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Legislation creates offense of sexual conduct or sexual contact with animal and increases potential sentence for defendants who commit criminal offense of aggravated criminal sexual assault with dangerous weapon P.A. 92-0721 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On July 25, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4926, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to do two separate things.
Legislation prohibits knowingly installing any object in lieu of vehicle’s air bag; P.A. 92-0809 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On August 21, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4353, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to create the new criminal offense of knowingly installing any object in lieu of an air bag in a vehicle for compensation.
Legislation provides sentencing ranges for violations of Boat and Snowmobile Safety Acts; P.A. 92-0615 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On July 8, 2002, Gov. Ryan approved legislation amending the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act and the Boat Registration and Safety Act.
Amendment to Business Corporation Act of 1983 P.A. 92-0771 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Gov. Ryan signed into law an amendment to the Business Corporation Act of 1983 which provides that a corporation may allow members entitled to vote to participate in any meeting through the use of interactive technology.
Amendment to Vehicle Code requires proof financial responsibility from three-time offenders P.A. 92-0775 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 A recent amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code provides that a person convicted a third or subsequent time of driving without liability insurance must provide proof financial responsibility to the secretary of state for at least one year.
Legislation requires members of clergy to report sexual abuse of children under Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act P.A. 92-0801 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On August 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5002, which amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) and the Criminal Code of 1961.
School legal drug policy prohibits disciplinary action for refusal of psychostimulants P.A. 92-0663 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Effective January 1, 2003, Illinois school boards will be required to adopt and implement a policy that prohibits any disciplinary action that is based totally or in part on the refusal of a student's parent or guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.
Department of Human Services employees added to victims of aggravated assault and battery P.A. 92-0841 December 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 634 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 2030, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to include employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS) among the victims of aggravated assault or battery.
Government to indemnify employees for attorney fees under Tort Immunity Act P.A. 92-0810 December 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 634 Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law an amendment to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.
Illinois counties must have homicide protocol P.A. 92-0802 December 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 634 Effective January 1, 2003, the Counties Code will be amended to require Illinois counties, other than "home rule" counties, to establish a written protocol to deal with homicides and questionable deaths.
Illinois’ Revised Uniform Partnership Act By Steven G. Frost December 2002 Article, Page 644 Effective January 1, Illinois' partnership law will undergo extensive change. Here's a review.
Legislation creates the criminal offense of conspiracy against civil rights and amends sentences for hate crime offenses and institutional vandalism offenses P. A. 92-0830 December 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 634 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 0136, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 by creating the criminal offense of conspiracy against civil rights.
Legislation prohibits child sex offenders from knowingly residing within 500 feet of victim’s residence P. A. 92-0828 December 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 634 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5874, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 by providing that a child sex offender may not knowingly reside within 500 feet of the victim of the offense.
Legislation authorizes students to voluntarily engage in individually-initiated prayer in public schools; P.A. 92-0832 November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4117, amending the Silent Reflection Act.
Legislation cracks down on domestic abuse, sexual abuse and stalking P.A. 92-0827 November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed law enforcement legislation that amends several provisions of the Criminal Code of 1961 (code).
Legislation mandates DNA testing for felons P.A. 92-0829 November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On August 22, 2002, Gov. Ryan also signed into law a bill requiring convicted felons to submit DNA samples to state police.
Legislation permits service of process for eviction to be made upon unknown occupant P.A. 92-0823 November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On August 21, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1934, amending the Code of Civil Procedure in order to permit service of process for eviction to be made upon an unknown occupant of a premises.
Legislation bans creating, selling, marketing, or possessing a depiction of animal cruelty P. A. 92-0776 October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On August 6, 2002, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 5625, which amends the Humane Care for Animals Act by providing that no person may knowingly create, sell, market, offer to market or sell, or possess a depiction of animal cruelty.
Legislation creates Lawyers’ Assistance Program Act P. A. 92-0747 October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On July 31, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4078, which creates the Lawyers' Assistance Program Act and amends the state Finance Act.
Legislation creates new Uniform Partnership Act; P. A. 92-0740 October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On July 25, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 2049, which will replace the current Uniform Partnership Act with a new statute drafted by the National Conference of Uniform State Laws.
Legislation designed to curb telephone solicitation calls at home P. A. 92-0795 October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On August 9, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1830, which creates the Restricted Call Registry Act.
Legislation authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of cars belonging to individuals who drive on suspended or revoked driver’s licenses P. A. 92-0688 September 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On July 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1730.
Legislation creates a mechanism for juveniles being prosecuted as adults to petition the judge to transfer the case back to the juvenile court system P. A. 92-0665 September 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On July 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4129, which amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
Legislation creates the Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Act P. A. 92-0559 September 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1638 to create the Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Act, which authorizes a diversionary drug court program for eligible minors.
2002 Spring Session Roundup By Jim Covington August 2002 Column, Page 398 A revamped Uniform Partnership Act and new sex-abuse reporting requirements by clergy are among the many bills awaiting Gov. Ryan's signature at press time.
Bill would require clergy to report abuse By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2002 Lawpulse, Page 392 HB 5002 would add clergy to the list of required reporters under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
Law authorizes Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to offer point-of-service (POS) benefits P. A. 92-0135 August 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 402 Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 1040 on July 24, 2001, which amended Illinois' Health Maintenance Organization Act.
Law prohibits cell phone look-alike firearms: guns that resemble cellular telephones P. A. 92-0155 August 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 402 On July 25, 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 0037, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, possession, or carrying of a firearm that is in the shape or design of a wireless telephone.
Law restricts the deceptive sale or promotion of health-related cash discount cards P. A. 92-0296 August 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 402 On August 9, 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 3179, which adds a new section to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by restricting the deceptive sale or promotion of health-related discount cash cards.
Increased fines for digging without calling JULIE P.A. 92-0179 July 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 344 Gov. George H. Ryan signed legislation last July that amends the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act (Act) (for an in-depth look, see William Zieske's article beginning on page 354).