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A Word About Pending Legislation

In simple terms, a bill is an idea that has been presented to the Illinois General Assembly for possible action. The legislative process is complicated and does not always lead to enactment of the bill. TRS urges caution in making retirement plans based on pending legislation because bills:

  • must pass both houses and be signed by the governor to become law,
  • may be amended,
  • may not pass,
  • may take years to pass, and
  • may never become law

Copies of the enacted legislation and bill status information are available on the General Assembly's website at The Senate schedule and House schedule are available on the General Assembly's website at

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Click on the document below to see how a bill becomes law in Illinois.

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