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Friday, January 02, 2009

2009 laws for Illinois

Despite all the trouble Illinois is in, some laws did get passed that go into effect in 2009.

From the Chicago Tribune:

  • If you want to learn about your risk for certain illnesses through genetic testing, lawmakers say what you find out is your business. They've banned employers from discriminating against workers because of test results.
  • Outdoor fitness and sports facilities now are required to have an automated external defibrillator on site.
  • Insurance companies must pay for treatment of anorexia and bulimia after lawmakers expanded the definition of "serious mental illness" to include the eating disorders.
  • Sex offenders will no longer be allowed to serve as election judges.
  • Lawmakers also went after the practice of "grooming," in which online predators build up trust with minors through a series of conversations before suggesting a meeting. It's illegal for someone to use the Internet or other electronic devices to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child or person posing as a child to commit sex acts.
  • Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, districts across the state will have to teach students about Internet safety.
  • Responding to shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, colleges and universities across the state are required to develop disaster response plans with local and state safety officials and practice them at least once a year.
  • The penalties have been raised for those attempting to illegally buy firearms. Buyers now face 3 to 7 years in jail if caught trying to illegally buy a gun, up from 1 to 3 years. The punishment also increases if an offender illegally buys multiple guns.

Some more from the State Journal-Register:

One of the highest-profile new laws focuses on political ethics. House Bill 824, as it was tagged during the legislative process, aims to curb the practice of “pay to play” by putting limits on political donations from government contractors.
It prohibits anyone with state contracts worth $50,000 or more from making political donations to the state officeholders who award the contracts.

And:

  • Senate Bill 2159 - Anyone who is age 18 or older, and who harms or disfigures a child younger than 13, would be committing aggravated battery of a child, a Class 3 felony. Also applies when the victim is a person who is severely mentally disabled.
  • Senate Bill 2365 - Any prison inmate who throws bodily secretions such as blood, urine or feces at a prison employee would be committing aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony. This also would apply if any sexually dangerous or sexually violent person in the custody of the Department of Human Services throws those fluids or materials at a DHS employee.
  • Senate Bill 2426 - Expands the definition of “cyberstalking” to include various acts, such as the creation of an Internet site that lasts at least 24 hours and harasses or threatens someone.
  • Senate Bill 2719 - This law, spurred by the murder of an Arlington Heights woman, lets judges order electronic surveillance as a condition of bail for someone charged with violating an order of protection.
  • House Bill 2757 - Adds to the definition of “unlawful use of weapons” by banning the sale, purchase or possession of a “knuckle weapon,” such as brass knuckles.
  • House Bill 4206 - Forbids carrying a billy club or similar weapon in a government building.

There are lots more listed in the SJ-R article.

The ISBA has a few listed, including:

Elder care. Public Act 95-823 requires long- term care facilities to complete annual “Consumer Choice Information Reports” and make them available to the public, including posting them on the internet and giving them to prospective residents and their families. These reports must include information on ownership, medical care, services, staffing, safety, security, meals, rooms, furnishings, family and volunteer support, visitation and special services and amenities. The Department of Aging, working in collaboration with the Attorney General, has the authority to verify the accuracy of the information. Violation of this Act constitutes an unlawful practice under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Effective Jan. 1, 2009.

In the past, ownership of some nursing homes has been very difficult to find. The entire Act can be found here.

Posted by Marie at January 2, 2009 6:42 PM

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