New Law Clarifies Illinois' Sentencing StatutesBy John J. Cullerton, Peter G. Baroni, Daniel S. Mayerfield, Ryan J. Rohlfsen, and Paul H. TzurSeptember 2009Article, Page 466A newly enacted reorganization of the Unified Code of Corrections helps bring sentencing up to date in Illinois.
New program created to fund capital improvement projects for hospitals. PA 096-0037September 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 444Illinois lawmakers have amended the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois to create, subject to appropriation, a program to award grants to fund capital projects "to improve or renovate [a] hospital's facility or to improve, replace or acquire the hospital's equipment or technology."
Budget Act makes changes to state programs to comply with federal stimulus package. PA 096-0008July 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 336The Illinois General Assembly has enacted the FY2009 Budget Implementation (Spring Supplemental) Act to make necessary changes to state programs, so that the governor's supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2009 can be implemented in keeping with the provisions of the federal economic stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).
CTA notice requirement eliminatedBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330Plaintiff’s lawyers are cheering the removal of a notice requirement they say functioned “as a shield against unsuspecting plaintiffs” with legitimate claims against the CTA.
Demystifying Illinois DUI SentencingBy Larry A. DavisJuly 2009Article, Page 352Presenting Illinois’ confusing DUI sentencing options as a chart enables practitioners to see at a glance which penalties their clients face.
Illinois’ new will repository lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.
New open government legislationBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.
Illinois Redeploy Program amended PA 095-1050June 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284Illinois lawmakers amended section 16.1 of the Probation and Probation Officers Act by inserting and deleting language concerning the "Redeploy Illinois Program." 730 ILCS 110/16.1.
New lead and mercury labeling requirements PA 095-1019June 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284The Illinois General Assembly amended section 6 of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and added two new sections to the Mercury-added Product Prohibition Act. 410 ILCS 45/6, 410 ILCS 46/22, 23.
Public smoking restrictions amended. PA 095-1029May 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 226The Illinois general Assembly amended several sections of the Smoke Free Illinois Act. 410 ILCS 82/10 et seq. Section 15 of the Act was amended to provide that an owner of a place of employment, public place, or government vehicle, as those terms are defined by the Act, "shall reasonably assure that smoking" is prohibited unless specifically allowed under section 35 of the Act.
"Rape Shield" for Civil LawsuitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009Lawpulse, Page 220An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
The Public Construction Bond Act amended. PA 095-1011April 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 174The Illinois General Assembly amended section 1 of the Public Construction Bond Act to expand the requirements for bonds by contractors for state construction projects. 30 ILCS 550/1.
Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act enacted. PA 095-0995March 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122Illinois lawmakers enacted the Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act to assess the “nature and extent of the harm caused to minority communities” by certain provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/ et seq), Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/ set seq), Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550/ et seq) and other listed laws.
Department of Human Services Act amended. PA 095-0998March 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Department of Human Services Act by adding and deleting language in Section 10-10, and adding Section 10-60. 20 ILCS 1305/10-10, 10-60.
Freedom of Information Act amended. PA 095-0941February 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 70Illinois lawmakers amended section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act to exempt certain data elements from the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry from public inspection and dissemination. 5 ILCS 140/7.