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.
Law for minor smoking offenders amended. PA 096-0179November 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 552The Illinois General Assembly amended section 5-615 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 regarding supervision of minors who have been found in violation of the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors Act. 705 ILCS 405/5-615.