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Board of Education Establishes Procedure for Public Comments November 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 550 The Illinois State Board of Education implemented a new procedure for the consideration of public comments regarding potential new rulemaking.
Breathing new life into forum non conveniens? By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2003 Lawpulse, Page 486 A new supreme court case may signal a new willingness to police forum shopping, legal scholars say.
Business-law clean-up bill now on the books By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2003 Lawpulse, Page 486 The new Act reconciles inconsistencies, removes obsolete provisions, and makes compliance with the law easier.
Calculated Overhead to Determine Profitability By Paul Sullivan March 2003 Column, Page 143 Can you truly measure how much each lawyer costs your firm and how much profit he or she generates? Here's a guide to getting an accurate cost/revenue picture.
Calculating interest on child support; are you doing what the law requires? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2003 Lawpulse, Page 594 There's nothing interesting about calculating interest on overdue child support. But like it or not, you'd best not neglect it, which is what too many lawyers do.
Can a parent inherit from a stillborn child? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2003 Lawpulse, Page 594 A fascinating, if perplexing, Illinois Supreme Court opinion seems to say that a fetus can have an estate for inheritance purposes.
The case of the inflexible filing deadline By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2003 Lawpulse, Page 58 The supreme court agrees to hear an administrative-law case which raises the question whether the strict, "jurisdictional" interpretation of a filing deadline is a denial of due process.
Cellular radio regulations passed for school bus drivers P.A 92-0730 June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 In an effort to ensure the safety of school bus drivers and their passengers, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding section 12-813.1. 625 ILCS 5/12-813.1.
Changes adopted for Credit Union Act March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 The Department of Financial Institutions adopted changes to the Illinois Credit Union Act. The amendments, dealing principally with fee adjustments, are found in 38 Ill Adm Code 190, and became effective on December 9, 2002.
Changes adopted for motor vehicle advertising July 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 332 The Illinois Office of the Attorney General recently implemented changes to 14 Ill Adm Code 475, concerning motor vehicle advertising.
Changes in place for business organizations August 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 384 The Office of the Secretary State recently adopted small, but significant, changes to the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (14 Ill Adm Code 170) and the Limited Liability Company Act (14 Ill Adm Code 178).
Changes in place for reporting of child abuse September 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 436 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services recently adopted amendments related to the reporting of child abuse and neglect.
Changes in place for teacher and administrator certification July 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 332 The Illinois State Board of Education recently amended 23 Ill Adm Code 25, related to administrator and teacher certification. The amendments, effective April 28, 2003, are designed to implement two major components of P.A. 92-796.
Changes made to beneficiaries under Teachers’ Retirement System P.A. 92-0862 May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 The State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 was amended recently by changing section 6.5.
Changes to penalties for heroin possession P.A. 92-0698 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 Effective July 19, 2002, amendments to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act provide that the illegal manufacture.
Changing the Nature of Illinois Class Actions By Kathleen R. Richards and Jeffrey L. Dunn May 2003 Article, Page 230 Amended Supreme Court Rule 306 allows discretionary appeals of interlocutory orders granting or denying class certification. Here's the defense lawyer's take on the change.
Child abduction statute and jury instructions did not require jury to consider mother’s knowledge of child’s whereabouts in determining father’s guilt; trial court did not abuse discretion in not providing jury with common definition of word “concealed” January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 22, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed the order of the circuit court of Cook County convicting the defendant of child abduction.
Child Care Collaboration Program implemented October 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 492 The Illinois Department of Human Services recently adopted amendments to 89 Ill. Adm. Code 50 to implement the Child Care Collaboration Program.
Child custody: Easing the way for out-of-state removal By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2003 Lawpulse, Page 326 The supreme court rules that a divorced parent can move a child outside of Illinois without showing a direct benefit to the child from the relocation.
Child support hearings streamlined June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 On March 24, 2003, the Department of Public Aid (department) adopted amendments to title 89 of the Illinois Administrative Code relating to the rules and practices in administrative hearings regarding child support. 89 Ill Adm Code 104.
Client Communications 101: Learning to Listen By Karen Erger June 2003 Column, Page 313 Not listening to your clients leads to dissatisfaction and, too often, to claims.
Code of Civil Procedure § 2-1117 can limit defendant’s several liability to only nonmedical damages even if plaintiff’s employer exempt from liability under Workers’ Compensation Act February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On November 21, 2002, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the appellate court properly applied § 2-1117 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 735 ILCS 5/2-1117.
Code of Criminal Procedure Section 110-4(b) unconstitutional under article I, section 9 of Illinois Constitution January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 3, 2002, the Illinois Supreme Court held section 110-4(b) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 725 ILCS 5/110-4(b), unconstitutional because it violated the guarantee of due process in article I, section 9 of the Illinois Constitution.
Coming Home: Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Job Reinstatement Rights By Joanna G. DuPriest August 2003 Article, Page 407 A guide to state and federal job-reinstatement laws.
Communicating Your Authority By Maureen B. Collins December 2003 Column, Page 637 Sorry, but proper citation format really does matter. Here's why.
Complaints Filed Against Peace Officer Must Have Support of a Sworn Affidavit P.A. 93-0592 November 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 550 As of January 1, 2004, anyone filing a complaint against a sworn peace officer must have his or her complaint supported by a sworn affidavit. Previously, the complaint did not require such verification.
Conquering the Comma: Conjunctions and Essential Elements By Lisa McGrady May 2003 Column, Page 259 Is comma placement a lot like flower arranging for you ("let's see, one would look nice here")? If so, read on.
Consideration for binding contract exists where plaintiff accepted settlement offer after summary judgment awarded to defendant; no condition of termination implied into settlement offer June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 On March 10, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, reversed and remanded the order of the circuit court of Cook County granting the defendant's motion for summary judgment.
Constitutional Challenges to Municipal Administrative Adjudicatory Systems By Angela R. Hall March 2003 Article, Page 139 Do they succeed? It's possible but not likely, this author writes.
Consumer Fraud Act protections for car dealers deemed “special legislation” By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2003 Lawpulse, Page 594 A recent Illinois Supreme Court case hands car buyers a victory.