The 91st General Assembly has taken a second major step toward ensuring criminal justice by requiring that physical evidence used to convict criminals be preserved for DNA and other testing in post-trial proceedings.
In response to a recent appellate court decision, the General Assembly passed and the governor recently approved legislation clarifying the process for requesting court-ordered evaluations in child custody proceedings.
During one of the shortest sessions in recent history, the General Assembly answered Gov. George H. Ryan's call for tax cuts during a year in which most legislators find themselves on the election ballot in November.
Public Act 91-699, which will take effect next year, expands the state's Circuit Breaker Program by increasing the minimum level of income for eligibility and expanding coverage for drugs used to treat certain diseases.
Calling the bill "one of the most important measures we have ever passed in Springfield," Gov. Ryan signed Public Act 91-700, which amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to establish the first state income tax credit for Illinois taxpayers.
Public Act 91-698, which became effective when signed on May 6, is designed to protect Illinois consumers from predatory lenders by authorizing the Department of Financial Institutions and the Office of Banks and Real Estate to promulgate rules regulatin regulating the activities of lenders they license.
During one of the briefest legislative sessions in recent memory, the General Assembly ended a four-month controversy over whether illegally transporting firearms should be considered a felony or misdemeanor in Illinois.
Public Act 91-649 permissively approves sales taxes for all nonhome rule municipalities. Previously, a nonhome rule municipality needed at least 130,000 inhabitants to pursue a sales tax, which effectively precluded most proposals.
As of January 1, 2000, Illinois drivers who own or operate vehicles containing hidden compartments may be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Public Act 91-359 amends the Vehicle Code by making it illegal to own or operate a motor vehicle when a person knows the vehicle contains a false or secret compartment.
Public Act 91-229 expands the definition of ``child'' with regard to the offense of child pornography to include any material that conveys the impression that the [material] is of a person under the age of 18.