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Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

July 2009Volume 97Number 7Pages 321-376

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Practice News

336
Illinois Law Update

No reversal for erroneously admitted but nonprejudicial evidence; Pension Act amended to provide guidelines for selecting providers; personnel rules for public officials updated; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

340
ISBA | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
Real estate lawyer John O’Brien brings his nonconfrontational style to the ISBA’s top job.
344
Legal Technology | By
Trent L. Bush
,
Bryan M. Sims
,
David M. Clark
, and
Martin W. Typer
While Illinois has no statewide electronic filing system, several county initiatives are at various stages of implementation.
352
DUI / Traffic | By
Larry A. Davis
Presenting Illinois’ confusing DUI sentencing options as a chart enables practitioners to see at a glance which penalties their clients face.
360
Family Law | By
Inna Pullin
In our mobile society, lawyers in common-law jurisdictions like Illinois can’t afford to be ignorant of community property basics.
364
Evidence | By
Michael J. Polelle
As a rule, character evidence is inadmissible in civil cases even if proved circumstantially. Here are two exceptions to the rule.

Columns

328
President’s Page | By
John G. O’Brien
Tough economic times make ISBA membership essential to your practice.
368
Finding Illinois Law | By
Tom Gaylord
Have a research project? Go back to law school, or at least to a law school library near you.
370
Family Law | By
H. Joseph Gitlin
Here’s a formula for determining maintenance that reflects the standard of living during marriage.
372
Real Estate Law | By
James K. Weston
Financial institutions seem to be hoarding bailout money, not lending it.
373
Asked and Answered
Is it customary for a court to award maintenance and/or attorney’s fees to a noncustodial parent who is on public assistance (the custodial parent is surviving on $34K per year)?