Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legislation

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. 

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. 

False personation of peace officer while carrying a weapon now a felony PA 094-0730

June
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
Effective April 17, 2006, the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq, was amended to expand the statutory restriction on the unlawful use of weapons. 

The General Assembly rewrites eminent domain law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2006
LawPulse
Page 278
The bill, now on the governor's desk, specifies that property can be condemned only for a "qualified public use." 

Religious freedom recognized by Condominium Property Act PA 094-0729

June
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
Section 18.4 of the Condominium Property Act (765 ILCS 605/1 et seq) has been amended to expand the powers and duties of the boards of managers for condominium associations while also recognizing the right of property owners to exercise their religious beliefs.

Commercial vehicles may tow two vehicles PA 094-0713

May
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
In an effort to ensure highway safety, section 15-107 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/15-107, has been amended.

Department of Corrections to evaluate and treat sex offenders PA 094-0706

May
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
Section 19 of the Sex Offender Management Board Act, 20 ILCS 4026/19

State Podiatric Disciplinary Funds may not be transferred to General Revenue Fund PA 094-0726

May
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
Effective upon becoming law, section 8h, "Transfers to General Revenue Fund," of the State Finance Act, 30 ILCS 105/8h, is amended. Subsection (c) of section 8h now provides that section 8h does not apply to funds reserved in the "Illinois State Podiatric Disciplinary Fund."

Unemployment Insurance Act revised PA 094-0723

May
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
Effective January 1, 2006, sections 1400 and 1402 of the Unemployment Insurance Act (820 ILCS 405/100 et seq) were revised, and section 1400.2 was added to the Act. 

The Circuit Courts Act is amended to reduce judgeships in the 19th and 22nd judicial circuits PA 094-0727

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
Effective February 14, 2006, the Circuit Courts Act (Act), 705 ILCS 35/2 et seq, was amended to reduce the number of judgeships in the 19th and 22nd circuits. 

EPA amended for pollution control PA 094-0725

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
Effective June 1, 2006, the Environmental Protection Act (Act) (415 ILCS 5 et seq) was amended by revising sections 22.51 and 39, respectively, to set more precise standards in the field of excavation. 

School Code amended to include bonds as exempt from indebtedness PA 094-0721

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
Section 19-1 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/19-1) has been revised to provide that bonds issued by school districts offering K-12 curriculum will not be considered indebtedness regardless of all previous law, including any limitations that may exist under this section. 

Teachers allowed to elect Medicare coverage PA 094-724

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The Illinois General Assembly recently amended the Illinois Pension Code (Code) by adding section 17-130.3 (40 ILCS 5/17-130.3).

The Illinois Pension Code expands those entitled to receive monthly and annual increases in annuities PA 094-0719

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
Section 167.1 of the Illinois Pension Code, 40 ILCS 5/5-167.1, has been amended to expand the category of police officers who are subject to both the monthly and annual increases in their annuity to include those born after January 1, 1950, and before January 1, 1955. 

Mental disorder defined regarding acts of sexual violence PA 094-705

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
Effective June 1, 2006, the Illinois General Assembly has added section 4.03 to the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act, 750 ILCS 205/4.03, in order to recognize those with mental disorders.

New requirements for motor vehicle rentals PA 094-0717

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
Effective December 19, 2005, the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5) was amended by modifying section 6-305(f) and adding sections 6-305(l) and (m), respectively. Accordingly, subsection (f) is limited by the language of subsection (l); subsection (f) now provides that "[s]ubject to subsection (l), any person who rents a motor vehicle to another shall only advertise.

Nurse with license pending may be qualified under Veterans Act PA 094-703

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
In order to accommodate the number of veterans who require nursing care at their homes, section 2.07 of the Department of Veterans Affairs Act, 20 ILCS 2805/2.07.

Police and firefighters’ duties must be kept separate -PA 094-720

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
The Illinois Municipal Code was amended by adding section 10-3-3.1, 65 ILCS 5/10-3-3.1, in order to make distinct the duties of police officers and firefighters.

Procedure for filling vacancies on the Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System amended PA 094-710

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
With regard to vacancies on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System, section 16-165 of the Illinois Pension Code, 40 ILCS 5/16-165, was amended.

School Code amended for additional sources of revenue PA 094-0714

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
On December 13, 2005, the "Contracts" section of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.21) was amended to better monitor contracts that generate supplementary revenue for school districts. 

The Illinois Criminal and Vehicle Codes are amended to include motor fuel theft - PA 094-700

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
Due to Illinois' strong public policy to protect its citizens from the economic effects of motor fuel theft, the Illinois General Assembly has added Article 16J to the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/Art. 16J, et seq, in order to protect the people "in their health, safety and welfare from the effects of this crime." 

The Medical School Matriculant Criminal History Records Check Act is amended PA 094-0709

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
In order to better provide medical schools with information regarding matriculants, the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, 20 ILCS 2605/2605, is amended by adding section 2605-327. 

State adopts Design-Build Procurement Act - PA 094-0716

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
The Design-Build Procurement Act was adopted on December 13, 2005, and the guidelines presented in the Act shall be abided by if doing so would be cost-effective and suitable for the particular project at issue.

Tampering with fire safety system is a Class 4 felony PA 094-707

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
Effective June 1, 2006, the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/16-22 et seq, is amended by adding section 16-22, which makes "tampering with a security, fire, or life safety system" a Class 4 felony. 

Advertising legal services limited - Pa 09 -0659

January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Effective January 1, 2006, the Illinois general Assembly amended the Attorney Act, 705 ILCS 205/1 et seq, by changing section 1. 

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