Nearly 200 new Illinois laws will take effect in the new year, including first-in-the nation rules requiring hairstylists to undergo training to help domestic violence victims and others making it easier for juvenile offenders to get a fresh start.
The 192 laws taking effect Jan. 1 cover many topics, including health, law enforcement and youth. There's even one for state history buffs.
Here's a sampling:
Illinois is believed to be the first state to require hairstylists to undergo training to help them spot signs of domestic or sexual abuse. Backers say barbers, aestheticians, cosmetologists and nail technicians already have the trust of their...