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Prospective jurors who are excused because of a permanent disability may never serve as a juror. PA 097-0436.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 556
The Jury Act and the Jury Commission Act have been amended to prohibit persons who have been excused from jury duty due to a total and permanent disability from ever serving as a juror again. (705 ILCS 305/10.4, 10.5 new).

Rebate offers need to be accompanied by conspicuous and clear disclosures. PA 097-0308.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 556
Retailers offering merchandise rebate offers must now abide by new disclosure requirements. (815 ILCS 505/2LLL new).

Registration of vehicles used in gunrunning may be suspended. PA 097-0540.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 556
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to address the registration status of vehicles used in gunrunning violations (625 ILCS 5/3-704).

Schools may suspend or expel students for gross disobedience or misconduct committed online. PA 097-0340.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 556
Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to enable school boards to suspend or expel students for committing gross disobedience or misconduct using electronic means. (105 ILCS 5/10-22.6).

All driver’s license applicants must provide social security numbers. PA 097-0263

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to remove the social security number exemption for all driver's license applicants. (625 ILCS 5/6-106, 6-110, and 6-510).

Dental home initiative for children covered by All Kids. PA 097-0283

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Children's Health Insurance Program Act, Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act, and the Illinois Public Aid Code have been amended to require the Department of Health and Human Services to work with the dental community and other organizations to develop a dental home for children covered under the Acts. (215 ILCS 106/65 new; 215 ILCS 170/54 new; 305 ILCS 5/5-5.06 new).

Illinois Identification Cards may be issued without photographs for religious reasons. PA 097-0371

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Identification Card Act to authorize the Secretary of State to issue Illinois Identification Cards or Illinois Disabled Person Identification Cards without photographs under certain circumstances. (15 ILCS 335/4, 335/5).

It is now unlawful to ride in towed vehicles. PA 097-0017

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to make it unlawful to ride in any vehicle while it is being towed on a public highway. (625 ILCS 5/11-1408)

A person who asks a third party to stalk a victim is guilty for the act. PA 097-0311

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Illinois Criminal Code has been amended to place accountability on a person who directs a third party to stalk another person. (720 ILCS 5/12-7.3, 12-7.4, 12-7.5, and 12-30).

School districts may charge up to $250 for driver education courses. PA 097-0145

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Illinois School Code has been amended to allow school districts to increase driver education course fees to an amount not exceeding $250. (105 ILCS 5/27-24.2).

School districts must provide criminal record information upon request. PA 097-0248

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to require school districts to provide certain criminal record check results and Statewide Sex Offender Database check results that it obtained within the past year upon request. (105 ILCS 5/10-21.9, 5/34-18.5)

Vehicle lessors not liable for automated traffic law enforcement system violations by lessees. PA 097-0029

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to relieve vehicle owners who leased their motor vehicles under a written lease agreement from liabilities for automated traffic law enforcement system violations. (625 ILCS 5/11-208.6).

Back seat passengers must wear seatbelts. PA 097-0016.

September
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 440
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to require all passengers to wear safety belts. (625 ILCS 5/12-603.1). Formerly, the requirement only applied to a driver, front seat passenger, and other riders under the age of 19.

Educational programs to combat religious hate crimes. PA 097-0161.

September
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 440
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Criminal Code to implement educational programs for certain hate crime offenders. (720 ILCS 5/12-7.1).

Licensed health care workers now subject to actions concerning sex crimes. PA 097-0156.

September
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 440
The Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois has been amended to establish health care worker licensure actions relating to sex crimes (20 ILCS 2105/2105-165 new).

Patients’ immunization records to be collected, analyzed and released by the Department of Public Health. PA 097-0117.

September
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 440
Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Immunization Data Registry Act, which will be implemented by the Department of Public Health.

State to promote the use of electric vehicles. PA 097-0089.

September
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 440
State lawmakers recently passed the Electric Vehicle Act in response to findings that the adoption and use of electric vehicles would improve Illinois residents' health, reduce transportation costs, and shift the demand for imported petroleum to locally produced electricity.

The 2011 Rewrite of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

By Richard D. Hannigan
August
2011
Article
Page 400
Make no mistake, this is not the workers' comp act you knew two months ago. This article highlights key changes.

2011 Spring Session Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2011
Column
Page 392
A summary of key legislation from this year's session.

Assaulting a probation officer constitutes aggravated assault. PA 096-1398

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to expand instances when an assault constitutes aggravated assault. 720 ILCS 5/12-2.

Domestic Violence Fund extended to civil unions. PA 097-0004

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
The State Finance Act has been amended to extend the Domestic Violence Fund to persons entered into civil unions. 30 ILCS 105/6z-72.

Guidelines for the administration of grants to Green Manufacturing projects. PA 096-1413

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois has been amended to establish guidelines for the administration of the Green Manufacturing Grant Fund. 20 ILCS 605/605-524.

Increased fines for DUI offenders. PA 096-1342

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to increase the fine for anyone who is found guilty of or pleads guilty to driving under the influence. 625 ILCS 5/11-501.01.

Liquor sale licenses may be issued for premises located near schools. PA 097-0009

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
The Liquor Control Act of 1934 has been amended to allow the issuance or renewal of alcoholic liquor sale licenses for retail premises located within 100 feet of schools under certain conditions. 235 ILCS 5/6-11.

New licenses for craft brewers. PA 097-0005

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
Illinois lawmakers have amended The Liquor Control Act of 1934 to establish provisions for craft brewers. 235 ILCS 5/1-3.33.

Restrictions placed on the display of state PSA’s and advertisements. PA 097-0013

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
An amendment has been made to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act regarding public service announcements and promotional material. 5 ILCS 430/5-20.

Children may immediately re-enroll in the Children’s Health Insurance Program or the ALL KIDS Health Insurance Program. PA 096-1272.

July
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Children's Health Insurance Program Act and the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act to allow children to re-enroll in the Children's Health Insurance Program or the ALL KIDS Health Insurance Program immediately upon paying the required monthly premium. (215 ILCS 106/20; 215 ILCS 170/20).

Fine raised for imposing absolute liability for misdemeanor crimes. PA 096-1198

July
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to raise the fine when imposing absolute liability on a person who committed a misdemeanor offense that is not punishable by incarceration (720 ILCS 5/4-9).

First-time misdemeanor violators of the Use of Intoxicating Compounds Act may elect to receive treatment. PA 096-1440.

July
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act has been amended and expanded to allow not only addicts or alcoholics convicted of a crime but also first-time misdemeanor violators of the Use of Intoxicating Compounds Act to choose to receive treatment under the supervision of a designated licensed program. (20 ILCS 301/40-5; 720 ILCS 690/4).

Illinois Vehicle Code amended to change restrictions on vehicle window tinting. PA 096-1056.

July
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
Vehicle owners may tint or treat vehicle windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver if the manufacturer of the vehicle originally installed the rear windows with nonreflective smoked or tinted glass.

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