When the new year begins on January 1, 2019 a number of new laws that were passed in the General Assembly this past year will take effect. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as legislation that will have a significant impact statewide. Below are just a few of the new laws that will be on the books:

Cancer patient fertility preservation 
(Public Act 100-1102, House Bill 2617)
This Act requires Illinois insurance providers to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients or any other patient who undergoes a necessary medical treatment that directly or indirectly causes iatrogenic infertility.

Emergency Opioid and Addiction Treatment Access Act 
(Public Act 100-1023, Senate Bill 682)
This new act will serve as a key component to address Illinois’ opioid crisis by providing people in need immediate access to outpatient treatment. Currently, individuals experiencing an opioid overdose or reaction must wait for their treatment to be approved by their insurance plan before entering a facility. The legislation removes prior authorization barriers so people do not have to wait for treatment. In the event the insurance company denies treatment, the law requires the insurance plan to cover outpatient treatment for 72 hours while the patient challenges the denial.

Increased inmate access to visitors
(Public Act 100-677, House Bill 4741)
Under this new law, each committed person will be entitled to seven visits per month. Every committed person may submit to the DOC a list of at least 30 persons who are authorized to visit.

Firearm Restraining Order Act
(Public Act 100-607, House Bill 2354)
The Firearm Restraining Order Act allows for family member or law enforcement to petition the court for an order prohibiting possession of firearms by an individual if they poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or other by possessing a firearm. The order may be issued on an emergency ex parte basis or for 6-months. The Court is required to make specific findings before issuing the order.

253 bills in total will take effect. You can read the rest of the bills here

The Illinois 100th General Assembly will meet briefly on January 7th and 8th before the 101st General Assembly is sworn in on January 9th. The swearing in will be presided over by Governor Rauner, as Governor-Elect Pritzker does not take office until January 14th


HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY ILLINOIS!200 years ago on this day in 1818, Illinois entered the Union as the 21st state. At the time, Illinois’ population was mostly concentrated in the southern part of the state (the capital was in Kaskaskia) and only about 35,000. Today Illinois is a sprawling, diverse state with nearly 13 million residents. Over the past two hundred years Illinois has had a rich history of presidents, skyscrapers, world renowned events like the World’s Fair, and world renowned companies like McDonalds. Here’s to many more years of a thriving Illinois that continues to impact the world.

Governor Rauner and Governor-Elect Pritzker are scheduled to make a joint appearance at the State’s birthday party tonight at Navy Pier.