Governor's Action
on Community College Legislation

Summer 2003


The following bills have passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly and await final action by Gov. Rod Blagojevich:

HB 60 -- In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
ICCTA Position: MONITOR
Requires in-state tuition rates to be charged to undocumented immigrant students who have established residence in Illinois. The student must have graduated from an Illinois high school and spent at least three years residing in the state. Most community colleges are not impacted by this legislation since residency requirements are used for admission of students, instead of citizenship criteria.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0007

HB 221 -- Surplus State Property
ICCTA Position: OPPOSE (in its current form)
Amends the State Property Control Act to redefine the term "responsible officer" to exclude community college presidents. It also requires that unused state property leased by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services may not be leased at less than 60% of the fair market rental value rate unless specified conditions are met; provides procedures for determining the fair market rental value; and prohibits the sale of surplus real property if any state agency requests its transfer. The bill was introduced in response to the disposition of the former Zeller Mental Health Center to Illinois Central College.
Governor's Action: Vetoed

HB 761 -- Sale of Higher Education Directory Information
ICCTA Position: MONITOR
HB 761 began as a "shell bill" (legislation without substantive content) that was amended in the Senate to prohibit a university or community college from providing a student's name, address, or telephone number to a business organization or financial institution that issues credit or debit cards.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0549

HB 1118 -- Limits on University Tuition Increases
ICCTA Position: MONITOR

For students first enrolling after the 2003-2004 academic year, provides that for 4 continuous academic years following initial enrollment (or for undergraduate programs that require more than 4 years to complete, for the normal time to complete the program), the tuition charged an undergraduate student who is an Illinois resident shall not exceed the amount that the student was charged at the time he or she first enrolled in the university. Community colleges are not included in this legislation.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0228

HB 1119 -- Increase in IIA Grants
ICCTA Position: SUPPORT
Changes the name of the Illinois Incentive for Access Grant Program to the Silas Purnell Illinois Incentive for Access Grant Program and increases the maximum annual amount to $1,000 (from $500) for applicants with an expected family contribution of $0.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0455

HB 1387 -- City Colleges of Chicago Treasurerís Bond
ICCTA Position: SUPPORT
Makes the penalty of the treasurerís bond of the Chicago community college district the same as the penalty of the treasurersí bonds of all other community college districts in Illinois.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0163

HB 1457 -- Redefinition of Educational Employee
ICCTA Position: OPPOSE
Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act to provide that an academic employee of a community college who provides less than 3 (currently 6) credit hours of instruction per academic semester is not an "educational employee" within the meaning of the Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0314

HB 1491 -- Driver Training Programs
ICCTA Position: MONITOR

Prohibits public schools and educational facilities from contracting with an entity that provides driving instruction (including truck driving) or prepares an applicant for the Secretary of State's driver's license examination unless that entity is licensed by the Secretary of State. The bill also increases the amount of the surety bond required to operate a driver training school to $20,000 (from $10,000) and raises the application and renewal fees for a license to operate a driver training school.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0408

HB 1543 -- Higher Education Line Item Appropriations
ICCTA Position: MONITOR

Requires universities to identify state appropriations for universities by line items and not by lump sum. Community colleges are not included in this legislation.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0229

HB 2660 -- Pension Bonding
ICCTA Position: SUPPORT

Authorizes the issuance of an additional $10 billion in general obligation bonds. Provides for the proceeds of those bonds to be used to reduce the unfunded liabilities of the five state-funded retirement systems (including the State Universities Retirement System). This is Gov. Blagojevichís initiative to provide partial relief from funding reductions in fiscal year 2004 by financing (or "refinancing") the unfunded accrued liability of the public pension systems.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0002

HB 2671 -- FY 04 Higher Education Budget
ICCTA Position: SUPPORT
Sets FY 2004 appropriations to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Department of Public Health (for medical education scholarships), the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the Illinois Community College Board, the public universities, and the State Universities Civil Service System. The total budget for higher education was approved at a level of about $25 million above the Governorís funding recommendations. The community college budget was approved above the Governorís recommended level, with the addition of $7.4 million in new funding for "hold harmless" dollars. These additional dollars will be used to implement a new allocation of state funds to colleges by using a new funding formula.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0090; community colleges' "hold harmless" funding was reduced by 50 percent (to $3.7 million)

HB 2805 -- University Faculty Member on IBHE
ICCTA Position: MONITOR

Provides that one of the 10 members of the Illinois Board of Higher Education appointed by the Governor must be a faculty member at a public university.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0429

HB 3412 -- Governmental Ethics Act
ICCTA Position: MONITOR

Creates the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Prohibits state officers and employees of the executive and legislative branch of state government and the Auditor General and his or her employees from engaging in political activities during state time. Requires the implementation and maintenance of personnel policies for those officers and employees. Requires annual ethics training for those officers and employees. Prohibits certain practices by those officers, candidates for those offices, and those employees with respect to contributions, fund raising, public service announcements, and post-state service employment. Creates protections for whistle-blowers. Preempts home rule and requires units of local government and school districts to adopt similar provisions. States that a registered lobbyist may not serve on a board, commission, authority, or task force authorized or created by state law or by executive order of the Governor.
Governor's Action: Amendatorily vetoed

Senate Bill 19 -- Chicago School Reform
ICCTA Position: MONITOR

Implements an agreement to repeal parts of the Chicago School Reform legislation enacted in 1995. The City Colleges of Chicago is included in this legislation.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0003

SB 1586 -- Verbatim Minutes of Closed Sessions (Obama)
ICCTA Position: OPPOSE
Requires that a public body make a verbatim audio or video recording of closed meetings. Establishes procedures for the availability to the public and the court of closed meeting minutes and recordings.
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0523

SB 1980 -- Lincoln Land Community College Election By Subdistricts
ICCTA Position: MONITOR

Requires the election of Lincoln Land Community College trustees by subdistrict rather than at-large, beginning with the 2005 consolidated election. The term of each trustee elected before the effective date of the amendatory Act would end on the date that the trustees elected in 2005 are officially determined. The bill also provides for 4-year and 2-year terms (rather than 6).
Governor's Action: Signed into law as Public Act 93-0582

For additional information on state legislative issues, contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.



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