Attorney General issues opinionsBy Lynn PattonJune 2004Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2002)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to give written legal opinions to State officers and State's Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
Case law updateBy Lee Ann SchoeffelSeptember 2004Arvia v. Madigan, No. 95590 (April 15, 2004). Although facial challenge to "zero tolerance law" (625 ILCS 5/11-501.8 (West 2000)) does not require exhaustion of administrative remedies and is not waived by failure to file administrative review of decision by the Secretary of State to deny motion to rescind summary suspension of plaintiff's driver's license, trial court erred when it held that law violates due process and equal protection.
Case law updateBy Lee Ann SchoeffelJune 2004Clark v. White, 343 Ill. App. 3d 689 (4th District, September 25, 2003). Hearing officer's decision to deny applicant a restricted driving permit is against the manifest weight of the evidence because applicant proved by clear and convincing evidence both that lack of driving privileges caused him an undue hardship, requiring that either he miss work or that his wife turn down overtime pay in order to transport him to work, and that he had resolved his alcohol problem.
In-sitesBy Kelly WingardMarch 2004Now that the last remnants of Christmas have been packed away and hauled to the attic, it is time to pull out the calculator, W-2s, and receipts in preparation for the 2003 tax-filing season.
Legislative updateBy Lynn Patton & Cynthia I. ErvinNovember 2004The 93rd General Assembly adjourned its spring session on July 24, 2004, following an overtime session that lasted for weeks to pass a State budget.
Legislative updateJune 2004The Illinois General Assembly has introduced numerous bills to be reviewed this spring.
News you can useMarch 2004Many government lawyers face a common challenge: struggling to pay off large law school loans while earning low wages.
A short course on guardianship appointment and serviceBy James B. Moses, Jr.March 2004Editors' Note: This article is the second in what is hoped to be a series of articles written by government lawyers with expertise in an area of law in which family and friends often pose questions.
Someone you should know: Edwin R. ParkinsonBy Kelly WingardJune 2004Ed Parkinson is someone you should know. The affable Irishman with smiling eyes and a "never-known-a-stranger" personality, is also a no-nonsense prosecutor with an appetite for death penalty cases.
Someone you should know: Raquel “Rocky” MartinezBy Bryant GomezMarch 2004When Raquel "Rocky" Martinez approached her high school counselor to discuss her plan to pursue a legal career, she did not expect to receive such a discouraging response.