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LEGISLATURE
(25 ILCS 115/) General Assembly Compensation Act.

25 ILCS 115/0.01

    (25 ILCS 115/0.01) (from Ch. 63, par. 13.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the General Assembly Compensation Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

25 ILCS 115/1

    (25 ILCS 115/1) (from Ch. 63, par. 14)
    Sec. 1. Each member of the General Assembly shall receive an annual salary of $28,000 or as set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater. The following named officers, committee chairmen and committee minority spokesmen shall receive additional amounts per year for their services as such officers, committee chairmen and committee minority spokesmen respectively, as set by the Compensation Review Board or, as follows, whichever is greater: Beginning the second Wednesday in January 1989, the Speaker and the minority leader of the House of Representatives and the President and the minority leader of the Senate, $16,000 each; the majority leader in the House of Representatives $13,500; 6 assistant majority leaders and 5 assistant minority leaders in the Senate, $12,000 each; 6 assistant majority leaders and 6 assistant minority leaders in the House of Representatives, $10,500 each; 2 Deputy Majority leaders in the House of Representatives $11,500 each; and 2 Deputy Minority leaders in the House of Representatives, $11,500 each; the majority caucus chairman and minority caucus chairman in the Senate, $12,000 each; and beginning the second Wednesday in January, 1989, the majority conference chairman and the minority conference chairman in the House of Representatives, $10,500 each; beginning the second Wednesday in January, 1989, the chairman and minority spokesman of each standing committee of the Senate, except the Rules Committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Committee on Assignment of Bills, $6,000 each; and beginning the second Wednesday in January, 1989, the chairman and minority spokesman of each standing and select committee of the House of Representatives, $6,000 each. A member who serves in more than one position as an officer, committee chairman, or committee minority spokesman shall receive only one additional amount based on the position paying the highest additional amount. The compensation provided for in this Section to be paid per year to members of the General Assembly, including the additional sums payable per year to officers of the General Assembly shall be paid in 12 equal monthly installments. The first such installment is payable on January 31, 1977. All subsequent equal monthly installments are payable on the last working day of the month. A member who has held office any part of a month is entitled to compensation for an entire month.
    Mileage shall be paid at the rate of 20 cents per mile before January 9, 1985, and at the mileage allowance rate in effect under regulations promulgated pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5707(b)(2) beginning January 9, 1985, for the number of actual highway miles necessarily and conveniently traveled by the most feasible route to be present upon convening of the sessions of the General Assembly by such member in each and every trip during each session in going to and returning from the seat of government, to be computed by the Comptroller. A member traveling by public transportation for such purposes, however, shall be paid his actual cost of that transportation instead of on the mileage rate if his cost of public transportation exceeds the amount to which he would be entitled on a mileage basis. No member may be paid, whether on a mileage basis or for actual costs of public transportation, for more than one such trip for each week the General Assembly is actually in session. Each member shall also receive an allowance of $36 per day for lodging and meals while in attendance at sessions of the General Assembly before January 9, 1985; beginning January 9, 1985, such food and lodging allowance shall be equal to the amount per day permitted to be deducted for such expenses under the Internal Revenue Code; however, beginning May 31, 1995, no allowance for food and lodging while in attendance at sessions is authorized for periods of time after the last day in May of each calendar year, except (i) if the General Assembly is convened in special session by either the Governor or the presiding officers of both houses, as provided by subsection (b) of Section 5 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution or (ii) if the General Assembly is convened to consider bills vetoed, item vetoed, reduced, or returned with specific recommendations for change by the Governor as provided in Section 9 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution. For fiscal year 2011 and for session days in fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014 only (i) the allowance for lodging and meals is $111 per day and (ii) mileage for automobile travel shall be reimbursed at a rate of $0.39 per mile.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, beginning in fiscal year 2012, travel reimbursement for General Assembly members on non-session days shall be calculated using the guidelines set forth by the Legislative Travel Control Board, except that fiscal year 2012, 2013, and 2014 mileage reimbursement is set at a rate of $0.39 per mile.
    If a member dies having received only a portion of the amount payable as compensation, the unpaid balance shall be paid to the surviving spouse of such member, or, if there be none, to the estate of such member.
(Source: P.A. 97-71, eff. 6-30-11; 97-718, eff. 6-29-12; 98-30, eff. 6-24-13.)

25 ILCS 115/1.1

    (25 ILCS 115/1.1) (from Ch. 63, par. 14.1)
    Sec. 1.1. For purposes of the computation of mileage to which a member is entitled under this Act and in all other instances where the determination of the residence of a member is relevant, each member of the General Assembly is deemed to be a resident of and to have his home in the legislative district which that member represents and from which that member has been elected or appointed to serve in the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 79-728.)

25 ILCS 115/1.5

    (25 ILCS 115/1.5)
    Sec. 1.5. Fiscal year 2010 compensation. During the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2009, every member of the General Assembly is required to forfeit 12 days of compensation. The State Comptroller shall deduct the equivalent of 1/261 of the annual compensation of each member from the compensation of that member in each month of the fiscal year. For purposes of this Section, annual compensation includes compensation paid to each member by the State for one year of service pursuant to Section 1, except any payments made for mileage and allowances for travel and meals. The forfeiture required by this Section is not considered a change in salary and shall not impact pension or other benefits provided to members of the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 96-45, eff. 7-15-09.)

25 ILCS 115/1.6

    (25 ILCS 115/1.6)
    Sec. 1.6. FY11 furlough days. During the first 6 months of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, every member of the 96th General Assembly is mandatorily required to forfeit 6 days of compensation. The State Comptroller shall deduct the equivalent of 1/261st of the annual salary of each member of the 96th General Assembly from the compensation of that member in each of the first 6 months of the fiscal year. During the second 6 months of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, every member of the 97th General Assembly is mandatorily required to forfeit 6 days of compensation. The State Comptroller shall deduct the equivalent of 1/261st of the annual salary of each member of the 97th General Assembly from the compensation of that member in each of the second 6 months of the fiscal year. For purposes of this Section, annual compensation includes compensation paid to each member by the State for one year of service pursuant to Section 1, except any payments made for mileage and allowances for travel and meals. The forfeiture required by this Section is not considered a change in salary and shall not impact pension or other benefits provided to members of the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 96-958, eff. 7-1-10.)

25 ILCS 115/1.7

    (25 ILCS 115/1.7)
    Sec. 1.7. FY12 furlough days. During each month of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, every member of the 97th General Assembly is mandatorily required to forfeit one day of compensation. The State Comptroller shall deduct the equivalent of 1/261st of the annual salary of each member of the 97th General Assembly from the compensation of that member in each month of the fiscal year. For purposes of this Section, annual compensation includes compensation paid to each member by the State for one year of service pursuant to Section 1, except any payments made for mileage and allowances for travel and meals. The forfeiture required by this Section is not considered a change in salary and shall not impact pension or other benefits provided to members of the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 97-71, eff. 6-30-11.)

25 ILCS 115/1.8

    (25 ILCS 115/1.8)
    Sec. 1.8. FY13 furlough days. During the first 6 months of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, every member of the 97th General Assembly is mandatorily required to forfeit one day of compensation. The State Comptroller shall deduct the equivalent of 1/261st of the annual salary of each member of the 97th General Assembly from the compensation of that member in each of the first 6 months of the fiscal year. During the second 6 months of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, every member of the 98th General Assembly is mandatorily required to forfeit one day of compensation. The State Comptroller shall deduct the equivalent of 1/261st of the annual salary of each member of the 98th General Assembly from the compensation of that member in each of the second 6 months of the fiscal year. For purposes of this Section, annual compensation includes compensation paid to each member by the State for one year of service pursuant to Section 1, except any payments made for mileage and allowances for travel and meals. The forfeiture required by this Section is not considered a change in salary and shall not impact pension or other benefits provided to members of the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 97-718, eff. 6-29-12.)

25 ILCS 115/1.9

    (25 ILCS 115/1.9)
    Sec. 1.9. FY14 furlough days. During each month of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, every member of the 98th General Assembly is mandatorily required to forfeit one day of compensation. The State Comptroller shall deduct the equivalent of 1/261st of the annual salary of each member of the 98th General Assembly from the compensation of that member in each month of the fiscal year. For purposes of this Section, annual compensation includes compensation paid to each member by the State for one year of service pursuant to Section 1, except any payments made for mileage and allowances for travel and meals. The forfeiture required by this Section is not considered a change in salary and shall not impact pension or other benefits provided to members of the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 98-30, eff. 6-24-13.)

25 ILCS 115/2

    (25 ILCS 115/2) (from Ch. 63, par. 15)
    Sec. 2.
    Such portion of the pay, allowances and mileage allowed to each member of the General Assembly shall be certified to by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives and entered upon the journals and published at the close of each session.
(Source: P.A. 77-2nd SS-3.)

25 ILCS 115/4

    (25 ILCS 115/4) (from Ch. 63, par. 15.1)
    Sec. 4. Office allowance. Beginning July 1, 2001, each member of the House of Representatives is authorized to approve the expenditure of not more than $61,000 per year and each member of the Senate is authorized to approve the expenditure of not more than $73,000 per year to pay for "personal services", "contractual services", "commodities", "printing", "travel", "operation of automotive equipment", "telecommunications services", as defined in the State Finance Act, and the compensation of one or more legislative assistants authorized pursuant to this Section, in connection with his or her legislative duties and not in connection with any political campaign. On July 1, 2002 and on July 1 of each year thereafter, the amount authorized per year under this Section for each member of the Senate and each member of the House of Representatives shall be increased by a percentage increase equivalent to the lesser of (i) the increase in the designated cost of living index or (ii) 5%. The designated cost of living index is the index known as the "Employment Cost Index, Wages and Salaries, By Occupation and Industry Groups: State and Local Government Workers: Public Administration" as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor for the calendar year immediately preceding the year of the respective July 1st increase date. The increase shall be added to the then current amount, and the adjusted amount so determined shall be the annual amount beginning July 1 of the increase year until July 1 of the next year. No increase under this provision shall be less than zero.
    A member may purchase office equipment if the member certifies to the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House, as applicable, that the purchase price, whether paid in lump sum or installments, amounts to less than would be charged for renting or leasing the equipment over its anticipated useful life. All such equipment must be purchased through the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House, as applicable, for proper identification and verification of purchase.
    Each member of the General Assembly is authorized to employ one or more legislative assistants, who shall be solely under the direction and control of that member, for the purpose of assisting the member in the performance of his or her official duties. A legislative assistant may be employed pursuant to this Section as a full-time employee, part-time employee, or contractual employee, at the discretion of the member. If employed as a State employee, a legislative assistant shall receive employment benefits on the same terms and conditions that apply to other employees of the General Assembly. Each member shall adopt and implement personnel policies for legislative assistants under his or her direction and control relating to work time requirements, documentation for reimbursement for travel on official State business, compensation, and the earning and accrual of State benefits for those legislative assistants who may be eligible to receive those benefits. The policies shall also require legislative assistants to periodically submit time sheets documenting, in quarter-hour increments, the time spent each day on official State business. The policies shall require the time sheets to be submitted on paper, electronically, or both and to be maintained in either paper or electronic format by the applicable fiscal office for a period of at least 2 years. Contractual employees may satisfy the time sheets requirement by complying with the terms of their contract, which shall provide for a means of compliance with this requirement. A member may satisfy the requirements of this paragraph by adopting and implementing the personnel policies promulgated by that member's legislative leader under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act with respect to that member's legislative assistants.
    As used in this Section the term "personal services" shall include contributions of the State under the Federal Insurance Contribution Act and under Article 14 of the Illinois Pension Code. As used in this Section the term "contractual services" shall not include improvements to real property unless those improvements are the obligation of the lessee under the lease agreement. Beginning July 1, 1989, as used in the Section, the term "travel" shall be limited to travel in connection with a member's legislative duties and not in connection with any political campaign. Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, as used in this Section, the term "printing" includes, but is not limited to, newsletters, brochures, certificates, congratulatory mailings, greeting or welcome messages, anniversary or birthday cards, and congratulations for prominent achievement cards. As used in this Section, the term "printing" includes fees for non-substantive resolutions charged by the Clerk of the House of Representatives under subsection (c-5) of Section 1 of the Legislative Materials Act. No newsletter or brochure that is paid for, in whole or in part, with funds provided under this Section may be printed or mailed during a period beginning February 1 of the year of a general primary election and ending the day after the general primary election and during a period beginning September 1 of the year of a general election and ending the day after the general election, except that such a newsletter or brochure may be mailed during those times if it is mailed to a constituent in response to that constituent's inquiry concerning the needs of that constituent or questions raised by that constituent. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to authorize expenditures for lodging and meals while a member is in attendance at sessions of the General Assembly.
    Any utility bill for service provided to a member's district office for a period including portions of 2 consecutive fiscal years may be paid from funds appropriated for such expenditure in either fiscal year.
    If a vacancy occurs in the office of Senator or Representative in the General Assembly, any office equipment in the possession of the vacating member shall transfer to the member's successor; if the successor does not want such equipment, it shall be transferred to the Secretary of the Senate or Clerk of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, and if not wanted by other members of the General Assembly then to the Department of Central Management Services for treatment as surplus property under the State Property Control Act. Each member, on or before June 30th of each year, shall conduct an inventory of all equipment purchased pursuant to this Act. Such inventory shall be filed with the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House, as the case may be. Whenever a vacancy occurs, the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House, as the case may be, shall conduct an inventory of equipment purchased.
    In the event that a member leaves office during his or her term, any unexpended or unobligated portion of the allowance granted under this Section shall lapse. The vacating member's successor shall be granted an allowance in an amount, rounded to the nearest dollar, computed by dividing the annual allowance by 365 and multiplying the quotient by the number of days remaining in the fiscal year.
    From any appropriation for the purposes of this Section for a fiscal year which overlaps 2 General Assemblies, no more than 1/2 of the annual allowance per member may be spent or encumbered by any member of either the outgoing or incoming General Assembly, except that any member of the incoming General Assembly who was a member of the outgoing General Assembly may encumber or spend any portion of his annual allowance within the fiscal year.
    The appropriation for the annual allowances permitted by this Section shall be included in an appropriation to the President of the Senate and to the Speaker of the House of Representatives for their respective members. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall voucher for payment individual members' expenditures from their annual office allowances to the State Comptroller, subject to the authority of the Comptroller under Section 9 of the State Comptroller Act.
    Nothing in this Section prohibits the expenditure of personal funds or the funds of a political committee controlled by an officeholder to defray the customary and reasonable expenses of an officeholder in connection with the performance of governmental and public service functions.
(Source: P.A. 95-6, eff. 6-20-07; 96-555, eff. 8-18-09; 96-886, eff. 1-1-11.)

25 ILCS 115/4.1

    (25 ILCS 115/4.1) (from Ch. 63, par. 15.2)
    Sec. 4.1. Payment techniques and procedures shall be according to rules made by the Senate Operations Commission or the Rules Committee of the House, as the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 79-806; 79-1023; 79-1454.)

25 ILCS 115/4.2

    (25 ILCS 115/4.2) (from Ch. 63, par. 15.3)
    Sec. 4.2. No authorization by any member of the General Assembly shall be made for any person who is the spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, brother, sister, first cousin, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law of the member authorizing payment.
(Source: P.A. 79-806; 79-1023; 79-1454.)