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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.