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.

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Love of music leads to life in law

When Brian A. Rosenblatt deferred his acceptance to medical school, his parents asked him what he wanted to do with his life. He told them he wanted to be a concert promoter.

Jury awards injured truck driver $1.6M

A Cook County jury awarded $1.6 million to a truck driver who sustained neck, knee and finger injuries after he was struck by a 470-pound bundle of steel pipes.

High court hears arguments on FOIA access to Vanecko probe

The state’s high court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the public can have access to documents from a special prosecutor’s criminal investigation into former mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew.

Challenge to city’s nudity ordinance to proceed

A federal judge gave a transgender performance artist the go-ahead to challenge a Chicago ordinance that bars women — but not men — from exposing their breasts in certain venues.

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Insurer loses in bid to toss out affidavit

Spotting problems in the affidavit Beatrice Ebijimi’s attorney submitted when responding to Safeway Insurance Co.’s request for summary judgment in a fight about uninsured motorist benefits, a Cook County judge tossed the entire declaration and granted Safeway’s motion — but the Illinois Appellate Court reversed.

Workplace Issues


Disability due to pain is difficult to prove

Proving an entitlement to disability benefits on account of pain can be challenging as a recent federal court ruling from Massachusetts recognized.

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.

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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