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Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2018

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes

Appeal judges mull 'troubling' questions on potential fallout from $3M verdict vs GSK over lawyer's suicide

By Dan Churney | May 31, 2018

With one judge saying he found “troubling” the potential harm to patients from decreased incentives for drug makers to develop new breakthrough medications, a federal appellate panel in Chicago hashed out some of the legal questions surrounding the appeal of jury’s verdict ordering GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide, and whose family has accused the pharmaceutical company of failing to warn that a generic version of its drug Paxil could raise a patient’s risk of suicide.

Deposition transcript: Karmeier testifies he had no knowledge of State Farm support in ’04 election

By Record News | Aug 25, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – State Farm, defending a claim that it corrupted the Illinois Supreme Court by securing the election of Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004, has filed two bits of a deposition swearing he knew nothing of support from State Farm.

Unclaimed property bill requires excess funds go towards curing pension debt

By Ann Maher | Jul 20, 2017

SPRINGFIELD - A provision of the omnibus budget bill that allows the Illinois treasurer to offset "actuarial reserve deficiencies" in the state's woefully under-funded pensions, faces criticism among business interests.

Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies migrating from California

By W.J. Kennedy | Jun 21, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation introduced in the House that would require state agencies in Illinois to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump is nearly identical to one advancing in the California legislature.

Critics say online privacy legislation is pro-trial lawyer; Advocate says tech industry is 'too loose' with personal data

By Ann Maher | May 10, 2017

Internet privacy legislation making its way through Springfield is more in line with the interests of the trial bar than it is with consumer protection, critics say.

Illinois Chamber: 'Business Opportunity' tax would be job killer; State needs to constrain spending, accelerate growth

By Tabitha Fleming | Feb 1, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – If lawmakers adopt a “Business Opportunity Tax Act.” it would make Illinois one of the few states in the nation that taxes payroll, and would return personal and corporate tax rates to near record-high rates that residents were subject to during the term of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois residents could face sticker shock over beverage tax proposal

By Christopher Knoll | Jan 17, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – If you think you're already paying too much for sweetened liquid refreshments, hold on to your wallet. If approved by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law, Senate Bill 9 would sharply raise the price consumers pay for packaged sodas, syrup-based coffee drinks and tea.

Politics, case law complicate efforts to reform workers’ compensation law

By Amanda Robert | Nov 15, 2016

While Illinois business leaders and legal advocates continue to call for changes in their workers’ compensation system, they also admit that a few obstacles stand in the way of significant reform.

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million

By Amanda Robert | Oct 11, 2016

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million Workers’ compensation continues to be a contentious issue in Illinois, with many business leaders and legal advocates pushing for more reform.

Judge dismisses 201 lawsuits in latest chapter of businesses' battle against Illinois False Claims Act

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jun 21, 2016

CHICAGO — Abuse of an Illinois whistleblower law will continue to sour businesses toward the state if lawmakers don’t take steps toward reform, attorneys and business advocates say.

Rauner to lawmakers: Make a choice; Democratic leaders say little has changed

By Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network | Feb 18, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his annual budget address Wednesday to put two choices before legislative Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature: The General Assembly can grant him, the state’s chief executive, the authority to make the cuts that will allow Illinois to spend what it’s bringing in, about $32.8 billion Or, Rauner said, lawmakers can agree to some of what he considers essential economic and political reforms and he’ll work with them on a combin

Rep. Davis introduces bill to help repay student loan debt

By Hanna Nakano | Nov 3, 2015

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to help pay back student loan debt by allowing employees to repay their student loans with pre-tax dollars.

Vote 'Yes" to retain Karmeier

By The Madison County Record | Nov 29, 2014

Chicago trial lawyers looking to put $1 Billion dollars in their own pockets have launched a campaign to unseat Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.  Stop this unprecedented anti-retention campaign from cowardly trying to harm the very Supreme Court Justice that has evidenced uncompromising standards of integrity and impartiality.

Illinois Chamber report critical of state work comp system

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 31, 2013

Cop suffers post traumatic stress disorder after confronting a suspect with a toy gun.

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