Meth home notication
Another law requires mobile home owners or operators to notify potential buyers if the unit for sale was used to cook methamphetamine.
And Illinois wineries will be allowed to let customers take home an open and partially consumed bottle of wine.
One new measure would crack down on boating under the influence by requiring boat operators to undergo drug and alcohol testing if they are involved in an accident in which someone is hurt or killed. Those who refuse testing, test positive for drugs or have a blood alcohol content limit of .08 or higher could have their driver's license suspended. The law was prompted by the July 2012 death of 10-year-old Tony Borcia of Libertyville, who was killed when he was struck by a speedboat driven by a man who authorities said was found to have alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time of the crash on the Chain O' Lakes.
Social media to organize mob action
People who use social media and other forms of electronic communication to organize mob attacks could face tougher penalties under a new law brought about by high-profile incidents in which large groups of teenagers organized on sites like Twitter and Facebook to cause disturbances along Michigan Avenue. Under the law, a judge would have the discretion to impose a more severe sentence on anyone who uses social media, text messaging or email to orchestrate a mob attack.
Legislators also put in place regulations for law enforcement agencies that use drones, requiring search warrants before they could be used to examine private property. Warrants would not be required to patrol state-owned lands, highways or roads. Police would be allowed to use drones to help find a missing person, and could use the unmanned devices to review crime scenes and take traffic crash scene photography.
Stronger parental rights for rape victims
Women who conceive and have a child as a result of rape will get more power to try to deny parental rights to their attackers under another measure. Previously, mothers had to secure criminal convictions before they could prevent their attacker from having visitation, custody on inheritance rights. Now mothers will be able to request fact-finding hearings to determine with "clear and convincing evidence" that a child was conceived through nonconsensual sex. That process is often quicker than court hearings, and in some cases there is enough evidence to prove a child was conceived by rape but not enough to convict an attacker.
Tribune staff writers Ray Long, Ted Gregory and Dahleen Glanton contributed