Content Editor: Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds Original Author Credit: Allison M. Huntley The Second District Appellate Court recently ruled on BMO Harris Bank N.A. v. Joe Contarino, Inc., 2017 IL App (2d) 160371, a case concerning an amendment to the Conveyances Act from 1996. The case directly impacts Illinois creditors lending to residential and commercial landlords. […]

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March 13th, 2018

Posted In: Civil Litigation, Real Estate

By: Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds Illinois employers already need to exercise caution to avoid prematurely inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history in violation of the Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, effective January 1, 2015. Soon, there could be a need for Illinois employers to avoid asking job applicants about their salary history. In […]

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March 1st, 2018

Posted In: Employment & Labor

By: J. Joseph McCoy The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became effective on January 1, 2018, has some significant implications for estate planning. The focus of this article, which will be the first of a multi-part series, will be on the change to the federal estate tax exemption. Under the new law, the federal […]

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February 21st, 2018

Posted In: Trusts & Estates

By: Kim M. Casey The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure which became effective on December 1, 2017 make changes to the timing of the filing of proofs of claim in a bankruptcy case and alter the procedure for determining the amount of a claim and the value of any security that is held by the […]

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February 12th, 2018

Posted In: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights

By: Philip R. Frankfort As a result of legislation signed by Governor Rauner on December 13, 2017 (P.A. 100-0564) all Illinois prescribers must now register with the Prescription Monitoring Program (“PMP”) and in certain circumstances interact with the PMP’s database. Specifically, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (“Act”) has been amended to add a new section […]

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January 29th, 2018

Posted In: Healthcare

By: Maryjo Pirages Reynolds Illinois employers with 15 or more employees have been required by the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (“VESSA”) to provide unpaid leave to employees who were victims or in a family/household of a victim of domestic or sexual violence. VESSA was recently amended to require that all Illinois employers, regardless […]

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July 26th, 2017

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Leave Laws

By: Maryjo Pirages Reynolds Beginning on September 18, 2017, all employers must use a revised Form I-9, which was just published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new Form I-9 has a revision date in the bottom left-hand corner of “07/17/17 N” and is available at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. The new Form I-9 updates the […]

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July 18th, 2017

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Immigration

On June 15, 2017, Attorney Michael Jon Shalbrack received the Seely P. Forbes Memorial Award, one of the Winnebago County Bar Association’s highest honors. This award recognizes an individual for their extensive community service and strong moral character. Mike had no idea that he was even a nominee for the prestigious Award. He said, “I […]

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June 16th, 2017

Posted In: Announcements

By: Alexander J. Mezny The Illinois Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) requires businesses to allow use of existing sick leave to care for certain family members. Only one year old, the Act has already been expanded to include step-children and domestic partners (it already covered the employee’s child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, […]

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January 31st, 2017

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Policies & Agreements

HolmstromKennedy’s Real Estate Group was recently featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine. We currently have 9 attorneys who have been selected as Leading Lawyers, 3 of whom are part of the Real Estate Group. This distinction is received by less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state. In addition, we have 3 attorneys who […]

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January 30th, 2017

Posted In: Announcements

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