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Mayor: Let cops write tickets for drug possession
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today trumpeted a plan to reduce drug possession penalties and give police across the state the option to ticket some offenders rather than arrest them.
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NIU hands out alumni awards
Justinians get new officers
Program hands out My Hero Awards
First race, quick win
NSBA installs new officers
CCBA hosts membership drive
Suburban lawyer wins new discipline hearing
A lawyer accused of conversion should get a new disciplinary hearing because the first panel to hear the case violated a rule by considering written closing summations using PowerPoint slides.
Judge clears way for Joliet to acquire housing complex
Following nine years of litigation and about 100 days of trial, a federal judge has cleared the way for the city of Joliet to acquire a low-income housing complex and redevelop the land on which it sits.
Cultivating an interest in public interest
Jerome Gilson knew he’d found a winner. Gilson — a shareholder at Brinks, Gilson & Lione — was with fellow firm shareholder Bradley G. Lane, evaluating five applications for the second annual Jerome Gilson Honorary Internship, which would give a law student a paid job opportunity for the 2014 summer.
Florida partner elected Arnstein & Lehr chair
Arnstein & Lehr LLP has elected a new management team and, for the first time in its 121-year history, its chairman will be based outside of Chicago.
Brand builder: Stroth creates marketing deals for athletes
When Bears players Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett wanted media gigs in Chicago, their agent contacted Andrew M. Stroth. When Michael Vick wanted to return to Nike four years after the company dropped him following federal dogfighting charges, his team called Stroth.
In the News
Daley, Mohan, Groble P.C. added Andrea Giampoli as an associate. Giampoli handles litigation and environmental issues for railroad and other corporate clients.
Pathologist’s murder case work called into question
Libertarian could pose problems for Rauner
New Treasury rules will limit foreign mergers
For some firms, pro bono work goes worldwide
Roberts expresses fears over courts, partisanship
Statutory interpretation — extrinsic evidence
Torts involving condominiums — attorney fees, costs
Criminal law —
rights, juvenile questioning
Collateral estoppel — unemployment benefits act
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to say the federal prison population has dropped this year by roughly 4,800 inmates, the first decline in decades. Holder will be speaking today at a criminal justice conference in New York City. According to excerpts of his speech, the Justice Department expects to end the current fiscal year next week with a federal prison population of roughly 215,000 inmates. That 4,800 drop is compared with totals from last year. It’s the first time since 1980 that the federal prison population has declined during the course of a fiscal year.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Bid to collect on punitive award nixed
Although Illinois “public policy prohibits insurance against liability for punitive damages that arise out of the misconduct of the insured,” Kevin and Melissa Fox argued that American Alternative Insurance Corp. was liable for a judgment of $3.4 million in punitive damages.
Exclusion for completed operations blocks condo board’s claim
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently construed a completed-operations exclusion to find it applicable to a claim against a condominium developer for allegedly negligent work, even though the developer was still performing operations on certain portions of the premises.
Following the money pays off for business
When I was growing up, I received an allowance for doing chores around the house. I was free to do whatever I wanted with the money. I could put it in my plastic bank on my dresser or under my mattress, or I could blow it all on candy or potato chips.
Life in the Workplace
7th Circuit sides with employee in dispute over intermittent absences
The Family and Medical Leave Act entitles eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave during any 12-month period. It covers, among other conditions, “serious health conditions” that are chronic and cause episodic incapacities.
Is it a ‘happy’ anniversary for the Constitution?
The lesson of history, as our president might say, is that all things must come to an end, including nations and empires. The empire falls first and then, sometimes, the nation itself.
Liability insurance: the strongest pillar in an asset protection plan
"Asset protection” has remained a hot, though oftentimes mysterious, term in the legal field for some time now. Many times, it carries with it a dirty connotation.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Losing my football religion
Are you a football fan? The Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations and how they’ve been handled by the NFL have caused many to ask themselves that question. My answer is no, although the question has been on my mind far longer.
FIFA’s ethics judge hesitates on World Cup
GENEVA — For Qatar or Russia to be stripped of the World Cup, a key person in the legal chain needs to make use of the powers available to him.
Sports, Business & the Law
Can Cubs win the real estate negotiation game?
When the Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009, their goal was to win the World Series. To achieve that, the expansion of Wrigley Field became key, as it would increase ticket, advertising and television revenue to help fund baseball operations.
The Final Draught
Grab a beer: It’s time for a history lesson
It’s probably the most frequently asked question asked about Oktoberfest: “Why is it called Oktoberfest if it’s in September?” As Oktoberfest beers hit the shelves and Oktoberfest parties are held at breweries and pubs across the city, it’s an excellent jumping-off point for exploring both the festival and the brew that bears its name.
On the Job
Torn about leaving business on the table? A never-ending dilemma
So you just received a new client engagement. Some of the work is well within your firm’s practice. Some is not far off.
‘Three Cups of Tea’ author’s reluctant return
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Greg Mortenson doesn’t want to talk about his best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea,” but everybody else does — including his own charity.
Pro bono needs to be a team effort
A 2005 study found that tens of thousands of people across the state were turned away each year from an overburdened and under-funded legal aid system.
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