Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signs bill increasing penalties for texting, driving, crashing and hurting someone

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill on July 19 that dramatically increases the penalties for drivers who cause an accident resulting in injury because they were using an electronic device behind the wheel. The law took effect immediately.

Under Public Act 101-90, drivers will have their license suspended for one year and pay a fine of $1,000 if they use electronic devices and cause an accident resulting in great bodily harm. The old penalty was a $75 ticket.