“Liability reform could improve access for recreation”

Illinois isn’t exactly a state known as hospitable to liability reform, but here’s this: “The Illinois House and Senate recently passed SB1042, a bill that protects property owners from liability if they allow the public on their land to hike, fish, watch birds or participate in other forms of outdoors recreation. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.” [State Journal-Register]

More, via Free-Range Kids, a surprisingly good insurance-company ad, from Allstate:


  • I really like this law. I know growing up that there was a lot of people who really wanted to let other use their land but were concerned about being liable if anything ever happened. Good move

  • Many states have these laws. Some courts have interpreted them very creatively and allowed injured people to sue despite the supposed protection for landowners. The Illinois supreme court is fond of letting injured people win. So this is mostly make believe, I think.