Browse articles by year: 2015 (331)
Ten Tips to Improve Your Case on Appeal
Article, Page 352
A reviewing court can be an intimidating place for the occasional appellate practitioner. These tips will help put you at ease.
Thanks for the Memories!
Column, Page 276
ISBA held a successful Lawyers Feeding Illinois campaign and did much more this busy bar year.
Threats to human service providers will be a class 3 felony
Illinois Law Update, Page 612
The Criminal Code of 2012, which previously criminalized threatening public officials, has been amended to specifically include threats made to a human service provider (or to a member of their immediate family).
Tighter regulations for boating under the influence
Illinois Law Update, Page 504
Any person operating or having physical control of a motorboat in Illinois who has been involved in a personal injury or fatal boating accident shall now be presumed to have consented to a blood, breath, and urine test for the purposes of determining the content of alcohol or other drugs in the person's blood if arrested for a violation of the Boat Registration and Safety Act or similar provisions of local laws. 625 ILCS 45/5-16c new.
The Tougher, Broader Illinois Prevailing Wage Act
Article, Page 42
Counsel to contractors, governmental bodies, and workers take note: recent changes to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act and the law interpreting it have broadened its reach and toughened requirements and penalties. Find out what it means for your clients.
Two-year limitation on claim arbitration does not violate public policy
Illinois Law Update, Page 16
On October 18, 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a two-year contractual limitation on claim arbitration between an automobile insurer and its insured does not violate Illinois public policy, even when the incident giving rise to the claim occurred in a state with a longer statute of limitations.
Unfounded reports of child abuse and neglect must be retained
Illinois Law Update, Page 612
Beginning on August 30, 2013, the Department of Children and Family Services must store unfounded reports of child abuse or neglect made by non-mandated reporters for one year. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 431.
Valuing Property in Lengthy Divorce Proceedings
Article, Page 198
When the valuation hearing comes after the dissolution judgment, is marital property valued on the judgment date or the hearing date? The supreme court recently settled the question.
Vehicle Searches Incident to Arrest in Illinois after Gant
Article, Page 30
In Arizona v. Gant, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed warrantless searches when an arrestee is unsecured and can reach the passenger compartment or it's "reasonable to believe" incriminating evidence "might be" inside. But Gant raises as many questions as it answers - here's a look at how Illinois courts have reacted.
Vehicle seizures expanded to out-of-state drivers. PA 097-0984
Illinois Law Update, Page 336
Drivers with out-of-state licenses revoked or suspended for driving while intoxicated, hit and run, reckless homicide, or various other statutory suspensions are now subject to Illinois' provisions for seizure and forfeiture.