill numbers to see current status of a bill in the Illinois legislature.

SB1948A declarative statement on the unlawful use of State resources (State police) for Federal duties of Department of Homeland Security.
HB0426Immigration Safe Zones Act: Shield schools and medical facilities from immigration enforcement actions
HB3131Demographic Data – DHS must report racial and ethnic data of participants/beneficiaries of DHS programs
HB 3099The Illinois TRUST Act seeks to protect and build trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities by limiting local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement.
HB 2394Student Access bill: Allow Illinois students to receive university-based scholarships, grants, and other assistance regardless of their immigration status
SB 1933/ HB 3695Enact automatic voter registration legislation to ensure that U.S. citizens interacting with state agencies are placed on voter rolls while protecting non-citizens from inadvertent registration
HB404: OPPOSENo Person Who is undocumented shall qualify for any benefits

Environment

This list of bills relates to the Environment.  Click the bill number for current status of a bill in the Illinois legislature.

HB 2958Coal Tar Ban would prohibit the use of carcinogenic coal tar in paving driveways, parking lots, and the like. The American Medical Association supports these bans, which are already in place in several local municipalities.
SB1985Would ban the use of lead-based ammunition to take wildlife in State parks or natural areas. Lead-based ammunition is likely the greatest source of lead knowingly discharged into the environment in the U.S.

Police, Criminal Justice, & Re-entry

This list is bills related to Police, Criminal Justice, and Re-entry.  Click the bill number for current status of a bill within the Illinois legislature

HB 3711Amends hate-crimes law: Adds the crimes of intimidation, cyberstalking and transmission of obscene messages to this list of crimes that can be prosecuted as hate crimes to address an increasing use of technology to attack victims.
HB 2955Eliminates several probation restrictions and mandatory minimums
HB 2724Eliminates required probation for class 4 felonies
HB 1804Allows for re-sentencing of individuals convicted of crimes for which the penalty has since been changed by statute
HB 3803Aims to fix the fact that some people are convicted of parole violations for “gang contact” for doing nothing more than accepting a ride from a family member
HB 3885 / SB 2074Limits the reporting of criminal record information by private background check companies to a) conviction information (not arrests), and b) records within five years, to help ensure that everyone has an opportunity for quality jobs, housing, education, and volunteer opportunities.
HB 2373 / SB 1403Expands eligibility for sealing of criminal records to a broader number of convictions, helping people with criminal records avoid barriers to opportunity
HB 2663/ SB 1557Provides that early childhood programs receiving State Board of Education grants for preschool educational programs shall prohibit the expulsion of children

HB 3904Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall establish a Women’s Correctional Services Division under the authority of a Chief of Women’s Correctional Services, which must be a Senior Public Service Administrator level position. Provides that the Chief of Women’s Correctional Services shall be appointed by the Director of Corrections
HB 3801Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that before the youth is released on aftercare release, the Department of Juvenile Justice shall require the youth to attend a restorative justice circle or family group conferencing session to ensure appropriate family support and a smooth transition upon his or her return home and into his or her community.
HB 3646Amends the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act. Provides the Department of State Police shall establish, operate, and maintain a sexual assault evidence kit tracking system that uses electronic technology to allow continuous access to approved users within the system.
HB 3165Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the training for Department of Juvenile Justice personnel shall include courses in restorative justice. Defines “restorative justice”. Provides that the Department may adopt rules to implement the training, including the length and frequency of the courses and the curriculum for the courses.
HB 2843 / SB 1704Expands the right of survivors of trafficking to vacate any criminal convictions that stem from the survivor’s exploitation.
HB 3142Prohibits colleges and universities from asking or considering a person’s criminal record during the admissions process, which often deters applicants from seeking education and training
SB316 / HB2353

 

It would allow residents over 21 to possess, consume, use, and grow up to 28 grams of marijuana. Individuals can have up to 5 plants. Full text of the amendment for HB2353 click here.  Full text of the amendment for SB316 click here.

HB528Creates the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission. This bill is supported by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA).
HB3718Creates Procedures for obtaining protective orders (OP, CNCO, or SNCO) in conjunction with a criminal proceeding or delinquency petition. This bill is supported by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA). – Passed House; Now in Senate Assignments.
SB189Removes statute of limitations for criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual abuse, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a child. This bill is supported by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA), Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI), and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. – Passed Senate; Now in House Rules Committee.
Criminal Justice ReformSweeping criminal justice legislation, that not only works to address racial inequities in incarceration and policing, but also aims to reinvest the dollars spent on locking up low-level, non-violent and juvenile offenders, putting that money back in the communities that have been most impacted by mass incarceration. Supports programming that addresses recidivism, youth employment, and other community-centered violence prevention initiatives.

Healthcare and Disability

This list of bills relates to Healthcare and Disability.  Click the bill number for current status of a bill within the Illinois legislature.

HB 2800Amends the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act. The CDC recommends a repeat test for women in the third trimester of pregnancy if women are determined to be at high risk for HIV, or live in an area of high prevalence for HIV. Illinois is on the CDC’s list of high-prevalence areas, because our statewide prevalence of HIV is 1% or greater. This legislation will add a third trimester HIV test for pregnant women in addition to the current first trimester test. AFC will fight to make sure pregnant women receive the most comprehensive HIV testing to ensure that no child is born in Illinois who is HIV-positive.
HB 311Creates the Network Adequacy and Transparency Act. Provides that administrators and insurers, prior to going to market, must file with the Department of Insurance for review and approval a description of the services to be offered through a network plan, with certain criteria included in the description.
HB 2694Amends the Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act. Bans non-medical switching of prescriptions. States that the health care plan shall not modify an enrollee’s coverage of a drug during the plan year if the drug has been previously approved for coverage by the plan for a medical condition, the plan’s prescribing provider continues to prescribe the drug for the medical condition, and the patient continues to be an enrollee of the health care plan.
HR 60Designates February 7, 2017 as National African-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of Illinois.
HB 3223Helps MS patients access physical therapy through their insurance providers.
Homecare DefenseThe Community Care Program (CCP) helps seniors live in their homes and community longer, avoiding premature and more costly nursing home care. Governor Rauner has proposed creating a new program called the Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), which will cut nearly $200 million from CCP and in-home services for seniors in Illinois. If created, CRP would cut and gravely reduce care to 43,000 seniors currently in CCP.
Medicaid ExpansionThis legislation will protect those currently receiving care and potentially expand who can receive care. If the ACA is repealed, 671,000 people in Illinois stand to lose health coverage. At the very least we must fight to protect the current system which keeps many of our community hospitals afloat. Over the course of a year and half, Medicaid expansion brought 3.4 billion dollars into the state economy.
HR 113Opposes any changes to the DON (Determination of Needs) score. This score is what determines whether someone qualifies for services through the Department of Rehabilitation’s Home Services Program.

 

HB 2436Illinois Medicare for All Health Care Act provides universal access to health care for all individuals residing within the state.

 

Economic Issues

This list of bills relates to Economic Issues.  Click the bill number for current status of a bill within the Illinois legislature.

SB633Provides free transit to Chicago Public School students who receive free lunch.
HB0523 / SB0647Extend Fees to Address Aftermath of Foreclosure Crisis: Funds from the fees support the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Abandoned Property Program and the Foreclosure Prevention Program.
SB0885Consumer Protections for “Rent-to-Own” Home Purchases
HB2430Would void a 1997 rule that forbids rent control.
SB1331Source of Income Protection, including rental subsidies, for real estate transactions: Amends the IL Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on source of income.
HB3060Fee waiver for birth certificates
HB4004Closes 9 corporate tax loopholes to raise $924 million to be invested in Illinois communities
HB2513 / SB1405Increasing the monthly personal needs allowance for people living in specialized mental health rehabilitation facilities (i.e. nursing homes) from $30 to $100
HB 3895This bill would allow people in deep poverty (income of 50% or less of federal poverty level) with a child age 3 or under who are on Medicaid to be eligible for an $80/mo diaper allowance.
HB721 / HB 2370Restore childcare eligibility: Restores childcare assistance eligibility to 185% of the federal poverty level
HB2475/SB744Expand EITC: Doubles state Earned Income Tax Credit from 10% to 20% of the federal
HB3213/SB1705Childcare for education and training: Expands childcare assistance to parents obtaining education or attending training programs
HB 3177 / SB 1614Prohibits driver’s license suspension for non-moving violations such as tickets, fines, or fees, or for other reasons unrelated to bad driving.
SB 1246Protects ABLE accounts and 529 college savings accounts from debt collection attempts, ensuring financial security for Illinois families while they pay any debts.
HB 3691Expands educational and economic opportunity for Illinois families by providing a seeded college savings account at birth for every child born in Illinois and encouraging savings by offering a match savings incentives for low and moderate income families.
HB3756Amends the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act. Requires the Department of Central Management Services to establish a credit program where certain contractors may receive credit applicable to meeting the requirements of the Act based on their utilization of minority owned businesses and female owned businesses. Requires the Department to review the program annually. Sets forth requirements of the program.

 

Education

This list of bills relates to Education.  Click the bill number for current status of a bill within the Illinois legislature.

HB1774The bill establishes elections (rather than appointments) for the City of Chicago Board of Education through the election of members in representative districts across the city.  It provides for the election of the Chicago Board of Education starting with the 2019 consolidated election.  This bill expands democracy and community input into a school district that has been under the complete control of one man since 1995.
HB3720The bill creates parameters for TIF surpluses in Chicago and mandates that money is used for school-based social services like social workers and school nurses, and special education services. This measure addresses both deep cuts to special education and the dire need for trauma-informed social services for thousands of Chicago students.
HB 3167Requires the Department of Human Services to conduct and regularly update a study on the early childhood workforce at least once every 3 years.
HB 3903Provides that there shall be no place of detention or criminal processing established or maintained on the grounds of any school.

 

HB768the Charter Commission Bill. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Removes provisions allowing the State Charter School Commission to reverse a school board’s decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes.
HB1776This is the Elected School Board Bill for City Colleges of Chicago. Provides for the election of the board of trustees of the City Colleges of Chicago, Illinois Community College District No. 508, at the general primary election in 2018 on a nonpartisan ballot.
HB3567Amends the School Code. Provides that there is a moratorium on the establishment of new charter schools in financially distressed school districts, including new campuses of existing charter schools, for such a time as the school district meets the definition of a financially distressed school district.

 

Gun Safety

This list of bills relates to Gun Safety.  Click the bill number for current status of a bill within the Illinois legislature.

HB 3390Fixes loophole that allows a gun owner to keep “losing” a gun, only to have it end up in the hands of someone legally unqualified for it
HB 2541 / SB 1657Gun Dealer Licensing Act: Gives illinois the ability to encourage better business practices among gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable. It will help curb a major source of illegally trafficked firearms from entering communities.
HB 2354 / SB 1291Lethal Violence Order of Protection (LVOP): Would create an LVOP, which empowers immediate family members who are concerned about a loved one hurting themselves or others. Similar to a domestic violence restraining order, it allows loved ones to petition the courts to remove firearms for a limited amount of time.
HB 2481 / SB 50 OPPOSEOppose these bills that would make silencers legal in Illinois, making mass shooters even more dangerous to citizens and law enforcement.

Animal Rights

This list of bills relates to Animal Rights.  Click the bill number for current status of a bill within the Illinois legislature.

SB1884Research Dogs and Cats Adoption Act: Facilitates a relationship between Illinois research laboratories and registered non-profit rescue organizations so that when an experiment ends, and that animal is no longer needed, this animal is given a chance a life after the lab with an Illinois family. (Beagle Freedom Project)