Publisher's Opinion-

January 2019 Edition
Happy New Year!

The new year is a time to reflect on the past year and have hope for the year ahead. The new year marks a time of change whether in business or countless laws being enacted. This year Illinois has enacted over 250 new laws that cover highway safety, medical expectations, animal protection, technology and many others. Here are just a few:
• Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall develop an economic plan to assist businesses and municipalities located geographically close to bordering states.
• Creates flood control commission to study flooding in collar counties.
• Allows truck tractors, semitrailers, or property-carrying vehicles weighing 10,000 to 26,000 pounds to be safety tested every 12 months.
• Establishes a mechanic’s lien demand and referral pilot program that is intended to resolve invalid or expired mechanic liens by referring those liens to an administrative judge for resolution.
• Removes a provision of the Real Estate Appraisers Licensing Act of 2002 that requires passage of an examination before being licensed as an associate real estate trainee appraiser and removes a provision that limits licensees to two renewals.
• Requires a sexual harassment policy for all companies that make a bid under the state's procurement code and requires companies that claim EDGE credits to include their sexual harassment policy in their annual report.
• Makes changes to three different property tax sales fees: expands the automation fee that the purchaser pays each year for subsequent taxes; clarifies that the indemnity fee is set by the county collector and allows counties to charge less than the current rate of $20 per item purchased.
• Requires employers to reimburse employees for their necessary costs incurred in order to fulfill their job responsibilities, including "bring your own device" policies which require employees to use personal cell phones, tablets or computers for work purposes.
• Police can take temporary custody of dogs or cats exposed to weather conditions likely to result in injury or death. (Hey, so I love animals!)
We are now working on our February Yearly Business Review. This issue offers all advertisers an opportunity to submit an editorial of equal space. These reports are designed to make awesome reprints and sale promotion piece. We will see you then.

by Roger Krieg
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