School shooters excluded from juvenile court jurisdiction ; P.A. 91-15August 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 406The Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/1 et seq, attempts to best serve the safety and ``welfare of [an accused minor] and the best interests of the community'' by shielding the minor from the full force and application of the Illinois Criminal Code.
Lawmakers Gamble on Cook County CasinosJuly 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 351Near the end of the 1999 Spring legislative session, the Illinois Senate passed Senate bill 1017, which among other things substantially remodels the Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act, 230 ILCS 10/1 et seq.
The Lawyer’s JournalBy Bonnie McGrathMay 1999Column, Page 238The high court revisits the single-subject rule.
Amendments to the Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games ActApril 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 190Public Act 90-808 amends the Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games Act to raise the aggregate value of all prizes or merchandise permitted to be awarded in a single day of pull-tabs and jar games to $5,000. Previously, the limit was $2,250.
Amendments to the School Code; PA 90-802April 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 190Public Act 90-802 amends the School Code. This Act was passed after the Governor's technical recommendations were incorporated.
Campaign Finance Reform Provisions Enacted; PA 90-737April 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 190Governor Jim Edgar characterized Public Act 90-737, the State Gift Ban Act, as "an important step forward in the reform of campaign finance and ethics laws'' that would "improve accountability and help Illinoisans better understand the political process in our state.''
Drug-Aided Crimes (``Date Rape” Drugs) — PA 90-735March 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 130Sponsored by Senator Kirk W. Dillard, Public Act 90-735 makes it a battery to administer a controlled substance to a person without his or her consent, or by threat or deception, for non-medical purposes.
Child-Care Provider Sanctions; Genital Mutilation — PA 90-684February 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 73Public Act 90-684 allows that any child care provider receiving funds from child care assistance programs under the Illinois Public Aid Code will, as a condition of eligibility to participate in the child care assistance program under this Code.
Community Policing Volunteers—PA 90-651February 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 73Mayor Richard Daley called for the passage of legislation to increase penalties for crimes committed against community policing volunteers.
Day-Care Licensing Records — PA 90-670February 1999Illinois Law Update, Page 73Public Act 90-670 amends the Freedom of Information Act to allow the public access to records including complaints, results of complaints, and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff findings of licensing violations at day care facilities.
Judges, the Gift Ban Act, and the ConstitutionBy Timothy L. BertschyFebruary 1999Column, Page 68One of the more celebrated accomplishments of the Illinois General Assembly in 1998 was passage of ethics legislation imposing limits on gifts and contributions to state office holders and candidates for those offices.