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 Bill Status of SB1955  94th General Assembly


Short Description:  JUDICIAL ELECTION FINANCING

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Kwame Raoul - Kirk W. Dillard - Don Harmon - Jacqueline Y. Collins, Miguel del Valle, Martin A. Sandoval, Susan Garrett and Mattie Hunter

House Sponsors
(Rep. William Delgado - John A. Fritchey - David E. Miller - Elizabeth Coulson - Edward J. Acevedo, Mike Boland, Sara Feigenholtz, Maria Antonia Berrios, Harry Osterman, Arthur L. Turner, Elaine Nekritz, Julie Hamos, Constance A. Howard, William Davis, Lovana Jones, Eileen Lyons, Cynthia Soto, Karen A. Yarbrough, Mary E. Flowers, Marlow H. Colvin, Daniel J. Burke, Naomi D. Jakobsson, Kathleen A. Ryg and Patricia Reid Lindner)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/9/2007SenateSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act
10 ILCS 5/9-1.5from Ch. 46, par. 9-1.5
10 ILCS 5/9-1.7from Ch. 46, par. 9-1.7
10 ILCS 5/9-1.8from Ch. 46, par. 9-1.8
10 ILCS 5/9-10from Ch. 46, par. 9-10
30 ILCS 105/5.640 new
35 ILCS 5/506.7 new
35 ILCS 5/509from Ch. 120, par. 5-509
35 ILCS 5/510from Ch. 120, par. 5-510
705 ILCS 105/27.10 new


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Supreme Court Campaign Reform Act. Provides that candidates for the Supreme Court may apply for a public financing benefit in connection with their campaign. Sets the amount of the public financing benefit at $750,000 for the general primary and general election cycle. Sets requirements for qualifying for the public financing benefits. Limits the amount of private contributions qualified candidates may accept. Limits the amounts that non-participating candidates may accept from private sources during campaign periods to $1,000 in the aggregate. Provides that qualified candidates must be distributed a line of credit from the Illinois Supreme Court Democracy Trust Fund to be used for lawful political expenditures. Provides for the increase of the line of credit if non-complying candidates make certain expenditures. Sets penalties for violations of the Act. Provides that the Illinois Supreme Court may require attorneys to contribute money to the Fund not to exceed $25 annually. Contains other provisions. Amends the Election Code. Provides that a payment for electioneering communications is an "expenditure". Provides that a group that "accepts contributions or makes expenditures during any 12-month period in an aggregate amount exceeding $3,000 for the purpose of electioneering communications" is a political committee. Allows the Board of Elections to impose a fine against a committee that fails to report expenditures that could trigger matching funds under the Supreme Court Campaign Reform Act. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Illinois Supreme Court Democracy Trust Fund. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Requires the Department of Revenue to print on its standard individual income tax form a provision by which the taxpayer may make a contribution (not less than $1) to the Illinois Supreme Court Democracy Trust Fund. Amends the Clerk of the Courts Act. Requires circuit court clerks to transfer $1 from each appearance fee paid to the State Treasurer for deposit into the Supreme Court Democracy Trust Fund and, to defray that expense, the county board may, by resolution, require the clerk of the circuit court in the county to charge and collect a Supreme Court Democracy Trust Fund fee of not more than $1, which shall be paid at the time that any appearance fee is paid. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
In the Supreme Court Campaign Reform Act, deletes a provision allowing the Illinois Supreme Court to require attorneys to contribute money to the Illinois Supreme Court Democracy Trust Fund.

 Fiscal Note (State Board of Elections)
 Please be advised that this legislation would require a complete new set of disclosure forms for judicial candidates only. This includes new software and new website downloads. This is an upfront cost and must be implemented and wholly in place prior to the next scheduled election of the Supreme Court, which is set for 2010. Total cost: $150,000.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/25/2005SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Kwame Raoul
  2/25/2005SenateFirst Reading
  2/25/2005SenateReferred to Rules
  3/2/2005SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Kirk W. Dillard
  3/2/2005SenateAssigned to Executive
  3/2/2005SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Miguel del Valle
  3/10/2005SenatePostponed - Executive
  3/16/2005SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Kwame Raoul
  3/16/2005SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules
  3/16/2005SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Executive
  3/16/2005SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted
  3/17/2005SenateDo Pass as Amended Executive; 007-005-000
  3/17/2005SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 6, 2005
  3/31/2005SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Don Harmon
  4/5/2005SenateFiscal Note Requested by Sen. Peter J. Roskam
  4/7/2005SenateFiscal Note Filed from the Board of Elections, State of Illinois.
  4/11/2005SenateSecond Reading
  4/11/2005SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 12, 2005
  4/11/2005SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
  4/13/2005SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Martin A. Sandoval
  4/13/2005SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Susan Garrett
  4/13/2005SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Mattie Hunter
  4/13/2005SenateThird Reading - Passed; 034-023-000
  4/13/2005HouseArrived in House
  4/13/2005HousePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading
  4/13/2005HouseChief House Sponsor Rep. William Delgado
  4/13/2005HouseFirst Reading
  4/13/2005HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  4/14/2005HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. David E. Miller
  4/14/2005HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. John A. Fritchey
  4/20/2005HouseAssigned to Executive Committee
  4/26/2005HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Coulson
  4/26/2005HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Edward J. Acevedo
  4/26/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Mike Boland
  4/28/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
  4/28/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios
  4/28/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Harry Osterman
  4/28/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Arthur L. Turner
  4/28/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Elaine Nekritz
  4/28/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Julie Hamos
  5/3/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Constance A. Howard
  5/3/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. William Davis
  5/3/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Lovana Jones
  5/3/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Eileen Lyons
  5/3/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Cynthia Soto
  5/5/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough
  5/13/2005HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  5/17/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
  5/17/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Marlow H. Colvin
  5/17/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel J. Burke
  9/7/2005HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson
  1/31/2006HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Kathleen A. Ryg
  2/22/2006HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Patricia Reid Lindner
  1/9/2007SenateSession Sine Die

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