New Law 2014: Cigarette Butts are Litter Too

Watch Those Cigarette Butts: HB 3243 (PA 98-483) – Includes cigarettes in the definition of “litter” in the Litter Control Act to create harsher penalties. Beginning Jan. 1, you’ll face up to a $1,500 fine in Illinois if caught flicking a cigarette butt out the car window, onto the ground or anywhere in public. A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions. That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years.

See Also: HB 3081 (PA 98-472) – Establishes a “mandatory minimum” littering fee of a $50 fine for littering in violation of a specific provision of the Litter Control Act.