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Disabled persons now protected under the Home Repair Fraud Act. PA 096-1026

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Illinois General Assembly has passed a bill making it a felony for anyone to commit fraud in connection with a home repair project undertaken to aid a disabled person. (815 ILCS 515/5)

Distributions By a Business Entity - Cautions for Owners and Their Counsel

By Sherwin D. Abrams
September
2010
Column
Page 484
Make sure your business clients aren't opening themselves to disgruntled claimants.

Illinois motorists face stiffer penalties for driving recklessly near bicyclists. PA 096-1007

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
Illinois bicyclists have been provided greater protection through recent changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code. (625 ILCS 5/11-703).

Increased minimum awards for surviving spouses of a deceased Illinois resident. PA 096-0968

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
Illinois lawmakers have granted surviving spouses a larger minimum award from the estate of the deceased. (755 ILCS 5/15-1) 

Mandatory unemployment insurance disclosure by not-for-profit employers. P.A. 096-0970

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act of 1986, requiring not-for-profit corporations to inform their employees by written notice or in their employment contract that they are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.  

The New, Improved Home Repair and Remodeling Act

By Adam B. Whiteman
September
2010
Article
Page 462
ISBA-inspired changes specify that a homeowner's remedy for an HRRA violation is to sue under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Reinstatement of real estate license. PA 096-0989

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Real Estate License Act has been amended to enable managing broker licensees, brokers, and leasing agents more flexibility in renewing their license. (225 ILCS 454/5-50) 

Restrictions on use of phosphorus-containing fertilizers. PA 096-1005

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Illinois General Assembly has placed restrictions on the use of phosphorus-containing fertilizers on the lawn of Illinois Residents. (415 ILCS 65/2).

Service men and women granted stay of foreclosure proceedings. PA 096-0901

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Code of Civil Procedure is amended to provide special provisions for those who have served their country. (735 ILCS 5/15-1501.5) 

Stiffer penalties for speeders on Illinois highways. PA 096-1002

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended by Illinois lawmakers, making stiffer penalties for drivers speeding on Illinois highways. (625 ILCS 5/11-601.5)

Thirty days for lawyers to file for fees and costs following withdrawal from representation. PA 096-0981

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
Illinois attorneys now have 30 days following their court-approved withdrawal from representation of a client to petition the court for the reasonable compensation for their services. (755 ILCS 5/27-2)

2010 Spring Session Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2010
Column
Page 404
A summary of key Illinois legislation passed this spring.

Illinois General Assembly penalizes carrying of firearms and ammunition by street gang members. PA 096-0829

August
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 400
The Illinois General Assembly amended the criminal code regarding aggravated unlawful use of a weapon to include specific penalties for the unlawful possession of a fi rearm by a street gang member.

Illinois Homeowner’s Emergency Assistance Program enacted. PA 096-0921

August
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 400
The Illinois Housing Development Authority has been granted the power to provide financial assistance to qualifying Illinois homeowners.

New state holiday: Children’s Day. PA 096-0465

August
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 400
State lawmakers have amended the State Commemorative Dates Act to celebrate Children's Day. (5 ILCS 490/125). The second Sunday in June is now Children's Day (El Dia de los Ninos).  

POWs receive free admission to museums. PA 096-0087

August
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 400
State lawmakers amended the Historic Preservation Agency Act to provide free admission to museums that receive state funding for former prisoners of war who are residents of Illinois. (20 ILCS 3405/27). 

Procedures for sterilization of a ward. PA 096-0272

August
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 400
The Probate Act of 1975 now provides guidelines regarding consent by guardians for the sterilization of a ward. (755 ILCS 5/11a-17.1). 

Electronic Home Detention Program now available for juvenile offenders. PA 096-0293

July
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
Illinois lawmakers amended the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to allow electronic home detention as an appropriate form of sentencing for wards of the court. 705 ILCS 405/5-7A-101.

Illinois Forestry Development Council created. PA 096-0217

July
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The general assembly recently created a 29-member council tasked with developing Illinois forestry. 525 ILCS 15/6b. 

Illinois General Assembly provides support for community schools and programs. PA 096-0746

July
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The Illinois General Assembly recently amended the School Code to provide aid for children through Illinois community schools. 105 ILCS 5/2-3.148.

University of Illinois admission age eliminated. PA 096-0203

July
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The general assembly recently dropped a minimum age requirement for applicants to the University of Illinois. 

General Assembly creates program to support solar and wind generation projects. 096-0725

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
A School Wind and Solar Generation Program has been created by the Illinois General Assembly. 20 ILCS 3501/825-100.

Illinois Interscholastic Association protected from defamation claims. PA 096-0723

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Illinois lawmakers passed a bill protecting Interscholastic Associations from certain civil liabilities. According to the Interscholastic Association Defamation Act, associations with the purpose of "promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics" are immune from defamation claims, with the exception of claims involving actual malice.

New law allows for expanded circulation of notice of an order of protection. PA 096-0651

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Notice of an order of protection is now more widely available at the request of a petitioner. 

No Contact Orders allowed for stalking victims. PA 096-0246

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Victims of stalking may file a "no contact order" under a new law passed by the Illinois General Assembly. 

Penalties enhanced for uninsured motorists who harm another person. PA 096-0143

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Motorists without automobile insurance who harm another person could face nearly one year in prison under a new law passed last year by the Illinois General Assembly. 

Vehicles may be seized if used to steal precious or scrap metal. PA 096-0313

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Thieves of precious and scrap metals could have their vehicles seized if the vehicle is used to steal the metal, under a new law passed by state lawmakers. 

Asian carp reduction pilot program established. PA 096-0452

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The Department of Natural Resources has been charged with running a year-long pilot program focused on harvesting Silver Carp and Bighead Carp, two invasive species in the Illinois River, in order to facilitate an increase in population of native fish.

Cross reporting encouraged between Animal Control and the Department of Children and Family Services. PA 096-0494

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
Illinois lawmakers amended multiple Acts with the aim of facilitating cross-reporting between those charged with investigating possible animal and child abuse and neglect violations.

Federal Legislative History - Free Tools at Your Fingertips

By Tom Gaylord
May
2010
Column
Page 264
Great (and free) Web-based resources.

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