A new law sponsored by Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the School Code went into effect on July 12, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB921 on Jan. 25, when Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the School Code".
After debate, the House passed the bill and it arrived in the Senate on March 20, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 16. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on July 12. The law went into effect immediately.
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 HB921.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Katie Stuart
Referred to Rules Committee
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Monica Bristow
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood
Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 013-005-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Karina Villa
Second Reading - Short Debate
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Robyn Gabel
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jay Hoffman
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Will Guzzardi
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Anthony DeLuca
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 106-009-000
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Melinda Bush
Do Pass Education; 011-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 9, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 14, 2019
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III
Third Reading - Passed; 056-000-000
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0046
Effective Date July 12, 2019