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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.

2002 Spring Session Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2002
Column
Page 398
A revamped Uniform Partnership Act and new sex-abuse reporting requirements by clergy are among the many bills awaiting Gov. Ryan's signature at press time.

Bill would require clergy to report abuse

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2002
LawPulse
Page 392
HB 5002 would add clergy to the list of required reporters under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.

Law authorizes Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to offer point-of-service (POS) benefits P. A. 92-0135

August
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 402
Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 1040 on July 24, 2001, which amended Illinois' Health Maintenance Organization Act.

Law prohibits cell phone look-alike firearms: guns that resemble cellular telephones P. A. 92-0155

August
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 402
On July 25, 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 0037, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, possession, or carrying of a firearm that is in the shape or design of a wireless telephone.

Law restricts the deceptive sale or promotion of health-related cash discount cards P. A. 92-0296

August
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 402
On August 9, 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 3179, which adds a new section to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by restricting the deceptive sale or promotion of health-related discount cash cards.

Increased fines for digging without calling JULIE P.A. 92-0179

July
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 344
Gov. George H. Ryan signed legislation last July that amends the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act (Act) (for an in-depth look, see William Zieske's article beginning on page 354).

JULIE, Digger and Liability for Damage to Buried Utilities

By William F. Zieske
July
2002
Article
Page 354
A review of the newly amended Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act, which protects underground utilities from construction damage and governs the legal relationship between contractors and utilities

Legislation creates the Companion Animal Cremation Act P.A. 92-028

July
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 344
In August of 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed legislation regulating pet cremation.

Legislation makes changes to criminal laws involving computer technology P.A. 92-0175

July
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 344
New legislation signed into law by Gov. George H. Ryan helps in the fight against the spread of child pornography on the Internet and identifies the crime of cyberstalking. Public Act 92-0175 mandates the forfeiture of any computer containing a depiction of child pornography in any encoded or decoded format. 

Eligibility for restricted driving permits and minimum sentence requirements for DUI convictions P.A. 92-0418

June
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 288
On August 17, 2001, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 2265, which amended the Illinois Vehicle Code and the Unified Code of Corrections concerning the eligibility for restricted driving permits and minimum sentence requirements for drivers convicted of DUI offenses.

Legislation creates the criminal offense of dogfighting P.A. 92-0425

June
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 288
Gov. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2440 on August 17, 2001, which amended the Humane Care for Animals Act and Criminal Code of 1961.

Legislation expands DNA testing P.A. 92-0040

June
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 288
On June 29, 2001, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 0452, which amends the Unified Code of Corrections.

Legislation increases the penalty for operating and maintaining an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances P.A. 92-0517

June
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 288
On January 1, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 0647 to amend the Illinois Aeronautics Act, which increased the penalties for certain acts related to the operation and maintenance of an aircraft while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a narcotic drug, or other controlled substances.

Legislation requires direct notice to employees if an employer fails to make payments for an employer provided health insurance plan P.A. 92-0126

June
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 288
Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1019 on July 20, 2001, which amended the Employee Benefit Contribution Act.

Legislation facilitates donations of motor vehicles to charitable organizations to provide people in need with means of transportation P.A. 92-0495

May
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
Legislation recently enacted by the General Assembly's override of the governor's veto amends the Illinois Vehicle Code in order to better facilitate the charitable donation and transfer of motor vehicles to not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of providing vehicles to individuals in need of transportation.

Legislation makes changes to child abuse reporting laws P.A. 92-0319 and P.A. 92-0295

May
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
In August 2001, Gov. Ryan approved two pieces of legislation amending the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and Illinois School Student Records Act.

Legislation restricts insurance companies from denying insurance solely on the basis of the applicant’s credit reports; P.A. 92-0480

May
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
In August of last year, Gov. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2419, which amends the Illinois Insurance Code by providing that insurance companies authorized to do business in Illinois are prohibited from refusing to issue or renew certain policies of automobile insurance, fire and extended coverage insurance, and personal lines insurance, solely on the basis of an applicant's credit reports.

Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act P.A. 92-0068

May
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
Gov. Ryan recently approved legislation creating the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act.

Legislation amends Crime Victims Compensation Act P.A.92-0427

April
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
In August 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan approved two pieces of legislation amending the Crime Victims Compensation Act.

Legislation prescribes insurance requirements for condominium associations; P.A.92-0518

April
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
In January, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1046 amending the Condominium Property Act by replacing certain provisions of the Act pertaining to insurance for condominium associations and risk pooling trust funds for condominium associations or common interest community associations. Under the new law.

Legislation prohibits alcohol on public school property P.A. 92-0507

April
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Ryan amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934 by providing that any person in possession of alcoholic liquor on public school district property during school days or at events on public school district property when children are present is guilty of a petty offense.

New rules for use of interpreters in retail transactions or negotiations P.A.92-0478

April
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
New legislation amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act concerning retail transactions conducted in a language other than English.

Legislation provides for funding of public defender salaries P.A. 92-508

March
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. George H. Ryan amends the Counties Code by requiring the state of Illinois to pay 66 2/3 percent of a public defender's annual salary in every county within the state.

Legislation reenacts portion of invalidated criminal law P.A. 92-502

March
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
Gov. Ryan recently signed legislation reinstating the criminal law provisions of a law struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court in September of 2001.

New Options at Divorce: Legislation Treats Stock Options as Marital Property

By Celia Guzaldo Gamrath
March
2002
Article
Page 139
A review of the new law governing the classification and division of stock options upon divorce.

When Do Statutes Apply Retroactively? Illinois’ Latest Standard

By Robert C. Feldmeier
March
2002
Article
Page 134
For the second time in five years, the supreme court changed the standard for determining when new statutes apply to existing cases.

Legislation creates the crime of cyberstalking P.A. 92-199

February
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 66
In August, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 233, which amended the Criminal Code of 1961 by creating the criminal offense of cyberstalking.

Legislation eliminates sentencing limit for first-time DUI offenses and increases possible sentence for DUI convictions involving bodily harm P.A. 92-420

February
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 66
In August, legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by eliminating the three-year limit on a prison sentence for a first-time DUI offense.

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