Illinois amends community care program for elderlyJune 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 292The Illinois Department on Aging (the department) modified the state's community care program to add an emergency home response service (EHRS) as a core service under the program.
Federal courts have jurisdiction over legal malpractice claims in patent infringement casesJanuary 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 16On November 10, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County finding, in a legal malpractice suit, that the contingent fee arrangement between the parties was not void, and that jurisdiction over the malpractice claim rested exclusively with the federal courts.
New rules adopted to improve railroad employee working conditionsJanuary 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Illinois Commerce Commission (the commission) amended regulations that require railroad employers to sufficiently protect the health and wellness of their employees, in an effort to further improve the safety and working conditions for railroad employees throughout the state.
New rules set standards for dementia care unitsNovember 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 552The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (the department) recently adopted new rules creating a pilot program for Dementia Care Units in Supportive Living Facilities (SLF) across the state.
Presenting property tax appealsOctober 2009Column, Page 532Q: The fair market value of my house has decreased since the recession, but my property taxes haven’t. I’ve filed an appeal of my assessment with the Board of Review, and I’m waiting for the hearing. What is my best argument at the hearing? What should I take with me in the way of evidence? What are my chances in getting the taxes reduced?
Illinois establishes married families domestic violence grantsAugust 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 392The Illinois Attorney General established the Married Families Domestic Violence Fund (the Fund) to fund the delivery of free legal advocacy, legal assistance, and legal services to married and formerly married victims of domestic violence by means of grants awarded by the Illinois Attorney General to public or private non-profit service providers.
Clean air set-aside rules updatedJuly 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 336The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted new standards to regulate clean air set-asides under Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Rules implementing the Illinois Community Care Program revisedJune 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284Illinois' Department on Aging amended the state's Community Care Program (CCP) to provide for higher quality standards for providers, increase required worker competencies, and improve general oversight by the department. 89 Ill Adm Code 240.
Illinois Retailers’ Occupation Tax revisedMay 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 226The Illinois Department of revenue revised the retailers' occupation tax as it relates to fly-away aircrafts and taxes charged by hotels and similar establishments for the rental of meeting, conference, banquet, and other similar types of rooms when food and beverages are provided. 86 Ill Adm Code 130.