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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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The Law Following the Casey Anthony Trial

In 2013 Illinois joined 10 states in enacting Caylee’s law. This law was passed in reaction to the trial of Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. While Casey was found not guilty of killing her 2 year old daughter, Casey failed to report that Caylee was missing for 31 days. The […]

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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 […]

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Law Abiding Immigrants

The City of Chicago Safe Families Ordinance prohibits police and other law enforcement officials from detaining undocumented immigrants unless they are wanted on a criminal warrant or have been convicted of a serious crime. The ordinance is important given the rising gun violence in Chicago. Law enforcement must have the trust and cooperation of all […]

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How Late Is It?

On September 28th, 2012 Cook County Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly threw out the arrests of Occupy Chicago demonstrators who had been charged with violation of the City of Chicago’s overnight park curfew. He went on to declare that the curfew violates the First Amendment. He reasoned that the selective enforcement of the curfew, as well […]

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As An Employer Are You Performing Unnecessary Criminal Background Checks?

An April 2012 ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may bring hope to those with criminal histories. The EEOC has changed the rules regarding how and when criminal background checks can be used in employment screenings in the workplace. The new guidelines asks employers to consider the nature of the crime, the time […]

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Hitting someone in the Cross Walk is not an Option

You may have noticed since July throughout the City of Chicago, as part of an ongoing effort to increase pedestrian safety and reduce the number of crashes, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has begun installing signs at crosswalks that remind drivers of the state law that requires them to stop if pedestrians are in […]

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The wake of the Jerry Sandusky Scandal

In the wake of the scandal, trial, and subsequent conviction for sexual abuse of Coach Jerry Sandusky, schools are looking for ways to prevent these occurrences at all levels of education. Erin’s law has been enacted in four states, including Illinois, and introduced by the legislature in another eight. The law, named for author and […]