News & Updates
Spring Session 2014
January 27, 2014 - The regular spring session of the Illinois General Assembly will convene Wednesday, January 29th. Governor Quinn will deliver his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate at noon on Wednesday. You can watch or listen to the address in real time through the General Assembly's website at http://www.ilga.gov/house/audvid.asp.
This is the second year of the 98th General Assembly, which typically means there will be fewer substantive (non-budgetary) bills taken up and most of the focus will be on the budget. There are of course, exceptions, but that is generally the rule.
Winter / Special Session 2013
December 5, 2013 - Governor Quinn signed the pension bill, SB 1.
December 3, 2013 - Pension reform passed both chambers late today.
The Conference Committee's report, SB 1, which contains the legislative leaders' pension reform agreement, passed both chambers and is headed to the Governor's desk for signature. The Governor has already announced he will sign the bill.
The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 30 yes, 24 no and 3 present (30 yes votes were needed) and it passed the House by a vote of 62 yes, 53 no and 1 present (60 yes votes were needed). If you would like to see how your legislators voted you may view the final roll calls here:
Senate roll call
House roll call
General Assembly Passes Pension Reform (Sun Times)
SB 1 (Conference Committee Report)
Summary of proposed changes (Chicago Tribune)
December 2, 2013 - The presidents and chancellors of the Illinois public universities issued a letter to the four legislative leaders and the Governor expressing their "profound disappointment" in the pension proposal brought forward by the leaders and the conference committee.
November 27, 2013 - The Chicago Sun Times reports the leaders have reached a deal. No details on the components of the agreement at this time.
November 25, 2013 - The General Assembly will return to Springfield next Tuesday, December 3, and is anticipated to take up pension reform legislation at that time.
Fall Veto Session 2013
The General Assembly met for the fall 2013 legislative veto session October 22-24 and November 5-7. There was some speculation that legislators might finally act on comprehensive pension reform. The legislative leaders are rumored to have signed off on a framework agreement (the details of this agreement are not yet in public or legislative form). However, the actuaries were unable to estimate the cost savings of the reform package prior to the close of the scheduled veto session. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) told reporters that members may be called back to Springfield yet this calendar year to take up a pension proposal.
A few bills of interest were passed by the General Assembly and sent on to the Governor for signature:
SB 10 - Religious Freedom and Marriage Act (permits same-sex marriage)
SB 1523 - Chicago Park District Pension Reform (some speculate might be a template for broader reform)
HB 209 - Supplemental Appropriations
AM 180 - Appointment of Bill Dano to EIU Board of Trustees
SB 2196 - U of I School of Labor provisions and SURS retire/rehire changes
The regular spring session of the General Assembly is scheduled to begin January 29, 2014 which is also the date of the Governor's annual State of the State address.