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2019-2020 ISBA Award Winners

August
2020
Column
Page 48
Honoring those who brought out the best in the ISBA and in Illinois.

Accommodations for emotional support and service animals

May
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Assistance Animal Integrity Act supplements federal law requiring housing providers, including condominium boards, to make reasonable accommodations for persons who make requests for service or emotional support animals.

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.

Additional exemptions to Retailers’ Occupation Tax adopted

June
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
New rules from the Department of Revenue expand the exemptions available under the Retailer’s Occupation Tax. Sellers of tangible personal property in the state of Illinois are subject to the tax.

Administrative law judge acted under proper authority in entering default order against employer

July
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
In October 2008, a former employee filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission alleging race and national-origin discrimination against the petitioner.

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.

All Things Being Equal

By Pete Sherman & Jim Covington
August
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
ISBA Assembly overwhelmingly approves resolution to address racial injustice inside and out.

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.

Appellate court reverses multimillion-dollar oil-leak verdict due to insufficient evidence

April
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On Jan. 30, 2020, the Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling denying a defendant’s motion to withdraw his plea of guilty but mentally ill.On Jan. 31, 2020, the Third District Appellate Court reversed a $45.49 million oil-leak verdict due to insufficient evidence.

Asian American Family Commission Act to assist Asian American families

June
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly enacted the Asian American Family Commission Act to improve and expand existing policies, services, programs, and opportunities for Asian-American families.

The Ball Is in Your Court

By Benjamin M. Sardinas
May
2020
Article
Page 34
Addressing assessment and sentencing credit errors at the trial court level after Illinois Supreme Court Rule 472.

The Bar Holds Steady

By Rhys Saunders
August
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Supreme Court to increase bar exam locations and practice options for 2020 law school graduates.

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
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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.

Breaking the Statute of Limitations With Oral On-Demand Loans

By Benjamin R. Lawson
August
2020
Article
Page 28
Examining when the statute of limitations begins to run for oral on-demand contracts.

Buyers Want to Visit the Sellers’ Home Before Closing

August
2020
Article
Page 18
Buyers and their remodeling contractor want to visit the sellers’ home before closing.

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 business assistance program

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity adopted a rule implementing provisions of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (410 ILCS 705).

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.

The Challenges Ahead

By Dennis J. Orsey
August
2020
Column
Page 8
The ISBA and our unprecedented times.

Charge Ahead

By Mark Riggleman
February
2020
Column
Page 49
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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.

Claimant not entitled to penalties for employer’s failure to authorize surgery

April
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On Feb. 4, 2020 the Second District Appellate Court held that sections 16 and 19(l) of the Workers’ Compensation Act do not provide statutory authority for the award of attorney fees and penalties against an employer who unreasonably delayed authorizing surgery for an employee injured on the job.

Class barred from recovering cost of mandatory lead screening under conspiracy claim 

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On May 21, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court by holding that plaintiffs who do not suffer an economic loss cannot maintain a tort action based on a claim that solely alleges an economic injury.

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.

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