More Than 200 New Laws Just Took Effect in Illinois: What You Need To Know

Illinois will commemorate the birthday of former President Barack Obama under a new law that goes into effect in 2018. The plan sets aside Aug. 4 to honor the 44th president, but it's not an official state holiday. The law highlights Obama's efforts to protect Americans' rights and build "bridges across communities."
Illinois will commemorate the birthday of former President Barack Obama under a new law that goes into effect in 2018. The plan sets aside Aug. 4 to honor the 44th president, but it's not an official state holiday. The law highlights Obama's efforts to protect Americans' rights and build "bridges across communities." AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
Illinois will commemorate the birthday of former President Barack Obama under a new law that goes into effect in 2018. The plan sets aside Aug. 4 to honor the 44th president, but it's not an official state holiday. The law highlights Obama's efforts to protect Americans' rights and build "bridges across communities."
Illinois will commemorate the birthday of former President Barack Obama under a new law that goes into effect in 2018. The plan sets aside Aug. 4 to honor the 44th president, but it's not an official state holiday. The law highlights Obama's efforts to protect Americans' rights and build "bridges across communities." AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

More Than 200 New Laws Just Took Effect in Illinois: What You Need To Know

As of Jan. 1, more than 200 new laws took effect in Illinois. They include everything from a politically controversial abortion bill to the designation of a new state holiday dedicated to former President Barack Obama. 

Which will most likely affect you? For a round-up of what to know, Morning Shift turns to WTTW correspondent Amanda Vinicky.