Archive for December 2010

The Trib Editors Are Uninformed Or Don't Care About Facts

A friend forwarded me an editorial from last week by the Tribune, calling for Illinois workers’ compensation reform.  Now I don’t have a great deal of faith in newspapers because it seems any time you personally know the facts of a story, the truth isn’t represented in what you read.  This editorial is a perfect... Read more »

Christmas Comes Early For Sex Offenders

Earlier this month, an appeals court ruled that a 20-year prison sentence given to a sex offender was too harsh and that he needs to be re-sentenced. The man was convicted of traveling to Illinois to have sex with a 15-year-old boy.   The man was sentenced by a judge in the Southern District of... Read more »

Road Trip!!! Not If You Want Your Job.

A suburban school district is being sued because it denied a teacher’s request for an unpaid, three-week leave in order to make a religious pilgrimage. The lawsuit claims that the Berkeley school district violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on religion. (It also prohibits discrimination based on other factors,... Read more »
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Beware The One Legged Man

I have a very close friend who owns a bunch of bars and restaurants in Chicago.  Great guy, honest businessman, truly deserves good things to happen to him.  Unfortunately he is often the victim of scam artists and b.s. laws.  For example, did you know that the City of Chicago can fine a bar for... Read more »

Beat This Deal Groupon, Part 2

A few weeks ago I had a post that told you how to get free legal forms such as power of attorney for healthcare in Illinois.  There is another great deal available for you or anyone else and unlike the deals on Groupon, this is also free. You don’t have to pay hundreds or thousands... Read more »

How To Scam a Lawyer

The ARDC recently sent out this warning to all attorneys.  I can verify this happens as I get these e-mails all the time, usually from someone who says, “I was divorced in your jurisdiction” and wants to recover the settlement they are owed.  While I’m sure you aren’t worried about lawyers, the ARDC does at... Read more »
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Is This Why You Can't Get A Job?

  My wife likes to tease me that I’m a crotchety old man trapped in the body of a 38 year old man.  So consider this my whiny old man rant for the week. I probably find a typo in most of the blog postings that I have.  There is probably at least one in... Read more »

You Better Watch Out . . .

We decided to jump on the bandwagon of the annual holiday drunk driving stories and blog posts. Given the number of alcohol related traffic stops and arrests this time of year, not to mention the countless injuries and deaths, it’s worth repeating. One story caught my eye the other day: John Hilkevitch’s column in the... Read more »

Slip & Fall Lawsuit Season

Winter is here, and so is that ice that never seems to melt until sometime in April. Hopefully, you will make it through the season intact. Many, however, will slip and fall. Some will suffer serious injuries and decide to sue a neighbor, store owner, or management company for their damages (like medical bills, pain,... Read more »
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Everyone Can Now Get Divorced

The approval of civil unions in Illinois is, in my opinion, long overdue. Perhaps it’s a step toward same-sex marriage in Illinois, although I suspect we’ll have a while to get familiar with civil unions first. So let’s talk about civil unions and divorce. When I heard the news, one question it raised was how... Read more »
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