Archive for February 2012

Do Colleges Help Employers Discriminate?

Do Colleges Help Employers Discriminate?
I’m not one for conspiracy theories or Supreme Court cases, but let me know if this makes sense. There is a famous US Supreme Court case called Griggs v. Duke Power.  The gist of the case is that back in the 1960’s Duke Power had a policy that blacks could only work labor jobs which... Read more »

Most Lawsuits Aren’t Frivolous, But Some Calls Are

Most Lawsuits Aren’t Frivolous, But Some Calls Are
Despite what the media tells you, most lawsuits are based in a legitimate belief that something is wrong.  The case may not be a winner, but I’ve never met a lawyer that will knowingly bring a b.s. lawsuit.  And if they bring a case that turns out to be something other than what they thought... Read more »

Is “Chink In The Armor” Offensive If There’s No Bad Intent?

Is “Chink In The Armor” Offensive If There’s No Bad Intent?
As you may have read, one ESPN employee was fired for using the phrase “Chink in the armor” following a loss by the Jeremy Lin lead New York Knicks.  The phrase appeared as the lead headline on the ESPN mobile web page.  An ESPN broadcaster was also suspended 30 days for using that phrase during... Read more »
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Handicap Parking Crackdown

Handicap Parking Crackdown
For the past couple of weeks, Chicago police have been cracking down on people who are illegally parking in handicap spaces. I say it’s about time. I see people ignoring this law all the time. At my gym, I saw a guy park in the handicap space then run in and out of the gym.... Read more »

Why Do People Watch Crime Happen?

Why Do People Watch Crime Happen?
I just received a call from a nice father of a teenage girl.  She sadly was jumped on a CTA bus by a group of thug girls.  They didn’t know her.  Apparently they just went on the bus looking for someone to mess with and she was the unlucky one.  Fortunately, other than some bruises,... Read more »

Don’t Sweat So Much

Don’t Sweat So Much
Do you know what’s better than finding the best lawyer for your legal situation?  Not needing a lawyer at all.  But many people are so focused on getting justice that they lose sight of just moving on and living a happy life. Recently I had a caller that was apparently wrongly ticketed in the burbs... Read more »
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There Ought To Be A Law

There Ought To Be A Law
So last night I met some friends for drinks who are in town for a conference at McCormick Place.  Two great guys that are physical therapists in KC and Arizona respectively.  They love what they do and really help a lot of people. The subject of student loans came up.  Both of these guys are... Read more »

The Most Sensible Argument For Gay Marriage

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Yesterday, an appeals court in California over-turned a voter approved ban on same sex marriage.  I have always been pro gay marriage, but could never articulate the reasons why like Newark Mayor Cory Booker.  So instead of me posting my thoughts, please watch this video.   Type your email address in the box and click the... Read more »

Illinois Considers New Way to Calculate Child Support

Illinois Considers New Way to Calculate Child Support
Illinois lawmakers are considering changing the child support formula, which is the guideline courts follow when calculating the amount to be paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. The changes – which already exist in the majority states – would consider the incomes of both parents, as well as the amount of time spent... Read more »
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Spousal Support Can Be Permanent

Spousal Support Can Be Permanent
  Spousal support (also known as alimony or maintenance) can be temporary, long-term, or even permanent in Illinois. You generally see cases of permanent maintenance when a couple has been married for a long time and one spouse doesn’t really have the ability to support themselves, either because of their age or health, or because... Read more »
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