Friday, March 16, 2018

Financial Responsibility Insurance (SR22)

Financial Responsibility Insurance (SR-22) monitors the insurance of problem drivers and authorizes the Secretary of State's office to suspend upon cancellation or expiration. Financial Responsibility Insurance is required in Illinois for individuals with safety responsibility suspensions, unsatisfied judgment suspensions, revocations, mandatory insurance supervisions and individuals who receive three or more convictions for mandatory insurance violations.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Civil Asset Forfeiture

When a crime is committed, the police can take the property that was used in that crime or that is somehow related to that crime. This is called a civil asset forfeiture.
If your property was taken because the police believe it was related to a crime, you have to go through a process to get the property back. During this process, the police will have to prove that they have probable cause that the property was used in a crime. This means that the police have enough facts to believe the property was used in crime.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Elimination of tax deduction for alimony payment

 The new tax law eliminates a tax deduction for alimony payments. The new rules won't affect anyone who divorces or signs a separation agreement before 2019. Many divorce experts worry that the change will make negotiations tougher and lead to less spousal support as cash goes to taxes instead.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No more driving with "for sale" signage

  • No more driving with “for sale” signage: In the New Year, it will be illegal to drive a vehicle with any “for sale” decals, signage, paperwork, or other materials on the front windshield or on windows that would obstruct the driver’s view, off the premises of where the vehicle is being sold. This law was passed after a young man was struck and killed by a car being test driven. The driver on the test drive did not see the oncoming vehicle because his windshield was obstructed.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Traveling Elephant Ban

A new law, effective in 2018, bans the use of elephants in traveling shows - acts where animals are transported from one location to another and housed in mobile facilities. The rule applies to African and Asian elephants protected under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. The law was the first of its kind in the country when Rauner signed it in August. The state of New York followed in October.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Marijuana DUI

A new law in Illinois makes it illegal to smoke marijuana in a moving car as a driver or a passenger.
There is no DUI suspension for a marijuana DUI. You can drive stoned on heroin, on marijuana, on crack cocaine, it doesn't matter. There is no standard under NHTSA, which is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for any of those drugs other than alcohol.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Increased Penalties For Repeat Gun Offenses

A new law in 2018 will increase penalties for repeat gun offenses.  It increases the possible prison sentence from 3 to 14 years to 7 to 14 years. The tougher penalties are designed to help deter crime.