IASB Legislative Report 102-25

Delivered via email: November 17, 2021


We hope you have made plans to join IASB at this year’s Joint Annual Conference, occurring in Chicago November 19-21. While there are a variety of learning opportunities available, we wanted to highlight some panels that will be presented by the IASB Government Relations Department.
IASB staff will be joined by special guests in different panels including:
  • (National Effort to Advance Student Success) United States Senator Tammy Duckworth, Illinois State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala, and Illinois State Senator Doris Turner
  • (Advocacy in Action) Parent Advocate Ida Nelson
  • (Illinois Teacher Shortage Status and Strategies) Regional Superintendent Shannon Fehrholz of ROE 51, Ernesto Matias, Education Officer for ISBE, and Illinois State Representative Katie Stuart
  • (Pandenim to Prosperity: State Legislative Session) Illinois State Representative Michelle Mussman, Illinois State Representative Avery Bourne, Illinois State Senator Christopher Belt, and Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin
  • (School Mental Health Policy to Practice) Illinois State Senator Karina Villa
You can view all Governmental Relations panels here.

Governor Signs Healthcare Right of Conscience Act Changes into Law

After a tumultuous Veto Session, Governor JB Pritzker quickly signed SB 1169  (Harmon, D-Oak Park) into law. The new act (PA 102-0667) limits the scope of the Healthcare Right  of Conscience Act and does not allow school employees to opt-out of COVID-19 testing. The new law will go into effect June 1, 2022.

House Holds on to COVID Leave Bill

House Bill 2778 (Yang-Rorh, D-Naperville) was passed by both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly before the close of the Veto Session, but it has yet to be sent to the governor by the House of Representatives. HB 2778 would grant all school employees unlimited, paid leave for COVID-19 diagnosis, suspected COVID-19 or for quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19. The Illinois House has 30 days from final passage (November 1, 2021) to send the bill to the Governor. IASB is encouraging member districts to consider sending a letter to the governor requesting a total veto of HB 2778. You can send a letter to Governor JB Pritzker requesting a veto of HB 2778 at Office of the Governor, 207 State House, Springfield, IL 62706.