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State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, speaks during a rally Wednesday in the Illinois Capitol rotunda against two abortion bills under consideration. Bryant called for activists to flood lawmakers with electronic witness slips, or online clicks, in opposition. Further she said she would request each name be read on the House floor. – Capitol News Illinois photo/Rebecca Anzel

Anti-abortion activists plan abortion bill attack

SPRINGFIELD — More than 4,000 people visited the Illinois Capitol Wednesday to protest pending abortion-related legislation, just one day after one of the measures cleared a Senate committee.
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Donohue Brown names DeGrand as managing partner

With two of Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC’s named partners in semiretirement, the firm is going through a leadership transition, said Mark M. Burden, who stepped down earlier this year as managing partner.

In Chambers

Suburban judge has a flair for the academic

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Anderson once bought a beer for Antonin G. Scalia.

$8.5M award after hospital admits errors

A Williamson County jury on Wednesday awarded a record $8.5 million wrongful-death verdict to the wife of a 60-year-old Marion man who died during elective shoulder surgery.

High court reverses tax revenue suit over sales

SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court reversed an appellate court’s judgment, dismissing claims in which two Illinois municipalities were alleged to be enriched in a “scheme” to divert tax revenue from out-of-state facilities.

Lindberg, force behind Illinois ethics acts, dead at 86

After serving as a private attorney, Illinois lawmaker, state comptroller and state appellate court justice, George W. Lindberg set his sights on the federal trial bench in Chicago.

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Court questions successor judge's opinion in injury case

Picking the appropriate standard of review was a tricky proposition when Frank Russo appealed from an order that wiped out his $9.9 million judgment against Corey Steel — because the trial judge stepped aside during post-trial proceedings, and Corey Steel’s request for a new trial was granted by a successor judge based on his disagreement with the first judge’s ruling on expert testimony.

Expert Opinions

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High court settles use of vehicle damage photos to prove injury

The Illinois Supreme Court recently resolved a conflict between appellate districts regarding the admission of vehicle damage photographs in a personal-injury context.

Professionalism on Point

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Being heard on the topic of civility

Should lawyers and judges take a stand against incivility in their communities and workplaces? Can they stem the tide?

Opening Statement

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ back on stage

Just when you thought it was safe to walk into a flower shop again, “Little Shop of Horrors,” with music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, has returned — this time to the stage of the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave., in Lakeview, and running until April 28.

Non-Billable Hours

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A low-stakes ‘Captain Marvel’ backstory now to save the universe later

Captain Marvel” has one job. That job is to explain the origin story of its titular shero well enough to justify her role in saving the universe when “Avengers: Endgame” opens on April 26.

Opening Statement

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‘Choir of Man’ rocks, but ‘Bronx Tale’ not as meaty as ‘Todd’

Did you hear the one about the theater critic who walked into a bar? Sounds like the setup to a punchline — but in fact that’s what critics and audiences are doing this month at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier.

Non-Billable Hours

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Close, but no cigar: Where’s the Academy’s love for Glenn?

Glenn Close’s 2019 Oscars dress weighed 42 pounds — 4 million tiny glass beads, hand-sewn on sheaths of golden fabric formed into a shimmering caftan — the vestment of a Hollywood high priestess.

Social Scene

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Salvi Law at career day

Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. partners Tara R. Devine and Jennifer L. Ashley presented about the legal profession during a career day program last week at Butterfield School in north-suburban Libertyville. The two helped students hold a mock trial in the case of B.B. Wolf v. Curly Pig. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
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ABA’s Carlson at DePaul

American Bar Association president Bob Carlson, a shareholder with Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson P.C. in Butte, Mont., visited with students at the DePaul University College of Law on March 12. Photo provided by DePaul University/Jeff Carrion
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WBAI judicial reception

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois hosted its annual judicial reception on March 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year, WBAI honored four judges: (left to right) Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, former Cook County Circuit Judge Russell W. Hartigan and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Joy V. Cunningham.
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CBF’ Campaign Kickoff

Winston & Strawn LLP hosted the kickoff reception for The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2019 Investing In Justice Campaign on March 6. It’s the 13th year the CBF has held the campaign, which runs throughout March with more than 150 firms and organizations participating. Last year’s campaign raised $2.3 million in grants. Pictured at last week’s reception are Linda T. Coberly (left), Chicago managing partner at Winston & Strawn and the 2019 campaign chair, and CBF President Carrie J. Di Santo (right) of CME Group. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Foundation

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