Emergency amendments to Illinois Vital Records CodeJune 2016Illinois Law Update, Page 18The Department adopted emergency amendments to the Illinois Vital Records Code that allow temporary removal of a dead human body from the State of Illinois for organ and tissue harvesting. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 500 (eff. Mar. 10, 2016).
Access to public records updated to comply with Freedom of Information ActOctober 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 18The Department of Human Rights repealed "Access to Public Records of the Department of Human Rights," and adopted a new section with the same title in order to reflect changes made to the Freedom of Information Act. 2 Ill. Adm. Code 926 (eff. June 24, 2015).
New freedom of information rules adoptedOctober 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 18The Department of Natural Resources repealed a Part titled 'Freedom of Information' and adopted a new Part with the same title in order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. 2 Ill. Adm. Code 826 (eff. July 6, 2015).
Statewide immunization record database implementedSeptember 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 18The department recently established the "Immunization Registry Code" under the authority of the Immunization Data Registry Act. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 689 (eff. May 22, 2015).
Public searchable databases of those who ignore toll liabilitiesNovember 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 560Section 10 of the Toll Highway Act has been amended to allow for the Tollway Authority to keep records or searchable databases on their website of individuals or entities who have been issued one or more final orders of liability and owe more than $1,000 in tolls, fines, unpaid late fees, or other administrative costs. 605 ILCS 10/10.
Record-retention, other amendments to the State Records ActSeptember 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 452The Illinois Secretary of State (the "Secretary") recently adopted amendments to regulations that will implement changes governing the management and retention of records, deleting outdated references, and implementing new guidelines and regulations regarding management of technologies not contemplated in the earlier version of the rule. 44 Ill. Adm. Code 4400.
Additional fees for recording a document affecting a real property interest. PA 098-0005August 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 392To record a document affecting a real property interest, not including documents solely related to easements for water, sewer, electricity, gas, telephone, or other public services, the filer of the document (excluding a state agency, local government, or school district) will be charged $1 per document by the recorder. 55 ILCS 5/3-5018.
Making the most of your FOIA requestBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558Tips on using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act from a lawyer who has both sought information and served as a municipality's Freedom of Information officer.
Court okays $20 handling fee for medical recordsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2010LawPulse, Page 230In a class action lawsuit, the Illinois Supreme Court has held that it is reasonable per se for a provider of medical record copies to charge the full amount of the statutory $20 fee pursuant to Article XX, Part 8 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The case is Solon v Midwest Medical Records Association, Inc, No 107719, 2010 WL 966395 (Ill Sup Ct).
Freedom of Information Act laws enhanced. PA 096-0542April 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 180State 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.)
Subpoena for medical recordsJanuary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 31, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Logan County denying the state's request for a subpoena duces tecum, seeking release of a defendant's medical records for the day the defendant was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The 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.