Archive, February 2016.

In 2014, a car accident near Aurora involving a semi-trailer truck led to the tragic death of a tollway maintenance worker. A state trooper at the scene was also severely injured. The driver of the truck was subsequently arrested and charged with operating a commercial vehicle while fatigued, driving beyond the 14-hour rule, and keeping false records. Responding to the public outcry that followed the accident, State Representative John Cabello drafted and introduced a new law increasing the penalty for truck drivers who cause great bodily harm or death to emergency responders and pedestrians …
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House Bill 1336, which recently went into effect, creates an important protection for those who commit certain alcohol-related offenses in Illinois. Similar to a law enacted a few years ago for drug overdoses, House Bill 1336 grants immunity from prosecution to underage drinkers who call 911 to get medical assistance for those who have consumed too much alcohol. Individuals for whom assistance was sought are also immune from prosecution. The new provisions, which are similar to those in place in more than 30 other states, were passed in an effort to prevent fatal cases of alcohol …
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Two new laws that significantly amend the regulations and requirements for obtaining an Illinois driver’s license after a DUI conviction became effective last month. House Bill 3533 now makes the use of an ignition interlock device mandatory for individuals who have been convicted of two or more DUIs and who have been granted a temporary license. House Bill 1446 allows those with a record of four or more DUIs to apply for a restricted permit under certain circumstances.
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Although theft is a common catch-all term, some states have separate laws for theft and larceny. Illinois is not one of those states. Both theft and larceny are defined in Illinois as offenses against property. The state uses the phrase “anything of value” to define exactly what property means. In Illinois, more than 290,000 property crimes occur every year.
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Illinois has several different laws that relate to stalking, and in Illinois, stalking and cyberstalking are both crimes. Moreover, it does not take much contact before an individual can be convicted of a stalking crime.
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