Illinois hasn't been able to keep itself out of the news cycle. Politicians appear to like it that way. The brutal death match with California to see who can best subjugate their citizens would be pay-per-view worthy if it wasn't so gory.
Over 150 laws are slated to go into effect for 2024; 89 began the first of the year. While all of them won't be listed here, we will cover a few just to whet your appetite. According to illinoispolicy.org:
1. Illinois minimum wage increase: The hourly minimum wage for non-tipped employees will increase from $13 to $14, while the minimum wage for tipped workers will grow from $7.80 to $8.40 an hour.
2. Non-citizen police applicants: Any individual who is not a citizen but legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law is authorized to become a police officer, subject to all requirements and limitations.
3. Assault weapons ban registry: Gun owners must register banned weapons with the Illinois State Police by Jan. 1, 2024. After New Year’s Eve, assault weapons owners failing to register face criminal charges ranging from a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense up to a Class 3 felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison.
4. Indoor public vaping ban: Illinoisans found to be vaping indoors in a public space could face penalties up to $250.
5. Abolish life sentences for youth offenders: Youth offenders under the age of 21 can no longer receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole. This will only affect those incarcerated after Jan. 1, 2024.
6. Parole for life sentences: Anyone sentenced to life in prison while under the age of 21 after Jan. 1, 2024, who serves 40 or more years becomes eligible for parole.
7. Police surveillance drones: Law enforcement will be allowed to monitor special events and parades with surveillance drones. The drones are prohibited from carrying weapons or facial recognition software.
8. Non-citizen driver’s license: Individuals who are not citizens can get a standard driver’s license to replace the current temporary visitor’s drivers license.
9. Renting and selling to migrants: Landlords will be required to rent or sell property to non-citizen migrants. The law also adds immigration status as a protected class.
10. Defunding libraries: Illinois public or school libraries that remove books deemed controversial from their shelves or fail to issue a statement against banning books will no longer receive state funding.
11. Electric charging outlets: Newly constructed homes and residential buildings must have a vehicle-capable electrical outlet in a parking space for each residential unit.
12. No fines or fees for minors: Illinoisans under the age of 18 can no longer be assessed fines or fees except for traffic violations, municipal ordinance violations, or boating or fishing violations.
View the full list from the Illinois Municipal League here.
You might be wondering why we should care about what happens in states like Illinois and California. This is what elitist, Democratic Socialists, have in store for the rest of us.
Sources: Illinoispolicy.org, wgntv.com, iml.org