2013 was a busy year for the Illinois legislature. While two of their most headline-grabbing achievements — pension reform legislation and the marriage equality law — don’t go into effect on Jan. 1, plenty other significant new state laws do.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most important new Illinois laws of 2014. For a complete list, visit the Illinois Senate Democrats’ website. Plus, of course, there’s a slew of new federal laws — including the new ban on incandescent light bulbs.
ANNIE, GET YOUR GUN
Earlier this year, Illinois became the final U.S. state to pass a concealed carry law and, starting this week, it will formally go into effect. Beginning Sunday, Illinois residents can apply online for a concealed carry permit on the Illinois State Police’s website. State Police are required by law to approve a license, should no problems arise, within 90 days and the first licenses are expected to be issued by mid-January, ABC Chicago reports.
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