Illinois

2014

No current legislation has been introduced.

2013

SB 1666 was introduced in February 2013 by Sen. David Koehler, and has 18 co-sponsors. According to the text of the bill, its purpose is to “facilitate the exercise of the fundamental right of the people of Illinois to be fully informed about whether the food they purchase and eat is produced with genetic engineering so that they can choose for themselves whether to purchase and eat such foods.”

You can read the text of the bill here and track its status here.

Also, HB 3085 was first introduced in March 2013 by Rep. Deborah Mell. The bill now has 12 co-sponsors. You can read the bill text here and track it here.

According to the bill summary, SB 1666:

“Creates the Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act. Sets forth the General Assembly's findings and the purpose of the Act. Provides that beginning on the effective date of the Act, any food offered for retail sale in this State is misbranded if it is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering and that fact is not disclosed in a certain manner. Provides that the Act shall not be construed to require either the listing or identification of any ingredient or ingredients that were genetically engineered, nor that the term "genetically engineered" be placed immediately preceding any common name or primary product descriptor of a food. Provides that until the effective date of the Act, any processed food that would be subject to the provision concerning the labeling of genetically engineered foods solely because it includes one or more materials produced by genetic engineering is not misbranded provided that the engineered materials in the aggregate do not account for more than a certain amount of the total weight of the processed food. Sets forth provisions concerning applicability and the right of action for violations, damages, and attorneys' fees. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall adopt rules necessary to implement the Act. Contains a severability provision.”

Illinois Right to Know GMO educates the public about the effects of genetically engineered foods upon health and environment and supports legislation to label genetically engineered foods so that consumers may know what they are buying to feed themselves and their families. 

To learn more about what’s happening in your state visit: Illinois Right to Know GMO.