employees have paws

These Employees Have Paws

In October of 2019, the State’s Attorney of Illinois welcomed its newest member, Hatty the black lab.  The 2-year-old lab was sworn into duty by placing her right paw over a law book at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on October 29, 2019. Hatty will now share in the duty of providing

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Illinois EpiPen Coverage For Children

Illinois EpiPen Coverage For Children

This year, the state of Illinois made history as the first state to require insurance companies to offer EpiPen coverage for all resident children. House Bill 3435 took effect on January 1, 2020 and effectively shifts the burden of paying for the live-saving injections from parents to insurance companies. The law requires all insurance companies

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legal sports betting Illinois

Legal Sports Betting & Gambling May Be Coming To Illinois

In May 2018, The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a verdict which permitted states other than Nevada to legalize sports betting and gambling. Since this opinion has come out, many states have introduced proposed legislation to legalize sports gambling within their borders. In 2019, Illinois joined states like Kentucky and Missouri in

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rent control laws

Will Illinois Be The Next State To Allow Rent Control Laws?

Recently, California joined the ranks of states like Oregon and New York in enacting a law controlling the maximum amount of rent a landlord may charge a tenant. These laws, commonly known and rent control laws, prevent landlords from raising rents to levels which the state deems unreasonable. Since 1997, restrictions of this kind have

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terms in divorce documents

Commonly Used Terms In Divorce Documents

When an individual receives a document drafted by an attorney, it often contains terms which may be confusing or unfamiliar. Attorneys use these terms to not only comply with court requirements but also to make specific arguments and requests for their clients. Although it is the attorney’s responsibility to draft every document submitted to the

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divorce stigma

Why The Stigma Surrounding Divorce Is Wrong

Many couples considering divorce are hesitant  to make the decision due to their fear of the stigma they may face. In fact, 1 in 10 divorcees report staying in their marriage after they knew it was over for this  exact reason. Although divorce has become a normal part of society and human relationships, a recent

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divorce options

We Both Want A Divorce, What Are Our Options?

For some individuals, when their spouse files for divorce, it is a shocking, unexpected act. In other situations, however, both spouses realize that for one reason or another their marriage is no longer working.  When a divorce is something that both parties want, the couple is typically seeking to end the marriage as quickly and

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stepparents and civil unions

Partners To A Civil Union In Illinois: What Are Your Rights?

In 2011, Illinois passed the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act giving protection and recognition to the legal relationship between two persons, of either the same or opposite sex, to the type of commitment known as a civil union. [1] The Act includes particular language that equates a civil union with a marriage, and

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animal cruelty a felony

New National Law Makes Animal Cruelty A Federal Felony

In October 2019, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a bi-partisan bill that would designate certain forms of animal cruelty as federal felonies; this bill was passed by the Senate earlier this month and, on November 25, 2019, was signed into law by the President.  The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act,

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Financial Aspects of Divorce

Financial Aspects of Divorce To Consider

When filing for divorce, it may feel as though you are drowning in paperwork.  From tax returns to your child’s doctor bills, a party to a divorce proceeding may be required to submit a large number of documents. These documents are used to gain insight into how the couple or family functions financially. Each party’s

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animal protection laws

Prospective Illinois Animal Protection Laws

It is no secret that many individuals consider pets as a member of the family. In fact, a recent survey found the millennial generation was more likely to adopt a pet than to have children or move in with a romantic partner. [1] Considering this, it is no surprise that recent legislation has taken steps

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women and minorities

Proposed Illinois Laws Offering Protection To Women And Minorities

Illinois legislators have recently proposed a number of acts that further the opportunities for demographic groups at-risk of being disadvantaged, such as women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. If approved, many of these acts will go into effect January 1, 2020. Below is a brief summary of just a few of the bills currently under

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