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Category Archives: Family Law

Expectant Teachers Await Supreme Court Maternity Ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court is taking up the case of teacher who is seeking to recover pay for accrued sick leave that she used after the birth of a child. District officials in the western Chicago suburb of Wood Dale refused to grant Margaret Dynak’s request at the end of the school year in 2016… Read More »

Supreme Court Consults Dictionaries in Pension Payout Precedent

A retired state cop will have to pay his ex a portion of the military pension he accrued before their marriage. This according to the Illinois Supreme Court, which went to lexical and legal lengths to set precedent. At issue is whether a pair of lump-sum payments made during the couple’s time together that boosted the… Read More »

Grammar Takes Precedence in Immigration Classification

A foreign national who contends she was abused by her American husband can pursue citizenship after a federal judge in Chicago ruled that the fact the couple did not live together after they were married is not enough to deny a claim of priority status. Citing the rules of English grammar alongside case law, US… Read More »

Settlement Reached in Landmark School Suicide

School and city officials in Naperville have agreed to pay the family of an honor student who killed himself $250,000 to settle a dispute over aggressive policing that led to a statewide rules change. The parents of 16-year-old Corey Walgren had sought to make both cops and district liable for the boy’s 2017 suicide, which… Read More »

Smoking Restricted on Illinois Roads

Drivers in Illinois are being forced to curb their smoking habit with children in the car or to face a fine if they’re caught lighting up. A new law makes it illegal to smoke in the presence of minors when travelling the state’s roadways. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation last week that will cover passengers,… Read More »