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Gender Violence Act

Back in 2004, Illinois passed what is known as the Gender Violence Act in an effort to deter violence directed toward women.  Since its inception, the Gender Violence Act has undergone little change. It classified gender-related violence as a form of sex discrimination and allowed a person who had been subjected to gender-related violence to …

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Supreme Court Rules Against Punitive Civil Forfeiture

On February 20, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, ruling that the State of Indiana’s seizure of Timbs’ $42,000 Land Rover violated the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution as an excessive fine.[1]  This new decision is sure to have a major impact on property seizures by law enforcement agencies …

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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Attempted Pension Reform

On November 29, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously declared two recent changes in Public Act 97-651, impacting the calculations for some pension plans, to be unconstitutional.[1]In Carmichael v Laborers’ & Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity & Benefit Fund of Chicago, the Court was forced to decide whether these recent amendments, which modified the calculation of …

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