Rounding up the Laws

by Ryne Turke

Around 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois starting January 1st. Here are a few you should know about…

– Allows pet owners to create partial or joint custody for pets upon dissolution of a marriage

– Requires prisons to allow inmates to receive visitors in person or via video teleconference, with some exceptions for behavior

– Allows a school bus to be used to transport passengers other than students to non-school based events without changing the registration and license plates on the bus

– Removes the statute of limitations on prosecution for aggravated DUI causing death

– Adds a “veteran” designation to death certificates

– Adds and removes several scheduled substances from the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to prohibit synthetic drugs like bath salts

– Creates tougher sentencing guidelines for repeat gun offenders while working to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison

– Allows DNR to establish rules for the public to scatter ashes in a state park

– Allows county animal control agencies to use funds for Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return programs for feral cats

– Allows records of charges that result in an acquittal or dismissal with prejudice, except for minor traffic offenses, to be immediately sealed after the final disposition of the case

– Clarifies that no person shall operate, register, or maintain registration of a motor vehicle anywhere in the state (including on private property) unless the vehicle is covered by a liability insurance policy

– Includes intimidation, stalking, cyberstalking, or transmission of obscene messages as possible hate crimes and creates a civil penalty for hate crimes

– Allows for the electronic delivery of auto insurance documents

– Creates a special enrollment period for state insurance for an adopted child

– Establishes a small business grant program that will provide money to low income individuals on public aid who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs

– Amends the Nursing Home Care Act to make it clear that an identification wristlet may be placed on any resident per a physician’s order.

– Removes the trigger provision from Illinois law that would reinstate previous state policy banning abortion in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court

– Gives 16 and 17-year olds the option of signing up to be organ and tissue donors when they apply for a driver’s license or identification card

– Confinement and brutal training practices mean elephants are often abused while in circuses or traveling animal acts. African and Asian elephants can no longer be used in these settings in Illinois

Check out the rest of the new 2018 Illinois laws at

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