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Illinois insurance laws do not apply to certain religious organizations. PA 097-0705 and PA 097-0707 September 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/4) to read that Illinois insurance laws do not apply to arrangements between religious organizations and their participants when 12 criteria are met.
Illinois Rule of Evidence 703: The Expert’s Way to Avoid the Hearsay Rule By Justin D. Scheid May 2012 Article, Page 260 New Rule 703 permits an expert witness to base an opinion on inadmissible facts if they are reasonably relied on by experts in the field.
Illinois veterans homes open to Gold Star family members. PA 097-0302 July 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 352 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Department of Veterans Affairs Act to provide care and services for Gold Star family members (20 ILCS 2805/2.02a).
Immigration Law for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord January 2012 Column, Page 54 Here's where to find basic immigration law information.
Implementation of effluent standards in certain recreation waters May 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 240 The Illinois Environmental Protection Act (415 ILCS 5/13 and 27) authorizes the adoption of regulations to promote the purposes of the Environmental Protection Act, including but not limited to regulations as required by circumstances for different contaminant sources and different geographical areas and special provisions for alert and abatement standards for occurrences of pollution constituting an acute danger to health.
Implementation of Emergency Medical Services Act January 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Emergency Medical Services ("EMS") and Trauma Center Code ("code") were recently revised as authorized by section 210 of the EMS Systems Act ("act") [210 ILCS 50/1].
Implementation of Health Care Data Collection and Submission Code August 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 The Health Care Data Collection and Submission Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 1010), pursuant to the Health Finance Reform Act (20 ILCS 2215) and sections 2310-33 and 2310-57 of the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (20 ILCS 2310-33 and 20 ILCS 2310-57), requires hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers ("ASTC") to periodically submit certain types of medical service and patient data to the Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH").
Implementation of new procedures for the Internet Voters’ Guide February 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 76 The State Board of Elections established new procedures to be used by the board to publish the Internet Voters Guide as provided by Article 12A of the Election Code [10 ILCS 5/12A]. 26 Ill Adm Code 207.
Implementation of the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Establishment Code November 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 580 The Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act (the "Act") provides for the operation of assisted living and shared housing establishments based on a residential model intended to promote independence, autonomy, privacy and dignity of its residents, as well as greater family and community involvement. 210 ILCS 9/5.
Implementation of the Farmer’s Market Technology Improvement Program March 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 132 The Department of Human Services ("Department") recently enacted a new rule under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to implement the Farmers' Market Technology Improvement Program. 89 Ill Adm Code 121.117.
Implementation of the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act October 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 520 The Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (765 ILCS 1025) regulates and establishes parameters for the disposition of abandoned and unclaimed property.
Implementation of the Video Gaming Act April 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 184 The Video Gaming Act (230 ILCS 40/1) authorizes installation of video gaming terminals used for wagering purposes in various categories of licensed locations and provides for the distribution of specified percentages of video gaming revenues to State and local governments.
Increased income allowance of exemption for Illinois individual taxpayers. PA 097-0652 March 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 132 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Income Tax Code to increase the basic amount that is used to calculate an individual taxpayer's allowed exemption amount (35 ILCS 5/204, 5/212).
The Institute of Business Laws tries to make Illinois business-friendlier By Adam W. Lasker September 2012 Lawpulse, Page 458 The volunteer Institute promotes business-friendly legislation, including a new act that lets the secretary of state dissolve partnerships and makes other small but helpful changes to business laws.
Insurable interest in building remains after demolition contract is signed December 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 632 On September 28, 2012, the first district appellate court held that an insured who owned and had entered into a demolition contract for a building, but had not yet begun to demolish the building, had an insurable interest in the building when it was damaged in a fire.
Insurance companies and P-I plaintiffs will share recoveries if governor signs bill By Adam W. Lasker August 2012 Lawpulse, Page 398 HB 5823 would require insurance companies to proportionally share plaintiffs' recoveries in personal injury lawsuits.
Insurance coverage for tobacco use cessation programs. PA 097-0592 June 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The Illinois Insurance Code has been amended to require insurance companies to offer coverage for tobacco use cessation programs subject to certain exceptions.
Insurer’s substantial prejudice claim is negated by judgment-proof tortfeasor September 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 On June 27, 2012, the second district appellate court held as a matter of law that an automobile insurer cannot refuse to pay underinsured motorist ("UIM") coverage to its insured on the grounds that the insured violated a cooperation clause by settling with a judgment-proof tortfeasor.
Is a family-law overhaul on the way? By Adam W. Lasker September 2012 Lawpulse, Page 458 No more grounds for divorce? Divorce judgments within 90 days or else? These are just two of the family-law reforms proposed by a bipartisan legislative study group.
Is the Real Estate Lawyer an Endangered Species? By Joseph R. Fortunato October 2012 Column, Page 556 A recent title insurance case illustrates how much things have changed.
The ISBA Annual Meeting hits the road. June 2012 Column, Page 326 From the archives
The ISBA at the Illinois State Fair August 2012 Column, Page 397 From the archives
ISBA Celebrities from 1912. September 2012 Column, Page 491 From the archives
ISBA Goes to Cuba By John G. Locallo February 2012 Column, Page 68 An ISBA delegation meets with Cuban judges and lawyers.
ISBA leaders, legal luminaries, and IBJ history. October 2012 Column, Page 554 From the archives
It’s All About Meeting Legal Needs By John E. Thies July 2012 Column, Page 344 ISBA's new president previews his year.
Joint parenting agreement allows mother to remove children to California By Adam W. Lasker November 2012 Lawpulse, Page 574 The Illinois Supreme Court held that a divorced mother could remove her children to California over the ex-husband's objection because their joint parenting agreement expressly allowed it.
The Journey to Evidence-Based Practices in Illinois Probation By Cynthia Y. Cobbs and Michael J. Tardy March 2012 Article, Page 154 An overview of the history, structure, and evolutionary changes in the Illinois adult and juvenile probation system.
The Joy of Being Disregarded By Lin Hanson September 2012 Column, Page 500 Should your client be a "disregarded entity" for tax purposes?
Jurors may question witnesses under new supreme court rule By Adam W. Lasker June 2012 Lawpulse, Page 286 Starting next month, jurors will be permitted to submit written questions for witnesses to the court for consideration. Proponents say it will help jurors understand the case and stay engaged.