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Around 150 New Laws Taking Effect in Illinois

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

As we begin a new year, there are some new laws going into effect in the land of Lincoln.

And officials in Adams County are working to learn these new statutes - to make sure they can apply them correctly in the new year.

It's almost like a holiday tradition for Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard  - getting briefed on the new Illinois laws taking effect in the new year.

"There are certain, specific limited areas where changes occur that we need to pay attention to obviously," he said. 

One new law will play a big role in upcoming drug cases - the statute now allows first time offenders who are caught with less than 15 grams of meth to be eligible for drug treatment instead of being sent to prison.

"There's very little dabbling in meth - once you're in, you're in deep. So what I think this law is intended to do is to help people to withdraw from the drug and withdraw from the legal consequences," said Barnard.

State officials are also raising the fees for license plates...the two dollar jump will now have you paying 101 dollars every year.  A change - some drivers - were not happy to hear.

Driver Mike Long said, "Another chunk out of our paychecks - seems like every time we turn around, they're getting us somewhere 

But that additional fee is designated for maintenance and repairs at state parks...and should generate about 20 million dollars.

"That's a good thing, if they use it for that," Long conceded. 

Another new law - that will be of interest for anyone with a Facebook - employers will no longer be allowed to require job applicants to turn over their social media passwords. Facebooker Danielle Patch says she's glad to hear that, but for her - it won't change much.

"Yeah, it makes me feel better, but I'm not really trying to hide anything - but for some people I guess it's good," said Patch.

Some other, lesser known laws to tell you about.Strip club operators will have to pay a three dollar surcharge per customer, or pay an annual fee - to raise money for rape crisis centers.
It also is now illegal to possess, sell, or distribute shark fins - or to pop a wheelie on a motorcycle.  


 

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