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Drunk Driving Can Be A Deadly Choice

Drunk driving is a dangerous choice that can have fatal consequences, but thousands of people make the decision to drink and drive every day. To get a better idea of just how problematic drunk driving is in the United States, we’re sharing this infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you end up Read More

Illinois Debates Marijuana A Day Before 4/20

Illinois lawmakers held a panel discussion yesterday to debate the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana, a move that has already been made by a couple other states. One of the speakers who shared her thoughts with the panel was Barbara Brohl, who has helped get Colorado’s recreational marijuana program up and running. Brohl spoke Read More

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The True Cost Of A Speeding Ticket In Illinois

If you’re like most drivers, odds are you’ve spotted the red and blue cherries of a police cruiser in your rearview mirror at one point or another. Hopefully you weren’t going too far above the speed limit, but you can still end up schilling out hundreds of dollars even if you were only going a couple Read More

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Proposed Change To Forfeiture Law Has Police Irked, Citizens Happy

In a move that’s a win for due process, Illinois lawmakers have submitted a proposal that would change the way forfeiture laws are enforced. The proposal suggests that police would only be allowed to seize property from a suspect after they have been convicted of a crime. The proposal makes a lot of sense. After Read More

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Is It Worth It To Hire A Lawyer?

If you’ve been ticketed or charged with a crime, one of the first things you’re probably thinking about is whether or not it is in your best interest to hire an attorney. Yes, hiring an attorney will cost you money, but pleading guilty to a charge can cost you a lot more in the long Read More

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Wrong Way DUI Offenders Could Face Stiffer Penalties In Illinois

An Illinois legislator has introduced a proposal that would make wrong-way driving an aggravating factor in determining sentences for DUI offenders. Wrong way DUIs don’t occur all that frequently in Illinois, but when they do, they can easily be deadly. State data suggests that wrong way impaired drivers have caused more than 50 deaths and Read More

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Recreational Marijuana Use Proposed In Illinois

Lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legalize recreational marijuana use in Illinois, but a vote on the issue likely won’t surface until next year. Under the proposal, it would become legal for adults over the age of 21 to possess, grow and buy marijuana in Illinois. If passed, Illinois residents would be able Read More

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Illinois Putting Extra Emphasis On Criminal Rehabilitation

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill last week that will expand the types of crimes that will be eligible for probation and rehabilitation in lieu of a prison sentence. Additionally, the bill will look into building trauma centers in state prisons to ensure prisoners have better access to physical and mental health needs while behind Read More

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Avoiding A St. Patrick’s Day DUI In Illinois

Although a lot of places in Chicago rang in the St. Patrick’s Day holiday last weekend, there will still be plenty of revelers out and about this weekend. The holiday falls on Friday, which almost always leads to an uptick in arrests for crimes like drunk driving, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. Knowing this, Naperville Read More

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Illinois Changing Child Support Guidelines

In the near future, Illinois will shift from a system that sets child support based on hard percentages to a more open ended system that involves analyzing parenting time and the income statements of both parents. The new system, which is set to go into effect on July 1, offers some sweeping changes to the old Read More