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Top Attorneys in Downstate Illinois

The Leading Lawyers selections have been released in the May 2019 edition of the Leading Lawyers Consumer Edition magazine. We are proud to announce that both founding partner Jim Spiros and partner Sandy Loeb have both been recognized this year. The selection process for creating the list of Leading Lawyers and designating awards consists of… Read More


Three-vehicle collision in Jasper County hurts one

A three-vehicle collision that occurred on Illinois 30 at County Road 600N resulted in one person getting injured. The accident occurred on Monday, December 26 at approximately 10:50 a.m. The accident involved three vehicles: a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck, 2013 Chevrolet Impala, and 2012 Ford Focus. According to preliminary investigations made by the Illinois State Police,… Read More


Court rules homeowners protected from ice lawsuits

The Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled to stop trial on a slip-and-fall lawsuit with a ruling on the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act of 1979. A different Appellate Court ruled that homeowners could not be held liable for accidents relating to the weather, such as those caused by slippery sidewalks. They could, however, be liable… Read More


FAA bans flying with Samsung’s Note 7 smartphones

Due to numerous incidents of battery fires, the United States Federal Aviation Administration banned people from flying to, from, or within the country with their Samsung Note 7 smartphones. In a recently released statement, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the… Read More


Wrongful death lawsuit asks over $50,000 from defendant in vehicular accident

The widow of 21-year-old Aurora, Illinois resident Jose Quitl is asking for over $50,000 in damages from 24-year-old Maple Park resident Brandon Haller. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Kane County, Haller caused the two-vehicle collision on Illinois Route 31 that killed Quitl on March 29, 2016. According to investigations made by the Kane County Sheriff’s… Read More


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.… Read More


Four injured in I-57 construction zone collision

Four individuals sustained injuries in a two-vehicle collision that occurred in a construction zone in the northbound lanes of I-57 in Kankakee County on Tuesday, May 24. According to preliminary investigations made by the Illinois State Police, 79-year-old Chebanse resident Shelby Lamie was operating a 2013 Ford Sedan when she failed to slow down within the construction zone,… Read More


Seven injured in Kankakee County head on collision

A head on collision between two vehicles in Kankakee County resulted in the hospitalization of seven individuals, according to the Daily Journal on July 4. The two-vehicle accident occurred on U.S. Route 45/52 and 11000N Road, although details about the nature of the car accident were not released. The Manteno Fire Department responded to the… Read More


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… Read More


Illinois authorities embark on campaign to prevent motorcycle accidents

With the summer coming, more motorcyclists will be venturing out to enjoy the weather, the Southern Illinoisan reported on May 7. With this inevitability, both police officers and motorcycle advocates are planning campaigns and projects to encourage motorcycle safety among both motorcyclists and typical car and truck drivers. Illinois Department of Transportation safety program bureau chief… Read More