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Criminal Code creates “grooming” and “traveling to meet a minor” offenses. PA 095-0901

November
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 554
Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to include two new related offenses: "grooming" and "traveling to meet a minor." 720 ILCS 5/11-25, 11-26. 

Playing with PreCYdent: The move toward Free Online Primary Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2008
Column
Page 588
Two Web sites are bringing free cases and more to the public

Unlawful Use of Encryption offense created. PA 095-0942

November
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 554
The Criminal Code of 1961 has been amended by adding section 16D-5.5 "[u]nlawful use of encryption," which prohibits the use of encryption to commit or assist in committing a criminal offense. 720 ILCS 5/16D-5.5. 

Criminal Code of 1961 amended. PA 095-0849

October
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 504
Effective January 1, 2009, the Criminal Code of 1961 is revised by adding a Cyber-bullying Law which provides penalties for harassment through electronic communication mediums. 720 ILCS 5/12-7.5. 

How not to do e-filing

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2008
LawPulse
Page 334
The supreme court recently announced its intention to implement statewide e-filing in the next several years. Critics say the federal northern district of Illinois, which requires filing both paper and electronic copies, offers an example of what not to do.

Authentication and Identification of E-Mail Evidence

By Hon. William J. Haddad
May
2008
Article
Page 252
Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to show that e-mail really came from the purported sender.

Keeping up with the Bloggers

By Tom Gaylord
May
2008
Column
Page 264
Use these tools to find and stay up with blawgs.

Helpful Resources from the Illinois Courts

By Tom Gaylord
March
2008
Column
Page 160
Every Illinois lawyer should visit the Web site of the Illinois courts.

Internet Caller Identification Act created. PA 095-0413

March
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
An Internet Caller Identification Act has been created. 815 ILCS 517/1 et seq. Section 5 of the new act defines "caller identification" as a "display of the caller's telephone number or identity to the recipient of the call." 

Are e-mail disclaimers really necessary?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2008
LawPulse
Page 66
They really are, some lawyers say. In fact, you should put them at the beginning, not the end, of your messages, other lawyers say.

Illinois Supreme Court oral arguments go online

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2008
LawPulse
Page 10
The court is making video and audio of oral arguments available on the Web. 

Ready Reference for the Occasional Question

By Tom Gaylord
January
2008
Column
Page 52
Here’s a grab bag of miscellaneous and – mostly – free research sites.

Three flavors of federal e-filing

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2007
LawPulse
Page 622
Effective last month, all three federal district courts accept electronically filed complaints – but each has different procedures.

Using “My Legislation” to Keep Up to Date

By Tom Gaylord
November
2007
Column
Page 608
The General Assembly Web site's free "My Legislation" feature lets you stay abreast of new public acts.

Illinois Administrative Agency Publications Online

By Tom Gaylord
September
2007
Column
Page 494
There's a wealth of information if you know where to look.

Beyond the Regs: Illinois Administrative Law Online

By Tom Gaylord
July
2007
Column
Page 382
A look at state agency Web sites that offer the agency's administrative decisions and more.

“Sliding scale” approach rejected in contacts analysis of interactive Web site

July
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
On April 24, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of St. Clair County dismissing the plaintiff's personal injury action for lack of personal jurisdiction. 

Pleading guilty online

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2007
LawPulse
Page 230
New supreme court standards allow defendants in small traffic cases to plead guilty and pay up without a trip to the courthouse.

Illinois Courts on the Web

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2007
Cover Story
Page 180
What information and services are Illinois-based courts providing via the Web? What isn't there that should be? Here's a review.

E-Discovery in Illinois Civil Actions

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2007
Column
Page 150
Wholesale adoption of federal discovery rules by Illinois State courts may be unwise.

Finding Illinois Municipal Ordinances Online

By Tom Gaylord
March
2007
Column
Page 156
They can be hard to come by online - here's where to find them.

E-Mail and the Open Meetings Act

By John H. Brechin
December
2006
Article
Page 666
Beginning in January, members of public bodies can attend by "electronic means" under some circumstances.or opines.

Legal Research and the Threat of the Available

By Thomas Keefe
November
2006
Column
Page 618
Is print research disappearing in the age of Google?

Free Online Research from Fastcase

By Irene F. Bahr
September
2006
Column
Page 456
This exciting benefit more than repays your dues investment.

Federal Government Info on the Web

By Thomas Keefe
July
2006
Column
Page 382
Much of the primary federal law once available only for a fee is now free on the Web.

Blogging and legal ethics

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2006
LawPulse
Page 222
Go forth and blog, experts say, but not without educating yourself about relevant ethical issues. 

Do We Blawg and How?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2006
Cover Story
Page 236
Blogs are sprouting like mushrooms these days, it seems. Why do lawyers blog? Should you join them?

Internet Legal Portals

By Thomas Keefe
May
2006
Column
Page 264
A look at some leading one-stop-shopping centers of legal research. 

What Search Engines Can - and Can’t - Do for You

By Thomas Keefe
March
2006
Column
Page 152
Internet search engines are important research tools, but take care to learn their limitations.

Da Rules is Da Rules

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2006
LawPulse
Page 10
Here's why you need to know and follow local court rules - and where to find them on the Web.

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