Illinois Strikes Time Limits to Criminally Prosecute Sexual Abuse of Minors

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In August 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into the law SB 189, an amendment to the criminal code regarding sexual abuse of minors. The new law allows for prosecution of sexual abuse of children at any time, basically completely eradicating the statute of limitations for criminal cases. Previously, the victim had 20 years after […]

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Illinois Revamps Child Support Calculations

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New child support calculations will be implemented on July 1, 2017. Prior to this overhaul of the calculations, child support was generally determined based upon the payor’s income and number of children. For example, a person who was obligated to pay child support (generally the non-custodial parent) had to pay 20% of his or her […]

How is a Plane Crash Investigated?


Whenever there is a plane crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is called in to investigate. The NTSB investigates “all civil aviation accidents in the United States and major accidents in the other modes of transportation.” In any investigation, the NTSB pulls together as much information as it can before determining probable cause of […]

Are Concussions The Only Way Football Players Can Damage Their Brains?


According to a recent study, a concussion is not the only way a football player can alter their brain functions; being hit in the head is enough to change how the brain works. HealthDay News reported that a recent study found that “the more total hits a player had received to the head, the more […]

Is Distracted Driving A Serious Issue?


Distracted driving is a dangerous act of negligence. Recent statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that distracted driving is increasing among drivers. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving has caused a sizable chunk of accidents resulting in fatalities and injuries. In 2012, over 3,300 people were killed in an accident […]

Will Cell Phone Bans While Driving Be Effective At Making Our Roads Safer?


The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) conducted a study last November to create a measuring stick state authorities could use to device whether a new law that went into effect on January 1 of this year reduced the number of people who use cell phones while driving. The new and more stringent law would make […]

Illinois Officials Record Over a Dozen Deaths at Care Home for Disabled Children

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Alden Village North is a nursing home facility that serves as a care home for physically and developmentally disabled children. According to Illinois state officials, multiple serious violations and at least 14 child deaths were recorded in connection to the nursing home between 2000 and 2010. The Chicago Tribune recently revealed five more cases of […]

Can you get a “DUI” if you are sleeping off the effects of alcohol in your car?

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If you have had too much to drink and do not want to drive your car, do not sleep off the effects of the alcohol in your car. The Illinois Supreme Court has found that a man who was sleeping in his car with the car running and a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 was guilty […]

Can you be held liable for a motor vehicle loan that you co-signed as a buyer, even if you are not the spouse or parent of the actual owner?

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Before January 1, 1997, only mothers and fathers or husbands and wives who co-signed on an installment loan for a motor vehicle were primarily liable along with the actual owner of the vehicle. In a recent decision, the Illinois Supreme Court held that persons (other than parents or spouses) who co-signed as buyers on a […]

Can real estate or business brokers be legally denied fees?

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Illinois law distinguishes between real estate brokers and business brokers and has different requirements for each. A real estate broker must be licensed by the state, while a business broker must register with the Illinois Secretary of State. A typical business, however, may include both business assets and real estate, potentially triggering both statutory requirements. […]

Can I sue my former employer for retaliatory firing?

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A salaried employee who refused to work extra hours “because she was not getting paid for them” may bring a lawsuit against her former employer for firing her based on her refusal. The Fair Labor Standards Act provides that it is unlawful for any person to fire or discriminate against any employee because the employee […]

Are there laws against sexual harassment in schools?

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Sexual harassment is traditionally thought of as a problem that arises in an employer-employee relationship. However, cases involving sexual harassment in schools have become more common. In Illinois, the federal courts have recently decided that schools that do not respond appropriately to student-on-student sexual harassment may be held liable for the actions of the harassing […]