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 Bill Status of HB5561  103rd General Assembly

Short Description:  WHISTLEBLOWER ACT

House Sponsors
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. - Curtis J. Tarver, II, Theresa Mah, Hoan Huynh, Terra Costa Howard, Daniel Didech, Yolonda Morris, Laura Faver Dias, Barbara Hernandez and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/17/2024HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
740 ILCS 174/5
740 ILCS 174/15
740 ILCS 174/20
740 ILCS 174/20.1
740 ILCS 174/20.2
740 ILCS 174/25
740 ILCS 174/30
740 ILCS 174/31 new

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Whistleblower Act. Changes the definitions of "employer" and "employee". Defines "adverse employment action", "public body", "retaliatory action", and "supervisor". Provides that an employer may not take retaliatory action against an employee who discloses or threatens to disclose information about an activity, policy, or practice of the employer that the employee has a good faith belief that such activity, policy, or practice violates a State or federal law, rule, or regulation or poses a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. Includes additional relief, damages, and penalties for violation of the Act. Allows the Attorney General to initiate or intervene in a civil action to obtain appropriate relief if the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that any person or entity is engaged in a practice prohibited by the Act. Provides that the changes made by the amendatory Act apply to claims arising or complaints filed on or after January 1, 2025. Effective January 1, 2025.

DateChamber Action
  2/9/2024HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
  2/9/2024HouseFirst Reading
  2/9/2024HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/5/2024HouseAssigned to Judiciary - Civil Committee
  3/12/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Theresa Mah
  3/12/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Hoan Huynh
  3/12/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Terra Costa Howard
  3/12/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Didech
  3/13/2024HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II
  3/13/2024HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Judiciary - Civil Committee; 010-004-000
  3/13/2024HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  3/14/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Yolonda Morris
  3/20/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Laura Faver Dias
  4/5/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
  4/5/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/10/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Hernandez
  4/15/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Judiciary - Civil Committee
  4/16/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Judiciary - Civil Committee; 009-005-000
  4/16/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
  4/16/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/17/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
  4/17/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
  4/17/2024HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/17/2024HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate

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