Notable New Laws in 2014

On January 1 of this year, residents of Illinois saw a slew of new laws that could potentially impact them.  It is important that we all be aware of some of the biggest changes in this state, so as not to find ourselves in violation of the law. Below is a list of a few of the changes:

– In 2014, Illinois becomes the final state to enact a concealed carry law. Gun owners can now apply for a concealed carry permit through the Illinois State Police

– While driving a motor vehicle, only hands-free devices will be legal.

– Illinois joins the list of states that permits the usage of marijuana for medical purposes.

– Most Illinois highways will increase speed limits to 70 miles an hour.

17-year-olds who will turn 18 and be eligible to vote in the November 4 General Election will now be able to register to vote in the March 18 primary election.

Littering fines have increased to $50 – including cigarette butts.

– The odds of receiving a citation for passing a school bus while passengers are exiting or entering have increased due to video recording.

– Illinois teenagers will all learn comprehensive sex education, in addition to abstinence.

Veterans are granted priority registration to state universities.

– Individuals who opt into a state or local government’s deferred compensation program can participate in Roth IRAs and rollover plans.