NEW ILLINOIS LAWS FOR 2018
THE NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW LAWS
CHILD SAFETY AND HEALTH AND MEDICALChild Safety Database - HB 2388
Gives parents peace of mind by creating a searchable database of day care homes and centers that have had licenses revoked and the status of application for renewal.
Targeting Child Abuse - HB2708
Assists in the investigation of child abuse and neglect by authorizing certain Department of Children and Family Services employees' access to the Prescription Monitoring Program database.
Foster Children Rights - HB 3542
Ensures that a foster child be placed in the most family-like setting available and in close proximity to his or her parents' home, which will ensure consistency with his or her health, safety, best interests and special needs.Organ Donor Registry - HB1805
Gift of Life Hundreds of Illinoisans are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. A new state law 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.
Breast Cancer Detection - SB 314
Requires insurers to provide coverage for a breast MRI if a mammogram demonstrates heterogeneous or dense breast tissue (when medically necessary).
Mental Health Awareness - HB 375 AND HB 3502
Requires education of all law enforcement officers on mental health systems and illnesses.
Another new law establishes a council that will look into ways to implement statewide early identification and treatment of mental health conditions.
Resident Home Safety - HB 223
Protects those nursing home residents with a history of memory loss and wandering with an ID bracelet, as a means to ensure their safety.
CRIMINAL AND DRIVINGCrime
Targeting Drug Crime - SB 639
Allows someone to be charged with a drug-induced homicide, even if the drug delivery that led to the death took place outside of Illinois.
Personal Security Online - hate crimes - HB3711 + HB 3251
Intimidation, stalking, cyber-stalking or transmission of obscene messages could be considered hate crimes.
A related measure expands cyberstalking penalties to cover tracking software and threats.
Law Enforcement Education - HB 270
Requires each law enforcement agency to have a written policy regarding the investigation of an officer involved in sexual assault.
Helping Domestic Violence Survivors - SB 57
Allows domestic violence survivors to petition to keep their current cell phone number without approval of the primary account holder.
Driving/On the Roads
No More Driving with 'For Sale' Signs - HB 733
All signs -- including 'For Sale' signs -- decals or paperwork must be removed from a car's front windshield or windows before a test drive. This law stems from the death of Brendan Burke, who was killed in a car accident by a driver whose vision was obstructed by decals and paperwork.
Cracking Down on DUI - HB 3084
Establishes that for sentencing purposes, driving on a suspended or revoked license based on an aggravated DUI that causes a death, will be treated the same way as based on a reckless homicide.
Cyclists Can Ride on the Shoulder - HB1784
A new law will permit bicycling on road shoulders and will allow motorists to pass cyclists in no-passing zones. Driver will be allowed to cross into the oncoming lane in a no-passing zone to safely pass a cyclist who is riding at less than half the posted speed zones.