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State Lawsuit Immunity Act opens Illinois to lawsuits from state employees By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2003 Lawpulse, Page 486 The new law, which allows state employees to bring race, age, and other discrimination suits, has claimants' lawyers cheering.
Governor signs six-bill package addressing Illinois criminal justice system P.A. 93-0206, P.A. 93-0208, P.A. 93-0209, P.A. 93-0210 (all approved 7-18-03, effective immediately) P.A. 93-0207, P.A. 93-0211 September 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 436 Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently signed into law six bills aimed at eliminating problems that have raised questions about the integrity of Illinois' criminal justice system.
Increased penalties for arson involving a place of worship P.A. 93-0169 September 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 436 New legislation provides for increased penalties for arson involving a place of worship.
Insurance plans must cover contraceptives P.A. 93-0102 September 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 436 Individual or group policies of accident and health insurance amended, delivered, issued, or renewed in Illinois after January 1, 2004.
Mortgage Certificate of Relief Act amendments signed into law By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2003 Lawpulse, Page 430 Lenders often fail to send a certificate of release after a mortgage has been paid off. A new law addresses the problem.
New SPAM laws take effect in 2004 P.A. 93-0199 September 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 436 Under new legislation, an initiator of an unsolicited e-mail advertisement must establish either a toll-free telephone number or valid sender-operated.
2003 Spring Session Roundup By Jim Covington August 2003 Column, Page 380 A summary of key bills passed this session by the General Assembly.
Illinois legislature outlaws ephedra P.A. 93-0008 August 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 384 In May 2003, the state legislature enacted the Ephedra Prohibition Act, banning the sale or offer for sale of any dietary supplement containing any quantity of ephedra or ephedrine alkaloids.
New legislation creates Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Prescription Drug Discount Program Act; P.A. 93-0018 August 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 384 The recently enacted Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Prescription Drug Discount Program Act creates a program that will enable eligible senior citizens and disabled persons to purchase prescription drugs at discounted prices.
Statute of limitations expands under Local Governmental Tort Immunity Act P.A. 93-0011 August 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 384 A recent amendment to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act allows for the commencement of an action for damages for injury or death against any local public entity or public employee.
Gov. Blagojevich signs Equal Pay Act into law P.A. 93-0006 July 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 332 On Mother's Day, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law the Illinois Equal Pay Act.
Cellular radio regulations passed for school bus drivers P.A 92-0730 June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 In an effort to ensure the safety of school bus drivers and their passengers, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding section 12-813.1. 625 ILCS 5/12-813.1.
Department of Agriculture prepares to combat West Nile June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 The Illinois Department of Agriculture, anticipating the renewed threat posed by the West Nile Virus, has amended 8 Ill Adm Code 250.
No statute of limitations on certain sex offenses P.A 92-0752 June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 In accordance with Illinois' recent creation of a DNA database, the legislature amended the list of crimes for which no statute of limitations applies to include any offense involving sexual conduct.
Oral piercing of minors illegal without parental consent P.A 92-0692 June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 Effective January 1, 2003, any person who pierces the body or oral cavity of a person under 18 years of age without written consent of a parent.
Changes made to beneficiaries under Teachers’ Retirement System P.A. 92-0862 May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 The State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 was amended recently by changing section 6.5.
New exemptions from Firearm Owners Identification Card Act ; P.A. 92-0839 (approved 8-22-02, effective immediately); P.A. 92-0854 May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 Recent legislation created additional classes of persons exempt from the requirement that a person who owns or possesses a firearm in Illinois must have a Firearm Owner's Identification Card.
Termination dates for child support orders clarified ; P.A. 92-0876 May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 Recent amendments to the Illinois Public Aid Code, 305 ILCS 5/10-2, clarify the requirements for termination of child support. Section 10-2.
Governor signs legislation to assist military families P.A. 92-0886 April 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 Gov. Blagojevich recently signed legislation that would provide relief to the families of Guard members and reservists who face increased financial burdens when a wage-earner is called up for duty.
New training requirements established for pharmacies P.A. 92-0880 April 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 The Pharmacy Practice Act of 1987, 225 ILCS 85 et seq., was recently amended to include a new section 17.1 .
Premises liability for off-road riding facilities P.A. 92-0857 April 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 Recent amendments to the Premises Liability Act outline liability guidelines for off-road riding facilities.
Residential treatment program created for female offenders P.A. 92-0806 April 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 Recent amendments to the Unified Code of Corrections, 730 ILCS 5/5 et seq., establish residential drug treatment programs for certain female offenders.
Illinois Workforce Investment Board created P.A. 92-0588 March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Recently enacted legislation created the Illinois Workforce Investment Board (board), a body formerly known as the Illinois Human Resource Investment Council.
Interstate compact for adult offenders P.A. 92-0571 March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision provides for the control and regulation of the interstate movement offenders, the effective tracking, supervision, and rehabilitation of these offenders by the sending and receiving states.
Legislation creates committee to oversee pharmaceutical assistance for seniors P.A. 92-0594 March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Recently enacted legislation created the Senior Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Committee to gather information and advise state agencies regarding pharmaceutical assistance for Illinois seniors.
New guidelines created governing home loans P.A. 92-0531 March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Recent amendments to the Deposit of State Moneys Act (15 ILCS 520/7) now permit approved financial institutions to place the interest earned by deposited state moneys in a separate account.
Changes to penalties for heroin possession P.A. 92-0698 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 Effective July 19, 2002, amendments to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act provide that the illegal manufacture.
Delinquency fees for unpaid court costs P.A. 92-0653 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 Recent amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure provide that, absent a court-ordered payment schedule.
Highway hire-back to be funded by additional fines P.A. 92-0619 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 Recent legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code and the State Finance Act.
Legislation allows victims of financial identity theft and aggravated financial identity theft to recover in civil action from convicted defendant P.A. 92-0686 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On July 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5934.