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Mid-Year Update: 10 New Laws in Illinois

new-laws-0714Since the General Assembly adjourned in May, the governor has signed dozens of new laws. Some won’t take effect until January 2015, but others are already the law of the land. Take a look at 10 new laws you may need to learn about.

 

 

 

 

New Hunter law protects seniors from financial exploitation

senior-in-nursing-homeSenior citizens, particularly those who require regular support from health care workers at home or in public or private facilities, are often vulnerable to fraud and theft. Illinois lawmakers have strengthened the state's commitment to protect seniors from financial exploitation with a new law.

A measure sponsored by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and State Representative Esther Golar requires the Department of Human Services to create a health care worker registry of employees under final investigation of financial theft from the elderly.

Overpass renamed in honor of Medal of Honor recipient

This year, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed a measure that honored a local Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery and valor during the Vietnam War.

“Today, I was proud to be a part of the ceremony honoring Allen Lynch for his service to our country,” Link said. “The Grand Avenue overpass over Interstate 94 in Gurnee will now be known as the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Overpass.”

Cullerton responds to court's pension ruling

illinois supreme court buildingSenate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Kanerva v. Weems, 2014 IL 115811:

“Today, the Illinois Supreme Court made it very clear that the Pension Clause means what it says.  

The Court cannot rewrite the Pension Clause to include restrictions and limitations that the drafters did not express and the citizens of Illinois did not approve.  

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Friday, 12 October 2018
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) announced the release of a $1.8 million grant to help reopen the Kankakee River...

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IMAGE Castro announces funding boost for Education and Work Center
Friday, 05 October 2018
HANOVER PARK – Local residents will soon have access to additional resources through the Education and Work Center thanks to added state funding,...

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IMAGE Clayborne named keynote speaker at Uganda National Prayer Breakfast
Friday, 05 October 2018
BELLEVILLE – Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) will be the keynote speaker at the Uganda National Prayer Breakfast on Oct. 8....

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IMAGE Sims echoes McDonald family’s request for peace
Thursday, 04 October 2018
CHICAGO—Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement ahead of the verdict in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason...

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IMAGE Hastings announces more than $50,000 in grants for local libraries
Monday, 01 October 2018
TINLEY PARK – State Senator Michael E. Hastings is pleased to announce that community libraries will receive more than $50,000 in grants to fund...

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