Starting in 2014, drivers caught holding cell phones up to their
ears could be subject to a $75 fine. Using a Blue Tooth headset
or speakerphone are both still acceptable as long as they can
be activated by a voice command or single-button touch.
House Bill 1247
Recognizing that some conditions respond better to therapeutic
qualities of cannabis than traditional medication, the General
Assembly passed legislation allowing patients suffering from certain
specific conditions to use medical marijuana with their doctors’
permission. The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of
setting up the system. Learn more.
House Bill 1
Under previous Illinois law, young people were allowed to tan
with their parents’ permission. However, study after study has
demonstrated that tanning – particularly during your formative
years – greatly increases the risk of cancer. The new law prohibits
all commercial tanning facilities from allowing people younger
than 18 to tan unless they have a doctor’s prescription.
Underage tanning in private homes is still allowed.
House Bill 188
The idea is that if you’re going to be able to vote in the General
Election, you should be able to help select the candidates you
will be voting for. For example, if you will be 18 in November of
2014, you can vote in the March primary in addition to the
House Bill 226
Some restrictions apply. Read more here.
Senate Bill 1639
However, schools still have the ability to opt out of sex ed all
together, and parents can take their kids out of the classes if
they find the content objectionable. Read more here.
House Bill 2675