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If any of the following proposed regulations impact your business, let us know!   Click here to submit comments on how the proposed rulemakings will impact your business or industry.   

Following are  proposed rules of possible interest to small businesses published in the Illinois Register.  During the comment period, individuals have an opportunity to express their support or opposition to the rule.  To submit comments or to learn more about the proposed rules, contact Katy Khayyat at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Business Information Center via e-mail at  or call (800) 252-2923 or (217) 785-8020. 

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The following proposed amendments will impact commercial fishing operations, fish hatcheries, private pond owners and fish processing plants:            


The Department of Public Health proposed an amendment to Assisted Living and Shared Housing Establishment Code (77 IAC 295); 39 Ill. Reg. 5339) doubling the nonrefundable license fees for assisted living and shared housing establishments.  Fees for assisted living establishments are increased from the basic fee of $1,000 plus $10 per licensed unit to $2000 plus $20 per licensed unit.  The license fee for shared housing establishments increases from $500 to $1000. 



Bottom Line: The Assisted Living and Shared Housing Establishment Code regulates all aspects of licensure for assisted living and shared housing establishments, including the licensure fees.  As of December 2014, there were 348 licensed establishments in the State, with 25 pending license applications for new establishments. The Department’s Division of Assisted Living averages four new license applications per month. The Department’s regulatory responsibility over these facilities includes annual on-site surveys and investigating complaint allegations.  Assisted Living establishments continue to outgrow skilled nursing facilities by a two-to-one margin, and the continued rapid growth of the assisted living industry, the Division’s current staff of one division chief, six health facilities surveillance nurses, and three clerical staff is not enough to meet demand. Doubling the license fees to $2,000, plus $20 per unit for assisted living establishments, and to $1,000 for shared housing establishments, will allow the Department to create two additional survey positions and two clerical positions for the Division, enhancing its ability to protect the health and safety of the State’s vulnerable populations.  For questions or comments, please contact Elizabeth Paton at DPH at (217) 782-2043 or email  Click here to submit comments.




The following proposed regulation will impact farmer’s market participants (vendors who hold food service establishment permits from their local health departments are exempt): 




The Department of Public Health proposed amendments to Food Service Sanitation Code (77 IAC 750; 39 Ill. Reg. 4865) that implements Public Acts 97-394 and 98-660 by establishing a certificate issuance process for persons who handle or distribute food product samples at farmer’s markets.  Persons who perform tasks such as unpackaging, cutting, slicing, preparing or distributing free samples of food products to consumers at farmer’s markets must either possess a valid Food Service Sanitation Manager (FSSM) certification or document completion of a food handler training course and the Department’s farmer’s market food sampling handler training.  Certificates are valid for 36 months and must be displayed at the point of sale.  The certificate fee is $10 for applicants with FSSM certification and $40 for applicants without such certification.  DPH or a local health department may suspend certificates for violations creating potential health hazards.  Two or more suspensions within a 12-month period will result in revocation of the certificate.  Vendors who hold food service establishment permit from their local health departments are exempt from these requirements. 



Bottom Line:  This rulemaking will establish the requirements and a certificate issuance process for Food Product Sampling Handlers for farmers’ markets.  For questions or comments contact Elizabeth Paton at DPH at (217) 782-2043 or email

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For more information on anything in this issue of Regulatory and Information Alert, contact Katy Khayyat at or call (217) 785-8020 or (800) 252-2923.  To be removed from this mailing list, please contact Katy Khayyat at or by calling (217) 785-8020 or (800) 252-2923.