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Foreclosure defense a practice option real estate lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 Representing foreclosed-on homeowners might be a way for real estate lawyers to pick up slack left by the weak economy.
Freedom of Information Act amended. PA 095-0941 February 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 Illinois lawmakers amended section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act to exempt certain data elements from the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry from public inspection and dissemination. 5 ILCS 140/7.
A Freer Hand for Police at Illinois Traffic Stops By Rob Shumaker December 2009 Article, Page 624 In response to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court issued decisions that give police more freedom to search and question vehicle occupants at traffic stops.
From Sheepskin to Shingle By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Article, Page 448 Can you really go straight from law school into solo practice? What are the surest ways to succeed — or stumble?
Get Ready for Illinois’ New Rules of Professional Conduct By Robert A. Creamer October 2009 Article, Page 500 The new rules, which take effect January 1, align Illinois legal-ethics regulation with the national norm. Learn about th emajor changes.
Getting Federal Case Filings for Free: Introducing RECAP By Tom Gaylord November 2009 Column, Page 584 RECAP, a Firefox extension, provides free access to otherwise pay-per-view federal documents on the PACER system.
GINA prevents discrimination based on genetic information By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 Employers and insurers beware: effective November 21, a new federal statute forbids discrimination on the basis of genetic information.
Good Samaritan Act amended. PA 095-0874 January 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Good Samaritan Act has been amended by adding Section 30.5 titled "Alternative free medical clinic without physical premises patient notification practice." 745 ILCS 49/30.5.
Green Buildings Act establishes green construction standards for state buildings. PA 096-0073 October 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Green Buildings Act, creating environmental construction and design standards for all new state buildings and major renovation projects. 
Handling sartorial emergencies By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?
How to represent juveniles By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.
How-to advice for rookie associates By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.
Human Rights Act doesn’t bar state, federal claims in circuit court By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Someone who can bring a claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act can nonetheless sue based on federal or common law in state circuit court, the supreme court rules.
If erroneously admitted evidence does not prejudice the defendant, the error does not require reversal July 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 On April 21, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, on defendant's appeal from the Circuit Court of Winnebago County, affirmed the conviction of defendant, who was convicted of the unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
Illinois adopts all hazards campus emergency plan and violence prevention plan September 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (agency) adopted the All Hazards Campus Emergency Plan and Violence Prevention Plan, effective on June 5, 2009. 
Illinois adopts new rules governing rehabilitation of juvenile sex offenders December 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 604 The Sex Offender Management Board adopted new sections regulating the treatment and rehabilitation of convicted juvenile sex offenders.  
Illinois adopts rules implementing loan repayment assistance program for physicians November 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 552 The Illinois Department of Public Health (the department) recently created new rules implementing the Loan Repayment Assistance for Physicians Act, which establishes an educational loan repayment assistance program for physicians who practice in Illinois. 
Illinois amends standards for foster family homes October 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services amended its standards for foster family homes.
Illinois Creates Emergency Contact Database October 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 The Office of the Secretary of State adopted a new section to rules governing the issuance of drivers’ licenses and permits in the state of Illinois.
Illinois establishes married families domestic violence grants August 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 392 The 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. 
Illinois Estate Tax Planning in 2009 and Beyond By Gary R. Gehlbach and Emily R. Vivian February 2009 Article, Page 80 Beginning this year, the gap between the Illinois and federal estate tax widens. This article discusses the implications and makes the case for an Illinois QTIP.
Illinois Grain Code updated April 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 The Department of Agriculture updated the state's Grain Code to establish a single system of governmental regulation for the Illinois grain industry. 8 Ill Adm Code 281.
An Illinois Lawyer’s Guide to Community Property By Inna Pullin July 2009 Article, Page 360 In our mobile society, lawyers in common-law jurisdictions like Illinois can’t afford to be ignorant of community property basics.
The Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law 20 years later By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64 One of the drafters of the statute describes how it improved the procedure process and what loose ends remain.
Illinois’ new will repository law By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.
Illinois outlaws DWT (driving while texting) By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 Effective January 1, drivers aren't allowed to "compose, send, or read an electronic message." Is PA 96-0130 overregulation or overdue?
Illinois provides catastrophic relief payments to hospitals December 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 604 Illinois' Department of Healthcare and Family Services amended rules to provide for over $40 million in catastrophic relief payments to hospitals for the 2009 fiscal year. 
Illinois Public Aid Code amended. PA 095-1013 May 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 Illinois lawmakers added section 5-5.05 to the Illinois Public Aid Code. 305 ILCS 5/5-5.05. Section 5.05 titled "hospitals; psychiatric services" provides that the "per diem rate" to be paid to a hospital for inpatient services as of July 1, 2008, "shall be $363.77." 
The Illinois QTIP Election to the Rescue By Robert J. Kolasa December 2009 Article, Page 612 Big news for estate planners - the new Illinois QTIP lets clients use the full federal exclusion without Illinois estate tax consequences.
Illinois Redeploy Program amended PA 095-1050 June 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 Illinois lawmakers amended section 16.1 of the Probation and Probation Officers Act by inserting and deleting language concerning the "Redeploy Illinois Program." 730 ILCS 110/16.1.