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SURS competitive bidding thresholds and election procedures

November
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 524
The State Universities Retirement System ("SURS") has adopted two amendments to the Part titled "Universities Retirement."

Tax collection to improve county roads

October
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 472
From now until August 1, 2024, road districts, consolidated or otherwise, may accumulate no more than 50% of the taxes collected from a subdivision in order to improve nondedicated roads that are in the subdivision from and for which the taxes were collected.

Tax Penalties and ‘Dependents’ Under the Affordable Care Act

By Alice E. Keane
August
2014
Article
Page 398
You must buy adequate health insurance for dependents under the Affordable Care Act or pay a penalty. But who is a "dependent"? A broader range of people than you might think.

Tax Resources from the Illinois Department of Revenue

By Tom Gaylord
May
2014
Column
Page 246
Tax season is over, but the IDOR website is a year-round resource.

Temporary employee injured in office parking lot sustained injuries in the course of and arising out of her employment

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On November 14, 2013, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District held that a temporary employee who is assigned a parking space in a parking lot designated for employees, and is then injured in that parking lot on her way to work, has sustained injuries that arose in the course of and out of her employment.

Time-limited settlement offer does not moot class representative’s claims

October
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 472
On August 12, 2014, the Second District Appellate Court held that a time-limited offer to tender settlement failed to moot a putative class representative's individual claims.

The Tipping Point: The End of Automatic Gratuities?

By Brian Roth
May
2014
Article
Page 230
Many restaurants impose a set gratuity on large groups to make sure servers get their fair share. But a new IRS ruling classifies automatic gratuities as service charges, not tips.

Tort legislation medley

By Matthew Hector
October
2014
LawPulse
Page 466
The governor recently signed laws affecting UI/UIM arbitration, statutes of limitations for disabled plaintiffs, and service of process in gated communities.

Travels with the ISBA Umbrella

By Paula H. Holderman
January
2014
Column
Page 8
Large bar, small bar - we all need each other.

Unionized college football - is a Wildcat strike on the way?

By Janan Hanna
June
2014
LawPulse
Page 266
What might the NLRB ruling in favor of Northwestern football players seeking to unionize mean for the players - and for collegiate sports? Lawyers for labor and management opine.

Unpaid future compensation under an employment contract is not recoverable under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act

February
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
On November 22, 2013, the Illinois First District Appellate Court held that unpaid future wages do not constitute "final compensation" recoverable by an employee under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (the "Act"), 820 ILCS 115/1 et seq. (West 2006).

Unstructuring Structured Settlements

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2014
Column
Page 248
Some companies and plaintiffs want to revert structured settlements to lump sums, and judges have the final say.

Urban flooding studies and reports must be completed by June 2015

October
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 472
As provided by the Urban Flooding Awareness Act, by June 30, 2015, the Department of Natural Resources must submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly regarding flooding in urban areas.

The U.S. Supreme Court Says ‘No’ to Cell-Phone Searches Incident to Arrest

By David J. Robinson
September
2014
Article
Page 438
The Riley court established a rare bright-line rule under the Fourth Amendment when it declared that data searches of cell phones - regardless of type - are unlawful incident to arrest.

Using a Police Report to Help Prove Your Civil Case

By James P. Looby
August
2014
Article
Page 390
Under the right circumstances, you can help prove or defend your civil case by using the investigating police officer's report as a past recollection recorded.

Waiver of personal jurisdiction by appearance does not apply retroactively

June
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 272
On March 20, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court held that waiver of personal jurisdiction by appearance does not apply retroactively to orders entered before the appearance, resolving a conflict in the appellate courts.

Want More Clients? Start Blogging

By Mark S. Mathewson
May
2014
Column
Page 250
Blogging drives prospective clients through social media to your website.

What next for eavesdropping law in Illinois?

By Janan Hanna
May
2014
LawPulse
Page 214
The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the law that criminalized recording of conversations without all parties' consent. What will replace it, and when?

What’s New in Traffic Law for 2014

By Larry A. Davis and Thomas C. Speedie
November
2014
Article
Page 532
Are you a lawyer who represents drivers, or maybe one who gets behind the wheel from time to time? Here are nine important traffic law developments.

When caregivers take

By Janan Hanna
August
2014
LawPulse
Page 366
A bill awaiting the governor's signature would protect seniors from being taken advantage of by a caregiver or court-appointed guardian.

When Criminal Evidence Goes Missing

By Colby G. Hathaway
October
2014
Article
Page 490
What happens when police destroy evidence or prosecutors don't disclose it? This article explains when defendants can claim due process violations and seek discovery sanctions.

When Home Is Not So Sweet: Suing for Defective Residences

By James W. Springer
November
2014
Article
Page 546
What options are available to someone who buys a defective home? Here's an overview of various Illinois statutes and common law causes of action for disappointed home buyers.

Where There’s a Will, There’s an Ethical Duty

By Bailey E. Cunningham
July
2014
Column
Page 350
Storing your client's will? Understand the ethical obligations.

Who Pays for Unallocated College Expenses After Divorce?

By Roman J. Seckel
January
2014
Article
Page 28
What happens when a child of divorce's college tuition bill comes due and the parties didn't specify who pays? The language in the divorce decree can make all the difference.

Workplace Social Media Policies That Work

By Angela S. McQuage
January
2014
Article
Page 32
Employers understandably want to create policies limiting employees' social media posts about company business. But the NLRA imposes some surprising limits.

The Year Ahead

By Richard D. Felice
July
2014
Column
Page 312
The plans and priorities of ISBA's new president.

The Year in Review

By Paula H. Holderman
June
2014
Column
Page 264
A look at the projects, programs, and many accomplishments that made up the 2013-14 bar year.

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