Tag: Illinois

Pier 1 closing stores, and my world just became a little less pretty

Say it isn’t so. News broke earlier this week that made me sadder than the announcement of Harry & Meghan’s break from the royal family. Home decor retailer Pier 1 Imports announced it is closing 450 of its stores, including it turns out, the two locations nearest to me. Those ominous, giant “Storewide Sale” signs... Read more »

Illinois public unions don't have to repay fees to nonmembers, court says

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a recent pair of decisions of interest to anyone who followed last year’s Janus Supreme Court union-dues case and might be interested in its implications for Illinois public employees. Specifically, the appeals court said that despite the 2018 SCOTUS ruling, union nonmembers aren’t entitled to recover any past... Read more »

State supreme court upholds anti-"revenge porn" law, says it doesn't violate free speech

They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The scorned woman in this case was part of a romantic triangle. She was a jilted fiancée who electronically shared nude photos of her ex-fiance’s lover, who happened to be the girl next door. All the juicy details—and they are juicy—can be read here. This... Read more »
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Is pricey prescription pet food just a racket?

Anyone who has had to purchase prescription diet food for their pet knows how crazy expensive these products can be. Even if you have pet health insurance, it usually doesn’t cover prescription food. I had a cat with digestive problems, so my vet at the time recommended Royal Canin prescription dry cat food, upwards of... Read more »

Dear Mom and Dad: Thank you for not killing me

Dear Mom and Dad, (Mostly Mom) You’re both gone now, but if you were still here I would thank you for not killing me. Thank you for letting me survive my infancy and childhood so I could grow up to become a healthy adult. Thank you for not losing your temper with me when I... Read more »

Don’t like the price Zillow puts on your home? Don’t bother suing—you’ll lose

It seems that people either love Zillow or hate it. Home buyers tend to be in the first group, and home sellers in the latter. While it can empower consumers with knowledge, it can frustrate homeowners when the “Zestimate” falls considerably below their asking price or what they believe their property is worth. Zestimates are... Read more »
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When nursing home residents get frisky

There was an interesting recent case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving the sexual activities of elder nursing home residents. Illinois-based Neighbors Rehabilitation Center LLC, a recipient of Medicare funds, was fined a whopping $84,000 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for what CMS said was its failure to sufficiently investigate... Read more »

Illinois Good Samaritan bill would let citizens rescue pets from hot cars

Q&A with Marc Ayers, Humane Society of the U.S. Illinois State Director Every summer brings with it the heartbreaking and all too common reports of infants and pets perishing inside hot vehicles. Thirteen states have passed “Good Samaritan” laws that allow citizens to break into a locked vehicle if they witness an animal inside that appears... Read more »

11/9 I Await You: I've Got Political Ad Fatigue

November 9th can’t get here fast enough for me. I feel this way every election year. It’s because I can finally take my TV off mute when the commercials come on. It’s safe to turn the TV on without a relentless onslaught of back-to-back slimy political attack ads, each more brainless than the last. Is it... Read more »
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This Blog-o Says No Blago

He’s baack. Rod Blagojevich will appear in Judge James Zagel’s courtroom via closed-circuit TV today for his resentencing. Supposedly, Blago has a very good chance of getting his original 14-year sentence dramatically reduced. If that’s the case, having already served four years in federal prison he could soon be a free man. No. No, no,... Read more »