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The New and Improved Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act

By P. André Katz and Erin B. Bodendorfer
November
2015
Article
Page 30
The rewrite of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, effective January 1, fundamentally changes family law practice. Here's a summary of key provisions.

New blood alcohol testing procedures

October
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The new rulemaking amends blood alcohol testing procedures and requirements for the Department of State Police. 20 Ill. Adm. Code (eff. July 29, 2015).

New breath alcohol ignition interlock device requirements for two-time DUI offenders

August
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On May 26, 2015, a bill amending the Illinois Vehicle Code ("IVC") passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly. The bill focuses on the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device ("BAIID") provisions of the IVC.

New developments in the Conservation District Act

April
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Under the Conservation District Act, "development" is now defined as "the improvement or maintenance of existing trails, parking lots, bridges, roads, picnic shelters, and other improvements, adding or improving access to ...

New Director to administer public use of the Capitol Complex

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Prior to recent amendments, only the Director of Physical Services of the Office of the Secretary of State had authority to act in administrative matters concerning public use of the Capitol Complex in Springfield.

New eligibility criteria for the All Kids Health Insurance Program

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
Any applications for the All Kids Health Insurance Program will now be considered with criteria established by the federal Affordable Care Act. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 123 (eff. Dec. 2, 2014).

New ethics rules address outsourcing, technological competence, and more

By Matthew Hector
December
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
Changes in Illinois ethics rules address lawyers' obligation to be technologically competent, when they must disclose to clients that they are outsourcing work, and other issues.

New freedom of information rules adopted

October
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Natural Resources repealed a Part titled 'Freedom of Information' and adopted a new Part with the same title in order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. 2 Ill. Adm. Code 826 (eff. July 6, 2015).

New guidance on Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund grants

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Office of the Treasurer adopted twelve new rules that provide the procedures and criteria for awarding grants through the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund. 74 Ill. Adm. Code 650 (eff. Dec. 4, 2014).

New guidance on medical student loan repayment program

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Public Health has recently implemented new rules to help administer the federal government's Student Loan Repayment Program ("SLRP") for medical students.

New guidelines for household goods recycling bins

April
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Under this amendatory act, counties are free to enact ordinances mandating that household goods recycling bins have a label that is permanent, written, and printed. Additionally, the contents of the label will include...

The New Illinois Spousal Maintenance Law: Retroactive or Prospective?

By Brian A. Schroeder
January
2015
Article
Page 32
What changes under the new law apply retroactively - i.e., to maintenance awards entered before January 1 - and which apply only prospectively? Here's a point-by-point analysis.

New Initiatives Help ISBA Members Adapt to a Changing Profession

By Umberto S. Davi
October
2015
Column
Page 10
ISBA is launching new programs to help lawyers succeed in the face of unprecedented change.

New ISBA secretary, treasurer elected; IBF elects new officers; new ethics opinions; the 2015 ISBA President’s Club.

August
2015
Column
Page 54

New law makes it easier for non-Illinoisans to serve subpoenas in Illinois

By Matthew Hector
September
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
By minimizing the need to appear in front of Illinois courts, the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act reduces the complexity and cost of litigating across state lines.

New legislation brings Parentage Act up to date

By Matthew Hector
July
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
Among other things, a bill reworking the Parentage Act allows courts to refuse DNA testing that could deprive kids of their only known parent.

A New Look for the Journal

July
2015
Column
Page 6
The Journal gets a redesign for the first time in more than a decade.

New method for computing maximum out-of-state tax credits

April
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Revenue has amended the method of calculating the maximum allowable credit for taxes paid to other states.

New method of discontinuing local mass transit service

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Local Mass Transit District Act has been amended to allow for discontinuance of services in districts created under section 3.1 of the Act.

New pro hac vice requirements for out-of-state attorneys

February
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Previously, out-of-state attorneys required special leave of a Hearing Examiner to appear in Illinois courts. Now, foreign attorneys may provide legal services in Illinois Commerce Commission proceedings so long as the attorneys comply with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 707.

New Realities of Civil Practice: Economics, Ethics and Innovation

By Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2015
Column
Page 40
The 2015 Allerton House Conference looked at topics ranging from the law school debt crisis to the impact of LegalZoom.

New renewal timeline for residential mortgage licenses

September
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987 has been amended, establishing a uniform renewal deadline and striking fee assessments for noncompliance.

New requirements for pneumonia vaccine offerings

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Traditionally, hospitals have only been required to offer the pneumonia vaccine to patients 65 years old or older.

New Residential Real Estate ‘Consummation’ Rules

By Timothy A. Slating
September
2015
Article
Page 24
New regulations will have a big impact on real estate lawyers.

New rules for guarantee funds under the Home Equity Assurance Act

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Under the Home Equity Assurance Act, a governing commission and program which is coined by referendum under this Act, will maintain a "guarantee fund" to pay costs of administering the program and protecting members under the limitations and procedures of the Act.

New rules for the stroke data collection fund

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Under this act, the Department of Public Health may designate hospitals as "acute stroke-ready hospitals" for providing emergent stroke care.

New standards concerning gas, electric, water, and sanitary utilities

January
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
To replace an earlier, outdated body of rules, the Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") has adopted a new Part to update the Commission's utility customer service practices.

New state and local government record retention and destruction standards

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Secretary of State has updated the recordkeeping and retention standards for state and local governments.

A New Weapon Against Elder Abuse: Presumptively Void Transfers to Caregivers

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb
January
2015
Article
Page 24
A new section of the Illinois Probate Act presumptively voids testamentary gifts to unrelated caregivers. It's a powerful weapon against financial abuse, but beware the unintended consequences.

New York ban on nonlawyer ownership upheld

By Matthew Hector
September
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
A federal district judge issues a strongly worded rejection of Jacoby & Meyer's challenge to New York's rule banning nonattorney ownership of law firms.

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