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Grandparents granted the right to initiate child custody proceedings under IMDMA P.A. 093-1026 November 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has been amended by modifying the child custody proceeding requirements imposed by section 601(b)(4). 
Grant of the defendant’s motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence was affirmed because the seizure of evidence was unjustified under the plain-touch exception to the warrant requirement July 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 On April 2, 2004, the Second District Appellate Court affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Kendall County, granting the defendant's motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence. 
Granting leave to amend a complaint does not constitute a final order, therefore a plaintiff’s right to take a voluntary dismissal is preserved February 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 On November 20, 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgments of the appellate and circuit courts, which denied the plaintiff's motion to voluntarily dismiss count III of a multi-count complaint. 
Hall v Henn discourages neighborliness, critics say By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2004 Lawpulse, Page 286 Critics fear that the supreme court's interpretation of an immunity statute will discourage landowners from making their property available to others.
A Hard Way to Make a Living By Ole Bly Pace III November 2004 Column, Page 560 The results of the ISBA law-firm economic survey are in.
Have Online Citators Made Print Obsolete? By Phill Johnson March 2004 Column, Page 155 Have we reached the point that using print citators to track the subsequent treatment of a case begs a malpractice suit?
Helping Employers Respond to Social Security Number “No-Match” Letters By Alisa B. Arnoff August 2004 Article, Page 429 Here's how lawyers can help employer clients protect themselves from actions by the feds and employees.
Higher discounts for voluntary filing of liquor tax returns and electronic funds transfers November 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 Effective on July 27, 2004, the Department of Revenue recently adopted amendments to 86 Ill Adm Code 420. 
Higher standard for challenging special use permits applies prospectively, court says By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2004 Lawpulse, Page 508 A second district case says the higher due process requirements do not apply retroactively.
Highlights of the 2004 ISBA Law Firm Economic Benchmarking Survey By Virginia Grant December 2004 Article, Page 624 How well are ISBA lawyers doing economically? Our recent economic survey provides answers to this and other questions.
Horse racing and breeding rules amended to provide for foals produced by embryo transplants October 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 514 The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently adopted amendments to 8 Ill Adm Code 290. These changes took effect on July 23, 2004. 
How Long Must Illinois Lawyers Retain Case Files? By Anton F. Mikel February 2004 Article, Page 76 A look at Illinois' murkey law dealing with who owns the contents of client files and how long lawyers have to keep them.
How the New Governmental Ethics Legislation Affects Lawyers By Jim Covington February 2004 Column, Page 68 If you practice before any of 32 state agencies and commissions or represent local governmental entities, take a close look at the newly enacted ethics-in-government legislation
How to Increase Your Personal Income By Paul Sullivan January 2004 Column, Page 45 The key: make sure you're recognized as an "expert," especially by prospective clients.
How to represent an apartment buyer By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2004 Lawpulse, Page 170 Contributors to an ISBA e-mail discussion group create a primer that describes what any attorney should insist upon when representing the buyer of an apartment building.
How to Respond to an ARDC Complaint By Michael L. Shakman and Arthur W. Friedman October 2004 Article, Page 530 You get the dreaded letter from the ARDC– what do you do? Here's a step-by-step guide.
Illinois adopts asthma prevention and control program P.A. 093-1015 December 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 620 Effective August 24, 2004, the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois was amended by adding section 2310-338 to provide an asthma prevention and control program. 
Illinois Agencies on the Web By Phill Johnson September 2004 Column, Page 493 More and more information is available on state agency Web sites, much of it useful to lawyers and – best of all – free.
Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program Amended April 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 On January 25, 2004, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission adopted amendments to its Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program ("IFTC"). 
Illinois Military Family Relief Fund Act Implemented January 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Department of Military Affairs, pursuant to its authority under the Illinois Military Code, has adopted new regulations to provide monetary grants to families of Illinois National Guard members and Illinois residents serving in the Reserve components after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Illinois’ new WARN law By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2004 Lawpulse, Page 562 There's already a federal law requiring employers to notify workers about layoffs and closing; effective January 1, there'll be a state law to go with it.
Illinois OKs speaking in (native) tongues in the workplace By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2004 Lawpulse, Page 10 Habla Espanol in the workplace? You can now with impunity, as long as it's your native language and you're talking about non-work-related matters.
Illinois pension recipients win at high court By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds ERISA's "anti-cutback" provision, ruling that pension plans can't retroactively limit the kinds of jobs workers can take after they retire.
Illinois restricts public use of social security numbers P.A. 093-0739 September 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 456 Effective July 1, 2006, the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act will have several additional measures restricting the use of social security numbers.
The Illinois Supreme Court’s Latest Last Word on Statutory Retroactivity By Robert C. Feldmeier May 2004 Article, Page 260 For the third time in 10 years, the Illinois Supreme Court has changed the rule governing when statutes apply to events and litigation that predate their enactment.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2004 Lawpulse, Page 614 The Illinois Industrial Commission will get a new name to go with its new, more efficient approach to doing business, the chair says.
Illinois’ “zero tolerance law” does not deny equal protection or due process July 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 On April 15, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the "zero tolerance law," finding that it does not deny equal protection or due process. 
In order to satisfy the requirements of §5/18-2 of the Illinois Probate Act, a creditor must unequivocally demonstrate its intention to pursue a claim against the estate and not against the codebtor/administrator in his or her individual capacity. March 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 On December 18, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, affirmed the trial court's judgment dismissing a creditor's claim against an estate as untimely.
An In-House Counsel’s Guide to Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege By Joseph J. Siprut November 2004 Article, Page 586 Steps company lawyer-business advisors can take to protect attorney-client privilege.
Increasing Your Civility Quotient By Karen Erger February 2004 Column, Page 103 Civility isn't just a nice thing; it is a hallmark of professionalism and a key component of malpractice prevention.