More than 250 new laws took effect in Illinois last month, including some new and updated driving and consumer laws that you should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know:
Rear-facing child car seats
Children are now required to ride in rear-facing car seats until they’re 2 years old, weigh 40 pounds or are 40 inches tall. Violators will be fined $75 for the first offense, and $200 for each one after that.
Tougher texting and driving penalties
Beginning July 1, 2019, drivers caught texting behind the wheel will be fined $75 and issued a moving violation that will go on their driving record. Anyone convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period may have their license suspended.
The “Dutch Reach” method will now be included in the Rules of the Road booklet as well as the written driving exam. Drivers are instructed to look over their left shoulder after parallel parking, so as not to hit cyclists when opening their car doors. It’s called the Dutch Reach because it originated in the Netherlands.
Toll transponders for rental cars
Rental car companies can no longer charge more than $2 each day for use of an electronic tolling transponder.
A law enforcement officer can take temporary custody of a dog or cat if the animal is exposed to a life-threatening situation that may result in injury or death.
Active shooter drills
Schools will be required to conduct at least one active shooter drill per year.
Nursing mothers will be excused from jury service upon request.
Taking work with you
If your boss requires you to use your personal phone or computer for work, they need to have a reimbursement policy.
Lethal order of protection
Family members or police who believe someone is a threat to themselves or others, may go to a judge to temporarily remove that person’s guns.
#MeToo protections expanded
Companies wishing to do business with state government must have policies on how they address sexual harassment complaints. Same goes for companies in the EDGE tax credit program.