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50 New Illinois Laws For 2022 You Should Know About – NBC Chicago


The New Year is here, and with it a series of hundreds of new laws for Illinois, with nearly 300 new measures.

Here are 50 of the most notable pieces of legislation you might want to know about.

Child care:

SB 00512: The Preventing Youth Vaping Act aims to prevent children from vaping by imposing additional restrictions on e-cigarettes, including the imposition of additional civil and criminal penalties. Law enforcement agencies can also seize tobacco products or electronic cigarettes that violate the prohibition on sales to children.

SB 01846: Requires restaurants to serve water, milk, milk alternatives or juice at children’s meals as the standard drink instead of lemonade.

SB 01892: An amendment to the Penitentiary Act comes into effect making possession of child pornography while the child is in a household or a family member of the defendant an unsuspected offense that requires a prison sentence for conviction.

Combating Discrimination:

SB 00139: Allows a currently married person to request a copy of their marriage certificate with the term “spouse” in place of gender-identifying language.

SB 00817: Prohibits schools from discriminating against students’ hairstyles associated with racial, ethnic and cultural traditions.

SB 01596: The commission of a crime against a person based on their real or presumed citizenship or immigration status is now considered a hate crime in the state of Illinois.

HB 01838: Expands the definition of Disability Discrimination in the Illinois Human Rights Act to include unlawful discrimination against an individual based on the individual’s association with a person with a disability.

HB 03217: Amends numerous state laws by removing the use of “Haitian” or “Negro” and adding terms such as “black” or “African American” instead.

HB 03914: Requires Illinois Central Management Services to take positive action to combat systemic racism in state hiring practices.

Consumer protection:

HB 00122: Ends the prepayment penalties for customers of telephone, cellular, television, internet, energy, emergency or water services who die before the end of the contract.

HB 03739: Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act to set schedules and requirements for the removal and replacement of all Lead Service Lines in Illinois.

HB 03955: Specifies that automatic renewal offers or continuous service offers online should include a toll-free number, email or postal address if the seller is billing the consumer directly, or to provide some other inexpensive way to cancel the service.

Changes to the drug law:

HB 02589: Expands the use and reimbursement of opioid antagonist delivery to prevent overdose deaths and improves substance use disorder treatment services.

HB 03445: A person seeking medical help because of an opioid overdose will be criminally immunized for possession.


SB 00564: Requires schools to incorporate input from Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and other collective beliefs that have shaped America into the history curriculum.

SB 01577: Public school students are granted up to five days of excused absence due to mental or behavioral health without the need for a medical certificate.

SB 01624: This bill will add agricultural sciences to the types of courses that count towards three years of science education requirement to gain admission to a public university in Illinois.

SB 02354: Students can now take a year of forensic speech and debate in high school as a substitute for music, art, or foreign language requirements.

HB 00226: Public universities must now give students the choice of whether to include ACT and SAT results when applying for admission.

HB 00376: Requires every elementary and high school to add a teaching unit on the events and contributions of Asian Americans in Illinois and the United States


HB 00709: Requires the Department of Human Services to educate immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other non-residents of their rights under the US Constitution and Illinois law.

HB 02790: Enables public defenders in a district with more than three million inhabitants to legally represent foreigners in immigration cases.

Insurance and medical care:

SB 00105: Expands how an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse can demonstrate their completed clinical experience.

SB 00147: Entitles Medicare supplementary insurance holders to an annual open registration period of at least 45 days from their birthday to take out Medicare supplementary insurance regardless of health status, claims experience or illness.

SB 00471: Requires insurers who issue or issue group accident and health insurance policies to ensure that insured persons have access to treatment for emotional, psychological, nervous, or substance use disorders or conditions.

SB 00500: Prevents hospitals, doctors, surgeons, or procurement organizations from discriminating against an individual on the grounds of mental or physical disability by considering that person ineligible to receive an anatomical gift or an organ transplant.

SB 00968: Requires all health insurance plans, the Illinois Public Aid and Public Health Benefits Act to cover medically necessary screening for pancreatic cancer.

SB 01682: Requires pharmacies to publish a notice informing consumers that they can check the current retail prices of the pharmacy at the point of sale.

HB 00033: Prohibits companies from denying life insurance coverage if an individual is participating in drug use or recovery programs.

HB 00135: Requires health insurance policies to cover health care or patient care related to birth control dispensing.

HB 00155 and HB 00310: Ensures that SNAP and special nutritional supplement programs for women, infants and children can use their benefits for the purchase of menstrual hygiene products. As part of the last-mentioned draft law, feminine hygiene products are now made available free of charge in homeless shelters that offer housing assistance to women and young people.

Work and workers:

The Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act has raised the minimum wage several times, with the ultimate goal of raising it to $ 15 an hour. This year the minimum wage will be raised to $ 12 an hour.

SB 00672: Non-compete obligations are prohibited for individuals earning less than $ 75,000 per year.


The Illinois Stalking / No Contact Order law was changed to include a ban on contact via email or social media.

SB 00119: State and municipal health authorities are not allowed to regulate the sale of lemonade or other non-alcoholic beverages or mixed drinks by a person under the age of 16.

SB 01681: Adds probation officers to the list of people eligible for death benefit if killed while studying.

SB 02122: Specifies that testimony from minors as evidence is inadmissible if obtained through fraudulent practices.

SB 02530: Requires that wireless service providers provide call location information related to a user’s device upon request from local law enforcement or public safety inquiry stations

HB 00562: Significant changes to the FOID card system from 2022, including encouragement, but not required, fingerprints. Those who consent to fingerprinting will receive streamlined processes for renewing FOID and CCL cards. The ISP can now issue combined FOID and CCL cards to qualified applicants. The ISP now has a public database of all guns reported as stolen, which can be checked before a firearm is passed on to prevent accidental disclosure of stolen weapons. The ISP will establish a new violent crime investigation task force to carry out enforcement actions against those with revoked FOID cards.

HB 00734: Specifies that the duration of a civil law “no contact ban” becomes permanent at the request of the survivor in the event of a conviction for criminal sexual assault.

HB 03097: Ensures that police procedures and appropriate interactions with law enforcement during traffic stops are incorporated into the Illinois Adult Driver Education curriculum and the State Board of Education curriculum.

HB 03653: In counties and cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, all police officers must wear body cameras. All civil servants in the state must wear them by early 2025.

Protection for animals:

SB 00154: Allows tenants in Illinois Housing Development Authority-funded accommodation to have a minimum of two cats or one dog weighing less than 50 pounds, regardless of breed or size. Housing providers are also not liable for injuries caused by a pet on their property.

SB 01673: Amends the Animal Welfare Act to delete the terms “neutered” and “neutered” and replace them with the word “sterilized”.

HB 00168: Prohibits individuals from owning animals if convicted of two or more specified animal offenses.

Other important laws:

SB 01600: Requires restaurants and truck stops to train employees to recognize human trafficking and protocols for reporting observed human trafficking to the appropriate authorities.

HB 0020: Eliminates Gold Star registration fee for surviving spouses or parents of veterinarians killed in war or peacetime.

HB 00605: Prohibits government agencies from purchasing Illinois and United States flags that are not made in the United States

HB 03027: Allows expectant mothers to use a motor decal or device with disabilities for no more than 90 days during their third trimester.

HB 03922: Designates June 19th as a paid national holiday, June 10th.


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