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Most Illinois child support is collected through income withholding. But other methods include “freezing and seizing” bank accounts. The law allows for professional and occupational licensing agencies to suspend or revoke licenses of a parent until child support is paid. Non-payment of support ordered by the court can be Contempt of Court and the non-payer can be jailed until he/she purges the contempt by payment.


Not yet. Beginning July 1, 2015, the Smoke Free Campus Act will go into effect, banning smoking in both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. Exceptions are made for smoking inside privately-owned vehicles traveling through campus and certain activities allowed under the Federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Each institution of higher learning must establish a community task force by December 31, 2014, to coordinate the implementation of the new law.


In 2011, a state law went into effect allowing schools to legally stock and dispense life-saving epinephrine shots. New legislation, now in effect, expands on the earlier law which allowed authorized medical personnel to give the injections. Now, trained school employees and volunteers can administer the injections if they believe a student or visitor is having an allergic reaction, even if the person has not been diagnosed with an allergy. Students can also carry and administer their own injections, if they have parental consent.


A law banning cyberbullying in schools has been in place for some time, but a new Illinois law, effective January 1, 2015, bans cyberbullying outside the classroom. The law applies to electronic devices not owned or used by a school, and it now covers bullying through email and social networking websites. Under the new law, a school must have a written anti-bullying policy to include an investigation into an act of bullying that may have caused a disruption of a school’s operations and educational process. Schools must also notify the parents.


Generally, yes, unless the employee has a written contract with the employer, stating the terms of a termination. Also, an employer may not fire or discriminate against an employee based on race, sex, color, disability, religion or because an employee filed a discrimination complaint against him or her with a government agency.

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