By: Evan Manning, Lobbyist - April 9, 2021
New Laws: The Governor signed several bills over the course of the last week.
New Public Acts from the 102nd General Assembly:
New Public Acts from the 101st General Assembly lame duck session:
COVID 19 Update: Illinois’ COVID metrics continue trending upward as health officials warn of a fourth surge of the deadly virus. Illinois’ positivity rate swelled this week to 4.2% with the test positivity rate growing to 4.8%. Plans to ease further restrictions remain on hold.
On Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,739 new cases of COVID-19, including 34 additional deaths. As of Wednesday night, 1,798 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 351 patients were in the ICU and 151 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
Vaccine Update: As of Wednesday, over 2.5 million, or 19.6 percent, of the state’s 12.7 million residents are fully vaccinated. Beginning Monday, any resident over the age of 16 is eligible for the vaccine.
As of Thursday, 6,707,183 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois. Illinois is averaging administering 112,680 doses of vaccine/day. Wednesday, a record 154,201 doses were administered in Illinois.
Executive Orders: Executive Order 2021-06 reissues most executive orders, extending a majority of the provisions through May 1, 2021. Note, the suspension of in-person sports betting registration requirements were not renewed in the latest Executive Order.
Illinois State Board of Elections: The Illinois State Board of Elections voted unanimously to place executive director Steve Sandvoss on leave after being the subject of an online extortion attempt. Assistant Executive Director Bernadette Matthews is serving as interim director while Sandvoss is on leave.
November 2022 Election: Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell announced she will seek the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State in 2022. The 63-year-old – who has served as an alderman since 2007 – represents the 3rd Ward, which encompasses the South Loop and Bronzeville.
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
The Illinois General Assembly is concluding its two-week spring break.
The House extended the committee deadline on 19 House Bills. The remaining House Bills that did not pass at the committee level have been reassigned back to the House Rules Committee.
Senator Villa filed Senate Committee amendment #1 to SB 516, which creates the Illinois Drug Reuse Opportunity Program Act. A summary of the amendment is here. The amendment is pending in the Senate Assignments Committee.
Senator Tom Cullerton filed an amendment to SB 731 to create the Data Transparency and Privacy Act. The measure requires any business that processes personal or de identified information must – prior to processing – notify the consumer who owns or is referenced in the data (using a service agreement, or through ready access via the business website or mobile application). In addition, consumers: have a “right to know” about the types of information that they can request from business; can opt out of agreements involving the sale of personal information to third parties and affiliates; and can request that inaccurate personal info be corrected/deleted by a business. Further, the legislation prescribes a protocol for businesses to use not only in handling consumer requests but also in pricing incentives and prohibitions against discrimination. Businesses, affiliates, and third parties must conduct risk assessments, and enforcement of this Act can come through private actions or the Attorney General. The amendment is pending in the Senate Assignments Committee.
Senator Hastings filed a floor amendment to SB 1166 which Creates the Investing in Illinois Works Tax Credit Act and the Illinois Hazardous Workforce Materials Training Act. The amendment is pending in the Senate Assignments Committee.
Cyril Nichols, the associate athletic director for the City Colleges, was selected to represent the 32nd House District, replacing former State Representative Andre Thapedi who resigned last month.
In Tuesday's consolidation election, Democratic State Representative Kelly Burke was elected mayor of Evergreen Park and Democratic State Representative Thaddeus Jones was election mayor of Calumet City. Both will continue to serve in the state legislature while also holding local elected office.
Sean Anderson was named communications director for Speaker Welch. He previously served as a principal at Kivvit, leading the design and development of communications and public affairs strategies. Jaclyn Driscoll will serve as the Speaker’s press spokesperson. Driscoll comes from a radio broadcasting background as a statehouse reporter.
The Illinois General Assembly returns to in-person session on Tuesday, April 13th at noon. Both chambers are scheduled to be in session weekly until the May 31st adjournment deadline.
The deadline to pass substantive senate bills out of Senate committees is Friday, April 16th.
2021 Key Session Dates:
April 16 - Deadline: Substantive Senate Bills out of Senate Committees
April 23 – Deadline: Third Reading Substantive Bills/both chambers
May 14 – Deadline: Substantive Bills out of Committee in opposite chamber/both chambers
May 28 – Deadline: Third Reading Substantive Bills/both chambers
May 31 – Adjournment