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The incredible shrinking junk-fax case By Matthew Hector September 2016 LawPulse, Page 12 In Holtzman II, the seventh circuit ruled that a lawyer who owed up to $4.2 million for sending 8,430 "junk" faxes would only have to pay recipients who actually claimed their $500 award.
Enhanced remedies for victims of autodialers December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 Residential telephone subscribers who receive a call from an autodialer in violation of the Automatic Telephone Dialers Act, which includes receiving such a call between the hours of 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., will now be able to bring an action for statutory damages.
Aggravated device use now a crime November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to create new charges of "aggravated device use" for the illegal use of video devices, electronic communication devices, and wireless phones while driving.
New restrictions and stronger penalties for using hand-held electronic devices while driving November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 Section 12-610.2 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, which used to only prohibit the composing, sending, and receiving of electronic messages while driving, will soon prohibit any use of an "electronic communications devise" while driving. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2.
Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 LawPulse, Page 498 Effective January 1, Illinois drivers can't legally hold cellphones to their ears and talk. But lawyers and others who have the right technology can still communicate while on the road.
Liquidated damages of $500 per Telephone Consumer Protection Act violation not punitive, and thus insurer must pay August 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 392 On May 23, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 ("TCPA"), 47 U.S.C. section 227(b)(3) (2006), was a remedial statute, not a punitive statute.
Creation of quality requirements for telecommunications carriers providing wholesale service November 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 The Illinois Commerce Commission recently adopted 83 Ill Adm Code 731. 
Prepaid calling services now subject to regulation under Public Utilities Act P.A. 093-1002 November 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 Effective January 1, 2005, prepaid calling service providers must be certified by the state in order to protect against fraud. 
Regulations in Place to Implement Restricted Call Registry June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has adopted regulations to implement the provisions of the Restricted Call Registry Act.
Amendments Adopted Regarding Telecommunications Access to Persons with Disabilities March 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Illinois Commerce Commission recently adopted amendments to 83 Ill. Adm. Code 755. 
Mediation procedures for telephone customers implemented March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On January 1, 2003, the Illinois Commerce Commission (commission) adopted new rules relating to the administration and implementation of its mediation program for solving the disputes of telephone customers in title 83 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Legislation designed to curb telephone solicitation calls at home P. A. 92-0795 October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On August 9, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1830, which creates the Restricted Call Registry Act.
Legislation rewrites telecommunications laws; P.A. 92-022 September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 In late June, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2900, which re-writes the Telecommunications Article of the Public Utilities Act.
Long-Distance Doctors: The Crossroads of Telemedicine Licensure in Illinois By Erin K. Grunzke July 2001 Article, Page 362 This author, on the other hand, favors state licensure in Illinois over a national approach.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 1999 Column, Page 10 ADA plaintiffs must be accommodating.
Offense of Harassment Through Electronic Communication—PA 90-578 November 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 596 Public Act 90-578 adds the offense of harassment through electronic communication to the Obscene Phone Call Act.