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 1        AN ACT concerning the General Assembly.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The  General  Assembly  Compensation  Act  is
 5    amended by changing Section 4 as follows:

 6        (25 ILCS 115/4) (from Ch. 63, par. 15.1)
 7        Sec.  4.  Office allowance.  Beginning July 1, 1989, each
 8    member of the  House  of  Representatives  is  authorized  to
 9    approve the expenditure of not more than $57,000 per year and
10    each  member  of  the  Senate  is  authorized  to approve the
11    expenditure of not more than $67,000  per  year  to  pay  for
12    "personal  services",  "contractual services", "commodities",
13    "printing", "travel", "operation  of  automotive  equipment",
14    "telecommunications   services",  as  defined  in  the  State
15    Finance Act, and the compensation of one or more  legislative
16    assistants authorized pursuant to this Section, in connection
17    with his or her legislative duties and not in connection with
18    any   political  campaign.   A  member  may  purchase  office
19    equipment if the member certifies to  the  Secretary  of  the
20    Senate  or  the  Clerk  of the House, as applicable, that the
21    purchase price, whether paid in  lump  sum  or  installments,
22    amounts  to less than would be charged for renting or leasing
23    the equipment over its anticipated  useful  life.   All  such
24    equipment  must  be  purchased  through  the Secretary of the
25    Senate or the Clerk of the House, as applicable,  for  proper
26    identification and verification of purchase.
27        Each  member  of  the  General  Assembly is authorized to
28    employ one or  more  legislative  assistants,  who  shall  be
29    solely  under  the  direction and control of that member, for
30    the purpose of assisting the member in the performance of his
31    or her official  duties.   A  legislative  assistant  may  be
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 1    employed pursuant to this Section either under contract or as
 2    a  State  employee,  at  the  discretion  of  the member.  If
 3    employed as a State employee, a legislative  assistant  shall
 4    receive  employment benefits on the same terms and conditions
 5    that apply to other employees of the General Assembly.
 6        As used in this  Section  the  term  "personal  services"
 7    shall  include  contributions  of the State under the Federal
 8    Insurance Contribution  Act  and  under  Article  14  of  the
 9    Illinois  Pension  Code.   As  used  in this Section the term
10    "contractual services" shall not include improvements to real
11    property unless those improvements are the obligation of  the
12    lessee under the lease agreement.  Beginning July 1, 1989, as
13    used  in  the  Section, the term "travel" shall be limited to
14    travel in connection with a member's legislative  duties  and
15    not  in  connection  with  any political campaign.  Beginning
16    July 1, 1989, as used in this Section,  the  term  "printing"
17    includes  congratulatory  mailings, including but not limited
18    to greeting or  welcome  messages,  anniversary  or  birthday
19    cards,  and  congratulations for prominent achievement cards.
20    As used in this Section, the term  "printing"  includes  fees
21    for  non-substantive  resolutions charged by the Clerk of the
22    House of Representatives under subsection (c-5) of Section  1
23    of  the  Legislative  Materials Act.  Nothing in this Section
24    shall be construed to authorize expenditures for lodging  and
25    meals  while  a  member  is  in attendance at sessions of the
26    General Assembly.
27        Any utility bill  for  service  provided  to  a  member's
28    district   office  for  a  period  including  portions  of  2
29    consecutive fiscal years may be paid from funds  appropriated
30    for  such expenditure in either fiscal year. Utility services
31    provided to a member's district office may be prepaid  for  a
32    reasonable  advance  period,  but  prepayments may not exceed
33    estimated billings for more  than  6  months  or  beyond  the
34    member's term.
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 1        If   a  vacancy  occurs  in  the  office  of  Senator  or
 2    Representative in the General Assembly, any office  equipment
 3    in  the  possession  of the vacating member shall transfer to
 4    the member's successor; if the successor does not  want  such
 5    equipment,  it  shall  be transferred to the Secretary of the
 6    Senate or Clerk of the House of Representatives, as the  case
 7    may  be,  and  if  not wanted by other members of the General
 8    Assembly  then  to  the  Department  of  Central   Management
 9    Services  for  treatment  as surplus property under the State
10    Property Control Act.  Each member, on or before June 30th of
11    each year,  shall  conduct  an  inventory  of  all  equipment
12    purchased  pursuant  to  this  Act.   Such inventory shall be
13    filed with the Secretary of the Senate or the  Clerk  of  the
14    House,  as  the  case may be.  Whenever a vacancy occurs, the
15    Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of  the  House,  as  the
16    case   may  be,  shall  conduct  an  inventory  of  equipment
17    purchased.
18        In the event that a member leaves office  during  his  or
19    her  term,  any  unexpended  or  unobligated  portion  of the
20    allowance  granted  under  this  Section  shall  lapse.   The
21    vacating member's successor shall be granted an allowance  in
22    an  amount,  rounded  to  the  nearest  dollar,  computed  by
23    dividing  the  annual  allowance  by  365 and multiplying the
24    quotient by the number of days remaining in the fiscal year.
25        From any appropriation for the purposes of  this  Section
26    for  a  fiscal  year  which overlaps 2 General Assemblies, no
27    more than 1/2 of the annual allowance per member may be spent
28    or encumbered  by  any  member  of  either  the  outgoing  or
29    incoming  General  Assembly,  except  that  any member of the
30    incoming General Assembly who was a member  of  the  outgoing
31    General  Assembly  may  encumber  or spend any portion of his
32    annual allowance within the fiscal year.
33        The appropriation for the annual allowances permitted  by
34    this  Section  shall  be  included in an appropriation to the
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 1    President of the Senate and to the Speaker of  the  House  of
 2    Representatives  for their respective members.  The President
 3    of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall voucher  for
 4    payment  individual  members'  expenditures from their annual
 5    office allowances to the State Comptroller,  subject  to  the
 6    authority  of  the  Comptroller  under Section 9 of the State
 7    Comptroller Act.
 8    (Source: P.A. 90-569, eff. 1-28-98.)

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