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New Illinois laws go into effect in 2020

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Starting January 1, 2020, more than 250 new laws will go into effect across Illinois, including some that may put a dent in your wallet.

Starting New Year's Day a new law will increase vehicle registration fees. It will cost $151 -- $50 more --- to register your vehicle in Illinois.

Higher fees will affect those with heavy trucks or trailers. It will cost $50 more to register vehicles that weigh 8,000 pounds or fewer, while fees increase to $100 for vehicles that weigh more. License plate stickers will also increase to $148.

There will also be higher fees for violators of Scott's Law. Senate Bill 1862 clarifies that vehicles will need to slow down, change lanes and proceed with caution when approaching disabled or emergency vehicles on the side of the highway. Violators could face up to $10,000 in fines.

Changes to another law aims to help pets that haven't found permanent homes. Lawmakers modified the Animal Welfare Act so that dog or cat kennels are required to install a fire alarm system to buildings that aren't occupied at all times.

Violators could face a $500 penalty for the first offense and a $1,500 fine for the second offense. Those with a third violation face a $2,500 fine and the loss of license.

Click here to see the entire list of 261 laws set to go into effect on New Year's Day.

Danny Valle

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