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Public Act 094-0461




Public Act 094-0461
HB2564 Enrolled LRB094 09294 JAM 39533 b

    AN ACT concerning elections.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Election Code is amended by changing Section
9-1.14 as follows:
    (10 ILCS 5/9-1.14)
    Sec. 9-1.14. Electioneering communication defined.
    (a) "Electioneering communication" means, for the purposes
of this Article, any form of communication, in whatever medium,
including but not limited to a newspaper, radio, television, or
Internet communication, that (1) refers to a clearly identified
candidate or candidates who will appear on the ballot, refers
to a clearly identified political party, or refers to a clearly
identified question of public policy that will appear on the
ballot and (2) is made within (i) 60 days before a general
election or consolidated election or (ii) 30 days before a
primary election.
    (b) "Electioneering communication" does not include:
        (1) A communication, other than an advertisement,
    appearing in a news story, commentary, or editorial
    distributed through the facilities of any legitimate news
    organization, unless the facilities are owned or
    controlled by any political party, political committee, or
        (2) A communication made solely to promote a candidate
    debate or forum that is made by or on behalf of the person
    sponsoring the debate or forum.
        (3) A communication made as part of a non-partisan
    activity designed to encourage individuals to vote or to
    register to vote.
        (4) A communication by an organization operating and
    remaining in good standing under Section 501(c)(3) of the
    Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
        (5) A communication exclusively between a labor
    organization, as defined under federal or State law, and
    its members.
        (6) A communication exclusively between an
    organization formed under Section 501(c)(6) of the
    Internal Revenue Code and its members.
(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03; 93-615, eff. 11-19-03;
93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/4/2005