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You are correct. However no state allows the entire front window to be tinted. Here is the IL Law.
Illinois Vehicle Code
625 ILCS 5/
ARTICLE V. GLASS, WINDSHIELDS AND MIRRORS
(625 ILCS 5/12-500)
Sec. 12-500. (Repealed).
(Source: P. A. 77-37. Repealed by P.A. 90-89, eff. 1-1-98.)
(625 ILCS 5/12-501)
Sec. 12-501. Windshields and safety glazing material in motor vehicles. (a) Every motor vehicle operated upon the highways of this State shall be equipped with a front windshield which complies with those standards as established pursuant to this Section and Section
12-503 of this Code. This subsection shall not apply to motor vehicles designed and used exclusively for off-highway use, motorcycles,
motor-driven cycles, motorized pedalcycles, nor to motor vehicles registered as antique vehicles when the original design of such vehicles
did not include front windshields.
(b) No person shall knowingly sell any 1936 or later model motor vehicle unless such vehicle is equipped with safety glazing material
conforming to specifications prescribed by the Department wherever glazing material is used in doors, windows and windshields. Regulations promulgated by the Department specifying standards for safety glazing material on windshields shall, as a minimum, conform with those applicable Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards (49 CFR 571.205). These provisions apply to all motor vehicles of the first and second division but with respect to trucks, including truck tractors, the requirements as to safety glazing material apply to all glazing material used in doors, windows and windshields in the drivers' compartments of such vehicles.
(c) It is unlawful for the owner or any other person knowingly to install or cause to be installed in any motor vehicle any glazing
material other than safety glazing material conforming to the specifications prescribed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 85-1144.)
(625 ILCS 5/12-502)
Sec. 12-502. Mirrors. Every motor vehicle, operated singly or when towing another vehicle, shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to
reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of such motor vehicle. (Source: P.A. 82-122.)
(625 ILCS 5/12-503)
Sec. 12-503. Windshields must be unobstructed and equipped with wipers.
(a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any sign, poster, window application, reflective material, nonreflective material or
tinted film upon the front windshield, sidewings or side windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver. A nonreflective tinted
film may be used along the uppermost portion of the windshield if such material does not extend more than 6 inches down from the top of the windshield. Nothing in this Section shall create a cause of action on behalf of a buyer against a dealer or manufacturer who sells a motor vehicle with a window which is in violation of this Section.
(b) Nothing contained in this Section shall prohibit the use of nonreflective, smoked or tinted glass, nonreflective film, perforated
window screen or other decorative window application on windows to the rear of the driver'* seat, except that any motor vehicle with a window to the rear of the driver'* seat treated in this manner shall be equipped with a side mirror on each side of the motor vehicle which are in conformance with Section 12-502.
(c) No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any objects placed or suspended between the driver and the front windshield, rear window,
side wings or side windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver which materially obstructs the driver'* view.
(d) Every motor vehicle, except motorcycles, shall be equipped with a device, controlled by the driver, for cleaning rain, snow, moisture or
other obstructions from the windshield; and no person shall drive a motor vehicle with snow, ice, moisture or other material on any of the
windows or mirrors, which materially obstructs the driver'* clear view of the highway.
(e) No person shall drive a motor vehicle when the windshield, side or rear windows are in such defective condition or repair as to
materially impair the driver'* view to the front, side or rear. A vehicle equipped with a side mirror on each side of the vehicle which
are in conformance with Section 12-502 will be deemed to be in compliance in the event the rear window of the vehicle is materially
(f) Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Section shall not apply to:
(1) motor vehicles manufactured prior to January 1, 1982; or
(2) to those motor vehicles properly registered in another
(g) Paragraph (a) of this Section shall not apply to any motor vehicle with a window treatment, including but not limited to a window
application, reflective material, nonreflective material, or tinted film, applied or affixed to the motor vehicle for the purposes set forth
in item (1) or (2) before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997 and:
(1) that is owned and operated by a person afflicted with or suffering from a medical illness, ailment, or disease which would
require that person to be shielded from the direct rays of the sun; or
(2) that is used in transporting a person when the person resides at the same address as the registered owner of the vehicle
and the person is afflicted with or suffering from a medical illness, ailment or disease which would require the person to be
shielded from the direct rays of the sun; It must be certified by a physician licensed to practice medicine in Illinois that such person owning and operating or being transported in a motor vehicle is afflicted with or suffers from such illness, ailment, or disease and such certification must be carried in the motor vehicle at all times. The certification shall be legible and shall contain the date of issuance, the name, address and signature of the attending physician, and the name, address, and medical condition of the person requiring exemption. The information on the certificate for a window treatment applied or affixed before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997 must remain current and shall be renewed annually by the attending physician, but in no event shall a certificate issued for purposes of this subsection be valid on or after January 1, 2008. The person shall also submit a copy of the certification to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may forward notice of certification to law enforcement agencies. This subsection shall not be construed to authorize window treatments applied or affixed on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997.
The exemption provided by this subsection (g) shall not apply to any
motor vehicle on and after January 1, 2008.
(h) Paragraph (a) of this Section shall not apply to motor vehicle
stickers or other certificates issued by State or local authorities
which are required to be displayed upon motor vehicle windows to
evidence compliance with requirements concerning motor vehicles.
(i) Those motor vehicles exempted under paragraph (f)(1) of this
Section shall not cause their windows to be treated as described in
paragraph (a) after January 1, 1993.
(j) A person found guilty of violating paragraphs (a), (b), or (i)
of this Section shall be guilty of a petty offense and fined no less
than $50 nor more than $500. A second or subsequent violation of
paragraphs (a), (b), or (i) of this Section shall be treated as a Class
C misdemeanor and the violator fined no less than $100 nor more than
$500. Any person convicted under paragraphs (a), (b), or (i) of this
Section shall be ordered to alter any nonconforming windows into
compliance with this Section.
(Source: P.A. 90-389, eff. 1-1-98.)
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