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    Senate Bill 3552 heads to Governor would give counties power to remove appointees

      SB3552 Enrolled   LRB098 18619 JLK 55710 b 1        AN ACT concerning local government.     2        Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3   represented in the General Assembly:     4        Section 5.  The Counties Code is amended by changing Section 5   5-1133 as follows:   6        (55 ILCS 5/5-1133) 7        Sec. 5-1133.  Counties of greater than 300,000 but less than 8   2,000,000; reporting of information ; code of conduct for county 9   appointees . 10        (a)  A county board in a county with a population greater 11   than 300,000 but less than 2,000,000 may by ordinance require 12   any unit of local government or agency to which t...
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    DRAFTING A PREGNANCY AND PARENTAL-LEAVE POLICY IN ILLINOIS: OVERVIEW AND BEST PRACTICES

    Introduction to and Overview of Illinois Law An Illinois employer who falls within the purview of the Illinois Human Rights Act (Act) must consider many factors when drafting a pregnancy and parental-leave policy.   The Act prohibits discrimination in employment with regards to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges and conditions of employment.   Among the categories protected by the Act is sex, which is defined as the status of being male or female.   [775 ILCS 5/1-102(A); 775 ILCS 5/1-103(O)] Accordingly, the Act protects both males and females from discrimination in employment on the basis of sex.   While the Act explicitly prohibits discrimination against both male and female employees, an employer may lose sight of this tenet when it prepares a pregnancy ...
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    Jacqueline H. Lower joins Prime Law Group

    Jacqueline H. Lower joins Prime Law Group
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    Prepare to trade your privacy for your CCW

    January 1, 2014 marked the start of the mad rush for supporters of conceal and carry in Illinois to apply for their permits. It's been a long time coming, as Illinois was the last state in the Union to adopt some form of right-to-carry legislation. Granted, the State did so only after a Federal Court, in reversing the Illinois Supreme Court, ruled that citizens have a right to keep AND bear arms, which includes carrying a firearm outside of one's home,  Moore v. Madigan. According to FOX News Chicago, as of March 4, 2014, about 50,000 applications for conceal and carry had been filed, with nearly 5,000 permits being approved, and a relatively small number of applications being denied. According to their research, approximately 100 applications received objections from local and/or outside law enforcement agencies, resulting in a denial being sustained by the Illinois State Police. Two pe...
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    Illinois Speeding Laws

    Speeding laws have been amended recently.     You may have heard that the speed limit upon some Illinois interstate highways has been raised to 70 mph. However, you may not have heard that the threshold for a class A or class B misdemeanor speeding charge has been lowered by 5 mph. You will now be charged with a class B misdemeanor speeding charge under Sec. 11-601.5 if you exceed the speed limit by 26 mph; down from the previous 31 mph. Similarly, to be charged with a class A misdemeanor charge under Sec. 11-601.5 you need now only exceed the speed limit by 35 mph; down from the previous 40 mph. 0 0 1 121 695 Prime Law Group, LLC 5 1 815 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-paren...
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    Kathleen M. Laughlin joins Prime Law Group

    Kathleen M. Laughlin joins Prime Law Group
    Prime Law Group, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Kathleen M. Laughlin to its Woodstock office.   Ms. Laughlin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Laughlin ’s legal experience consists of criminal prosecution as well as civil litigation.   While at Prime Law Group, LLC, Ms. Laughlin will be responsible for municipal prosecution, civil litigation, and family law.   Previously, she was a criminal prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office , in Arizona, and the Scott County Attorney's Office , in Minnesota, where she prosecuted traffic offenses, personal, property, and violent crimes. Ms. Laughlin has tried several cases to successful verdicts.   0 0 1 145 827 Prime Law Group, LLC 6 1 971 14...
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    Are you Named in a Lawsuit?

    Are you Named in a Lawsuit?
    If you are named as a Defendant in a lawsuit do not merely ignore the problem.  Doing nothing is a mistake.   Many people who are served with a Complaint, naming them as a Defendant in a lawsuit, do absolutely nothing.  In these cases, the Plaintiff can easily attain an order of default, a judgment from the Court, and statutory interest and/or attorney's fees in some cases.     You have rights.  By merely appearing and properly answering the Complaint you will force the Plaintiff to actually prove it's case against you.  This will, in most cases, save you money since you can call into question any exorbitant amounts the Plaintiff seeks, and will potentially allow you an opportunity to settle the matter for less than you may actually owe.   Timely addressing litigation, at the outset, is worth the time and effort.  Don't just hand the Plaintiff...
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    14 New Laws for Illinois in 2014

    Don’t be caught off guard by new laws taking effect in Illinois for 2014.    Some highlights: ·        You can’t talk on your cell phone anymore in the car without a hands free device. ·        Seventeen year olds can now vote in primaries if they turn 18 before the general election.     ·        Construction zone fines are lower if there are no workers present. ·        Medical Marijuana is now legal. ·        Interstate Highway speed limit is going to 70 unless your county opts out.   http://www.slideshare.net/ilsendems/top-14-new-illinois-laws-for-2014-29124109
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    IL Appellate Court Rules Implied Warranty of Habitability Does Not Apply Only To Defects That Would Render A House Uninhabitable

    The doctrine of implied warranty of habitability is used to protect purchasers from latent or unknown defects in a home.     A home buyer has a right to a house that is reasonably fit for use as a residence. In re Estate of Krpan, 2013 IL App (2d) 121424 (Sept. 12, 2013), involved a claim by a home buyer against a deceased seller’s estate that various latent defects were not disclosed at the time of sale.     The administrator of the estate argued that in order for the implied warranty of habitability to apply, the home must be uninhabitable.    The Appellate Court disagreed stating, “Contrary to the administrator's assertion, no precedent suggests that covered defects must be so severe as to drive the residents to vacate the structure despite normal steps to correct the damage. Such a warranty would be remarkably limited: short of a significant ga...
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    IS THERE SHARED PHYSICAL CUSTODY IN ILLINOIS?

    0 0 1 688 3928 Prime Law Group, LLC 32 9 4607 14.0 In Illinois judges make custody decisions based upon the best interests of the child after considering all relevant factors including:  the wishes of the child’s parent(s); the wishes of the child; the interaction and interrelationship of the child with his parent(s) siblings and any other person who may significantly affect best interests; adjustment to home, school and community; mental and physical health of all individuals involved; physical violence or threat of violence by potential custodian whether as to the child or another; abuse as defined by statute; willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent; and certain other factors. No single factor is determinative nor are they necessarily given equal weight and the court shall not con...
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