91st General Assembly provides tax relief To IllinoisiansJuly 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 380During one of the shortest sessions in recent history, the General Assembly answered Gov. George H. Ryan's call for tax cuts during a year in which most legislators find themselves on the election ballot in November.
Circuit Breaker Program for elderly expanded; P.A. 91-699July 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 380Public Act 91-699, which will take effect next year, expands the state's Circuit Breaker Program by increasing the minimum level of income for eligibility and expanding coverage for drugs used to treat certain diseases.
College Savings PoolJuly 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 380On March 24, 2000, the Illinois Treasurer's Office adopted emergency rules to section 2500 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 23 Ill Adm Code 2500.
Earned income tax credit bill signed into law; P.A. 91-700July 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 380Calling the bill "one of the most important measures we have ever passed in Springfield," Gov. Ryan signed Public Act 91-700, which amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to establish the first state income tax credit for Illinois taxpayers.
New law protects consumers from predatory lenders ; P.A. 91-698July 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 380Public Act 91-698, which became effective when signed on May 6, is designed to protect Illinois consumers from predatory lenders by authorizing the Department of Financial Institutions and the Office of Banks and Real Estate to promulgate rules regulatin regulating the activities of lenders they license.
Neighborhood Services Act compromise finally reachedJune 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 310During one of the briefest legislative sessions in recent memory, the General Assembly ended a four-month controversy over whether illegally transporting firearms should be considered a felony or misdemeanor in Illinois.
Racial profiling study rejected; H.B. 3911June 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 310House Bill 3911 required Illinois law enforcement officers to record information about the race of motorists who received traffic or warning citations.
Tattoos for public servicework?; P.A. 91-98April 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 196Under two new laws that amend the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, some juveniles may soon be trading in their tattoos for additional community service hours.
New changes in child support law; P.A. 91-677March 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 128In a move to remedy some of the problems that have troubled the State Disbursement Unit for child support since its creation, Gov. George H. Ryan recently signed into law Public Act 91-677.
Illinois attempts to keep drugs out of stateJanuary 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 16As of January 1, 2000, Illinois drivers who own or operate vehicles containing hidden compartments may be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Public Act 91-359 amends the Vehicle Code by making it illegal to own or operate a motor vehicle when a person knows the vehicle contains a false or secret compartment.