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This article will discuss the new laws which take effect in Illinois January 1st, 2022. The Illinois legislature was very busy in 2021 with the passage of 300 new laws, we will discuss them and analyze them below.

This article will discuss the new laws which take effect in Illinois January 1st, 2022. The Illinois legislature was very busy in 2021 with the passage of 300 new laws, we will discuss them and analyze them below. We will not list all the new Illinois laws, but we will go through and highlight the ones we think will have the most importance in 2022.

New Illinois Laws Pertaining to Criminal Justice Reform 2022

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a new criminal justice reform bill, that aims to end cash bail in the state of Illinois and seeks to reform the widespread police misconduct that has faced Illinois and the country, which has been under the microscope in the recent past. Here are some highlights of the new law:

  1. All Illinois Police Officers must wear a body camera on their person by 2025.
  1. Police Officers within Chicago and the surrounding suburbs must wear body cameras by January 1st, 2022, this includes Cook County, Kane County, Lake County and Will County.
  1. Illinois Police Departments are prohibited from buying and or using military grade equipment such as .50 caliber guns and tanks.
  1. Illinois Police Officers are now prohibited from chokeholds on suspects.
  1. Illinois Police Officers in the state of Illinois are now required to train further on using force against suspects, crisis intervention, and first aid training.
  1. Illinois Police Officers in Illinois now have a duty to intervene when another police officer uses excessive force against a suspect.
  1. Illinois Police Officers can lose their police certification if they are found guilty of certain felonies or misdemeanors in the state of Illinois.
  1. Illinois residents’ failure to pay fines and fees will no longer result in suspended driver’s licenses.
  1. Illinois cash bail ends, meaning that if a detainee cannot afford their bail, and can prove they are unable to pay their bail financially, the detainees will be released from custody pending their trial or resolution of the case.  
  1. Illinois prisoners are now to receive immediate medical treatment while they are imprisoned, pregnant women must be given accommodations.
  1. Illinois detainees’ rights are expanded by the law, they are allowed 3 free phone calls within 3 hours of arrival at the police station, before police interrogation commences. Detainees are also allowed access to their cell phone to gather their personal contacts information before the police seize their phone.
  1. Illinois prisoners with 4 months of time left or less on their sentence, are to be freed and placed on house arrest.  
  1. Illinois police charges of resisting arrest by police officers must state the reason for the original arrest that was supposedly a resisted arrest.

New Illinois Laws for the Protection of Animals

People that have a felonious criminal record pertaining to animal fighting or torture are now prohibited from living with animals or personally owning any animals.  

New Illinois Labor Law Minimum Wage Increases in 2022

Good news for residents of Illinois the minimum wage will increase January 1st, 2022, to $12 an hour and increase one dollar per year per hour until January 1st, 2025, where it will plateau to $15 an hour.

New Changes to Illinois No Contact & No Stalking Orders 2022

Under the Stalking/No Contact Order Act the Illinois legislature has sought to protect victims’ rights by having the perpetrator restrained from sending text messages, emails, or other social media posts or messages through Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp etc. Under the old law perpetrators could get around the law as it only prohibited perpetrators from contacting the victim by phone or in person, this is now resolved as social media is also added to the prohibited contact.

New Changes to Illinois Guardianship Law 2022

Effective January 1st, 2022, new Illinois Guardianship law allows qualified Illinois licensed clinical psychologists opposed to only qualified Illinois licensed physicians to make the determination of whether or not an alleged person with a disability in a guardianship proceeding “the Respondent” has a mental disability severe enough to warrant them to have a need for a guardian over their person and or estate. This is a major change as the previous Illinois law only allowed qualified licensed Illinois Physicians to make that medical determination.

New Illinois Educational Laws that Protect Illinois Students for 2022

New Illinois Law Gives Illinois Students the right to submit their ACT/SAT score when applying to Illinois public Colleges and Universities.  

New Illinois Law Outlines the Costs of College for Illinois Public University Students who are Declaring or Changing their Major

When Illinois public College students declare or change their major, Illinois Public Universities must provide the Illinois public College Student the following information:

  • The job placement rate of their major 12 months after graduation.
  • The average annual salary or hourly pay associated with that major at entry-level.
  • The average annual salary or hourly pay 5 years after graduation.
  • The estimated total cost of the education that the student is going to pay pertaining to their major.
  • The estimated average monthly student loan payment over 20 years based on the costs of the Illinois student’s educational attainment.

New Mental Health Law Gives Illinois Students Five Days of Excused Absences 2022

Effective January 1st, 2022, Illinois students who are suffering from mental health issues or now afforded up to five days of excused absence from school. In addition, the students seeking time off due to mental health issues are also given a reasonable amount of time to make up any missed assignments, tests, or homework.  

This helps many students who suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression that may hinder their performance in school, this new Illinois law gives these students additional time to essentially take a break from their anxiety depression and other mental health issues and re-focus on school, this will lead to more students being successful despite suffering from anxiety depression and other mental challenges.

New Illinois Law That Lets Kids Be Kids and Sell Lemonade Freely in 2022

This new Illinois law prohibits the Illinois Public Health Authorities from stopping or penalizing minors under the age of 16 from selling lemonade and other nonalcoholic drinks at lemonade stands to the public at large, even though they do not have a proper permit to sell such beverages. A child’s lemonade stand was shut down because he did not consult with the proper authorities to obtain a permit to sell lemonade, and thus this law allows minors in Illinois to sell lemonade and other non-alcoholic drinks as long as they are under the age of 16.  

New Illinois Law Recognizes June 19th as Juneteenth an Official Illinois State Holiday

To celebrate the end of slavery in the state of Illinois and to combat the continuing racial injustices that is continue throughout the country in 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law June 19th as an official state of Illinois holiday. Illinois has much history with ending slavery, President Abraham Lincoln a life-long resident of Illinois, started the process to end slavery throughout the United States by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation January 1st, 1865, while our county was in turmoil fighting the Civil War the North Union army vs. the South Confederate army.

On June 19th, 1865, almost 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was put into effect, the remaining enslaved people of the United States were set free. Slavery officially ended in the United States on this day, June 19th, 1865. This new Illinois law celebrates this day, by lowering all flags in the state of Illinois to half-staff, all Illinois Courts are closed, and state employees are given the day off in observance of the new Illinois State holiday.  

New Illinois Consumer Protection Laws 2022

Illinois has a new law effective January 1, 2022 which protects deceased residents of Illinois, internet providers, electric providers, medical system alert providers, water providers, cell phone providers, television providers, and others are now prohibited from charging the decedent an early termination fee or cancellation fee on a contract entered into between the provider and the decedent.

New Illinois FOID Card Law Changes 2022

The Illinois FOID Card has been subject to some changes by the Illinois Legislature. Here are some highlights of the changes which take effect on January 1st, 2022:

  • Adopts the requirement that the Illinois State Police are to start a public database of all guns that have been reported stolen, which need to be checked prior to the transfer of any gun to prevent the sale of stolen guns.
  • The Illinois State Police are now allowed to issue what is now known as a dual FOID card and concealed and carry license to Illinois applicants who qualify.
  • Favors the use of fingerprinting for applicants, who are given priority, and a more streamlined process to renew their conceal and carry license along with their FOID card renewal. There is still no requirement that applicants have to submit their fingerprints to the Illinois State Police.
  • There is a new Violent Crime Task Force in Illinois to conduct investigations on FOID card holders who have had their FOID cards revoked and the enforcement of the revocation of individuals who have had their FOID card revoked.
  • Effective January 1, 2024, the state of Illinois will now require person to person gun transfers in the state of Illinois to undergo National Instant Criminal Background Check System NICS which checks the backgrounds of individuals purchasing Federally licensed dealers or by Illinois state police online through NICS.
  • Federal Firearms Licensures “FFL’s” are required to keep a record of their fire arm transfer transactions for at least 20 years upon request by an Illinois police officer the record must be produced by the transferee that identifies the record of transfer between the FFL transferor and the gun transferee, FFL dealer that transferred the gun to them, failing to do so is a Class A misdemeanor
  • Individuals in the state of Illinois must provide a transfer record for individuals who received a gun to a private transfer to a Illinois licensed gun dealer in 10 days, the Illinois licensed gun dealer must keep the record for 20 years, and charge $25 for the record keeping. Individuals who fail to do this will be subject to a penalty of a Class A misdemeanor.

New Illinois Laws that Recognize Illinois Veterans

  • As of January 1st, 2022, Illinois will be giving free Gold Star Illinois license plates to family members of a Illinois veteran resident that was killed in action, and lost his or her life while the veteran was serving during wartime in the United States military. People eligible to receive the free Illinois Gold Star license plate are a surviving spouse or parent of the deceased veteran.  

  • Upon the death of an Illinois veteran Resident who served in the United States military, The Illinois Guard will give the State of Illinois flag to the deceased Illinois Veterans next of kin.

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