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 Abolishes the State Charter School Commission. Support Charter Schools & Vouchers In Senate - Referred to Assignments
HB3898 HCA 1 Eliminates the 13th check for all active and retired members of IMRF. Fact Sheet Opposed Pensions Bill 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 Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
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 In Committee
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 In House - Held on the Order of 3rd Reading
SB0016 Changes from General State Aid with mandated categoricals to Primary State aid with a weighted pupil formula that builds the mandated categoricals into the formula - 92% of total state education funding would be distributed by factoring in districts' poverty levels - Chicago Public Schools would be treated under the same formula as the rest of the state, repealing the Chicago Block grant Support Education Funding Passed Senate Executive Committee 10-2-2
SB2627 Abolishes the State Charter School Commission. Support Charter Schools & Vouchers Pending Committee Action
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 Pending Committee Action
SB2887 Exempts those individuals with an annuity of less than $10,000 from the SURS Return to Work law. Fact Sheet Support Pensions In House - Referred to Rules
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 Passed Senate Sub-Committee on Constitutional Amendments, 2-1, pending a full hearing by Senate Executive Committee