New year brings new laws to Illinois in 2013
Beginning New Year’s Day, parents in Illinois can be charged with a crime for allowing their underaged children – or anyone else younger than 21 – to drink alcohol on any property they own or rent.
The state also has made it more difficult to use a cellphone while driving; day care facilities need to be tested for radon; car owners will need to pay more for their license plates to help pay for state parks; nonviolent offenders can avoid prison time; intentionally not paying sales tax may result in jail time; and local governments now can hide from the public how much in sales taxes they are rebating to businesses that open new shops, hotels, restaurants or dealerships in town.
These changes to state law mark just a few of the more than 150 laws taking effect today.
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