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CHICAGO - August 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  

   

Bill No.: HB 298  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Allows the courts discretion to seal non-conviction records in felony arrests and charges.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 466  

An Act Concerning: Finance  

Exempts universities' deferred payment plans from collection by the state for 8 years, and prohibits the sale of state debt on federal monies for child support, unemployment insurance, and the road fund. Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1149  

An Act Concerning: Public Health  

Allows those adopting internationally to use an IH-3 visa as a record of foreign birth instead of just an IR-3 form.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1320  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Permits the City of West Chicago to annex two parcels of land adjacent to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and bring them under the control of municipal ordinances.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1398  

An Act Concerning: Safety  

Requires all hotels to place smoke detectors within 15 feet of rooms devoted for sleeping.             

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1426  

An Act Concerning: Aging  

Requires the Department of Aging to investigate the cost of maintaining an inventory of services available to older adults.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1476  

An Act Concerning: Professional Regulation  

Requires more disclosure and notifications of complaints and reports filed with the Medical Disciplinary Board to complainants and subjects.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1702  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Allows a licensed physician's assistant and a licensed advanced practice nurse to administer blood tests for alcohol and drug testing in DUI situations.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1926  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Determines that a Housing Authority whose title is owned by a partnership or LLC is still eligible for the tax exemption if the authority would otherwise still be eligible.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2259  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Exempts Public Aid appeals committee correspondence from the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act.    

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3346  

An Act Concerning: Finance  

Creates the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm Systems Fund to support law enforcement, airborne, and terrorism operations.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3417  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Changes the funds where court fees get deposited for probation offenses.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 270  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Separates the Division of the Lottery from the Department of Revenue.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately, except provisions related to the separation take place October 15, 2011.   

   

Bill No.: SB 665  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Allows businesses with a craft distiller license to manufacture and store up to 15,000 gallons of spirits per year  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 670  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Requires that if a pharmacist substitutes any generic prescription in place of a brand-name anti-epileptic drug, then the pharmacist must provide written notice to the patient before the prescription is dispensed.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1043  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Requires Law enforcement to provide notice to victims or families of victims when re-opening a closed case for investigation except when the State's Attorney determines doing so could interfere with the investigation.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 1073  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Grants Will County quick-take powers for year in an area of an intersection in order to make road improvements.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1213  

An Act Concerning: Safety  

Prohibits the sale and distribution of mercury-containing rings, seals, and sensors and clarifies the requirements faced by scrap metal recyclers in the removal of mercury switches from end-of-life vehicles.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: July 1, 2012  

   

Bill No.: SB 1253  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Expands the list of offices a county board member may hold to include community college district board member, if the county has fewer than 40,000 inhabitants.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1794  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Amends the School Code and removes the categorizations for special education teachers and inserts new cross-categorizations for special education teachers.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 1843  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Modifies definition for "chiropractic physician" specifically allowing them to provide advice regarding the use of non-prescription products and to administer oxygen.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2063  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Creates the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act to streamline the way 9-1-1 surcharges are collected from prepaid wireless companies  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1, except sections pertaining to the Emergency Telephone System Act and the Public Utilities Act, which take effect immediately.  

   

 

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Reader issue #661
For
our fall 2007 photo contest, we asked our readers to submit
photographs playing off the words "beginning," "middle," and
"end." Here we present our favorites from among the nearly 100
submissions we received.

Quad Cities Dining Guide Registered users may download a PDF file of the River Cities' Reader's Spring/Summer 2008 Dining Guide.

In his interesting review of the Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition at Augustana, Steve Banks rightfully points out that this year's incarnation of the show is "unthemed" and thus more about "showcasing dynamic talent.

I wholeheartedly agree with Ellis Kell regarding the positive aspects of the River Music Experience (RME). (See "In Support of RME," River Cities' Reader Issue 572, March 15-21, 2006.)

Last year you kindly published my letter asking the RME not to let the music die.

In Support of RME

As a Quad Cities area musician, and one who is very proud to have been a part of the River Music Experience (RME) since its inception, I have to wonder how many of the folks who are saying RME is a "failure" have actually ever been here to see and/or hear some of the things I've been fortunate enough to witness.

I am writing to you today in response to Jesse Virgil's coverage of the Working Families Win town-hall meeting at St. Ambrose on January 17. (See River Cities' Reader Issue 565, January 25-31, 2006.)

I was present at the town-hall meeting, the purpose of which was to raise awareness and to engage citizens on various levels to push for a new economic direction for the state of Iowa.

After a certain number of years, a community tends to get bored with something that once seemed exciting and new. Participation dwindles. This year marks the 10th that the River Cities' Reader has conducted its Best of the Quad Cities poll, yet community interest in this institution continues to grow.

Restaurant that opened in 2005 1. The Brown Bottle 2. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 3. Pluckers Grill & Bar (tie) 3. San Francisco Oven (tie) Best restaurant opened in 2005 - The Brown Bottle If you're looking for a romantic dining spot to take your date for Valentine's Day, consider The Brown Bottle.

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