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Public Act 101-0233


 

Public Act 0233 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 101-0233
 
HB0814 EnrolledLRB101 00253 RJF 45257 b

    AN ACT concerning government.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Open Meetings Act is amended by changing
Section 1.05 as follows:
 
    (5 ILCS 120/1.05)
    Sec. 1.05. Training.
    (a) Every public body shall designate employees, officers,
or members to receive training on compliance with this Act.
Each public body shall submit a list of designated employees,
officers, or members to the Public Access Counselor. Within 6
months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the
96th General Assembly, the designated employees, officers, and
members must successfully complete an electronic training
curriculum, developed and administered by the Public Access
Counselor, and thereafter must successfully complete an annual
training program. Thereafter, whenever a public body
designates an additional employee, officer, or member to
receive this training, that person must successfully complete
the electronic training curriculum within 30 days after that
designation.
    (b) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, each
elected or appointed member of a public body subject to this
Act who is such a member on the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly must successfully
complete the electronic training curriculum developed and
administered by the Public Access Counselor. For these members,
the training must be completed within one year after the
effective date of this amendatory Act.
    Except as otherwise provided in this Section, each elected
or appointed member of a public body subject to this Act who
becomes such a member after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly shall successfully
complete the electronic training curriculum developed and
administered by the Public Access Counselor. For these members,
the training must be completed not later than the 90th day
after the date the member:
        (1) takes the oath of office, if the member is required
    to take an oath of office to assume the person's duties as
    a member of the public body; or
        (2) otherwise assumes responsibilities as a member of
    the public body, if the member is not required to take an
    oath of office to assume the person's duties as a member of
    the governmental body.
    Each member successfully completing the electronic
training curriculum shall file a copy of the certificate of
completion with the public body.
    Completing the required training as a member of the public
body satisfies the requirements of this Section with regard to
the member's service on a committee or subcommittee of the
public body and the member's ex officio service on any other
public body.
    The failure of one or more members of a public body to
complete the training required by this Section does not affect
the validity of an action taken by the public body.
    An elected or appointed member of a public body subject to
this Act who has successfully completed the training required
under this subsection (b) and filed a copy of the certificate
of completion with the public body is not required to
subsequently complete the training required under this
subsection (b).
    (c) An elected school board member may satisfy the training
requirements of this Section by participating in a course of
training sponsored or conducted by an organization created
under Article 23 of the School Code. The course of training
shall include, but not be limited to, instruction in:
        (1) the general background of the legal requirements
    for open meetings;
        (2) the applicability of this Act to public bodies;
        (3) procedures and requirements regarding quorums,
    notice, and record-keeping under this Act;
        (4) procedures and requirements for holding an open
    meeting and for holding a closed meeting under this Act;
    and
        (5) penalties and other consequences for failing to
    comply with this Act.
    If an organization created under Article 23 of the School
Code provides a course of training under this subsection (c),
it must provide a certificate of course completion to each
school board member who successfully completes that course of
training.
    (d) A commissioner of a drainage district may satisfy the
training requirements of this Section by participating in a
course of training sponsored or conducted by an organization
that represents the drainage districts created under the
Illinois Drainage Code. The course of training shall include,
but not be limited to, instruction in:
        (1) the general background of the legal requirements
    for open meetings;
        (2) the applicability of this Act to public bodies;
        (3) procedures and requirements regarding quorums,
    notice, and record-keeping under this Act;
        (4) procedures and requirements for holding an open
    meeting and for holding a closed meeting under this Act;
    and
        (5) penalties and other consequences for failing to
    comply with this Act.
    If an organization that represents the drainage districts
created under the Illinois Drainage Code provides a course of
training under this subsection (d), it must provide a
certificate of course completion to each commissioner who
successfully completes that course of training.
    (e) A director of a soil and water conservation district
may satisfy the training requirements of this Section by
participating in a course of training sponsored or conducted by
an organization that represents soil and water conservation
districts created under the Soil and Water Conservation
Districts Act. The course of training shall include, but not be
limited to, instruction in:
        (1) the general background of the legal requirements
    for open meetings;
        (2) the applicability of this Act to public bodies;
        (3) procedures and requirements regarding quorums,
    notice, and record-keeping under this Act;
        (4) procedures and requirements for holding an open
    meeting and for holding a closed meeting under this Act;
    and
        (5) penalties and other consequences for failing to
    comply with this Act.
    If an organization that represents the soil and water
conservation districts created under the Soil and Water
Conservation Districts Act provides a course of training under
this subsection (e), it must provide a certificate of course
completion to each director who successfully completes that
course of training.
    (f) An elected or appointed member of a public body of a
park district, forest preserve district, or conservation
district may satisfy the training requirements of this Section
by participating in a course of training sponsored or conducted
by an organization that represents the park districts created
in the Park District Code. The course of training shall
include, but not be limited to, instruction in:
        (1) the general background of the legal requirements
    for open meetings;
        (2) the applicability of this Act to public bodies;
        (3) procedures and requirements regarding quorums,
    notice, and record-keeping under this Act;
        (4) procedures and requirements for holding an open
    meeting and for holding a closed meeting under this Act;
    and
        (5) penalties and other consequences for failing to
    comply with this Act.
    If an organization that represents the park districts
created in the Park District Code provides a course of training
under this subsection (f), it must provide a certificate of
course completion to each elected or appointed member of a
public body who successfully completes that course of training.
    (g) An elected or appointed member of a public body of a
municipality may satisfy the training requirements of this
Section by participating in a course of training sponsored or
conducted by an organization that represents municipalities as
designated in Section 1-8-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code. The
course of training shall include, but not be limited to,
instruction in:
        (1) the general background of the legal requirements
    for open meetings;
        (2) the applicability of this Act to public bodies;
        (3) procedures and requirements regarding quorums,
    notice, and record-keeping under this Act;
        (4) procedures and requirements for holding an open
    meeting and for holding a closed meeting under this Act;
    and
        (5) penalties and other consequences for failing to
    comply with this Act.
    If an organization that represents municipalities as
designated in Section 1-8-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code
provides a course of training under this subsection (g), it
must provide a certificate of course completion to each elected
or appointed member of a public body who successfully completes
that course of training.
(Source: P.A. 97-504, eff. 1-1-12; 97-1153, eff. 1-25-13;
98-900, eff. 8-15-14.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2020