2024 End of Session Report

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session on Wednesday morning at about 5:00 am CST. What was a hectic and chaotic session ended in similar fashion as the final bill of the FY2025 appropriations package took over two debate hours and three attempts to pass the House of Representatives only with the bare minimum number…

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HB 4491 passed House and Senate

VICTORY!!! House Bill 4491 (the open/close bill) has passed the Illinois House and Senate! The bill will now be sent to the Governor’s desk for approval before becoming a law. Once signed, the language clarifies this is effective immediately, and we will update you when this happens. We would like to thank Representative Faver Dias…

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Legislative Update

This afternoon, the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 in favor of HB 4412. This legislation authorizes providers to find their own third-party vendor to conduct fingerprinting. During the summer, ILDOCC worked with Representative Vella on issues relating to childcare. One important topic that he wanted to work on was the time it is taking for clearances…

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Legislative Update

Another celebration for childcare centers!! This afternoon, an amendment to HB 4491 was filed in the Senate and passed committee with full support. Read the full language of the bill as amended below: HB 4491 – Through June 30, 2029, either a qualified child care director, as described in 89 Ill. Adm. Code 407.130, or a qualified…

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HB 4491 passed the Illinois House!!

This afternoon, the Illinois house voted 110-0 in favor of HB 4491, which allows for staffing flexibility the first and last hour of the day!!! This is a HUGE WIN for childcare, and we want to take some time to thank Representative Faver Dias for sponsoring this bill and spending countless hours working with ILDOCC…

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New state agency passed by the House

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, the Illinois House fully passed the development of a new state agency for early childhood. The Department of Early Childhood (DEC) will take over all areas of early childhood including: licensing for childcare, Early Childhood Block Grants, subsidizing childcare, home visiting, and Early Intervention. The legislation, Senate Bill 1, provides…

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