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Amends the School Code. Replaces provisions concerning State goals and assessment. Requires the State Board of Education to establish the academic standards that are to be applicable to students who are subject to State assessments, with public participation. Provides that (i) beginning no later than the 2014-2015 school year, the State Board shall annually assess all students enrolled in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and mathematics; (ii) beginning no later than the 2017-2018 school year, the State Board shall annually assess all students in science at one grade in grades 3 through 5, at one grade in grades 6 through 9, and at one grade in grades 10 through 12; and (iii) the State Board shall annually assess schools that operate a secondary education program in English language arts and mathematics. Provides that the State Board shall administer no more than 3 assessments, per student, of English language arts and mathematics for students in a secondary education program and one of these assessments shall include a college and career ready determination. Provides that students who are not assessed for college and career ready determinations may not receive a regular high school diploma unless the student is exempted from taking State assessments. Sets forth provisions concerning students receiving special education services and students determined to have limited English proficiency, results of scores, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and local assessments. Makes related changes. Effective July 1, 2014.
Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a reduction for improvements to foreclosed property. Provides that the assessed value of those improvements shall be reduced 10% of the equalized assessed value of the improvements on June 30, 2012. Provides that the reduction shall be for a period of 5 years, and is subject to certain conditions. Effective immediately.
Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that upon the filing of an eviction action, the clerk of the circuit court shall immediately seal the court file and mail a specified notice to the defendants in the action. Provides that the clerk shall unseal the file after 30 days after the entry of an eviction order under specified circumstances. Provides that unsealed files shall be re-sealed no later than 5 years after the eviction action was filed or by order of the court. Restricts access to a sealed court record to specified persons. Provides that the clerk of the circuit court shall maintain a record in the aggregate of the number of for-cause and not-for-cause eviction actions, and a count of the final dispositions of for-cause and not-for-cause eviction actions. Restricts the dissemination of any information contained in a sealed court file and provides that certain violations of the restrictions constitute an unlawful practice under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Makes a corresponding change in the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
Creates the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act. Defines terms. Provides that, with exceptions, a landlord shall not require disclosure of, disclose, intimidate, harass, or evict a tenant on the basis of a person’s immigration or citizenship status. Provides that an oral or written warning notice or explanation, given in good faith, regarding the applicable rental agreement, rules, regulations, lease, or law is not a violation of the Act. Provides that the Act does not enlarge or diminish a landlord’s right to terminate a tenancy pursuant to existing State or local law; nor does the Act enlarge or diminish any ability of local government to regulate or enforce a prohibition against a landlord’s harassment of a tenant. Provides that waiver of a right under the Act by a tenant, occupant, or person known to the landlord to be associated with a tenant or occupant is void as a matter of public policy. Provides remedies. Provides that an action for injunctive relief may be brought by a nonprofit organization. Provides that in a civil action involving a tenant’s or occupant’s housing rights, no inquiry shall be permitted into the tenant’s or occupant’s immigration or citizenship status, with exceptions. Contains a severability clause. Amends the Eviction Article of the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that it is an affirmative defense to an eviction that a landlord engaged in conduct prohibited under the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act. Amends the Mobile Home Landlord and Tenant Rights Act. Provides that an eviction order may not be entered against a tenant as a reprisal for a tenant’s efforts to secure remedies under the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act. Effective immediately.