New Illinois Laws to Know in 2024

In 2024, Illinoisans will see more than 300 new laws take effect. Here are few notable new laws and a list of the entire laws that have been passed:

Support and Scholarships for Electrical Line Workers 

Public Act 103-349, House Bill 3436 

Allows the issuance of the Thank a Line Worker license plate decal by the Illinois Department of Education. Creates the Thank a Line Worker Scholarship Fund through the purchase of the decals, which shall be paid as grants in support of scholarships for students studying electrical distribution at an Illinois college or university.

Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Committee 

Public Act 103-189, HB3405 

Honors police and firefighters for their bravery and service. This law reorganizes the committee that awards the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and changes how members are chosen and how long they serve.

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.

Insulin Provision for Assisted Living Establishment Removed 

Public Act 103-444, House Bill 3172 

Removes a provision prohibiting a person from being accepted for residency to an assisted living establishment if the person requires sliding scale insulin administration unless self-performed or administered by a licensed health care professional.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about the entire list of new laws and their effects