(5 ILCS 315/2.5)
Findings and declarations; court reporters. The General Assembly
(1) It is the public policy of the State of Illinois and the intent of the
General Assembly that State employees, including the Illinois official
certified court reporters, are granted collective bargaining rights as provided
in this Act.
(2) The Illinois Supreme Court in the case of AOIC v. Teamsters 726 ruled
that the Illinois Public Labor Relations Board could not assert jurisdiction
over the Illinois official certified court reporters because the Supreme Court
is their co-employer together with the Chief Judges of each judicial circuit.
(3) As a result of the Supreme Court's decision, the Illinois official
reporters have been denied the labor rights afforded all other State employees,
including the rights
to organize, to obtain recognition of their chosen collective bargaining
representative, and to
negotiate with respect to the wages, terms, and conditions of their employment.
(4) The General Assembly intends to create a statutory framework to allow
official court reporters to enjoy the same collective bargaining and other
labor rights granted to other
(5) Senate Resolution 431 and House Resolution 706, both of the 92nd General
Assembly, were adopted, and in enacting this amendatory Act of the 94th General
General Assembly is implementing the intent of those resolutions.
(Source: P.A. 94-98, eff. 7-1-05.)