Don’t hate on Illinois lawmakers just because they failed to fix the state’s $97 billion pension shortfall during the last legislative session, which ended on May 31. They were very busy passing 595 other bills, 549 of which awaited Governor Quinn’s signature at presstime.
Here are six of the best new ideas out of Springfield this session:
Forbids all but licensed optometrists, pharmacists, or physicians from dispensing contact lenses.
Bars tanning businesses from servicing customers under 18.
Allows local government or police to keep crowds involved in parades or protests off railroad tracks.
Prohibits the “wanton” waste of game meat (game birds and game mammals).
Defines “bow and arrow” as “consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot the arrow”—but not a crossbow.
Creates a Prince Hall Freemasonry license plate.