State-wide smoking ban passed. PA 095-0017September 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 460The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Smoke Free Illinois Act (Act), in order to protect Illinois citizens from the secondhand effects of tobacco smoke, "a harmful and dangerous carcinogen to human beings and a hazard to public health."
Bill would make involuntary commitment easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007Lawpulse, Page 398But critics of the legislation say lack of resources, not a too-high commitment standard, is the problem with Illinois' mental health system.
New DUI bill replaces JDPs with "monitoring device driving permits"By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007Lawpulse, Page 398A major overhaul of DUI law doubles the summary-suspension period and requires offenders to submit to alcohol monitoring devices in return for driving permits. Critics charge that it will produce unintended consequences, including fewer guilty pleas.
Task force on health planning reform created. PA 095-0005August 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 404In order to protect essential healthcare facilities and to improve the thoroughness of Illinois health facility planning, the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act to create the Task Force on Health Planning Reform.
Illinois signs compact to encourage the development of Midwestern passenger rails - PA 094-1077June 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 292Reflecting the continuing importance of rail travel and the concern over the aging railways in the state, the Illinois General Assembly has passed the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact Act (Act) in an effort to work in conjunction with other Midwestern states in the hope of improving and developing railway transportation throughout the region.
Steps taken to improve utilities retail market conditions -PA 094-1095May 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 236In order to promote a more competitive retail electric market for all Illinois consumers, the Illinois General Assembly (Assembly) has amended the Public Utilities Act by adding the Retail Electric Competition Act (Act) of 2006. 220 ILCS 5/20-101 et seq.
Amendments to Charitable Games Act re-enacted - PA 094-0986March 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 124In an attempt to avoid previous constitutionality problems, the Illinois General Assembly has passed Public Act 094-0986 in order to re-enact certain amendments originally passed in Public Act 088-0669 but declared unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court in People v Olender, 222 Ill 2d 123, 854 NE2d 593 (2005).