New anti-party switching law applies to independentsBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286A new law forbids someone who took a partisan primary ballot from running as an independent in the general election – even those who pulled the ballot in the March primary, before the law was enacted.
Illinois FMLA would cover civil unionsBy Adam W. LaskerMay 2012Lawpulse, Page 234An Illinois legislative proposal would give members of a civil union the same benefits enjoyed by married couples under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Lying to police can be obstructionBy Adam W. LaskerApril 2012Lawpulse, Page 178Lying to a police officer can support a conviction for obstruction of justice if the lying directly hinders the officer's official performance, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
No rehiring rights for laid-off Chicago teachersBy Adam W. LaskerApril 2012Lawpulse, Page 178Unlike teachers outside Chicago, tenured Chicago public school teachers have no right to be rehired after they are laid off for economic reasons, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
E-filing debuts at the supreme courtBy Adam W. LaskerMarch 2012Lawpulse, Page 126The AG and appellate defender and prosecutor may now file documents electronically with the supreme court in an early step toward modernizing judicial-system technology.
Narrowing the Illinois anti-SLAPP statuteBy Adam W. LaskerMarch 2012Lawpulse, Page 126The Illinois Supreme Court reins in a statute designed to stop misuse of defamation lawsuits to silence critics speaking out on matters of public interest.