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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Legislation

JULIE, Digger and Liability for Damage to Buried Utilities By William F. Zieske July 2002 Article, Page 354 A review of the newly amended Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act, which protects underground utilities from construction damage and governs the legal relationship between contractors and utilities
Legislation creates the Companion Animal Cremation Act P.A. 92-028 July 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 344 In August of 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed legislation regulating pet cremation.
Legislation makes changes to criminal laws involving computer technology P.A. 92-0175 July 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 344 New legislation signed into law by Gov. George H. Ryan helps in the fight against the spread of child pornography on the Internet and identifies the crime of cyberstalking. Public Act 92-0175 mandates the forfeiture of any computer containing a depiction of child pornography in any encoded or decoded format. 
Eligibility for restricted driving permits and minimum sentence requirements for DUI convictions P.A. 92-0418 June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 On August 17, 2001, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 2265, which amended the Illinois Vehicle Code and the Unified Code of Corrections concerning the eligibility for restricted driving permits and minimum sentence requirements for drivers convicted of DUI offenses.
Legislation creates the criminal offense of dogfighting P.A. 92-0425 June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 Gov. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2440 on August 17, 2001, which amended the Humane Care for Animals Act and Criminal Code of 1961.
Legislation expands DNA testing P.A. 92-0040 June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 On June 29, 2001, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 0452, which amends the Unified Code of Corrections.
Legislation increases the penalty for operating and maintaining an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances P.A. 92-0517 June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 On January 1, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 0647 to amend the Illinois Aeronautics Act, which increased the penalties for certain acts related to the operation and maintenance of an aircraft while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a narcotic drug, or other controlled substances.
Legislation requires direct notice to employees if an employer fails to make payments for an employer provided health insurance plan P.A. 92-0126 June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1019 on July 20, 2001, which amended the Employee Benefit Contribution Act.
Legislation facilitates donations of motor vehicles to charitable organizations to provide people in need with means of transportation P.A. 92-0495 May 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 Legislation recently enacted by the General Assembly's override of the governor's veto amends the Illinois Vehicle Code in order to better facilitate the charitable donation and transfer of motor vehicles to not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of providing vehicles to individuals in need of transportation.
Legislation makes changes to child abuse reporting laws P.A. 92-0319 and P.A. 92-0295 May 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 In August 2001, Gov. Ryan approved two pieces of legislation amending the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and Illinois School Student Records Act.
Legislation restricts insurance companies from denying insurance solely on the basis of the applicant’s credit reports; P.A. 92-0480 May 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 In August of last year, Gov. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2419, which amends the Illinois Insurance Code by providing that insurance companies authorized to do business in Illinois are prohibited from refusing to issue or renew certain policies of automobile insurance, fire and extended coverage insurance, and personal lines insurance, solely on the basis of an applicant's credit reports.
Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act P.A. 92-0068 May 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 Gov. Ryan recently approved legislation creating the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act.
Legislation amends Crime Victims Compensation Act P.A.92-0427 April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 In August 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan approved two pieces of legislation amending the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
Legislation prescribes insurance requirements for condominium associations; P.A.92-0518 April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 In January, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1046 amending the Condominium Property Act by replacing certain provisions of the Act pertaining to insurance for condominium associations and risk pooling trust funds for condominium associations or common interest community associations. Under the new law.
Legislation prohibits alcohol on public school property P.A. 92-0507 April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Ryan amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934 by providing that any person in possession of alcoholic liquor on public school district property during school days or at events on public school district property when children are present is guilty of a petty offense.
New rules for use of interpreters in retail transactions or negotiations P.A.92-0478 April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 New legislation amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act concerning retail transactions conducted in a language other than English.
Legislation provides for funding of public defender salaries P.A. 92-508 March 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. George H. Ryan amends the Counties Code by requiring the state of Illinois to pay 66 2/3 percent of a public defender's annual salary in every county within the state.
Legislation reenacts portion of invalidated criminal law P.A. 92-502 March 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 Gov. Ryan recently signed legislation reinstating the criminal law provisions of a law struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court in September of 2001.
New Options at Divorce: Legislation Treats Stock Options as Marital Property By Celia Guzaldo Gamrath March 2002 Article, Page 139 A review of the new law governing the classification and division of stock options upon divorce.
When Do Statutes Apply Retroactively? Illinois’ Latest Standard By Robert C. Feldmeier March 2002 Article, Page 134 For the second time in five years, the supreme court changed the standard for determining when new statutes apply to existing cases.
Legislation creates the crime of cyberstalking P.A. 92-199 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 In August, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 233, which amended the Criminal Code of 1961 by creating the criminal offense of cyberstalking.
Legislation eliminates sentencing limit for first-time DUI offenses and increases possible sentence for DUI convictions involving bodily harm P.A. 92-420 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 In August, legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by eliminating the three-year limit on a prison sentence for a first-time DUI offense.
Legislation enacts the Prizes and Gifts Act; P.A. 92-436 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 Legislation enacted in August aims to protect consumers from deceptive advertising of sweepstakes and other promotional contests.
Legislation makes people with four or more DUI convictions ineligible for probation P.A. 92-183 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 In July, new legislation amended the Unified Code of Corrections making drivers who are convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI offense ineligible for probation.
Legislation provides penalties for employers failing to comply with self-insurance requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Act P.A. 92-324 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 Legislation signed into law in August by Gov. Ryan amends the Workers' Compensation Act by providing that a minimum civil penalty of $10,000 will be assessed against any employer, service or adjustment company, or insurance carrier that fails to comply with the self-insurance provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act.
Petition to modify child support cannot delay enforcement ; P.A. 92-289 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 Gov. George H. Ryan recently approved legislation making it easier to go forward with litigation to collect child support.
Legislation allows publication of names of deadbeat parents who fail to pay child support P.A. 92-373 January 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 In August, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 950, which amends the Illinois Public Aid Code, 305 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq., and provides that parents who owe more than $5,000 in child support and refuse to pay, could have their names added to a "deadbeats most wanted list" posted on the Internet.
Legislation helps state and local authorities protect animals from abuse; P.A. 92-454 January 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 In August, Gov. Ryan approved legislation that will aid state and local officials in the fight against animal abuse.
Legislation permits doctors to form limited liability companies P.A. 92-144 January 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 In July, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 133, which amends the Limited Liability Company Act.
Legislation clarifies that failure to vaccinate a child for religious or medical reasons is not neglect or abuse; P.A. 92-375 December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 In August, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1305, which amends the Adoption Act to clarify that a parent's failure to vaccinate a child due to religious or medical reasons, allowed by law, does not constitute child neglect or abuse.