* I didn’t realize this was a thing anymore, either…
Stephanie’s last name is Johnson. Though she no longer wants it to be, she said it’s too much work to change.
But a new law, awaiting Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature, is designed to remedy that for divorced individuals (usually women) looking to revert to their maiden names, eliminating the legal requirement of publishing a notice in a newspaper in that circumstance.
“Is that even a thing anymore? It’s completely intrusive and ridiculous that I have to publicly announce this in a newspaper,” said Johnson, a 36-year-old Aurora mother of two who has been divorced for about six years. She said she looked into changing her name a few years ago but her efforts stalled after learning the process was more labor intensive than when she changed to her married name.
After hearing a similar complaint from a divorced friend, state Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin, said she was inspired to sponsor legislation to eliminate the newspaper publication requirement for divorced women so it’s more in line with changing a name with a marriage certificate in hand.
As the law stands now, a person must pay for a legal notice in a newspaper as part of the court process for changing a name. There’s an exception if the person has a court-issued marriage certificate. Castro’s legislation would also add a divorce judgment to that.
But it isn’t a law until it’s signed.
* Another one…
Legislation which would have mandated diversity on Illinois’ publicly traded corporate boards quietly passed the Senate before adjournment and recently went to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. Significantly altered from its original version, which would have imposed fines on violators, the law now mandates only that companies report on their websites the demographics of their board and executive team and how they are promoting diversity in the workplace. The state will also issue an annual report card.
Throughout the debate leading up to passage, one point was consistently overlooked. Corporate boards will still have the right to choose their members. The law may open doors for women and minorities, but it won’t guarantee a seat at the table. That leaves the responsibility up to the individual.
Again, it hasn’t been signed into law yet.
* Nope. Not yet…
Legalization advocates scored their biggest win of the year in Illinois, where Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed a recreational marijuana bill into law earlier this month.
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