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Full Text of HB2969  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/19/2021, by Rep. Thomas Morrison


25 ILCS 115/4  from Ch. 63, par. 15.1

    Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Reduces the district office allowance of members of the General Assembly by 10%. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The General Assembly Compensation Act is
5amended by changing Section 4 as follows:
6    (25 ILCS 115/4)  (from Ch. 63, par. 15.1)
7    Sec. 4. Office allowance. Beginning July 1, 2001 and
8through the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd
9General Assembly, each member of the House of Representatives
10is authorized to approve the expenditure of not more than
11$61,000 per year and each member of the Senate is authorized to
12approve the expenditure of not more than $73,000 per year to
13pay for "personal services", "contractual services",
14"commodities", "printing", "travel", "operation of automotive
15equipment", "telecommunications services", as defined in the
16State Finance Act, and the compensation of one or more
17legislative assistants authorized pursuant to this Section, in
18connection with his or her legislative duties and not in
19connection with any political campaign. Beginning on the
20effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
21Assembly, each member of the House of Representatives is
22authorized to expend 90% of the amount that a member of the
23House of Representatives was authorized to expend for these



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1purposes on the day before the effective date of this
2amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, and each member
3of the Senate is authorized to expend 90% of the amount that a
4member of the Senate was authorized to expend for these
5purposes on the day before the effective date of this
6amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly.
7    On July 1, 2002 and on July 1 of each year thereafter, the
8amount authorized per year under this Section for each member
9of the Senate and each member of the House of Representatives
10shall be increased by a percentage increase equivalent to the
11lesser of (i) the increase in the designated cost of living
12index or (ii) 5%. The designated cost of living index is the
13index known as the "Employment Cost Index, Wages and Salaries,
14By Occupation and Industry Groups: State and Local Government
15Workers: Public Administration" as published by the Bureau of
16Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor for the
17calendar year immediately preceding the year of the respective
18July 1st increase date. The increase shall be added to the then
19current amount, and the adjusted amount so determined shall be
20the annual amount beginning July 1 of the increase year until
21July 1 of the next year, subject to any adjustment required by
22this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly. No increase
23under this provision shall be less than zero.
24    A member may purchase office equipment if the member
25certifies to the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the
26House, as applicable, that the purchase price, whether paid in



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1lump sum or installments, amounts to less than would be
2charged for renting or leasing the equipment over its
3anticipated useful life. All such equipment must be purchased
4through the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House,
5as applicable, for proper identification and verification of
7    Each member of the General Assembly is authorized to
8employ one or more legislative assistants, who shall be solely
9under the direction and control of that member, for the
10purpose of assisting the member in the performance of his or
11her official duties. A legislative assistant may be employed
12pursuant to this Section as a full-time employee, part-time
13employee, or contractual employee, at the discretion of the
14member. If employed as a State employee, a legislative
15assistant shall receive employment benefits on the same terms
16and conditions that apply to other employees of the General
17Assembly. Each member shall adopt and implement personnel
18policies for legislative assistants under his or her direction
19and control relating to work time requirements, documentation
20for reimbursement for travel on official State business,
21compensation, and the earning and accrual of State benefits
22for those legislative assistants who may be eligible to
23receive those benefits. The policies shall also require
24legislative assistants to periodically submit time sheets
25documenting, in quarter-hour increments, the time spent each
26day on official State business. The policies shall require the



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1time sheets to be submitted on paper, electronically, or both
2and to be maintained in either paper or electronic format by
3the applicable fiscal office for a period of at least 2 years.
4Contractual employees may satisfy the time sheets requirement
5by complying with the terms of their contract, which shall
6provide for a means of compliance with this requirement. A
7member may satisfy the requirements of this paragraph by
8adopting and implementing the personnel policies promulgated
9by that member's legislative leader under the State Officials
10and Employees Ethics Act with respect to that member's
11legislative assistants.
12    As used in this Section the term "personal services" shall
13include contributions of the State under the Federal Insurance
14Contribution Act and under Article 14 of the Illinois Pension
15Code. As used in this Section the term "contractual services"
16shall not include improvements to real property unless those
17improvements are the obligation of the lessee under the lease
18agreement. Beginning July 1, 1989, as used in the Section, the
19term "travel" shall be limited to travel in connection with a
20member's legislative duties and not in connection with any
21political campaign. Beginning on the effective date of this
22amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, as used in this
23Section, the term "printing" includes, but is not limited to,
24newsletters, brochures, certificates, congratulatory
25mailings, greeting or welcome messages, anniversary or
26birthday cards, and congratulations for prominent achievement



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1cards. As used in this Section, the term "printing" includes
2fees for non-substantive resolutions charged by the Clerk of
3the House of Representatives under subsection (c-5) of Section
41 of the Legislative Materials Act. No newsletter or brochure
5that is paid for, in whole or in part, with funds provided
6under this Section may be printed or mailed during a period
7beginning February 1 of the year of a general primary election
8and ending the day after the general primary election and
9during a period beginning September 1 of the year of a general
10election and ending the day after the general election, except
11that such a newsletter or brochure may be mailed during those
12times if it is mailed to a constituent in response to that
13constituent's inquiry concerning the needs of that constituent
14or questions raised by that constituent. Nothing in this
15Section shall be construed to authorize expenditures for
16lodging and meals while a member is in attendance at sessions
17of the General Assembly.
18    Any utility bill for service provided to a member's
19district office for a period including portions of 2
20consecutive fiscal years may be paid from funds appropriated
21for such expenditure in either fiscal year.
22    If a vacancy occurs in the office of Senator or
23Representative in the General Assembly, any office equipment
24in the possession of the vacating member shall transfer to the
25member's successor; if the successor does not want such
26equipment, it shall be transferred to the Secretary of the



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1Senate or Clerk of the House of Representatives, as the case
2may be, and if not wanted by other members of the General
3Assembly then to the Department of Central Management Services
4for treatment as surplus property under the State Property
5Control Act. Each member, on or before June 30th of each year,
6shall conduct an inventory of all equipment purchased pursuant
7to this Act. Such inventory shall be filed with the Secretary
8of the Senate or the Clerk of the House, as the case may be.
9Whenever a vacancy occurs, the Secretary of the Senate or the
10Clerk of the House, as the case may be, shall conduct an
11inventory of equipment purchased.
12    In the event that a member leaves office during his or her
13term, any unexpended or unobligated portion of the allowance
14granted under this Section shall lapse. The vacating member's
15successor shall be granted an allowance in an amount, rounded
16to the nearest dollar, computed by dividing the annual
17allowance by 365 and multiplying the quotient by the number of
18days remaining in the fiscal year.
19    From any appropriation for the purposes of this Section
20for a fiscal year which overlaps 2 General Assemblies, no more
21than 1/2 of the annual allowance per member may be spent or
22encumbered by any member of either the outgoing or incoming
23General Assembly, except that any member of the incoming
24General Assembly who was a member of the outgoing General
25Assembly may encumber or spend any portion of his annual
26allowance within the fiscal year.



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1    The appropriation for the annual allowances permitted by
2this Section shall be included in an appropriation to the
3President of the Senate and to the Speaker of the House of
4Representatives for their respective members. The President of
5the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall voucher for
6payment individual members' expenditures from their annual
7office allowances to the State Comptroller, subject to the
8authority of the Comptroller under Section 9 of the State
9Comptroller Act.
10    Nothing in this Section prohibits the expenditure of
11personal funds or the funds of a political committee
12controlled by an officeholder to defray the customary and
13reasonable expenses of an officeholder in connection with the
14performance of governmental and public service functions.
15(Source: P.A. 95-6, eff. 6-20-07; 96-555, eff. 8-18-09;
1696-886, eff. 1-1-11.)
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18becoming law.