Every year, January 1 brings about a handful (or more) of new laws across Illinois. While only some of them pertain to criminal activity, here’s a quick glimpse at some of the most impactful.

New Illinois Laws Taking Effect in 2019

This isn’t a complete list – the governor approved 1,044 bills. You can see the complete list here.

  • Carnival companies have to conduct criminal background checks
  • Police can take temporary custody of pets in bad weather
  • Stalking laws expanded to include social media apps
  • Family members can ask a judge to remove guns from a person who’s a threat to themselves or others

Carnival Companies and Background Checks

In a move to improve public safety, lawmakers have created a bill to require carnival companies to conduct criminal background checks of all their employees. The law was enacted in response to a murder committed by two carnival workers in Farmer City.

Temporary Police Custody of Pets

Police can now take temporary custody of animals who are exposed to dangerous weather conditions. If the weather is likely to result in injury or death, but you’ve left your pets outside, don’t expect them to be there when you get back.

Stalking Laws and Social Media

Lawmakers expanded stalking laws to include unwanted messages through social media apps, including Facebook, Twitter and others. The same law expanded protections for businesses, churches and schools to enable them to seek restraining orders.

Removal of Guns

Family members or police officers who believe a person is a danger to themselves or others can now ask a judge to remove guns from that person’s possession. The removal is temporary, not permanent.

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