Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legislation

Age lowered for tattoos and punishments increased -Pa 09 -06

January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois generally Assembly amended section 12-10 of the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/12-10 et seq, by lowering the minimum age in subsection (a) required for a person to get a tattoo in Illinois from age 21 to age 18. 

Mercury-Free Vaccine act passed - Pa 09 -061

January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Effective January 1, 2006, the Mercury-Free Vaccine Act imposes a more stringent standard of administration for all mercury-containing vaccines.

Motion for severance to consider victim in sexual assault cases Pa 09 -066

January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
In order to consider the emotional implications of sexual abuse victims testifying at multiple trials, section 114-8(b) of the Criminal Code of 1963, 725 ILCA 5/114-8, is amended. 

New taskforce to improve quality and efficiency of patient care Pa 09 -06 6

January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On August 22, 2005, the Electronic health records Taskforce Act was passed in an effort to improve the quality of patient care, maximize efficiency, advance safety measures, and decrease healthcare errors.

Acts revised for trauma reporting PA094-0671

December
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 622
The hospital Licensing Act (210 ILCS 85/1 et seq) has been amended to require more rigorous reporting of certain traumas sustained by patients under the age of majority.

Home Health and Hospice drug dispensation and Administration Act passed PA094-0638

December
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 622
An effort to provide hospice and home health care service providers with more protection, while at the same time making certain medications available to patients.

Legislature addresses increased incidence of autism PA094-0632

December
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 622
In response to findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that diagnoses of autism have risen considerably in Illinois, the general Assembly has promulgated the Autism Spectrum Disorders reporting Act.

Public aid funeral expenses to be reevaluated annually PA094-0669

December
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 622
In order to accommodate potential changes in the market, the Illinois general Assembly amended section 12-4.11 of the Public Aid Code (305 ILCS 5/12-4.11). 

Tough New Dui Laws Take Effect in ’06

By George A.M. Heroux
December
2005
Article
Page 636
These new laws, effective January 1, take special aim at drivers responsible for fatalities.

Business Corporation Act revised for greater shareholder attendance PA 094-0655

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
The Business Corporation Act of 1983 (Act), 805 ILCS 5/1.01 et seq, confers much discretion regarding the location of shareholder meetings.

Child counseling amended in IMDMA PA 094-0640

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
In an effort to provide better representation for children in custody actions, section 506 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (Act), 750 ILCS 5/101 et seq.

Custodian requirements of Juvenile Court Act of 1987 amended PA 094-0604

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
On August 16, 2005, section 2-10 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/1-1 et seq) was modified to provide for more precise standards of conduct in instances where the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is appointed as the temporary custodian of a minor.

IMDMA requires notice of remarriage to sex offender PA 094-0643

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
Beginning on January 1, 2006, Illinois law requires the consideration of an additional factor when determining custody in "the best interest of the child."

Three New Illinois Laws Affect Estate-Planning Practice

By David A. Berek
November
2005
Column
Page 600
Find out more about Illinois estate-tax revisions, series LLCs, and the Disposition of Remains Act.

Guardianship requirements amended - PA094-0579

October
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 506
On August 12, 2005, the Probate Act of 1975 (755 ILCS 5) (Act) was modified to specify new conditions under which one may act as a guardian of both the person and the estate. 

Limited Liability Company Act revised - PA094-0607

October
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 506
Effective August 16, 2005, the Limited Liability Company Act (805 ILCS 180) (Act) is revised by altering section 50-10 and adding section 37-40.

New law fine-tunes child rep statute

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2005
LawPulse
Page 498
A new act seeks to clear up confusion about the differing roles of attorney, GAL, and child representative, and expressly authorizes judges to order divorcing spouses into counseling.

Registry of health care professionals to be maintained - PA094-0308

October
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 506
Beginning on July 22, 2005, the Department of Public Health is required to compile a registry of all active health care professionals. 

Stairwell access requirements amended - PA094-0630

October
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 506
On August 19, 2005, the Public Building Egress Act (425 ILCS 55/1 et seq) (Act) was amended by adding section 1.5, which addresses access to buildings via stairwell doors.

A bouquet of business-friendly bills

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2005
LawPulse
Page 438
Thanks to the Illinois General Assembly, purveyors of business advice have good news to deliver to their clients.

Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act amended for added consumer protection - PA 094-0074

September
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 446
The Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (Act) (815 ILCS 505/1 et seq) has been altered in an effort to provide heightened protection to the credit information of Illinois consumers.

Mortgage Escrow Account Act expands “mortgage lenders” and notice requirements - PA 094-0050

September
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 446
On June 17, 2005, the Mortgage Escrow Account Act (Act) (765 ILCS 910/1 et seq) was modified from its original form so as to broaden the scope of "mortgage lender" to include savings banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, and one who services the loan.

Reporting requirements defined for appointees with interests in state contracts

September
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 446
Part 565 of Title 2 was recently amended to add information on reporting requirements for State appointees under the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act ("Act"). 

2005 Illinois Spring Session Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2005
Column
Page 394
Brief summaries of bills lawyers should know about.

Employees required to report misappropriation of residents’ property in nursing homes - PA 094-0026

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
Effective January 1, 2006, the Nursing Home Care Act ("Act") is amended by adding new section 1-116.5 and altering section 3-610. 

More protection for children under the age of 9 years - PA 094-0011

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
On June 8, 2005, the Children's Product Safety Act ("Act") is amended by raising the age of children protected under the Act from under the age of 6 years, to any child under the age of 9 years. 

Uniformity required in reporting patient claims and data - PA 094-0027

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
The Illinois Health Finance Reform Act (20 ILCS 2215/4-2) is revised for the Department of Public Health ("Department") to require all hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers licensed to operate in the State of Illinois.

Business acts amended for improved consumer protection - PA 093-0950

July
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (815 ILCS 505) consists of modified stipulations concerning automatic contract renewals.

Child Curfew Act amended - PA 093-1092

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
On March 29, 2005, the Illinois legislature amended The Child Curfew Act, 720 ILCS 555, and adopted precise definitions confining the activities of youth outside the home to specified time parameters, while recognizing viable defenses to violations and guiding actions of enforcement.

Collection agencies may not collect fees to recover child support payments - PA 093-0896

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
A collection agency may not impose a fee or charge, including costs, for any child support payments collected through the efforts of a federal, state, or local government agency.

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