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2018 Spring Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2018
Article
Page 20
The state legislature sent significant measures to the governor's desk this spring concerning court fees and fines, domestic violence and orders of protection, voting rights for inmates, the raising of the legal age limit for buying tobacco products, and more.

Veto session wrap-up

By Matthew Hector
December
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
The General Assembly overrode Governor Rauner's vetos of student loan legislation and the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefit Act.

2017 Spring Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2017
Article
Page 22
The General Assembly approved legislation authorizing collaborative law in divorce, reducing the risk that appeals of administrative review are thrown out for minor errors, and limiting civil asset forfeiture, among other important action.

Proposed legislation would address rising court costs

By Matthew Hector
May
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
A bill introduced in this session would standardize court fees statewide and reduce their burden on low-income litigants.

Proposed legislation would limit civil asset forfeiture

By Matthew Hector
March
2017
LawPulse
Page 22
A new bill would remove incentives that encourage police to seize cars and other private property and would limit the practice to people convicted, not just accused, of crimes.

2016 Spring Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2016
Column
Page 46
Bills decriminalizing cannabis possession and rewriting the LLC Act were among those approved this session.

Family Law Rewrite Signed by Governor

By Jim Covington
August
2015
Article
Page 44
A far-reaching revision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is among the bills signed by the governor this session.

2014 Spring Session Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2014
Column
Page 376
Illinois legislators revised the health care POA, created guidelines for calculating maintenance, and more.

2013 Spring Session Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2013
Column
Page 396
Concealed carry legislation, the medical marijuana pilot program, and more.

Department of Aging to participate in electronic data-sharing agreements among public service departments. PA 098-0008

August
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 392
The Department of Aging will now have the power to share and request information about income, identification, and other applicable program and service eligibility information electronically through the use of data-sharing agreements with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, and "any other governmental entity." 20 ILCS 105/4.01.

Surcharge for strip clubs to benefit sexual assault crisis centers. PA 097-1035

July
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
State lawmakers have enacted the Live Adult Entertainment Facility Surcharge Act to fund sexual assault crisis centers in Illinois. 35 ILCS 175.

New requirements enacted for Illinois gasoline stations to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. PA 097-1152

June
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Motor Fuel Sales Act to make refueling more accessible and convenient for persons with disabilities. 815 ILCS 365/2.

Department of Natural Resources may ban individuals from its land. PA 097-1011

February
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
The Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois now provides for the removal and/or ban of individuals from Department-owned or dedicated lands. 20 ILCS 805/805-518 new.

A New Tool for Federal Legislative Research

By Tom Gaylord
November
2012
Column
Page 612
Congress.gov will soon succeed THOMAS as the go-to site for federal legislative research.

The DCFS youth scholarship recipient pool has been expanded. PA 097-0799

September
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
The youth to whom the Department of Children and Family Services may award its available scholarship and fee waivers has been expanded.

2012 Spring Session Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2012
Column
Page 408
A summary of laws passed this spring by the General Assembly.

New remedies for storage facility owners. PA 097-0599

August
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
The Self-Service Storage Facility Act has been amended to provide storage facility owners with new guidelines regarding liens and late fees (770 ILCS 95/2).

Limits on open burning. PA 097-0488

June
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
The Fire Protection District Act has been amended to allow for the emergency prohibition of open burning (70 ILCS 705/8.20).

Emergency Medical Services Access Law grants immunity from prosecution to those who experience or report drug overdoses. PA 097-0678

April
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 184
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (720 ILCS 570/414 new), the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act (720 ILCS 646/115 new), and the Unified Code of Corrections (730 ILCS 5/5-5-3.1) in an effort to decrease drug-overdose deaths.

Law enforcement authorities must provide notice when re-opening a closed case. PA 097-0457

March
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 132
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act to require law enforcement authorities to provide notice when a closed case is re-opened for investigation (725 ILCS 120/4.5).

New limitations on restraints for pregnant and postpartum prisoners. PA 097-0660

March
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 132
The Counties Code has been amended to introduce new limitations on the restraint of pregnant, laboring, and postpartum prisoners (55 ILCS 5/3-15003.6).

Corporate authorities of townships may provide for disposal of brush and leaves. PA 097-0417

January
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Township Code has been amended to authorize corporate authorities of a township to provide funds, by ordinance, for the collection, transportation, and disposal of brush and leaves within the unincorporated parts of the township. 60 ILCS 1/210-7 new.

Lessors of dwelling units must disclose radon hazards to current and prospective tenants. PA 097-0021

January
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Radon Awareness Act has been amended to require lessors of dwelling units to disclose any radon hazard to lessees. 420 ILCS 46/25 new.

New registration requirements for sex offenders. PA 097-0578

January
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Sex Offender Registration Act to introduce new retroactive registration requirements for sex offenders and sexual predators. 730 ILCS 150/2 et seq.

The Small Business Development Grant Fund created. PA 097-0406

January
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Illinois lawmakers have amended the State Fund Act to establish the Small Business Development Grant Fund as a special fund in the state treasury. 30 ILCS 105/6z-87 new.

State agencies must use direct deposits to make employee payroll and some other payments. PA 097-0348

December
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 610
Illinois lawmakers have amended the State Comptroller Act to require state agencies to use direct deposits in making payments to its employees and some vendors. (15 ILCS 405/9.03)

State Board of Education to provide funding for K-12 textbooks. PA 097-0570

December
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 610
State lawmakers have amended the school code to establish the Textbook Block Grant Program (105 ILCS 5/2-3.153 new).

State creates greater opportunities for minority contractors. PA 097-0590

December
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 610
The State Comptroller Act has been amended to introduce the Minority Contractor Opportunity Initiative (15 ILCS 405/23.9 new).

Employers may not violate pregnant employees’ civil rights. PA 097-0596.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 556
The Illinois Human Rights Act has been amended to protect pregnant employees (775 ILCS 5/2-102).

Hotels now required to install smoke detectors. PA 097-0447.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 556
The Smoke Detector Act has been amended to require hotels to install at least one approved smoke detector within 15 feet of every guestroom. (425 ILCS 60/3).

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