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Illinois responds to recent school shootings with preventative and punitive legislation August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 In response to high school shootings in Arkansas, Colorado, and other states, the General Assembly enacted several bills into law that attempt to deter and more harshly penalize school shooting offenders.
Penalties enhanced for unlawful discharge or sale of firearms near schools; PA 91-12 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 According to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2, "aggravated discharge of a firearm'' is, inter alia, firing a gun at a person, or into a building or vehicle when the shooter knows it is occupied.
Providing certain minors with access to firearms is a misdemeanor; PA 91-18 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 PA 91-18 will penalize a person who knowingly leaves a firearm where a minor under 14 years of age can access it if the minor later causes death or serious bodily harm with it.
School officials must report armed persons on school grounds; PA 91-11 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 According to PA 91-11, a school official must notify the school principal if he/she observes a "person in possession of a firearm on school grounds.''
School shooters excluded from juvenile court jurisdiction ; P.A. 91-15 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 The Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/1 et seq, attempts to best serve the safety and ``welfare of [an accused minor] and the best interests of the community'' by shielding the minor from the full force and application of the Illinois Criminal Code.
Lawmakers Gamble on Cook County Casinos July 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 351 Near the end of the 1999 Spring legislative session, the Illinois Senate passed Senate bill 1017, which among other things substantially remodels the Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act, 230 ILCS 10/1 et seq.
$9.1 Billion Tobacco Settlement Ignites Controversy in the General Assembly June 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 304 On November 23, 1998, 46 states settled smoking-related claims against the tobacco industry for as much as $206 billion, potentially the largest court settlement in history.
Anti-crime Proposals in the Legislature June 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 304 As this issue went to press, the anti-crime bills proposed recently have received mixed support in the House and Senate.
Illinois Law Enters Cyberspace: The Electronic Commerce Security Act By R. J. Robertson, Jr. and Thomas J. Smedinghoff June 1999 Article, Page 308 This new law—effective July 1—removes doubts about legal requirements for electronic "writings'' and "signatures'' and encourages e-commerce. Here's an overview.
Correspondence from Our Readers May 1999 Column, Page 234 Single-subject rule: falling on the sword of Damocles?
Despite Governor Ryan’s Support, ``Non-Discriminatory Bill” Pertaining to Sexual Orientation Encounters Dificulties in the Illinois House; HB 474. May 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 244 If passed, House Bill 474 would add "sexual orientation'' to race, religion, sex, and eight other classifications already enumerated in the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.
HMO Reform Bill Passes in the House, Likely to Fail in the Senate — HB 626. May 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 244 A sweeping HMO reform bill, known as the Managed Care Reform Act, (passed in the Illinois House on March 24, 1999 by a margin of 62-37.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath May 1999 Column, Page 238 The high court revisits the single-subject rule.
Amendments to the Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games Act April 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 190 Public Act 90-808 amends the Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games Act to raise the aggregate value of all prizes or merchandise permitted to be awarded in a single day of pull-tabs and jar games to $5,000. Previously, the limit was $2,250.
Amendments to the School Code; PA 90-802 April 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 190 Public Act 90-802 amends the School Code. This Act was passed after the Governor's technical recommendations were incorporated.
Campaign Finance Reform Provisions Enacted; PA 90-737 April 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 190 Governor Jim Edgar characterized Public Act 90-737, the State Gift Ban Act, as "an important step forward in the reform of campaign finance and ethics laws'' that would "improve accountability and help Illinoisans better understand the political process in our state.''
An Illegitimate Child’s Intestate Estate May Now Be Distributed to ``Eligible Parents,” Not Just the Mother; PA 90-803 April 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 190 According to Public Act 90-803, an "intestate real and personal estate'' of an illegitimate child shall be distributed to the decedent's "eligible parents'' or the eligible parents' descendents, if the decedent did not have a spouse or direct descendents.
Advanced Practice Nurses’ Privileges Expanded — PA 90-742 March 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 130 Introduced by Senator Doris Karpiel, Public Act 90-742 may save time and money for individuals seeking medical attention in Illinois.
Drug-Aided Crimes (``Date Rape” Drugs) — PA 90-735 March 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 130 Sponsored by Senator Kirk W. Dillard, Public Act 90-735 makes it a battery to administer a controlled substance to a person without his or her consent, or by threat or deception, for non-medical purposes.
Governmental Tort Immunity Narrowed by Expansion of ``Willfull and Wanton Conduct” Exception; PA 90-805 March 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 130 Public Act 90-805 broadens the "willful and wanton conduct'' exception to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, 745 ILCS 10/1-101 et seq (1998).
An Overview of the Juvenile Justice Reform Provisions of 1998 By Michele M. Jochner March 1999 Article, Page 152 A review of important changes wrought by this sweeping new law.
Using the Single-Subject Rule to Invalidate Legislation: A Better Approach? By Michael J. Kasper March 1999 Article, Page 146 The author argues that there is a better way for courts to limit legislators' power to combine diverse subjects into a single bill and offers an alternative.
Amid Controversy, Protection of Religious Freedom in Illinois Strengthened; PA 90 February 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 73 The General Assembly recently passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("IRFRA'') over Governor Jim Edgar's amendatory veto.
Child-Care Provider Sanctions; Genital Mutilation — PA 90-684 February 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 73 Public Act 90-684 allows that any child care provider receiving funds from child care assistance programs under the Illinois Public Aid Code will, as a condition of eligibility to participate in the child care assistance program under this Code.
Community Policing Volunteers—PA 90-651 February 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 73 Mayor Richard Daley called for the passage of legislation to increase penalties for crimes committed against community policing volunteers.
Day-Care Licensing Records — PA 90-670 February 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 73 Public Act 90-670 amends the Freedom of Information Act to allow the public access to records including complaints, results of complaints, and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff findings of licensing violations at day care facilities.
Judges, the Gift Ban Act, and the Constitution By Timothy L. Bertschy February 1999 Column, Page 68 One of the more celebrated accomplishments of the Illinois General Assembly in 1998 was passage of ethics legislation imposing limits on gifts and contributions to state office holders and candidates for those offices.
Additional Conditions Apply to Delinquent Property Tax Liability of Mortgage Lenders; PA 90-575 January 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 13 Two additional conditions must be met before the state can hold mortgage lenders liable for delinquent property taxes.
Insurance Company Policyholder Decisions Cannot Depend Solely on Domestic Violence Injuries; PA 90-700 January 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 13 In determining policyholder ``rating, underwriting, or claims handling'' decisions, insurance companies cannot solely consider the fact of domestic violence injuries.
Juvenile Justice Act Rewrite; PA 90-590 January 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 13 According to Senator Hawkinson, the re-write of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act incorporates mostly technical changes to meet the sponsors' intent to create a system that protects the community, holds juvenile delinquents accountable for their crimes, and lets juvenile offenders live responsibly and productively.