McAuliffe Message for January

Happy New Year!
The new year is now upon us and I hope that you were able to share in the joys and warmth of the holidays with your loved ones. Most of us are very fortunate in that we are home for the holidays, however many of those in the armed forces and our first responders are called away from their families to serve and protect; I ask you to keep them in your thoughts as the year moves on.

New Year Brings New Laws
As with each new year, 2017 brings in many new laws; many of which will affect you. I hope that you take a moment to read through this list of some of the more notable laws that became effective January 1st. In total, there are 191 new laws. Here are the 26 laws that you should know about:

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer.

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.

Traffic stop education 
Public Act 99-720, House Bill 6131
Students taking drivers education courses will now be educated on safe procedures to follow during a traffic stop by law enforcement. The lesson will include such tips as remaining calm and keeping one’s hands in view at all times and will also educate drivers on their rights when in the presence of law enforcement.

To see the complete list, click here.

Looking Forward
The 100th General Assembly will be sworn in on January 11th and I look forward to continuing to serve as your state representative and voice in Springfield. I am hopeful that we can work together this spring to find common ground in moving this state forward for the better of all Illinoisans.


Happy New Year and thank you for you continue trust and confidence.