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Auction license holders will be able to obtain real estate auction certification to auction real estate December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 A person holding a valid license under the Auction License Act (225 ILCS 407/5 et seq.) and a valid real estate auction certification under newly added section 5-32 of the Real Estate License Act of 2000 (225 ILCS 454/5-32) may now conduct real estate auctions.
Automatic shutoff exceptions for certain underground storage tanks November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal recently amended the requirements for petroleum underground storage tank ("UST") systems serving emergency power generators. 41 Ill. Adm. Code 175.
AVVO launches controversial lawyer bidding service By Adam W. Lasker February 2013 Lawpulse, Page 66 AVVO.com's new online service allowing lawyers to quote fees for prospective traffic-ticket clients sends the public the wrong message, ISBA-member critics complain.
Ban on zinc button batteries. PA 097-1107 April 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Mercury-added Product Prohibition Act to restrict the sale and distribution of zinc batteries. 410 ILCS 46/10 and 46/27.
Bank not negligent for processing fraudulent check October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 On July 31, 2013, the Third District Appellate Court held that a bank does not owe a common law duty of reasonable care when processing a fraudulent check.
The Battle Against Non-Lawyer Involvement in Legal Practice By John E. Thies January 2013 Column, Page 8 How ISBA is fighting efforts to allow non-lawyer ownership.
Beware FATCA’s broad reach By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 Think a new law designed to ferret out taxable income parked offshore won't affect any of your clients? You might be unpleasantly surprised, tax experts warn.
Bill requires timely executed settlement releases in most civil cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 The law helps plaintiffs get timely settlement payments from "substandard" insurance companies, the chair of ISBA's Tort Section says.
Bill would eliminate “open-space” tax exemptions for recreational buildings By Adam W. Lasker March 2013 Lawpulse, Page 118 Should a busy clubhouse connected to a golf course be treated as "open space" and taxed at a low rate? Proposed legislation would end the judicially-created exemption.
Blogging, Marketing, and the Rules of Professional Conduct By Charles J. Northrup October 2013 Column, Page 536 A recent Virginia case offers dos and don'ts for lawyer blogging.
Bump in social security benefits December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 The allowance for aged, blind, and disabled recipients of supplemental security income (SSI) recently increased from $519.90 to $531.90. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 113.
Caveat Emptor: Company B assumes fair-labor liability when it buys Company A By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 The federal successor-liability doctrine makes a buyer company responsible for the seller's Fair Labor Standards Act liability even if state law would hold otherwise, the seventh circuit rules.
Challenging a Trustee Plaintiff’s Standing to Maintain a Foreclosure Action in Illinois By Damon Ritenhouse and Prashant Vallury October 2013 Article, Page 522 The authors describe a new strategy to help defend against trustee plaintiffs who may lack proper standing to bring a foreclosure suit.
Changes in election procedures due to religious observances authorized. PA 098-0004 August 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 392 Only for 2013, election authorities are being permitted to close early voting places on Good Sunday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, provided that these voting places remain open an additional two hours on the days of April 3, 4, and 5 of 2013. (10 ILCS/f/19A-15).
Changes in the Illinois Special Education Program and Services October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 The Illinois Department of Human Services recently adopted amendments affecting Illinois special education programs and their accompanying services. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 765.
Changes to Firearm Owners Identification Card procedures for certain individuals. PA 097-1131 February 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 A number of Acts related to the Firearm Owners Identification Card ("FOID card") have been changed to add new procedures and restrictions for individuals holding such cards and law enforcement agencies responsible for administering them.
Changes to law enforcement school drill requirements. PA 098-0048 September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 Law enforcement drills involving evacuations or reverse-evacuations will now only consist of shooting incidents and will be geared towards preparing school personnel, and not students. 105 ILCS 128/20.
Changes to requirements for suppliers of riverboat gambling operations. PA 098-0012 August 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 392 Under the amended Riverboat Gambling Act, suppliers of gambling equipment to riverboat gambling operations have lessened requirements for providing source information on the products and devices supplied to these operations. 230 ILCS 10/8.
Changes to state procedures for sending property tax bills. PA 097-1084 March 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Property Tax Code to allow collectors to send property tax bills by way of e-mail upon the taxpayer's request.
Changes to the Child Health Examination Code November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 The Illinois Department of Public Health (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to rules that specify required immunizations for students entering kindergarten through twelfth grade. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 665.
Changes to the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Treatment Code November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 Effective July 31, 2013, the Department of Public Health (the "Department") amended the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Treatment Code by modifying its definitions section. See 77 Ill. Adm. Code. 661.
Changes to UCC forms December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 The Illinois Secretary of State recently updated the forms that may be used in UCC filings, and the font and case requirements for preparations of these forms. 14 Ill. Adm. Code 180.12.
Chicago event recognizes first national meeting of women lawyers By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 At an event this month, two female bar association presidents will help celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Chicago-based first national meeting of women lawyers.
Chicago-Kent’s solo-attorney incubator nurtures new lawyers By Adam W. Lasker January 2013 Lawpulse, Page 10 An innovative law school program gives a group of new admittees office space and real-world experience under the guidance of former profs.
Child sex offenders banned from participation in some holiday celebrations. PA 097-0699 May 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 Lawmakers have updated the Criminal Code of 1961 to add additional limitations to the activities of convicted child sex offenders in Illinois.
Coming soon: Illinois’ first statewide standardized court forms By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 Illinois is one of a very few states without statewide standardized court forms. That's beginning to change, thanks to the supreme court's Access to Justice Commission.
Concealed carry now law in Illinois. PA 098-0063 September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 By enactment of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, the state of Illinois may now issue licenses to carry concealed firearms to individuals 21 years of age and older who meet certain minimum qualifications and application requirements.
Corporate pleadings improper - but not void - when signed by non-attorney By Adam W. Lasker January 2013 Lawpulse, Page 10 In Downtown Disposal, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that filings signed by a non-attorney are not null-and-void UPL and may be amended by lawyer.
Correspondence from Our Readers December 2013 Column, Page 602 More about Earlywine.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 2013 Column, Page 550 Cell phones behind the wheel, courthouse fashion, e-filing.