A new law sponsored by Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Code of Civil Procedure will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB88 on Dec. 10, 2018, when Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Code of Civil Procedure" and "make a technical change in a section concerning construction of the Code".
After debate, the House passed the bill and it arrived in the Senate on April 11, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 21. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on July 29. The law is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Illinois legislature enacts laws through bills that can be introduced in either the state House of Representatives or the state Senate. Either chamber of the legislature can reject or amend a bill before it becomes law. Legislators sometimes sponsor "shell bills" devoid of substantive provisions, introduced with the intention of being amended later to include actual legislation.
The following table shows the full history of actions on HB88.
Prefiled with Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Madigan
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Executive Committee
Do Pass / Short Debate Executive Committee; 007-005-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate **
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Will Guzzardi
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Judiciary - Civil Committee
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Will Guzzardi
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Judiciary - Civil Committee; 012-000-000
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Will Guzzardi
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
Second Reading - Short Debate
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Theresa Mah
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Allen Skillicorn
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 113-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. John J. Cullerton
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
Alternate Chief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 7, 2019
Do Pass Judiciary; 009-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 14, 2019
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino
Third Reading - Passed; 055-000-000
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0168
Effective Date January 1, 2020