Mid-March Legislative Update
By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Monday, March 19, 2018
From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada
Last week was the last week of session prior to a three-week break. The unusually long break is due to a week off for the primary election which is on March 20, combined with a typical two-week spring break. When the General Assembly returns, there is one week of session prior to the Committee deadline in both the House and the Senate. The unusually busy primary with primary opponents on both sides of the governor’s race, as well as contested primaries for both Republicans and Democrats for legislative seats throughout the state has generally reduced legislative action in both chambers. This means that the first week of April will likely see more bills moved than January, February and March combined.
The Primary election has been hotly contested, but the outcomes will likely be Pritzker winning the Democrat spot and he will more than likely face off against incumbent Rauner in the General Election in November. Many of the legislative primaries are tighter races. Other than a few races which are for open seats, these legislative races can generally be characterized as more extreme members of each party challenging moderate counterpoints. The Illinois Policy Institute is dumping millions of dollars into races to take out any republican who supported the recent tax increase or who is viewed as too moderate. One example of this is the challenge of Republican House Leader Jim Durkin by Mickey Straub. Similarly, several Democrats are facing challenges from progressive members of the party. One such long serving Democrat is Bob Rita, who represents Blue Island. He is being challenged by Mary Carvlin. The possible outcome of these races will be an erosion of power for the traditional Democrat and Republican party leadership as new, more independent legislators come into office.
HB 4271 allows auxiliary officers for counties to live outside the county in which they are acting as auxiliaries. The legislation moved out of Committee, but the sponsor has agreed to hold the bill on 2nd reading.
SB 3177 is a bill that fixes an issue with Tier I officers who work for a community with less than 5,000 population who are in an IMRF covered position. The legislation makes it clear that they remain Tier I when the municipality creates a downstate police pension fund. The legislation is assigned to committee and will be heard in the first week of April.
SB 3415 removes the sunset date for the long existing requirement to collect racial data on individuals who are stopped, and the recently created requirement to collect racial data on pedestrian stops. We are involved in ongoing discussions on the bill, which is currently in committee.