Highlighting bills recently introduced in the Illinois General Assembly

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The Illinois General Assembly has worked around a condensed schedule due to the omicron variant, with several in-person days canceled so far this calendar year. However, this does not mean that the General Assembly has completely ceased its work. A number of bills have been introduced in both houses so far in 2022. Here is a brief overview of some of these most recently proposed bills.

Senate Bill 4002, introduced by State Sen. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, on Jan. 21, would affect a total of $15 million from the state’s Emergency Coronavirus Sanitation Emergency Fund to the Department of Health and Family Services for providing the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics for specified grants and expenses. The bill would provide that at least 70% of the funds be used for expenses related to free and charitable clinics serving minority populations.

SB 4021, introduced Jan. 21 by Sen. Emil Jones, III, D-Chicago, would provide that arbitrators’ decisions involving terminations or suspensions of peace officers for more than 30 days are subject to judicial review under of the Administrative Review Act. For the purposes of an arbitration proceeding regarding alleged misconduct by a peace officer, a law enforcement agency (or, if applicable, a civilian or community) has the burden of proving by a preponderance of evidence that the officer committed the alleged misconduct.

Further, if the disciplinary measure imposed is termination of employment, an arbitrator may not rescind or reduce the disciplinary measure imposed if the rescission or reduction of the disciplinary measure is inconsistent with the public interest of maintaining the trust of community, to enforce a higher standard of officer conduct and to ensure an accountable, fair and just disciplinary process. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board would also be required to adopt rules that prescribe uniform standards of conduct and disciplinary standards and procedures.

SB 4034, introduced Jan. 21 by Sen. Mike Simmons, D-Chicago, would require the Department of Public Health to create the Men’s Health Division within the Office of Health Promotion, focused on raising awareness of health problems specific to men. . The Division would be required to conduct an annual assessment in conjunction with the Illinois Schools of Public Health on the state of men’s health and recommend policy development to address those needs.

SB 3907, introduced Jan. 21 by Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield, would provide that someone with a short-term substitute teaching license can teach for up to 15 (currently five) consecutive days per licensed teacher under contract. Additionally, a school district may hire an individual with a short-term substitute teacher license for teacher absences lasting six days or more per licensed teacher under contract, if the governor has declared a disaster. due to a public health emergency.


SB 3914, introduced Jan. 21 by Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel, D-Plainfield, would require each school district’s school board to grant full-time employees in the district five mental health days each school year on full pay. The bill would also state that the employee is not required to provide a medical note or other documentation to use Mental Health Day. Used and unpaid mental health days would not be eligible for pensionable service credit under the Illinois Pension Code.

SB 3935, introduced Jan. 21 by a bipartisan group of senators, including Sens. Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, Doris Turner, D-Springfield, and Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, would preserve and expand access to Medicaid community mental health care in Illinois to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and avoid the criminalization of mental health problems.

SB 3854, introduced by Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Highwood, on Jan. 21 would create the Flavored Tobacco Ban Act, providing that a tobacco retailer or its agents or employees may not sell, offer for sale or possessing with the intention of selling or offering for sale a flavored tobacco product, a flavored related tobacco product, a flavored alternative nicotine product or a flavored solution or substance intended for use with electronic cigarettes.

SB 3899, introduced by Sens. Neil Anderson, R-Moline and Darren Bailey, R-Louisville, would provide that a defendant who was at least 18 years old at the time of the offense and who has been convicted of first degree murder can be sentenced to death if the person murdered was a peace officer killed in the performance of his official duties, to prevent the performance of his duties, or in retaliation for the performance of his official duties, and whether the accused knew or ought to have known that the person murdered was a peace officer. Additionally, SB 3714, introduced the same day by Senator Chapin Rose, R-Champaign, is very similar with the addition of firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, or other medical assistance personnel. or first aid employed by a municipality or other. government unit to peace officers, as well as employees of an institution or facility of the Department of Corrections and investigators or social workers of the Adult Protective Services Program and other state programs .

SB 3718, introduced by Sen. Ram Villivam, D-Chicago, on Jan. 21, would create the Teacher Loan Repayment Program for student debt, provided the Illinois Student Aid Commission annually reviews requests for cancellation of portions of qualified applicants’ student loans. . Up to 10% of the applicant’s annual loan balance will be forgiven each year for five years or until 50% of the applicant’s outstanding balance at the time of the initial application is paid.

House Bill 5522, introduced Jan. 28 by Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-West Chicago, would make it illegal to deliver, sell, or buy or deliver, sell, buy, or possess by others a weapon assault rifle, assault weapon accessory, .50 caliber rifle or .50 caliber cartridge. The bill would also make it illegal for anyone to knowingly possess an assault weapon, .50 caliber rifle or .50 caliber cartridge 300 days after the effective date of the amending law, on the exception of possession of weapons registered with the Illinois State Police at the time. supplied.

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