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.
Implementation of the Green Government Illinois ActAugust 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 390In an effort to demonstrate Illinois' commitment to conserving natural resources, reducing negative environmental impacts, and decreasing green house gas emissions, the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council adopted the Green Governments Illinois Act.
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act is amended. PA 095-0427June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284Sections 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."
New licensing requirements for fire equipment distributorsJune 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284The Office of the State Fire Marshall made changes to 41 Ill Adm Code 280. The changes apply to companies and their employees that service, hydro-test, recharge, install, maintain, replace, repair or inspect all types of fire extinguishers, suppression devices or systems.
ADA grievance procedures clarifiedMay 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 236The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has amended Part 800 of the Illinois Administrative Code to clarify the procedure that complainants must follow when they file grievances with the Council regarding alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC §12101 et seq). 4 Ill Adm Code 800.
Licensing of physicians tied to maintenance of profilesDecember 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 632The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which regulates the licensing of physicians, has created rules to implement the Medical Practice Act of 1987, 225 ILCS 60 et seq, which required that the department make publicly available profiles of all physicians licensed in Illinois. 68 Ill Adm Code 1285.
Mentor program for new principals establishedDecember 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 632The State Board of Education has implemented Section 2-3.53a of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.53a, which calls for a mentoring program between first-year principals and experienced principals. 23 Ill Adm Code