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Illinois insurance laws do not apply to certain religious organizations. PA 097-0705 and PA 097-0707

September
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/4) to read that Illinois insurance laws do not apply to arrangements between religious organizations and their participants when 12 criteria are met.

Illinois Rule of Evidence 703: The Expert’s Way to Avoid the Hearsay Rule

By Justin D. Scheid
May
2012
Article
Page 260
New Rule 703 permits an expert witness to base an opinion on inadmissible facts if they are reasonably relied on by experts in the field.

Illinois veterans homes open to Gold Star family members. PA 097-0302

July
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 352
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Department of Veterans Affairs Act to provide care and services for Gold Star family members (20 ILCS 2805/2.02a).

Immigration Law for Illinois Attorneys

By Tom Gaylord
January
2012
Column
Page 54
Here's where to find basic immigration law information.

Implementation of effluent standards in certain recreation waters

May
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 240
The Illinois Environmental Protection Act (415 ILCS 5/13 and 27) authorizes the adoption of regulations to promote the purposes of the Environmental Protection Act, including but not limited to regulations as required by circumstances for different contaminant sources and different geographical areas and special provisions for alert and abatement standards for occurrences of pollution constituting an acute danger to health.

Implementation of Emergency Medical Services Act

January
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Emergency Medical Services ("EMS") and Trauma Center Code ("code") were recently revised as authorized by section 210 of the EMS Systems Act ("act") [210 ILCS 50/1].

Implementation of Health Care Data Collection and Submission Code

August
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
The Health Care Data Collection and Submission Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 1010), pursuant to the Health Finance Reform Act (20 ILCS 2215) and sections 2310-33 and 2310-57 of the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (20 ILCS 2310-33 and 20 ILCS 2310-57), requires hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers ("ASTC") to periodically submit certain types of medical service and patient data to the Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH").

Implementation of new procedures for the Internet Voters’ Guide

February
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 76
The State Board of Elections established new procedures to be used by the board to publish the Internet Voters Guide as provided by Article 12A of the Election Code [10 ILCS 5/12A]. 26 Ill Adm Code 207.

Implementation of the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Establishment Code

November
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 580
The Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act (the "Act") provides for the operation of assisted living and shared housing establishments based on a residential model intended to promote independence, autonomy, privacy and dignity of its residents, as well as greater family and community involvement. 210 ILCS 9/5.

Implementation of the Farmer’s Market Technology Improvement Program

March
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 132
The Department of Human Services ("Department") recently enacted a new rule under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to implement the Farmers' Market Technology Improvement Program. 89 Ill Adm Code 121.117.

Implementation of the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act

October
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 520
The Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (765 ILCS 1025) regulates and establishes parameters for the disposition of abandoned and unclaimed property.

Implementation of the Video Gaming Act

April
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 184
The Video Gaming Act (230 ILCS 40/1) authorizes installation of video gaming terminals used for wagering purposes in various categories of licensed locations and provides for the distribution of specified percentages of video gaming revenues to State and local governments.

Increased income allowance of exemption for Illinois individual taxpayers. PA 097-0652

March
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 132
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Income Tax Code to increase the basic amount that is used to calculate an individual taxpayer's allowed exemption amount (35 ILCS 5/204, 5/212).

The Institute of Business Laws tries to make Illinois business-friendlier

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2012
LawPulse
Page 458
The volunteer Institute promotes business-friendly legislation, including a new act that lets the secretary of state dissolve partnerships and makes other small but helpful changes to business laws.

Insurable interest in building remains after demolition contract is signed

December
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 632
On September 28, 2012, the first district appellate court held that an insured who owned and had entered into a demolition contract for a building, but had not yet begun to demolish the building, had an insurable interest in the building when it was damaged in a fire.

Insurance companies and P-I plaintiffs will share recoveries if governor signs bill

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2012
LawPulse
Page 398
HB 5823 would require insurance companies to proportionally share plaintiffs' recoveries in personal injury lawsuits.

Insurance coverage for tobacco use cessation programs. PA 097-0592

June
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
The Illinois Insurance Code has been amended to require insurance companies to offer coverage for tobacco use cessation programs subject to certain exceptions.

Insurer’s substantial prejudice claim is negated by judgment-proof tortfeasor

September
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
On June 27, 2012, the second district appellate court held as a matter of law that an automobile insurer cannot refuse to pay underinsured motorist ("UIM") coverage to its insured on the grounds that the insured violated a cooperation clause by settling with a judgment-proof tortfeasor.

Is a family-law overhaul on the way?

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2012
LawPulse
Page 458
No more grounds for divorce? Divorce judgments within 90 days or else? These are just two of the family-law reforms proposed by a bipartisan legislative study group.

Is the Real Estate Lawyer an Endangered Species?

By Joseph R. Fortunato
October
2012
Column
Page 556
A recent title insurance case illustrates how much things have changed.

The ISBA Annual Meeting hits the road.

June
2012
Column
Page 326
From the archives

The ISBA at the Illinois State Fair

August
2012
Column
Page 397
From the archives

ISBA Celebrities from 1912.

September
2012
Column
Page 491
From the archives

ISBA Goes to Cuba

By John G. Locallo
February
2012
Column
Page 68
An ISBA delegation meets with Cuban judges and lawyers.

ISBA leaders, legal luminaries, and IBJ history.

October
2012
Column
Page 554
From the archives

It’s All About Meeting Legal Needs

By John E. Thies
July
2012
Column
Page 344
ISBA's new president previews his year.

Joint parenting agreement allows mother to remove children to California

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2012
LawPulse
Page 574
The Illinois Supreme Court held that a divorced mother could remove her children to California over the ex-husband's objection because their joint parenting agreement expressly allowed it.

The Journey to Evidence-Based Practices in Illinois Probation

By Cynthia Y. Cobbs and Michael J. Tardy
March
2012
Article
Page 154
An overview of the history, structure, and evolutionary changes in the Illinois adult and juvenile probation system.

The Joy of Being Disregarded

By Lin Hanson
September
2012
Column
Page 500
Should your client be a "disregarded entity" for tax purposes?

Jurors may question witnesses under new supreme court rule

By Adam W. Lasker
June
2012
LawPulse
Page 286
Starting next month, jurors will be permitted to submit written questions for witnesses to the court for consideration. Proponents say it will help jurors understand the case and stay engaged.

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