Today’s Legal News
Chicago lawyer pleads guilty in NY in tax fraud
A Chicago lawyer pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal charges in a high-profile tax-shelter-fraud case, three months after having her conviction overturned.
Judges to teach Constitutional history to students
To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the Illinois Judges Association is kicking off “Project 225,” a special program involving dozens of judges deliver 225 classroom presentations at high schools, including several in the Bloomington area.
Illinois couple sentenced for million-dollar fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice says a Will County couple has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing more than $1 million through an investment scheme.
Christopher Vaughn's sister-in-law takes the stand
Closing arguments in the Christopher Vaughn murder trial are expected next week, jurors learned Thursday as his defense team called Vaughn's sister-in-law to testify about a panic attack Vaughn's wife had in the months before she and the couple's children were slain.
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Illinois Court Cases
Illinois Supreme Court
Municipalities 1st Dist.
Jackson v. The Board of Election Commissioners of the City of Chicago , 2012 IL 111928 (September 7, 2012) Cook Co. (KARMEIER) Appellate court reversed.
Illinois Appellate Court
Corporate Tax 1st Dist.
Marriott International v. Hamer , 2012 IL App (1st) 111406 (August 22, 2012) Cook Co., 3d Div. (NEVILLE) Reversed.
Bond 4th Dist.
People v. Devine, 2012 IL App (4th) 101028 (September 6, 2012) McLean Co. (McCULLOUGH) Affirmed in part as modified and vacated in part; remanded with directions.
Fines and Fees 4th Dist.
People v. Blalock, 2012 IL App (4th) 110041 (September 10, 2012) McLean Co. (McCULLOUGH) Affirmed in part as modified, vacated in part, and remanded with directions.
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel 4th Dist.
People v. Brock, 2012 IL App (4th) 100945 (September 7, 2012) Champaign Co. (McCULLOUGH) Affirmed.
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel 2d Dist.
People v. Dean, 2012 IL App (2d) 110505 (September 7, 2012) Lake Co. (JORGENSEN) Affirmed.
Statutory Summary Suspension 3d Dist.
People v. Clements , 2012 IL App (3d) 110213 (September 5, 2012) Whiteside Co. (WRIGHT) Reversed and remanded.
Federal Court Cases
Americans with Disabilities Act
E.E.O.C. v. United Airlines, Inc., No. 11-1774 (September 7, 2012) N.D. Ill., E. Div. Reversed and remanded
Senne v. Village of Palatine, No. 10-3243 (September 6, 2012) N.D. Ill., E. Div. Motion to stay issuance of mandate pending disposition of petition for writ of certiorari denied
Center for Individual Freedom v. Madigan, No. 11-3693 (September 10, 2012) N.D. Ill., E. Div. Affirmed
McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch & Co., No. 11-1957 (September 11, 2012) N.D. Ill., E. Div. Affirmed
Bell v. Chicago Police Chief Keating, No. 11-2408 (September 10, 2012) N.D. Ill., E. Div. Reversed and remanded
Brown v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, No. 11-2508 (September 11, 2012) U.S. Tax Court Affirmed
Doe v. St. Francis School District, No. 12-1039 (September 10, 2012) E.D. Wisc. Affirmed
Filus v. Astrue, No. 12-1164 (September 7, 2012) N.D. Ind., Ft. Wayne Div. Affirmed
U.S. v. Doyle, No. 11-3077 (September 11, 2012) S.D. Ill. Affirmed
Right to Counsel
U.S. v. Williams, Nos. 11-1002 & 11-1012 Cons. (September 11, 2012) N.D. Ill., W. Div. Affirmed
U.S. v. Robinson, No. 12-1391 (September 7, 2012) C.D. Ill Affirmed
Mechanics Lien Act
House Bill 3636
(Burke, D-Evergreen Park; Mulroe, D-Chicago) does three things in response to the LaSalle Bank National Association vs. Cypress Creek opinion. (1) Requires that the owner or interested person’s demand for suit to be commenced or answered within 30 days must contain this language in at least 10-point, boldface type: “Failure to respond to this notice within 30 days after receipt, as required by Section 34 of the Mechanics Lien Act, shall result in the forfeiture of the referenced lien.”
(2) Defines a “lien creditor” as someone who does work or furnishes material under this Act. A lien creditor is preferred over other encumbrances except that previous encumbrances are preferred only to the extent of the value of the land at the time the contract was made for the improvements, and each lien creditor is preferred to the value of all later improvements regardless of whether the lien creditor provided those improvements.
(3) If the sale proceeds are insufficient to satisfy claims of both prior encumbrances and lien creditors, the sale proceeds are to be distributed as follows. (a) Any previous encumbrance has a paramount lien in the portion of the proceeds attributable to the value of the land at the time of making of the contract for improvements. (b) Any lien creditors have a paramount lien in the portion of the proceeds attributable to all later improvements made to the property.
(4) It has an immediate effective date.
House Bill 3636 is in the House awaiting concurrence on Senate Amendment No. 2.
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House Bill 30
(Lang, D-Skokie) allows patients who suffer from a “debilitating medical condition” such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis C to use and possess small amounts of marijuana if approved by their regular physician. This three-year pilot project would make Illinois the 18th state to exempt from prosecution the use of cannabis for medical reasons. The Illinois Department of Public Health would regulate and oversee the program that allows a nonprofit dispensary to sell no more than 2.5 ounces of cannabis for a 14-day period to qualified patients. The number of dispensaries would be limited to no more than one in each of Illinois’ 59 Senate districts. It is in the House awaiting action.
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