Several other measures were also signed into law during the week of June 30 to July 4.
Government Clean Up (SB 3443/PA 98-0692): “Budgeting for Results” annual clean-up eliminating various boards and commissions and allowing for some documents to be published online.
Omnibus Elections Bill (HB 105/PA 98-0691): Requires the State Board of Elections to submit a statewide advisory public question (non-binding) to the voters on the November 4, 2014 ballot asking: "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?"
The bill also includes a number of other changes pertaining to the 2014 general election including same day grace period voter registration and voting; early voting until the Sunday before the election; extended early voting hours the week before the election; absentee ballots to be made available 90 days prior to the election (rather than 40); and other relatively minor changes.
The bill also requires public institutions of higher education to send an email to students with voter registration information (in general election years); requires that the email include a link to the State Board of Elections website's application to register to vote in any election jurisdiction and a statement that the student can register in the local jurisdiction or at a previous residence (parent's) if the student intends to return to that residence.
These changes are intended to increase voter turnout by making it more convenient to vote.
Hospital Bed Fee (HB 1322/PA 98-0683): Creates a hospital bed fee of $55 to fund implementation of the Illinois Adverse Health Care Events Reporting law of 2005. This is expected to generate $2 million from hospitals.
Solar Power (HB 2427/PA 98-0672): Allows the Illinois Power Agency to do a $30 million solar auction for power sent to Ameren and ComEd territories. The auction is one-time only. Contracts cannot be less than 5 years and 50% of the distributed generation auction must go to small projects.
African-American Disparities (HB 3748/PA 98-0684): Extends the reporting date of the Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African-American Community to December 31, 2015 (currently December 31, 2013) and extends the repeal date of the Commission to July 1, 2016 (currently July 1, 2014).
Education for Military Children (HB 3939/PA 98-0673): Initiative of the Lt. Governor's Office, who testified in committee. Interested parties within the military community, the Lt. Governor’s Office, and school management groups have been working on a solution to help transitioning military families, while maintaining a school district’s discretion on how to handle these students. The legislation authorizes and directs the governor to enter into the interstate military compact on behalf of the State of Illinois.
Juvenile Court Act Revisions (HB 4083/PA 98-0685): Clarifies the shared responsibilities and authority between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Cleans up previous amendments and revisions made to the Act in 2006 and 2013.
Racial Profile Study (HB 4442/PA 98-0686): Extends the sunset date on the racial profile traffic stop statistical study from the current July 1, 2015 until July 1, 2019.
Swine/Cattle Disease Control Committees (HB 4663/PA 98-0687): Provides for changes of membership of the Swine Disease Control Committee and the Cattle Disease Control Committee. The intent is to transition these committees from a research-based focus, to an advisory committee in the case of a disease outbreak.
Alternative Certification (HB 4767/PA 98-0688): Changes the date for alternative certification for teachers who are admitted on or before September 1 (instead of June 30), 2014. This was an error in the law.
Juvenile Justice Employees (HB 4781/PA 98-0689): Makes changes to the qualifications of Department of Juvenile Justice personnel. Expands the types of Bachelor's degrees that can be considered for employment if the candidate has at least two years’ experience in juvenile justice.
Lead Abatement (HB 5410/PA 98-0690): Addresses regulation and enforcement of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act with regard to licensure, fines and penalties, billing the Department of Healthcare and Family Services for lead testing and evaluation of Medicaid-eligible children, reporting of lead-poisoning test results to the Department of Public Health, and other changes.
Auditor General (HB 5585/PA 98-0676): Authorizes funding for the Auditor General’s office for the 98th General Assembly. Transfers $5,762,416 from various funds to the Audit Expense Fund. This includes a $15,184,775 transfer from General Revenue Funds.
Budget Implementation (SB 220/PA 98-0674): One of two Budget Implementation measures (Commonly called a BIMPs) for the coming fiscal year (The other is SB 274). Expands several programs at a time when the budget is drowning in red ink.
Extends by another year and increases the amount of the grants issued in the I-FLY Act which gives grants to airports.
Raids the Road Fund for an additional $4 million to give to Intercity Rail Subsidies.
Expands the physician educational grant program to include "other eligible primary care providers" such as dentists, nurse midwives, dental hygienists, psychologists, clinical social workers and marriage therapists.
Once again the budget raids the Personal Property Replacement Tax Fund (PPRT) at the expense of locals. This BIMP allows salaries for court reporters to be paid out of PPRT which traditionally have been expended by the state (FY14 $4.6 million).
Pushes back the implementation the Grant Funds Recovery Act.
Budget Implementation (SB 274/PA 98-0682): One of two Budget Implementation Acts (BIMPs), with the other being SB 220.
Links $650 million in budget transfers sought by the Governor to continued funding for legislative salaries and operations. Largely a response to the Governor’s failed attempt to veto legislative pay out of last year’s state budget, this creates a continuing appropriation (meaning it will go into effect without legislative or gubernatorial action) for legislative operations and salaries of members of the judiciary and legislature.