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Articles on Legislation

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.

Flags will fly at half-staff for firefighters. PA 096-0436

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
Following the governor's decree, the United States flag and Illinois State flag fly at half-staff to honor those Illinois residents who are members of the armed forces and die by hostile fire or who are law enforcement officers and die in the line of duty.

Penalties enhanced for selling counterfeit goods. PA 096-0631

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
State lawmakers recently strengthened laws and penalties for dealing in counterfeit goods. 

Prior sexual activity or reputation evidence generally not admissible in civil trials. PA 096-0307

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
New amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure clarify that evidence to prove a victim's prior sexual behavior or reputation is generally not admissible in a civil trial. 735 ILCS 5/8-2801.

State authorizes creation of Low-Profit LLCs. PA 096-0126

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
State lawmakers recently allowed for the creation of Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (called L3Cs) for groups advancing educational or charitable purposes.

Freedom of Information Act laws enhanced. PA 096-0542

April
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 180
State lawmakers recently beefed up sunshine laws to help ensure open and transparent government. (For more, see Two Cheers for the New Freedom of Information Act in the February IBJ.)

Police may confiscate parking passes for disabled if used improperly. PA 96-0072

April
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 180
Under amendments to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a vehicle parking pass for a person with a disability may only be used by the authorized holder. 625 ILCS 5/11-1301.2.

The Sometimes Surprising Practical Implications of Revised UCC Article 1

By Pasha Vaziri
April
2010
Article
Page 204
Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code articulates the principles that underlie the remaining articles, and Illinois recently adopted Revised Article 1. Here's what it means.

Stiffer financial consequences for disorderly conduct in schools. PA 096-0413

April
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 180
Illinois lawmakers have amended the section of the Criminal Code treating disorderly conduct, creating stiffer fines for false reports or threats to schools.

Three-year pilot program focuses on the societal reintegration of persons with physical disabilities or mental illness. PA 096-0810

April
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 180
Amendments to the Disabilities Services Act have charged the Department of Human Services with creating a new pilot program designed to show the reintegration possibilities of persons with disabilities who need short-term placement in nursing facilities.

Illinois military code amended. PA 096-0822

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
Under the Illinois Military Code, grants from the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund are now available for Illinois residents who are part of the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces or Illinois National Guard members and were injured while deployed in support of operations undertaken as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

Juvenile offender reports mandated. PA 096-0853

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
The Children and Family Services Act has been amended to require the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission to prepare a report concerning parole revocations of juvenile offenders, to be completed by September 30, 2010.

Laws relaxed for vehicle window tinting. PA 096-0815

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
Drivers can now operate vehicles with more tinting on the side windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver, under a law passed recently by Illinois lawmakers. 

No statute of limitation for child pornography cases.

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to allow prosecution of child pornography offenses to be undertaken "at any time."  

Private sewage disposal restricted. PA 096-0801.

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
Illinois lawmakers amended the Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act by adding a new provision that will take effect on January 1, 2013. 

Protections extended to elementary and secondary schools. PA 096-0807

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Criminal Code of 1961 (Code) to provide for stiffer penalties for those who commit crimes on school property. 

Amendments clarify rights with respect to contested paternity. PA 096-0333

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
State lawmakers amended the Vital Records Act with respect to the procedures for registering certain live births. 410 ILCS 535/12.

Civil penalties heightened for destroying crops. PA 096-0529

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Illinois lawmakers in recent months beefed up the civil penalties for destroying a farmer's crops. Under amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961, any person who knowingly damages another's crops is liable to the crop owner for money damages "up to twice the market value of the crops damaged or destroyed." 720 ILCS 5/21-1.  

Colorectal cancer screening and treatment pilot program approved. PA 096-0325

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Colorectal cancer results in the death of nearly three thousand Illinoisans each year. It is the third most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in the state of Illinois. 

Illinois amends layoff protocol for merit compensation/salary grade employees

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (the department) modified the regulations concerning the layoff of merit compensation system employees of state agencies. 

New felony for using a stolen firearm to commit a crime. PA 096-0190

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Criminals who commit crimes with stolen guns now can be charged with a new Class 2 felony - use of a stolen firearm in the commission of an offense.

New law criminalizing obstruction of identification. PA 096-0335

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
The Illinois General Assembly is cracking down on the obstruction of identification.  

Penalties stiffened for animal and dog fighting. PA 096-0226

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Illinois lawmakers in recent months stiffened penalties for activities associated with animal and dog fighting. 

Two Cheers for the New Illinois Freedom of Information Act

By Alison K. Hayden
February
2010
Article
Page 82
Revisions to Illinois' sunshine laws are designed to make public records more accessible. But will they work as intended?

Aggravated battery with a firearm law now protects students; Unlawful use of weapons law extends protection to public transportation facilities. Public Act 096-0041

January
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
State lawmakers amended the charge for aggravated battery with a firearm to include protection for students.

Amendments ease ID requirements for first-time college voters. PA 096-0317

January
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
College students voting for the first time now can prove their identity simply by producing a student identification card and proof of residence, under new amendments to the Election Code. 

Counties empowered to create consolidated drug courts.PA 096-0776

January
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Illinois lawmakers recently amended the Drug Court Treatment Act to allow counties in the same judicial district to form a single drug court.

New adoption regulations for cats and dogs. PA 096-0314

January
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Animal shelters and animal control facilities now have the responsibility to sterilize and microchip all cats and dogs before they are ad. 

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