Running with Rauner . . .
Sneed is told that Tuesday was a busy day in the governor’s office complex at the state Capitol.
It was being swept for bugs.
Not the type that crawl or scurry in a hurry.
Not knowing a law is not considered a legal defense for not following it. So don’t get caught unawares — new laws will take effect in Illinois in 2015 that could affect the daily life of average Illinoisans. Get up to speed on what new rules you’ll be expected to follow in the new year.
Here are seven of the new laws:
Must be kept behind store counters and out of reach from children.
Vapor refills must come in child-proof packaging.
2. Upped speed limits
The speed limit on the state’s tollways and interstates will increase to 70 mph; 60 mph for semis.
3. Traffic stops
No more ticket quota system for police.
If you get pulled over and are issued a ticket, your driver’s license won’t be held as bond.
4. Pregnancy in the workplace
Employers must provide pregnant workers with reasonable accommodations, or face civil rights violation accusations
5. Homeowner damage disclosure
Home sellers must disclose any door or window damage, including:
6. Beer tax and milk definitions
The beer tax will extend to hard ciders.
Milk definition now includes sheep, water buffalo and other hooved animals.
7. Medical marijuana to treat seizures
Children who suffer from seizures can qualify for cannabidiol (CBD), which is an orally-administered liquid to treat epilepsy (not the leafy stuff).
Check out Reboot Illinois to see 8 more new laws you’re going to want to know about, plus a slideshow from the Senate Democrats explaining each law.
The Illinois Senate on Thursday wrapped up its work for the year, leaving the Capitol after sending Gov. Pat Quinn measures that would create a bobcat hunting season in Illinois and put in place new rules regarding eavesdropping.
The Senate’s departure comes after the House went home a day earlier without voting on a measure to raise the state’s minimum wage, though the Democratic governor says he’ll keep pushing in the hope he can force a vote before Republican Bruce Rauner succeeds him Jan. 12. Read the full article »