SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –
I have attached the list of new and changed laws from the IL. GA website.
A couple changes that interest us include:
—HB 4208 – Expands county ethics laws to include people appointed by members of county boards
The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act is
amended by changing Section 70-20 as follows:
(5 ILCS 430/70-20)
Members appointed by a county.
In addition to
any other applicable requirement of law, any member of a
governmental entity appointed by the president or chairperson
of the county board
, or by any member or members of the county
, with or without the advice and consent of the county
board, shall abide by the ethics laws applicable to, and the
ethics policies of, that county and, if applicable, shall be
subject to the jurisdiction of that county's ethics officer or
inspector general.(Effective Date: 1/1/2015)
—HB 4216 – Makes it a crime (felony) in intentionally and unlawfully hide or destroy public records
Local Records Act:
All public records made or received by, or under the authority of, or coming into the custody, control or possession of any officer or agency shall not be mutilated, destroyed, transferred, removed or otherwise damaged or disposed of, in whole or in part, except as provided by law. Any person who knowingly, without lawful authority and with the intent to defraud any party, public officer, or entity, alters, destroys, defaces, removes, or conceals any public record commits a Class 4 felony.(eff. 1-1-15)
Looks to me like this puts more teeth into the Freedom Of Information Act – because refusing to provide public records that must be provided, is concealing those records from the public…or “any party”.
—Commercial Fishing License (HB 4277/PA 98-0898): Allows veterans and blind or disabled residents to fish with commercial devices without holding a sports fishing license during valid fishing seasons.
—Barbering Licensure (HB 4790/PA 98-0911): Brings barbering as a profession to the same oversight standards as cosmetology.
View the other changes below: