New Laws in Illinois Taking Effect in 2024

In 2024, Illinoisans will see more than 300 new laws take effect. Here are few notable new laws:

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Awareness 

Public Act 103-119, House Bill 1156

Increases awareness of a free service by requiring long-term care facilities to post prominently on their website information about the free Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

Admissibility of Medical Records in Juvenile Court Hearings 

Public Act 103-124, House Bill 1434

Changes the Juvenile Court Act to allow the admissibility of certified hospital or public or private agency records in adjudicatory hearings on abused, neglected, or dependent minors.

Waiving Residency Requirement for Law Enforcement Exams 

Public Act 103-287, House Bill 1767 

Amends the State Universities Civil Service Act and provides that in examinations for law enforcement personnel, the Illinois residence requirement shall be waived.

Mortgage Marketing Consumer Protection 

Public Act 103-292, HB2094 

Aims to protect homeowners from being tricked into unnecessary mortgage refinancing through misleading mail advertisements from mortgage companies not affiliated with the homeowner’s home lender. The law focuses on protecting new and elderly homeowners who are new to the home buying process and more susceptible to deceptive mortgage marketing tactics.

Helping Victims of Human Trafficking 

Public Act 103-35, House Bill 2418 

Creates a pathway to expunge criminal records for victims of human trafficking as they seek to recover from the trauma they have experienced; human trafficking victims are often forced to participate in unlawful activity by their traffickers.

Protecting Abused Children from More Trauma 

Public Act 103-164, House Bill 2607 

Ensures kids testifying in abuse cases will not have to confront their abusers in open court Establishes a rebuttable presumption that the testimony of a child victim under 13 years of age shall testify outside the courtroom and the child’s testimony shall be shown in the courtroom by means of a closed-circuit television.

Proton Beam Therapy for Cancer Treatment 

Public Act 103-325, House Bill 2799 

Requires health insurers to provide coverage for medically necessary Proton Beam therapy for the treatment of cancer.

Preventing Fentanyl Exposure 

Public Act 103-336, House Bill 3203 

Allows pharmacists and retail stores to sell potentially life-saving fentanyl test strips over the counter. Also allows a county health department to distribute fentanyl test strips at the county health department facility free of charge.

Housing of Homeless Veterans

Public Act 103-0086, Senate Bill 1376

When considering factors for referring a homeless family with school age children to a shelter, the referring agency must now also consider the military status of any member of the family to determine their eligibility for state or federal benefits and other supportive services for homeless veterans and their families.

—Read the entire list of new laws—