Monday, June 26, 2017
A new law designed to crack down on repeat gun offenders became effective in Illinois. It changes gun sentencing laws so that instead of a range of 3 to 14 yeas for some repeat gun crimes, judges would hand our sentences of 7 to 14 years. A judge who decides to depart from that guideline will need to explain why. It is designed to help reduce crime in the city of Chicago.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A bill sent to Governor Rainer is set to decide whether divorce proceedings may assign sole or joint custody of a companion animal if it is deemed a marital asset and the well-being of the pet is considered. The bill pertains only to cats, dogs and horses.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
A new law expected to be signed by Governor Rauner would require law enforcement agencies to administer drug and alcohol tests after an officer involved shooting that injured or killed someone. The tests would have to be completed before the end of the officer's shift or tour of duty.
Monday, June 12, 2017
A proposed new law in Illinois would expand the automatic expungement of juvenile court records and increase confidentiality protections. The bill acknowledges that teenagers make mistakes and ensures those decisions do not affect the rest of their lives.