Bill Text: IL HB0137 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Chaptered

Bill Title: Amends the Governor Transition Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the orderly transition of the office of Governor.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 49-2)

Status: (Passed) 2017-11-16 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0553 [HB0137 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB0137-Chaptered.html

Public Act 100-0553
HB0137 EnrolledLRB100 01842 RJF 11847 b
AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act is
amended by changing Section 25-20 as follows:
(5 ILCS 430/25-20)
Sec. 25-20. Duties of the Legislative Inspector General. In
addition to duties otherwise assigned by law, the Legislative
Inspector General shall have the following duties:
(1) To receive and investigate allegations of
violations of this Act. Except as otherwise provided in
paragraph (1.5), an An investigation may not be initiated
more than one year after the most recent act of the alleged
violation or of a series of alleged violations except where
there is reasonable cause to believe that fraudulent
concealment has occurred. To constitute fraudulent
concealment sufficient to toll this limitations period,
there must be an affirmative act or representation
calculated to prevent discovery of the fact that a
violation has occurred. The Legislative Inspector General
shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate
means of investigation as permitted by law.
(1.5) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the
contrary, the Legislative Inspector General, whether
appointed by the Legislative Ethics Commission or the
General Assembly, may initiate an investigation based on
information provided to the Office of the Legislative
Inspector General or the Legislative Ethics Commission
during the period from December 1, 2014 through November 3,
2017. Any investigation initiated under this paragraph
(1.5) must be initiated within one year after the effective
date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
(2) To request information relating to an
investigation from any person when the Legislative
Inspector General deems that information necessary in
conducting an investigation.
(3) To issue subpoenas, with the advance approval of
the Commission, to compel the attendance of witnesses for
the purposes of testimony and production of documents and
other items for inspection and copying and to make service
of those subpoenas and subpoenas issued under item (7) of
Section 25-15.
(4) To submit reports as required by this Act.
(5) To file pleadings in the name of the Legislative
Inspector General with the Legislative Ethics Commission,
through the Attorney General, as provided in this Article
if the Attorney General finds that reasonable cause exists
to believe that a violation has occurred.
(6) To assist and coordinate the ethics officers for
State agencies under the jurisdiction of the Legislative
Inspector General and to work with those ethics officers.
(7) To participate in or conduct, when appropriate,
multi-jurisdictional investigations.
(8) To request, as the Legislative Inspector General
deems appropriate, from ethics officers of State agencies
under his or her jurisdiction, reports or information on
(i) the content of a State agency's ethics training program
and (ii) the percentage of new officers and employees who
have completed ethics training.
(9) To establish a policy that ensures the appropriate
handling and correct recording of all investigations of
allegations and to ensure that the policy is accessible via
the Internet in order that those seeking to report those
allegations are familiar with the process and that the
subjects of those allegations are treated fairly.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.