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E-filing comes to Cook County By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2011 LawPulse, Page 280 The nation's largest unified court system offers the option of electronic filing in most civil cases.
Counties empowered to create consolidated drug courts.PA 096-0776 January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Illinois lawmakers recently amended the Drug Court Treatment Act to allow counties in the same judicial district to form a single drug court.
Counties Code amended to address public facilities. PA 095-1002 April 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 The Illinois General Assembly amended section 5-1006.5 of the Counties Code by adding terms which address "public facilities" in the "Special County Retailers' Occupation Tax" provision.
Counties Code amended. PA 095-0805 December 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 The Counties Code has been amended by adding section 42000 dealing with county ownership of a wind farm. 55 ILCS 5/42000. This new section provides that a county may "own and operate a wind generation turbine farm [wind farm]." 
Counties may regulate AM broadcast stations PA 094-728 June 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 In expanding the Counties Code, 55 ILCS 5/1-1001 et seq, the Illinois General Assembly has provided county boards or the "board of county commissioners of any county" with the authority to regulate "AM broadcast towers and facilities," in addition to the facilities of telecommunications carriers. 
New guidelines for adult entertainment facilities PA 093-1056 March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Effective November 23, 2004, the Counties Code (55 ILCS 5) was amended by changing section 5-1097.5 to prohibit adult entertainment facilities from locating within 3,000 feet of the property boundaries of any school, day care center, cemetery, public park, forest preserve, public housing, and place of religious worship.