100th General Assembly
Representative Riley’s comprehensive view of the needs of not only the 38th District, but the South Suburbs as a whole can be seen in his bills which cover the vital areas of: Economic Development, Transportation, Violence Prevention, Consumer Protection, Senior Citizens, Health Care, Veterans, Community Interests, People with Disabilities, Education, Government, Energy and Finance.
Bills that Representative Riley sponsored or co-sponsored in Springfield in the 100th General Assembly. For a complete listing of Rep. Riley’s legislative record, please visit the Illinois General Assembly website.
Procurement Reform (The bill was signed into law on August 9, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0043)
As Chief Sponsor, Representative Riley negotiated with both sides of the aisle to ensure the state procurement process works more efficiently for the citizens of Illinois. Business and industry will be relieved of some restrictions to the bidding process. But, new safeguards were installed to insure that small, minority and woman owned businesses would be better able to do business with the state. Efficient oversight provisions will prevent fraud in the bidding process.
Senate Bill 886 – Sale of the Thompson Center
As Chief Sponsor, Representative Riley created a framework for the sale of the historic but inefficient facility. He protected taxpayers by ensuring that the potential developer bear all the costs of lease acquisition, impact fees and associated costs. The bill also protects one of the most heavily used CTA stations, and also provides a framework for a substantial portion of the property coming back on the tax rolls.
Interstate Adoptions (The bill was signed into law on August 25, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0344.)
In a Section concerning adoption between multiple jurisdictions, adds a statement of public policy. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall promulgate procedures and requirements for interstate adoption placements of children and disseminate the information via specified channels no later than 30 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that the Department may not require any further pre-adoption requirements. Provides that the procedures shall reflect the standard of review as stated in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and approval shall be given by the Department if the placement appears not to be contrary to the best interests of the child. Adds provisions governing the timeline and procedures for interstate adoptions. Provides that communications concerning an interstate placement made between the Department and an Illinois licensed child welfare agency, an out-of-state child placing agency, and attorneys representing the prospective adoptive parent or biological parent may be made through any type of electronic means, including, but not limited to, electronic mail.
Park District – Volunteers (The bill was signed into law on August 25, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0345.)
Prohibits a park district from knowingly engaging a volunteer who has been convicted of or found to be a child sex offender. Provides that every park district shall require volunteers to complete an application prior to beginning work as a volunteer, which shall include a question concerning whether they have been convicted of or found to be a child sex offender. Provides that if a current volunteer is convicted of or found to be a child sex offender, the volunteer shall immediately disclose the conviction or finding to the park district. Provides for penalties for a volunteer who fails to disclose his or her sex offender status. Defines “volunteer” to mean any individual who, without compensation or benefits, reports to, and is under the direct supervision of, a park district’s administrative staff and provides personal services to a park district recreational program that is offered to children.
School Business Official (The bill was signed into law on August 24, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0288. )
The bill amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. It provides that the holder of a master’s degree in public administration who completes an additional 6 semester hours of internship in school business management from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and passes applicable State tests is eligible for a chief school business official endorsement. Requires the State Board of Education to adopt any rules necessary to implement the amendatory Act.
House Amendment #1: Provides that the chief school business official endorsement may be affixed to the Professional Educator License of any holder who qualifies by having a master’s degree in, among other areas, public administration.
Organ Donor Registry – Age 16 (The bill was signed into law on August 8, 2017, It is Public Act 100-0041.)
Provides that the Secretary of State shall offer to each applicant for issuance or renewal of a driver’s license or identification card who is 16 years of age or older (rather than 18 years of age or older) the opportunity to have his or her name included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. Amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act. Makes conforming changes. Provides that upon the death of a donor who is an unemancipated minor, the parent or guardian of the donor may amend or revoke the anatomical gift of the donor’s body.
Secure Choice Savings Program (The bill was signed into law on June 30, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0006.)
Amends the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act. Requires the Board to select a default contribution rate within the range of 3% to 6% of an enrollee’s wages (rather than 3% of wages). Provides that the Program shall begin during 2018, rather than by July 1, 2017. Provides that the Board shall establish an implementation timeline that ensures that all employees are required to enroll in the Program by December 31, 2020. Provides that the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Fund is a instrumentality of the State and not subject to specified provisions of the Illinois Securities Law of 1953.
Fire Hydrant Act – Dry Hydrants (The bill was signed into law on August 22, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0259.)
Amends the Fire Hydrant Act. Defines “dry hydrant”. Contains provisions concerning the maintenance of and access to specified dry hydrants. Provides that all other dry hydrants shall be subject to specified provisions of the Act and a specified additional requirement.
Life Insurance – Unclaimed Benefits (The Governor did an amendatory veto of the bill on August 25, 2017.)
Amends the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act. Provides that “policy” includes a policy that has lapsed or been terminated. Requires insurers to, at no later than the date of policy delivery or the establishment of an account, and upon any change of insured or beneficiary, request information sufficient to ensure that all benefits or proceeds are distributed to the appropriate persons upon the death of the insured. Allows insurers to contact insureds in certain circumstances for the information. Provides that the Act applies to policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts in force at any time on or after January 1, 1996 (rather than on or after the effective date of the Act). Provides that the Act does not apply to a lapsed or terminated policy with no benefits payable that was compared against the Death Master File within the 18 months following the date of the lapse or termination of the applicable policy. Amends the Vital Records Act. Provides that any information contained in the vital records shall be made available at no cost to the State Treasurer for purposes related to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. Amends the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. Removes provisions concerning certain fees and charges for unclaimed property. Provides that no person or company shall be entitled to a fee for discovering presumptively unclaimed property during the period beginning on the date the property was presumed abandoned and ending 24 months after the payment or delivery of the property to the State Treasurer (rather than until it has been in the custody of the State Treasurer for at least 24 months). Makes other changes.
Police Department – College Requirements (The bill was signed into law on September 8, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0467.)
Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the requirement that a police applicant possess an associate’s degree may also be waived if the applicant has successfully received credit for a minimum of 60 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (currently, this requirement may be waived only if the applicant has served for 24 months of active duty or 180 days combat duty in the United States Armed Forces).
Network Adequacy Transparency (The bill was signed into law on September 15, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0502.)
Creates 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. Provides that the network plan shall demonstrate to the Department, prior to approval, a minimum ratio of full-time equivalent providers to plan beneficiaries and maximum travel and distance standards for plan beneficiaries, which shall be established annually by the Department based upon specified sources. Provides that the Department shall conduct quarterly audits of network plans to verify compliance with network adequacy standards. Establishes certain notice requirements. Provides that a network plan shall provide for continuity of care for its beneficiaries under certain circumstances and according to certain requirements. Provides that a network plan shall post electronically a current and accurate provider directory and make available in print, upon request, a provider directory subject to certain specifications. Provides that the Department is granted specific authority to issue a cease and desist order against, fine, or otherwise penalize any insurer or administrator for violations of any provision of the Act. Makes other changes.
House Bill 335 – Rivers Edge Redevelopment – Kankakee
Amends the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may certify one additional pilot River Edge Redevelopment Zone in the City of Kankakee.
House Bill 1774 – Elected Chicago School Board
Provides for the election of the Chicago Board of Education starting with the 2019 consolidated election. Makes related changes. Provides that a person shall be a U.S. citizen and registered voter and shall have been a resident of the city and the electoral district for at least one year immediately preceding his or her election. Sets forth provisions concerning nominating petitions and ballots. Sets forth provisions providing that the City of Chicago shall be subdivided into 20 electoral districts by the General Assembly for seats on the Chicago Board of Education. Sets forth provisions providing that in the year following each decennial census, the General Assembly shall redistrict the electoral districts to reflect the results of each decennial census. Makes other changes.
House Bill 1776 – Chicago Community College Elected Board
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. Provides that a member of the board of trustees shall be elected at each consolidated election thereafter. Makes related changes. Sets forth provisions concerning nominating petitions and ballots. Provides that the City of Chicago shall be subdivided into 20 trustee districts by the General Assembly for seats on the board of trustees, in addition to one at-large trustee. Provides that in the year following each decennial census, the General Assembly shall redistrict the trustee districts to reflect the results of each decennial census. Makes other changes.
House Bill 2462 – Equal Pay – Wage History (The Governor vetoed the bill on August 25, 2017.)
Prohibits an employer from: (i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant’s prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary. Prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer. Limits defenses. Provides for penalties and injunctive relief.
Amendment #1 – Provides exceptions to the applicability of a provision stating that it is unlawful for an employer to seek the wage or salary history of any job applicant from any current or former employer.
CMAP – Record and stream meeting (The bill was signed into law on September 18, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0479)
Provides exceptions to the applicability of a provision stating that it is unlawful for an employer to seek the wage or salary history of any job applicant from any current or former employer.
National Guard – Funeral State Flag (The bill was signed into law on August 11, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0069.)
Provides that when a member of the Illinois National Guard dies while serving in duty or training statuses pursuant to Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code as approved by the member’s service component, the Adjutant General, the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, or the Assistant Adjutant General for Air shall present one State flag of Illinois to the next of kin of the deceased Illinois National Guard member who receives the United States burial flag, or that person’s designee, as soon as is practicable.
Disabilities Task Force (The bill was signed into law on September 8, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0481.)
Creates the Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force which shall consist of 24 members, 10 members appointed by the Governor, 10 members appointed by the Attorney General, and one each appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the Senate. Provides that the Task Force shall also reflect the diversity of disabilities of the State. Specifies the categories of individuals to serve on the Task Force. Provides that the members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation. Provides that the Office of the Attorney General shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall consider issues that affect adults and juveniles with disabilities with respect to their involvement with the police, detention and confinement in corrections facilities, representation by counsel, participation in the criminal justice system, communications with their families, awareness and accommodations for their disabilities, and concerns for the safety of the general public and individuals working in the criminal justice system. Provides that the Task Force shall make recommendations to the Governor and to the General Assembly regarding policies, procedures, legislation, and other actions that can be taken to protect the public safety and the well-being and rights of individuals with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Provides that the Task Force shall submit a report with its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Attorney General, and the General Assembly on or before March 31, 2018. Repeals the Act on June 30, 2018.
Veteran’s Suicide Task Force (The bill was signed into law on September 8, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0482.)
Contains provisions concerning the establishment of various programs and services for the benefit of veterans including a proactive outreach program for veterans that served in high casualty units, in units that experienced high conflict areas, and in units where at least one service member committed suicide following his or her service; a public awareness campaign concerning the trauma and internal injuries suffered by veterans; specified training concerning mental health services for employees of veterans service organizations, Veterans Assistance Commissions, and veterans’ service associations; educational success programs for veterans experiencing specified difficulties in higher education; a family preparation course for the families of returning veterans; a licensing program for therapy dogs for veterans; a transition program for returning veterans that reside in the State; a system that allows veterans to file a specified federal form immediately upon discharge; creation of an employer training program; and a standard statewide peer-to-peer training program to familiarize veterans with the veterans’ services available at the local, State, and federal levels. Requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to adopt any rules necessary to implement these provisions.
House Bill 2802– Health Workplace Act
Creates the Transportation Benefits Program Act. Requires all covered employers to offer at least one transportation benefit program. Provides that the employer may choose between providing a program consistent with federal law that allows employees to elect to exclude from taxable wages and compensation the employee’s commuting costs incurred for the purchase of a transit pass to use public transit or for the purchase of qualified parking, or a program under which the employer supplies a transit pass for the particular qualifying public transit requested by the covered employee or reimburses the covered employee for payments made for the use of qualified parking. Defines terms. Effective January 1, 2018.
House Floor Amendment #2: Inserts the substance of the introduced bill except that it limits the program to the area under the jurisdiction of the Regional Transportation Authority. Provides that the bill applies to employers with 25 full-time employees rather than 20 employees. Excludes from the scope of the bill areas in which regularly-scheduled transit service does not operate. Removes government entities from the scope of the Act. Defines terms.
School Funding – Evidence Based (The bill was signed into law on August 31, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0465.)
Provides that the Act may be referred to as the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act. Amends the Economic Development Area Tax Increment Allocation Act, State Finance Act, Property Tax Code, Innovation Development and Economy Act, County Economic Development Project Area Property Tax Allocation Act, County Economic Development Project Area Tax Increment Allocation Act of 1991, Illinois Municipal Code, Economic Development Project Area Tax Increment Allocation Act of 1995, School Code, and Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act. Provides that the State aid formula provisions of the School Code apply through the 2016-2017 school year. Provides for an evidence-based funding formula beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Sets forth provisions concerning an adequacy target calculation, a local capacity calculation, a base funding minimum calculation, a percent of adequacy and final resources calculation, an evidence-based funding formula distribution system, State Superintendent of Education administration of funding and school district submission requirements, and a Professional Judgment Panel. Makes other changes.
RTA Act – Bidding Threshold (The bill was signed into law on September 22, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0523.)
Provides that the Regional Transportation Authority Board shall adopt regulations to ensure that the construction or acquisition by the Authority or a Service Board other than the Chicago Transit Authority of services or public transportation facilities (other than real estate) involving a cost of more than the small purchase threshold set by the Federal Transit Administration (rather than $40,000) shall be after public notice and with public bidding.
RTA Issuance of Bonds (The Governor vetoed the bill on August 25, 2017.)
Amends the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act. Provides that in the case of a default Interim Financing Note issued by the Chicago Transit Authority with which State money in the Treasury was invested, authorizes the State Treasurer to certify, after notice, to the Comptroller the amounts of the defaulted Interim Financing Note and for the Comptroller to deduct and remit to the Treasury the certified amounts or a portion of those amounts in specified proportions in the 3 years following default. Further amends the Regional Transportation Authority Act to make similar changes concerning defaulted Working Cash Notes.
Social Services Contact Notice (The bill was signed into law on August 18, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0153.)
Creates the Social Services Contract Notice Act. Provides that the Act applies only to non-governmental service providers who deliver social services designed to ensure the health, safety, education, or welfare of Illinois residents on behalf of the State through grants, contracts, or agreements with State agencies; and applies regardless of the source of the funds with which the grants, contracts, or agreements are paid, including federal assistance moneys. Provides that the Act does not apply to: (i) grants, contracts, or agreements with State agencies for the primary purpose of delivering or producing goods on behalf of the State; (ii) contracts between the State and its political subdivisions or other governments or between State governmental bodies; or (iii) modifications to contractor payment by the State resulting from the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) reconciliation process, the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act, or the service provider’s underutilization of contract value, as determined by the State. Provides that any contract between a State agency and an authorized service provider may be terminated, suspended, or reduced by either party to the contract upon 30 days prior written notice. Permits the State to immediately terminate a contract for social services if the authorized service provider has made material misrepresentations or material omissions explicitly prohibited under State contracting requirements. Provides that the provision applies to agreements or contracts executed on or after the effective date of the Act. Requires State agencies to notify the Governor and other specified persons in writing of their intention to suspend, terminate, or reduce one or more contracts for social services.
House Bill 3240– Noise Monitoring Reports (The bill was signed into law on August 18, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0165.)
Amends the Permanent Noise Monitoring Act. Provides that on or before June 30, 2018 each airport shall upgrade its permanent noise monitoring system to be capable of producing the data necessary to meet the requirements of Public Act 99-202. Provides that on June 30, 2018 and thereafter an airport’s permanent noise monitoring report and noise contour maps shall be produced using the criteria under Public Act 99-202.
House Bill 3248– Airports – Environmental Impact
Amends the Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the Environmental Protection Act. Requires the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, with the assistance of the Department of Transportation, to conduct a study describing the environmental and human health impacts caused by runways and air traffic at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Requires the Agency, when conducting this study, to pay particular attention to the impact of air pollution, noise pollution, the emission of gases and fluids by aircraft, and similar factors on the quality of life, health, and property values of persons who live adjacent to the flight paths used by Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Requires the Agency, with the Department’s assistance, to monitor noise levels experienced in 2018 and 2019. Requires the Department to assist with the study. Requires the Agency to deliver a written report of its findings to the General Assembly by no later than October 31, 2019.
Criminal Code – Illegal Electronic Monitoring (The bill was signed into law on August 18, 2017. It is Public Act 100-0166.)
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that person also commits cyberstalking when he or she knowingly, surreptitiously, and without lawful justification, installs or otherwise places electronic monitoring software or spyware on an electronic communication device as a means to harass another person and: (1) at any time transmits a threat of immediate or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement, or restraint and the threat is directed towards that person or a family member of that person; (2) places that person or a family member of that person in reasonable apprehension of immediate or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement, or restraint; or (3) at any time knowingly solicits the commission of an act by any person which would be a violation of this Code directed towards that person or a family member of that person. Provides exemptions. Defines “electronic communication device” and “electronic monitoring software or spyware”.