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Correspondence from Our Readers

August
2006
Column
Page 394
Nothing beats voir dire for learning about jurors; What is a rule of thumb?

Correspondence from Our Readers

June
2006
Column
Page 274
Settlement conference judges; parents aren't "visitors."

Correspondence from Our Readers

March
2006
Column
Page 106
Court reporting: alive and well

Correspondence from Our Readers

February
2006
Column
Page 58
Juvenile crime - are parents the problem? 

Counties may regulate AM broadcast stations PA 094-728

June
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
In expanding the Counties Code, 55 ILCS 5/1-1001 et seq, the Illinois General Assembly has provided county boards or the "board of county commissioners of any county" with the authority to regulate "AM broadcast towers and facilities," in addition to the facilities of telecommunications carriers. 

Court authorizes cities to ban alcohol sales in strip clubs

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2006
LawPulse
Page 578
The Illinois Supreme Court upholds a Chicago ordinance banning the sale of alcoholic beverages at "gentleman's clubs."

Court Supervision in Traffic Cases: New Strategies for Amended Laws

By Theodore J. Harvatin
April
2006
Article
Page 192
What impact does supervision really have on your clients, especially commercial drivers? Make sure you're up to date.

Courts have new powers regarding children’s health insurance in divorces -PA 094-0923

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
Recently, the Illinois General Assembly amended section 505.2 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in by adding paragraph (2.5) to subsection (c) in order to ensure health insurance is provided for children of divorce in an equitable manner. 750 ILCS 5/505.2(c)(2.5).

Courts should not overweigh lone medical opinions in benefits cases

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
On September 15, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, which had affirmed the decision of the Murphysboro Firefighters Pension Board of Trustees (Board) denying the plaintiff duty-disability pension benefits

Criminal-acts exclusion bars insurance recovery to DUI driver

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2006
LawPulse
Page 110
The court said a lesser traffic offense wouldn't trigger the auto-gap-policy exclusion. But will the ruling's logic be applied to other insurance policies with similar language? 

Cross-examination and impeachment techniques for DUI defense attorneys

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2006
LawPulse
Page 642
You can gather plenty of evidence even without the benefit of discovery, a pair of leading DUI defense attorneys say.

Cross-Examination: Beyond the Perry Mason Moment

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2006
Article
Page 654
Though you shouldn't count on a surprise case-winning confession, there's a lot you can do to improve your performance on cross.

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.

Danger lurks in p.i. confidentiality clauses

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2006
LawPulse
Page 110
A recent case – involving none other than Dennis Rodman – holds that plaintiffs must pay tax on the portion of a settlement award deemed payment to a p.i. client for his or her silence.

Default procedures updated for the Illinois Human Rights Act

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (Department) has incorporated a new section into Part 2300 of Title 71, 71 Ill Adm Code 2300.

Defendants have high bar to overcome plaintiff’s choice of venue

May
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
On March 2, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the fifth district appellate court, denying the defendants' motion to transfer venue from St. Clair County to Clinton County.

The definition of substantial services clarified as pertains to rehabilitation cases

January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Part 595 of Title 89, 89 Ill Adm Code 595, has been amended by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The amendment provides additional information on substantial services. 

Department of Corrections to evaluate and treat sex offenders PA 094-0706

May
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
Section 19 of the Sex Offender Management Board Act, 20 ILCS 4026/19

Disaster leave policies amended

October
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 526
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (Department) has amended part 303 of title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 303. 

Discovery rules changed for appeals of property assessments of over $1 million

December
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 650
The Property Tax Appeal Board (Board) has added section 1910.79 and amended section 1910.95 of 86 Ill Adm Code 1910, effective September 29, 2006, in order to "streamline and expedite the appeal process" for appeals on property assessments of $1 million or more.

Dismissal for Lack of Diligence in Serving Process: The Failure of Rule 103(b)

By Chester A. Lizak
July
2006
Article
Page 372
The rule should not allow dismissal of the plaintiff's case if he or she serves the defendant before the statute of limitations has run, this author says.

DNA sampling does not violate the Constitution

June
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
On March 23, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, holding that evidence admitted against the defendant at trial was properly admitted and that section 5-4-3 of the Unified Code of Corrections, which requires convicted felons to submit DNA samples to the police, does not violate the United States Constitution. 

Do We Blawg and How?

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

Does attorney-client privilege shield a witness’ contemporaneous personal notes?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2006
LawPulse
Page 518
Probably not, according to the second district's reasoning in a recent case. 

Does Your Client Qualify for a Charitable Property Tax Exemption?

By Karyn R. Vanderwarren
January
2006
Article
Page 40
Whether you're counsel or a board member, you can help your charity try to qualify for an exemption and put the dollars you save to charitable use.

Driver’s licenses of child welfare employees must be verified -PA 094-0943

November
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 584
In order to ensure the safety of children being transported by a "direct child welfare service employee," the Illinois General Assembly amended section 5c of the Child and Family Services Act. 20 ILCS 505/5c. 

The Duty to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence Discovered After Trial

By Brendan Max
March
2006
Article
Page 138
The author argues that such a duty exists based on the U.S. Supreme Court's Brady case and Illinois discovery and ethics rules

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.

Easterbrook strikes motions to strike

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2006
LawPulse
Page 578
Federal district court judges agree that arguing in response to your opponent's brief is almost always better than moving to strike something from it.

Eavesdropping statute applies only where all parties intend private communication

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
On June 23, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding transcriptions of instant message communications were not obtained in violation of Illinois' eavesdropping statute.

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