As a resident of Illinois, it’s important to stay up-to-date on all law changes happening in the state. This way, you know what’s going on around you, and you stay informed of your rights and the rights of everyone around you in the state.
Law changes can be hard to follow—the verbiage is long, confusing, and dense most times. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most relevant law changes Illinois residents can expect in 2022—so that you can get the facts without the headache.
Let’s take a look at important amendments in law taking effect in 2022.
Amendment to the School Code
In Illinois House Bill 3173, many amendments were made to the School Code surrounding several different topics. These amendments take into consideration that situations are often more complicated for students than previously acknowledged and takes that into account.
One of the amendments that was made to this code is that students facing a suspension review or expulsion hearing can disclose information that will be considered. For example, if a student was being bullied or if they had a death in the family. Previously, these might not have been considered, but now these factors are taken into account because of how they impact a student’s behavior.
Another amendment made also deals with suspension reviews and expulsion hearings. If the student facing the hearing is accused of sexual harassment or gender-based harassment, then that student and their representative are not allowed to contact the alleged victim. This does not apply to domestic violence allegations.
Additionally, an amendment was made for victims taking time off school. If a student was a victim of sexual or domestic violence and needs to miss school for two consecutive weeks for physical and mental health treatment, then they need a qualified employee from their crisis institution to send a request for the need of home instruction. These terms are defined at greater length in the bill.
Most of these amendments take effect July 1, 2022.
Amendment to the Election Code
A State Bill was proposed and is currently pending to make amendments to the Election Code, namely allowing those convicted and in jail to maintain their right to vote. Illinois SB 828 amends the Election Code so that even though a person has been convicted of a felony or sentenced in a correctional facility or jail, their right to vote is restored and they’re eligible to vote.
It also states that correctional facilities and institutions are required to make voting resources available to the incarcerated. These voting materials need to be current to relevant elections.
On top of all of that, this Bill creates the Post-Conviction Task Force. This task force is intended to help enforce these amendments and ensure that people convicted of felonies or otherwise incarcerated people have their right to vote restored. The Unified Code of Corrections is also amended to reflect these changes as well.
These changes take effect June 1, 2022.
Amendment to the Title Insurance Act
Another pending Illinois Senate Bill that could be implemented in 2022 is an amendment to the Title Insurance Act. Illinois SB 1751 states that consumers have the right to seek legal counsel before title insurance payment obligations are effective.
This gives consumers more freedom when shopping for insurance. Instead of being obligated to pay the insurance fees right away when picking a plan, this allows them to properly shop for the insurance that fits them best without worrying about paying before they decide.
Additionally, this allows them to make an informed decision about their insurance policy because they’re able to fully focus on their choice rather than the fees they’ll incur right away. It also gives them the opportunity to seek legal counsel in order to make this decision and ensure the policy follows the law.
Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys Will Keep You Up to Date
With a new year approaching and the holiday season upon us, life can get hectic and overwhelming. That’s why it can be hard to stay informed of state laws that will be coming to pass in 2022—other things are likely more important in your day-to-day life. That’s why we do the research for you so that you can stay informed.
Knowing the laws that apply to you as an Illinois resident is important. That way, if an accident happens, you know how your rights are protected. But if you don’t stay informed, you still don’t have to worry—as long as you hire a personal injury lawyer from Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys.
We stay current on local, state, and federal laws so you don’t have to. Our experienced attorneys know that citizens don’t always have the time to look up changing laws, which is part of the reason we fight to stay informed. That way, we can answer all of your questions confidently. Reach out to our office today if you believe you need our help.