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. You can sort by clicking on the column header. View the archive

Bill # Description Position Topic Status
HB3754 Makes changes to the State Charter School Commission. Fact Sheet Supported House Bill, Oppose as Amended in Senate Charter Schools & Vouchers Passed Senate 34-22-2 / In House for Concurrence
HB3898 HCA 1 Eliminates the 13th check for all active and retired members of IMRF. Fact Sheet Opposed Pensions Tabled
HB4237 If a school board denies a charter school application and that denial is overturned by any state entity a local referendum vote must occur for final charter approval. Fact Sheet Support Charter Schools & Vouchers Re-referred to Rules Committee
HJRCA33 Removes a provision that tax on income shall be measured at a non-graduated rate. Provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations that this may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels. Support Education Funding Tabled
HJRCA51 If adopted by the voters, would amend the Illinois Constitution and apply an additional tax of 3% on any income above $1 million.  The revenue generated by this would be directed to school districts on a per pupil basis.  It is estimated to generate $1 billion annually. Support Education Funding Tabled
SB0016 Changes General State Aid formula to a weighted pupil formula - 92% of total state education funding would be distributed by factoring in districts' poverty levels Senate Amendment 001 - Support / Senate Amendment 002 - Neutral / Senate Amendment 3 - Neutral / Senate Amendment 4 - Oppose / Senate Amendment 5 - Neutral Education Funding In Senate Third Reading
SB2627 Abolishes the State Charter School Commission. Support Charter Schools & Vouchers Re-referred to Assignments
SB2779 If a school board denies a charter school application and that denial is overturned by any state entity a local referendum vote must occur for final charter approval. Fact Sheet Support Charter Schools & Vouchers Re-referred to Assignments
SB2887 Exempts those individuals with an annuity of less than $10,000 from the SURS Return to Work law. Fact Sheet Support Pensions Passed Senate 39-8-1 - Assigned to Executive Committee / Pending House Action
SJRCA40 Removes a provision that tax on income shall be measured at a non-graduated rate. Provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations that this may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels. Support Education Funding Deadline Expired