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Counties Code amended to address public facilities. PA 095-1002

April
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The Illinois General Assembly amended section 5-1006.5 of the Counties Code by adding terms which address "public facilities" in the "Special County Retailers' Occupation Tax" provision.

Juvenile Jurisdiction Task Force considers extending Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to youth age 17. PA 095-1031

April
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 by amending two sections and adding one section. 705 ILCS 405/5-105, 5-120, 5-121.

New laws criminalize interference with the duties of a judicial officer. PA 095-1035

April
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 by adding two new sections making it a crime to interfere with the duties of a judicial officer, or attempt to bribe an officer's immediate family, staff, or other court employees. 720 ILCS 5/32-4e, 32-4f.

The Public Construction Bond Act amended. PA 095-1011

April
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The Illinois General Assembly amended section 1 of the Public Construction Bond Act to expand the requirements for bonds by contractors for state construction projects. 30 ILCS 550/1.

Act authorizes school districts to release juvenile truancy records. PA 095-1016

March
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 122
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Municipal Code by changing Sections 1-2.2-20 and 11-5-9. 65 ILCS 5/1-2.2-20, 11-5-9. 

Act protects rights of detainees to access religious workers. PA 095-1022

March
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 122
Illinois lawmakers created the Access to Religious Ministry Act of 2008 to ensure that religious workers have reasonable access to immigration-related detainees held in county jails in the state of Illinois. 730 ILCS 125/26.  

Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act enacted. PA 095-0995

March
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 122
Illinois lawmakers enacted the Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act to assess the “nature and extent of the harm caused to minority communities” by certain provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/ et seq), Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/ set seq), Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550/ et seq) and other listed laws.

Department of Human Services Act amended. PA 095-0998

March
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 122
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Department of Human Services Act by adding and deleting language in Section 10-10, and adding Section 10-60. 20 ILCS 1305/10-10, 10-60.

In Defense of the Citizen Participation Act

By Adam Schwartz
March
2009
Column
Page 114

New life insurance standards for reserve liabilities and nonforfeiture values

March
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 122
The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation added a new Part to Title 50 entitled,Preneed Life Insurance Minimum Standards for Determining Reserve Liabilities and Nonforfeiture Values. 50 Ill Adm Code 1414, 32 Ill Reg. 19725. 

Freedom of Information Act amended. PA 095-0941

February
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 70
Illinois lawmakers amended section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act to exempt certain data elements from the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry from public inspection and dissemination. 5 ILCS 140/7.

Lawmakers amend line of duty compensation penalties.

February
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 70
The State Prompt Payment Act and the Court of Claims Act have been amended to better enable persons designated by an Armed Forces member killed in the line of duty to obtain compensation. 30 ILCS 540/3-1, 705 ILCS 505/22.

New hearsay exception added for the intentional murder of a witness. PA 095-1004

February
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 70
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Code of Criminal Procedure by adding section 115-10.6, which creates a new hearsay exception when evidence is offered against a party that has killed the declarant "intending to procure the unavailability of the declarant as a witness in a criminal or civil proceeding." 725 ILCS 5/115-10.6.

State police to video tape all traffic stops. PA 095-1009

February
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 70
Illinois lawmakers amended the State Police Act to add section 30, which requires the use of video recording cameras in patrol vehicles. 20 ILCS 2610/30.

Additional requirements on municipalities awarding waste collection franchises. PA 095-0856

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Municipal Code has been amended by modifying section 5/11-19-1 to add new language concerning the awarding of waste collection franchises. 65 ILCS 5/11-19-1. 

Changes made to ensure a minor’s access to counsel. PA 095-0846

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Illinois lawmakers amended section 5 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to provide for an accused minor's access to legal counsel.

Emergency Contact Database to be created. PA 095-0898

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Identification Card Act has been amended by adding section 11A, and the Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended by adding section 6-117.2. 15 ILCS 335/11A and 625 ILCS 5/6-117.2.

Food pantries required to register with local public health departments. PA 095-0828

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Illinois lawmakers amended the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act by adding Section 3.2 dealing with "food banks." 410 ILCS 625/3.2. 

Good Samaritan Act amended. PA 095-0874

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Good Samaritan Act has been amended by adding Section 30.5 titled "Alternative free medical clinic without physical premises patient notification practice." 745 ILCS 49/30.5.

Illinois Statutory and Legislative Resources

By Tom Gaylord
January
2009
Column
Page 48
The statutes are online, of course. But here are other free resources.

School Code amended to require internet safety education. PA 095-0869

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The School Code was amended by changing section 27-13.3 to add internet safety education to the required school curriculum. 105 ILCS 5/27-13.3.

Biometric Information Privacy Act passed. PA 095-0994

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
On October 3, 2008, Governor Blagojevich signed into law Public Act 095-0994 "the Biometric Information Privacy Act," which regulates the manner in which biometric information can be collected and stored. 

Code of Criminal Procedure amended to accommodate those with developmental disabilities. PA 095-0897

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 by changing the heading of Article 106b and amending Section 106B-5. 725 ILCS 5/106B-5. 

Counties Code amended. PA 095-0805

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
The Counties Code has been amended by adding section 42000 dealing with county ownership of a wind farm. 55 ILCS 5/42000. This new section provides that a county may "own and operate a wind generation turbine farm [wind farm]." 

Firefighters protected by Criminal Code amendment. PA 095-0801

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 by modifying section 31-1. 720 ILCS 5/31-1. 

Illinois’ New Anti-SLAPP Statute

By Eric M. Madiar and Terrence J. Sheahan
December
2008
Article
Page 620
The Act should quell libel suits against those who legitimately petition government for redress. But does it also shield those who intentionally defame others?

New homeowner notice required in foreclosure actions. PA 095-0961

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
On September 23, 2008, the House voted to override an amendatory veto proposed by Governor Blagojevich and passed Senate Bill 1879

Code of Civil Procedure amended. PA 095-0831

November
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 554
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Code of Civil Procedure by modifying several sections. 735 ILCS 5/3.

Criminal Code creates “grooming” and “traveling to meet a minor” offenses. PA 095-0901

November
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 554
Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to include two new related offenses: "grooming" and "traveling to meet a minor." 720 ILCS 5/11-25, 11-26. 

Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912

November
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 554
The Illinois General Assembly amended Section 602.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Section 222 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to prohibit health care providers from releasing a child's health care records to any respondent listed in an order of protection. 750 ILCS 5/602.1, 750 ILCS 60/222.

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