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.)
Illinois military code amended. PA 096-0822March 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 128Under the Illinois Military Code, grants from the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund are now available for Illinois residents who are part of the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces or Illinois National Guard members and were injured while deployed in support of operations undertaken as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Juvenile offender reports mandated. PA 096-0853March 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 128The Children and Family Services Act has been amended to require the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission to prepare a report concerning parole revocations of juvenile offenders, to be completed by September 30, 2010.
Laws relaxed for vehicle window tinting. PA 096-0815March 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 128Drivers can now operate vehicles with more tinting on the side windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver, under a law passed recently by Illinois lawmakers.
Civil penalties heightened for destroying crops. PA 096-0529February 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 72Illinois lawmakers in recent months beefed up the civil penalties for destroying a farmer's crops. Under amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961, any person who knowingly damages another's crops is liable to the crop owner for money damages "up to twice the market value of the crops damaged or destroyed." 720 ILCS 5/21-1.
Illinois outlaws DWT (driving while texting)By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2009Lawpulse, Page 598Effective January 1, drivers aren't allowed to "compose, send, or read an electronic message." Is PA 96-0130 overregulation or overdue?
Stalking laws amended. PA 096-0686December 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 604The Illinois General Assembly made numerous changes to the Criminal Code of 1961, including amendments to statutes on criminal stalking, aggravated stalking, and cyberstalking. 720 ILCS 5/12-7.3-7.5.