October Springfield Veto Session Update

The Illinois House of Representatives this week took action to override many pieces of legislation vetoed by the Governor and dealt with new bills brought forth by members for consideration. Below is an overview regarding some of the major bills. Legislators will be back in Springfield for another Veto session November 7th through November 9th. As a reminder to override a Veto issued by the governor it takes 71 votes in the House.

Local Right to Work Zones:
  • Senate Bill 1905 (SB 1905) – Creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State that employers, employees, and their labor organizations are free to bargain collectively. Provides that the authority to enact laws or rules that restrict the use of union security agreements between an employer and a labor organization vests exclusively with the General Assembly. Prohibits local governments from establishing a right to work zone. Those elected officials who do so are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Override failed in the House (70-42).
Credit Reporting Consumer Fees:
  • House Bill 4095 (HB 4095) – Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that a consumer reporting agency may not impose a charge on a consumer for placing a freeze, removing a freeze, or temporarily lifting a freeze. Passed in House (109-0).
Wage Disparity:
  • House Bill 2462 (HB 2462) – Prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer. Override passed in House (80-33).
Workers’ Compensation:
  • House Bill 2622 (HB 2622) – Creates a state-run Workers Compensation Insurance Program. Override failed in House (65-50).
Third Party Contracting:
  • House Bill 3216 (HB 3216) – Provides that notwithstanding any law to the contrary, third-party contracts entered into by the State are permissible only when they are in the best interests of the State. Implements vague and arbitrary guidelines for when a state agency can enter into a third-party contract. Override failed in House (67-47).
Mandatory Teaching of Cursive Writing:
  • House Bill 2977 (HB 2977) – Requires public elementary schools, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, to offer at least one unit of instruction in cursive writing. Students must learn cursive writing before students complete fifth grade. Override passed in House (77-36).
2nd Amendment – Firearms Modifications
  • House Bill 4117 (HB 4117) – Prohibits the knowing sale, manufacture, purchase, possession, or carrying of a trigger modification device. Failed in House (48-54).
Tollway Map Cover Art Contest
Get online and vote! Illinois Tollway Authority is looking for your help in selecting the cover for its 2018 map. From October 27th until Friday, November 3rd the public can choose from 10 semifinalists entries from students. Even if you don’t vote please check out the talent and creativity from these amazing students. For more information about the contest and to vote click here.
2017 Trick-or-Treat Hours
I wish you all a Spooktacular Halloween! For hours in Ogle, Stephenson, and Lee click here. The below times are for Tuesday, October 31st unless a different day is specified. 
Winnebago County
  • Rockford – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Rockton – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Roscoe – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Loves Park – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Machesney Park – 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • South Beloit – 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Cherry Valley – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Durand – 5 to 7 p.m.
  • New Milford – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Pecatonica – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Winnebago – 5 to 8 p.m.
Boone County
  • Belvidere – 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Candlewick Lake – 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
  • Poplar Grove – 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Capron – 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Timberlane – 5 to 8 p.m
  • Caledonia – 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Thank you, Rockford Police Department for the Halloween Safety Tips (English or Spanish).
As always, if you have any questions or comments about the topics discussed in this newsletter, or any other part of state government, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (815) 547-3436 or email me at sosnowski@ilhousegop.org.


Joe Sosnowski

State Representative
69th District