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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2004

Governor Signs Bills Into Law

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed into law today 6 bills.
 
Bill No.:  SB 857                             
An Act Concerning:  Financial Regulation             
Description:  Amends the Illinois Credit Union Act.  Modifies the regulatory fee rates that a credit union pays to the Department based upon the credit union’s total assets as shown by its Year-end Call Report.  Modifies the minimum regulatory fees that a credit union pays to the Department each calendar year.
Action:  Approved                   
Effective Date:  Effective immediately
 
Bill No.:  HB 2654                     
An Act Concerning:  FY04 Budget Implementation                
Description:  Amends the State Finance Act.  Provides that on July 1, 2002 and on the
effective date of this amendatory Act (now, only on July 1, 2002), or as soon thereafter as may be practical, the State Comptroller shall direct and the State Treasurer shall transfer the sum of $1,200,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Violence Prevention Fund.                 
Action:  Approved        
Effective Date:  Effective immediately           
 
Bill No.:  HB 2657                                 
An Act Concerning:  Human Services                
Description:  Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code.  Proposed legislation contains necessary language granting DHS/DPA the statutory authority to implement the 4% COLA for the ICF/DD providers, however the Public Aid code contained language prohibiting the department from increasing the rates for such services.       
Action:  Approved        
Effective Date:  Effective immediately           
 
Bill No.:  HB 2659                     
An Act Concerning:  General Obligation Bond Act              
Description:  Amends the General Obligation Bond Act.  Increases the authorized
amount of anti-pollution bonds by $19,000,000.                    
Action:  Approved        
Effective Date:  Effective immediately
 
Bill No.:  SB 1935                     
An Act Concerning:  Human Services                
Description:  Provides the TANF block grant funds designated by the Illinois Department of Human Services as reimbursed for expenditures made by the Illinois Department of Revenue for the refundable portion of the earned income tax credit shall be deposited into the Income Tax Refund Fund.                 
Action:  Approved        
Effective Date:  Effective immediately
 
Bill No.:  SB 526                             
An Act Concerning:  Zoos            
Description:  Amends the Forest Preserve Zoological Parks Act.  Provides that the zoo must be open without charge a total number of days, to be scheduled at any time during the calendar year, equivalent to at least one day for each 7 days the zoological park is open during the calendar year (now, at least one day each week).  Allows the managing authority of the zoological park to limit the number of school groups that may attend the zoo on any given day and to establish other rules and regulation that reasonably ensure public safety, accessibility, and convenience, including without limitation standards of conduct and supervision.                
Action:  Approved
Effective Date:  Effective immediately
 


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