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The Legal Holiday

By Declan Cleary on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

The State of Illinois lists 12 official holidays on the Department of Central Management Services website (11 on years without a general election).[1] The full list of Illinois State Holidays also includes the Friday preceding Easter (Good Friday) and Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday.[2]  As of December of last year, a House bill, since relegated to the…

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Lottery Tickets Sold Out: Proposed Amendments to the H-1B VISA Program

By Everlyne Stephens on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

On January 20, 2017, Senate Bill 180 was introduced with the stated purpose of reforming and reducing fraud and abuse in certain visa programs for aliens working temporarily in the United States.[1] The H-1B program is designed for employers seeking to hire nonimmigrant aliens in specialty occupations.[2] A specialty occupation is defined as “one that…

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Privileged or Discoverable? Illinois Courts are Dismantling Traditionally Recognized Evidentiary Privileges in the Health Care Arena

By Laura Wibberly on Monday, August 21st, 2017

Illinois courts are dismantling evidentiary privileges traditionally recognized in the context of health care. Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court held that section 15(h) of the Health Care Professional Credentials Data Collection Act, 410 ILCS 5/17-1, et seq. (2012) does not create a privilege.[1] In order to see and treat patients at a health care facility, a physician must…

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“I’m Sorry, But I Will Not Make Your Wedding Cake…” Discrimination or Religious Objection? New Conflicts in a Changing Society

By Taso Tsiganos on Sunday, August 6th, 2017

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that “the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.”[1] The Court required that…

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