New state holiday: Children's Day. PA 096-0465August 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 400State lawmakers have amended the State Commemorative Dates Act to celebrate Children's Day. (5 ILCS 490/125). The second Sunday in June is now Children's Day (El Dia de los Ninos).
POWs receive free admission to museums. PA 096-0087August 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 400State lawmakers amended the Historic Preservation Agency Act to provide free admission to museums that receive state funding for former prisoners of war who are residents of Illinois. (20 ILCS 3405/27).
Illinois Interscholastic Association protected from defamation claims. PA 096-0723June 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 292Illinois lawmakers passed a bill protecting Interscholastic Associations from certain civil liabilities. According to the Interscholastic Association Defamation Act, associations with the purpose of "promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics" are immune from defamation claims, with the exception of claims involving actual malice.
Asian carp reduction pilot program established. PA 096-0452May 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 236The Department of Natural Resources has been charged with running a year-long pilot program focused on harvesting Silver Carp and Bighead Carp, two invasive species in the Illinois River, in order to facilitate an increase in population of native fish.
Flags will fly at half-staff for firefighters. PA 096-0436May 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 236Following the governor's decree, the United States flag and Illinois State flag fly at half-staff to honor those Illinois residents who are members of the armed forces and die by hostile fire or who are law enforcement officers and die in the line of duty.
Freedom of Information Act laws enhanced. PA 096-0542April 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 180State lawmakers recently beefed up sunshine laws to help ensure open and transparent government. (For more, see Two Cheers for the New Freedom of Information Act in the February IBJ.)