Archive, January 2016.

Last year, Governor Bruce Rauner signed two bills into law that placed a ban on powdered alcohol and restricted the sale of powdered caffeine to people under the age of 18.The two laws were primarily driven by concerns over the substance’s potential for abuse, especially among minors.
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Illinois has long criminalized the abuse and neglect of children. But until recently, the law did not specifically include provisions concerning situations where someone acting in a professional capacity in a child care facility did not report suspected abuse or neglect of a child.
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In late December, the attorney general of Illinois ruled that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling under Illinois law. Gambling is illegal in Illinois, with certain well-defined exceptions, and in the attorney general’s opinion, daily fantasy sports do not fall within any of those exceptions. 
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A law in Illinois that helps victims of domestic violence who are convicted of criminal offenses took effect at the beginning of the year. Under the new law, being a victim of domestic abuse constitutes a mitigating factor that courts must take into account at sentencing.
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A new law, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, significantly changes existing legislation on the use and sale of synthetic street drugs in Illinois. As of next year, synthetic drugs will no longer be defined by their specific formulas. Instead, the new law prohibits the class of drugs as a whole by banning the basic chemical structure of the substances, making it much easier to prosecute suspected offenders.
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