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IL Supreme Court Rules

State’s Attorneys Are Subject to the Freedom of Information Act Like the federal Freedom of Information Act, the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was put in place so that the average citizen has more access to the inner workings of their government....

Dog Bites

Owning a pet not only means properly caring for it. It also means that, as an owner, you are generally responsible for its actions. For dog owners, that means you may have to pay for any damage that your dog causes. Most states have statutes relating to liability for...

Constitutional Law

Illinois Supreme Court Declares Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional The Illinois eavesdropping statute was declared unconstitutional in two cases that were released on March 20, 2014. The eavesdropping statute prohibited the use of any “eavesdropping device” for the...

Medical Marijuana

In August 2013, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act into law. The Act then took effect in January 2014. The Act essentially legalizes the use and sale of medical marijuana in the state of Illinois. However,...

Technology

Cloud Storage at Your Child’s School: Are They Telling the Parents Everything? Schools today are becoming far more technology-based than we have ever thought possible. Students do their homework online, use iPads and computers in the classroom, and some are even...

Traffic/Negligence

It has become common knowledge that if you text and drive, then an array of terrible things can happen. Not only can you get in accident, you could also be subject to a fine. Of course, if texting results in an accident, you will likely be liable for that accident...

Municipal Law

A “public record” is a “record that a governmental unit is required by law to keep,” and is “generally open to view by the public.” Public records are an important part of American government because they allow the public to become aware of...

Employment Law

How long does it take you to get dressed for work in the morning? Ten minutes? Twenty minutes? Wouldn’t it be nice if your employer paid you to get ready for work? In some occupations, getting “dressed” takes a significant amount of time because they have to wear...

Family Law

Call the Babysitter or Call Your Ex: It’s Up to the Judge. In August 2013, the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act with a bill addressing Right of First Refusal (ROFR) for noncustodial parents*.  The bill underwent...

DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor. DOMA, a federal law, was enacted in 1996, and it defined marriage as between a man and a woman. It also defined spouse as someone who is the...

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