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history refers to the documents and discussions generated as a bill passes through the
legislative process on its way to becoming a statutory law.
Legislative history includes earlier, similar bills introduced but not
passed by the legislature, legislative and executive reports and studies, transcripts from legislative committee
hearings and reports from the committees, and the House and Senate floor debates.
A bill is legislation drafted in the form of an Act for introduction into the Senate or the House of Representatives and identified with a bill number. If the bill is passed by both houses and signed by the Governor or otherwise becomes law, it becomes an Act. Source: Illinois Legislative Glossary
A resolution is an action, in the form of a formal legislative document, taken by the Senate alone, the House of Representatives alone, or both the Senate and House acting jointly. A resolution does not change statutory or constitutional law and is not approved or otherwise acted upon by the Governor (and thus is not a law). The effect of a typical resolution is merely to express an opinion or to take some action short of enacting a law. Source: Illinois Legislative Glossary
The Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) are a cumulative organization of Public Acts into a coherent framework. Most, but not all, Public Acts are incorporated into the Illinois Compiled Statutes. The version of the Illinois Compiled Statutes that appears on this site is updated on an ongoing basis. Recent Public Acts may not yet be incorporated into the version of the Illinois Compiled Statutes that appears on this site. Source: Illinois Legislative Glossary
A public act is a bill that has been passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor (or otherwise has become law). The Secretary of State then assigns the bill a Public Act number, which is subsequently used to refer to the measure rather than the bill number. Source: Illinois Legislative Glossary
The Public Act number consists of the number of the General Assembly followed by a dash and then a number showing the order in which the law was filed with the Secretary of State. Public Acts for a particular year are bound into volumes referred to as the Session Laws of Illinois.
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