Illinois state Sen. Darren Bailey, center, celebrates with his wife, Cindy Stortzum, left, and Lt. Gov. candidate Stephanie Trussell and her husband, William, after winning the Republican primary Tuesday. Bailey will now face Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in the fall. – AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

GOP’s Bailey to face Pritzker in race for governor

Illinois Republicans on Tuesday chose conservative state Sen. Darren Bailey to take on Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire who easily won the Democratic nomination and who spent millions trying to get the rival he wants and increase his already sizable advantage in the state this fall.

Abortion central in primaries as Illinois heads to polls

The midterm primary season enters a new, more volatile phase Tuesday as voters participate in the first elections since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision revoking a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion jolted the nation’s politics.

Fall of Roe sets off new court fights between advocates on both sides

The Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade moved to courtrooms around the country Monday as anti-abortion advocates looked to quickly enact statewide bans and their opponents sought to buy more time.

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.

7th Circuit won’t reopen challenge to Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule

A federal appeals court declined to clear the way for 14 red states to try to revive a Trump administration rule that opponents maintain was designed to keep a disproportionate number of nonwhite immigrants out of the United States.

Supreme Court rules veteran who lost job as Texas trooper can sue state

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a former state trooper to sue Texas over his claim that he was forced out of his job when he returned from Army service in Iraq.

Appellate panel revives parents’ case against Abbott, AbbVie over birth defects

The parents of a child born with severe birth defects after exposure to anticonvulsant drug Depakote did not alter their claims in a second lawsuit to receive an unfair legal advantage, a state appellate panel ruled.

Trump White House aide shares shocking Jan. 6 details

After months of testimony from a former attorney general and other powerful officials including Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, ia 25-year-old staffer has perhaps put the former president’s conduct into its sharpest relief.

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Trial Notebook


Judge rejects argument on open and obvious defense in negligence suit

A line of Illinois Appellate Court opinions supported Steven Liss’s argument that the open and obvious defense didn’t apply to his tort claim against TMS International for an accident at its scrap metal facility because he alleged “pure negligence,” not premises liability. But those decisions didn’t survive close scrutiny by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gilbert C. Sison.

Prosecution and Procedure

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Evidence of other crimes, typically barred, is OK for domestic violence

The general rule in Illinois is that evidence of other crimes is not admissible in a criminal jury trial because we fear that a jury may base its verdict, in part, on propensity. Put another way, we fear a jury may convict under the following train of thought: “If the defendant committed this crime once, he probably committed it again.”

Realty Check

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Guarantor’s death may imperil business, but insurance can help

As lawyers and counselors, it seems that we have a special obligation when representing small businesses buying real estate. I have read so many residential loan packages that I can probably recite the provisions in my sleep.

Cotter’s Corner

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Troubled court of the United States: Roe falls, as does body’s reputation

The whiff of stench we experience as we draft this column while in Monmouth for school business is not from the meat packing plant that existed in the town where I played football nearly 40 years ago, when the scent during double sessions and heat like we are experiencing was stifling. No, presently, it comes from the United States Supreme Court, where a majority has become untethered to history or text or originalism.

Opening Statement


‘Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not’ plays it safe at Second City

Here we are again at the beginning of a lazy, hazy hot summer where the hours and minutes can play tricks on your mind.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Sports world rushing to trademark NFT ventures, but legal questions remain

Rob Gronkowski made a big splash in April 2021 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end became the first professional athlete to launch his own non-fungible token (NFT) trading cards.

Opening Statement


‘Skates’ kicks off new era for renovated Studebaker Theater

Although it took a few negative hits from local theater critics, there are a number of reasons to see “Skates,” a new musical playing through Aug. 28 at the renovated Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Opening Statement


Steppenwolf is perfect venue for Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

The expression “you’ve come a long way, baby,” was a popular Virginia Slims advertising campaign in the early 1970s, designed to entice women to smoke the brand’s cigarettes.

Opening Statement


Jeff Daniels, Richard Thomas star in Nederlander Theatre’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Aaron Sorkin’s play “To Kill a Mockingbird” was adapted from Harper Lee’s novel depicting the inhuman and prejudicial way Blacks were treated in the South during the 1930s.

Social Scene


ABOTA Illinois recognizes Justice Lavin

Illinois 1st District Appellate Justice Terrence J. Lavin was recognized as Judge of the Year at the spring luncheon of the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Lavin spoke and received a special framed War of 1812 American flag. Photo courtesy ABOTA Illinois

Justice group honors Raoul

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation honored Attorney General Kwame Raoul with its Champion of Justice Award at its annual meeting earlier this month at Jenner & Block. Shown is Raoul with Leslie Corbett, executive director of the foundation. Photo courtesy of the foundation

ISBA officers sworn in

Rory Weiler, left, was sworn in as president of the Illinois State Bar Association in Springfield earlier this month, with Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, communications partner at Clifford Law Offices, serving as emcee. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke and Justice David Overstreet swore in the officers. Photo by Kari Bedford Photography
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Illinois Bar Foundation honors Eaton

J. Timothy Eaton of Taft Stettinius & Hollister was honored at the Illinois Bar Foundation’s annual gala in May. More than 300 people attended this year’s event at the Four Seasons. From left are Robert A. Clifford of sponsor Clifford Law Offices; Eaton and ISBA Past President Mark Hassakis. Photo by Bill Richert

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