Presenting property tax appealsOctober 2009Column, Page 532Q: The fair market value of my house has decreased since the recession, but my property taxes haven’t. I’ve filed an appeal of my assessment with the Board of Review, and I’m waiting for the hearing. What is my best argument at the hearing? What should I take with me in the way of evidence? What are my chances in getting the taxes reduced?
Illinois establishes married families domestic violence grantsAugust 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 392The Illinois Attorney General established the Married Families Domestic Violence Fund (the Fund) to fund the delivery of free legal advocacy, legal assistance, and legal services to married and formerly married victims of domestic violence by means of grants awarded by the Illinois Attorney General to public or private non-profit service providers.
Clean air set-aside rules updatedJuly 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 336The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted new standards to regulate clean air set-asides under Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Rules implementing the Illinois Community Care Program revisedJune 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284Illinois' Department on Aging amended the state's Community Care Program (CCP) to provide for higher quality standards for providers, increase required worker competencies, and improve general oversight by the department. 89 Ill Adm Code 240.
Illinois Retailers’ Occupation Tax revisedMay 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 226The Illinois Department of revenue revised the retailers' occupation tax as it relates to fly-away aircrafts and taxes charged by hotels and similar establishments for the rental of meeting, conference, banquet, and other similar types of rooms when food and beverages are provided. 86 Ill Adm Code 130.
Illinois Grain Code updatedApril 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 174The Department of Agriculture updated the state's Grain Code to establish a single system of governmental regulation for the Illinois grain industry. 8 Ill Adm Code 281.
Community Care Program updatedMarch 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122The Department on Aging amended Title 89 Ill Adm Code 240, which regulates social services and governs the Illinois Community Care Program.
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.
Emergency Contact Database to be created. PA 095-0898January 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Illinois Identification Card Act has been amended by adding section 11A, and the Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended by adding section 6-117.2. 15 ILCS 335/11A and 625 ILCS 5/6-117.2.
State Income Tax rules updatedJanuary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Illinois Department of Revenue amended Title 86, which governs Illinois state income tax rules. 86 Ill Adm Code 100.7300 et seq. The purpose of the amendment is to provide guidance on the application of the Illinois income tax withholding requirements for employers.
Personnel rules for public officials and employees revisedDecember 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 612The Illinois Office of the Secretary of State made several changes to Title 80, Subtitle B, Chapter II, Part 420, Personnel Rules, Pay Plans, and Position Classifications. 80 Ill Adm Code 420.
Oversight of towing companies increasedNovember 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The Illinois Commerce Commission added a new part to Title 92, Part 1715, relating to safety relocation towing. 92 Ill Adm Code 1715.
Changes to the Illinois income tax lawsOctober 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 504The Illinois Department of Revenue made several amendments and added two sections to Part 100 of Title 86, relating to the assessment and collection of Illinois income tax.
New law attempts to simplify zoning hearingsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2008LawPulse, Page 498 A new law classifies zoning decisions as legislative acts, not administrative rulings. This will streamline zoning proceedings, proponents say.