New Illinois Laws for 2020 include the following: 

License Plates on Farm Equipment (HB 2669/PA 101-0481): Removes current law requiring registration of specific farm wagon type trailers having a fertilizer spreader attachment and farm wagon type tank trailers. Removes the $250 registration fee and existing width and weight restrictions for single unit self-propelled agricultural fertilizer implements. 

Healthy Pet Month (HB 2086/PA 101-0244): Designates April as “Healthy Pet Month” to encourage pet owners to review their pets’ health needs and to make arrangements with their veterinarians for annual exams/evaluations.

Kennel Fire Alarms (HB 3390/PA 101-0210): Provides that a kennel operator shall install in the kennel a fire alarm monitoring system that triggers notification to local emergency responders when activated or fire sprinklers. Provides that the Illinois Department of Agriculture shall deny the initial licensure or license renewal of a kennel operator for the failure to comply with this provision.

Rabies Vaccines for Cats (SB 131/PA 101-0299): Requires every owner of a cat that is four months or older to have each cat receive a rabies inoculation, and have a subsequent inoculation within a year of the first one occurring. Excludes feral cats.

Chinese Herbology (SB 1133/PA 101-0201): Provides that no person licensed under this Act may hold himself or herself out as being trained in Chinese herbology without meeting certification standards set by this legislation.

Graduate Students Join Unions (HB 253/PA 101-0380): Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Removes “graduate students” from the “student” portion of the “educational employee” definition. This would apply to research assistants, teaching assistants, or those who perform duties that are pre-professional. These changes allows graduate students to join a union.

Gratuities (HB 3405/PA 101-0509): Provides that gratuities are the property of employees and that employers shall not keep gratuities. Requires gratuities to be paid to employees within 13 days after the end of the pay period during which the gratuities were earned. Allows the Illinois Department of Labor to file a petition in circuit court to enforce final decision and collect amounts due.

LLC Personal Liability of Members (SB 1495/PA 101-0553): Amends the Limited Liability Company (LLC) Act to make several changes to allow members to bring an action to compel the LLC to permit inspection and copying of company records and to clarify that a member or manager of an LLC may be held personally liable under another law for the member or managers own wrongful acts or omissions, even when acting or purporting to act on behalf of a LLC.

Name Change after Divorce (SB 1191/PA 101- 0203): Eliminates the requirement of notice by publication in order to change a person’s name if the person is changing his or her name to resume the use of his or her former or maiden name. Additionally, if the divorce decree contains a provision authorizing the person return to his or her prior or maiden name, a separate proceeding to change the person’s name is not required.

Remains Dispute Resolution (HB 1455/PA 101- 0381): Amends the Disposition of Remains Act to require that a dispute over a decedent’s remains shall be resolved by the court within 30 days of the dispute being filed with the court.

Incarceration Credit Increase (SB 1609/PA 101- 0408): Increases the credit for incarceration on a bailable offense from $5 per day to $30 per day. Makes it so that any credit for time served prior to sentencing that reduces the amount a defendant is required to pay shall be deducted from the fine, if any, ordered by the court.

Retention of IL Students and Equity Act (HB 2691/PA 101-0021): Creates the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity Act. A student who is not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid, including a student who is disqualified for failure to register for selective service, or a non- citizen student who has not obtained lawful permanent residence, shall be eligible for any student aid or benefit funded or administered by the State, any State agency, or any public institution of higher learning including scholarships, grants, awards, stipends room and board assistance, tuition waivers, or other financial or in-kind assistance.

SLP Educator License (HB 2605/PA 101-0094): Allows a licensed speech language pathologist who also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to obtain a Professional Educator License with a school support endorsement for non-teaching speech-language pathologist.