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Full Text of SB1150  97th General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning employment.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The State Universities Civil Service Act is
5amended by changing Sections 36d, 36e, 36g, 36h, 36j, and 36o
6and by adding Section 36t as follows:
7    (110 ILCS 70/36d)  (from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b3)
8    Sec. 36d. Powers and duties of the Merit Board.
9    The Merit Board shall have the power and duty-
10    (1) To approve a classification plan prepared under its
11direction, assigning to each class positions of substantially
12similar duties. The Merit Board shall have power to delegate to
13its Executive Director the duty of assigning each position in
14the classified service to the appropriate class in the
15classification plan approved by the Merit Board.
16    (2) To prescribe the duties of each class of positions and
17the qualifications required by employment in that class.
18    (3) To prescribe the range of compensation for each class
19or to fix a single rate of compensation for employees in a
20particular class; and to establish other conditions of
21employment which an employer and employee representatives have
22agreed upon as fair and equitable. The Merit Board shall direct
23the payment of the "prevailing rate of wages" in those



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1classifications in which, on January 1, 1952, any employer is
2paying such prevailing rate and in such other classes as the
3Merit Board may thereafter determine. "Prevailing rate of
4wages" as used herein shall be the wages paid generally in the
5locality in which the work is being performed to employees
6engaged in work of a similar character. Each employer covered
7by the University System shall be authorized to negotiate with
8representatives of employees to determine appropriate ranges
9or rates of compensation or other conditions of employment and
10may recommend to the Merit Board for establishment the rates or
11ranges or other conditions of employment which the employer and
12employee representatives have agreed upon as fair and
13equitable. Any rates or ranges established prior to January 1,
141952, and hereafter, shall not be changed except in accordance
15with the procedures herein provided.
16    (4) To recommend to the institutions and agencies specified
17in Section 36e standards for hours of work, holidays, sick
18leave, overtime compensation and vacation for the purpose of
19improving conditions of employment covered therein and for the
20purpose of insuring conformity with the prevailing rate
22    (5) To prescribe standards of examination for each class,
23the examinations to be related to the duties of such class. The
24Merit Board shall have power to delegate to the Executive
25Director and his staff the preparation, conduct and grading of
26examinations. Examinations may be written, oral, by statement



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1of training and experience, in the form of tests of knowledge,
2skill, capacity, intellect, aptitude; or, by any other method,
3which in the judgment of the Merit Board is reasonable and
4practical for any particular classification. Different
5examining procedures may be determined for the examinations in
6different classifications but all examinations in the same
7classification shall be uniform.
8    (6) To authorize the continuous recruitment of personnel
9and to that end, to delegate to the Executive Director and his
10staff the power and the duty to conduct open and continuous
11competitive examinations for all classifications of
13    (7) To cause to be established from the results of
14examinations registers for each class of positions in the
15classified service of the State Universities Civil Service
16System, of the persons who shall attain the minimum mark fixed
17by the Merit Board for the examination; and such persons shall
18take rank upon the registers as candidates in the order of
19their relative excellence as determined by examination,
20without reference to priority of time of examination.
21    (8) To provide by its rules for promotions in the
22classified service. Vacancies shall be filled by promotion
23whenever practicable. For the purpose of this paragraph, an
24advancement in class shall constitute a promotion.
25    (9) To set a probationary period of employment of no less
26than 6 months and no longer than 12 months for each class of



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1positions in the classification plan, the length of the
2probationary period for each class to be determined by the
4    (10) To provide by its rules for employment at regular
5rates of compensation of physically handicapped persons in
6positions in which the handicap does not prevent the individual
7from furnishing satisfactory service.
8    (11) To make and publish rules, to carry out the purpose of
9the State Universities Civil Service System and for
10examination, appointments, transfers and removals and for
11maintaining and keeping records of the efficiency of officers
12and employees and groups of officers and employees in
13accordance with the provisions of Sections 36b to 36q,
14inclusive, and said Merit Board may from time to time make
15changes in such rules.
16    (12) To appoint a Executive Director and such assistants
17and other clerical and technical help as may be necessary
18efficiently to administer Sections 36b to 36q, inclusive. To
19authorize the Director to appoint an assistant resident at the
20place of employment of each employer specified in Section 36e
21and this assistant may be authorized to give examinations and
22to certify names from the regional registers provided in
23Section 36k.
24    (13) To submit to the Governor of this state on or before
25November 1 of each year prior to the regular session of the
26General Assembly a report of the University System's business



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1and an estimate of the amount of appropriation from state funds
2required for the purpose of administering the University
4(Source: P.A. 82-524.)
5    (110 ILCS 70/36e)  (from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b4)
6    Sec. 36e. Coverage. All employees of the Illinois Community
7College Board, State Community College of East St. Louis
8(abolished under Section 2-12.1 of the Public Community College
9Act), Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University,
10Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University,
11Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University,
12Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University,
13University of Illinois, State Universities Civil Service
14System, State Universities Retirement System, the State
15Scholarship Commission, and the Board of Higher Education,
16shall be covered by the University System described in Sections
1736b to 36q, inclusive, of this Act, except the following
19        (1) the The members and officers of the Merit Board and
20    the board of trustees, and the commissioners of the
21    institutions and agencies covered hereunder;
22        (2) the The presidents and vice-presidents of each
23    educational institution;
24        (3) other Other principal administrative employees of
25    each institution and agency approved as determined by the



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1    Merit Board;
2        (4) the The teaching, research and extension faculties
3    of each institution and agency; and
4        (5) students Students employed under rules prescribed
5    by the Merit Board, without examination or certification.
6    Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section, all
7of the following apply:
8        (A) No position may be exempt under this Section unless
9    the exemption has been reviewed and approved by the Merit
10    Board or by the Executive Director as delegated by the
11    Merit Board.
12        (B) The authority to exempt lies solely with the Merit
13    Board or the Executive Director as delegated by the Merit
14    Board, and such authority shall not be extended to any
15    other employing institution or agency.
16        (C) Adequate advance notice of the intent to propose an
17    exemption must be provided to impacted employees and any
18    labor organization with exclusive bargaining rights for
19    that position and posted in all public places allocated for
20    civil service employment information.
21(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96; revised 9-16-10.)
22    (110 ILCS 70/36g)  (from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b6)
23    Sec. 36g. For the granting of appropriate preference in
24entrance examinations to qualified persons who have been
25members of the armed forces of the United States or to



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1qualified persons who, while citizens of the United States,
2were members of the armed forces of allies of the United States
3in time of hostilities with a foreign country, and to certain
4other persons as set forth in this Section.
5    (a) As used in this Section:
6        (1) "Time of hostilities with a foreign country" means
7    any period of time in the past, present, or future during
8    which a declaration of war by the United States Congress
9    has been or is in effect or during which an emergency
10    condition has been or is in effect that is recognized by
11    the issuance of a Presidential proclamation or a
12    Presidential executive order and in which the armed forces
13    expeditionary medal or other campaign service medals are
14    awarded according to Presidential executive order.
15        (2) "Armed forces of the United States" means the
16    United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast
17    Guard. Service in the Merchant Marine that constitutes
18    active duty under Section 401 of federal Public Law 95-202
19    shall also be considered service in the Armed Forces of the
20    United States for purposes of this Section.
21    (b) The preference granted under this Section shall be in
22the form of points added to the final grades of the persons if
23they otherwise qualify and are entitled to appear on the list
24of those eligible for appointments.
25    (c) A veteran is qualified for a preference of 10 points if
26the veteran currently holds proof of a service connected



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1disability from the United States Department of Veterans
2Affairs or an allied country or if the veteran is a recipient
3of the Purple Heart.
4    (d) A veteran who has served during a time of hostilities
5with a foreign country is qualified for a preference of 5
6points if the veteran served under one or more of the following
8        (1) The veteran served a total of at least 6 months, or
9        (2) The veteran served for the duration of hostilities
10    regardless of the length of engagement, or
11        (3) The veteran was discharged on the basis of
12    hardship, or
13        (4) The veteran was released from active duty because
14    of a service connected disability and was discharged under
15    honorable conditions.
16    (e) A person not eligible for a preference under subsection
17(c) or (d) is qualified for a preference of 3 points if the
18person has served in the armed forces of the United States, the
19Illinois National Guard, or any reserve component of the armed
20forces of the United States and the person: (1) served for at
21least 6 months and has been discharged under honorable
22conditions or (2) has been discharged on the ground of hardship
23or (3) was released from active duty because of a service
24connected disability. An active member of the National Guard or
25a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States is
26eligible for the preference if the member meets the service



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1requirements of this subsection (e).
2    (f) The rank order of persons entitled to a preference on
3eligible lists shall be determined on the basis of their
4augmented ratings. When the Executive Director establishes
5eligible lists on the basis of category ratings such as
6"superior", "excellent", "well-qualified", and "qualified",
7the veteran eligibles in each such category shall be preferred
8for appointment before the non-veteran eligibles in the same
10    (g) Employees in positions covered by this Act who, while
11in good standing, leave to engage in military service during a
12period of hostility, shall be given credit for seniority
13purposes for time served in the armed forces.
14    (h) A surviving unremarried spouse of a veteran who
15suffered a service connected death or the spouse of a veteran
16who suffered a service connected disability that prevents the
17veteran from qualifying for civil service employment shall be
18entitled to the same preference to which the veteran would have
19been entitled under this Section.
20    (i) A preference shall also be given to the following
21individuals: 10 points for one parent of an unmarried veteran
22who suffered a service connected death or a service connected
23disability that prevents the veteran from qualifying for civil
24service employment. The first parent to receive a civil service
25appointment shall be the parent entitled to the preference.
26(Source: P.A. 87-796.)



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1    (110 ILCS 70/36h)  (from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b7)
2    Sec. 36h. Appointment.
3    (1) Whenever an employer covered by the University System
4has a position which needs to be filled, this employer shall
5inform the Executive Director of the Merit Board. The Director
6shall then certify to the employer the names and addresses of
7the three persons standing highest on the register for the
8classification to which the position is assigned. The employer
9shall select one of these persons certified for the position
10and shall notify the Executive Director of the Merit Board of
11his selection. If less than three names appear on the
12appropriate register, the Director shall certify the names and
13addresses of the person or persons on the register. Sex shall
14be disregarded except when the nature of the position requires
16    (2) All appointments shall be for a probationary period of
17no less than 6 months and no longer than 12 months for each
18class of positions in the classification plan, the length of
19the probationary period for each class having been determined
20by the Executive Director, except that persons first appointed
21to any police department of any university or college covered
22by the University System after the effective date of this
23amendatory Act of 1979, shall be on probation for 1 year. The
24service during the probationary period shall be deemed to be a
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1employee may be dismissed if the employer determines that the
2employee has failed to demonstrate the ability and the
3qualifications necessary to furnish satisfactory service. The
4employer shall notify the Executive Director in writing of such
5dismissal. If an employee is not so dismissed during his
6probationary period his appointment shall be deemed complete at
7the end of the period.
8    (3) No person shall be appointed to any police department
9of any university or college covered by the University System
10unless he possesses a high school diploma or an equivalent high
11school education, and unless he is a person of good character
12and is not a person who has been convicted of a felony or a
13crime involving moral turpitude.
14(Source: P.A. 86-708.)
15    (110 ILCS 70/36j)  (from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b9)
16    Sec. 36j. Promotions. The Merit Board shall by rules
17provide for promotions on the basis of ability and experience
18and seniority in service and examination and to provide in all
19cases where it is practicable that vacancies will be filled by
20promotion. The Merit Board shall by rule fix lines of promotion
21from such several offices and places to superior offices or
22places in all cases where, in the judgment of the Merit Board,
23the duties of such several positions directly tend to fit the
24incumbent for a superior position.
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1seniority for the highest position held on the basis of length
2of service in that classification. For the next lower
3classification the employee may add his seniority in the higher
4classification to that in the lower to determine seniority in
5the lower classification.
6    Whenever a superior position in the promotional line in the
7classified civil service under the University System is to be
8filled, the Director shall certify to the employer, in the
9order of their seniority, the names and addresses of the three
10persons standing highest upon the promotional register for the
11class or grade to which said position belongs. The employer
12shall appoint one of the three persons whose names were
13certified by the Executive Director. Sex shall be disregarded
14except when the nature of the position requires otherwise.
15Appointments to superior positions in the promotional line
16shall be on probation for a period of no less than 6 months and
17no longer than 12 months for each class of positions in the
18classification plan, the length of the probationary period
19having been determined by the Executive Director. Persons so
20appointed may be demoted at any time during the period of
21probation, if, in the opinion of the employer, they have failed
22to demonstrate the ability and the qualifications necessary to
23furnish satisfactory service, but shall not be discharged from
24the superior position if they have previously completed a
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1    Whenever a person is promoted to a superior position in the
2promotional line prior to the completion of the probationary
3period in any one of the positions in the classified civil
4service under the University System, total service in the
5inferior position and in all such superior positions shall be
6combined to establish certified status and seniority in the
7inferior position.
8(Source: P.A. 82-524.)
9    (110 ILCS 70/36o)  (from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b14)
10    Sec. 36o. Demotion, removal, and discharge. After the
11completion of his or her probationary period, no employee shall
12be demoted, removed or discharged except for just cause, upon
13written charges, and after an opportunity to be heard in his or
14her own defense if he or she makes a written request for a
15hearing to the Merit Board within 15 days after the serving of
16the written charges upon him or her. Upon the filing of such a
17request for a hearing, the Merit Board shall grant such hearing
18to be held within 45 days from the date of the service of the
19demotion, removal or discharge notice by a hearing board or
20hearing officer appointed by the Merit Board. The members of
21the hearing board or the hearing officer shall be selected from
22among the members of a panel established by the Merit Board
23after consultation with the Advisory Committee provided in
24Section 36c. The hearing board or hearing officer shall make
25and render findings of facts on the charges and transmit to the



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1Merit Board a transcript of the evidence along with the hearing
2board's or hearing officer's findings of fact. The findings of
3the hearing board or hearing officer when approved by the Merit
4Board shall be certified to the employer. If cause for
5demotion, removal or discharge is found, the employee shall be
6immediately separated from the service. If cause is not found,
7the employee shall forthwith be reassigned to perform the
8duties of a position in his or her classification without loss
9of compensation. In the course of the hearing, the Executive
10Director of the Merit Board shall have power to administer
11oaths and to secure by subpoena the attendance and testimony of
12witnesses and the production of books and papers relevant to
13the inquiry.
14    The provisions of the Administrative Review Law and all
15amendments and modification thereof, and the rules adopted
16pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for
17the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the
18Merit Board hereby created. The term "administrative decision"
19is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
20(Source: P.A. 95-113, eff. 8-13-07.)
21    (110 ILCS 70/36t new)
22    Sec. 36t. General provisions.
23    (a) Open Meetings Act. The Merit Board and any committees
24and subdivisions thereof shall be subject to all provisions of
25the Open Meetings Act. The Merit Board is a "public body"



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1within the meaning of that term as set forth in the Open
2Meetings Act.
3    (b) State Records Act. The Merit Board and any committees
4and subdivisions thereof shall be subject to all provisions of
5the State Records Act. The Merit Board is an "agency" within
6the meaning of that term as set forth in the State Records Act.
7    (c) Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Notwithstanding
8any provision of law to the contrary, any authority granted to
9the Merit Board to make and publish rules is strictly limited
10to the requirements of the Illinois Administrative Procedure
11Act, and no authority for the Merit Board to make and publish
12rules exists outside of the requirements of the Illinois
13Administrative Procedure Act. The Merit Board is an "agency"
14within the meaning of that term as set forth in the Illinois
15Administrative Procedure Act.