News from the ITA

February 9, 2018


 Legislative Update

The House and seante were in Session this week, but little action was taken on bills the ITA is tracking. The Seante State Govenrment Committe adopted SR 1196 (T. Cullerton) Support Net Neutrality. Senate Resolution 1196 urges the United States Congress and President Trump's administration to advocate for the permanent adoption of net neutrality rules that keep the Internet free and open.

Schedules with key dates and deadlines for the spring session can be found on the House and Senate calendars. The bill introduction deadline is February 16. A summary and the status of all the key bills the ITA is tracking or working on may be found on the ITA website under Advocacy-Legislative Affairs-2018 Legislation.

The House canceled the Economic Opportunity Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 13. House Bill 4081, which the ITA and the business community are opposing was the only bill posted for the committee hearing:


HB 4081 (Halpin) Call Center Worker & Consumer Protection Act - House Bill 4081 requires any business employing 50 or more persons in customer service or back-office operations (or 50 or more employees who in the aggregate work at least 1500 hours/week) that intends to relocate a call center to another state or foreign country would have to notify the State Treasurer 120 days prior to the relocation. A violation is subject to a civil penalty up to $10,000 each day of such violation. The State Treasurer shall compile a semiannual list of all employers that relocate a call center from Illinois to another state or foreign country and post list on its website June 30 each year. An employer that appears on the list:

  • is ineligible for any state grants or state guaranteed loans for 5 years
  • shall remit the unamortized value of any grant, guaranteed loans, tax benefits or any other government support it previously received to the State Treasure

State agencies must ensure all state-business-related call center and customer service work be performed by state contractors or their agents or subcontractors entirely within the state. State contractors who currently preform such work outside the state have 2 years from the effective date of the laws to comply, but any new customer service employees hired must immediately be employed within the state. The ITA Opposes this legislation.

Governor Rauner will give his annual Budget Address to the General Assembly Wednesday, February 14.

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