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Despite gubernatorial veto, General Assembly permissively approves sales taxes for all nonhome rule municipalities; P.A. 91-649 March 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 Public Act 91-649 permissively approves sales taxes for all nonhome rule municipalities. Previously, a nonhome rule municipality needed at least 130,000 inhabitants to pursue a sales tax, which effectively precluded most proposals.
New changes in child support law; P.A. 91-677 March 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 In 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.
General Assembly approves Gov. Ryan’s amendatory veto of eavesdropping law changes; P.A. 91-657 February 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 P.A. 91-657 makes several changes to the eavesdropping sections of the Illinois Criminal Code, 720 ILCS 5/14-1 et seq. The act also closes a loophole and makes additional amendments.
Legislature concurs with amendatory veto, fails to override other veto February 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 During the veto session, the General Assembly agreed to Gov. Ryan’s amendatory veto of House Bill 421, which amends the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
Illinois attempts to keep drugs out of state January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 As 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.
Illinois outlaws methamphetamine producing substances January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Public Act 91-403 amends the Controlled Substances Act by making it unlawful to possess any methamphetamine-manufacturing chemical with the intent to manufacture meth.
State treasurer may create a college savings pool that involves financial institutions ; P.A. 91-607 January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Public Act 91-607 creates a state-administered “College Savings Pool” that provides federal tax benefits to participants.
Lighted head lamps required on every motor vehicle from sunset to sunrise ; P.A. 91-130 December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 Public Act 91-130 amends 625 ILCS 5/12-201 to require all motor vehicles except motorcycles to ''exhibit at least 2 lighted head lamps ... during the period from sunset to sunrise ...''
Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act: Implications for Patients, Providers, and Plans By Steven F. Banghart, Keith E. Emmons, Daniel H. Melvin, and Mark E. Rust December 1999 Article, Page 640 The authors review the highlights of this new law, which limits the power of managed care organizations and expands the rights of patients.
Parental permission required for body piercing a minor ; P.A. 91-412 December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 Under a new Illinois law, children under 18 wanting their body pierced are now required to first obtain their parent's consent.
Parking of vehicle with expired registration prohibited on public thoroughfare ; P.A. 91-487 December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 Public Act 91-487 creates 625 ILCS 5/11-1304.5, which prohibits parking a motor vehicle with an expired Illinois registration on a public thoroughfare.
Stopped school bus law extended to school property; P.A. 91-260 December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 Public Act 91-260 extends, to school property, the law on ''[a]pproaching, overtaking, and passing'' a stopped school bus.
Definition of “child” expanded with regard to child pornography law; P.A. 91-229 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Public Act 91-229 expands the definition of ``child'' with regard to the offense of child pornography to include any material that conveys the impression that the [material] is of a person under the age of 18.
A duty to mitigate damages may require more than simply maintaining employment November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 On September 20, 1999, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of back pay to Junerous Cook when the city of Chicago failed to abide by the terms of a consent decree.
Illinois links the Internet to existing sex offense statutes November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Governor George Ryan recently signed four pieces of legislation that amend existing sex offense statutes to more forcefully combat an increased number of Internet-related sex offenses.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath November 1999 Column, Page 570 Watch out, HMOs.
Making the Most of the New Illinois Perpetuities Statute By Richard A. Campbell and Christopher D. Dwyer November 1999 Article, Page 594 Illinois' recently enacted rule-against-perpetuities statute permits estate planners to create perpetual trusts, and that opens new estate-planning possibilities. The authors describe the options.
Nonconsensual disclosure of identifying information on a pornographic Internet site is a felony; P.A. 91-222 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Governor George Ryan recently signed four pieces of legislation that amend existing sex offense statutes to more forcefully combat an increased number of Internet-related sex offenses.
Offense of indecent solicitation of a child is redefined ; P.A. 91-226 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Public Act 91-226 redefines the offense of indecent solicitation of a child to apply to additional incidents, including more Internet-related incidents.
Statewide grand jury permitted for certain computer facilitated sex offenses ; P.A. 91-225 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Public Act 91-225 permits the creation of a ``multicounty Statewide Grand Jury'' to ``investigate, indict, and prosecute'' certain sex offenses when they are facilitated by the use of a computer.
Domestic battery offender liable for child counseling ; P.A. 91-262 October 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 521 Public Act 91-262 makes a domestic battery offender ``liable for the cost of any counseling required'' for a child under 18 years of age who ``was present and witnessed the domestic battery.''
Domestic battery penalties increased for prior domestic violence offenders ; P.A. 91-112 October 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 521 Prior to Public Act 91-112, any first-time offense of domestic battery was a Class A misdemeanor, unless the offender previously violated an order of protection.
Illinois enacts laws to further deter and combat domestic battery October 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 521 Three pieces of legislation signed in July and August by Governor George Ryan are intended to further deter and combat domestic battery.
Offense of aggravated domestic battery created; P.A. 91-445 October 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 521 Public Act 91-445 amends the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq., to create the offense of aggravated domestic battery.
Statute of limitations for certain sexual offenses extended; P.A. 91-475 October 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 521 Public Act 91-475 extends the statute of limitations for certain sexual offenses by as much as nine years.
A Hospital “Shall” Disclose Blood Alcohol Concentration Test Results to Police; PA 91-125 September 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 If blood or urine tests to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs are ``conducted upon persons receiving medical treatment in a hospital emergency room for injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident,'' PA 91-125 mandates disclosure of the results to police upon request.
Ignition Interlock Device Laws Expanded; PA 91-127 September 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 First-time DUI offenders "may petition the circuit court of venue for a Judicial Driving Permit (JUP)...to relieve undue hardship.''
Illinois Continues to Augment DUI Laws September 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 Four pieces of legislation signed in mid-July by Governor George Ryan are the latest in a series of enactments augmenting the Illinois DUI law, 625 ILCS 5/11-501, and other DUI-related provisions.
Reckless Homicide Sentencing Modified in Cases Involving Multiple Deaths and Alcohol or Drugs; PA 91-122 September 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 Public Act 90-122 mandates a six- to 28-year prison term for a defendant found guilty of reckless homicide involving two or more deaths in a single course of conduct when the defendant is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Gunrunning that involves minors is a Class X felony; PA 91-13 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 "Gunrunning'' constitutes the "violation of any of the paragraphs of section 24-3'' of the Illinois Criminal Code, 720 ILCS 5 et seq, when three or more firearms are transferred.