New Illinois laws going into effect in 2018
THE NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW LAWS IN ILLINOIS
ANIMAL RIGHTSPets treated more like children in custody cases - SB 1261
When pets are considered marital assets, who gets custody can become part of the proceedings.
Funds to Manage Feral Cat Colonies - SB641
Under the new law, counties in the state will be able to tap into animal population control funds to support programs aimed at reducing feral cat populations. Counties can choose to use a portion of their funds to pay for the four-step program known as trap, neuter, vaccinate and return or TNVR. For more information, visit this link.
Ending elephant abuse in circuses - SB1342
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. Illinois will become the first state to ban the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling exhibits.
BUSINESSESDry Cleaners, Hair Salons Need to List Prices - SB 298
Women often end up paying more than men for dry cleaning, haircuts and other services. A new state law requires price lists for standard services so customers can make more informed decisions
New Training for Restaurant Managers - HB2510
Managers of Category 1 restaurants must undergo accredited food allergen awareness and safety training under a new law within 30 days of being hired. Recertification will be required every three years.
Consumers' Online Reviews, Complaints Protected - SB 1898
Protects consumers from unknowingly giving freedom to speak freely about their online experiences, and prevents consumers from being intimidated or penalized for doing so.
Boosting Commerce and Economic Development - SB 2012/HB 736
Helps stimulate economic development and job creation by extending the state's Angel Investment Credit to encourage entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, while another law allows for a small-business grant program for public aid recipients interested in developing a start-up business.