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What are amendments, engrossed bills, conference committee reports, enrolled bills, and re-enrolled bills?
See RESEARCHING LEGISLATIVE HISTORY for an outline of the basic legislative documents as they occur in the legislative process.

What are the numbers running down the left side of the page?
The numbers running down the left side of the page are line numbers. Amendments and conference committee reports sometimes refer to page and line numbers of other documents. The following rules apply if a document makes reference to page and line numbers of another document:

  • If an amendment or conference committee report states that it is amending the bill with reference to page and line numbers of a specified amendment, refer to the specified amendment.
  • In all other cases:
    • A House amendment to a House bill refers to page and line numbers of the bill as introduced.
    • A Senate amendment to a House bill refers to page and line numbers of the engrossed bill.
    • A Senate amendment to a Senate bill refers to page and line numbers of the bill as introduced.
    • A House amendment to a Senate bill refers to page and line numbers of the engrossed bill.
    • A conference committee report refers to page and line numbers of the engrossed bill.

What is available on this site
This site includes introduced bills and resolutions, adopted amendments, engrossed bills and resolutions, conference committee reports adopted by both the House and the Senate, enrolled bills and resolutions, and re-enrolled bills for the 90th General Assembly (which began in January, 1997 and ended in January, 1999), the 91st General Assembly (which began in January, 1999 and ended in January, 2001), the 92nd General Assembly (which began in January, 2001 and ended in January, 2003), the 93rd General Assembly (which began in January, 2003 and ended in January, 2005), the 94th General Assembly (which began in January, 2005 and ended in January, 2007), the 95th General Assembly (which began in January, 2007 and ended in January, 2009), the 96th General Assembly (which began in January, 2009 and ended in Januray, 2011), the 97th General Assembly (which began in January, 2011 and ended in Januray, 2013), and the 98th General Assembly (which began in January, 2013). During the legislative session, there may be delays in posting recently filed or adopted documents on this site.

Synopses
The synopses appearing above engrossed bills, enrolled bills, and re-enrolled bills do not reflect the contents of those bills as amended. The synopses reflect the contents of bills as originally introduced.

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Disclaimer
This site contains provisions of legislation from databases that were created for the use of the members and staff of the Illinois General Assembly. The provisions have NOT been edited for publication, and are NOT in any sense "official". The accuracy of any specific provision originating from this site cannot be assured, and you are urged to consult the official documents or contact legal counsel of your choice. This site should not be cited as an official or authoritative source.