Ready or Not, Here They Come!

2018 ushers in over 200 new laws to be enacted in Illinois effective January 1. A short summary highlighting a few of the new laws are below. For additional information on all the new legislation, please click here.

Business Focused: 
House Bill 302; P.A. 100-0543: Finding Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits
Requires insurers to request information sufficient to ensure all benefit or proceeds are appropriately distributed to beneficiaries of a deceased individuals' insurance claim. Prior to the enactment of this legislation, it was the beneficiaries sole-responsibility to seek out and claim the insurance benefits.

House Bill 736; P.A. 100-0347: Small Business Grant Program
The legislation offers public-aid recipients with support and guidance in developing new start-up businesses.

Senate Bill 298; P.A. 100-0207: Consumer Fraud Prices - Services
Allows for the differentiating of service prices based on specific factors, including expertise, the amount of time devoted to the task, and the cost of providing the service. Hair salons, tailors, dry cleaners, and barbershops will be required to publicly post a service price list.

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski joined representatives from Enbridge Energy in Belvidere on Thursday as they donated a vehicle to the Boone County Building & Zoning Department.

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (right) joins representatives from Enbridge Energy at Rock Valley College on Monday presenting their scholarship donation to the Rock Valley College Foundation. 

ROCKFORD State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, thanked Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. at a check presentation ceremony held at Rock Valley College on Monday where representatives from Enbridge announced their donation of five $1,000 scholarships to the Rock Valley College Foundation for students in Boone County. First established in 2015, the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship is open to engineering students, as well as students in vocational and technical programs such as welding, mechanical technology or electrical technology. 

“In making this investment, Enbridge continues to demonstrate their commitment to helping provide opportunities for students in Boone County to earn their degree and become the next generation of leaders in one of our economy’s fastest-growing and most critical industries,” Representative Sosnowski said. "It is a privilege to work with the leadership and staff at Enbridge to strengthen and provide educational opportunities for students at Rock Valley College.”
ROCKFORD State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, has published a new online resource for parents, donors and organizations interested in Illinois’ new School Scholarship Tax Credit by providing information about the process and rules concerning the Invest in Kids Act on his official state website, Constituents can access the information by clicking on the “Invest in Kids” icon on the homepage.

“I encourage everyone in our community interested in this program to check my website regularly for information, updates and resources about how to maximize our ability to get the most out of this opportunity and truly invest in kids,” Representative Sosnowski said. "My office is working with the Illinois Department of Revenue to keep local stakeholders and interested donors informed about how this new scholarship tax credit will open doors for students from all walks of life to access excellent schools and allow parents to choose which type of education best fits their family.”

Illinois enacted the Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program in 2017. This program offers a 75 percent income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois.
ROCKFORD State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, announced today that the State of Illinois has approved the release of $11 Million in grant funding owed to reimburse Rock Valley College for the renovation and expansion of the Classroom Building I at the Mulford Road campus. Work on the project began in May 2014 but stalled when the State froze capital spending in July 2015. 

"I am very excited about what this grant funding means for the continued growth of Rock Valley College as they train the workforce that is the backbone of our region’s economy,” Representative Sosnowski said. “Rock Valley College is an integral leader in preparing a new generation of students and young professionals for career success; making our community a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

“We are thankful to Representative Sosnowski, the state legislative delegation, the Governor’s office, and the Illinois Community College Board for their help in getting these funds released to reimburse the College for the Classroom Building I project that was recently completed to better serve our students and our community,” said Dr. Doug Jensen, President of Rock Valley College.