Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act. Provides that nothing in the Act is intended to impair any existing right or benefit available to any service member. Provides that certain legal protections afforded to service members (and family members where specified) are subject to stated provisions of law. Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act to set forth a provision concerning stays of contested case hearings for service members. Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois to set forth a provision concerning deadline extensions for service members. Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois to make changes to the provision concerning bulk long distance telephone services for military personnel in military service (now on active duty). Amends the Military Code of Illinois, Illinois Municipal Code, Illinois Insurance Code, Public Utilities Act, Service Member's Employment Tenure Act, Code of Civil Procedure, Landlord and Tenant Act, Uniform Commercial Code, Interest Act, Retail Installment Sales Act, Military Personnel Cellular Phone Contract Termination Act, and Motor Vehicle Leasing Act to make changes in certain provisions concerning military personnel. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to provide that a violation of specified provisions regarding legal protections for military personnel constitutes a civil rights violation under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 In the provision of the Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act concerning the stoppage of gas or electricity and arrearages with regard to municipalities, electric companies, or cooperatives, provides that in order to be eligible for the benefits granted to service members under the provision, a service member must provide the company or electric cooperative with a copy of the orders calling the service member to military service, or copies of orders further extending the service member's period of service, and claim hardship. Provides that in order to establish a hardship, the primary occupant must demonstrate to the company or electric cooperative's satisfaction that as a service member his or her military service has materially and currently affected his or her ability to pay for such services when due and that in the event the service member no longer claims to be the primary occupant of the residential premises or the customer account of record changes, then the company or electric cooperative may enforce all applicable rules, regulations, and tariffs. Sets forth a definition for "primary occupant". Further amends the various Acts in the bill to make changes in the definition of "military service" and to provide that in order for a service member to be eligible for certain benefits or exercise certain rights, the service member must demonstrate that his or her military service has been in excess of 29 consecutive days. Makes a technical change.