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Legislation eliminates sentencing limit for first-time DUI offenses and increases possible sentence for DUI convictions involving bodily harm P.A. 92-420 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 In August, legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by eliminating the three-year limit on a prison sentence for a first-time DUI offense.
Legislation makes people with four or more DUI convictions ineligible for probation P.A. 92-183 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 In July, new legislation amended the Unified Code of Corrections making drivers who are convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI offense ineligible for probation.
General Assembly approves changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 Before adjourning, the General Assembly sent a number of bills to Gov. Ryan to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Drivers failing to yield may face stiffer penalties ; H.B. 0180 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Representative Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, hopes a new proposal will cut down on the number of "rubbernecking" drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles.
Leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle may soon be illegal; S.B. 0028 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Senate Bill 28, sponsored by Senator John Cullerton, D-Chicago, would make leaving a child under the age of 11 unattended in a motor vehicle a misdemeanor.
Tailgates on certain vehicles must be in good repair - P.A. 91-858 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 A law requiring motorists on Illinois highways to use tarpaulins or covers in some instances will now require many of those same vehicles to have effective tailgates.
Vehicular noise statute constitutional once again; P.A. 91-919 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Drivers operating amplified stereo systems that can be heard for more than 75 feet outside the vehicle are once again subject to punishment by state law.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath December 2000 Column, Page 686 Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
Neighborhood Services Act compromise finally reached June 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 310 During one of the briefest legislative sessions in recent memory, the General Assembly ended a four-month controversy over whether illegally transporting firearms should be considered a felony or misdemeanor in Illinois.
Excessive speeders slowed by Class A misdemeanor penalty ; P.A. 91-469 April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 Pursuant to Public Act 91-469, "[a] person who drives a vehicle ... at a speed that is 40 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit" commits a Class A misdemeanor.
Illinois attempts to keep drugs out of state January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 As of January 1, 2000, Illinois drivers who own or operate vehicles containing hidden compartments may be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Public Act 91-359 amends the Vehicle Code by making it illegal to own or operate a motor vehicle when a person knows the vehicle contains a false or secret compartment.
Sound amplification statute found unconstitutional January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On November 18, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court s finding that the sound amplification statute, known as section 12-611 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/12-611 (West 1999)), is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.
Lighted head lamps required on every motor vehicle from sunset to sunrise ; P.A. 91-130 December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 Public Act 91-130 amends 625 ILCS 5/12-201 to require all motor vehicles except motorcycles to ''exhibit at least 2 lighted head lamps ... during the period from sunset to sunrise ...''
Parking of vehicle with expired registration prohibited on public thoroughfare ; P.A. 91-487 December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 Public Act 91-487 creates 625 ILCS 5/11-1304.5, which prohibits parking a motor vehicle with an expired Illinois registration on a public thoroughfare.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath September 1999 Column, Page 454 "Same part of the body'' rule update.
New Procedures for Motor Vehicle Inspections December 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 662 On September 28, 1998 the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted 24 amendments and added 16 new subsections to section 276. 35 Ill Adm Code 276.