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Legislation creates committee to oversee pharmaceutical assistance for seniors P.A. 92-0594

March
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Recently enacted legislation created the Senior Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Committee to gather information and advise state agencies regarding pharmaceutical assistance for Illinois seniors.

New guidelines created governing home loans P.A. 92-0531

March
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Recent amendments to the Deposit of State Moneys Act (15 ILCS 520/7) now permit approved financial institutions to place the interest earned by deposited state moneys in a separate account.

Changes to penalties for heroin possession P.A. 92-0698

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
Effective July 19, 2002, amendments to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act provide that the illegal manufacture.

Delinquency fees for unpaid court costs P.A. 92-0653

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
Recent amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure provide that, absent a court-ordered payment schedule.

Highway hire-back to be funded by additional fines P.A. 92-0619

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
Recent legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code and the State Finance Act.

Legislation allows victims of financial identity theft and aggravated financial identity theft to recover in civil action from convicted defendant P.A. 92-0686

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
On July 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5934.

Legislation creates offense of sexual conduct or sexual contact with animal and increases potential sentence for defendants who commit criminal offense of aggravated criminal sexual assault with dangerous weapon P.A. 92-0721

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
On July 25, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4926, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to do two separate things.

Legislation prohibits knowingly installing any object in lieu of vehicle’s air bag; P.A. 92-0809

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
On August 21, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4353, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to create the new criminal offense of knowingly installing any object in lieu of an air bag in a vehicle for compensation.

Legislation provides sentencing ranges for violations of Boat and Snowmobile Safety Acts; P.A. 92-0615

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
On July 8, 2002, Gov. Ryan approved legislation amending the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act and the Boat Registration and Safety Act.

Amendment to Business Corporation Act of 1983 P.A. 92-0771

January
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
Gov. Ryan signed into law an amendment to the Business Corporation Act of 1983 which provides that a corporation may allow members entitled to vote to participate in any meeting through the use of interactive technology.

Amendment to Vehicle Code requires proof financial responsibility from three-time offenders P.A. 92-0775

January
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
A recent amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code provides that a person convicted a third or subsequent time of driving without liability insurance must provide proof financial responsibility to the secretary of state for at least one year.

Legislation requires members of clergy to report sexual abuse of children under Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act P.A. 92-0801

January
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On August 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5002, which amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) and the Criminal Code of 1961.

School legal drug policy prohibits disciplinary action for refusal of psychostimulants P.A. 92-0663

January
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
Effective January 1, 2003, Illinois school boards will be required to adopt and implement a policy that prohibits any disciplinary action that is based totally or in part on the refusal of a student's parent or guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.

Department of Human Services employees added to victims of aggravated assault and battery P.A. 92-0841

December
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 634
On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 2030, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to include employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS) among the victims of aggravated assault or battery.

Government to indemnify employees for attorney fees under Tort Immunity Act P.A. 92-0810

December
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 634
Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law an amendment to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.

Illinois counties must have homicide protocol P.A. 92-0802

December
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 634
Effective January 1, 2003, the Counties Code will be amended to require Illinois counties, other than "home rule" counties, to establish a written protocol to deal with homicides and questionable deaths.

Illinois’ Revised Uniform Partnership Act

By Steven G. Frost
December
2002
Article
Page 644
Effective January 1, Illinois' partnership law will undergo extensive change. Here's a review.

Legislation creates the criminal offense of conspiracy against civil rights and amends sentences for hate crime offenses and institutional vandalism offenses P. A. 92-0830

December
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 634
On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 0136, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 by creating the criminal offense of conspiracy against civil rights.

Legislation prohibits child sex offenders from knowingly residing within 500 feet of victim’s residence P. A. 92-0828

December
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 634
On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5874, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 by providing that a child sex offender may not knowingly reside within 500 feet of the victim of the offense.

Legislation authorizes students to voluntarily engage in individually-initiated prayer in public schools; P.A. 92-0832

November
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4117, amending the Silent Reflection Act.

Legislation cracks down on domestic abuse, sexual abuse and stalking P.A. 92-0827

November
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed law enforcement legislation that amends several provisions of the Criminal Code of 1961 (code).

Legislation mandates DNA testing for felons P.A. 92-0829

November
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
On August 22, 2002, Gov. Ryan also signed into law a bill requiring convicted felons to submit DNA samples to state police.

Legislation permits service of process for eviction to be made upon unknown occupant P.A. 92-0823

November
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
On August 21, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1934, amending the Code of Civil Procedure in order to permit service of process for eviction to be made upon an unknown occupant of a premises.

Legislation bans creating, selling, marketing, or possessing a depiction of animal cruelty P. A. 92-0776

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On August 6, 2002, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 5625, which amends the Humane Care for Animals Act by providing that no person may knowingly create, sell, market, offer to market or sell, or possess a depiction of animal cruelty.

Legislation creates Lawyers’ Assistance Program Act P. A. 92-0747

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On July 31, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4078, which creates the Lawyers' Assistance Program Act and amends the state Finance Act.

Legislation creates new Uniform Partnership Act; P. A. 92-0740

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On July 25, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 2049, which will replace the current Uniform Partnership Act with a new statute drafted by the National Conference of Uniform State Laws.

Legislation designed to curb telephone solicitation calls at home P. A. 92-0795

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On August 9, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1830, which creates the Restricted Call Registry Act.

Legislation authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of cars belonging to individuals who drive on suspended or revoked driver’s licenses P. A. 92-0688

September
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
On July 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1730.

Legislation creates a mechanism for juveniles being prosecuted as adults to petition the judge to transfer the case back to the juvenile court system P. A. 92-0665

September
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
On July 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4129, which amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.

Legislation creates the Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Act P. A. 92-0559

September
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1638 to create the Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Act, which authorizes a diversionary drug court program for eligible minors.

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