Many of you are beginning your year with resolutions & still trying to remember to write 15 instead of 14. Well with new laws in effect starting the 1st, there are a few more things to be mindful of.
There have been quite a few changes to the laws in Illinois to start the year. To begin with the speed limit on tollways & interstates has gone up to 70 mph. While this is being officially reported please also look for the signs. Another new law is that police no longer have a quota that they must fill, nor will people have to drive around on tickets anymore. That’s right, no more quotas! Police will no longer be holding your license for bond either.
If you are pregnant your job will have to make accommodations for you, such as frequent bathroom breaks & time to pump. It is also now illegal to withhold information about property damage when selling a home.
The beer tax will now be extended to hard ciders. I guess the prices on my Angry Orchards will be going up. There is also a new policy that will be offering liquid marijuana to children who have seizures. Another positive is employers will no longer be asking about criminal history until the actual interview. If you have a misdemeanor more than 3 years old you can have the record of it sealed & employers cannot look it up.
These are just some of the many laws that have come into effect. For the full list of newly enacted laws go to http://illinoissenatedemocrats.com/images/PDFs/Laws-1-1-15.pdf. Also remain conscious of the programs going on in your city, town, or village. Right now the city off Chicago is selling qualifying residential lots for just $1, on the basis that something is done with the property. If you are not already a property owner, you may be subject to fees & of course, you will still have to pay taxes. Look into other programs that may be beneficial to you on the local governments or state government website.