A statue of Stephen Douglas on the Illinois statehouse grounds. House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday called for a removal of Douglas’ image from the Capitol. Capitol News Illinois photo/Jerry Nowicki

Madigan: Remove images of Stephen Douglas from statehouse

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan on Thursday called for removing statues and portraits of the 19th century U.S. Sen. Stephen A. Douglas from the statehouse along with other known slaveholders.

SCOTUS: Trump records private for now

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump’s financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being.

Intermodal containers aren’t vehicles under burglary law

Citing Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and a statute that specifies certain protected spaces but not others, an appeals panel reversed a man’s conviction for robbing a train car.

Springfield Dispatch

Comptroller’s new top attorney spent time at various state posts

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza hired Debjani D. Desai earlier this month as her office’s general counsel.

Springfield Dispatch

With law courses complete, Deputy Gov. Mitchell looks ahead

Earning a J.D. was an early goal for Illinois Deputy Gov. Christian L. Mitchell, who completed law school last month.

Sykes steps in as 7th Circuit’s chief judge

Even before taking the reins of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this weekend, Chief Judge Diane S. Sykes helped lay the groundwork to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge Dorothy Kinnaird remembered for work ethic, innovation

“I know that there’s a whole bunch of things out there that I want to change in the world. I just have to figure out how to go about doing it.”

Petition asks court to allow diploma privilege

A group of more than 800 law graduates, attorneys and law school faculty signed a petition urging the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt diploma privilege and waive the in-person bar exam rescheduled from July to September.

Panel: Tax applies on installed appliances

An appeals panel upheld a state tax bill for electronics retailer Best Buy, finding that home appliance sales still carry a sales tax even when the retailer installs the purchases as a contracted service.

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Trial Notebook


Court finds out-of-state cases on income calculations

Stephanie Heusuk argued a DuPage County judge erred in calculating the amount of retroactive child support she owed to her former husband, Nathan Soesbe, because the judge’s calculations included, as part of her income for 2017 and 2018, undistributed partnership earnings from her nearly 25% interest in Rhea Family Farms, as listed in line 14 of the Schedule K–1 forms she received from the limited partnership.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: The way forward

Twenty-eight years ago, when I began practicing, I was one of the few persons of color in a sea of white lawyers.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Kinnaird’s stamp of sincerity

Judge Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird was a decidedly practical person who acted with consuming purpose when she came upon a situation that needed improving such as access to justice, the advancement of women lawyers, and the mortgage foreclosure crisis, among other causes.

Legal History


July 9

See if you know what happened on this date in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Opening Statement


Disney film only adds to appreciation for ‘Hamilton’

The first time I saw “Hamilton: An American Musical” was during the summer of 2015 in New York at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, when it was just ending its run in previews.

Opening Statement


Opening Statement


The Mercury (née Blaine) Theater, 1912-2020

Another casualty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic’s theater blackout: the Mercury Theatre in Lakeview, shuttered since March, will close at the end of June, according to owners L. Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon.

Opening Statement


Assumptions and identity underlie ‘Pipeline’

Several years ago when I was fortunate to be traveling in Kenya on a photo safari, our guide was a man who was raised in a village of mud huts and was the first in his family to live in the capital city of Nairobi.

Movie Review


Past and present are one in Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’

The Vietnam War is far behind us. Yet director Spike Lee’s latest joint, “Da 5 Bloods,” resonates today with cultural relevance that he could not have anticipated when he boarded a plane to film in Thailand the day after winning a 2019 Oscar for the “BlacKkKlansman” screenplay.

Social Scene


Clifford gets AAJ lifetime honor

The American Association of Justice awarded Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. Clifford has been a member of the national plaintiff’s lawyer organization for more than 40 years. The AAJ will formally present the award by videoconference during its virtual Pass The Gavel and Awards Ceremony on July 15.

CLG virtual meeting

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke (bottom row, second left) swears in Jenner & Block LLP associate Kevin J. Murphy as president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild in a virtual meeting on May 20, making him the youngest leader in the organization’s history. Screenshot provided by the Catholic Lawyers Guild

Salvi runs virtual 10K

Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. partner Brian L. Salvi ran a “virtual 10K” in the South Loop on Saturday to raise funds for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, where he serves on the advisory board. The run was real, but the race was moved to a virtual program in place of the 2020 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon canceled by COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Burke swears-in new lawyers online

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke conducts a virtual swearing-in ceremony on Thursday for 336 newly admitted attorneys. In normal circumstances, the court holds ceremonies in each of the state’s five judicial circuits. Photo provided by the Illinois Supreme Court

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