Hundreds of bills were passed in both chambers of the Illinois legislature during the final week of the spring session. While the vast majority have yet to be signed or go into effect until January 1, 2022, a few laws went into effect on July 1, 2021. If you are unsure how any of the recent law changes affect you, consult a law firm IL to help you clarify how they will affect you.

Here are a few of those new laws:

Gas Tax

Beginning July 1, Illinois' motor fuel tax rate will increase by a half-cent per gallon, rising from 38.7 cents per gallon of gasoline to 39.2 cents per gallon.

The Illinois gas tax was last raised on July 1, 2020, by 0.7 cents per gallon, from 38 cents to 38.7 cents per gallon. The gas tax was raised from 19 cents per gallon to 38 cents per gallon the previous year.

Driving Fines and Tickets

Illinois will no longer suspend driver's licenses for failure to pay fines such as traffic tickets, red light camera tickets, or parking tickets.

That's thanks to a provision in a sweeping criminal justice and police reform bill signed into law in February, which also abolished cash bail in Illinois, mandates new police training policies in areas such as crisis intervention and de-escalation tactics, requires all police officers to wear body cameras by 2025, prohibits police chokeholds, and more.

College Athletes Endorsements

Student-athletes from all over the state may be compensated for their name, image, and likeness. Senate Bill 2338 allows athletes to be compensated if their college or university profits from the use of their name, image, or likeness. The bill forbids college athletes from advertising products such as alcohol or tobacco. If you need to discuss what this means for your college-aged child, contact aExternal link opens in new tab or window law firm in Illinois to determine your legal rights and obligations.

School Data Disclosures

Every school in Illinois is now required to post an explanation of the data it collects, maintains, or discloses to any person, entity, or agency on its website (or if it does not have a website, in its administrative office).

Schools must also disclose any breaches of specific information involving more than 10% of the student body. These disclosures are required to be updated at least twice a year.

Electoral Reform

The primary election in Illinois will be moved from March to June 2022.

The new law also makes voting by mail a permanent option, allows jail inmates awaiting trial to vote, and declares November Election Day a state holiday.

Criminal Justice Reform

House Bill 3653 was approved in mid-January and signed into law by the governor in February. This specific bill was heavily criticized by state attorneys general, law enforcement, and Republican legislators.

Some of the major reforms include eliminating cash bail by 2023, the limitation of officer use of force, and the implementation of body cameras by 2025. A trailer bill was used to make changes to the bill in late June.

The language addresses restrictions on the use of force, chokeholds, crowd control, and police misconduct. It also addresses training requirements and the implementation of body cameras for all officers in Illinois by 2025.

For more information about how recent law changes in Illinois will affect you personally, choose a law firm in IL with experience in these areas to help you identify what these changes mean for you and your family.