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ISBA Statehouse Review for the week of July 14, 2016

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews legislation in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. This week he covers Open Meetings Act Public Act 99-515, FOIA House Bill 4715, Counties Code House Bill 4603, Creates the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act House Bill 4379 and Statewide Relocation Towing Licensure Commission Senate Bill 2261.

More information on each bill is available below the video.

Open Meetings Act. Public Act 99-515 (Ives, R-Wheaton; Connelly, R-Naperville) requires public bodies to give access to verbatim recordings and minutes of closed meetings to officials filling vacancies of elected officials in public bodies. Access is to be granted in the public body’s main office or official storage location in the presence of a records secretary, an administrative official of the public body, or any elected official of the public body. These records may not be recorded or removed from official storage unless the pubic body votes otherwise or so ordered by the courts. Effective June 20, 2016.

Legislature approves clearer Miranda warnings, lower minimum probation for juveniles

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Mark S. Mathewson

One juvenile-justice bill passed by the General Assembly this session would require child-friendly Miranda warnings, while another reduces the length of mandatory minimum probation.

SB 2370, which passed the Senate on a unanimous roll call, expands protections for children who are in police custody. HB 6291 is designed to bring Illinois law in line with other states by reducing mandatory minimum probation lengths. It also treats low-level drug offenses as a public health issue, not a criminal one.

Both bills received support from the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), which was founded in 2000 as a collaboration between the Woods Fund of Chicago and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Its mission is to reduce reliance on incarceration, enhance fairness, and develop community-based resources throughout the state. Find out more in the July Illinois Bar Journal.

Best Practice: The 3 types of realization rates

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. Our firm is reviewing its partner compensation system and one of my partners suggested that we incorporate realization rates. This term was new to me. Is realization the percent that we collect? Your comments would be appreciated by all of us.

Check out Lenovo's July offers for ISBA members

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

July is full of fireworks & savings from Lenovo!

As an ISBA member you can take advantage of this month’s special offers up to 21% off select computer technologies! Add sparkle to your home or home-office PC with great accessories and warranty service!

Through the ISBA Member Savings Program, you get ongoing discounts, FREE shipping on all web orders, access to energy-efficient green technologies and award-winning service.

Shop now, save and enjoy!

  • 21% off Lenovo Laptops
  • 15% off Various ThinkPad
  • 15% off Lenovo Desktops & ThinkCentres
  • 9% off Lenovo Tablets


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Be sure to check the website often – special offers change frequently.


July ticket and travel discounts for ISBA members

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Smash Into Summer
This summer something beastly is coming to Universal Orlando. The legendary animal King Kong will spread his wrath when he smashes his way into the Orlando theme park in the new attraction Skull Island: Reign of Kong. When the ride opens you'll want to experience it again and again and this July you can do so with special deals on Universal Orlando tickets. Right now when you buy 2 days you'll get 2 days free! Plus, if you need a ride to Universal Orlando this July grab a rental car at Avis and save 25% nationwide! For more ways to smash into summer visit

Illinois Bar Foundation elects new officers for 2016-17

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Deane BrownElizabeth KavenyThe Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has elected its officers for the organization’s 2016-17 fiscal year. They are: Elizabeth A. Kaveny, partner, Burke, Wise, Morrissey & Kaveny, president; Perry J. Browder, shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy, first vice president; and Timothy W. Kelly, principal, Kelly Law Offices, second vice president. Deane Beth Brown, partner, Hughes Socol Piers Resnik Dym, was elected third vice president.

The Illinois Bar Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, strives to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This year, the foundation will distribute more than $850,000. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603. Call (312) 726-6072 or visit

President Cornelius testifies before Supreme Court Rules Committee

Posted on July 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Vincent F. CorneliusISBA President Vincent F. Cornelius testified Friday before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee in support of Proposal 15-05. This proposal amends Supreme Court Rule 941 and creates Supreme Court Rule 943.

Rule 943 would create guidelines for when restraints can be used on a minor in delinquency proceedings arising under the Juvenile Court Act. The ISBA supports Proposal 15-05. The proposal is available at

"The shackling of these minors that is automatic, routine, presumptive," President Cornelius said, "is unnecessary, inappropriate and I dare say something less than Third World."

Quick Takes on Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on July 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the Civil case Hampton v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the criminal case People v. Geiler.


Hampton v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

By Karen Kies DeGrand, Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC