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United States Supreme Court refuses to consider Illinois eavesdropping statute, leaving in place Seventh Circuit’s questioning of its constitutionality

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari and refused to consider the constitutionality of Illinois’ controversial eavesdropping law, in 12-318, Anita Alvarez v. ACLU. This leaves in place the the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in ACLU v. Alvarez, No. 11-1286, ruling that the Illinois eavesdropping statute restricts a medium […]

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Please enjoy the holiday weekend. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Drive responsibly and do not drink and drive. Make the weekend a memorable one filled with family and happiness. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 [email protected]

Legislative push to allow undocumented immigrants a legal way to drive

In Illinois, there is currently no avenue for undocumented immigrants to legally obtain a driver’s license. Many persons are stopped for minor traffic violations and are subsequently arrested for the misdemeanor offense of driving without a license. Although I rarely cite news articles in this blog, The Chicago Tribune just published an article that announces […]

Court holiday

Although the Circuit Court is closed today in honor of Veteran’s Day, my law office will be open. Please feel free to contact me. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 [email protected]

Veteran’s Day

As I posted last year at /2/category/veterans%20courts/1.html, since today we are celebrating Veteran’s Day, it is important that we acknowledge the men and women who have bravely fought for our country. A new study by the Pew Research Center has evaluated the impact of such service upon veterans. It is important to note that […]

Consequences of inadvertently possessing a weapon at an airport checkpoint

With the holidays upon us, it is important that all gun owners or persons who live with gun owners do not inadvertently try to board an airplane with a weapon. Under Illinois law, 720 ILCS 5/29D-35.1, it “is unlawful for any person to board or attempt to board any commercial aircraft, knowingly having in his […]

Illinois’ new non-violent offender expungement law

Recently, Illinois amended its law regarding the expungement of non-violent offenses effective January 1, 2013. A new provision called the Offender Initiative Program 730 ILCS 5/5-6-3.3 would allow persons who had not been previously convicted of or placed on probation or conditional discharge for a felony and who are charged with certain probationable non-violent offenses […]

Prevalence of stalking and Illinois’ legal response to stalking allegations

Recently, the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics released a revised report on the prevalence of stalking in the United States, which can be found at Highlights of the report include that during a twelve-month period approximately 1.5 percent of persons aged 18 years or older were victims of stalking, nearly […]

Witness competency

Recently, I was asked if a witness must be a certain age in order to testify in court. Although case law describes in more detail the issues relating to witness competency in Illinois, 725 ILCS 5/115-14 outlines that every person, regardless of age, is qualified to be a witness. The statute further states that a […]

Dismissed Civil Orders of Protection are Still Not Eligible to be Expunged

This week, I was contacted by a blog reader to confirm that civil orders of protection cannot be expunged. As I have written on other occasions, /2/post/2012/02/legislation-introduced-in-springfield-regarding-expungement-of-emergency-orders-of-protection-which-do-not-become-plenary-orders.html and /2/post/2012/06/update-on-proposed-legislation-to-allow-expungement-of-some-civil-orders-of-protection.html, although legislation had been introduced in Springfield last session, the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass a bill. An emergency civil order of protection which does […]

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