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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his first budget address from the Illinois House chambers Wednesday in Springfield. – Ashley Mizuo

Pritzker’s budget banking on cannabis cash, gambling gains

In his first-ever budget address, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday presented a plan to bring more revenue into the state’s coffers — but some of the biggest proposals will require action by the legislature first.
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Grant, Hall, Neal win CBA’s Dickerson Awards

Two lawyers and a Cook County judge were honored by The Chicago Bar Association as this year’s Earl Burrus Dickerson Award recipients.

Law Firm Leaders

Harmon named Schiller DuCanto Fleck’s new MP

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP has named Meighan A. Harmon as its new managing partner. She is the firm’s first woman to serve in that role.

In Chambers

From Judas Priest to jurisprudence

Within two years of graduating from college, Cecilia A. Horan had already found her a dream job. It was at a Chicago area radio station where they played hard rock and heavy metal 24/7.

Electrician's injury suit against White Sox can proceed

The White Sox have failed to close out a slip-and-fall case. A state appeals panel has ruled an electrician’s claims against the team should be reinstated after they were initially rejected by a trial judge.

No link showing student arrest was retaliatory

A high school student failed to show her arrest for disorderly conduct was triggered by her threat to press charges of excessive force against two school employees, a federal judge held.

Statements by hospitalized suspect can be used at trial

Prosecutors can use statements given to investigators by a robbery suspect while he was in treatment for gunshot wounds at a hospital, a federal judge ruled Feb. 14.

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Trial Notebook

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Insufficient explanation dooms med-mal case

Justices Michael B. Hyman and Aurelia Pucinski disagreed on whether John Guerra needed testimony from an addictionologist to prove causation in John’s malpractice case against Dr. Eugene Lipov, the pain management specialist who allegedly provided Jill Guerra with prescriptions for hefty amounts of opioids during the last 10 months of her life.

Opening Statement

Frazin

A compelling opera at Lyric and a winning musical by Porchlight

OK, all you trivia buffs out there. Here’s a few challenges for your consideration.

Non-Billable Hours

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A Best Picture nominees refresher

Getting ready for an Oscars party? On Sunday, the 91st Academy Awards ceremony will air on ABC. Red carpet coverage will begin at 4 p.m. here and the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

The Laws of Fitness

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Can you pass your elementary school fitness test today?

I still remember running a mile, doing pushups, situps and chinups in elementary school as part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge program. How would you do if you had to do the challenge today?

Sports Marketing Playbook

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MLB’s biometric ticketing move runs headlong into court ruling

Biometric identification of fans entering sports venues isn’t the future, it’s now a reality.

Non-Billable Hours

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Having such a good time, having a ball at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

It doesn’t really matter that this musical depiction of the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) isn’t a great movie. It’s a great time.

Cotter’s Corner

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Four Founders give their view on U.S. in 2019

Joseph Ellis is one of the great Founding Fathers historians.

Social Scene

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Trial of Hippocrates

Hippocrates (not pictured) was cleared of all charges leveled by the city of Thebes in a mock trial sponsored by the National Hellenic Museum of Chicago. Former federal prosecutors Patrick M. Collins of King & Spalding LLP and Tinos Diamantatos of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP prosecuted the long-dead Greek physician for allegedly violating his eponymous oath in his treatment of the king of Thebes. Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, and Dan Webb, co-executive chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP, defended the Kos native. Using chips placed on a scale of justice, the audience member “jurors” acquitted Father of Medicine …
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Oscars preview party

Scharf Banks Marmor held an Oscars preview party last Wednesday at its downtown office. The event included a legal movie trivia contest and a discussion of Academy Awards contenders between firm counsel Rebecca R. Ford — a former MGM attorney who writes movie reviews for the Daily Law Bulletin’s Non-Billable Hours section — and WCDB Public Radio host Gary Zidek. Pictured are Ford and Zidek (center) with winners of the trivia contest. Photo provided by Scharf Banks Marmor
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Society of Trial Lawyers ball

The Society of Trial Lawyers held its 84th annual dinner dance on Feb. 9 at the Langham Chicago. The society’s current president is Levin & Perconti founding partner Steven M. Levin (second from right), pictured at the event with fellow Levin & Perconti partners Margaret P. Battersby Black (far left), Susan L. Novosad (second left) and Michael F. Bonamarte IV (far right). Photo provided by Levin & Perconti
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AAJ in Miami

Local plaintiff’s lawyers escaped the cold to attend the American Association of Justice’s 2019 Winter Convention in Miami Beach, Fla., running from Saturday through Tuesday. Pictured are the Illinois-based attendees, gathered for a reception hosted by Preferred Capital Funding. Among those pictured are John A. Stefani, managing partner at Levinson & Stefani; Heidi L. Wickstrom, associate at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.; Miranda L. Soucie, partner at Spiros Law P.C. in Danville; Katie A. Hubbard, associate at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli P.C. in Edwardsville; Antonio M. Romanucci, partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC; Ronald Kalish, partner at …

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