Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legislation

Legislation rewrites telecommunications laws; P.A. 92-022

September
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
In late June, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2900, which re-writes the Telecommunications Article of the Public Utilities Act.

Crackdown on abuse of handicapped-parking placards; H.B. 846

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
The General Assembly approved a measure to decrease abuse of handicapped-parking placards. The measure would narrow the definition of "person with disabilities."

General Assembly approves changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Before adjourning, the General Assembly sent a number of bills to Gov. Ryan to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Illinois General Assembly 2001 Spring-Session Wrap-Up

By Jim Covington
August
2001
Column
Page 402
A summary of selected bills affecting lawyers in Illinois.

Increased penalties for driving on a revoked or suspended license; H.B. 2266

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
The General Assembly has also approved a measure that would increase penalties for persons convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license.

Parents to be notified if minor receives traffic ticket ; S.B. 627

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Senate Bill 627 would create a traffic ticket parent notification pilot program in DuPage, Kendall and Sangamon Counties beginning on January 1, 2002, and ending on December 31, 2003.

Required ignition interlock devices for repeat DUI offenders; S.B. 823

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Senate Bill 823 would increase penalties for repeat drunk driving offenders, including mandating the use of ignition interlock devices on vehicles owned by individuals convicted of a second or subsequent DUI violation.

Secretary of state may deny driver’s license to minors charged in connection with serious auto accidents; H.B. 2161

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Under House Bill 2161, a person under the age of 18 charged with a violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code or Criminal Code of 1961 arising out of a serious auto accident may be denied a driver's license.

Bill would revoke driving privileges after prison term for reckless homicide; S.B. 602

July
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 342
The General Assembly has approved legislation that would temporarily revoke the driver's licenses of individuals who are convicted of reckless homicide.

Convicted felons would have to give up weapons and FOID cards under proposed legislation; S.B. 1065

July
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 342
The General Assembly approved a new gun control measure that would require convicted felons to surrender their guns and Firearm Ownership Identification Cards before going to prison.

General Assembly approves expanded application of the death penalty; H.B. 1812

July
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 342
The General Assembly recently approved a measure that will make perpetrators of gang-related murders eligible for the death penalty.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
July
2001
Column
Page 338
Golfers in the (legal) news; capital punishment and the mentally retarded; and more.

Misidentification statute amended to resemble federal rule—S.B. 195

July
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 342
The General Assembly has approved an amendment to the misidentification statute in the Code of Civil Procedure.

POA Act Amendments: The Revised Statutory Short Form

By James F. Dunneback
July
2001
Article
Page 367
Highlights of recent changes to the POA Act.

Domestic violence victims may gain greater protection ; S.B. 175

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
If signed into law, legislation recently passed by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly would provide greater protection for abused spouses.

Emission inspection training and certification

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
On March 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of State Police (department) adopted emergency rules to section 1293 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 20 Ill Adm Code 1293.

Implementation of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
On April 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of Aging (department) amended and adopted several new sections to section 270 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 270.

Motor vehicle advertising

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
On March 20, 2001, the Illinois Attorney General adopted amendments to section 475 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 14 Ill Adm Code 475.

Noncompete clauses may be prohibited in most broadcasting employee contracts; S.B. 720

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
Certain broadcasting employees may soon enjoy greater freedom under a recent bill passed by both the Illinois House and Senate.

“Sparklers” may soon be banned on public property; S.B. 523

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
Municipalities may soon have the authority to pass ordinances prohibiting the use or sale of certain fireworks on public property.

State reimbursement to counties for portion of public defender salaries; H.B. 549

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
Currently, state funding for indigent defense of criminal charges is available only in capital cases.

Legal limit on tobacco age may rise; H.B. 1034

May
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
Some Illinois teens may soon find it more difficult to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. House Bill 1034 would raise the current minimum age to purchase such products from 18 to 19.

Pet hoarders would be treated as mentally ill under proposed legislation; H.B. 0599

May
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
The Illinois House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved a bill intended to reduce incidents of "animal hoarding" in the state.

Proposed legislation would toughen penalties for hate crimes; H.B. 0136

May
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
The Illinois House of Representatives has approved legislation that would toughen the state's stance against hate crimes.

91st General Assembly passes, governor signs “quick fix” to sentence-enhancing deficiencies; P.A. 91-0953

April
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
Citing a recent Supreme Court opinion, Illinois criminal defendants have successfully argued for a reduction in court-imposed sentences where the length of sentence was based on certain factors not proven during their trial.

Proposed amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation; H.B. 101

April
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
State Representative Larry McKeon (D-Chicago) has introduced a bill that would make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal in Illinois.

Proposed legislation attempts to curb racial profiling in traffic stops; H.B. 805

April
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
Under legislation proposed by State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), police officers would have to record the race of every driver stopped or ticketed.

92nd General Assembly underway

March
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Although Democrats maintained their slight majority in the Illinois House while Republicans held their slim lead in the Senate, political onlookers are likely to notice at least one change from 2000; this spring's legislative session promises to be much busier than last.

Aggravated DUI may be expanded; S.B. 0020

March
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Under Senate Bill 20, persons driving under the influence in school speed zones would be guilty of aggravated DUI.

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