CHICAGO — The new year means new state laws in Illinois. On Jan. 1, 2019, 253 new laws will go into effect.
To see the full list, click here. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Children under the age of 2 will be required to be in a rear facing car seat. However, there are weight and height exemptions.
- There will be a 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases. This closes the gun show loophole for purchases made by a non-resident.
- School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year.
- Nursing mothers will be exempt from jury duty.
- Background checks will be required for every ride operator at carnivals and amusement attractions.
- Family members or police can ask a judge to temporarily remove guns from anyone who they think is a threat to themselves or others
- If you are required to use your personal phone or computer for work, your boss must have a reimbursement policy.
- Police can take temporary custody of dogs or cats exposed to weather conditions likely to result in injury or death.
- Stalking laws expanded to include messages on social media.
- Hunters may wear blaze pink as well as blaze orange during hunting firearm deer season