Stricter traffic penalties adoptedNovember 2002Illinois Law Update, Page 584On September 3, 2002, the Illinois Secretary of State's Office adopted amendments to the Vehicle Code imposing tougher penalties for a violation of the laws governing emergency vehicles and reporting of vehicle accidents.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathDecember 2000Column, Page 686Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
Neighborhood Services Act compromise finally reachedJune 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 310During one of the briefest legislative sessions in recent memory, the General Assembly ended a four-month controversy over whether illegally transporting firearms should be considered a felony or misdemeanor in Illinois.
Illinois attempts to keep drugs out of stateJanuary 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 16As of January 1, 2000, Illinois drivers who own or operate vehicles containing hidden compartments may be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Public Act 91-359 amends the Vehicle Code by making it illegal to own or operate a motor vehicle when a person knows the vehicle contains a false or secret compartment.
Sound amplification statute found unconstitutionalJanuary 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 16On November 18, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court s finding that the sound amplification statute, known as section 12-611 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/12-611 (West 1999)), is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie McGrathSeptember 1999Column, Page 454"Same part of the body'' rule update.
New Procedures for Motor Vehicle InspectionsDecember 1998Illinois Law Update, Page 662On September 28, 1998 the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted 24 amendments and added 16 new subsections to section 276. 35 Ill Adm Code 276.