The bill sponsored by State Senator Pam Althoff that codifies the Illinois Supreme Court decision on the District 155 Crystal Lake South High School bleacher case has been sent to Govenror Bruce Rauner.
Here’s what it did as it left the State Senate:
Provides that a school district is subject to and its school board must comply with any valid local government zoning ordinance or resolution that applies where the pertinent part of the building, structure, or site owned by the school district is located (instead of where the pertinent part of the school district is located).
Amends the Counties Code, Township Code, and Illinois Municipal Code.
Provides that, with respect to school districts, a county, township, or municipality shall act in a reasonable manner that neither regulates educational activities nor frustrates a school district’s statutory duties.
Provides that, in processing zoning applications from school districts, a county, township, or municipality shall make reasonable efforts to streamline the zoning application and review process for the school board and minimize the administrative burdens involved in the zoning review process.
There was one House amendment that does the following:
Provides that a unit of local government must streamline the zoning application and review process for a public school district by reducing application fees and other costs associated with a school district project to the greatest extent practicable and reflective of actual cost (in the engrossed bill, only to the greatest extent practicable).
State Rep. Mike Tryon was the House sponsor.
No one voted against the bill in either chamber.