Drivers on the Illinois Tollway System who use the I-Pass System received an “Important Message from the I-PASS Customer Service Team” that will change the way transponders are used beginning tomorrow.
“One or more of the vehicles on your account may be at risk of losing the I-PASS discount if the vehicle incurs video tolls more than five times in any month. Beginning January 1, 2018, to enjoy the I-PASS discount on tolls, you must use a transponder while traveling on the Tollway. If a transponder is not detected, we post a video toll to your account. After five video tolls on a single license plate in one month, you will lose the I-PASS discount on tolls (for that license plate), and any subsequent video tolls (to that plate) will post at the full cash rate for the remainder of the month. Remember…Transponders can be shared between cars and motorcycles registered to the same I-PASS account, but the transponder must be properly mounted in the vehicle when it is traveling on the Tollway. Sharing a transponder puts you at risk of forgetting to move the transponder. Be safe and put a transponder in every vehicle. No transponder, no discount.”
Illinois residents will also be subject to the following law changes beginning tomorrow.
Providing for taxpayer-funding of elective abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients (Public Act 100-538, House Bill 40)
Provides that taxpayer funds may be used to cover abortion costs through the state insurance program and through Medicaid for any reason, including elective abortions. Federal law prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for abortion procedures beyond issues involvingrape, incest or health risks to the mother. Due to the federal Hyde amendment, Illinois will not be eligible for the 50 cents-on-the-dollar federal reimbursement for elective abortion procedures done through Medicaid.
Personal jurisdiction objections expanded (Public Act 100-291, House Bill 188)
A party filing any other pleading or motion prior to the filing of a motion objecting to a court’s jurisdiction over the party’s person waives all objections to the court’s jurisdiction over the party’s person prospectively, unless the initial motion filed is a motion for an extension of time to answer or otherwise plead or a motion requesting a judgment, relief from a judgment, or relief from a default judgment. Any motion objecting to a court’s jurisdiction over the party’s person must be filed within 60 days of the court’s order disposing of an initial motion requesting a judgment, relief from a judgment, or relief from a default judgment.
Common Interest Community Act adjustments (Public Act 100-292, House Bill 189)
This new law amends the Condominium Property Act and the Common Interest Community Act to permit a time limit for approval by a mortgagee or lien holder, to increase the time to appeal a board vote to 21 days, to add to the records that must be kept by association boards, to allow the combination of multiple units, and to require that any owner who objected to the sale of a building is entitled to receive from the proceeds of a sale reimbursement for reasonable relocation costs.
Home care wristlets (Public Act 100-293, House Bill 223)
If necessary, nursing homes are allowed to use identification wristlets on a resident with a physician’s order. A facility may require New year, a resident residing in an Alzheimer’s disease unit with a history of wandering to wear an identification wristlet, unless the resident’s guardian or power of attorney directs that the wristlet be removed. All identification wristlets shall include, at a minimum, the resident’s name, and the name, telephone number, and address of the facility issuing the identification wristlet.
Police job training program (Public Act 100-331, House Bill 243)
The Police Training Academy Job Training program allows any school district to establish a partnership with a local police department, county sheriff, or police training academy to establish a jobs training program for high school students. The training program is open to all students, regardless of prior academic history. The program is limited to counties with 175,000 or more inhabitants (Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry, Winnebago, Madison, St. Clair, Champaign, Sangamon, and Peoria counties). The law also creates a scholarship fund to provide support for the police training academy job training and scholarship programs.
Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Investigation Act (Public Act 100-515, House Bill 270)
The Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Investigation Act requires each law enforcement agency to have a written policy regarding the investigation of an officer-involved sexual assault. Any investigations must be conducted by at least two investigators with specialized sexual assault investigation training from either the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board or the State Police. If a complaint is made against a member of the Chicago Police Department, Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority will conduct the investigation.
Procurement subcontractor payment (Public Act 100-333, House Bill 284)
When the Department of Transportation enters into a contract that provides for mobilization payments and the contractor is using the services of a subcontractor, the subcontract must include terms requiring mobilization payments be made to the subcontractor. There is a required schedule of mobilization payments based on the initial value of the subcontract. In construction projects, mobilization consists of preparatory work and operations necessary for the movement of personnel, equipment, supplies, and incidentals to the project site; for the establishment of offices, buildings, and other facilities necessary for the work; for premiums on bond and insurance for the work; and for other operations performed or costs incurred before the beginning of work.
Finding unclaimed life insurance benefits (Public Act 100-543, House Bill 302)
Requires within six months after acquisition from another insurer, the acquiring insurer shall compare all newly acquired policies, annuity contracts, or retained asset accounts that have not been compared against the Death Master File. Requires insurers to, at no later than the date of policy delivery or the establishment of an account, and upon any change of insured or beneficiary, request
information sufficient to ensure that all benefits or proceeds are distributed to the appropriate persons upon the death of the insured. Provides that an insurer shall initially perform a comparison of certain policies, contracts, and accounts in force on or after January 1, 2012.Further provides that an insurer that has electronic searchable files shall perform comparisons of policies inforce at any time dating back to January 1, 2000.
Military license plate change fees waived (Public Act 100-246, House Bill 374)
Starting in the 2019 registration year, any individual with a military-related license plate may change the class of their license plate upon
acquiring a new specified registration without the replacement fee or registration sticker cost. This will help military members and their
families concerned for their security and worried about being targeted for their special military license plates get new plates at no cost.
Mental illness police training (Public Act 100-241, House Bill 375)
Police training is expanded to include an introductory course for all police on mental health issues. This includes history of mental health systems; types of the illness; medications; and the potential interactions law enforcement officers may have with sufferers and their families. Mental health awareness and response training is added to the minimum in-service training requirements every three years.
Cook County ISC Chief Administrators (Public Act 100-294, House Bill 425)
Statutory references to “regional superintendents” in the School Code must now apply to chief administrators of the three suburban Cook County intermediate service centers (ISC). Any references to “assistant regional superintendents” must include one assistant appointed by each ISC chief administrative officer. These two positions from each ISC are on the same statutory state-paid salary
schedule under which the regional superintendents and their first assistants are compensated.
State grain (Public Act 100-109, House Bill 470)
Designates corn as the official state grain of the state of Illinois.
Improving election transparency and voter access to referendum information (Public Act 100-298, House Bill 512)
This law amends the election code to improve transparency and voter access to ballot referendum information. HB 512 provides that public questions must be published for voter review not more than 60 days (currently 40 days) and not less than 10 days (currently 30 days) before the election. Expanding the window for posting ballot questions allows voters more time to learn about the proposals that will be put before them at the ballot box, and provides taxing bodies with a more flexible time frame in meeting posting requirements.
Criminal records sealed (Public Act 100-282, House Bill 514)
Charges that result in an acquittal or dismissal with prejudice, except for minor traffic offences, are now eligible for immediate record sealing. The petitioner, State’s Attorney, or the State Police may file a motion to vacate, modify or reconsider the order denying the petition to immediately seal within 60 days of service of the order.
Road District Consolidation (Public Act 100-106, House Bill 607)
No township road district may continue in existence if the roads forming a part of the district do not exceed a total of four center line miles (as opposed to four miles) in length. In addition, the provisions existing in Cook County that allow voters to abolish a road district on the ballot are expanded statewide. In Cook County, if it is decided that a road district shall be abolished, it will be effective January 1 of the next calendar year or on the date the term of the highway commissioner in office at the time expires, whichever is later. Outside of Cook, a road district is abolished 90 days after vote certification or on the expiration of the term of the highway commissioner in office at the time.
State employee salary disclosure (Public Act 100-253, House Bill 623)
This Act requires the Comptroller to disclose state employee salaries, in both the annual report and the online Ledger, with the total amount paid to a state employee during the past calendar year. The amount listed will be rounded to the nearest hundred dollars to help protect state workers from being victims of identity theft.
Incarcerated individuals with mental illness to receive evaluation (Public Act 100-27, House Bill 649)
The new law provides that if the Court orders a defendant into DHS custody, DHS shall evaluate the defendant to determine to which secure facility he or she shall be transported and, within 20 days of the placement order, notify the sheriff of that facility. If DHS fails to notify the sheriff within 20 days, the defendant will be transferred to the nearest facility DHS mental health facility if DHS does not respond after two days. Whenever the Court receives a report from the supervisor of the defendant’s treatment that the defendant is fit, the Court shall immediately enter an order directing the sheriff to return the defendant to the county jail and set the matter for trial. At any time the issue of the defendant’s fitness can be raised again.
Reducing water pollution through nutrient trading program (Public Act 100-341, House Bill 659)
Authorizes the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to participate in nutrient trading programs in Illinois. The new program will develop new strategies to reduce nutrients that harm waterways. Requires that MWRD give preference to trading investments that benefit low income or rural communities, and where local water quality improvements can be achieved.
Dangers of meningococcal disease (Public Act 100-342, House Bill 679)
The goal of this new law is to educate the public, specifically college students, on the dangers of meningococcal disease and how to prevent it. It requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop an informational brochure relating to meningococcal disease and make it be available on the DPH website. The law requires public institutions of higher education to provide a copy to all students, and one to parents if the student is under 18 years of age.
Truck tractor-semitrailer lengths (Public Act 100-343, House Bill 683)
This legislation brings Illinois law up-to-date with modern truck/trailer combinations. The maximum length of a truck tractor in combination with a semitrailer may not exceed 65 feet (rather than 55 feet) overall dimension on all non-state highways. It provides that the state of Illinois and local governments may seek damages to roads caused by the increased truck length and are not required to upgrade existing roads to accommodate the increased truck dimensions.
Test driving a vehicle prohibited when driver’s view is obstructed (Public Act 100-346, House Bill 733)
This new law is in honor of Brendan Burke who died as a result of a tragic accident that involved a test-driven car with a number of decals and paperwork that obstructed the driver’s view. It provides that no car dealer can allow a customer to test drive a vehicle offered for sale or lease off the car lot if the vehicle has signs, decals, paperwork, or other material on the front windshield or on the windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver that would obstruct the driver’s view.
Small Business Grant Program (Public Act 100-347, House Bill 736)
Under this law the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, subject to appropriation, is allowed to establish a small business grant program for public-aid recipients who are interested in developing a new start-up business. The new law is intended to provide more opportunity for low-income individuals to start their own business.
Fire protection district special tax (Public Act 100-348, House Bill 743)
Clarifies that the Board of Trustees of any fire protection district can levy a special tax by referendum to pay for the costs of emergency rescue crews and equipment. The intent of the new Act is to permit fire districts that have not yet enacted a rescue levy to hold one referendum asking their voters to establish the current 0.10% levy for rescue crews and equipment without first holding a referendum for an initial 0.05% levy.
Ensuring access to the state employee insurance plan for adopted children of plan participants (Public Act 100-355, House Bill 817)
The amendment of portions of Illinois law eliminates ambiguity about exactly when a child born in another state can be added to the Illinois adoptive parents’ insurance plan. The new law creates uniform definitions of terms for interstate adoptions, and adopts the federal definition of placement for adoption, to ensure that the Illinois law is flexible enough to account for the variety of adoption practices across the other 49 states in the union. Through the clarifying provisions, potential lapses in health insurance coverage are avoided.
Monitoring credit needs of local communities Public Act 100-304, House Bill 823
This legislation amends the Division of Banking Act to provide that IDFPR shall review the federal Community Reinvestment Act performance evaluations of any financial institution regulated by the IDFPR to monitor the efforts the state chartered banks are making to meet the credit needs of the communities in which they serve, including low-income and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound banking practice.
Human trafficking awareness for truck drivers (Public Act 100-357, House Bill 1677)
The new law provides that the Secretary of State must include in its commercial driver’s license curriculum and study guide information on the human trafficking problem in Illinois. This new law is intended to provide greater awareness of human trafficking by truck drivers. Trafficking can occur in many locations, including truck stops, restaurants and rest areas, which necessitates the importance of providing information to truck drivers on identifying human trafficking.
Access to funds for State’s Attorney crime investigations (Public Act 100-358, House Bill 1685)
Amends the Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act to provide that a State’s Attorney can access funds not awarded to a private party to investigate “crime” rather than “insurance fraud.”
Improving bicycle safety on roadways (Public Act 100-359, House Bill 1784)
This new law helps motorists and bicyclists safely share Illinois roadways. It allows driver of a motor vehicle to overtake and pass to the left of a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a portion of a highway designated as a no-passing zone when: (1) the bicycle is traveling at a speed of less than half of the posted speed limit of the highway; (2) the driver is able to overtake and pass the bicycle without exceeding the posted speed limit of the highway; and (3) there is sufficient distance to the left of the center line of the highway for the motor vehicle to meet the overtaking and passing requirements. Additionally, the new law allows that the rear of a bicycle may be equipped with a lamp emitting a steady or flashing red light (rather than only a red light) visible from a distance of 500 feet in addition to or instead of a red reflector (rather than in addition to a red reflector).
Gender change on birth certificate (Public Act 100-360, House Bill 1785)
This new law amends the Vital Records Act to provide for changes concerning the issuance of new birth certificates for those who have undergone gender transition treatment or who are born with an “intersex condition.” It requires a declaration by a medical professional or mental health professional that the person has undergone gender transition treatment or has an intersex condition, prior to issuing a new birth certificate and for inspection procedures after a new certificate is issued. Current law permits a physician to offer an affidavit for the change of a birth certificate if the physician has performed a sex change operation on a person. This new law would allow a person to change their birth certificate without having to undergo surgery.
Cost saving for county governments (Public Act 100-46, House Bill 1800)
This legislation affords counties extra leeway to negotiate with the growers of row crops to buy standing strips of crops to remain in place along highways to act as natural snow breaks to reduce the cost and need for snow removal and melt services.
Changes organ donor registration to age 16 (Public Act 100-41, House Bill 1805)
The Secretary of State will begin to offer each applicant for a driver’s license or identification card who is 16 years of age or older (rather than 18 years of age or older) the opportunity to have his or her name included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. Allows the parent or guardian of the donor to amend or revoke the anatomical gift of the donor’s body.
State Police ranks (Public Act 100-49, House Bill 1849)
The State Police Act is amended to remove certain State Police Officer “Special Agent” classifications. It removes the classification of Special Agent Sergeant, Special Agent Master Sergeant, Special Agent Lieutenant, Special Agent Captain, or Special Agent Major. According to the ISP, these various rankings of Special Agent are not utilized and are obsolete.
Police officers PTSD training (Public Act 100-121, House Bill 1895)
Amends the Illinois Police Training Act for probationary police officers to receive training on effective recognition of and responses
to stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress experienced by police officers. It is an initiative of the Greg Lindmark Foundation to help
identify and assist law enforcement officers suffering from trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Providing consistency in insurance non-renewal notification (Public Act 100-475, House Bill 1954)
This new law corrects an inconsistency in the Insurance Code regarding the sending of notice of cancellation and notice of non-renewals. It removes the requirement that the notice shall be mailed by the company to the mortgage or lien holder at the last mailing address known by the company. Other changes to requirements for mailing cancellation notices include, if cancellation is for
nonpayment of premium, the notice of cancellation must be mailed at least 10 days before the effective date of the cancellation. It also specifies that the mortgagee or lien holder, insured’s broker, or the agent of record may opt to accept notification electronically.
Efficiencies for hunting licenses at DNR (Public Act 100-256, House Bill 2028)
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is changing the expiration dates of certain hunting licenses. Thirteen different licenses will now expire on March 31 to correspond with the expiration dates of hunting and fishing licenses. This affects wholesale aquatic life dealer licenses, mussel dealer permits, minnow dealer licenses, taxidermist licenses, aquaculture permits, commercial roe dealer permits, and daily fee fishing area licenses.
Breastfeeding accommodations in schools Public Act 100-29, House Bill 2369
Public school and charter schools are to provide reasonable accommodations to a lactating pupil on a school campus to express
breast milk, breastfeed an infant child, or address other needs related to breastfeeding.
Highway interchange improvements (Public Act 100-71, House Bill 2581)
When the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority builds or improves grade separations or interchanges that intersect with locally-managed roads, railroads or waterways, the local highway agency or municipality shall create an agreement with the Toll Authority for ongoing maintenance.
Cybersecurity training for state employees (Public Act 100-40, House Bill 2371)
Requires state employees to annually undergo training by the Department of Innovation and Technology concerning cyber security. The Department will be able to make the training an online course, and it will include information on detecting phishing scams, preventing spyware infections and identity theft, and preventing and responding to data breaches.
Dry fire hydrants (Public Act 100-259, House Bill 2382)
Amends the Fire Hydrant Act to clarify that dry hydrants, those hydrants that are supplied with a body of water instead of a water system, that are on public property, private property, easement, covenant, or development are subject to Fire Hydrant Act’s standards for discharge and standards against potential obstruction of the hydrant. It clarifies that violators are responsible for any costs associated with non-compliance. The bill helped to clarify in statute that the maintenance and access to other dry hydrants installed through agreements between property owners and their fire protection district, municipality, or township fire department are governed by those agreements.
Enabling more members of the DD community to attend day programs (Public Act 100-50, House Bill 2383)
This new law allows authorized direct care staff in certified day programs for individuals with developmental disabilities the ability to administer medication. Currently, a RN has to administer medication to day program participants. If program participants leave the facility and enter the community for a day trip, work, appointment, etc., they need to take a RN with them to administer medication. Allowing direct care staff, not just exclusively RNs, to administer medication will strengthen the day programs and enable them to be more flexible and effective in supporting individuals in integrated, community settings.
Providing for the use of 360-lid technology in the craft brewing industry Public Act 100-51, House Bill 2386
Craft brewing companies in Illinois will be able to remain competitive in an ever-changing marketplace through this amendment to the Environmental Protection Act. Whereas the EPA previously prohibited the removal of any portion of the lid of an aluminum beverage can, HB 2386 carves out a narrow exception for the use of 360-lid technology, which essentially removes almost the entire top of a beer can. Through the removal of a 360-lid, an aluminum drinking vessel is created that allows consumers to better enjoy the aromas associated with IPAs and other hoppy beers.
Day care child abuse awareness (Public Act 100-5, House Bill 2388)
Requires DCFS to establish and maintain a searchable database, freely accessible to the public, that provides information on whether, within the past five years, a day care home, group day care home, or day care center has had its license revoked, or if an application for license renewal was denied by the Department. Licensing and abuse and neglect information on child care providers will be readily available to the public, to help parents make informed decisions on the best day care option for their child.
Education and community service for hate crimes (Public Act 100-260, House Bill 2390)
The cap on restitution for hate crimes is removed by this act. It provides that as a condition of probation, conditional discharge or mandatory supervised release for a hate crime, the court shall require the offender to perform community service of no less than 200 hours and to enroll in an in-person educational program discouraging hate crimes.
Creates the Credit for Prior Learning Act (Public Act 100-261, House Bill 2404)
Illinois Public Higher Education Institutions will now be required to adopt rules to award credit for prior learning. At a minimum, these policies must include a listing of the types of documentation acceptable and the dates of inclusion for which prior learning is acceptable. Prior to this legislation, no statewide policy existed for the awarding of prior learning assessment credits.
Contiguous annexation allowed when separated by waterway (Public Act 100-53, House Bill 2407)
Allows annexation for municipalities whose growth is encumbered by waterways by allowing for annexations of territory that is
contiguous, even if separated by a lake, river, or waterway, contingent upon the municipality also annexing that portion of waterway
making it contiguous.
Volunteerism license plates (Public Act 100-57, House Bill 2437)
This new law allows for the issuance of volunteerism special license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Human Services. This is intended to help increase awareness of volunteerism in Illinois.
Strengthening protections for military personnel who relocate during their active duty (Public Act 100-264, House Bill 2449)
This new law fills in the gaps in the existing Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act by providing that any service member, at any time after receiving military orders to relocate for a period of service of at least 90 days, may terminate or suspend contracts for Internet services, television and cable services, athletic club or gym memberships or satellite radio services. The new law also provides that a returning member of the military may reinstate the original provisions of contracts upon the completion of their service.
Data on gifted children at each school district (Public Act 100-364, House Bill 2461)
School report cards will now include the most current data collected and maintained by the State Board of Education regarding gifted children. The number and percentages of all students who have been assessed for placement in a gifted education or advanced academic program and their racial and ethnic breakdown, percentage who are classified as low-income, and the number and
percentage of students who received direct instruction from a teacher who holds a gifted education endorsement.
DHS Recoveries Trust Fund statutes cleanup (Public Act 100-59, House Bill 2474)
This law prohibits certain transfers from the DHS Recoveries Trust Fund that were required to be made prior to June 19, 2013. It was a DHS initiative to prevent audit findings for a fund transfer that is no longer required and therefore, no longer performed.
Prostate cancer awareness license plate decals (Public Act 100-60, House Bill 2485)
The act creates the Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund and allows License Plate Decals on the new Universal License Plate with funds to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago.
Allows DNR to sell plants to those with a forestry management plan (Public Act 100-61, House Bill 2488)
The new law allows the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to sell plants and plant materials to any individual with a forestry management plan for conservation purposes at a cost equal to the cost of production and distribution.
Emergency vehicle weight exemptions (Public Act 100-366, House Bill 2492)
The new law provides that except for weight limits on Class I highways under a Chapter in the Vehicle Code governing size, weight, load, and permits, the provisions under that Chapter governing size, weight, and load (rather than size and load) do not apply to fire apparatus or emergency vehicles (rather than only fire apparatus). Provides weight limits for a fire apparatus designed to be used in emergency conditions to transport personnel and equipment, and used to support the suppression of fires and mitigation of other hazardous situations, on a Class I highway.
Combating synthetic drugs (Public Act 100-368, House Bill 2534)
The new law adds and updates new synthetic drugs and cannabinoids to the list of controlled substances. This is an ongoing initiative to fight the growing use of “bath salts” and synthetic drugs whose complex chemical compounds have eluded definition under the law because of their dynamic nature.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning meeting transparency (Public Act 100-479, House Bill 2538)
The Board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning will now broadcast video of their meetings on their website using a highspeed Internet connection. Recordings of each meeting broadcast will also be posted to their website.
Permanency of the Differential Response Program (Public Act 100-68, House Bill 2556)
This law removes reference to the five-year demonstration period of the differential response program, which was made permanent on July 1, 2016. If the Department of Children and Family Services implements a differential response program, they are to arrange for an independent evaluation of the program for the first three years of implementation.
Name change legislation (Public Act 100-370, House Bill 2559)
The new law requires each person 18 years of age or older who will be subject to a change of name under a petition for change of name to initiate a criminal history records check with the State Police. Currently, law enforcement is not able to access a person’s records under a previous name. This will keep a person’s criminal history attached to the person after a name change so that criminal records still follow the person.
Public notice requirement for small communities (Public Act 100-72, House Bill 2585)
A few schools, municipalities and counties lack any locally circulated newspaper that would fulfill the various public notice requirements. These units can now fulfill the publication requirements by using a secular newspaper having general circulation within that government unit or school district.
US Coast Guard license plates (Public Act 100-73, House Bill 2595)
The Illinois Secretary of State will begin issuing U.S. Coast Guard license plates. The original issuance fee will be $26 with $11 going to the Illinois Veterans’ Homes Fund and $15 to the Secretary of State Special Plate Fund. The renewal fee will be $26, with $24 going to the Illinois Veterans’ Home Fund and $2 to the Secretary of State Special Plate Fund.
Electronic motor vehicle liability insurance policy verification (Public Act 100-373, House Bill 2610)
The Secretary of State may implement an electronic motor vehicle liability insurance policy verification program to verify insurance coverage of motor vehicles. Once implemented the Secretary will verify insurance coverage at least twice per calendar year to ensure all registered vehicles have insurance. If unable to verify coverage, the Secretary of State shall provide the vehicle owner written notice to provide proof of insurance. Funding for the program will come from the existing $1 fee on automobile insurance policies that are currently dedicated to motor vehicle theft prevention. Additionally, the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention and Insurance Verification Council shall make grants to deter and investigate recyclable metal theft and to law enforcement agencies to assist in the prosecution of recyclable metal theft.
The Parental Rights for the Blind Act (Public Act 100-75, House Bill 2626)
The Parental Rights for the Blind Act is created to protect the best interests of children cared for or parented by blind individuals. A person’s blindness shall not serve as a basis or restriction in parenting time, responsibilities, adoption, foster care or guardianship. The court must make specific written findings stating the basis for a limitation or denial of parental rights. DCFS will develop and implement procedures to ensure services are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner.
Pedestrians with disability awareness (Public Act 100-76, House Bill 2643)
The new law adds to the definition of “pedestrian with a disability” a person who may require the use of a mobility device, service animal, or white cane to travel on the walking, running, or bicycle paths in Illinois. The Governor may issue a proclamation on Pedestrians with Disabilities Safety Day (October 15) to discuss the history of laws protecting pedestrians with disabilities and may
emphasize the need of all citizens to keep safe and functional for persons with disabilities the walking, running or bicycle paths of the state.
Treatment of injured police dogs (Public Act 100-108, House Bill 2661)
This law allows an EMR, EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, or Paramedic to transport a police dog injured in the line of duty to a veterinary clinic or similar facility if there are no persons requiring medical attention or transport at that time.
Preschool expulsion (Public Act 100-105, House Bill 2663)
The new law provides that due to evidence that expulsion practices in the preschool years are linked to poor child outcomes and are employed inconsistently across racial and gender groups, early childhood programs receiving state funds shall prohibit expulsions. Instead, when persistent and serious challenging behaviors emerge, the early childhood program must document steps taken to ensure that the child can participate safely in the program and utilize a range of community resources. It also requires annual and biennial reports for early childhood programs.
Guaranteed subcontractor pay (Public Act 100-376, House Bill 2664)
The new law provides when a contractor receives any payment under a contract with the State, the contractor shall pay each subcontractor and material supplier and each subcontractor and material supplier shall make payment to its own respective subcontractors and material suppliers. Provides that for construction contracts with IDOT the contractor, subcontractor, or material
supplier, regardless of tier, shall not offset, decrease, or diminish payments that are due to its subcontractors or material suppliers without reasonable cause. Requires a contractor who refuses to make a prompt payment to make a written notice. Provides requirements for administrative hearings held in the event a contractor refuses to make prompt payment. Allows contractors to be
further barred from entering into State public construction contracts for a period of six months if, on two or more occasions within a three-calendar-year period, there is a finding by an administrative law judge that the contractor failed to make payment in full without reasonable cause. Allows for the award of attorney’s fees. Provides that orders under these provisions are subject to the Administrative Review Law. Allows State agencies to adopt rules to establish formal procedures in accordance with the provisions.
Regulation update for trappers (Public Act 100-123, House Bill 2685)
Simplifies and updates regulations to reflect current operational procedures to ensure proper management of natural resources. Hunters
and trappers are now able to retain furs more than 20 days after the season closes, creating more flexibility in marketing decisions and
providing Illinois Fur Harvesters with the same economic advantages as surrounding states.
Minor health care addition (Public Act 100-378, House Bill 2700)
This new law provides that a married, parent, or pregnant minor can consent to a health care service performed by a licensed physician, chiropractic physician, licensed optometrist, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant in the same legal capacity as a person of legal age. It also allows a minor to consent to limited primary care services provided by a chiropractic physician or a licensed optometrist.
Ensuring verification of state agency payrolls (Public Act 100-124, House Bill 2704)
This new law requires certain state payroll certifications must be made by the agency head (instead of the Director of Central Management Services). Current practice is that state agencies certify their payrolls and then send them to CMS Personnel for the CMS Director’s certification prior to CMS sending the certifications to the Comptroller to issue payroll. The change was requested by CMS to satisfy a recurring internal Compliance Audit finding.
Allows DHS to communicate with DCFS regarding prescription monitoring (Public Act 100-125, House Bill 2708)
This legislation adds DCFS to the list of occupations that may access information monitored by the Illinois Department of Human Services as part of their Prescription Monitoring Program in certain instances. The legislation is aimed at allowing DCFS to better assist in investigations of child abuse and neglect as well as assisting with opioid use and abuse.
Secretary of State filing deadlines (Public Act 100-486, House Bill 2713)
This is a Secretary of State initiative to “clean-up” to portions of the Business Corporation Act (BCA), Limited Liability Company Act (LLCA), and the Uniform Partnership Act (UPA) in order to; (i) add expedited services to the UPA, making expedited filing an option in all Business Acts, (ii) remove outdated, duplicative language from the LLCA, (iii) establish uniformity in entity name usage between the BCA and LLCA, and (iv) clarify the time allotted for filing an annual report for corporations that have established an extended filing month and that requests for certificates of existence or abstracts of computer record made by mail or fax to the Chicago Office of the Secretary of State’s Department of Business Services do not qualify as expedited services.
Removal of an abolished Task Force (Public Act 100-126, House Bill 2719)
This legislation deletes the definition of the Radon-Resistant Building Codes Task Force in the Radon Industry Licensing Act because the
task force was abolished in January 2017.
Streamlines federal funding process with IDNR for recreational trails (Public Act 100-127, House Bill 2725)
The new law provides that money received by DNR from the federal government under the Recreational Trails Program after October 1, 2017, shall not be considered for use as aid in construction of highways and shall be placed in the “Park and Conservation Fund”. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may enter into agreements as necessary with the Federal Highway Administration, or any successor agency, for the purpose of authorizing projects under the federal Recreational Trails Program; provided that, IDOT enter into an inter-agency agreement to closely coordinate the obligation of projects authorized by the Illinois Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration to maximize federal funding opportunities.
Removal of an abolished advisory board (Public Act 100-129, House Bill 2733)
The bill removes any reference to the Hazardous Materials Advisory Board in statute as the Board has served its purpose and is no longer functional within the state. It Amends the Hazardous Materials Emergency Act to do so.
Prisoner video calling (Public Act 100-30, House Bill 2738)
The act requires all of the institutions and facilities of the Department of Corrections to permit every committed person to receive inperson visitors and video contact, if available and would not create a security problem. The DOC must seek the lowest possible cost to provide video calling and cannot make a commission or profit from these services.
Option for high school equivalency certification (Public Act 100-130, House Bill 2740)
This new law establishes alternative methods of credentialing for the issuance of high school equivalency certification throughout the state. Currently, this is only provided by a private vendor. The Illinois Community College Board will now offer the credentialing based on high school credit, post-secondary credit, foreign diploma and completion of a competency-based program as approved by the Board.
Outlaws hospital “no admit” lists (Public Act 100-306, House Bill 2762)
The law prohibits hospitals from maintaining a list of individuals that may not be admitted for treatment. It does not prohibit a hospital from recommending an alternate provider, coordinating an appropriate transfer, or arranging access to care services that best meet the needs of an individual patient.
Common boundaries for fire protection districts (Public Act 100-547, House Bill 2778)
If a fire protection district is providing coverage to a certain area under the Emergency Telephone System Act, it may annex that property into its jurisdiction. The annexed property shall become a full part of the fire protection district, with all the service benefits and responsibilities that come with it.
Dual credit opportunities (Public Act 100-133, House Bill 2794)
All public high schools in Illinois will be required to inform qualifying students in 11th and 12th grade if there are any dual enrollment or dual credit classes available to them at public community colleges.
Cycling Act (Public Act 100-383, House Bill 2895)
The act declares that cycling is the official exercise of the State of Illinois.
Helping Paws for Veterans Act (Public Act 100-384, House Bill 2897)
Military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression will now be included among those eligible to receive service dogs from the Helping Paws Service Dog Program. The act now insures that veterans with PTSD or depression are included among eligible disabilities.
Expanding access to mental health services (Public Act 100-385, House Bill 2907)
A physician or other licensed health care professional is no longer required to be physically present in the same room as a Medicaid beneficiary for the entire time during which the patient is receiving telepsychiatry provided under the Public Aid Code. Telepsychiatry is the use of a telecommunication system to provide psychiatric services to evaluate and treat patients when the patient is at one location and the rendering provider is at another location. This new law advances the use of telehealth services as a cost-efficient and effective way to provide easily accessible services across the state, particularly in rural communities.
All pre-existing conditions covered by insurance (Public Act 100-386, House Bill 2959)
Prohibits all individual or group accident and health insurance policies from imposing any pre-existing condition exclusion on its plan or coverage. Such a prohibition already exists in federal law, but this legislation was introduced in Illinois in order to enact a similar requirement into state law in the event that the federal Affordable Care Act were to be repealed. provisions prohibiting a policy of individual or group accident and health insurance from imposing a preexisting condition exclusion do not apply to short-term travel, disability income, long-term care, accident only, or limited or specified disease policies.
Payments on overdue mortgages (Public Act 100-268, House Bill 2965)
In circumstances in which a mortgagor is in arrears by more than one month, the new law prohibits a licensee under the Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987 from refusing to accept payments offered in whole-month amounts. The law goes on to require that any such payments made must be applied to the unpaid balance in accordance with the terms of the mortgage.
State Agency Student Worker Opportunity Act (Public Act 100-141, House Bill 2987
The State Agency Student Worker Opportunity Act requires that whenever a state agency has a job opening for a short-term worker or a student worker that the agency must notify the Departments of Human Services, Juvenile Justice, and Children and Family Services so that they can take steps to notify qualified applicants about the job opening. State agencies hiring for these positions are required to give preference to a qualified applicant who is or has been a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth or a court-involved youth.
DOC visitation guidelines (Public Act 100-142, House Bill 2989)
The Department of Corrections may not restrict or limit in-person visits to inmates because of the availability of interactive video conferences. The law also requires DOC to have a written policy for each of its facilities regarding matters such as the number of visits an inmate may have, the hours for such visits, and the forms of ID required for visitors. DOC is also required to post on its website any information about restrictions on visitations due to lockdowns or other issues.
Returns of security deposits (Public Act 100-269, House Bill 3001)
Changes the Security Deposit Return Act to provide specific notice from a lessor to a lessee regarding the disposition of security deposits. It provides that if a lease includes specific costs for repair, replacement or cleaning, then the lessor may withhold that specific amount with the provision of an itemized statement. If a lessee does not provide a forwarding address or e-mail, the lessor is not liable for damages or penalties.
Illinois soldier notice of death (Public Act 100-33, House Bill 3017)
Any state or federal entity, agency, or person holding such information may notify the Governor of the death by hostile fire of an Illinois resident member of the United States armed forces. Previously, notice could only be given to the Governor by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. An audit found that the Department was in noncompliance with this duty.
Grammatical correction to Veterans’ Affairs Act (Public Act 100-143, House Bill 3018)
Corrects grammatical errors in the Department of Veterans Affairs Act, namely changing “veterans” to “veterans’.” The title is altered to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Act. It eliminates references to the Illinois Veterans’ Affairs Commission, a now defunct commission, in the Act.
Protecting Illinois’ military bases from closure (Public Act 100-144, House Bill 3032)
To help prevent future closings of military bases and other military infrastructure located within Illinois, this new law creates the Military Economic Development Committee (currently, the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee) as an entity within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor (currently, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.) It also makes changes to the composition and rules of the Committee including increasing the membership from 8 to 10, and ensuring up to four
members have a military background in Illinois.
Secretary of State email notification (Public Act 100-145, House Bill 3045)
The new law will provide that an application for a certificate of title and vehicle registrations shall include, if available, a person’s email address. Provides that in preparation for selection of random samples for verification of a liability insurance policy, the Secretary of State may send to owners of randomly selected motor vehicles requests for information about their motor vehicles and liability insurance coverage electronically or, if electronic means are unavailable, via U.S. mail.
Radioactive Waste Task Group (Public Act 100-146, House Bill 3048)
This act formally abolishes the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Task Group, as the Task Group has not been active for a number of years. With low-level radioactive waste disposal options being available elsewhere to generators of waste, a volunteer site will not be needed anytime in the near future.
Complaints against judges (Public Act 100-34, House Bill 3054)
This new law requires the clerk of the court to post in the common areas of the courthouse a notice that a person may file a complaint against a judge. The legislation directs the Judicial Inquiry Board to develop a standard notice and provide it to each clerk.
Average daily attendance by grade level (Public Act 100-147, House Bill 3059)
To help clarify the data used for the new evidence-based school funding model, the new law requires that the average daily attendance figures which school districts submit to the State Board of Education each month be for each grade level served. Previously the districts did not have to break down the attendance figures by grade level.
Birth records for homeless persons (Public Act 100-506, House Bill 3060)
Changes the Vital Records Act to waive the fee for birth record searches or certified copies of birth records for homeless persons. The person’s status would have to be verified by a human services, legal services or other similar agency or individual, and that the person could not be charged for such verification. The bill also puts in place a penalty for anyone who knowingly falsifies an individual’s status as a homeless person. A homeless person is limited to four birth records annually.
Cottage food operations (Public Act 100-35, House Bill 3063)
This new law amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act by making changes to the definition of “cottage food operations.” Additionally, instead of recognizing foods that are permitted to be produced by a cottage food operation, the law recognizes potentially hazardous foods and ingredients that cottage food operations are not allowed to produce, unless they have the proper licensing and certification.
Vehicle protective products (Public Act 100-272, House Bill 3072)
Under the Illinois Insurance Code, the definition of a “vehicle protective product” is amended to include protective chemicals and substances, but excludes chemical products applied to the engine. The new law also amends the Service Contract Act to make changes to the incidental costs that a service contract may provide for. It goes on to add some additional definitions and make
conforming changes to the treatment of service contracts.
Providing for consistency in sentencing in cases where death is caused while driving on a suspended license (Public Act 100-149, House Bill 3084)
The new law provides that the penalties for driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle at a time when the person’s driver’s license, permit or privilege to do so is revoked or suspended because of a violation of the reckless homicide statute also applies to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination when the violation was a proximate cause of the death of another person. Additionally, the new law provides that a prosecution for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof when the violation was a proximate cause of the death of another person may be commenced at any time. The new law is a technical clean-up bill to update the terms aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and opposed to using term reckless homicide to create consistence in statute.
Illinois Finance Authority – fire trucks (Public Act 100-152, House Bill 3108)
Concerning the ambulance revolving loan program, this legislation provides that a loan for the purchase of an ambulance may not exceed $200,000 (instead of $100,000). This increase was enacted to help local emergency departments purchase the most modern and up to date ambulances.
Ban on part-time elected or appointed officials from IMRF (Public Act 100-274, House Bill 3122)
The new law prohibits part-time officeholders (elected or appointed) from participating in or receiving benefits from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). The officeholder’s position is deemed to be part-time if it normally requires the performance of duty during less than 1000 hours a year for the governing body of the participating unit of local government.
Collecting racial/ethnic data on recipients of state DHS benefits (Public Act 100-275, House Bill 3131)
The Department of Human Services will now be required to collect and publically report statistical data on the racial and ethnic demographics of program participants for each program administered by the Department. The collection of racial and ethnic demographic data will allow DHS to better understand and identify the types of recipients its programs serve.