Capitol Watch

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 #DescriptionPositionTopicStatus
HB3754Makes changes to the State Charter School Commission. Fact SheetSupported House Bill, Oppose as Amended in SenateCharter Schools & VouchersPassed Senate 34-22-2 / In House for Concurrence
HB3898 HCA 1Eliminates the 13th check for all active and retired members of IMRF. Fact SheetOpposedPensionsTabled
HB4237If 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 SheetSupportCharter Schools & VouchersRe-referred to Rules Committee
HJRCA33Removes 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.SupportEducation FundingTabled
HJRCA51If 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.SupportEducation FundingTabled
SB0016Changes General State Aid formula to a weighted pupil formula - 92% of total state education funding would be distributed by factoring in districts' poverty levelsSenate Amendment 001 - Support / Senate Amendment 002 - Neutral / Senate Amendment 3 - Neutral / Senate Amendment 4 - Oppose / Senate Amendment 5 - NeutralEducation FundingReferred to House Rules Committee
SB2627Abolishes the State Charter School Commission.SupportCharter Schools & VouchersRe-referred to Assignments
SB2779If 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 SheetSupportCharter Schools & VouchersRe-referred to Assignments
SB2887Exempts those individuals with an annuity of less than $10,000 from the SURS Return to Work law. Fact SheetSupportPensionsPassed Senate 39-8-1 - Assigned to Executive Committee / Pending House Action
SJRCA40Removes 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.SupportEducation FundingDeadline Expired