New Illinois laws to know for 2024
Gov. JB Pritzker and lawmakers were busy in 2023, passing more than 300 new laws that went into effect Monday.
Paid leave: All Illinois workers are now guaranteed up to 40 hours of paid leave.
- Of note: Chicago also passed one of the nation's most expansive workers time-off policies last year, guaranteeing all workers at least 10 days off each year. However, the ordinance has been delayed from taking effect until this July.
Minimum wage: Illinois workers paid the minimum wage will get a slight boost to $14 per hour, $8.40 for tipped workers.
- Of note: Chicago approved a measure last year to phase out the minimum wage for tipped workers. Under the plan, the tipped minimum wage will rise to 68% of the full minimum wage on July 1 and increase each year until 100% is reached by 2028, CBS reports.
Telehealth coverage: Telehealth services for mental health treatment will be covered under Medicaid.
Electronic cigarettes: E-cigs and vapes are prohibited in public places and within 15 feet of entrances.
Electric vehicles: New single-family homes and new residential construction with parking must have at least one EV-capable parking space for each unit.
Air fresheners: The state has decriminalized rearview mirror air fresheners.
- Context: Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias says the previous law banning any object from hanging on the mirror can lead police officers to racially profile drivers.
Public safety and housing
Service shutoffs: Utility providers can no longer terminate service for nonpayment of bills when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees.
Book bans: Illinois has adopted the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, which states that materials should not be removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval and prohibits the practice of banning specific books or resources.
- State of play: Illinois became the first state to enact a law penalizing state-funded institutions for book bans.
Overdose prevention: All public schools, charter schools, and nonpublic schools are required to maintain a supply of a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose.
- High schools are also mandated to teach students about the dangers of fentanyl in all state-required health courses.
It's now a Class B misdemeanor for any person, except for certain exempted people, to come into contact with a bear or nonhuman primate.
Details: Sen. Linda Holmes, who sponsored the bill, said the law aims to address animal cruelty. "The public handling and show of these animals continues a cycle of endless breeding where they are born into captivity to be used as props and business commodities," Holmes said in a statement.
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