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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman swears in new attorneys to the Illinois bar in a short virtual ceremony on Thursday from the courthouse in Springfield. – Blue Room Stream screenshot/Illinois Supreme Court

High court swears in 1,590 new attorneys

Congratulating them for “weathering the storm,” Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman swore 1,590 new attorneys to the Illinois bar in a virtual ceremony Thursday.
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Illinois House names Welch speaker

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House on Wednesday elected its first Black speaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in modern U.S. history, picking Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch for the job and pushing aside Michael J. Madigan after he was implicated in an ongoing bribery investigation.
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Unclear who presides at Trump trial if he’s out of office

WASHINGTON — The Constitution says the chief justice is to preside at the impeachment trial of a president. But what about an ex-president?

Search process is open for Cook Co. public defender

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is accepting nominations for the position of Cook County public defender — though the incumbent is seeking a new term.

VA officer gets new chance to pursue bias case

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by a police officer who alleges he was the target of discrimination and retaliation at a veteran’s hospital.

No ADA protection where doctor ordered extended leave

An Indiana woman on a doctor-ordered extended leave is not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal appeals panel ruled.

Bill adds 9% prejudgment interest to injury suits

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that will add prejudgment interest to personal injury lawsuits.

$3.9M for O’Hare worker in truck rollover

A truck driver who was injured when the dump truck he was operating flipped onto its driver’s side has settled his lawsuit with all but one of the defendants for more than $3.9 million.
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