(5 ILCS 315/6.1)
    Sec. 6.1. Gubernatorial designation of certain public employment positions as excluded from collective bargaining.
    (a) Notwithstanding any provision of this Act to the contrary, except subsections (e) and (f) of this Section, the Governor is authorized to designate up to 3,580 State employment positions collectively within State agencies directly responsible to the Governor, and, upon designation, those positions and employees in those positions, if any, are hereby excluded from the self-organization and collective bargaining provisions of Section 6 of this Act. Only those employment positions that have been certified in a bargaining unit on or after December 2, 2008, that have a pending petition for certification in a bargaining unit on April 5, 2013 (the effective date of Public Act 97-1172), or that neither have been certified in a bargaining unit on or after December 2, 2008 nor have a pending petition for certification in a bargaining unit on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly are eligible to be designated by the Governor under this Section. The Governor may not designate under this Section, however, more than 1,900 employment positions that have been certified in a bargaining unit on or after December 2, 2008.
    (b) In order to properly designate a State employment position under this Section, the Governor shall provide in writing to the Board: the job title and job duties of the employment position; the name of the State employee currently in the employment position, if any; the name of the State agency employing the public employee; and the category under which the position qualifies for designation under this Section.
    To qualify for designation under this Section, the employment position must meet one or more of the following requirements:
        (1) it must authorize an employee in that position to
    
act as a legislative liaison;
        (2) it must have a title of, or authorize a person
    
who holds that position to exercise substantially similar duties as an, Agency General Counsel, Agency Chief of Staff, Agency Executive Director, Agency Deputy Director, Agency Chief Fiscal Officer, Agency Human Resources Director, Senior Public Service Administrator, Public Information Officer, or Chief Information Officer;
        (3) it must be a Rutan-exempt, as designated by the
    
employer, position and completely exempt from jurisdiction B of the Personnel Code;
        (4) it must be a term appointed position pursuant to
    
Section 8b.18 or 8b.19 of the Personnel Code; or
        (5) it must authorize an employee in that position to
    
have significant and independent discretionary authority as an employee.
    Within 60 days after the Governor makes a designation under this Section, the Board shall determine, in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of due process, whether the designation comports with the requirements of this Section.
    (c) For the purposes of this Section, a person has significant and independent discretionary authority as an employee if he or she (i) is engaged in executive and management functions of a State agency and charged with the effectuation of management policies and practices of a State agency or represents management interests by taking or recommending discretionary actions that effectively control or implement the policy of a State agency or (ii) qualifies as a supervisor of a State agency as that term is defined under Section 152 of the National Labor Relations Act or any orders of the National Labor Relations Board interpreting that provision or decisions of courts reviewing decisions of the National Labor Relations Board.
    (d) The Governor must exercise the authority afforded under this Section within 365 calendar days after April 5, 2013 (the effective date of Public Act 97-1172). Any designation made by the Governor under this Section shall be presumed to have been properly made.
    If the Governor chooses not to designate a position under this Section, then that decision does not preclude a State agency from otherwise challenging the certification of that position under this Act.
    The qualifying categories set forth in paragraphs (1) through (5) of subsection (b) of this Section are operative and function solely within this Section and do not expand or restrict the scope of any other provision contained in this Act.
    (e) The provisions of this Section do not apply to any employee who is employed by a public employer and who is classified as, or holds the employment title of, Chief Stationary Engineer, Assistant Chief Stationary Engineer, Sewage Plant Operator, Water Plant Operator, Stationary Engineer, Plant Operating Engineer, and any employee who holds the position of: Civil Engineer V, Civil Engineer VI, Civil Engineer VII, Technical Manager I, Technical Manager II, Technical Manager III, Technical Manager IV, Technical Manager V, Technical Manager VI, Realty Specialist III, Realty Specialist IV, Realty Specialist V, Technical Advisor I, Technical Advisor II, Technical Advisor III, Technical Advisor IV, or Technical Advisor V employed by the Department of Transportation who is in a position which is certified in a bargaining unit on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    (f) The provisions of this Section also do not apply to any mental health administrator in the Department of Corrections who is classified as or who holds the position of Public Service Administrator (Option 8K), any employee of the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Human Services who is classified as or who holds the position of Public Service Administrator (Option 7), any Deputy of Intelligence in the Department of Corrections who is classified as or who holds the position of Public Service Administrator (Option 7), or any employee of the Department of State Police who handles issues concerning the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registry and who is classified as or holds the position of Public Service Administrator (Option 7).
(Source: P.A. 97-1172, eff. 4-5-13; 98-100, eff. 7-19-13.)