Jan
03

New Year, New Laws for Illinois Residents

January 03, 2011

More than 200 new Illinois laws went into effect when the new year began, and some of them affect Chicago homeowners.

Here are some of the highlights:

*Homeowner and condo associations are now prohibited from prohibiting solar panels on a residence.

cute baby chimpanzee

Better get that chimp out of your Chicago home. It's now illegal to own a primate in Illinois.

*All factory-built homes located on private property and not in mobile home parks will now be assessed and taxed as real properties, which means that mobile home owners could see a raise in their property taxes from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

*It is now illegal for Illinois residents to own a monkey or chimpanzee in their homes. Only facilities approved by state officials can house primates.

*Municipalities may not prohibit residents from placing political signs on their property.

*College fraternities and sororities built after January 1, 2011 will have to install automatic fire sprinkler systems, while older houses will have until 2019 to install them. College dorms are required to have automatic fire sprinkler systems by 2013.

*If you are caught speeding 30 miles an hour over the limit, you can now be fined $1,500 and spend six months in jail. At 40 over, the fine could be $2,500 and a year behind bars.

Chicago residents should be aware of a bevy of new laws for motorists.

*There is now a ban on texting while driving and a ban on talking on a hand-held phone while driving in construction or school zones. Also, fees for annual license plate registration stickers and plates in Illinois will rise from $79 to $99.

*It is now against the law to make a fake 9-1-1 call.

*Existing home invasion and burglary offenses have been expanded to those who attempt to gain entrance into a home by misrepresenting themselves as a representative of government, a construction company, a telecommunication company or a utility company.

*Illinois residents are not allowed to knowingly sell any key, lock bumping key or lock pick specifically designed to break into a home, building or car.

There are many other Illinois laws now, including a limit on campaign contributions, a regulation on pet sales and the Blagojevich portrait law, which says that taxpayers will no longer pay for portraits of impeached governors. If future impeached governors want a portrait of themselves hung in the Hall of Governors, they will have to pay for it themselves.

So that’s a load off our minds.

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2 Comments

1

Love the primate reference :D , great article!

2
Tracey

Thanks!

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