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Act provides state treasurer with more financial tools to assist students attending college

February
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
To proactively address the college-debt crisis and increase access to postsecondary education for Illinois residents, the General Assembly passed the Student Investment Account Act. Lawmakers passed the Act to enable qualified residents to pursue and finance higher education.

Adoption of Wayfair nexus for use tax on out-of-state retailers

February
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Department of Revenue adopted amendments to the Use Tax implementing provisions of Public Act 100-587.

All for One and One for Law

By David B. Sosin
March
2020
Column
Page 8
On many fronts, the ISBA is relentlessly advocating for the profession.

And Then There Were Three

By Pete Sherman
March
2020
LawPulse
Page 16
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas’s retirement leaves one less Supreme Court seat in play for 2020.

Appellate court not “fine” with fines masked as court costs

January
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On Oct. 31, 2019, the Second District Court of Appeals remanded a criminal case raising errors in the imposition of fines.

Best Intentions or Best Practices?

By David B. Sosin
February
2020
Column
Page 8
The ISBA continues to support prohibiting fee sharing with nonlawyers.

Better Drafting Through Templates and Automation

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
January
2020
Column
Page 48
Create templates to improve your efficiency. Better yet, check out IllinoisBarDocs.

Board of Education not entitled to deduct pay when employee reinstated

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On Dec. 23, 2019, the First District Appellate Court reversed the Chicago Board of Education’s decision to impose a 90-day-time-served suspension on a tenured elementary school teacher who was reinstated after disciplinary hearings.

Can Asbestos Ever Be Mitigated From Illinois Courts?

By Craig T. Liljestrand
March
2020
Article
Page 42
For personal jurisdiction and asbestos litigation, recent rulings may illuminate asbestos’ pathway out of the Land of Lincoln.

Cannabis Sniffing Dogs Staying Around

By Pete Sherman
February
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
An Illinois K-9 trainer, skilled enough to also train a drug-sniffing pig, discusses the world of detection dogs.

Charge Ahead

By Mark Riggleman
February
2020
Column
Page 49
Create templates to improve your efficiency. Better yet, check out IllinoisBarDocs.

Chicago amusement tax constitutional as applied to internet streaming services

February
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
Plaintiffs filed suit challenging the constitutionality of Chicago’s amusement tax. In 2015, the city comptroller issued Ruling 5, indicating the existing 9 percent amusement tax on charges paid for the privilege to enter, witness, view, or participate in certain activities in Chicago would also be applied to amusements delivered electronically to a patron in the city.

Circuit court’s constitutional review cannot stray from “on point” Illinois Supreme Court ruling

January
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On Oct. 24, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court vacated a circuit court’s ruling, which held that section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

Citations updated for cannabis-related offenses

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Secretary of State has updated the offense code table after the legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois.

Compromising images posted online without consent are prohibited and can lead to a damages award

January
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois General Assembly enacted the Removal of Private Compromising Images Act. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the Act prohibits the “posting of private compromising images” of another person online.

County jails and election authorities to facilitate voting for those in custody

February
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Election Code is amended to require election authorities in counties with populations under three million to collaborate with the primary county jail to facilitate voting.

Defendant physician and counsel coming to the aid of ill juror not grounds for a mistrial 

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On Dec. 24, 2019, the First District Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of a mistrial in a medical malpractice case for negligence, finding that the court did not abuse its discretion.

Defendant’s statements barred at trial but admissible for sentencing hearing

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On Dec. 31, 2019, the Second District Appellate Court found that the trial court had not erred in admitting during sentencing a videotaped statement made to police that was taken in violation of the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel.

Discharging the Revocation of a FOID Card

By Rhys Saunders
March
2020
LawPulse
Page 16
Illinois Supreme Court sides with woman whose FOID card was taken from her by the Illinois State Police.

Excusing sleepy juror not an abuse of discretion

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On Dec. 18, 2019, the Third District Appellate Court found that the trial court had not abused its discretion when it dismissed a juror who slept through portions of a first-degree murder proceeding and ignored photographic evidence.

Eyewitness Views

By Rhys Saunders
February
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
Cook County launches pilot program allowing for court appearances via live video.

Fictional Hymanizations

By Justice Michael B. Hyman
March
2020
Column
Page 50
Justice Hyman partakes in inspirational embellishment for the greater good.

For the Record

By Pete Sherman
February
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois Courts: Trends continue for case filings and self-represented litigants.

Gender-affirming surgery covered under Medical Assistance Program

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Secretary of State has updated the offense code table after the legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois.The Department of Healthcare and Family Service has adopted several amendments to the department’s medical payment procedures.

General Member Referral Directory

January
2020
Column
Page 37
Find a qualified ISBA member when a case falls outside of your area of practice.

Get Ready to Vote

March
2020
Column
Page 10
Candidate information for the 2020-2021 election.

Getting Out of the Office

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
March
2020
Column
Page 48
How to tune out, tune in, and stay secure.

Horsing Around

By Adam Kingsley
March
2020
Article
Page 34
A recent First District Illinois Appellate Court opinion puts a new spin on the test for evaluating whether a municipal zoning ordinance is constitutional.

If You Build It, They Will Come

By David B. Sosin
January
2020
Column
Page 8
Limited scope representation is working in Iowa. Why not in Illinois?

Illinois Gets Away With Felony Murder

By Rhys Saunders
January
2020
LawPulse
Page 12
The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to Illinois’ felony murder law.

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