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Cruel summer: Mass layoffs hit 2,100 Illinois workers in August

Story CopyIllinois employers announced mass layoffs affecting 2,112 workers in August, according to a monthly report from the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, or DCEO.

Is the American Dream Dying?

No one ever said the American Dream is easy, or should be. But government shouldn’t be the gatekeeper of success to the point of deterring an entire generation. If that happens, we all suffer.

Class action seeks to void court orders transferring structured settlements

Sangamon County judges broke state law by letting investors exchange current cash for future income from settlements of injury suits, according to Swansea lawyer David Cates.

Growth through tax hikes? Illinois has tried it - and failed

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think the recent opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune, “Tax me please, so Illinois can compete,” was a satirical article straight from The Onion.

Rauner softens stance a bit, but Dems unimpressed

While Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bulk of the Legislature’s proposed budget and penned a newspaper editorial, Speaker Michael Madigan announced another whole-House hearing and began laying blame on the governor for an expected government shutdown.

Dispatches from 'Madiganistan'

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Judge tells Ribbeck Law to get it right or face possible sanctions

“We had no problems with other judges in the past,” commented attorney Monica Kelly of Ribbeck Law in Chicago. “So, either the judge does not understand the rule or we don’t understand it.”

Callis continues TV ad blitz in Congressional race before primary

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The five absurdities of Illinois’ Sunday car sales ban

Cronyism in the car industry didn’t start with Chicago’s ongoing attempt to control ride-share companies. In 1982, big car dealerships successfully lobbied to ban their competitors from making Sunday car sales. A generation of car buyers has lost out because of it.

Fight fraud with voter ID law in Illinois

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ARDC panel recommends three-year suspension for Blagojevich’s former chief of staff

An attorney who served as chief of staff to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be suspended from the practice of law for three years, a panel of the state’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission’s (ARDC) Review Board recommended this week.

Judicial candidate selection system, needs significant reform

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Heyl Royster adds attorneys in Edwardsville and Chicago offices

Cheely The law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces the addition of attorneys in their Edwardsville and Chicago offices.

Amiel Cueto is dead at age 63

Cueto Disbarred attorney Amiel Cueto of Belleville, who served prison time on a conviction for obstructing justice, is dead at the age of 63.

'Fakegate' developed by global warming zealots

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McGlynn sisters fight malaria with national charity

Mary Claire (left) and Madelyn McGlynn After deciding to send 400 bed nets to Uganda to fight malaria, then-high school freshman Mary Claire McGlynn and her younger sister, Madelyn McGlynn, knew they had to do something more to make a difference.

Merit, as defined by Mike Madigan

No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. – Winston Churchill

Lawsuit Loan Shark bill to be heard in committee Thursday

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois lawmakers wrestle with raising the individual income tax rate to help keep the state solvent, a piece of legislation that would expand opportunities for personal injury attorneys may be on a fast track for passage in the current lame duck session.

Three cheers for negativity!

Negativity's been given a bad name – in the realm of politics, at least.

Don't decommission Zion plant

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