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Courts have new powers regarding children’s health insurance in divorces -PA 094-0923

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
Recently, the Illinois General Assembly amended section 505.2 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in by adding paragraph (2.5) to subsection (c) in order to ensure health insurance is provided for children of divorce in an equitable manner. 750 ILCS 5/505.2(c)(2.5).

Driver’s licenses of child welfare employees must be verified -PA 094-0943

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
In order to ensure the safety of children being transported by a "direct child welfare service employee," the Illinois General Assembly amended section 5c of the Child and Family Services Act. 20 ILCS 505/5c. 

Guidelines for child support arrearage compromises created - PA 094-0971

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
In order to allow the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (Department) to make compromise arrangements for assigned child support arrearages, the Illinois General Assembly has added section 10-17.12 to the Illinois Public Aid Code. 305 ILCS 5/10-17.12. 

Harsher new penalties under the Minimum Wage Act - PA 094-1025

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
The Illinois General Assembly has amended section 12 of the Minimum Wage Act (Act) to create more severe penalties for employers who fail to meet the requirements of the Act. 820 ILCS 105/12. 

Loss of custody and visitation rights for sex offenders -PA 094-0928

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
The Illinois General Assembly has created a new section to the Illinois Parentage Act in an effort to protect families who have been victims of sexual crimes. 750 ILCS 45/6.5. 

The New Eminent Domain Law: Protections for Landowners, Hurdles for Governments

By Joseph V. Healy
November
2006
Article
Page 596
A review of the legislature's response to Kelo, which takes effect January 1.

New subpoena requirements for Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act - PA 094-0940

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
Section 6 of the Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act is amended by adding paragraph 1.5 to subsection (a), which deals with subpoenas for documentary material. 740 ILCS 175/6. 

Bully prevention education suggested for schools - PA 094-0937

October
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 526
The Illinois General Assembly has found that "bullying has a negative effect on the social environment of schools, creates a climate of fear among students, inhibits their ability to learn, and leads to other antisocial behavior." 

Good Samaritan Act amended - PA 094-0825

October
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 526
In an effort to encourage bystanders to provide aid to those in need, the Illinois General Assembly added section 67 to the Good Samaritan Act. 745 ILCS 49/67. 

Increasing umbilical cord blood donations made a public goal - PA 094-0832

October
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 526
Recently, section 2310-342 was added to the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois to make healthcare providers aware of umbilical cord blood donations. 

Methamphetamine Manufacturer Registry Act created -PA 094-0831

October
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 526
Due to the widespread problem of meth-amphetamine use in Illinois, the Illinois General Assembly created the Methamphetamine Manufacturer Registry Act (Act). 

New visitation rights available to grandparents and siblings - PA 094-1026

October
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 526
Due to the ever-changing definition of family, the Illinois General Assembly amended section 607 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. 750 ILCS 5/607.

Automated railroad crossing enforcement permitted. PA 094-0771

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
In an effort to increase safety at railroad crossings, Section 11-1201.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code was amended, and section 11-1201.5 was added. 625 ILCS 5/11-1201.1 and 1201.5.

Electronic recording of vehicle speeds permitted only in construction zones. PA 094-0814

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
In order to increase safety for construction and maintenance workers, Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Code) was amended and section 11-612 was added. 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1 and 11-612. 

Legislature overturns one-year limit on family-law fee suits

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2006
LawPulse
Page 458
    Family law practitioners now have 10 years to sue clients in an independent action for unpaid fees. 

Quitclaim deeds require notification to previous owner. PA 094-0823

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
The Illinois General Assembly recently added Section 3-5046 to the Counties Code in order to provide better notice to previous owners that a quitclaim deed has been filed. 

African-American HIV/AIDS Response Fund created PA 094-0797

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
The Illinois General Assembly amended the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Act (Act) to create a special fund that shall provide grants for "programs to prevent the transmission of HIV and other programs and activities consistent with the purposes of this Act, including, but not limited to, preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, the creation of an HIV/AIDS service delivery system, and the administration of the Act." 

Bill would amend Open Meetings Act to address attendance by “electronic means”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2006
LawPulse
Page 398
Proposed legislation would allow public officials to attend meetings electronically under specified circumstances. 

Financial reports required for charity sale of motor vehicles or watercrafts PA 094-0749

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
The Solicitation for Charity Act is amended by changing section 6, 225 ILCS 460/6, which requires specific information in the financial reports of fund raisers that collect or sell motor vehicles or watercrafts. 

“Let Them Rest-in-Peace” Act passed PA 094-0772

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
In response to a Kansas church's recent anti-homosexual protests at funerals of those in the military and just before a potential protest at the funeral of a southern Illinois Army pilot, the Illinois legislature passed the "Let Them Rest-in-Peace" Act (Act). 720 ILCS 5/26-6. 

School zone speed limit now applies to park and recreation facilities PA 094-0808

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
Recently the Illinois General Assembly concluded that since lower speed limits near schools have protected children for years and since many children also use parks and recreation facilities near schools, the speed limits should be lower near the parks as well. 

2006 Spring Session Roundup

By Jim Covington
July
2006
Column
Page 348
New restrictions on eminent domain, another crack at grand-parents" visitation, and more.

Alcoholic mist machines prohibited in Illinois : PA 094-0745

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
Section 6-33 has been added to the Liquor Control Act of 1934 (Act), in order to prohibit the use or sale of "any alcohol without liquid machine" in the state of Illinois. 

Excessive engine braking noise prohibited in commercial vehicles : PA 094-0756

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Illinois Vehicle Code (Code) by adding section 602.1. 625 ILCS 5/12-602.1.

Illinois seeks efficiency in the event of a disaster PA 094-0733

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
Perhaps due to problems with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina, the Illinois General Assembly amended Section 2105-400 of "The Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois." 20 ILCS 2105/2105-400. First, subsection 

Illinois skills match program posts job vacancies online : PA 094-0786

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
In order to make securing employment easier for its citizens, the Department of Employment Security Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois has added the Illinois Skills Match Program under section 1005-47 of 20 ILCS 1005.

Impersonating a military hero is a crime : PA 094-0755

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
Out of respect for those in the military, the Illinois General Assembly amended section 17-2 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (Code), by adding subsection (a-6). 720 ILCS 5/17-2(a-6). 

Increased security authorized at railroad terminals PA 094-0736

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
Due to increasing security concerns regarding public transportation after Sept. 11, 2001, section 18c-7503 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/18c-7503, has been amended to provide for terminal security on railroad property by adding section 2.5 and amending subsection 3.

The Latest on Predatory Lending Legislation

By James K. Weston
July
2006
Column
Page 380
Concerns persist about this anti-redlining program.

Smoking now prohibited in all college dorms : PA 094-0770

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
While some college dorms permitted certain floors to allow smoking, the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act (Act) now prohibits smoking in all student dorms. 

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