103rd ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
The Illinois General Assembly will begin the 2024 Spring Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 16th with both chambers scheduled to be in Springfield until the 18th. Note Friday, January 19 is the deadline
to request legislation be drafted for consideration during the Spring Session. Friday, February 9 is the deadline to file legislation.
The House Ethics and Elections Committee will hold a hearing on January 10th at 11:00 a.m. in the Brookens Administrative Building in Urbana to discuss voter access.
The behavioral health workforce shortage will be the topic of two upcoming hearings. On January 25th – and then again on February 23rd – the House Mental Health and Addiction Committee will meet in tandem with the Senate Behavioral Mental Health Committee to address the subject. Both hearings will begin at 10 a.m. in the Bilandic Building in Chicago.
Local Republicans selected Nicole La Ha to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Representative John Egofske in the 82nd House District.
2024 Key Dates and Session Deadlines:
January 19: House and Senate LRB Request Deadline
January 19 - February 9: LRB Blackout Period – No Requests Will Be Accepted
February 9: Senate and House Bill Filing Deadline and LRB Amendment Requests Begin
February 21: Governor’s Budget and State of the State Address
March 15: Senate Committee Deadline for Senate Bills
March 19: Primary Election
April 5: House Committee Deadline for House Bills
April 12: Senate Third Reading Deadline
April 19: House Third Reading Deadline
May 3: Committee Deadline for Bills in the Opposite Chamber
May 17: House and Senate Third Reading Deadline for Bills in the Opposite Chamber
May 24: Adjournment
May 25 – 31: Contingent Session Days
Gubernatorial Appointments: Governor Pritzker appointed Heidi Mueller to serve as the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services. Mueller comes to the agency’s top spot from the Department of Juvenile Justice where she served as the Director. Read more here.
2023 Accomplishments: Governor Pritzker ended the year by celebrating his executive and legislative accomplishments. Read more here.
Supportive Living Program for Dementia Care: The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family
Services approved 11 applications to proceed towards certification in the Supportive Living Program for Dementia Care Settings. The applicants next must meet the Department’s certification requirements; successful applicants must become operational within 180 days.
The Supportive Living Program is a Medicaid alternative that offers services at a significantly lower cost than a nursing home and can successfully prevent or delay the need for such facilities. The Supportive
Living Program operates through a Home- and Community-Based Services waiver approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This allows Medicaid funds to pay for assisted living services for eligible Medicaid participants who might otherwise live in a nursing home. Read more about the selected applicants here.
State Health Plan: The Illinois Department of Public Health delivered the final versions of the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the State Health Assessment (SHA) to the state legislature. The documents together form the basis of Healthy Illinois 2028, a five-year plan to address major public health concerns and improve the overall well-being of Illinoisans. The State Health Assessment
identified five major priorities to be addressed over the next five years: chronic disease; COVID-19 and other emerging diseases; racism as a public health crisis; maternal health; and mental health and
substance abuse disorders. Read more here.
Comptroller Update: Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza released her top 10 accomplishments for 2023.
Chicago Mayoral Appointments: Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson named Jose Tirado as Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications; Lissette Castaneda as
Commissioner for the Department of Housing; and Randy Conner as Commissioner of the Department of
Water Management. Read more here.
Chicago Migrant Update: Chicago Mayor Johnson is reallocating $95 million from the city’s COVID-19 relief funds to help fund migrant housing costs. The Mayor indicated, “We are allocating federal funds to deal with a federal problem. By allocating ARPA funding for this mission, we are meeting the City’s
financial obligations without cutting the critical services that Chicagoans rely on every day.” Read more here.
Mayor Johnson appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday where he attacked Texas Governor Greg Abbott for “sowing seeds of chaos” in Illinois by shipping migrants into the state without any coordination. Read the full transcript here.
The State provided an update on its landing zone, shelter, and food service response to the migrants being transported to Chicago. Read more here.
Census Update: The United States Census Bureau approved the state’s request to have nearly 47,000
Illinoisans included in future population estimates. The review, which was requested following findings of inaccurately low counts in certain areas, ensures the state will receive a proportionate share of the $675 billion in annual funds distributed to states each year. Read more here