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The mission of the Legislative Committee is to advocate for the interests of HCAA members to our area legislators and keep HCAA members informed about pertinent legislative activities.

Goals for 2021

  • Stay informed of news related to pension and health care for retirees.
  • Observe Governor Pritzker’s approach to state issues.
  • Meet with local officials, especially those who are newly elected, to share information about the HCAA organization.

Committee: Linda Kolbusz-Kosan, Michael Nejman (Interim Chair), Steve Catlin, Linda Frank


Please select the Report Heading to view the details of the report.


September 2021, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News Highlights

  • A study from the PEWS Charitable Trusts found that the state’s pension systems are “stable,” in that they are in their best position since the recession of 2008, primarily due to a high return on investments.  However, the problem of underfunding is still a very real concern.
  • A large part of the 65% increase in Illinois property taxes over the last 20 years is due to the need for homeowners to cover more of the costs of the pension debt.  Illinois property taxes are currently 6th highest in the nation.
  • The Primary election, which normally takes place in the spring, won’t be held until June 28, 2022.

May 2021, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

March 2021, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News Highlights

  • Governor Pritzker cut $700 million in spending via executive action from the FY 2021 budget.  The FY 2022 budget spends $1.8 billion less than FY 2021.
  • U.S. Representative was elected as State Democratic Party chairperson, replacing Mike Madigan, and Angie Guerrero-Cuellar replaced him as the State Representative from the 22nd District.
  • Local elections will be held on April 6th.  Three Harper Board of Trustees incumbents’ positions are up for re-election, 4 people are running for those seats. 

January 2021, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News Highlights

  • What are the financial woes ahead for community colleges?
  • Can free community college unite a divided U.S.?
  • Big change in Illinois General Assembly ends historic reign


November 2020, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News Highlights

Fair Tax Amendment proposal:  The proposal failed to pass on Election Day, with 55% of voters voting NO, and 45% voting YES.  This will create an estimated $1.3 billion gap in funds that the governor had hoped for, as well as a potential loss of $5 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds that might not materialize.  Although revenue has been $2.2 billion higher than had been projected, this leaves the state with a $3.9 billion shortfall which may need to be addressed with a 6.5-15% cut in departments and services.

Redistricting:  The legislators serving in the 102nd General Assembly will play a role in the once-in-a-decade process of drawing new boundaries for Congressional districts based on population shifts and census results.

Ballot Counting:  The State Board of Elections certifies the results from local elections on December 4th.

Leadership Changes:  The members of the 102nd General Assembly will officially elect the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, and the Minority Leader for each chamber.  A Senate Republican caucus has informally selected Senator Dan McConchie, while House Minority Leader Jim Durkin has secured a majority of the votes of his caucus.  Senate President Don Harmon is not expecting a challenge, however, there are a number of voices calling for Mike Madigan to resign his role as Speaker of the House, primarily due to an ongoing investigation, and his lack of leadership in promoting the Fair Tax Amendment proposal.

Failed Retention of Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride:  has not happened in the 65 years since Illinois adopted the retention process.  The vacancy will be filled by the Supreme Court.

October 2020, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News Highlights

News Highlights from SUAA

  • Since the 2019 Fall Meeting, thanks to SUAA’s efforts, the state deposited $35 million into the College Insurance Program (CIP) to pay some of the backlog of medical bills for providers of community college retirees.
  • Approval of the election of the new President, Treasurer, and representatives from Regions 1, 2, and 3.
  • View Full Report for more details.

September 2020, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News Highlights

  • Remember to vote!
  • The federal fiscal year is October 1 to September 30. Government shutdown could occur if Congress doesn’t pass a funding deal soon.

July 2020, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News at State Level Highlights

  • State budget passed. Budget is heavily reliant on federal assistance because of revenue lost to COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and social interaction.
  • The Governor has been promoting the Graduated (Fair) Tax Amendment that will be voted on in November and hopes to change the Illinois constitution which currently has a flat income tax.

May 2020, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

February 2020, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

January 2020, HCAA Legislative Committee Report


October 2019, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

September 2019, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

June 2019, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

April 2019, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News at State Level Highlights

  • Governor Pritzker is actively negotiating to find monies to address the pension debt.  Under consideration is a graduated income tax, a motor fuel tax, legalizing sports betting and sale of cannabis.
  • Discussion continues on the 3% Rule and how it impacts Higher Education.  It is currently sitting in committee and needs to be called for a vote.  Consider contacting your legislators.  Linda Brookhart asks that folks impacted by the 3% limit send her an email about their situation so she can present real life cases to educate legislators.

News at Local Level Highlights

  • Plans are underway for the legislative team to visit Jeff Julian, Executive Director of Communication and Kim Pohl, Media Relations and Legislative Affairs Manager. The team also plans to visit Fred Crespo, new assistant majority leader in the State House, and our new Harper College President, Dr. Avis Proctor.

News from SUAA Highlights

  • You may have received communications from the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) urging you to end your automatic deductions for union dues or dues to retirement organizations.  SUAA states that this letter was sent without the knowledge or consent of SUAA or SURS.  SURS does not support this effort and states that it is harmful to bargaining units.
  • A new representative from a university is needed for Region 1. Karl Harrison’s (GSU) term is up in June.  Pat Wenthold has one year remaining as a community college representative.

February 2019, HCAA Legislative Committee Report

News at State Level Highlights

  • The pension debt issue will most likely be pushed forward during this session.
  • State Senator Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, proposed Senate Bill 179 that would set aside $50 million for SIU to construct a campus in downtown Springfield.

News from SUAA Highlights

  • State Bill 0060 and House Bill 0350 – 3% salary limitation
    • 6% rule changed to 3% (except for certain contracts and collective bargaining agreements)
    • Ends the 6% rule and 3% rule for Tier II Hybrid Plan members and Tier II Defined Benefit members who first participate in SURS after the implementation of the optional Hybrid Plan
    • Summary: These bills are an attempt to ‘reset’ the salary limitation back to 6%.  The current salary limitation began in January 2018.

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