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Lawyer: Illinois businesses should take steps to limit BIPA liability after reform legislation fails
Businesses in Illinois should be taking steps to protect themselves against class action lawsuits after the Illinois state Senate missed a deadline to amend a state biometrics privacy law, a labor and employment attorney said.
Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections
Legislation in Springfield could bring relief to employers and others facing potentially ruinous lawsuits over nothing more than requiring employees to scan fingerprints when punching in and out work shifts.
A state Senate bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be included on the Illinois ballot could pose a daunting question to the courts.
Federal appeals judges: 'Politics in politics' did not violate rights of GOP state senator who challenged Rauner
The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined Illinois Senate Republican leaders didn’t violate a caucus member’s rights by stripping him of duties after he mounted a third-party gubernatorial challenge.
Proposed bipartisan legislation currently before a state House committee that would grant legal recognition to blockchain smart contracts could propel the state ahead of the curve in business transactions that currently remain paper based, a Chicago-based attorney said during a recent interview.
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.
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.
Former state senator shouldn't expect to win his lawsuit asking for back pay, state constitution expert says
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
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.
Automatic voter registration bill dies in Illinois House after veto, but similar legislation could follow
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would automatically register voters across Illinois has held up in the General Assembly, leaving unclear whether such a bill can secure enough votes to become law amid the current political environment.