Bill Text: IL HB0213 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Chaptered

Bill Title: Creates the School Choice Act. Provides findings and declarations of policy. Establishes the School Choice Program. Provides that under the program the custodian of a qualifying pupil is entitled to a School Choice Scholarship to pay for qualified education expenses at participating nonpublic schools. Requires the principal of each public school to notify custodians of qualifying pupils of the availability of scholarships. Requires custodians to apply to the State Board of Education for a scholarship and provide documentation as to eligibility. Requires the State Board to issue a scholarship to custodians who have made proper application and to honor the scholarship when presented for payment by a nonpublic school. Provides for the amount of a scholarship. Provides that the scholarship may be renewed each year through the 12th grade so long as the pupil and custodian remain eligible. Contains funding provisions. Provides that the amount received under the program shall not be considered base income for purposes of Illinois' income tax. Requires the State Board to submit a report to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2020. Provides criminal penalties for certain violations. Requires the State Board to adopt rules to implement the Act. Repeals the Act on January 1, 2021. Amends the Illinois Lottery Law and the Illinois Income Tax Act to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 14-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-09-08 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0466 [HB0213 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB0213-Chaptered.html

Public Act 100-0466
HB0213 EnrolledLRB100 04142 NHT 14147 b
AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Illinois Lottery Law is amended by changing
Section 2 as follows:
(20 ILCS 1605/2) (from Ch. 120, par. 1152)
Sec. 2. This Act is enacted to implement and establish
within the State a lottery to be conducted by the State through
the Department. The entire net proceeds of the Lottery are to
be used for the support of the State's Common School Fund,
except as provided in subsection (o) of Section 9.1 and
Sections 21.5, 21.6, 21.7, 21.8, and 21.9. The General Assembly
finds that it is in the public interest for the Department to
conduct the functions of the Lottery with the assistance of a
private manager under a management agreement overseen by the
Department. The Department shall be accountable to the General
Assembly and the people of the State through a comprehensive
system of regulation, audits, reports, and enduring
operational oversight. The Department's ongoing conduct of the
Lottery through a management agreement with a private manager
shall act to promote and ensure the integrity, security,
honesty, and fairness of the Lottery's operation and
administration. It is the intent of the General Assembly that
the Department shall conduct the Lottery with the assistance of
a private manager under a management agreement at all times in
a manner consistent with 18 U.S.C. 1307(a)(1), 1307(b)(1),
Beginning with Fiscal Year 2018 and every year thereafter,
any moneys transferred from the State Lottery Fund to the
Common School Fund shall be supplemental to, and not in lieu
of, any other money due to be transferred to the Common School
Fund by law or appropriation.
(Source: P.A. 98-649, eff. 6-16-14; 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)