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Sex Offender Community Notification Law amended. PA 095-0817 October 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 On August 14, 2008, the Sex Offender Community Notification Law was amended by adding Section 116 titled "Missing Sex Offender Database." 730 ILCS 152/116.
Statutory change gives right to counsel to juveniles facing detention By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2008 Lawpulse, Page 498  An amendment to the Juvenile Court Act requires that counsel be appointed for a juvenile defendant in custody at or before his or her initial court hearing.
Illinois ratifies National Popular Vote Act. PA 095-0714 September 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 Illinois policymakers ratified and approved the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act." 
Mosquito Abatement District Act amended. PA-095-0664 September 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 The Mosquito Abatement District Act has been amended by adding subsection (b) to Section 10 of the Act. 70 ILCS 1005/10(b).
The Public Utilities Act amended. PA 095-0660 September 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 The Public Utilities Act was amended by adding section 8-408 titled "Energy efficiency plans for small multi-jurisdictional utilities." 220 ILCS 5/8-408. 
State Finance Act amended to create Domestic Violence funds. PA 095-0711 September 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 The State Finance Act has been amended with the addition of sections 30 ILCS 105/5.675 and 6z-69 to create the Married Families Domestic Violence Fund for domestic violence assistance and services.
Training for Individuals who use Radionuclides for Medical Purposes September 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 The Illinois Emergency Management Agency amended the rules governing medical use of radioactive material.
2008 Spring Session Roundup By Jim Covington August 2008 Column, Page 394 A summary of key legislation passed this spring by the Illinois General Assembly.
Illinois Lottery Law amended for the benefit of Illinois veterans. PA 095-0649 August 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 The Illinois Lottery Law was amended by changing section 21.6 of the law. 20 ILCS 1605/21.6. 
Perinatal HIV Prevention Act amended. PA 095-0702 August 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 The Illinois General Assembly amended sections 10 and 15 of the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act. 410 ILCS 335/10 & 15.
Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act passed. PA 095-0635 August 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 Illinois lawmakers passed the Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act. 820 ILCS 130/5.5. 
Agency Energy Efficiency Act passed. PA 095-0559 July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Agency Energy Efficiency Act to address the energy use of state agencies. PA 095-0559.
Illinois Act on Aging amended. PA 095-0565 July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Illinois Act on Aging. 20 ILCS 105/4.02. Section 4.02 of the Act, titled "Community Care Program" has been changed by deleting language naming "home health services," "home nursing services," and "chore and housekeeping services," and adding subsections (k-6) through (k-8). 
Illinois Vehicle Code amended. PA 095-0542 July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding two new sections dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign license plates. 625 ILCS 5/3-664, 3-665. New Section 3-664 titled "Iraq Campaign license plates" describes the procedure for applying for such plates. 
Inference permitted to satisfy element of reckless homicide. PA 095-0587 July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 The Criminal Code of 1961 has been amended by adding subsection (e-10) to Section 9-3 dealing with "Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide." 720 ILCS 5/9-3. 
Caveat Contractor: Recent Cases Interpret the Home Repair and Remodeling Act By Brian R. Kalb June 2008 Article, Page 298 A discussion of recent HRRA cases, including a new one from the supreme court holding that the Act doesn't apply to subcontractors.
Collection Agency Act amended. PA 095-0437 June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 The Collection Agency Act has been amended to add two new sections. 225 ILCS 425/9.1 and 9.2. The Act sets requirements for debt collectors or collection agencies regarding communication with persons other than the debtor, and communication in connection with debt collection.
General Assembly enacts the Diabetes Initiative Act. PA 095-0419 June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 The General Assembly has enacted the Diabetes Initiative Act, Section 5 of which states that the Department of Human Services "shall develop a strategic plan to slow the rate of diabetes as a result of obesity and other environmental factors by the year 2010."
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act is amended. PA 095-0427 June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 Sections 4.3 and 70 of the Mental Heath and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act have been amended by the General Assembly. 20 ILCS 1705/4.3 and 70. Subsection (b) of Section 4.3, concerning "Site visits and inspections," has been changed by adding language providing that the Department of Human Services will establish a system of "regular and ongoing" on-site inspections "that shall occur at least annually." 
Out-of-state psychologists allowed to practice in Illinois. PA 95-0451 June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 The Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act has been amended by adding Section 11.5. 225 ILCS 15/11.5. 
Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act amended. PA 095-0432 June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 The Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act, 410 ILCS 70/1a, has been amended. The Act regulates healthcare delivery for sexual assault survivors, and the collection of evidence pursuant to the statewide sexual assault evidence collection program.
UCC filing rules amended. PA 095-0446 June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 Section 9-516 of the Illinois Uniform Commercial Code has been amended. 810 ILCS 5/9-516. This section, entitled "What constitutes filing; effectiveness of filing," has been changed to add three new subsections to 9-516(b) concerning what documents may be refused or do not constitute the filing of a financing statement.
Animal Control act amended. PA 095-0550 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Animal Control Act. 510 ILCS 5/2.17c. 
College Campus Press act passed. PA 095-0580 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The College Campus Press Act has been enacted. 
Liquor Control act amended. PA 095-0563 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Illinois General Assembly amended the Liquor Control Act of 1934 by changing Section 6-16. 235 ILCS 5/6-16. 
Sexual injury limitation period amended. PA 095-0589 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Code of Civil Procedure has been amended by the addition of section 13-202.3. 735 ILCS 5/13-202.3. 
Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning Prohibition act Passed - PA 095-0519 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning Prohibition Act has been enacted. 410 ILCS 110/1 et seq.
Hospital Licensing Act amended to protect religious beliefs.PA 95-0181 April 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 The Hospital Licensing Act has been amended by adding section 6.23. 210 ILCS 85/6.23. 
Illinois Insurance Code amended. PA 95-0213 April 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 Numerous sections of the Illinois Insurance Code have been amended relating to public insurance adjustment. 215 ILCS 5/512.52. 
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code amended. 095-0602 April 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, 405 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq, has been amended to add a new section defining "Dangerous conduct," and by changing other existing definitions concerning a person's awareness of the need for treatment.