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Internet service providers now regulated by the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act P.A. 093-1016

December
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 620
Effective in 2005, Internet service providers will be regulated by the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. 

Potluck events excluded from regulation by health authorities P.A. 093-1039

December
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 620
Effective June 1, 2005, no health authority will have regulatory power over potluck food events.

Probation in combination with imprisonment deemed acceptable punishment for offenders admitted into a drug court program P.A. 093-1014

December
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 620
In an effort to advance both the rehabilitation of criminal offenders and public protection, the Illinois Unified Code of Corrections (IUCC) has been amended to assert that a term of imprisonment in combination.

Effort to reduce harm caused by methamphetamine heightens retail sales restrictions and employee education P.A. 093-1008

November
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 568
Effective January 1, 2005, the Methamphetamine Manufacturing Chemical Retail Sale Control Act will seek to reduce the damage methamphetamine use inflicts upon individuals, their families, communities, the economy, and the environment by making it more difficult to obtain the requisite chemicals for methamphetamine manufacturing.

Grandparents granted the right to initiate child custody proceedings under IMDMA P.A. 093-1026

November
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 568
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has been amended by modifying the child custody proceeding requirements imposed by section 601(b)(4). 

Prepaid calling services now subject to regulation under Public Utilities Act P.A. 093-1002

November
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 568
Effective January 1, 2005, prepaid calling service providers must be certified by the state in order to protect against fraud. 

Arsonists to be entered into the Illinois Citizens and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting System P.A. 093-0949

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
Effective January 1, 2005, the Department of State Police will begin entering into the Illinois Citizens and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting System (I-CLEAR) names and addresses of arsonists.

Charter Bus Driver Endorsements for transportation of students to and from school-related functions

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
The Secretary of State recently adopted amendments to 92 Ill Adm Code 1030. 

Criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds is a Class 1 felony P.A. 093-0938

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
Criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds or on public property adjacent to school grounds is a Class 1 felony. 

Dormitory sprinkler systems required in all post-secondary educational institutions - P.A. 093-0887

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
Fire sprinkler systems are required in the dormitories of all post-secondary educational institutions by 2013.

Legal protection for mothers who breastfeed P.A. 093-0942

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
A mother now has a private right of action if she is denied the right to breastfeed by the owner or manager of a public or private location, other than a private residence or place of worship.

Massage therapists required to submit fingerprints to State Police P.A. 093-0908

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
Effective immediately, each applicant for a massage therapist license will have his or her fingerprints electronically submitted to the Department of State Police. 

Tenants assured repayment of expenses for repairs to rented property P.A. 093-0891

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
The Residential Tenants' Right to Repair Act will become effective January 1, 2005.

Civil rights claims under the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 may now be heard in federal courts P.A. 093-0750

September
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 456
Effective on January 1, 2005, any party aggrieved by conduct that violates the Illinois prohibition on excluding a person from participation in, or denying a person the benefits of, any program or activity on the grounds of that person's race,

Illinois restricts public use of social security numbers P.A. 093-0739

September
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 456
Effective July 1, 2006, the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act will have several additional measures restricting the use of social security numbers.

Individuals may elect to reduce automobile insurance coverage P.A. 093-0762

September
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 456
Effective immediately, any named insured person or applicant has the right to reject additional uninsured motorist coverage. 

Social security numbers may not be printed on insurance cards P.A. 093-0728

September
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 456
A person or entity may not print an individual's social security number on an insurance card.

Three-year bingo licenses are now available P.A. 093-0742

September
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 456
Effective immediately, for a triennial fee of $600, the Department of Revenue shall issue a license for the conducting of bingo to any bona fide religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, youth athletic, senior citizen, educational, or veterans' organization organized in Illinois. 

2004 Spring Session Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2004
Column
Page 402
A look at selected legislation passed in 2004 and awaiting the Governor's signature.

Park Districts Are Granted More Taxing Power P.A. 093-0625

August
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Effective immediately, if a park district lies wholly within one county, the park district board of that district is authorized to increase property taxes for corporate purposes for any one year

Requirements Imposed to be Considered a Responsible Bidder for Purposes of the Illinois Procurement Code P.A. 093-0642

August
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
In order to be considered a responsible bidder on a construction contract, bidders must now comply with all requirements set forth by Section 5 of the Illinois Procurement Code and must present satisfactory evidence of compliance to the appropriate construction agency. 

Revisions Made Regarding Custodial Interviewing and Death Penalty Sentencing P.A. 93-0605

July
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 340
Effective immediately, a pilot program requiring the recording of custodial interviews of suspects will be established in four police stations in the State of Illinois.

New Laws Criminalize Possession of Materials Used to Make Identification Cards P.A. 93-0667

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Effective immediately, it is a violation of the Illinois Identification Card Act to possess, use, or allow to be used any materials, hardware, or software specifically designed for or primarily used in the manufacture, assembly, issuance, or authentication of an official Illinois Identification Card or Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card issued by the Secretary of State.

School Districts May Recover Costs for Payments Made to Various Public Transportation Units for Regular, Vocational, and Special Education Student Transport P.A. 93-0663

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Each school year, school districts may recover expenditures made to a regional transportation authority, or any of its service boards, a mass transit district, or an urban transport district under intergovernmental agreements with the district to provide for transportation of pupils.

State Creates a Fund for Proceeds from Emissions Trading of Nitrogen Oxide Permits P.A. 93-0669

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Effective immediately, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) may sell nitrogen oxide emissions permits to sources in Illinois as a means of meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

State Recognizes Non-Public Elementary and Secondary Schools on a Voluntary Basis P.A. 93-0018

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Effective immediately, the State Board of Education will provide for the registration and recognition of non-public elementary and secondary schools. Such schools may voluntarily register with the Board of Education on an annual basis.

Trusts for Domestic Animals are Valid; P.A. 93-0668

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Effective January 1, 2005, the Illinois Trust and Trustees Act will acknowledge the validity of a trust for the care of one or more designated domestic or pet animals.

Background Checks Required for Euthanasia Technicians P.A. 093-0626

May
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 242
Effective immediately, each applicant for certification as a euthanasia technician must have his or her fingerprints submitted to the Department of State Police in an electronic format that complies with the form.

Contract Carriers Not Exempted from Vehicle Safety Inspections P.A. 093-0637

May
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 242
Effective June 2004, the Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to include, among the groups required to obtain a certificate of safety, vehicles of contract carriers transporting employees in the course of their employment on an Illinois highway in a vehicle designed to carry 15 or fewer passengers. 

The Illinois Supreme Court’s Latest Last Word on Statutory Retroactivity

By Robert C. Feldmeier
May
2004
Article
Page 260
For the third time in 10 years, the Illinois Supreme Court has changed the rule governing when statutes apply to events and litigation that predate their enactment.

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