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It’s almost a law

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller


Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the session that will affect Illinois residents if they’re signed into law by Pritzker.

All-gender bathrooms: Sets standards for all-gender, multi-occupancy restrooms should a business choose to build them. Right now, state law requires single-use restrooms to be all-gender, but parameters don’t exist for multi-occupancy. The bill does not require a business to create all-gender restrooms, nor does it require them to alter existing bathrooms. HB1286

Full-day kindergarten: School districts in Illinois would have to establish a full-day kindergarten program by the 2027-2028 school year, but they’re eligible for an extension if they fall within certain evidence-based funding parameters. Districts could also offer half-day programs as long as they offer a full-day option. HB2396

Ban on book bans: A measure spearheaded by Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias withholds state grants from school or public libraries that run afoul of the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights, which says “materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” HB2789 […]

Cracking down on “crisis pregnancy centers”: People could sue these facilities run by anti-abortion rights nonprofits if they feel they were given deceptive information about abortion care. The bill would also allow the Illinois attorney general’s office to investigate. SB1909


There is good news for Illinois residents who get generic and off-brand prescription medication as a bill looks to crack down on price gouging.

House Bill 3957 or the Pharmaceutical and Health Affordability: Restrictions on Manufacturers’ Amoral Behavior through Reasonable Oversight Act lays out the procedures and penalties for drug manufacturer’s who violate the state’s definition of price gouging.

The bill defines price gouging as “an increase in the price as 30% or more within the preceding year, 50% or more within the preceding 3 years, or 75% or more within the preceding 5 years.” […]

The bill has passed both chambers and awaits Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signature. If it gets signed into law, the measure would go into affect January 1, 2024.

* Center Square

A pandemic-era law to allow Illinois bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to-go may be extended.

When Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all bars and restaurants closed after the pandemic began, owners said they needed a way to survive, and selling and delivering cocktails was one way to do so.

Andy Deloney, senior vice president and head of state public policy with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, said the cocktails to-go movement was a savior for some bars and restaurants during tough times. […]

If signed by the governor, Senate Bill 89 would extend the cocktails to-go and delivery until Aug. 1, 2028. Illinois’ current law expires June 1, 2024.

* State Journal-Register

Senate Bill 90, colloquially known as the Racism-Free Schools Act, was sponsored in the Illinois House by Rep. Maurice West, D-Rockford, and in the Senate by Sen. Laura Murphy, D-Des Plaines. The measure passed in a Senate concurrence vote unanimously on Thursday and is currently awaiting Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature to go into effect.

“Here in Illinois, we will not tolerate racism or discrimination within schools – period,” West said in a press release. “But as we continue to see a rise in incidents of hateful conduct across our country, it is clear that our actions need to match our words. That’s why the Racism-Free Schools Act is so important.”

The legislation requires school districts to create a policy on discrimination and harassment based on race, color, or national origin. It also requires the Illinois State Board of Education to create a data collection system to report on allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against students. […]

The new law also states that the failure of an institution to take remedial or disciplinary action against a student or an education representative employed by the institution, if the institution knows that the student or representative committed or engaged in harassment, is a civil rights violation.

If signed by Pritzker the new law will go into effect Aug. 1, 2024.

* Capitol News Illinois

House Bill 3903 would ban automatic traffic enforcement companies or their officers from donating to candidates for public office at the state and local level. It would also prevent state and local government officials from accepting jobs or contracts with those companies while in office or for two years after leaving office, a kind of “revolving door” ban.

Sponsors praised the bill as much-needed ethics reform after several public officials in the past decade have been caught by federal investigators engaging in bribery deals and kickback schemes involving red-light camera companies. […]

“What this does is it tightens up the ethics surrounding the red-light camera corruption and scandals,” Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, said during the House debate on Thursday.

Rep. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis, called the two-year revolving door ban “a good step.”

* Anna Burgess Yang

I was elated to hear about the Illinois Freelance Worker Protection Act (HB1122). The legislation provides basic protections to freelancers, including requiring clients to pay within 30 days of the work’s completion unless otherwise stated in the contract, and it provides for damages if freelancers aren’t paid on time. Clients can’t retaliate against freelancers who pursue payment. and the Illinois Department of Labor can investigate entities that repeatedly violate the law.

When the bill passed the Illinois House and Senate, I breathed a sigh of gratitude. State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, and state Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, D-Chicago, championed the bill because they recognized the value of freelancers and the shortcomings in state law that often leave freelancers struggling to collect payment.

The model works: New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act contains similar provisions and helped freelancers collect more than $2 million in late and delinquent payments over the past few years. Cities like Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio, have recently passed their own laws. Illinois now has the chance to be the first state to enact these protections on a broader scale.

I urge Gov. J.B. Pritzker to sign this bill into law, which will mean more stability for freelancers and require their clients to honor the terms of contracts. Most important, it recognizes that even though we’re not full-time employees, we’re still workers who deserve to be paid.

* The Telegraph

House Bill 2389 passed the state Senate on May 4, clearing both legislative branches. The bill, filed in February by Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, would take away the police’s ability to stop or search a car because the driver hung something off the mirror. Sen. Christopher Belt, D-East St. Louis, was the bill’s chief sponsor in the Senate. […]

Under current law, it is illegal for any driver in the state to hang an item from their rearview mirror. That includes items like air fresheners, rosaries, face masks and even placards for handicap parking spots. Texas, California, Arizona and Pennsylvania all have similar laws.

The bill has picked up three other co-sponsors in the House and six in the Senate, as well as another supporter in Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias. Proponents of HB2389 said it would make driving conditions safer for both motorists and police officers, while also allowing law enforcement to focus on violent crimes. […]

“Obstructions that affect drivers’ views of their environment and other motorists or pedestrians are a form of distracted driving and put the public in danger,” Tracy said. “Officers must have the ability to better protect the public by using their professional judgment at any moment of the potential for harm resulting from blocked sightlines.”

* Chicago Tribune

Almost a year after the mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and over 30 injured, Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that would allow law enforcement to operate a surveillance drone for security purposes during special events like the Fourth of July parade where the shooting took place.

“It has been so clear to me that we need to give the police just this one additional tool to keep people safe,” said Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield, whose district includes Highland Park and who was at the parade with her family when the gunman took aim from a nearby rooftop.

The legislation, passed in the final hours of the General Assembly’s spring session last week, amends the Freedom From Drone Surveillance Act by allowing law enforcement to use drones at “routed” or “special” events, which means planned gatherings like parades, walks, races, concerts and food festivals.

Under the measure, drones could be operated only by a law enforcement agency and could not be weaponized. The public would have to be notified when they were in use, and facial identity systems could be used only if necessary to prevent “imminent harm to life.”


  1. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 11:17 am:

    –colloquially known as the Racism-Free Schools Act–

    There was a story over on Bloomberg this morning, how the newly arrived parents at private schools are now suing the schools because they don’t like the “anti-racist” curriculum, and feel they were deceived about what the school was teaching when they signed up.

    It turns out terrible people are actually terrible people.

    The silver lining of course, is those parents are now out of public schools.

  2. - Just Me 2 - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 12:18 pm:

    Can someone please explain to me the opposition to the all-gender bathroom? Or is this a case of MAGA people just getting worked up for no good reason other than having something to complain about?

  3. - Benniefly2 - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 1:32 pm:

    An easier way to get the corruption out of the red light camera operations would be to limit the fine on a right turn on red violation observed by a camera to something like $10 all-in to the offender.

  4. - Hannibal Lecter - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 1:34 pm:

    === Can someone please explain to me the opposition to the all-gender bathroom? ===

    I think there are just some people that don’t want to be using the restroom in front of people of the opposite sex. I can also think of some practical reasons why both men and women would not want to have to share a bathroom with the other sex.

  5. - cermak_rd - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 2:34 pm:

    But these stalls would be floor to ceiling so there would not be in fact going to the bathroom in front of the other people. they only time they would see each other is when they are washing their hands or waiting in a queue.

  6. - Demoralized - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 3:14 pm:

    ==I think there are just some people that don’t want to be using the restroom in front of people of the opposite sex.==

    This bill doesn’t require anyone to do that. It simply sets up the rules for how the bathroom must be structured should someone choose to build these sorts of bathrooms.

  7. - Hannibal Lecter - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 3:40 pm:

    === This bill doesn’t require anyone to do that. It simply sets up the rules for how the bathroom must be structured should someone choose to build these sorts of bathrooms. ===

    I get it, but at the end of the day, if a business decides to build this type of bathroom (which would make business sense since they would only have to build one bathroom facility) men and women would be using the same restroom at the same time. Some people would be uncomfortable about that. Not saying its right or wrong, I’m just trying to answer the question posed by the previous commenter.

  8. - Rudy’s teeth - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 3:41 pm:

    My experience with an all-gender bathroom occurred several years ago at the Chicago History Museum. In the stall next to mine were a pair of feet clad in red socks and black shoes.

    As I stood at the sink to wash my hands, out steps Studs Terkel. He remarked, “In Europe, this is common practice.” What a memory.

  9. - Dotnonymous x - Tuesday, May 30, 23 @ 3:48 pm:

    Humans are the strangest creatures on Earth.

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