CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two bills designed to stop people from misusing parking placards for the disabled.
Quinn signed the bills during an event in Chicago on Monday, flanked by bill sponsors and disability advocates.
The governor says the laws will help people with legitimate disabilities find parking spaces. And he says the laws will fight fraud across Illinois.
One measure increases the initial fine for misusing a disability license plate or parking decal from $500 to $600. It also imposes a $1,000 fine on any healthcare provider who knowingly falsifies the certification that allows someone to get a disability plate or parking decal.
The second bill establishes a minimum fine of $2,500 for anyone who improperly uses a dead person's handicap placard.
Both laws are effective Jan. 1.