HB 5561

  • Illinois House Bill
  • 103rd Regular Session
  • Introduced in House May 14, 2024
  • Passed House May 14, 2024
  • Passed Senate May 23, 2024
  • Governor

Whistleblower Act

Abstract

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. House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adds reference to: 740 ILCS 174/32 new Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the bill as introduced with these changes. Changes the definition of "adverse employment action", "employer", and what is excluded from the definition of "retaliatory action". Changes the damages and penalties for an employee. Provides that the employee may be awarded interest on back pay of 9% per annum for up to 90 calendar days from the date the complaint is filed, liquidated damages of up to $10,000, and a civil penalty of $10,000. Makes it a defense for any action brought under the Act if the retaliatory action was predicated solely upon grounds other then the employee's exercise of any rights protected under this Act. Authorizes additional remedies that the Attorney General may pursue for violations of the Act. House Floor Amendment No. 2 Makes technical and grammatical changes.

Bill Sponsors (29)

Votes


Actions


Jun 21, 2024

House

Sent to the Governor

May 26, 2024

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel

May 25, 2024

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III

May 24, 2024

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Mary Edly-Allen

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Adriane Johnson

May 23, 2024

House

Passed Both Houses

Senate

Third Reading - Passed; 044-015-000

May 22, 2024

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino

Senate

Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Mike Simmons

Senate

Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 23, 2024

Senate

Second Reading

Senate

Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 22, 2024

Senate

Do Pass Executive; 011-002-000

Senate

Waive Posting Notice

May 21, 2024

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Javier L. Cervantes

May 20, 2024

Senate

Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As May 24, 2024

Senate

Assigned to Executive

May 17, 2024

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy

Senate

Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Linda Holmes

May 16, 2024

Senate

Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Mike Porfirio

May 15, 2024

Senate

First Reading

Senate

Referred to Assignments

Senate

Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Cristina Castro

May 14, 2024

House

Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Edgar Gonzalez, Jr.

House

House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 005-000-000

House

House Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 005-000-000

House

House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted

House

House Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted

House

Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate

House

Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit

House

Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly

House

Chief Co-Sponsor Changed to Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit

House

Chief Co-Sponsor Changed to Rep. Camille Y. Lilly

House

Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Abdelnasser Rashid

House

Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 071-038-000

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary Beth Canty

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Will Guzzardi

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Nabeela Syed

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Maura Hirschauer

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Edgar Gonzalez, Jr.

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kevin John Olickal

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Anne Stava-Murray

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Norma Hernandez

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Natalie A. Manley

House

Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Kevin John Olickal

House

Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Anne Stava-Murray

House

Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Norma Hernandez

House

Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Natalie A. Manley

Senate

Arrive in Senate

Senate

Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading

Apr 30, 2024

House

Approved for Consideration Rules Committee; 005-000-000

House

Third Reading Deadline Extended-Rule May 24, 2024

House

Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate

Apr 19, 2024

House

Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

House

House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

House

House Floor Amendment No. 2 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

Apr 17, 2024

House

House Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000

House

Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate

House

Second Reading - Short Debate

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

Apr 16, 2024

House

House Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee

House

House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Judiciary - Civil Committee; 009-005-000

House

House Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.

Apr 15, 2024

House

House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Judiciary - Civil Committee

Apr 10, 2024

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Hernandez

Apr 05, 2024

House

House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee

House

House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.

Mar 20, 2024

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Laura Faver Dias

Mar 14, 2024

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Yolonda Morris

Mar 13, 2024

House

Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary - Civil Committee; 010-004-000

House

Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II

House

Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate

Mar 12, 2024

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Terra Costa Howard

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Hoan Huynh

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Theresa Mah

House

Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Didech

Mar 05, 2024

House

Assigned to Judiciary - Civil Committee

Feb 09, 2024

House

Referred to Rules Committee

House

Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.

House

First Reading

Bill Text

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House Amendment 001 HTML PDF
House Amendment 002 HTML PDF

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