Capitol Watch

Below you will find links to detailed information about the status of current education-related bills in the Legislature. Click on the bill number to access the Illinois General Assembly website containing full text and all actions associated with the bill.  Those bills identified with an asterisk* are IEA initiatives.

Bill #DescriptionPositionTopicStatusFact Sheet
SB 13Privatizes public services, freezes local revenueOpposedOther Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) Referred to Assignments
SB 261Provides school districts the discretion to use their transportation funding to assist homeless students and their families with rental or mortgage insurance.SupportOther Referred to Assignments
HB 768*This initiative would create a charter school application process where only locally elected school boards and parents could decide if a charter school is good for their community. The amendment allows a charter applicant to appeal to the courts under judicial review if it is believed the application review process was not performed as outlined in statute.SupportCharter Schools & Vouchers Total Veto StandsFact Sheet
SB 1740Transitions from a four-rating evaluation system to a two-rating system (ineffective (UNS)/Effective (NI, PROF & EXC)). Converts prior evaluations to new two-rating system. Reduces the number of RIF groups from four to three. Eliminates the 4th group for "excellent" performing educators and subcategories in 2nd group. Removes the mandate that student growth be a part of a teacher's evaluation in 2018-19 school year. Allows it if district and union agree. Requires the PERA joint committee to meet at least once annually and changes its work from student growth to ongoing improvement of evaluation plans and development of PD opportunities. Requires each district to locally bargain an appeals process for teachers receiving an ineffective rating.No PositionPERA Re-referrerd to Assignments
HB 3022Transitions from a four-rating evaluation system to a two-rating system (ineffective (UNS)/Effective (NI, PROF & EXC)). Converts prior evaluations to new two-rating system. Reduces the number of RIF groups from four to three. Eliminates the 4th group for "excellent" performing educators and subcategories in 2nd group. Removes the mandate that student growth be a part of a teacher's evaluation in 2018-19 school year. Allows it if district and union agree. Requires the PERA joint committee to meet at least once annually and changes its work from student growth to ongoing improvement of evaluation plans and development of PD opportunities. Requires each district to locally bargain an appeals process for teachers receiving an ineffective rating.No PositionPERA Re-referred to Rules Committee
HR 27States the opinion that the proposed educational pension cost shift from the State of Illinois to local school districts, community colleges, and institutions of higher education is financially wrongSupportOther Re-referred to Rules CommitteeFact Sheet
HR 38States the opinion that the proposed educational pension cost shift from the State of Illinois to local school districts, community colleges, and institutions of higher education is financially wrongSupportOther Re-referred to Rules CommitteeFact Sheet
SB 16Unconstitutional pension benefit cuts to IEA members in TRS and SURS - bill also impacts IMRFOpposedPensions Re-referred to Rules CommitteeFact Sheet
HB 4027Unconstitutional pension benefit cuts to IEA members in TRS and SURS - bill also impacts IMRFOpposedPensions Re-referred to Rules CommitteeFact Sheet
HB 4045Constitutional/voluntary pension legislation that does not force members in IMRF, TRS or SURS to diminish their pensions - creates a Tier 3 option for future participantsNeutralPensions Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) Referred to AssignmentsFact Sheet
SR 545States the opinion that the proposed educational pension cost shift from the State of Illinois to local school districts, community colleges, and institutions of higher education is financially wrongSupportPensions Referred to AssignmentsFact Sheet
SB 1905Collective Bargaining Freedom ActSupportOther Total Veto Stands
HR 542Urges US Congress to fix the Windfall Elimination Provision WEPSupportPensions Re-referred to Rules Committee
SB 851Would freeze property tax extensions for districts reducing revenue that is used to fund our public schoolsOpposedOther Re-referred to Rules CommitteeFact Sheet
HJR 83Urges those in government to commit to working to change the culture that breeds sexual harassmentSupportOther Adopted Both Houses
HJR 86Urges those in state government to commit to working to change the culture of racism within state governmentSupportOther Adopted Both Houses
HB 4209Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, each school board must establish a kindergarten with full-day attendanceSupportOther Special Issues Subcommittee
SB 2527Would allow any number of students, to take any number of courses, online. The IEA opposes state funded home schooling programs. Furthermore, the intent of this legislation is to force a district to offer courses it no longer chooses or can’t provide. If a school district cannot provide that instruction a door would be opened to allow an outside online company to be contracted by the district.OpposedOther Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
SB 2855With regard to class sizes of general education classes for special education students and special education classes for special education students, provides that the State Board of Education shall have no authority to adopt any administrative rules that establish or limit the class size or ratio of the student population of a general education class for students receiving services in general education classes or a special education class beyond what may be required by federal rule or law, unless the State Board of Education fully funds the cost of additional teachers and other staff that are required by a class-size limitation; defines "special education class".OpposedOther To Subcommittee on Special Issues
SB 2545Protects collective bargaining strategy meetings from falling under the Open Meetings ActSupportOther Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
SB 2838Allows school districts to contract with a substitute teacher “clearing house” when a substitute teacher shortage exists and all other avenues have been exhaustedSupportSubstitute Shortage Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
SB 2892*Sets the minimum starting salary for a teacher in Illinois at $40,000SupportOther Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
HB 5175*Sets the minimum starting salary for a teacher in Illinois at $40,000SupportOther Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
HB 4755*Requires a percentage of school custodial staff to be licensed by the state in pest control and pesticide applicationSupportOther Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
HB 4768*Makes substantive changes to Illinois School Board Oath, with a focus on students and educationSupportOther Referred to Rules Committee
SB 3157*Provides that each qualified teacher is entitled to an income tax credit in an aggregate amount equal to 50% of the tuition costs incurred by that teacher at a public university in the state. The teacher must have graduated from a public university in the state, must currently be a teacher, and been employed as a teacher in the state for at least five consecutive years. SupportOther Senate Assigned to Revenue
SB 3181*Would allow an active member to establish TRS credit for up to two years of service as a teacher or administrator employed by a private school recognized by the Illinois State Board of EducationSupportPensions Senate Assigned to Licensed Activities and Pensions
SB 3593Requires law enforcement drill that includes active shooter scenarioSupportSchool Safety Referred to Assignments
HB 4243Provides that no public funds, including, but not limited to, funds appropriated for the pay and allowances of members of the General Assembly, shall be used to create a payout of money to any person involved with and relevant to allegations and investigations of sexual harassment by a member of the General Assembly.SupportOther Passed House 113-000-000
HB 5696Creates the Bridge Program for Underrepresented Students Act. Provides that each public university in this State may establish a Bridge Program for underrepresented students.SupportHigher Ed Assigned to Higher Education Committee
SB 3058Creates the Bridge Program for Underrepresented Students Act. Provides that each public university in this State may establish a Bridge Program for underrepresented students.SupportHigher Ed Postponed Higher Education
SB 3109Ensures that no one will be denied a teacher, lawyer, doctor, nurse, or social worker license (or various other professional licenses) solely because of his or her citizenship or immigration statusSupportOther Assigned to Licensed Activities and Pensions
SB 2925Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall develop or approve a curriculum for a certified training program for school resource officersSupportTrauma Informed Postponed - Education
HB 4742Allows school districts to contract with a substitute teacher “clearing house” when a substitute teacher shortage exists and all other avenues have been exhaustedSupportSubstitute Shortage Place on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
HR 795Commits the General Assmebly to prioritize school climate and culture and urges the General Assembly to support schools in obtaining and sustaining the resources, trainings and ongoing professional development to promote positive and supportive school climates and culturesSupportOther Assigned to Elementary and Secondary Education Committee
HJR 115Reaffirms Illinois’ commitment to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline by urging the U.S. DOE not to rescind guidance that helps public schools address student discipline without discriminatingSupportOther Assigned to Elementary and Secondary Education Committee
SB 404Consolidates the IELRB and ILRBOpposedOther Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
HR 975Opposes the implementation of a graduated income tax in IllinoisOpposedRevenue Referred to Rules Committee
SB 2546Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. It provides that the term "student" within the definition of "educational employee" or "employee" as used in the Act includes (rather than excludes) graduate students who are teaching assistants primarily performing duties that involve the delivery and support of instruction and all other graduate students.SupportHigher Ed Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading