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January 31, 2014

New Laws Enforced in Illinois

by Jordin Hopkins

As of January 1st, 2014 there have been 14 new laws added to the state of Illinois.  Listed below are the new laws that are now in action.

  • No cell phones while driving, unless hands free
  • Medical marijuana is legal
  • No tanning under the age of 18
  • Voting in the primary if you turn 18 by the General Election
  • If you buy an animal while they are sick, the pet store has to take it back or pay for your pet bills
  • Cigarette butts being thrown on the ground and littering will result in a $50 fine
  • Schools are not allowed to check kids’ email or Facebook pages without a parent’s permission
  • The speed limit signs in Illinois are moved from 65 to 70
  • In a work zone, there are fewer penalties for speeding when no one is working
  • Cameras are placed on school buses to catch people passing; this will be shared with the police
  • Teens will now be informed about condoms and birth control in sex ed in addition to abstinence
  • If divorced parents share joint custody, they must ask if he or she wants to take care of the child before hiring a babysitter
  • When going to a winery, if the bottle is not finished before you leave, they can cork it and send it home with you.
  • If someone goes through or exits a toll way without paying and if he or she does it often enough, their name will be posted online with outstanding tolls.
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