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.

Bill #DescriptionPositionTopicStatusFact Sheet
SB 1A placeholder bill for school funding reform but does not currently contain any substantive languageNo PositionOther Place on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
SB 2$11 minimum wage statewide, freeze Chicago & Cook County wage at $13No PositionOther Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
SB 9Revenue, including income tax increaseNo PositionRevenue Remains in Committee on Assignment
SB 11Unconstitutional pension reformOpposedPensions Failed 018-029-010
SB 13Privatizes public services, freezes local revenueOpposedOther Remains in Committee on Assignment
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 768This 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 Re-Assigned to Appropriations Elementary and Secondary Education CommitteeFact Sheet
HB 3021Directs ISBE to implement a program and adopt rules to allow temporary staffing firms to contract with school districts to provide substitute teachers for elementary and secondary public schools. Prohits school districts from using temporary staffing firms to circumvent collective bargaining agreements or laws.No PositionOther Assigned to Elementary and Secondary Education Committee
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 Assigned to Education
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 Assigned to Elementary and Secondary Education Committee
HR 27States the opinion of the Illinois House of Representatives 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 wrong.SupportPensions Assigned to CommitteeFact Sheet
HR 38Recognizes that the normal cost of pensions for State educators is the responsibility of the State and that the General Assembly should not use the current budget crisis as a reason to shift its financial responsibility for State pension costs to the local taxpayers.SupportPensions Assigned to CommitteeFact Sheet