February 28, 2020

This Week in Illinois 

"The rest of the nation is rooting for an Illinois progressive income tax"

Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch contributed an editorial to the Chicago Sun-Times regarding Governor Pritzker's proposed constitutional amendment. 
" The rest of the nation's states are cheering on Illinois' efforts to enact a progressive income tax.  That's because they know it will be one more self-inflicted blow to our state's economy, certain to drive dollars, jobs and families into their waiting arms.
Whether or not Illinois moves to a progressive tax will be put to voters on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Voters will decide whether we maintain our current flat and fair income tax or allow the political class in Springfield to open the door to more tax increases under the pretense of "making the wealthy pay their fair share."  The reality is that this proposal is intended to do just one thing: Make it easier to raise taxes on all Illinoisans." 
Read the entire article here. 

Legislative Update 

The House and Senate were both in session this week, Tuesday through Thursday. 


SB2481 was placed on the Senate Calendar for a third reading. This bill sponsored by Senator Munoz amends the sales tax laws to eliminate the $10,000 cap on the automobile trade-in credit.  The bill was designed to make up for the revenue lost by eliminating the automobile trade-in cap by raising the amounts of taxes due on sales of motor vehicles by private parties.

SB2954  was passed out of the Environment & Conservation Committee by a vote of 6-3-1.  This bill c reates the Coal Tar Sealant Disclosure Act. Requires specified persons and entities, public schools and public school districts, and State agencies to disclose the use of a coal tar-based sealant or high polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon sealant product. Requires public schools or public school districts and State agencies to post, for a minimum of 10 years after application, signage regarding the dangers such use poses.

SB3307 passed out of the Senate Labor Committee by a vote of 17-1.  In a provision requiring an employer to reimburse an employee for all necessary expenses or losses incurred by the employee within the employee's scope of employment, requires the employer to reimburse the employee within 30 days after receipt of the necessary expenditures or losses. An employer is not liable unless the employer required (rather than authorized or required) the employee to incur the necessary expenditure or the employer failed to comply with its own written expense reimbursement policy. for an expenditure to be reimbursable, the expense must be required by the employer. 

SB2263 was assigned to the Judiciary Committee. This bill establishes consumer rights to copies of information held by persons who control and process data. Provides for the correction of inaccurate data. Provides for restrictions on the use of personal data. Provides for the enforcement of the Act by the Attorney General. This bill is modeled to match Washington's Data Privacy. The Chamber expects if a data privacy bill moves, it will be this one. The chamber is monitoring this legislation. 

SB3292 was assigned to the Senate Executive Committee. This bill provides that beginning on or after January 1, 2021, the Department of Transportation shall appoint selection committees consisting of 9 members who shall be appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate.

SB3386 was assigned to the Revenue Committee.  This bill imposes a tax upon persons engaged in the business of short-term rental at the rate of 5% of 94% of the gross rental receipts from such renting, leasing or letting. Imposes an additional tax at the rate of 1% of 94% of the gross rental receipts from such renting, leasing or letting.

SB3508 was assigned to the Commerce & Economic Development Committee.  This bill provides that by December 31, 2021, a publicly held domestic corporation or foreign corporation whose principal executive office is located in Illinois to have a specified minimum number of female directors.


HB322 passed out of the House today by a vote of  84-4-5. This bill provides that, no non-home rule unit within the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Madison, McHenry, St. Clair, and Will may enact or continue to enforce an ordinance for an automated traffic law enforcement system to enforce violations of intersection traffic control signals.  This bill only applies to non-home rule units of government. 

HB4617  passed out of the House Transportation Committee by a unanimous vote on the condition that amendments be made. This bill p rovides that a municipality's or county's automated speed enforcement system or automated traffic law ordinance shall require that the determination to issue a citation be vested solely with the municipality or county and that such authority may not be delegated to any contractor retained by the municipality or county. Provides that any contract or agreement violating such a provision in the ordinance is null and void. Provides that signage at an intersection informing drivers of an automated traffic law enforcement system shall also inform drivers whether, following a stop, a right turn at the intersection is permitted or prohibited. Also provides that  a red light camera  contractor may not make a campaign contribution to any political committee established to promote the candidacy of a candidate or public official in an aggregate value over $500 in a calendar year. This bill is considered a first draft and was put together by the red light camera industry. 

HB4623 passed out of the Senate Labor Committee unanimously. This bill provides that employers are not prohibited from adopting specified policies concerning medical cannabis by registered qualifying patients, including drug testing policies for such patients working in safety sensitive positions. Unless specified circumstances are met, prohibits employers from taking adverse action against registered qualifying patients who work in non-safety sensitive positions solely due to a positive drug test for medicinal cannabis.

HB2201 was tabled in the House today. This bill would require all food service establishments using latex gloves in handling or preparing food to display an allergenic notice.

HB4021 was assigned to the Revenue & Finance Committee. This bill  would allow small businesses to save up for capital expenditures and projects. This legislation is a Chamber Initiative. 

HB5204 was assigned to the Commercial Law Subcommittee. This bill creates an affirmative cyber-security defense for every covered entity that creates, maintains, and complies with a written cybersecurity program that contains administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for the protection of either personal information or both personal information and restricted information and that reasonably conforms to an industry-recognized cybersecurity framework. 

HB3245 was assigned to the Medicaid Subcommittee.  This bill provides that on and after January 1, 2020 no recipient of medical assistance shall be required to enroll or transition to the State's managed care medical assistance program. Provides that any recipient enrolled in a managed care health plan on January 1, 2020 shall be given the option to disenroll from the State's managed care medical assistance program and receive coverage under the State's fee-for-service program.

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