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Foreclosure defense a practice option real estate lawyers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2009
LawPulse
Page 220
Representing foreclosed-on homeowners might be a way for real estate lawyers to pick up slack left by the weak economy.

Freedom of Information Act amended. PA 095-0941

February
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 70
Illinois lawmakers amended section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act to exempt certain data elements from the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry from public inspection and dissemination. 5 ILCS 140/7.

A Freer Hand for Police at Illinois Traffic Stops

By Rob Shumaker
December
2009
Article
Page 624
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court issued decisions that give police more freedom to search and question vehicle occupants at traffic stops.

From Sheepskin to Shingle

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
Article
Page 448
Can you really go straight from law school into solo practice? What are the surest ways to succeed — or stumble?

Get Ready for Illinois’ New Rules of Professional Conduct

By Robert A. Creamer
October
2009
Article
Page 500
The new rules, which take effect January 1, align Illinois legal-ethics regulation with the national norm. Learn about th emajor changes.

Getting Federal Case Filings for Free: Introducing RECAP

By Tom Gaylord
November
2009
Column
Page 584
RECAP, a Firefox extension, provides free access to otherwise pay-per-view federal documents on the PACER system.

GINA prevents discrimination based on genetic information

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438

Good Samaritan Act amended. PA 095-0874

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Good Samaritan Act has been amended by adding Section 30.5 titled "Alternative free medical clinic without physical premises patient notification practice." 745 ILCS 49/30.5.

Green Buildings Act establishes green construction standards for state buildings. PA 096-0073

October
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Green Buildings Act, creating environmental construction and design standards for all new state buildings and major renovation projects. 

Handling sartorial emergencies

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?

How to represent juveniles

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.

How-to advice for rookie associates

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.

Human Rights Act doesn’t bar state, federal claims in circuit court

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
LawPulse
Page 168
Someone who can bring a claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act can nonetheless sue based on federal or common law in state circuit court, the supreme court rules.

If erroneously admitted evidence does not prejudice the defendant, the error does not require reversal

July
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
On April 21, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, on defendant's appeal from the Circuit Court of Winnebago County, affirmed the conviction of defendant, who was convicted of the unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Illinois adopts all hazards campus emergency plan and violence prevention plan

September
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 444
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (agency) adopted the All Hazards Campus Emergency Plan and Violence Prevention Plan, effective on June 5, 2009. 

Illinois adopts new rules governing rehabilitation of juvenile sex offenders

December
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 604
The Sex Offender Management Board adopted new sections regulating the treatment and rehabilitation of convicted juvenile sex offenders.  

Illinois adopts rules implementing loan repayment assistance program for physicians

November
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 552
The Illinois Department of Public Health (the department) recently created new rules implementing the Loan Repayment Assistance for Physicians Act, which establishes an educational loan repayment assistance program for physicians who practice in Illinois. 

Illinois amends standards for foster family homes

October
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services amended its standards for foster family homes.

Illinois Creates Emergency Contact Database

October
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Office of the Secretary of State adopted a new section to rules governing the issuance of drivers’ licenses and permits in the state of Illinois.

Illinois establishes married families domestic violence grants

August
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 392
The Illinois Attorney General established the Married Families Domestic Violence Fund (the Fund) to fund the delivery of free legal advocacy, legal assistance, and legal services to married and formerly married victims of domestic violence by means of grants awarded by the Illinois Attorney General to public or private non-profit service providers. 

Illinois Estate Tax Planning in 2009 and Beyond

By Gary R. Gehlbach and Emily R. Vivian
February
2009
Article
Page 80
Beginning this year, the gap between the Illinois and federal estate tax widens. This article discusses the implications and makes the case for an Illinois QTIP.

Illinois Grain Code updated

April
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The Department of Agriculture updated the state's Grain Code to establish a single system of governmental regulation for the Illinois grain industry. 8 Ill Adm Code 281.

An Illinois Lawyer’s Guide to Community Property

By Inna Pullin
July
2009
Article
Page 360
In our mobile society, lawyers in common-law jurisdictions like Illinois can’t afford to be ignorant of community property basics.

The Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law 20 years later

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2009
LawPulse
Page 64
One of the drafters of the statute describes how it improved the procedure process and what loose ends remain.

Illinois’ new will repository law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.

Illinois outlaws DWT (driving while texting)

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
Effective January 1, drivers aren't allowed to "compose, send, or read an electronic message." Is PA 96-0130 overregulation or overdue?

Illinois provides catastrophic relief payments to hospitals

December
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 604
Illinois' Department of Healthcare and Family Services amended rules to provide for over $40 million in catastrophic relief payments to hospitals for the 2009 fiscal year. 

Illinois Public Aid Code amended. PA 095-1013

May
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 226
Illinois lawmakers added section 5-5.05 to the Illinois Public Aid Code. 305 ILCS 5/5-5.05. Section 5.05 titled "hospitals; psychiatric services" provides that the "per diem rate" to be paid to a hospital for inpatient services as of July 1, 2008, "shall be $363.77." 

The Illinois QTIP Election to the Rescue

By Robert J. Kolasa
December
2009
Article
Page 612
Big news for estate planners - the new Illinois QTIP lets clients use the full federal exclusion without Illinois estate tax consequences.

Illinois Redeploy Program amended PA 095-1050

June
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
Illinois lawmakers amended section 16.1 of the Probation and Probation Officers Act by inserting and deleting language concerning the "Redeploy Illinois Program." 730 ILCS 110/16.1. 

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