• A state appeals court ruled Thursday that Commonwealth Edison Co. owes more than 34,000 customers for damage caused by widespread power outages from a 2011 storm. — Today's free read
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  • Trial Notebook

    When the Freeport Journal Standard published an article in December 2011 on Bill Hadley’s campaign for a spot on the Stephenson County board, a Comcast subscriber who used the alias “Fuboy” posted a comment on the newspaper’s website.
  • Criminal Convictions

    If you want to understand why the “technicalities” of a criminal trial are important, try sitting in on a university disciplinary hearing, where students face penalties as severe as expulsion but where such protections don’t apply.
  • The Buzz

    What does estate planning have to do with meditation? Quite a lot, actually. As a student of meditation, I was quite moved by the similarities between the Buddhist philosophy and my personal work mantra and website tag line: Plan today, strengthen tomorrow.
  • Civil Rights

    Today’s column reviews a recent U.S. District Court decision that explored the scope of a state prosecutor’s entitlement to immunity from civil rights liability for his role in initiating a state court criminal case.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Ask Snap-D

    The way law firms retain and acquire new business is more competitive than ever, and client loyalties simply are not how they were in the good ol’ days.
  • Tully‚Äôs Law

    Can you be lawfully arrested and prosecuted under Illinois’ false personation statute for setting up a parody Twitter account to transmit off-color tweets in the name of a public official?  — Today's free read
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  • Privacy, Technology and Law

    The Snowden scandal has had a lasting effect on international, privacy-related policy negotiations, the results of which have recently have trickled down to, and caused a bit of a headache for, three National Football League teams.
  • The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting.
  • Juris Endurance

    Make sure to refuel after your run. Hydration is important. You need to eat, too. I recommend a ratio of 4-to-1 of carbs and protein within two hours of exercise.
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  • Talking Pictures

    On a scale of 1 to 10, “Boyhood” scores an 11 for originality. Filmed over the span of 12 years using the same cast of actors, the film tells a fictional story about a young boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before your eyes. It offers a unique experience, unrivaled by any other film.
  • NEW YORK — Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning “Godfather of Makeup” who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” and Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” among many others, has died. He was 92.
  • Living near the crystal blue water of Lake Michigan can detract, however, from the water quality issues felt around the world and even in the United States.
  • On the Job

    Remember learning how to drive? You were likely instructed to look past the car’s hood, down the road, seeing the forest view. Nailing a job interview and getting an offer is similar to this simple driving lesson.
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