Many laws were passed in Illinois in 2017 that take effect January 1, 2018. Some of them are listed below, with a link to more information where applicable. Laws are listed by their House Bill (HB) or Senate Bill (SB) number.
Family & Safety
HB2388 - Sets up a database of licensed child care providers. Includes whether they have ever had their license revoked or denied.
HB2626 - Protects blind individuals. Their blindness cannot be held against them in the following situations:
- Parenting time or decision-making responsibilities for a child (custody)
- Foster care or guardianship
Learn more: Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD)
HB2987 - Requires state agencies give special notification of internships to children who have been in foster care, homeless, or incarcerated.
HB3168 - Creates standards and requirements for DCFS to make sure that a lawyer representing a child gets all of the documents needed.
Learn more: Children's law
SB0931 - If the state is the custodian or guardian of a child, they must file a written report with the court no later than 15 days after a minor in the agency's care remains:
- in a shelter placement beyond 30 days;
- in a psychiatric hospital longer than medically necessary; or
- in a detention center or juvenile justice facility just because they couldn’t find another place for the child.
Learn more: Children’s law
SB1261 - Allows people in a divorce to ask for sole or joint ownership of a pet.
Learn more: Getting a divorce
SB1319 - Allows courts to use video conferencing for adult guardianship hearings.
Learn more: Starting a guardianship of an adult case
House & Apartment
HB3001 - Makes changes to the law about how a landlord can use or return a security deposit.
Learn more: Getting a security deposit back
HB3359 - Makes laws about evictions more readable. Specifically, changes “forcible entry and detainer actions” and “actions for possession” to “eviction actions,” and changes “orders of possession” and “judgment of possession” to “eviction orders.”
Learn more: My landlord is trying to evict me
HB3711 - Changes the definition of a hate crime.
Learn more: Hate crimes
SB0885 - Creates various protections for rent-to-own homebuyers.
Learn more: Renting to own a home
Money & Debt
SB0883 - Allows a child born after their parent dies to inherit from them. The child must be in utero when the parent dies or created with assisted reproduction.
Learn more: Dying without a will
Health & Benefits
HB0040 - Removes restrictions on funding for abortions from Medicaid and the State Employees Group Insurance Plan. Says that abortion will remain legal in Illinois even if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Learn more: Medicaid
HB2959 - Stops health insurance companies from excluding pre-existing conditions in their policies.
Learn more: Getting health insurance
HB3018 - Changes the name of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Learn more: Benefits for Illinois Veterans
SB0866 - Says that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs must give informational resources and education to veterans returning from deployment about service animals for people with disabilities.
Learn more: Benefits for Illinois Veterans
Business & Work
HB0736 - Creates a program to give money to public aid recipients to start a new small business.
Learn more: Starting your own small business
SB1688 - Makes it easier for people with criminal records to get professional licenses.
School & Education
HB2369 - Provides protections for students in public schools who are nursing.
Learn more: Breastfeeding: What are my rights?
HB2663 - Says that schools that get state funding cannot expel preschool students.
Learn more: Can my child be expelled from preschool?
HB3139 - Creates rules for schools about reducing student absences.
Learn more: How schools must try to reduce student absences
Citizens & Immigration
HB1785 - Allows people who are transgender or intersex to change the gender on their birth certificate.
Learn more: Getting a copy of your birth certificate
HB3060 - Allows people who are homeless to get birth certificates for free if they have proof they are homeless from a legal aid or other agency.
SB0889 - Says that no one can be excluded from jury service on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, order of protection status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service.
Learn more: How can I get out of jury duty?
Crime & Traffic
HB0514 - Allows a defendant to file a petition for sealing of an arrest or charge immediately if the charge is later acquitted or dismissed.
Learn more: Expunging or sealing a criminal record
HB2643 - Expands protections for people with disabilities when they are on walking, running, or bicycle paths.
HB2738 - Expands visitation rights for inmates.
HB2989 - Protects visitation rights of people who are incarcerated in the following ways. Says that the Department of Corrections (DOC):
- Cannot deprive people of in-person visits because there are now video visits,
- Must publish the number of in-person visits each person is entitled to per week and month,
- Must explain ID rules for visitors, and
- Must post on their website any restrictions or denials of visitation for the past 5 days.
HB3251 - Makes it a crime to monitor someone without their permission electronically.
HB3817 - Expands automatic expungement of juvenile records. Includes arrests that do not result in a finding of delinquency. Also includes all cases where there was a finding of delinquency, but the youth must have gone two years without a new finding of delinquency. Finally, increases confidentiality for these records.
Learn more: Expunging a juvenile record