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Three Killed and Two Injured in Crash

A tragic crash occurred in the early morning hours on Tuesday, October 16th leading to the death of three passengers. A Chevrolet Monte Carlo was southbound on Road 447 and failed to stop at a stop sign causing it to drive into the path of an oncoming Buick Enclave on U.S. 30 east of Overton. According [….]

Senior Associate Andrew Purcell Interviewed on Kankakee radio stations WVLI and WIVR

Today, Spiros Law Senior Associate Andrew Purcell was interviewed on Kankakee radio stations WVLI and WIVR. Andrew discussed the steps that people should take if they’ve been involved in a car accident. He also discussed the importance of knowing your rights when dealing with insurance companies after a collision. You can listen to the entire [….]

American Airlines jet forced to postpone takeoff in Chicago airport due to engine failure

Twenty-one people sustained injuries during the evacuation process when an engine malfunctioned and fell apart on an American Airlines jet and forced it to abort a takeoff from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois for Miami, Florida on Friday, October 28. Investigators were able to recover around 90% of the disk and there is evidence [….]

Illinois will now allow sick days for employees attending to family members

A newly enacted state law, the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act, which will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2017, provides a mechanism for employees to file sick leave for attending to their sick family members. The leave must be used on the same terms under which the employee is allowed to use personal sick leave benefits. [….]

U.S. district judge says final approval of $75M concussion settlement to be finalized in 2017

United States District Judge John Lee, a federal judge in Illinois, said at a hearing in Chicago on Thursday, July 14 that a $75 million settlement of the concussion multidistrict litigation between a class of student-athletes and the National Collegiate Athletic Association will obtain final approval in 2017 after the opposing sides resolve issues regarding [….]

Bicyclist hit by pickup truck in critical condition

Sixty-six-year-old Kankakee, Illinois resident Elmer Caffee had been riding his bicycle when he was struck by a pickup truck operated by 24-year-old Clifton resident Larry Frantz on South Schuyler Avenue near the River Road intersection in Kankakee on Wednesday, September 2. Caffee was said to have sustained critical head injuries, a Kankakee Fire Department report [….]

Stricter rules on boating while impaired to be implemented

A new measure instituted in Illinois has been put in place to protect boaters this year, according to the Daily Journal on May 8. Senator Julie Morrison, Democrat of Deerfield, introduced a bill designed to bring penalties for boating while under the influence more on par with penalties for drinking while driving. This supplements a law [….]

Illinois bill seeks installation of cameras in nursing home rooms

A bill drafted by the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and filed by Representative Gregory Harris (Democrat of Chicago) seeks to allow the installation of monitoring cameras in nursing home rooms within the state, should the patient or patient’s family consent, the Chicago Tribune reported on February 13. In an interview, Madigan said that [….]

Injured nurses finding little support from employers

NPR’s recent investigative series, Injured Nurses, has revealed a startling trend among individuals in the nursing field. Those working in nursing have some of the most startling numbers of back and body injuries – more than workers in most other fields. Unfortunately, injured workers far too frequently find that their employers refuse to acknowledge the [….]

IL Attorney General proposes law allowing cameras in nursing homes

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently proposed a law that would allow for individuals to place video cameras or similar recording devices into the rooms of their relatives who are in nursing home facilities. Their relatives, and anyone else living in the room, would have to consent to being recorded, but Madigan hopes that the presence of such [….]