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“Transportation companies” defined and subject to Illinois income tax liability

January
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
DOR adopted an amendment to the Income Tax Code (86 Ill. Adm. Code 100 (effective Oct. 12, 2018)), providing a definition of "transportation company" for purposes of the apportionment formula for taxpayers providing transportation services.

18 Quick and Easy Tech Tips for 2019

By Ed Finkel
February
2019
Cover Story
Page 20
A sneak preview of Affinity Consulting partner Barron Henley's ISBA Free On-Demand CLE program, "60 Legal Tech Tips, Tricks, Gadgets, and Websites in 60 Minutes."

2019 Spring Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2019
Column
Page 22
Legalization of recreational cannabis, workplace transparency, and the Illinois Trust Code are but a few among dozens of notable new laws passed by the General Assembly this spring.

75 Ways to Make Your Writing Ineffective

By Justice Michael B. Hyman
June
2019
Column
Page 44
If you want to write well, don't do anything listed in this column.

8 Things Killing Your Firm

By Ed Finkel
November
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
Defeating unproductive work habits one tweak at a time.

Abandoned financial property rules modified

June
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Office of the Treasurer wholesale repealed previous rules on abandoned property in response to the General Assembly's passage of the Uniform Law Commission's legislation titled "Revised Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act," effective in 2018. The state treasurer adopted new rules (74 Ill. Adm. 17121 (effective March 25, 2019)) drawing heavily on the new legislation.

Abortion restrictions removed

June
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
Following the previous administration's signing of legislation expanding the availability of abortion services in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has implemented changes to its rules reflecting the law's development (89 Ill. Adm. Code 140 (effective March 25, 2019)).

Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Supreme Court

By John A. Lupton
January
2019
Column
Page 46
Lincoln's appellate skills helped establish his reputation as a lawyer's lawyer.

Airplane company’s relationships with Illinois customers provide requisite contacts for specific personal jurisdiction

November
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On Aug. 1, 2019, the First District Appellate Court affirmed the circuit court order denying RAM Aircraft’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Code

August
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Public Health adopted a new part titled “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Code” (77 IAC 973; 42 Ill. Reg. 19510 (effective May 23, 2019)) to implement the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Act (410 ILCS 406).

Amendment to the Equal Pay Act prohibits wage discrimination against African-American employees

February
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Equal Pay Act of 2003 is amended to prohibit employers from discriminating between employees.

Amendment to the Illinois Public Aid Code provides for Medicaid Long-Term Care Provisional Eligibility

February
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois Public Aid Code has been amended by changing section 11-5.4 ("Expedited long-term care eligibility determination and enrollment").

Amendment to the School Code creates Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force

February
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The School Code has been amended to create an Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force. The task force is created to develop curriculum, create assessment guidelines, and establish best practices on emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning.

Amendments addressing pediatric sexual assault survivors

July
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Code replacing emergency rules that were effective Jan. 1, 2019 (77 Ill. Adm. Code 545 (effective April 17, 2019)).

Annual Meeting Highlights

August
2019
Column
Page 53
All seven Illinois Supreme Court justices attended the Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

April designated as Arab American Heritage Month

May
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The State Commemorative Dates Act was amended by adding section 6, which designates April as Arab American Heritage Month.

Are You SURE You Have a Written Fee Agreement With Your Client?

September
2019
Article
Page 18

Attendees at September’s Solo  and  Small  Firm  Conference get pampered by pets.

November
2019
Column
Page 54

Attorney representing self gets fees against adverse party

December
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
A court is authorized to impose sanctions in the form of attorney fees under Rule 137(a) against a plaintiff to compensate an attorney defending himself against a frivolous cause of action.

Attorney-client privilege does not bar counsel from disclosing identity of third-party client

September
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On June 4, 2019, the First District Appellate Court held that determining whether a third-party client knows of, or controls assets of, a judgment debtor requires learning the client’s identity.

The Bail Project

By Pete Sherman
July
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
National nonprofit organization that provides free bail to the incarcerated opens up a Chicago office.

A Bale of Rules

By Rhys Saunders
May
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Supreme Court announces new rules aligning with the 2018 Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act.

A Better Approach to Installment Contracts

By Gary R. Gehlbach
June
2019
Article
Page 28
The inherent disadvantages of a traditional installment contract for deed are overcome by restructuring the transaction as an outright sale with seller-provided, purchase-money financing.

Board of trustees is a “person” under the false claims act, not an arm of the state

November
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On Aug. 14, 2019, the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois held a community college was not an arm of the “State,” but rather a “person” subject to potential liability to the State of Illinois under the False Claims Act.

Boards of trustees of public institutions of higher education may dispose of surplus real estate

November
2019
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly amended the State Property Control Act to allow for the boards of trustees of Illinois institutions of higher education to dispose of surplus institutional real estate subject to certain conditions.

Boundless Energy

By Ed Finkel
July
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
Meet new ISBA President David Sosin, if you can keep up with him.

Branching Out

By Ed Finkel
May
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
Some people love to network; others, not so much. But connecting face-to-face has never been more important.

Breaking the Law

By Karen Erger
June
2019
Column
Page 46
Taking breaks during the workday can make you a better lawyer.

A Bridge Over Troubled Steamboats

By Ron Spears
May
2019
Column
Page 44
Abraham Lincoln and his involvement in a case defending the first train bridge over the Mississippi River.

Busy Election Year Coming for the Illinois Judiciary

By Pete Sherman
December
2019
LawPulse
Page 12
Four of the Illinois Supreme Court’s seven seats are in some state of play in 2020.

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