IASB Legislative Report 103-17

Delivered via email: May 12, 2023

One Week Until Scheduled Adjournment

The final scheduled week of the 2023 Illinois General Assembly spring session is upon us. The largest issue that is still left unresolved is the Fiscal Year 2024 budget. As it is in most years, the FY 2024 budget will be one of the last issues taken up. At the beginning of the spring session, projected revenues were strong, and it looked like an easier budget to craft. However, as more fiscal data becomes available the budget this year will be more difficult to negotiate with interest groups advocating for additional funding for their programs. IASB will update the budget picture as it becomes clearer.  

IASB Initiative Clears Both Chambers

House Bill 3442 (Crespo, D-Streamwood) passed the Senate and now only needs the governor’s signature to become law. HB 3442 creates flexibility around how long a substitute teacher can be in an unfilled position and allows for more continuity for students. The bi-partisan sponsored bill received unanimous votes in both the House and the Senate. IASB thanks everyone for their support of this important measure.  

Unresolved Issues Still Looming

On May 11, IASB sent out a Call-To-Action to oppose Senate Bill 990 (Curran, R-Lemont). SB 990 unfairly limits how a school district can sell property and creates restrictions that are not applicable to other units of local government. IASB is part of a large coalition of education stakeholders that are opposed to this unfair treatment of our schools. We encourage you to reach out to your state representative and let them know you oppose SB 990. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Executive Committee on Tuesday, May 16 at 10 a.m.  

Changes to teacher dismissal and vacancy are still alive in the House and will likely be called for a vote next week. The main bill remaining in the “tenure package” is Senate Bill 1872 (Lightford, D-Hillside). The bill would reduce the number of years required for a teacher to achieve tenure from four years to three. The bill was scheduled to be called earlier this week but was not heard at the last minute. Another hearing is scheduled for May 16 at 10 a.m.


Bills Passed Both Chambers Impacting School Districts

  • SB1351 (Lightford, D-Hillside) Teacher Evaluation Last Year
  • SB1468 (Bennett, R-Morris) Pension Code Return to Service
  • SB1709 (Simmons, D-Chicago) Mental Health Student Access
  • SB1772 (Morrison, D-Deerfield) Pesticide Application in Schools
  • HB1123 (Howard, D-Lombard) School Report Card
  • HB1291 (Stuart, D-Collinsville) Teacher Annual Incentive
  • HB2235 (Andrade, D-Chicago) School Code Transportation Contract
  • HB3932 (Rohr, D-Naperville) School Code Allergen Safety Education
  • HB1561 (Lilly, D- Oak Park) School Code Employee Trauma Training
  • HB2156 (Keicher, R-Sycamore) School Code Safe2Help Helpline
  • HB2160 (Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview) School Code Treasurer/Township
  • HB3071 (Crespo, D-Streamwood) Education School Code Various
  • HB3224 (Ness, D-Carpentersville) School Code Special Education Transition
  • HB3442 (Crespo, D-Streamwood) School Code Substitute Teacher
  • HB3559 (Rohr, D-Naperville) School Safety Rapid Entry
  • HB3613 (Mason, D-Gurnee) School Code Oxygen Tank
  • HB3680 (Benton, D-Plainfield) School Code IEP Emergency
  • SB2337 (Edly-Allen, D-Grayslake) School Code Gifted/AP Reporting
  • SB2340 (Turner, D-Decatur) Vehicle Code School Bus Extended Arm
  • SB2374 (Lightford, D-Hillside) School Code Computer Science Grant