Voters applaud during a primary watch party Tuesday in Overland Park, Kansas. Voters in the conservative state rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions on abortion or ban it outright. – Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP

Big primary day brings abortion backlash in Kansas

In one of the biggest days of this year’s primary campaign season, voters rejected a measure that would have made it easier to restrict abortion rights in red-state Kansas and repudiated a scandal-tarred former governor seeking a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

Stephen King testifies for government in books merger trial

Bestselling author Stephen King gingerly stepped up to the witness stand Tuesday in a federal antitrust trial and, tracing his own history, laid out a portrait of a publishing industry that has become increasingly concentrated over the years while richly rewarding his creative endeavors.

Illinois Democrats seek unity after party chair power struggle

The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning — the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats.

How I Did It

Steven Levin describes his return to law firm life after a heart attack

Steven M. Levin, founder and senior partner at Levin & Perconti, had a heart attack while golfing last September. While waiting for paramedics to arrive, a 20-year-old caddy performed CPR, which helped to keep him alive.

$33.5M verdict awarded to family, survivor of Dolton police chase

A Cook County jury returned a $33.5 million verdict Wednesday against the village of Dolton in a lawsuit by the family of a man killed in a police chase, as well as another passenger who suffered severe injuries.

Settlement in dispute over public housing rent gets preliminary OK

A federal judge tentatively approved a settlement agreement designed to ensure that residents of public housing units in Chicago know they can seek an exemption if they cannot afford the minimum rent of $75 a month.

Republicans pick Milwaukee to host 2024 national convention

Republicans on Friday unanimously chose Milwaukee in swing state Wisconsin for the 2024 national convention, a win for the city after its hosting of the Democratic convention in 2020 was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Alex Jones’ bombastic behavior impacts him in court

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones bulled through the first of several trials against him that could decimate his personal fortune and media empire in his usual way: loud, aggressive and talking about conspiracies both in and out the courtroom.

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Prosecutors seeking ‘half of’ confiscated car in DUI case

A 2017 Ford Explorer that Jodi Couch co-owned with her husband, Jeffrey Couch, was subject to forfeiture when he was charged with drunk driving for the third time.

Be That Lawyer

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What ‘The Rehearsal’ can teach lawyers about business development preparation

As I was stream-surfing last weekend, the way we all do, I bumped into something thoroughly intriguing and decided to watch the opening episode. The new HBO show “The Rehearsal” sets up the host, Nathan Fielder, and his guest on a mission to solve a difficult life challenge in a truly unique way.

For the Defense

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Lessons on waiver, appeal of denial to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction

Cross-border medical malpractice cases involving challenges to personal jurisdiction have arisen recently with a decision from the Illinois Appellate Court, 1st District, Clemens v. Greenberg, 2022 IL App (1st) 201129, being the latest.

Realty Check

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Real estate disclosure statement can be both a shield and a sword

I was pleased to see the passage of Public Act 102-765 amending the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act, 765 ILCS 77/1 et seq., as it tightened up some of the issues we see when handling certain kinds of transactions, especially those for sellers who have not lived on the property. It is not just a clarification for the sellers but a warning for the buyers.

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Small Michigan theaters make a great getaway for Chicagoans

So, here we are again — in the middle of a long and hot summer, awaiting the opening of the Chicago theatrical season and I’m looking for something to fill my weekly column.

Opening Statement


‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ will have you clapping hands and stomping feet

As I prepared to review “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” a musical about three drag queens traveling across Australia, I thought of recent criticism and opposition to LGBTQ issues at a time when the right-leaning Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Movie puts an electric twist on long-held views of Elvis

As summer drifts on, we have had a couple of pleasant entertainment surprises in recent months outside the live stage.

Opening Statement


‘My Fair Lady’ brings musical bliss to Cadillac Palace

When I started writing this column more than 30 years ago, I had spent a number of years creating political and social satire shows for the Chicago Bar Association. However, I had little experience critiquing live theatrical productions for a daily newspaper.

Opening Statement


‘Life After’ has flickers of Sondheim, if not the lush melodies

When Stephen Sondheim passed away last fall, the world lost one of its greatest composers and lyricists. Sondheim had done it all. He composed music, wrote books and songs — the whole shebang. There were others like him (Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter) but they were few and far between, and not many from the current crop of emerging songwriters could measure up to him.

Social Scene

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CCBA installs president, welcomes Ben Crump

Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr., from left, Natasha E. Jenkins and attorney Benjamin A. Crump attend the Cook County Bar Association installation and awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Jenkins was installed as the youngest woman to lead the organization, the CCBA said. Crump, subject of the new Netflix documentary “Civil,” was the keynote speaker at the June 24 event. Photo by Steve Capers

Romanucci accepts trial bar honor

Antonio M. Romanucci, left, received the American Association for Justice’s Howard Twiggs Award from outgoing AAJ president Navan Ward July 18 in Seattle. The award recognizes an AAJ member whose “courtroom advocacy and distinguished service to AAJ have brought honor to the trial bar and the legal profession.” Romanucci is chair of the AAJ National Finance Council, among other roles with the group. Photo courtesy of Romanucci & Blandin
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Katten presents ‘Shangai: Safe Haven’ exhibition

Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey (left) and Mark Grossmann, partner and head of business transactions, tour “Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust,” running through Sept. 5 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. Katten is the presenting sponsor. Grossmann is also a supporting sponsor; his great-grandparents were among the European Jews who sought refuge in China. Photo courtesy of Katten
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Norway ambassador visits Greensfelder

Susan Meyer (left), a partner at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, played host to Norwegian Ambassador Anniken Krutnes during the Fourth of July weekend. Meyer is Norway’s honorary general consul for Illinois, and the firm’s Chicago office is designated as a Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate. Photo courtesy of Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC

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