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ISACo Committee Activity

Updated: Mar 2

The Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) will take positions on several bills posted to House and Senate committees during the week of March 2-6. These bills are listed below.


Posted bills will not necessarily be called during the week they are posted. Each legislator sponsoring a bill on which ISACo has a position receives a letter from ISACo indicating our position.


Counties wishing to register positions on any of these bills are encouraged to access the General Assembly Dashboard (via this link) and find the bills based upon the committee to which they were assigned. Clicking on the link to each bill below will identify the committee to which the bill is assigned.


Instructions on how to use the General Assembly Dashboard are available via this link.


HOUSE BILLS


HB 49 - Oppose

Amends the Criminal Identification Act. Provides that records of charges that result in an acquittal or dismissal with prejudice, except for minor traffic offenses, may be immediately expunged after the final disposition of the case. Provides that upon entry of judgment, the defendant shall be informed of this right and the proper procedures to follow to have records that are eligible be immediately expunged. Provides that the petition may be filed on behalf of the defendant by his or her attorney at the final disposition hearing, or by the defendant at any time. Provides that the State's Attorney may not object to an immediate expungement petition and the presiding trial judge shall enter an order granting or denying the petition during the hearing in which the petition is filed. Provides that no fees shall be charged by the circuit court clerk or the Department of State Police for processing petitions filed under this provision. Makes other changes.


HB 2297 (Oppose)

Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that 91 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act: (1) the forest preserve district board's authority to appoint and maintain a police force is terminated; and (2) the Cook County Sheriff's Department shall exercise primary jurisdiction over the territory within the forest preserve district.


HB 4080 - Oppose

Amends the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act. Provides that any full-time law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer, or firefighter that suffers a catastrophic injury or is killed in the line of duty, as well as their spouse or child, shall be offered by the employer of the law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer, or firefighter the choice of any health insurance plan available to currently employed full-time law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officers, or firefighters.


HB 4598 - Support (Lake County Initiative)

Amends the Counties Code. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2021, upon the expiration of each Public Defender's term of office in a county with under 1,000,000 population, the chairperson of the county board or the executive of a county board of commissioners shall, after receiving a recommendation or recommendations provided by an independent citizen's advisory council, appoint the Public Defender with the advice and consent of the county board. Provides for citizen advisory council membership and appointment requirements. Excludes appointments of the same Public Defender in adjoining counties. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.


HB 4704 (Oppose/Preemption of Authority)

Creates the Right to Garden Act. Allows the State or a unit of local government to regulate gardens on residential property unless the statute or regulation has the practical effect of precluding gardens on residential property entirely. Defines the terms "garden" and "residential property". Limits home rule powers. Effective immediately.


SENATE BILLS


SB 2519 (Oppose)

Amends the Counties Code. Provides that if a coroner fails to disqualify himself or herself from acting at an investigation or inquest due to conflicts of interest, an interested party may file a petition to disqualify the coroner for cause with the circuit court of the county for which the coroner has jurisdiction. Provides that the court, after hearing, may disqualify the coroner. Provides that a circuit court may, upon the motion of any interested party for good cause shown, temporarily appoint a coroner who has a mutual aid agreement with the coroner having jurisdiction to perform the duties of the coroner having jurisdiction and the judge shall make the appointment within 24 hours after the filing of the motion. Provides that the temporarily appointed coroner shall have jurisdiction only over the matters provided in the court's order and the appointment shall terminate upon completion of the final certification of death.


SB 2524 (Support)

Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in a county under township organization with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants and an appointed board of review, the county board may, by resolution, require that members of the board of review have certain professional assessment designations. Provides that, if the county board requires those designations, then provisions of the Code concerning the political makeup of the board of review do not apply to that county. Effective immediately.


SB 3125 (Support)

Amends the Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that supplemental funding for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program shall be set aside on a yearly basis. Provides that local matching funding shall be required according to a sliding scale based on community size, median income, and percentage of population living below the federal poverty line (rather than community site, median income, and total property tax base). Provides that at least 25% of funding shall be directed towards projects in high-need communities, based on community median income and percentage of population living below the federal poverty line (rather than community median income and total property tax base).


SB 3412 (Support)

Amends the Mosquito Abatement District Act. Provides that a county board or board of county commissioners may by ordinance transfer the duties of all mosquito abatement districts in the county to the county and dissolve those districts. Includes provisions relating to submittal of the proposition of dissolution to the voters by referendum and transfer of personnel, property, tax levy powers, and funds of districts to the county. Amends the Counties Code making conforming changes.

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