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Amid Controversy, Protection of Religious Freedom in Illinois Strengthened; PA 90

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
The General Assembly recently passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("IRFRA'') over Governor Jim Edgar's amendatory veto.

Child-Care Provider Sanctions; Genital Mutilation — PA 90-684

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
Public 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 90-651

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
Mayor Richard Daley called for the passage of legislation to increase penalties for crimes committed against community policing volunteers.

Day-Care Licensing Records — PA 90-670

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
Public 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 Constitution

By Timothy L. Bertschy
February
1999
Column
Page 68
One 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.

Additional Conditions Apply to Delinquent Property Tax Liability of Mortgage Lenders; PA 90-575

January
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 13
Two additional conditions must be met before the state can hold mortgage lenders liable for delinquent property taxes.

Insurance Company Policyholder Decisions Cannot Depend Solely on Domestic Violence Injuries; PA 90-700

January
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 13
In determining policyholder ``rating, underwriting, or claims handling'' decisions, insurance companies cannot solely consider the fact of domestic violence injuries.

Juvenile Justice Act Rewrite; PA 90-590

January
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 13
According to Senator Hawkinson, the re-write of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act incorporates mostly technical changes to meet the sponsors' intent to create a system that protects the community, holds juvenile delinquents accountable for their crimes, and lets juvenile offenders live responsibly and productively.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
January
1999
Column
Page 10
ADA plaintiffs must be accommodating.

Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act

January
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 13
On October 23, 1998, the Department of Human Services added section 299 to its administrative rules. 59 Ill Adm Code 299. 

Corporate Income Tax Formula and Individual Taxpayer Exemption Changed; P.A. 90-613

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
Public Act 90-613 gradually changes the three-factor Illinois corporate income tax formula to a new formula based exclusively on instate sales.

Delinquent Taxpayer Disclosure-HB 2671

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
This bill allows the director of the Department of Revenue to annually disclose a list of taxpayers who are delinquent in the payment of their tax liabilities collected by the Department of Revenue.

Establishment of Automated State Case Registry — Public Act 90-790

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
Public Act 90-790 called for the Department of Public Aid to establish an automated state case registry to maintain records of child support orders.

Expedited Evictions from Private Rental Properties; P.A. 90-557

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
Public Act 90-557 expands "emergency'' public housing eviction proceedings to ``privately owned and managed'' housing.

Prior Order of Protection Violators Subject to Increased Domestic Battery Penalties; P.A. 90-734

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
According to Public Act 90-734, domestic battery committed by a defendant with a prior conviction for violating an order of protection is a Class 4 felony.

DNA Testing Vacates Prior Paternity Action—PA 90-715

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
Amending the Parentage Act, this bill allows an individual to bring an action to declare the non-existence of the parent and child relationship.

Free Illinois Legislative Information System Access and Year 2000 Compliance; PA 90-666

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
The Illinois Legislative Information System will be freely accessible through the World Wide Web.

Offense of Harassment Through Electronic Communication—PA 90-578

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
Public Act 90-578 adds the offense of harassment through electronic communication to the Obscene Phone Call Act.

Public Listing of Delinquent Taxpayers; PA 90-753

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
Subject to several conditions, the Director of Revenue may annually disclose a list of delinquent taxpayers' names, addresses, amounts owed, and other information.

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