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 Bill Status of SB0668  100th General Assembly


Short Description:  OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Michael Connelly

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  3/17/2017SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act
30 ILCS 105/5.878 new
35 ILCS 5/203from Ch. 120, par. 2-203
35 ILCS 5/224 new


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Opportunity Scholarship Act and amends the State Finance Act and the Illinois Income Tax Act. Establishes the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Provides that under the program the custodian of a qualifying pupil is entitled to a Opportunity Scholarship to pay for qualified education expenses at participating nonpublic elementary schools in Cook County. Sets forth provisions concerning notification of scholarships, a request for a scholarship, the issuance and payment of a scholarship, the amount of a scholarship, the renewal of a scholarship, pupil assessment, the longitudinal data system, reporting attendance, nonpublic school students, a report on the program and expansion of the program, penalties, and rules. Provides that the amount received under the program shall not be considered base income for purposes of Illinois' income tax. Creates the Opportunity Scholarship Fund as a special fund in the State treasury, with money in the Fund being used by the State Board of Education for the purposes of the Opportunity Scholarship Act. Provides for a tax credit for contributions made to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Effective immediately.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  1/25/2017SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Michael Connelly
  1/25/2017SenateFirst Reading
  1/25/2017SenateReferred to Assignments
  2/8/2017SenateAssigned to Education
  2/16/2017SenateTo Subcommittee on Special Issues (ED)
  3/17/2017SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

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