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The Foreclosure Explosion: How Illinois Courts Are Responding By Joseph R. Fortunato and Steven B. Bashaw July 2010 Column, Page 380 How judges, lawyers, and litigants in Chicagoland are responding to the foreclosure crisis.
Foreclosure Prevention Program provides counseling, prevention funds. PA 96-1419 November 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 The Illinois Housing Development Act was amended by Illinois lawmakers to create the Foreclosure Prevention Program. (20 ILCS 3805/7.30)
Foreseeing the “Four C’s” (Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions) By Hon. Ron Spears August 2010 Column, Page 432 The collateral consequences of conviction are often the gravest.
Freedom of Information Act laws enhanced. PA 096-0542 April 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 State lawmakers recently beefed up sunshine laws to help ensure open and transparent government. (For more, see Two Cheers for the New Freedom of Information Act in the February IBJ.)
GALS and cross-cultural custody By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2010 Lawpulse, Page 558 For custody disputes involving international and immigrant families, determining what's best for the child can be especially difficult.
General Assembly creates program to support solar and wind generation projects. 096-0725 June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 A School Wind and Solar Generation Program has been created by the Illinois General Assembly. 20 ILCS 3501/825-100.
Get Ready for the New Illinois Power of Attorney Act By Mary D. Cascino November 2010 Article, Page 568 A sweeping rewrite of this important Act creates new statutory POA forms for healthcare and property that better protect principals, agents, and third parties. Here's what you need to know - and see the link to new statutory forms on page 569.
Getting fees from the other side in divorce By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2010 Lawpulse, Page 446 The IMDMA lets one party get attorney fees from the other in some cases. But don't overplay your hand.
Getting What’s Due: Prejudgment Interest in Illinois By Adam N. Hirsch August 2010 Article, Page 412 The accrued interest on your client's damage award can add up to real money. This article explains how to get it.
The Google-ization of Legal Research Continues - This Time Literally By Tom Gaylord January 2010 Column, Page 48 Google now offers its own searchable case law database.
Government Lawyers and the ISBA By John G. O’Brien May 2010 Column, Page 228 Lawyer public servants explain why they belong.
Greater protection for Illinois employees; new penalties when employers fail to pay. PA 096-1407 October 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 508 Illinois lawmakers have put into place greater security measures for Illinois employees who are not receiving their wages.
Greater security of parental rights regarding appointed guardianship. PA 096-1338 October 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 508 The Probate Act of 1975 has been amended to safeguard parental rights. (755 ILCS 5/11-5)
A Guide To The Illinois Domestic Violence Act By Hon. Laninya A. Cason May 2010 Article, Page 250 The Act, with a powerful arsenal of civil relief centered on the order of protection, offers help and hope to victims of domestic violence. Here's an overview of its provisions.
The hard work of running for judge By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2010 Lawpulse, Page 446 It's an exhausting and expensive undertaking, and the odds are often against you.
Helping Women in the Profession and Beyond By John G. O’Brien February 2010 Column, Page 64 A look at the work of ISBA's Committee on Women in the Law
Humpty Dumpty Child By Hon. Ron Spears November 2010 Column, Page 588 Healing broken children is hard but essential work.
Illinois adopts adverse health care event reporting rules January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Department of Public Health (the department) recently created new rules implementing the Illinois Adverse Health Care Events Reporting Law of 2005.  
Illinois adopts new eligibility requirements and amounts for certain veterans grants August 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 400 The Department of Military Affairs recently adopted new regulations increasing benefits for active duty service members as well as changing the minimum period of duty necessary to be eligible for certain status and needs-based grants. 
Illinois adopts new regulations for amusement parks and carnivals April 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 The Illinois Department of Labor (the department) recently adopted improved regulations for amusement parks and carnivals. 
Illinois adopts rules for registration of violent offenders against youth July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The Department of State Police recently adopted new rules outlining policies and procedures for registration of violent offenders against youth. 
Illinois adopts rules to improve the quality of youth group homes July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The Department of Children and Family Services adopted amended rules to improve the care and quality of life for children housed at group homes.
Illinois allows guardianship assistance agreements for grandparents and other relatives May 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted a new section to its rules regulating state payments to guardians who care for children as foster parents. 
Illinois amends community care program for elderly June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The 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. 
Illinois amends layoff protocol for merit compensation/salary grade employees February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (the department) modified the regulations concerning the layoff of merit compensation system employees of state agencies. 
Illinois amends state’s vending facility program for the blind April 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 The Illinois Department of Human Services (the department) amended the state's vending facility program for the blind. 
Illinois Family Mediations: The Case Against Allowing GALs By Suzanne J. Schmitz November 2010 Article, Page 576 Because their presence may hinder family mediation, GALs should be excluded, the author argues.
Illinois Forestry Development Council created. PA 096-0217 July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The general assembly recently created a 29-member council tasked with developing Illinois forestry. 525 ILCS 15/6b. 
Illinois General Assembly penalizes carrying of firearms and ammunition by street gang members. PA 096-0829 August 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 400 The Illinois General Assembly amended the criminal code regarding aggravated unlawful use of a weapon to include specific penalties for the unlawful possession of a fi rearm by a street gang member.
Illinois General Assembly provides support for community schools and programs. PA 096-0746 July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The Illinois General Assembly recently amended the School Code to provide aid for children through Illinois community schools. 105 ILCS 5/2-3.148.