New Year Comes with More than 200 New Illinois Laws
More than 200 new laws take effect in Illinois starting Jan. 1. Under some of the new laws:
_Synthetic marijuana, sold in convenience stores and gas stations under names such as "K2'' and "Head Trip,'' will be outlawed. The law makes possession or sale of the products a felony with penalties ranging from 1 to 60 years.
_People convicted of first-degree murder must be added to a new first-degree murder database, similar to the sex offender registry, when they're released from prison or any other facility. The public database would include names, addresses, employment places, schools attended and photos for offenders for up to 10 years after release from prison.
_Convicted sex offenders who are employed at or attend a college or university must register with campus public safety.
_School boards can suspend or expel a student who makes an explicit threat on a website against another student or any school employees or personnel.
_People with an order of protection issued against them must surrender their Firearm Owners Identification Card until the order is lifted. Anyone convicted of domestic battery is ineligible to obtain or keep an FOID card.
_Motorcyclists stopped at a red light may proceed through the light if it fails to change to green after a reasonable length of time.
_Animal-control facilities scanning a lost pet for a microchip also must look for other common forms of identification, including tattoos and ID tags.
_Antique vehicle owners have unrestricted use of highways from April 1 through Oct. 31 if they obtain an expanded-use registration.