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Illinois state Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, speaks to reporters in Springfield in this file photo. Moeller is sponsoring legislation to repeal a law requiring that parents or guardians of minors seeking abortions be notified at least 48 hours in advance. Proponents say there’s renewed urgency around the issue in light of Texas’ near-ban on abortion, while foes say the existing law is a commonsense approach. – AP Photo by John O’Connor

Effort to repeal Illinois abortion notification gets renewed attention

SPRINGFIELD — Alarmed and at the same time energized by a Texas law that bans most abortions, abortion-rights advocates in the General Assembly are targeting what people on both sides of the contentious issue consider the last restriction on access to abortion in Illinois.

Injury suit against Cubs advances

A state appellate panel upheld a denial of the Chicago Cubs’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit by an Associated Press photographer injured at Wrigley Field in a non-precedential Rule 23 opinion.

Great Chicago Fire stopped Chicago Daily Law Record presses 150 years ago, but not for long

The Great Chicago Fire began Oct. 8, 1871, and raged for two days. Hundreds died, and tens of thousands were left homeless. Businesses were ravaged.

Officials: Mobile lab to speed Illinois child-exploitation crackdown

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois and federal officials on Monday unveiled a mobile unit that they say will add speed and efficiency to digital investigations of child pornography and exploitation at a time when young people are using the internet more than ever before.

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Cook County tax on gun purchases is unconstitutional, but it left the door open for a more tailored tax that specifically goes toward mitigating gun violence and its effects.

State high court issues opinions, tosses school-funding lawsuit against governor

The Illinois Supreme Court published seven opinions Thursday and one Friday in the last batch from the September term, including affirming a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 22 southern and central Illinois school districts against Gov. J.B. Pritzker over inadequate funding.

Ex-Peoria police officer’s child porn conviction reinstated

The Illinois Supreme Court has reinstated a former Peoria police officer’s child pornography conviction, finding that an appellate court erred when it ordered a new trial two years ago.

Supreme Court doesn’t block Texas abortion law, sets Nov. 1 hearing

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is allowing the Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in place, but has agreed to hear arguments in the case in early November.

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Chicago Title loses $500K setoff

Acting as receiver for a defunct bank that was duped into giving loans for condo conversions to borrowers who lied about having equity in the real estate, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued an appraisal company and Chicago Title Insurance Co. for their roles in allegedly facilitating the scheme. The appraisal company settled for $500,000. And when jurors returned a verdict of $1.45 million against Chicago Title, the judge ruled it was entitled to a $500,000 setoff. Reversing, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals explained that Chicago Title failed to satisfy its burden of allocating between joint and non-joint injuries. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. v. Chicago Title Insurance Co., No. 20-1572 (Aug. 31, 2021).

Global IP

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Copyright public-health exception would speed research access to AI

With the approval of boosters to combat the latest COVID variant, it has become painfully clear that we need to do more to stop the creation of new variants. According to the scientists, the best way to do that is to improve vaccination rates globally. Unfortunately, we are still far from using every IP weapon in our arsenal to achieve this critical goal.

For the Defense

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One win, one loss, two lessons suggest a proposed change, a deepening trend

A mixed bag of results for defendants in two recent cases are important for defense counsel to take notice of and adjust accordingly in future matters. Following that, defense counsel should advocate for a change to 735 ILCS 5/2-104 as the current version has led to a fundamentally unfair result and will in the future as well.

Insurance Matters

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Insurer does not have to cover pilot in small airplane crash

The 4th District Appellate Court recently gave effect to an exclusion in a liability insurance policy applicable to claims asserted by an “insured,” which included the pilot of a small plane. The court said the exclusion took priority over a separate policy sub-part providing bodily injury coverage generally, excepting only coverage for “bodily injury to a passenger,” i.e., not excepting claims by the pilot.

Opening Statement


Farce in the round doesn’t do Rick Bayless story justice

I have never been a big fan of theater in the round. It was fine when it was part of summer stock for musicals being presented inside a tent or barn in the Chicago area. At least it allowed a larger part of the audience to view (and to purchase) better seats (at a higher price) from all directions.

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Maestro Muti of CSO should rank among the great conductors

Like many of you, or at least some of you, I readily admit I am not an expert in the world of classical music.

Opening Statement


‘Nobodies’ and other musical marvels ring out in Chicago again

Philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

Opening Statement


Muhammad Ali battles explored in Ken Burns’ documentary on PBS

He was an egotistical, big-mouthed womanizer who rose to become one of the most popular men in the world. He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, became boxing’s heavyweight champion of the world and then, as Muhammad Ali, became one of the most controversial figures in America — and one of its greatest heroes.

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Audience makes a rousing return to Lyric Opera for ‘Macbeth’

After 18 months of darkness, there were many loud and prolonged audience ovations at the Lyric Opera of Chicago opening of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

Social Scene

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Romanucci firm shows support for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Romanucci & Blandin Managing and Senior Partner Gina DeBoni, left, and Chief Communications Officer Jennifer McGuffin take part in a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure outing with the firm on Wednesday. The firm is a lead sponsor and McGuffin is a breast cancer survivor and spokesperson of this October's Komen events in Chicago, which include a ‘race or walk where you are’ component instead of one large event. — Photo courtesy Romanucci & Blandin
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HLAI swears in new president, lauds new associate judges

Diana Lopez, from left, Martha-Victoria Jimenez, Andrea Belard, Barbara Flores and Eric Sauceda gather for the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois event at Tunnel Oct. 13. Lopez, Jimenez, Flores and Sauceda are all newly named Cook Circuit associate judges. Belard was sworn in as president of the HLAI at the event, which also welcomed the Illinois Latino Judges Association and Puerto Rican Bar Association. Photo courtesy HLAI
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Belard sworn in as president of HLAI

Appellate Court Justice Jesse G. Reyes of the 1st District swears in Andrea Belard as president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Oct. 13 at Tunnel. The event, which also marked the election of four Latino associate judges, was hosted by the HLAI with the Illinois Latino Judges Association and Puerto Rican Bar Association joining in the celebration. Photo courtesy HLAI

Social media and ethics in law

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorney Heidi L. Wickstrom delivered a presentation Oct. 8 at the Nevada Justice Association's annual meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wickstrom’s speech focused on “Social Media Discovery and Ethics in Litigation.” — Photo courtesy of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

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