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Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

February 2011Volume 99Number 2Pages 57-108

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Practice News

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Illinois Law Update

Exceptions to open and obvious danger rule not on point; restrictions imposed on municipal automated traffic law ordinances; regulations amended for relocation towing contractors; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

76
Judiciary | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
A former legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner from rural beginnings settles into the role of Illinois' chief justice.
82
Jury Selection | By
David Holland
and
Gil Lenz
Courts should allow questioning of prospective jurors on immigration-related bias, the authors say. They also suggest questions that can expose immigrant bias during jury selection.
88
Arbitration/Nursing Home Litigation | By
W. Eugene Basanta
and
Suzanne J. Schmitz
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act trumps the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, thus forcing residents into arbitration. What will the decision mean more broadly for arbitration agreements and consumers' rights?
92
Nursing Home Litigation | By
Catherine D. Battista
This how-to for practitioners filing claims under the NHCA shows how they are often easier to bring than traditional medical malpractice or healing arts claims.
96
Property Taxation | By
Antonio Senagore
Is a nonprofit hospital a "charitable use" that qualifies for a property tax exemption? The author reviews the Illinois Supreme Court's Provena decision and predicts its likely effects, one of which is legislation to protect hospitals.

Columns

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President’s Page | By
Mark D. Hassakis
and
Lisa Jacobs
Transforming Juvenile Justice: Lawyers Making A Difference
100
Estate Planning | By
Katarinna McBride
There's a lot for estate planners to like about the new federal tax law.
102
The Judge’s Corner | By
Hon. Ron Spears
Judge Justice and his colleagues express their misgivings about character evidence.
104
Loss Prevention | By
Karen Erger
Don't let exclusions in your malpractice coverage give you a scary surprise.