Almost 300 laws come into effect on January 1 – NBC Chicago


Nearly 300 new laws will come into effect in Illinois at the start of the new year.

According to Democratic and Republican lawmakers, the laws include everything from excused mental health days for students to a minimum wage hike, optional college entrance tests, new official holidays, reform criminal justice, etc.

Here are a few you should know about, according to the Democratic and Republican Senate caucuses.

SB 1682:

Requires pharmacies to publish a notice informing customers that they can ask for the retail price of branded or generic prescription drugs.

HB 576 / SB 1577: Excused Mental Health Absences from Illinois Public Schools

Gives Illinois students up to five excused absences to prioritize their mental health.

HB 0605

Requires state agencies and institutions to purchase only Illinois and United States flags made in the United States

SB 817

Prohibits discrimination against natural and ethnic hairstyles, including locs, braids, twists and afros.

SB 119: Let children be children

Prohibits lemonade stands and other non-alcoholic means of sale operated by a person under the age of 16 from being regulated or closed by public health authorities. The law stems from a case where a lemonade stand was closed because the child had not obtained the required permit for the stand.

HB 3922

Recognizes June 19 – Juneteenth – as a public holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States

HB 168

Prohibits people with a history of criminal offenses such as torture or animal fighting from owning or living with animals.

HB 122: Consumer protection

Ends fees for early termination of utility contracts for deceased residents. As of January 1, providers of telephone, cell phone, television, internet, energy, medical alert system and water service providers are prohibited from charging fees for termination or termination. early cancellation of a service contract.

SB 58

Reduces registration fees for trailers weighing less than 3000 lbs. from $ 118 to $ 36.

HB 226: Optional College Admission Test

Allows students to choose to submit their ACT / SAT score when applying to public institutions in Illinois. The law only affects the admission processes of state public higher education institutions.

Increase in minimum wage

On January 1, the minimum wage increases to $ 12 an hour and will continue to increase on January 1 of each year until it reaches $ 15 an hour on January 1, 2025.

FOID Law Changes

The new FOID law makes the following changes as of January 1, 2021:

• Encourages but does not require fingerprinting. Those who accept fingerprinting benefit from a streamlined process for renewing FOID cards and CCL licenses.
• Allows the Illinois State Police to issue a combined FOID card and concealed transport license to qualified applicants.
• Require the Illinois State Police to establish a public database of all firearms reported stolen to be verified prior to the transfer of any firearm in order to prevent inadvertent transfer of firearms. stolen firearms.
• Instructs a new Violent Crime Intelligence Working Group to conduct execution operations against those whose FOID cards have been revoked.

In addition, the following additional provisions come into force on January 1, 2024:

• Requires that person-to-person firearms transfers be subject to National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) checks at a licensed federal firearms dealer or through online validation by police. the State of Illinois using NICS.
• Requires Federal Firearms Licenses (FFL) to keep a record of a transfer for 20 years. At the request of a peace officer, transferred persons must identify the FFL concessionaire who holds the transfer file. The penalty for not doing so is a Class A misdemeanor.
• Requires those who receive a firearm as part of a private transfer provide a record of the transfer to an authorized firearms dealer within 10 days. The dealer must in turn keep the record for 20 years and can charge up to $ 25 to keep it. The recipient of the firearm must be able to provide the name of the firearms dealer who maintains the record of that particular firearm when requested by law enforcement. Failure to do so is a class A misdemeanor.

HB 3653: Criminal Justice Reform Bill

A bill that brings sweeping criminal justice and policing reforms, including ending the cash bond in Illinois, is set to be signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday.

The provisions of the bill, which include several elements opposed by law enforcement and victim advocacy groups, come into force at different times. A provision in the law coming into force at the start of the new year includes the start of the phased requirement that all state law enforcement officers wear body cameras by 2025.

Counties and cities of 500,000 or more (City of Chicago; Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties) must require all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras by January 1 2022. The smaller departments will be phased in, with all state officers required to wear them by 2025.

Other provisions of the bill will come into force at later dates. Learn more about the bill here.

Email, social media posts added to contactless orders

To close a loophole that some predators were using to reach targeted victims, lawmakers took steps to strengthen the harassment and contact ban law.

Since January 1, a person who is prohibited by a non-contact order from contacting another person by phone or in person may also be barred from
send emails, texts or social media posts.

Strengthening sanctions against child predators

Lawmakers closed a loophole that allowed family members found in possession of child pornography to escape jail. Through an amendment to the Corrections Code, child pornography laws make possession of child pornography when the child is a member of the defendant’s household or family a non-probative offense. Previously, this category of offenders could receive probation for their pornography conviction.

Agricultural sciences become an official class

For high school students, agricultural science courses will now count towards the three-year minimum of science course required for admission to a public university in Illinois. Agricultural science courses can also now be taken instead of the current two-year foreign language requirement for admission to a public university.

Describe the costs of the College

Thanks to a new comprehensive report that must now be completed by all public universities in Illinois, when a student declares or changes a major of studies, the public university the student is attending must provide that student with a report. comprising the following elements:
• The estimated cost of their studies associated with obtaining a diploma in that major;
• The average monthly student loan payment over a 20-year period based on the estimated cost of their studies;
• The average placement rate within 12 months of graduation for a graduate with a degree in that major;
• The average entry-level salary or salary for a profession related to this major; and
• The average salary five years after entering a profession related to this major.

Free Gold Star license plates for survivors

Beginning January 1, the State of Illinois will offer free Gold Star license plates to a widow, widower, or surviving relative of someone who served in the United States military and lost their life in time of war. Previously, a registration fee of $ 151 was charged for these specialty plaques.

State flags for next of kin

On the death of an Illinois serviceman / woman, a member of the Illinois National
The guard will present an Illinois state flag to the next of kin.

Repackage unused prescription drugs

Thanks to Illinois’ new Drug Reuse Program Act, individuals can now donate their unused prescription drugs to participating pharmacies, who could then repackage them and make them available to patients in need. Pharmacies may charge nominal processing fees.

See more new laws coming into effect in January here.


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