A handful of previously signed measure are scheduled to go into effect July 1.
Adult Driver’s Tests (HB 772/PA 98-0167): Persons aged 18-21 must pass an adult driver education course before being issued a license. The course need not have a driving component, however.
Child Abuse Reporting (HB 2245/PA 98-0408): Provides that within one year of initial employment and at least every five years thereafter, school personnel required to report child abuse must complete mandated reporter training.
Commercial Driving Permit (SB 1757/PA 98-0176): Replaces the state’s Commercial Driver Instruction Permit with a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP). This will bring Illinois into compliance with federal requirements. The permit authorizes persons to operate a commercial motor vehicle (typically large trucks, such as semi-trailers, buses, or vehicles transporting hazardous materials) when accompanied by a holder of a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) who is providing behind-the wheel-training.
Compulsory School Age (SB 1307/PA 98-0544): Lowers the compulsory school age, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, from 7 to 6 years old. Applies to children six years old or older on or before September 1 each year.
CPR Training (HB 3724/PA 98-0632): Requires training on how to properly administer CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator to be included as a basis for curricula in all high schools. Provides that no student shall be required to take or participate in any training on CPR or AED use if his or her parent or guardian submits a written objection.
Early Childhood Grants (HB 4440/PA 98-0645): Requires that not less than 14% (currently 11%) of the Early Childhood Block Grant must be used to fund programs for children ages 0-3. That percentage is to be increased to at least 20% by Fiscal Year 16 (currently Fiscal Year 15).
School Reform Modifications (HB 5546/PA 98-0648): Makes several changes to school reform legislation passed in 2011 (PA-97-008) including giving limited recall rights to teachers who have been dismissed or removed due to one “Needs Improvement” rating on either of the last two performance evaluations, provided that the other performance evaluation is “Satisfactory,” “Proficient” or “Excellent;” they are qualified to hold the position available; and were removed by honorable dismissal.
Teacher Certification Process (HB 5393/PA 98-0646): Makes several changes to the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is makings revisions to the National Board Certification Process and they are trying to align the current law of all states to match those changes.