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Living in a two story house

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2005
LawPulse
Page 382
Can parties be "separate and apart" for purposes of filing for divorce while still living under the same roof?

LLC Potpourri

By Lin Hanson
December
2005
Column
Page 646
Series LLCs are a valuable tool, but they're expensive. here are some money-saving tips.

Loan program application procedures established for brownfields site restoration program

January
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Department) recently adopted 35 Ill Adm Code 1740. Effective October 21, 2004, the purpose of the new part is to establish the application procedure and reimbursement requirements for the Brownfields Site Restoration Program

Longer hazardous waste accumulation allowed for members of NEPTP

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
In order to reflect changes in the federal hazardous waste program allowing greater waste accumulation time for members of the National Environmental Performance Track Program .

Losing streak

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2005
LawPulse
Page 226
Compulsive gambling is like other pathological behavior that leads lawyers astray, with a big difference – it's not treated as a mitigating factor by the ARDC.

Maintenance proceedings revised in IMDMA - PA 094-0089

September
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 446
Effective January 1, 2006, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (Act) (750 ILCS 5/101 et seq) is revised to provide that "any maintenance obligation, including any unallocated maintenance and child support obligation, or any portion of any support obligation.

Making settlement appealing

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2005
LawPulse
Page 62
On appeal, opponents rarely meet face to face and thus have little opportunity to explore settlement. A new program seeks to make settling easier at the appellate level.

Mandatory minimum sentence increased for domestic battery - PA 093-0809

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
Effective on January 1, 2005, in addition to any other sentencing alternatives for a second or subsequent conviction for domestic battery, an individual will be automatically sentenced to a minimum of 72 consecutive hours in prison.

Maximizing Punitive Damages after BMW and State Farm: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide

By Peter S. Stamatis and Alexander T. Muhtaris
March
2005
Article
Page 112
Despite rumors to the contrary, the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled punitive damages unconstitutional. Here's how to make the most of your cases.

Maximum hourly amount for attorney’s fees increased for contested unemployment insurance matters

April
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently amended 56 Ill Adm Code 2720.20. These changes became effective on January 24, 2005.

MCLE: Ready or Not, Here it Comes

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2005
Article
Page 626
A lawyer's-eye view of the new MCLE rules.

Mediation of Financial Issues – Proceed with Caution

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2005
Column
Page 538
Financial mediators, more than custody mediators, must know the fine points of the law.

Medical Malpractice and the Tort System in Illinois

By Neil Vidmar
July
2005
Article
Page 340
According to an ISBA-commissioned report, the increase in doctors' liability insurance premiums apparently has not been caused by runaway juries.

Mercury-Containing Equipment added to Universal Waste Category

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
The Illinois Pollution Control Board has amended Part 733 of Title 35, 35 Ill Adm Code 733, effective April 13, 2005.

More individuals protected from potential harassment by criminal defendants PA 093-0818

January
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Criminal Code has been amended to protect additional individuals from harassment when they are or were expected to testify in a legal proceeding. 

More protection for children under the age of 9 years - PA 094-0011

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
On June 8, 2005, the Children's Product Safety Act ("Act") is amended by raising the age of children protected under the Act from under the age of 6 years, to any child under the age of 9 years. 

More than the Blues

By Karen Erger
August
2005
Column
Page 422
Know a lawyer who suffers from depression? Here's how to help.  

Mortgage Escrow Account Act expands “mortgage lenders” and notice requirements - PA 094-0050

September
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 446
On June 17, 2005, the Mortgage Escrow Account Act (Act) (765 ILCS 910/1 et seq) was modified from its original form so as to broaden the scope of "mortgage lender" to include savings banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, and one who services the loan.

Motions to dismiss will be treated the same, as long as there’s no prejudice to the plaintiff

April
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
On January 31, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed in part and reversed in part the Circuit Court of Cook County's decision granting the defendants' Code of Civil Procedure section 2-619(a)(9) motion to dismiss the complaint.

A moving experience

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2005
LawPulse
Page 382
Did you know you can schedule your opponent's motion for hearing if he doesn't?

New Act seeks to address public health crisis regarding suicides—PA 093-0907

April
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
On August 11, 2004, Illinois adopted the Suicide Prevention, Education, and Treatment Act in an effort to address this crucial public health concern, which ranks tenth among causes of death nationally. 

The New Bankruptcy Law: A Consumer Lawyer’s Guide

By James J. Haller and William A. Mueller
September
2005
Article
Page 454
The new act takes effect next month: here are the most important changes to Chapters 7 and 13.

New endorsements for transportation of hazardous materials

October
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 506
Effective July 28, 2005, the Secretary of State has added a new section to Part 1030 of Title 92, 92 Ill Adm Code 1030.

New exemptions from mandatory registration requirement for unemployment insurance applicants

April
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
The Illinois Department of Employment Security has amended 56 Ill Adm Code 2865. 

New grant program seeks an increase in students entering high technology fields

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
Effective on March 22, 2005, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity adopted 14 Ill Adm Code 110.

New grievance procedure under Americans with Disabilities Act

July
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The Illinois State Board of Education (Board) recently added Part 1300 of Title 4 (4 Ill Adm Code 1300), effective April 25, 2005.

New guidelines for adult entertainment facilities PA 093-1056

March
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Effective November 23, 2004, the Counties Code (55 ILCS 5) was amended by changing section 5-1097.5 to prohibit adult entertainment facilities from locating within 3,000 feet of the property boundaries of any school, day care center, cemetery, public park, forest preserve, public housing, and place of religious worship.

New health requirements for indoor physical fitness facilities

December
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 622
Pursuant to the Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act, the Department of Public health has added Part 527 to Title 77 (77 Ill Adm Code 527). 

The New Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act

By Nancy Ford
May
2005
Article
Page 240
In Illinois, a recently enacted statute governs would-be parents' contracts with surrogate mothers. Here's a look at what the new law does and doesn't do.

New IPI instructions are free on the Web

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2005
LawPulse
Page 162
Sign up with the supreme court to get notice every time a new IPI instruction is made available.

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