Dr. Carla Knorowski (in white jacket at table), chief financial officer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation, answers questions Tuesday at the Illinois Capitol from Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, during a House Tourism Committee hearing looking into the value of a Lincoln collection purchased by the foundation and the loan to pay for it after questions have been raised about the historical authenticity of a stovepipe hat believed to have been owned by Abraham Lincoln. – Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP

Hat in hand, Lincoln library asks for funds

SPRINGFIELD — Leaders of the state-run Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum testified before the Illinois House Tourism Committee Tuesday, asking for help paying off millions of dollars in debt used to purchase artifacts.

Panel: Prosecutors can make case to use Gliniewicz's texts with wife

Lake County prosecutors will get another chance to prove why text messages between Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz and his widow should be admitted at her criminal trial, an appeals panel held.

In Chambers

Judge John Lee on his journey to the bench — and his time on it

As a private attorney, John Z. Lee would submit a motion and then start to wonder after a couple of weeks what was taking the judge so long to issue a ruling.

Owner alleged bad legal advice on foreclosure; jury didn’t buy it

A Cook County jury found in favor of a deceased Chicago attorney and his law firm, finding he had no duty to tell his client she should sell a commercial property facing foreclosure.

Judge declines to boot podiatrist’s ADA claim

A federal judge cleared the way for a podiatrist to pursue a claim that Swedish Covenant Hospital fired him for accusing another employer of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

NU Law makes cuts to staff, faculty citing budget shortfall

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is facing financial difficulties this year that have prompted cuts to law school staff and faculty, according to a letter that Dean Kimberly Alexandra Yuracko sent this fall to the law school community.

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Insured fails to preserve claim to $6M

Packgen scored a $7.2 million judgment against Berry Plastics Corp., including $6.5 million for future profits — after a series of small fires were allegedly caused by defects in the polypropylene-aluminum foil Berry sold to Packgen for lining “intermediate bulk containers,” or IBCs, that a Packgen customer, CRI Catalyst Co., called CRI, developed to hold chemicals that ignite when exposed to oxygen — but Berry’s excess insurer, Illinois National Insurance Co., refused to cover the loss.

Discourse on Divorce


Changing law changes lives

In this column, I want to reflect on how the law has changed the world, and in particular, family law in Illinois.

Lawyers' Forum

No transcripts, no appeals for Cook County’s wrongfully evicted

Citizens in Cook County are losing their right to challenge wrongful evictions for an easily fixable reason: The court that determines whether tenants should be evicted does not provide a court reporter and, unlike other courts in the state, has not adopted digital recording.

Opening Statement


Janet Ulrich Brooks wows as Maria Callas in ‘Master Class’

In the past year, I have seen the remarkable Chicago actress Janet Ulrich Brooks in two distinctive TimeLine Theatre productions, each performance as different from the other as night and day.

Non-Billable Hours


New book on Frederick Douglass looks promising

Billed by its publisher as the “definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the 19th century,” the book is one that everyone should read to understand the life of a truly great American.

Lex Sportiva


New NBA plan could be path away from backdoor deals

The battle between maintaining a college athlete’s amateur status and paying them for profits the university makes off their labor has continued to surge as colleges consistently see increased profits from their athletic departments, while the athletes remain unpaid.

Opening Statement


‘Shayna Maidel’ a story of an immigrant family’s unbreakable bond

"Never forget" was the clarion call to Jewish people and decent people everywhere as a reminder to always remember the horrors and atrocities committed during the Holocaust.

Social Scene


Behind the scenes on ‘RBG’

Polsinelli LLP Office Managing Partner Mary Clare Bonaccorsi delivers remarks before a showing of “RBG,” a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Monday night event, co-hosted by Polsinelli with the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, featured a discussion after the film with its director, Julie Cohen. Marc Karlinsky

Steptoe partner honored for pro bono housing work

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Anthony G. Hopp received the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing’s 2018 Pro Bono Advocate Award earlier this month at the committee’s annual benefit at DLA Piper’s office. Hopp earned the award for his work helping a mother and son relocate from a lead-tainted apartment and sue the landlord for damages. He’s pictured with that client, Kimberly Jackson, as he received the award on Nov. 1. Photo provided by Steptoe & Johnson LLP/Gopho Collective

BatesCarey’s inaugual ‘Tea Talk’

Female attorneys at BatesCarey LLP hosted their inaugural Tea Talk: Women Empowering Women event Nov. 1 at Swift & Sons, focusing on trends in insurance coverage. BatesCarey special counsel Elise D. Allen, one of the event hosts, moderated a discussion on success in the workplace. She’s pictured on the left, joined by fellow hosts Kristi S. Nolley (center) and Agelo L. Reppas, both BatesCarey partners. Photo provided by BatesCarey LLP

LAP Annual Dinner

The Lawyers’ Assistance Program held its annual dinner last Thursday at the Union League Club of Chicago. About 300 attorneys and judges gathered to support LAP’s efforts to promote well-being in the profession. Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton was the night’s keynote speaker. He’s pictured in the center alongside 1st District Appellate Justice Jesse G. Reyes and LAP Executive Director Robin Belleau at the event. Photo provided by Lawyers’ Assistance Program/Ralph Greenslade

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