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.

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.

Judge’s remarks on gun violence didn’t taint order

A federal judge’s remarks about the gun violence plaguing Chicago did not taint the sentence he imposed on a man convicted of illegally possessing a firearm, a federal appeals court ruled.

Wise Morrissey renamed after departure of Kaveny

David C. Wise and Francis P. Morrissey have parted ways with Elizabeth A. Kaveny. The firm, which had been Wise, Morrissey & Kaveny, will now be called Wise Morrissey.

House panel hears about carcinogenic emissions

The House Energy and Environment Committee held a public hearing Tuesday to discuss the issue of ethylene oxide emissions as part of Stop Sterigenics Citizen Lobby Day. It comes just days after the IEPA shutdown sterilization operations at Sterigenics.

Courts & Cases

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Trial Notebook


Res judicata elements kill third filing

When deciding whether the one-refiling rule barred First Midwest Bank’s 2015 lawsuit against Andres Cobo and Amy M. Rule on the promissory note they executed as part of a mortgage transaction, the Illinois Supreme Court used the res judicata transactional test “to determine whether two lawsuits assert the same cause of action for purposes of the single refiling rule.”

Commercial Litigation


Zillow Zestimates not actionable value statements

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the dismissal of a class-action fraud and deceptive practices claims against the owners of the Zillow.com real estate valuation website.

Prosecution and Procedure


Courts find more than sight involved in plain-view doctrine

Practitioners and judges are acutely aware of the applicability of the “plain-view doctrine” to Fourth Amendment questions. Further, they are quite astute at recognizing it when they see it.

The Laws of Fitness


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


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


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


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

Joseph Ellis is one of the great Founding Fathers historians.

Social Scene


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

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

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 …

JABA happy hour

The Japanese American Bar Association Chicago Committee hosted its new year’s happy hour and membership drive with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. at the firm’s downtown office on Jan 24. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

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