Bill Status of SB3509  103rd General Assembly

Short Description:  WHISTLEBLOWER ACT

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Cristina Castro - Linda Holmes - Christopher Belt - Javier L. Cervantes, David Koehler, Laura M. Murphy, Michael E. Hastings, Laura Fine, Adriane Johnson, Michael W. Halpin, Mike Porfirio, Ann Gillespie, Celina Villanueva, Mike Simmons, Napoleon Harris, III, Ram Villivalam and Omar Aquino

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  3/15/2024SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

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
  2/9/2024SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Cristina Castro
  2/9/2024SenateFirst Reading
  2/9/2024SenateReferred to Assignments
  2/20/2024SenateAssigned to Executive
  2/21/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. David Koehler
  2/21/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy
  2/21/2024SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Linda Holmes
  2/21/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Michael E. Hastings
  2/21/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura Fine
  2/21/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Adriane Johnson
  2/22/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Michael W. Halpin
  2/22/2024SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Christopher Belt
  2/22/2024SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Javier L. Cervantes
  2/22/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Mike Porfirio
  2/22/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Ann Gillespie
  2/23/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Celina Villanueva
  3/7/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Mike Simmons
  3/14/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Napoleon Harris, III
  3/15/2024SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments
  3/22/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Ram Villivalam
  5/22/2024SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino