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Here are the new laws going into effect in Illinois for 2021

With a new calendar year approaching, some new laws and updates to current ones are hitting the books.

With 2021 on the horizon, new laws and updates to current laws are about to go into effect. We're putting together a list of what's new across Illinois.

More information will be added as it is catalogued.


Although it has been in effect since August, a notable piece of legislation remaining relevant in 2020 is a bill regarding the assault and battery of retail workers who enforce COVID-19 safety guidelines. The legislation made the act a felony by classifying it as aggravated battery, which turns it into a felony with a prison sentence as potentially long as 10 years with an up-to $25,000 fine. A simple battery charge has a much shorter sentence of up to one year of prison and a fine that is several times smaller.