new zero tolerance law for prison employees will ensure the safety
of prisoners and employees at Illinois correctional facilities.
Under Public Act 92-80 (Senate Bill 1032), Illinois Department of
Corrections employees who test positive for drug use will be fired.
new law, Senate Bill 1341/Public Act 92-185, provides long-awaited
insurance coverage parity for mental illnesses. Under the new law,
serious mental illnesses will receive the same insurance coverage as
step in Illinois’ fight to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous
people also takes effect Jan. 1. House Bill 1942/Public Act 92-414
sets Class 2 felony penalties for any person who forges or
materially alters or counterfeits a FOID card or possesses a card
that has been forged, altered or counterfeited.
Senate Bill 1505/Public Act 92-331 establishes an ombudsman program
to help educate uninsured individuals about health insurance options
and their rights under state and federal law.
following new laws will also take effect Jan. 1, 2002.
and Bill Rutherford Wildlife Prairie State Park (SB 915/PA 92-401)
— Allows the
state to acquire nearby park district property to expand the park.
(SB 75/PA 92-486) — Expands
the brownfields grant program to help clean up waste sites.
alert (HB 643/PA 92-259) — Requires
the Department of State Police to develop a coordinated program for
a statewide emergency alert when a child is missing.
seats (SB 403/PA 92-173) — Increases
the maximum fine for failing to use a child safety seat or seat belt
from $25 to $50 for a first offense and from $50 to $100 for
subsequent offenses. (SB 98/PA 92-171) — Requires every
person transporting passengers ages 4 to 15 to ensure passengers are
either in child restraint systems or seat belts.
(HB 3055/PA 92-295) — Includes
information about suspected abuse and neglect investigations in a
child’s permanent school record.
(SB 838/PA 92-318) — Encourages
adoptions by redefining the kinds of homes — adoption-only vs.
foster — that care for children placed with them by the DCFS.
publications (SB 842/PA 92-321) — Allows
DCFS to use royalties earned from the publication of materials owned
by or licensed by the department as an additional funding source for
its foster parent training programs.
(SB 1305/PA 92-375) — Does
not allow officials to decide that a child is neglected or abused
for the sole reason that the child’s parents or guardians did not
vaccinate the child.
burial (HB 382/PA 92-348) — Gives
parents the rights to bury or cremate a child miscarried before 20
weeks of gestation.
Industry Free Market Act (SB 720/PA 92-496) — Prohibits
TV, radio or cable stations from requiring employees and prospective
employees to refrain from employment in a specific geographic area
for a period of time after they terminate employment with the
delivery (HB 1000/PA 92-380) — Requires
delivery people to get the signature of someone at least 21 years
old when delivering alcohol.
fraud (SB 797/PA 92-436) — Protects
consumers from sweepstakes fraud by requiring mailings to state
clearly that no purchase is necessary, disclose all information and
award the prize within 30 days.
food (SB 750/PA 92-394) — Makes
it a Class B misdemeanor to misrepresent food as being halal, food
that is prepared under the strict compliance with laws and customs
of the Islamic religion.
groups (SB 74/PA 92-495) — Makes
it easier to donate vehicles to charitable groups. Allows charitable
groups to transfer the vehicle title from the donor to a recipient
without having to pay the state title transfer fee.
(SB 1517/PA 92-444) — Creates
a pilot program using pupillometers for drug tests in prisons.
drunk" defense (SB 265/PA 92-466) — Eliminates
the defense that persons were too intoxicated to know better when
committing a crime.
(HB 229/PA 92-175) — Allows
police to seize computers containing child pornography.
courts (SB 138/PA 92-58) — Allows
the chief judge in each judicial circuit to create specialized drug
courts with the necessary flexibility to address drug problems.
labs (HB 978/PA 92-266) — Allows
judges to impose stiffer prison sentences on those convicted of
operating an illegal drug lab if emergency response personnel are
injured or killed in connection with illegal drug lab fires or
ID cards (HB 2011/PA 92-240) — Provides
identification for released prisoners until they can obtain an
official Illinois ID card.
testimony (SB 401/PA
92-434) — Allows videotaped testimony of a mentally disabled
victim who is not institutionalized to be admitted into evidence in
the same manner that testimony of an institutionalized victim or the
testimony of a child victim can be admitted into evidence.
property (SB 1098/PA 92-443) — Requires
law enforcement agencies to return vehicles or vehicle parts that
were seized for evidence in the same condition they were at the time
they were seized, unless criminal charges are pending or stolen
parts have been removed.
notice (HB 1694/PA 92-383) — Allows
public safety agencies to use unlisted numbers in emergency
situations for reverse 911 calls.
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victims (HB 2865/PA 92-427) — Adds
stalking and aggravated stalking to the list of crimes for which
victims can be compensated through the Crime Victims Compensation
Act. (HB 863/PA 92-412) — Allows the court to accept a victim
impact statement from family members of the victim.
cheats (SB 879/PA 92-233) — Provides a financial incentive to
bring civil suits against persons seeking to defraud insurance
Corps scholarships (SB 267/PA 92-467) — Creates
U.S. Marine Corps license plates benefiting the Marine Corps
Scholarship Fund for Illinois residents who are children of Marine
Corps veterans and plan to attend an Illinois college or university.
attendance (SB 1026/PA 92-96) — Charges
anyone who threatens, menaces or intimidates nonpublic school
students from attending school with a Class A misdemeanor (up to one
year behind bars). Public school students already have this
scholarships (HB 2436/PA 92-43) — Increases
the number of scholarships available for nurses who plan to practice
learning (HB 1096/PA 92-42) — Sets
new guidelines for alternative learning opportunities programs that
provide at-risk students with education and support services.
budgets (SB 898/PA 92-438) — Requires
school districts with websites to post their current annual budget,
itemized by receipts and expenditures.
interns (SB 329/PA 92-200) — Allows
regional offices of education to establish programs for full-time
elections (SB 360/PA 92-119) — Prohibits
candidates who lose in a political party caucus for township offices
to file for the same office in the same election under another
political party or as an independent candidate.
(SB 523/PA 92-93) — Allows
municipalities to prohibit the sale and use of sparklers on public
(SB 188/PA 92-465) — Requires
local election authorities to provide updated voter registration
information within 10 days after the close of each registration
period. Permits election authorities to list the names of all judges
seeking retention in the same proposition on the ballot — rather
than restating the proposition with each candidate’s name.
aides (SB 1504/PA 92-473) — Prohibits
a mental health or developmental disability facility from employing
a nurse’s aide who has been found to have physically or sexually
abused a patient.
information (SB 168/PA 92-89) — Requires
state universities to educate freshmen, transfer students and
parents about meningitis. Makes vaccines available through
university health services.
contraception (SB 114/PA 92-156) — Requires
a hospital to inform a rape victim about emergency contraception or
provide the medication if it is requested.
cards (HB 1901/PA 92-106) — Standardizes
health plan cards for ease of patient and doctor.
diseases (SB 382/PA 92-363) — Notifies
firefighters and emergency medical technicians, as well as other
medical professionals, when they have treated a patient with a
communicable or infectious disease.
parking (HB 846/PA 92-411) — Limits
who can receive disabled parking permits and makes it illegal to
park in access areas to spaces for disabled parking.
(SB 64/PA 92-431) — Increases
the fine DUI offenders pay to trauma centers from $25 to $100 for a
first offense and $200 for a subsequent offense. Creates an
additional $5 fine to benefit research on spinal cord injury
Law (HB 180/PA 92-283) — Requires
motorists to take certain precautions when approaching a barricade
or a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning
lights. Violators will face suspension of their driving privileges
and a fine of up to $10,000. Named after Chicago firefighter Lt.
Scott Gillen, who was killed by a reckless driver on Dec. 23, 2000,
while Gillen responded to a traffic accident.
1907/PA 92-477) — Creates new plates to honor the Chicago and
Northeast Illinois District Council of Carpenters and the West Point
vehicles (SB 819/PA 92-72) — Changes
the signs required on slow-moving vehicles to a design that is more
visible at night.
licenses (SB 602/PA 92-343) — Suspends
the driver’s license of anyone convicted of reckless homicide for
24 months after they are released from prison.
driving in school zones (SB 20/PA 92-429)
— Makes it a Class 4 felony to injure someone while driving drunk
in school zones during times the 20 mph rule is in effect.
honors funerals (SB 876/PA 92-76) — Allows
the Illinois National Guard to perform military honors ceremonies at
funerals when the federal government cannot.
Service (SB 290-PA 92-117) — Requires
men between the ages of 18 and 25 who apply for a driver’s license
or permit to be registered with Selective Service.
homes (HB 854/PA 92-351) — Allows
any veteran who served in a hostile fire environment and has been
awarded a medal signifying his or her service to be eligible for
admission to Illinois Veterans Homes.
diplomas (HB 12/PA 92-446) — Allows
high schools to award diplomas to honorably discharged World War II
and Korean War veterans who left school to serve during the war and
never finished high school.