Illinois law does not require motorcycle operators or passengers to wear helmets.
The law does, however, require drivers and riders to protect their eyes with glasses, goggles, or a transparent shield. Under Illinois law, "glasses" means ordinary eye pieces worn in front of the eye, such as spectacles or sunglasses made of shatter-resistant material. "Goggles" means a device that protects the eyes without obstructing peripheral vision. The goggles must provide protection from the front and sides, and may or may not form a complete seal with the face.
A "transparent shield" includes a windshield attached to the front of the bike, provided that it extends above the eyes when the driver is seated in a normal, upright riding position. A "transparent shield" also includes a face shield that covers the wearer's eyes and face at least to the point approximately to the tip of the nose. All transparent shields must be shatter-resistant.
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