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Attorney: Despite Rauner veto, 'some sort' of law banning pre-employment salary inquiries possible in IL

Dee Thompson Oct. 9, 2017, 9:00am

Changes to Illinois law may make a potential employer’s inquiry into a job applicant’s wage, benefits and other compensation history an unlawful form of discrimination, despite a veto from Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Proposed legislation to nix Cook County soda tax could conflict with Illinois home rule principle

Karen Kidd Aug. 30, 2017, 12:02am

While polling data indicates Cook County's new so-called "pop tax" is largely unpopular, two proposals filed in the Illinois General Assembly to flush the tax could infringe on the principle of home rule.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Former state senator shouldn't expect to win his lawsuit asking for back pay, state constitution expert says

Dee Thompson Jun. 20, 2017, 3:30pm

Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat who served in the Illinois state Senate for 10 years, has sued the state of Illinois, alleging his pay was illegally withheld during budget crises. However, an expert in Illinois constitutional law says his lawsuit has little chance of prevailing, particularly since the lack of funds was caused in part by legislation to cut lawmaker pay - legislation he, at the time, supported.

Ex-state senator sues IL over 'unconstitutional' skipped paychecks, years after supporting skipped pay

Scott Holland Jun. 5, 2017, 11:48am

Ex-state Senator Mike Noland, D-Elgin, is suing the state of Illinois to force the comptroller to get the money he claimes was denied him during a decade in office - even though he voted for the measure he now claims is illegal.

Illinois unclaimed property rules for gift cards, other securities, could soon change

Nicholas Gueguen May 31, 2017, 10:10pm

A proposed new law could change the rules in Illinois concerning unclaimed property - and particularly, unclaimed gift cards and unclaimed property from business-to-business transactions, both of which may no longer be exempt from reverting to the state.

Illinois Realtors opposes Illinois rent control bill to green light city rent controls

Laura Halleman Apr. 1, 2017, 11:04pm

Illinois Realtors, a real estate advocacy group, has stepped out to oppose Illinois state legislation to repeal the state's Rent Control Preemption Act, a 1997 law prohibiting cities and other local governments from enacting rent control measures.

Federal judge strikes down IL law banning med marijuana groups from donating to political campaigns

Scott Holland Mar. 29, 2017, 1:59am

Libertarian political candidates won a free speech victory in federal court as a Chicago judge declared unconstitutional an Illinois campaign law barring medical marijuana businesses from making campaign contributions. 

St. Clair Co. judge backs union, denies AG request to order state to stop paying workers amid impasse

Cook County Record Feb. 16, 2017, 8:08pm

St. Clair Co. judge denies AG Madigan's request to order state to stop paying workers amid impasse

Judge rejects ex-Gov. Quinn's lawsuit challenging power of Chicago mayor to appoint school board

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 14, 2017, 12:47pm

Saying nothing in federal law entitles Chicago residents to a right to an elected school board, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of plaintiffs, including parents of Chicago Public Schools students and former Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, who had asked the court to side with their contentions that a state law granting the mayor of Chicago the power to appoint members of the Chicago Board of Education was discriminatory and violated their voting rights.

Reform or distraction: Chicago sports teams seek workers comp changes for athletes in budget deal

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Feb. 7, 2017, 4:07pm

With the state's financial situation hinging in part on a deal to reform some state worker's compensation rules, Chicago's major pro sports franchises have jumped in, seeking a measure allowing them to stop paying workers comp to athletes at age 35. The teams say it's necessary to change rules that bear no resemblance to the realities of their business, and allow athletes who play for teams in other states with less generous workers comp systems the chance to "forum shop."

Illinois' bailout bill for two Exelon power plants unique, unprecedented, needed more review, attorney says

Robert Lawson Jan. 18, 2017, 6:15pm

In early December, Democrats and Republicans in Springfield, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, agreed on an energy bailout bill in the Legislature to keep two Exelon nuclear generator plants operating at a cost of as much as $4.54 per month per Illinois ratepayer. But a Chicago lawyer who has advised industrial businesses and governments on energy-related issues for more than two decades said the 503-page bailout bill, which rewrote major provisions of both the Illinois Public Utilities Act and the Illinois Power Agency Act, should have received a more thorough review before becoming law.

Legislators may override governor's veto of plan to automatically sign up voters

Dawn Geske Nov. 25, 2016, 9:55am

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois legislators are looking to make voting even easier by overriding the governor’s veto of a bill designed to register voters when they apply for driver’s licenses.

Voters OK'd term limits for their towns, but barriers make applying limits statewide difficult

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 22, 2016, 6:34pm

On Election Day, four Cook County communities took action on an issue that many voters in Illinois want to see addressed on a much larger scale: term limits.

Illinois employers could be fined for asking employee to like or retweet employer social media posts

Karen Kidd Nov. 18, 2016, 5:27pm

Illinois employers who try to boost their social media presence by having employees participate in their Facebook, Twitter and other online activities should reconsider that practice, a labor and employment attorney said during a recent interview.

Election Day voter registration cleared for IL this November; judges refuse to rush appeal

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 7, 2016, 5:05pm

Election Day voter registration will be allowed this November at all polling places in Cook County and Illinois’ other more populated counties, after a federal appeals court refused to speed up proceedings in the case, pushing briefing in the matter back to Nov. 10, two days after Election Day.

Judge slaps down Illinois Election Day voter registration system, saying it dilutes rural citizens' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 27, 2016, 12:41pm

A federal judge has prohibited Illinois’ most populated counties from continuing to register voters at polling places on Election Day, saying the way the system is currently set up in the state violates the rights of people voting in Illinois’ more rural regions.

New laws requiring greater accommodation of pregnant workers, may require employers to shift mindset

Dawn Geske Sep. 22, 2016, 11:34am

Pregnant workers are getting some relief as more states pass legislation to prevent discrimination in the workplace in addition to providing accommodations during their pregnancy.

IL high court's remap rehearing denial erects 'roadblock that seems insurmountable' to reform: Dissent

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 20, 2016, 3:56pm

Saying the Illinois Supreme Court missed out on an opportunity to provide helpful guidance to citizens seeking to exercise their constitutional rights, as well as to more fully explain its decision in light of longstanding precedent, the man who will serve as the court’s next chief justice, together with two of his colleagues on the state high court, teed off on the court majority’s decision to simply deny a request to rehear arguments over a proposed amendment intended to rewrite the ways Illin

Illinois employers should prepare now to track paid leave benefits under new law, attorney says

Karen Kidd Sep. 8, 2016, 10:20pm

Illinois employers should prepare for the state's new Employee Sick Leave Act, which allows employees to use paid personal sick leave benefits to take care of family members, a labor and employment attorney said in a recent interview.