Part 4: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014

2014 will ring in hundreds of new laws. Over the next five days we will recap 25 of them. Some you may have heard about, others you may be just learning about now. Follow the links to read the law in its entirety.  

Fourth in a five part series:

Sex Offender Prohibitions
HB 3023 (PA 98-266) – Prohibits a child sex offender from knowingly being in any public park building, a playground or recreation area within any publicly accessible privately-owned building, or on a public park or playground within any publicly-accessible privately-owned building when children under 18 are present. The bill also prohibits child sex offenders from attempting to approach, contact, or communicate with a child under 18, unless the offender is a parent or guardian of a person under 18 who is present in the building or on the grounds.

Cigarettes Defined as Litter
HB 3243 (PA 98-483) – Includes cigarettes in the definition of “litter” in the Litter Control Act.

Electronic Communications to Commit Mob Action
SB 1005 (PA 98-14) – Part of the crackdown on violence orchestrated by social media-organized “flash mobs,” SB 1005 allows courts to impose and extended prison sentence upon any person convicted of a crime if that person used electronic communications to solicit or commit mob action.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Statue of Limitation
SB 1399 (PA 98-276) – Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions for damages based on childhood sexual abuse.

Operating a Boat Under the Influence
SB 1479 (PA 98-103) – Provides that a person’s driver’s license can be suspended for operating a boat while under the influence. The bill also states that the operator of any motorboat involved in a boating accident shall be deemed to have given their consent to testing for alcohol or other intoxicants. Refusal, a test of .08 or a positive result of drugs means that person can have their drivers’ license suspended.

New Illinois Laws - Part 1
New Illinois Laws - Part 2
New Illinois Laws - Part 3
New Illinois Laws - Part 5