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Newsletter articles from 2008

Amendment of the Illinois Human Rights Act By Eileen M. Geary December 2008 Employers, including local governments, are preparing to defend a new type of case in circuit court.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton September 2008 The following is a summary of informal opinion Nos. I-08-001 through I-08-022 that may be of interest to the government bar.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton March 2008 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2006), as amended by Public Act 95-699, effective November 9, 2007), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
Clearing the air on the State’s new smoking ban By James W. Chipman March 2008 In the legislative drafting process, it is common to include in a piece of legislation a provision setting forth the purpose of the bill in order to establish the general tone and intention of the legislative body.
The Freedom of Information Act and employment contracts: A case review of Stern v. Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 By Lisle A. Stalter December 2008 It seems that just a couple of years ago there were only a handful of cases discussing the Freedom of Information Act and its exemptions.
How green is your government? By Mary L. Milano September 2008 It arguably began in 2000, with the establishment by then-Governor Ryan of the Green Illinois Government Coordinating Council.
In-sites December 2008 This column has covered topics such as finding information about Medicare and researching safety ratings of nursing homes. On a related topic, we recently discovered a new e-newsletter for caregivers of those on Medicare.
In-Sites September 2008 Although we covered this topic a few years ago, Web sites have improved, so we revisit the topic of hospitals and nursing home ratings.
In-Sites March 2008 Go Green! There are many ways to be conscious of our environment. And, believe it or not, many are “convenient!”
Public sector discipline: Former Assistant State’s Attorney disbarred on consent By Rosalyn B. Kaplan September 2008 In re Baba, Commission No. 07 SH 74, S. Ct. No. M.R. 22324 (May 19, 2008).
Public sector discipline: September 2008 term of the Illinois Supreme Court By Rosalyn B. Kaplan December 2008 In re Kelley, Commission No. 07 SH 5, S. Ct. No. M.R. 22452 (September 16, 2008). John Michael Kelley was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Sangamon County between 2001 and 2006.
Summary of recent decisions By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum Jr. December 2008 District court did not err in dismissing for failure to state cause of action, plaintiff’s complaint alleging that requirement that he obtain for his independent candidate petition for United States Congress signatures, representing five percent of individuals who voted in prior congressional election, violated his equal protection rights where defendant required less number of signatures in other congressional districts within state.
Will the courts snuff out the Smoke Free Illinois Act? By James W. Chipman December 2008 A vast majority of new laws quietly take effect without much fanfare or notice from the general public. One notable exception was the new Smoke Free Illinois Act (the Act)1 that took effect on January 1, 2008.