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Misidentification statute amended to resemble federal rule—S.B. 195 July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 The General Assembly has approved an amendment to the misidentification statute in the Code of Civil Procedure.
POA Act Amendments: The Revised Statutory Short Form By James F. Dunneback July 2001 Article, Page 367 Highlights of recent changes to the POA Act.
Creation of the Career Criminal Justice Attorney Retention Act; H.B. 3563 June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 The Career Criminal Justice Attorney Retention Act would provide annual education expenses stipends to eligible assistant state's attorneys, assistant public defenders, assistant appellate defenders, assistant appellate prosecutors, nonsupervisory legal aid attorneys, and assistant attorneys general.
Domestic violence victims may gain greater protection ; S.B. 175 June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 If signed into law, legislation recently passed by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly would provide greater protection for abused spouses.
Emission inspection training and certification June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 On March 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of State Police (department) adopted emergency rules to section 1293 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 20 Ill Adm Code 1293.
Implementation of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 On April 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of Aging (department) amended and adopted several new sections to section 270 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 270.
Motor vehicle advertising June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 On March 20, 2001, the Illinois Attorney General adopted amendments to section 475 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 14 Ill Adm Code 475.
Noncompete clauses may be prohibited in most broadcasting employee contracts; S.B. 720 June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 Certain broadcasting employees may soon enjoy greater freedom under a recent bill passed by both the Illinois House and Senate.
“Sparklers” may soon be banned on public property; S.B. 523 June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 Municipalities may soon have the authority to pass ordinances prohibiting the use or sale of certain fireworks on public property.
State reimbursement to counties for portion of public defender salaries; H.B. 549 June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 Currently, state funding for indigent defense of criminal charges is available only in capital cases.
Legal limit on tobacco age may rise; H.B. 1034 May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 Some Illinois teens may soon find it more difficult to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. House Bill 1034 would raise the current minimum age to purchase such products from 18 to 19.
Pet hoarders would be treated as mentally ill under proposed legislation; H.B. 0599 May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 The Illinois House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved a bill intended to reduce incidents of "animal hoarding" in the state.
Proposed legislation would toughen penalties for hate crimes; H.B. 0136 May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 The Illinois House of Representatives has approved legislation that would toughen the state's stance against hate crimes.
91st General Assembly passes, governor signs “quick fix” to sentence-enhancing deficiencies; P.A. 91-0953 April 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 Citing a recent Supreme Court opinion, Illinois criminal defendants have successfully argued for a reduction in court-imposed sentences where the length of sentence was based on certain factors not proven during their trial.
Proposed amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation; H.B. 101 April 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 State Representative Larry McKeon (D-Chicago) has introduced a bill that would make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal in Illinois.
Proposed legislation attempts to curb racial profiling in traffic stops; H.B. 805 April 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 Under legislation proposed by State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), police officers would have to record the race of every driver stopped or ticketed.
92nd General Assembly underway March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Although Democrats maintained their slight majority in the Illinois House while Republicans held their slim lead in the Senate, political onlookers are likely to notice at least one change from 2000; this spring's legislative session promises to be much busier than last.
Aggravated DUI may be expanded; S.B. 0020 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Under Senate Bill 20, persons driving under the influence in school speed zones would be guilty of aggravated DUI.
Drivers failing to yield may face stiffer penalties ; H.B. 0180 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Representative Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, hopes a new proposal will cut down on the number of "rubbernecking" drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles.
New proposal to protect children who testify; S.B. 0027 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Under current Illinois law, courts may permit children under 18 who are witnesses in certain criminal prosecutions like sexual assault, predatory sexual assault of a child, and sexual abuse to testify via closed-circuit television outside the courtroom if the judge determines that in-court testimony would result in the child suffering serious emotional distress.
Protection from public hazards in litigation proposal ; H.B. 0075 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 If approved by the General Assembly, a new legislative proposal would help protect Illinois citizens from agreements or judgments that attempt to conceal public hazards.
Damaging property gets more expensive for offenders - P.A. 91-931 February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 Persons who damage or deface property may now face stiffer penalties as a result of a new Illinois law.
“Eliminate the Digital Divide” Program February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 On November 6, 2000, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) adopted emergency rules to section 546 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Governor’s amendatory veto to Criminal Code legislation accepted; P.A. 91-928 February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 As one of its few acts during the fall veto session, the 91st Illinois General Assembly accepted Gov. George H. Ryan's amendatory veto of crime legislation.
Law requires expanded background checks for all potential employees of park and school districts; P. A. 91-885 February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that mandates background checks of all applicants seeking employment at park districts or school districts.
Students can opt-out of classroom dissections under new law; P.A. 91-771 February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 Students who do not want to take part in classroom dissections no longer have to under the newly created Dissection Alternatives Act.
Law requires labeling of gasoline containing MTBE—P.A. 91-718 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 In early June, Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that will let consumers know if they are buying gasoline containing the methanol derivative methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).
Legislation mandates legal representation for pre-teens suspected of murder or sex crimes — P.A. 91-915 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that ensures legal representation for young minors suspected of murder or sex offenses.
Legislation prohibits all sales of bidi cigarettes—P.A. 91-734 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Legislation approved this summer prohibits the sale of thin, marijuana look-alike cigarettes called bidis.
Tailgates on certain vehicles must be in good repair - P.A. 91-858 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 A law requiring motorists on Illinois highways to use tarpaulins or covers in some instances will now require many of those same vehicles to have effective tailgates.