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Employer groups ask Rauner to veto Dem-backed bill to transfer enforcement powers from Labor Dept to A/G

A prominent Democratic Illinois state lawmaker, who is now seeking his party's nomination as the state's next attorney general, has lined up behind new legislation intended to give the attorney general new powers to pursue businesses embroiled in wage disputes - new powers that will come at the expense of the state's Labor Department, according to business groups.

Petition: Change IL conduct rules to let state regulators discipline lawyer/lawmakers like Silverstein accused of harassment

In the wake of a decision by Illinois legal profession regulators to not take action against state Sen. Ira Silverstein, who was accused of sexual harassment and who was found by the Illinois Legislative Inspector General to have engaged in behavior “unbecoming of a legislator,” a Chicago law firm has launched a petition drive, asking the Illinois Supreme Court to change Illinois lawyer conduct rules to specifically allow the state to take action against lawyers, including state lawmakers, accused of sexual harassment.

'It's more possible now' - Penn Supreme Court ruling could open gerrymander reform avenue in IL, via courts

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on the question of partisan gerrymandering could introduce a new avenue for reformers to pursue in breaking the hammerlock on the legislative redistricting process currently held by legislative leaders in the Illinois General Assembly, and other states.

'Public should control process:' Anti-gerrymandering amendment filed in Springfield

As Illinois courts have repeatedly slapped aside attempts by Illinois voters to wrest control of drawing new legislative district maps from which ever partisans control the Illinois General Assembly, the coalition behind many of those past efforts to place referenda on the Illinois ballot to change the state constitution are now backing a new amendment to combat partisan gerrymandering, with the fight this time beginning in the state legislature.

Class action: IL Treasurer Frerichs mishandling administration of 529 college savings plans

A Lake County resident has sued Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, accusing him of mishandling the state’s college savings plans and improperly assessing fees on participants.

Cook County judge: Chicago alderman's personal emails, texts generally not subject to FOIA

Emails and text messages sent and received by Chicago aldermen on their personal accounts and devices generally may not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a Cook County judge has ruled, partially thwarting an attempt by Chicago lawyer Ameer Ahmad to uncover what he believed were efforts by his neighbors to use connections to Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno to allegedly improperly block Ahmad from obtaining a permit for a home improvement project.

Berrios lawsuit: Cook County ethics ordinance illegally limits his campaign cash, imposes fines

Cook County Assessor and chairman of the county's Democratic Party Joe Berrios has sued the Cook County Board over campaign donation limits.

Illinois law reducing LLC fees will help make Prairie State a bit more business friendly, attorney says

A woman is suing Union Medical Center, Cityscape Landscape LLC, Beef-Boners Union and Chicago Title Land Trust Company for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries. And that's good for small businesses and the entire state, a local attorney says.

GOP state lawmakers join Supreme Court brief asking to reject challenge to compulsory union fees

A group of nine Republicans currently serving in the Illinois General Assembly, including two rookie state lawmakers, have signed their names to a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold the state’s ability to allow unions to extract fees from government employees who don’t wish to join a union, arguing the country’s founding federalist principles should allow the 50 states to decide such policy questions for themselves.

Pro-life lawmakers, groups appeal Springfield judge's refusal to block IL abortion funding law

A group of pro-life Illinois state legislators, anti-abortion organizations and the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese have indicated they will continue their legal fight to stop the state of Illinois from using taxpayer money to fund abortions, filing notices to appeal a Springfield judge’s decision to deny them the injunction they sought to block the state law authorizing public funding for what they estimate could be “tens of thousands” of abortions each year.

Attorney says Second Circuit decision in Illinois biometric data case provides roadmap to deal with future cases

A Chicago-area attorney is advising employers that they should take more steps to make sure they are protected from lawsuits alleging the improper storage of fingerprints and other so-called biometric identifying information gathered from employees. And, he said, the attorneys representing them can look to a recent decision from a New York federal appeals court for guidance on one successful avenue of defense.

Attorney: New bill banning employment salary inquiries likely in Illinois, despite veto loss

In the wake of a veto of legislation to amend the Illinois Equal Pay Act, lawmakers in the state have been left to sift through the rejected proposal and find a foundation to serve as a model for the next proposal.

Illinois law requiring taxpayers to pay for abortions faces court challenge; no funding source ID'd, suit says

Anti-abortion groups have filed a lawsuit challenging an Illinois law that clears the way for the public funding of elective abortions beginning on Jan. 1, saying the legislation violates the Illinois state constitution's requirements that lawmakers first identify where the tens of millions of dollars will come from to pay for more than 40,000 abortions per year.

Sexual harassment accusations continue to roil IL assembly, but very different from private sector cases

As sexual harassment scandals spread in the Illinois General Assembly, some lawmakers are calling for still more action to empower investigators to pull the curtain back on what has been described as a rampant culture of abuse in Springfield. However, unlike private sector employers, state officials don't face a realistic threat of lawsuits over their actions, says a lawyer who specializes in such harassment cases.

Illinois Supreme Court to decide if hospitals will have to pay property taxes

The Illinois Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments in another case addressing whether hospitals should be exempted from paying property taxes, marking the second time this year the court will tackle the question weighing on hospitals and local governments across the state.

Spike in IL lawsuits vs employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning

A spike in the number of lawsuits in Illinois over biometrics data is a result of such data becoming more commonly used or misused by both business and social media. But whatever the reason, businesses should look for more and more of these lawsuits in coming days, a Washington, D.C.-based labor and employment attorney warns, thanks to a unique facet of Illinois' law

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

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.

Judge: State Rep Drury yet to prove malice in defamation suit vs Proft over campaign ads

An Illinois state representative and Democratic candidate for governor has failed in his renewed attempt to sue an Illinois conservative radio talk show host and political activist and his political organization for statements made in 2014 political advertisements, as a Cook County judge has again tossed the defamation lawsuit brought by State Rep. Scott Drury against Dan Proft and Liberty Principles PAC.

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

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.

Taxes hiked, Democrats blamed, but how much will Republicans be boosted in 2018?

The Illinois General Assembly recently ended a two-year budget stalemate by overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a proposed spending plan that included a 32 percent income tax increase. But just how much the tax increase will persuade Illinois voters to toss out of office the primarily Democratic lawmakers who promoted and voted for the tax hike remains an open question.