A new law sponsored by Rep. Mark L. Walker (D-53) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB1553 on Jan. 29, when Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Juvenile Court Act of 1987".
After debate, the House passed the bill on March 28 and it arrived in the Senate on April 3, 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 23. 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 HB1553.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
Referred to Rules Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Karina Villa
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Didech
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Delia C. Ramirez
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Robyn Gabel
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Theresa Mah
Assigned to Adoption & Child Welfare Committee
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Celina Villanueva
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Bob Morgan
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Adoption & Child Welfare Committee
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Adoption & Child Welfare Committee; by Voice Vote
Do Pass as Amended / Short Debate Adoption & Child Welfare Committee; 011-001-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Anna Moeller
Second Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Deb Conroy
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Ann M. Williams
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Gregory Harris
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sam Yingling
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. John C. D'Amico
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Martin J. Moylan
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. AndrÃ© Thapedi
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Anne Stava-Murray
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Will Guzzardi
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Joyce Mason
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mark L. Walker
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Natalie A. Manley
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 087-018-002
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Cristina Castro
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 9, 2019
Do Pass Judiciary; 010-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 17, 2019
Third Reading - Passed; 047-003-001
Effective Date January 1, 2020
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0121