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Correspondence from Our Readers

June
2005
Column
Page 270
An Impartial Look at Tort Reform?

Correspondence from Our Readers

May
2005
Column
Page 222
Nonprofits' billing practices; bankruptcy lawyers and divorce.

Correspondence from Our Readers

April
2005
Column
Page 158
Pro bono – the system must be fair.

Correspondence from Our Readers

March
2005
Column
Page 106
Search and Seizure and the Illinois Constitution 

Correspondence from Our Readers

February
2005
Column
Page 58
QDROs and Social Security numbers

Crawford, Breathalyzer Tests, and the Public-Records Hearsay Exception

By Hon. William J. Haddad
August
2005
Article
Page 412
May breathalyzer logbook entries still be introduced in Illinois under the public-records exception?

Crawford v Washington and the Limits on Admitting Hearsay in Criminal Trials

By John H. Gleason
August
2005
Article
Page 408
Crawford limits a judge's discretion to admit hearsay against criminal defendants. Here's a discussion of the case's impact and 
unanswered questions.

Criminal records relating to certain offenses may be sealed PA 093-1084

May
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
The State has authorized the sealing of certain criminal records of adults and of minors who were prosecuted as adults

Custodian requirements of Juvenile Court Act of 1987 amended PA 094-0604

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
On August 16, 2005, section 2-10 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/1-1 et seq) was modified to provide for more precise standards of conduct in instances where the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is appointed as the temporary custodian of a minor.

The Dangers of Successor Liability When buying Illinois Business Assets

By Raymond P. Kolak
December
2005
Article
Page 640
Buying the assets, rather than the stock, of a business does not always protect the buyer from the seller's liabilities.

Day care centers must notify parents when pesticides applied

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has amended 89 Ill Adm Code 407. 

Deadline Extensions in Federal Court: The Procrastinator’s Guide

By Neil Dishman
July
2005
Article
Page 354
You just blew a crucial deadline – will the judge grant you more time? This explains which excuses work best.

Defense counsel must strictly comply with requirements of SCR 604(d) motion

April
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
On February 15, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, reversed and remanded the Circuit Court of Kane County's decision rejecting the defendant's Supreme Court Rule 604(d) motion.

Department of Public Health will provide free flu vaccinations PA 093-0943

March
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Effective January 1, 2005, the Department of Public Health (Department) shall establish and administer a program under which any eligible individual shall, upon the eligible individual's request, receive an influenza vaccination once each year at no cost to that eligible individual. 

Disappointed Would-Be Legatees: Who Has Standing to Contest a Will?

By Ray J. Koenig and Adam S. Kornblatt
June
2005
Article
Page 294
Suppose your client was left out of a will — can he contest it? This article discusses the legal landscape.

Disclosure of Government Documents: The Deliberative-Process Exemption

By Paul N. Keller
March
2005
Article
Page 140
Documents considered by a public body in formulating policy decisions are often exempt from disclosure under federal and state law.

Don’t Let the Open-and-Obvious “Distraction” Exception Swallow the Rule

By Beth C. Boggs and Douglas B. Keane
November
2005
Article
Page 578
The authors argue that some courts have unwisely expanded the"distraction"exception to the rule barring recovery for injury causedby an open and obvious danger.

E-filing comes to DuPage County

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2005
LawPulse
Page 8
Electronic filing has come to one Illinois circuit court. Can the rest be far behind?

An E-Minder

By Karen Erger
June
2005
Column
Page 316
Would you want to read that e-mail in the newspaper? Think before you send.

Electronic signature for class attendance verification allowed

July
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) recently amended Title 23, Part 1501, of the Illinois Administrative Code (23 Ill Adm Code 1501). 

Employee misconduct reporting requirement removed by Department of Children and Family Services

September
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 446
Effective June 8, 2005, Part 434 of Title 89 was amended to remove reporting requirements and to implement administrative changes regarding audits and cost reports.

Employees required to report misappropriation of residents’ property in nursing homes - PA 094-0026

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
Effective January 1, 2006, the Nursing Home Care Act ("Act") is amended by adding new section 1-116.5 and altering section 3-610. 

Employers to file quarterly tax returns for deductions and withholdings

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
The Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) recently amended Part 100 of Title 86, effective August 15, 2005.

Equitable remedy is proper when a legal remedy will not adequately compensate the harmed party

May
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
On March 1, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, affirmed the Circuit Court of Madison County's decision granting the plaintiff a preliminary injunction which required the defendant to honor a covenant not to compete indefinitely. 

Extended coverage in the Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled Program

March
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
The Illinois Department of Human Services recently amended Part 113 of Title 89 of the Illinois Administrative Code, 89 Ill Adm Code 113.

Failure to argue self-defense as part of litigation strategy does not constitute ineffective assistance of counsel

May
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
On March 8, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Champaign County, convicting the defendants on counts of aggravated battery, resisting a police officer, and obstructing a police officer.

Failure to register under Supreme Court Rule 721(c) does not amount to the unauthorized practice of law

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
On March 24, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the orders of both the appellate and circuit courts, which vacated an attorney fees award. 

Family Law: A Crucible for Change

By Robert K. Downs
September
2005
Column
Page 436
If we want to improve the image of our profession, let's improve the practice of family law.

A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Bankruptcy

By Peter C. Alexander
February
2005
Article
Page 80
Divorce and financial distress often go hand in hand. Here's a bankruptcy primer for matrimonial lawyers.

Fee arrangements made prior to a client’s death will remain in tact, absent proof of intent to change the fee arrangement

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
On March 18, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the Circuit Court of Cook County's decision denying a motion for declaratory judgment by the defendants. 

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