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No Texting for Bicyclists

While there are a few hardy souls who bike to work all winter long, spring weather brings out many more bicyclists riding along the lake front as well as in designated bike lanes on many of Chicago’s streets. Cyclists who use these lanes often tell tales of errant car divers who have failed to obey […]

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Don’t Talk, Don’t Tell

Have you ever been told you are not allowed to discuss your salary with co-workers? Many companies have polices that strictly prohibit it. Often a statement such as this appears in the employee handbook “Confidentiality of Salary and Benefit Information: Employees are prohibited from discussing their salary or wage levels and company benefits with other […]

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Roller Bladers Can Now Legal Skate On Road

Under a new law, effective January 1st of this year, inline skaters and roller bladers can now skate in the road, though not within the City of Chicago. According to the statute, written on behalf of Elmhurst attorney and speed skater Ben Neiburger with the assistance of Illinois State Representative Chris Nybo, skaters and pedestrians […]

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New Foreclosure Rules

The new mandatory regulations regarding foreclosures, recently developed by the Illinois Supreme Court, went into effect on Match 1st. The rules came about due to the deceptive practices that judges observed as well as the fact that homeowners often don’t appear in court, believing that they have little or no chance of fighting mortgage lenders. […]

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Child Support Law Strengthened

The goal in determining and providing child support is to ensure that every child receives the financial support necessary to enable them to lead a happy and healthy life regardless of the marital status of their parents. There are legal guidelines used to determine the percentage of income owed by the non-custodial parent to the […]

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Illinois Crime Victims Bill of Rights

New laws require police officials in many capacities to receive additional education. First, The Illinois Police Training Act has been amended this year to include specific education for police trainees to recognize the signs of possible senior adult abuse and neglect. Second, the Illinois Police Training Act provides training techniques designed to promote effective communication […]

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New Laws Make Seniors Safer

The number of older adults, who are making the decision to stay in their own homes, rather than moving to senior living facilities or in with their children, is increasing. While this allows them autonomy, it also places them at risk for abuse or neglect by caretakers or even family members’ care takers. The State […]

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Tax Payers Have a Friend at City Hall

With the April 15th tax return deadline approaching, many people turn to tax preparers whether small one person shops or national corporations. Until recently it was up to the consumer to determine if the deal the tax preparer offered was fair and reasonable. Now the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection has stepped […]

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Wage Theft Law Protects Workers

The Chicago City Council unanimously passed a wage theft law that activists hope will become the standard for protecting employees from dishonest employers across the United States. The new law states that companies who are convicted of wage theft of employees, either through unpaid overtime, withholding tips or providing an hourly pay that does not […]

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Safe Haven For New Mothers

Illinois Safe Haven law provides options for mothers and their newborn child. According to the Safe Haven Law, a parent can anonymously take their newborn to a safe haven without fear of prosecution if the baby is thirty days old or younger. The law was created to help a parent who is under severe emotional […]