The General Assembly recently concluded its spring
session and Ancel Glink’s Tyler Smith joins us to talk about recent legislation
local government should know, including updates on the grocery tax, small
wireless facilities, and more! What new laws are you following? Email us at!

House Bill 3144 provides that
groceries will be generally exempt from taxation; that local counties and
municipalities will be authorized to impose a 1% sales tax on groceries; and
that non-home rule municipalities will be able to impose an additional sales

Senate Bill 3567 provides that any taxing districts with
websites maintained by full-time staff will require Truth in Taxation notices
to be clearly posted on either their home page or a page directly linked to the
home page.

House Bill 4615 provides that municipalities can charge
recurring rates and application fees to small wireless facilities and can
increase the annual recurring rate to collocate a facility on an authority
utility pole that’s in a right of way.

House Bill 4488 provides that parties seeking judicial
review of an electoral board decision must do so within 5 days after it was
served, during which they must properly serve each named respondent and file
proof of service with the clerk.

Senate Bill 2751 provides that disabled veterans or their
caregivers cannot be charged for a local building permit, they must properly
apply but are exempt from the fees.

House Bill 2154 provides that battery-charged electric
fences do not need a permit to be installed, maintained, placed, or replaced if
they meet certain requirements.

Senate Bill 2849 provides that local government now have
the authority to set reasonable rules regulating the use of drones for
recreation and conservation purposes in the airspace over public property.

Senate Bill 1960 provides that low-speed electric
scooters must receive local government authorization to be used in any
municipality, park district, forest preserve district or conservation districts;
scooters can only be used on roads with limits of 35 mph or greater by those who
are 18 and up.

House Bill 2911 would have provided that cannabis
dispensaries could have pick-up and drive-through locations if they followed
certain criteria. The amendment passed in the Senate but failed to pass in the

House Bill 4293 would have provided that the
manufacture, sale, marketing and advertising of any hemp or hemp derived
products would have to be licensed and couldn’t be made with the synthetic THC
used in vapes. Local governments would have the authority to investigate and
penalize unlicensed activity. The amendment passed in the Senate but has not
yet been voted on in the House.

Proven Business Systems LLC v. Village of
Oak Lawn


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