New laws going into effect soon


ILLINOIS (WTVO) — Over 200 new laws are taking effect on January 1, 2020.

Here is 10 of the Illinois State Senate Democratic Caucus’ highlighted laws that could affect you:

1. The Fight for $15: For the first time in nearly a decade, Illinois is raising its minimum wage. It increases from $8.25 to $9.25 on January 1, and to $15 by Jan. 1, 2025.

2. Keeping Up with Cannabis: On January 1, adults will be able to buy cannabis legally from a well-regulated market.

3. Gratuity Not Included: Starting January 1, the law says all tips must go to the employee – not their employer.

4. Defending DNA: Your genes are your business. Companies like and 23andMe won’t be able to share your ancestry test results with health or life insurance companies without consent.

5. Safety First: Staring Jan. 1, 2020, you’ll pay more for reckless driving. The maximum penalty for hitting a construction worker increases to $25,000. The fine for illegally passing a school bus doubles on January 1. Drivers who violate Scott’s Law may be fined up to $10,000.

6. Drop It and Drive: Illinois residents will no longer be able to watch streaming video while driving.

7. Pet Project: Dog and cat kennels must be equipped with a fire sprinkler or alarm system if the kennel is not staffed at all times.

8. You’re In!: Starting in 2020, Illinois high schoolers in the top 10% of their class are guaranteed acceptance into NIU, EIU, SIU and WIU.

9. Families First: Illinois police and firefighters risk their lives to keep us safe. That’s why the burial benefit for a first responder killed in the line of duty doubles Jan. 1.

10. Helping Heroes: Police will have access to better mental health resources in 2020 with training focused on wellness and suicide prevention.

Check out the full list here.


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