New state laws take effect Jan. 1

New state laws take effect Jan. 1

More than 250 new state laws will go into effect Jan. 1, including one sponsored by State Sen. Andy Manar in honor of a Macoupin County family.

Beginning in 2019, Illinois will join 20 other states in designating May 17 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day to increase public awareness of the aggressive form of cancer affecting children. The bill, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in July, was prompted by the advocacy efforts of Kim Skief of Bunker Hill, whose 11-year-old daughter, Grace, died from DIPG on July 31, 2015, three months after being diagnosed.

According to the Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Resource Network (, DIPG is an aggressive form of cancer that almost exclusively affects children — about 300 per year in the United States, mostly between the ages of 5-7 at the time of diagnosis. It is inoperable; the tumor is not-well contained, so it grows into other tissue, mixing cancer cells with healthy cells and making it impossible to surgically remove the tumor without damaging healthy tissue. The tumor is found in a part of the brainstem called the pons, which is responsible for bodily functions such as breathing, sleeping, bladder control and balance. Less than 10 percent of children with DIPG survive two years from diagnosis.

Skief said her family, as well as others across Illinois, “are comforted and encouraged to know that with the help of State Senator Andy Manar as well as support from many other officials and citizens that more awareness is being given to DIPG, the deadliest pediatric cancer, through the enactment of this awareness law. We are hopeful that with more awareness for DIPG, the unacceptable lack of new treatments since the death of Neil Armstrong’s daughter in 1962 and the unabated local and global spread of this child-killer will be brought to an end.” She recommended those looking for more information or wanting to show support for DIPG research visit or the Facebook page for Grace’s Gift (a nonprofit organization Skief founded in memory of her daughter) at “Grace’s story and her life serve as a reminder that medical cures, sadly, are not guaranteed to us,” said Manar. “That’s why I sponsored this legislation and why I’m pleased to continue working with her mother to raise awareness of DIPG.”

Additional new state days include Illinois Statehood Day on Dec. 3 (HB0489), First Responder Mental Health Awareness Day on the third Friday of May (HB4345) and G.I. Bill of Rights Day on Nov. 4 (HB4954).

Other new laws going into effect Jan. 1 are as follows.

HB 0066 creates the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission Act for the centennial anniversary of the creation of Route 66.

HB 1010 makes elected offices gender-neutral, such as committeeperson or chairperson rather than committeeman or chairman.

HB 1464 provides that if the court reasonably believes that a pre-trial detainee will give birth while in custody, the court shall order an alternative to custody.

HB 1671 requires a vehicle transporting a police dog to be equipped with a heat sensor that remotely alerts law enforcement if the vehicle reaches 85 degrees and a safety mechanism to lower the interior temperature.

HB 2354 creates the Firearms Restraining Order Act, which provides that a family member or law enforcement officer may request an emergency firearms restraining order by filing an affidavit or verified pleading alleging that an individual poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control, purchasing, possessing or receiving a firearm.

HB4226 requires the Department of Public Health, subject to appropriation, to publish and disseminate a brochure to educate the general public on the effects of concussions in children and discuss how to look for concussion warning signs in children.

HB4231 allows hunters to wear solid blaze pink-colored clothing, in addition to blaze orange-colored clothing, if they are hunting during either the deer or upland game bird seasons.

HB4288 allows all state National Guard members the protections afforded to all other branches of the military.

HB4346 requires each community college and public institution of higher education in the state to offer a course studying Black history.

HB4377 requires any child under the age of 2 years old to be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system.

HB4392 requires every provider of mammography services to notify a patient if they have dense breast tissue (which makes breast cancer screening more difficult and increases the risk of breast cancer).

HB4554 makes driving the wrong way on a one-way roadway an aggravating factor for DUIs.

HB4687 expands existing training for teachers in the identification of warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior.

HB4687 expands who may petition a court for visitation of a ward of the state after the ward’s guardian has denied it to include a spouse, adult grandchild, parent, or adult sibling. Current law only allows an adult child to petition for visitation.

HB4741 provides that each inmate in the  Department of Corrections is entitled to seven in-person visits per month; each inmate may submit a list of 30 people that are authorized to visit.

HB4783 combines the youth hunting license and the youth trapping license into one youth hunting and trapping license and defines “youth” as persons under the age of 18.

HB4843 bans the sale of ivory.

HB4887 requires the Department of Children and Family Services to assist a youth in care in identifying and obtaining documents necessary to function as an independent adult (such as state identification card or driver’s license, Social Security card, medical records, and educational records) prior to the closure of the youth’s case to terminate wardship.

HB 4908 requires all children entering ninth grade of any public, private or parochial school to have a dental examination. Currently, this is only required of students entering kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade.

HB 4953 requires the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to provide a sexual harassment training program and require each applicant and license renewal applicant to complete this training.

HB5143 requires the “Dutch Reach” method (used when opening a vehicle door after parallel parking on a street, to reduce the risk of injuring a bicyclist or opening the door in the path of a vehicle approaching from behind) to be included in the Rules of the Road publication.

HB5267 adds two offenses for which victims are eligible to receive compensation under the Crime Victims Compensation Act: posting identifying or graphic information on a pornographic website or non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images (often called “revenge porn”).

HB5745 amends the Jury Commission Act to provide that any mother nursing her child shall be excused from jury service upon request.

HB5777 allows for the consolidation of two or more contiguous municipalities into one city or village.

SB0574 waives the notice requirement for someone changing their name if the individual is doing so in conjunction with treatment for an intersex condition or for the purpose of gender transition.

SB2270 allows a law enforcement officer to take temporary custody of a dog or cat if the animal is exposed to extreme heat or cold conditions in a manner that is life-threatening or may result in injury.

SB2271 provides that prosecution for any offense involving sexual conduct or sexual penetration in which the victim was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offense may be commenced within one year after the offense is discovered by the victim.

SB2330 allows victims of domestic violence to waive the publication requirement when filing a name change petition.

SB2341 adds synthetic cannabinoids to the Controlled Substances Act.

SB2350 requires schools to conduct at least one law enforcement drill that addresses an active threat or an active shooter within a school building no later than 90 days after the first day of each school year.

SB2386 creates a “reckless dog owner” determination if the owner’s dog is deemed dangerous for killing another dog and is found running at large twice within 12 months of being deemed dangerous. A “reckless dog owner” is prohibited from owning dogs for between 12 and 36 months.

SB2527 states school boards cannot limit the number of dual credit courses a student may enroll in or the number of credits a student may receive from dual credit courses; in addition, they cannot limit student enrollment in online courses.

SB2587 amends the Telehealth act and adds dentists to the list of healthcare professionals. Relatedly, SB3049 expands the medical providers that can bill Medicaid for telehealth and expands the allowable telehealth services to include clinical psychology, clinical social work and other mental health services.

SB3170 allows a prescription for medication other than controlled substances to be valid for the purpose of refills for up to 15 months from the date issued unless the prescription states otherwise, to help prevent patients from running out of medication prior to their annual doctors’ visits.

SB3193 states that a non-veteran spouse shall have the same priority as a veteran for admission to a veterans home, if they are admitted at the same time to live together.

SB3222 requires that the governor appoint to the Workforce Innovation Board two persons who self-identify as individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and who are engaged in advocacy for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

SB3240 requires all carnivals, amusement enterprises or fairs to conduct background checks on all of their employees.

SB3256 provides that a firearm shall not be transferred until 72 hours have elapsed since the application for purchase. Current law permits delivery of a rifle, shotgun or other long gun, or a stun gun or taser after 24 hours; the new law retains the 24-hour  withholding period for stun guns and tasers.

SB3411 provides that stalking behavior includes sending unwanted messages via social media; in addition, it allows places of employment, places of worship or schools to petition for an order against a person stalking their locations; once an order is granted, that person may have to give up their firearms and FOID card.

SB3503 requires every facility that houses a circuit court room to include at least one lactation room or area for members of the public.

SB3604 requires that severance pay from a local government contract does not exceed more than 20 weeks of compensation and prohibits severance pay when the employee has been fired for misconduct.

A complete list of all new Illinois laws going into effect on Jan. 1 is available at

Grace Skief