We meet in Pollak Rooms A & B--with a capacity of 90-100 people. You can bring in covered cups, mugs, etc. with coffee. Food is not allowed. There are vending machines in the lobby area right outside the Pollak Room if you wish to purchase a beverage. The library will not be providing coffee.
LINKS RELATED TO RECENT DISCUSSION TOPICS
At times, during discussions, participants mention an internet article of interest. This page will list such links. Contact Ron Mantegna if you want to suggest something appropriate to a specific discussion topic.
Ralph Bernstein shares this interesting piece of information new in 2017
New Illinois laws that took effect on January 1, 2017
CHILDREN AND FAMILY
New Adoption Registry Disclosures
New bills adding to list of adoption disclosures, including reasons stated by birth parents for placing a child for adoption and making it easier for birth and adoptive parents to exchange medical and background information if beneficial to the adoptee.
Grandparents and great-grandparents will be allowed to visit grandchildren in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
SICK LEAVE FLEXIBILITY
Employers that provide sick leave benefits are required to allow employees to use their leave to care for immediately family members due to illness, injury or medical appointment of the employee’s child, stepchild, spouse, sibling, parent, parent-in-laws, grandchild, grandparent or stepparent.
Drivers who drive around lowered gates at grade crossings will face stiffer fines for violating railroad crossings laws. Fines will increase to $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent violation.
EMPLOYEES’ ONLINE PRIVACY
Employers will no longer be able to ask employees or prospective employees for their user-names and passwords to personal online accounts, including social media accounts.
Mandates Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage for almost all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs without additional costs, including contraceptive drugs, devices, supplies and voluntary sterilization. Insurance companies are required to cover up to 12 months of contraceptives.
STRENGTHENING PATIENT RIGHTS
Ensures patients receive information about treatment options, regardless of the medical provider’s religious beliefs, including abortion referrals.
Sales tax will be eliminated on feminine hygiene products, such as tampons and menstrual pads.