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7 New Illinois Laws You're Going to Want to Know in the New Year

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Not knowing a law is not considered a legal defense for not following it. So don't get caught unawares -- new laws will take effect in Illinois in 2015 that could affect the daily life of average Illinoisans.

Almost Thanksgiving and Extenders Are Still on the Table. What Does That Mean to Your Taxes?

Mark Steber | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

The mid-term elections are over, but -- as of this minute -- Congress has not tackled extending some tax breaks, i.e. that collective group known as the "Tax Extenders", which we address seemingly every couple of years.

Here's Why Life Would Be Way Better If You Were In Charge

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Comedy

You had us at Diet Oreos. Since we just went through Midterm Elections, Jimmy Fallon made this week's hashtag #IfIWasInCharge to see what you would...

New Law Spurs Action, Bringing Protection to Many

UN Women | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
UN Women

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors.

How Do Anti-Bullying Laws Translate to School Policies?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

For the last year and a half, I have worked closely with the DC Office of Human Rights to conduct an audit of school bullying prevention policies following the passage of Washington DC's Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 (YBPA).

New Laws in Illinois You Don't Want to Miss

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

On January 1, many new Illinois laws went into effect, including prohibiting cellphone use while driving and a speed limit increase on some Illinois highways. Since then, the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly brought another batch of new laws and other actions. Here are five.

That Didn't Take Long... Lawsuit Filed to Stop Term Limits and Redistricting Efforts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.01.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two citizen-backed constitutional amendments are heading down the road toward becoming laws. Those amendments being, of course, redistricting reform and legislative term limits.

8 Laws To Keep Women In Line That Are Somehow Still On The Books

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women

Sometimes the law changes quickly, as in the case of Massachusetts' "upskirting" case last week. After the state's highest court declared it admissibl...

New Laws for the New Year

Global Yodel | Posted 03.09.2014 | Weird News
Global Yodel

Heads up. Things have changed. The New Year brings new laws, and in some instances new freedoms, in destinations around the world.

Pot, Guns And Paparazzi: New Laws Run Gamut In US

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.30.2013 | Crime

The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news: ____...

Women's Equality Before the Law -- Not Yet, Not Everywhere, But Change Is Here

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

By thwarting one half of the population from fully contributing all their talents, policymakers may undermine economic success for their whole country, not just women.

Is Your Child's Lemonade Stand Against the Law?

Women & Co | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

Before they set up a lemonade stand or sell cookies to their neighborhood friends, be aware that such seemingly harmless entrepreneurial activities might be against local laws.

Why Age Bias Laws Might Not Help Older Workers

U.S. News and World Report | Philip Moeller | Posted 07.19.2013 | Fifty

Age discrimination laws provided no meaningful protection to older employees during and after the recession, according to a study released this month ...

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Underage Drinking Laws on Campus

Uloop | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Uloop

It is no secret that alcohol use is prevalent on college campuses. According to the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 80 percent of college kids drink alcohol, and over 50 percent of them have partaken in binge drinking in the last two weeks alone.

Hiring Interns? 5 Things You Need to Know

Ashley Mosley | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Ashley Mosley

Internships are a mutually beneficial relationship for both employers and students. But before you hire your next interns, here are five things you need to know.

The Singapore Diaries... Part I

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Tarun Sakhrani

My earliest memories of Singapore date back to the early '90s when I took my first trip there with my parents. I still have the (scary) memory of the cab driver warning us about littering or jaywalking.

Voting Against Voting

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

Three months into 2013 and a total of 30 states are pushing 55 new laws to restrict voter access. These ideas range from reducing the days that polls are open for early voting to requiring specific types of identification, purging voter rolls, and eliminating Election Day registrations and some Sunday voting.

When Are Cruise Lines Accountable?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 05.13.2013 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

As the shore slowly fades into the horizon so do the legal rights of cruise ship passengers.

Driving in Kenya -- What's the Limit?

Donatella Lorch | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Donatella Lorch

As soon as he turned 18, my son Nico declared he was getting a driver's license. Nothing unusual there, but I have to admit, I hesitated. Nairobi is not exactly suburban Maryland.

Egyptians and Jordanians Dealing With Constitutional Guarantees vs. Legislative Limits

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The constitutional debate is turning into a street battle, with the country's rulers insisting that the constitutional assembly's slight majority is empowered to decide for all Egyptians what the shape and text of their parliament should be.

Can There Be Transparency in Politics? Jefferson Smith Runs for Mayor of Portland

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Toni Nagy

Recently I was introduced to Jefferson Smith, an inspired, young elected official, who's now running for mayor of Portland, Ore., and aims to embody the future of what politics should be.

Ban on Bull -- Really

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 03.31.2012 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

You'd think that in a town as politically correct as Santa Cruz, the city council would have removed a lot of other bulls before bullfrogs. How about bullets? Or bullfighting? Or bullying? So why did it choose to ban bullfrogs?

Is Incest Wrong?

bigthink.com | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home

In Britain recently, a young lady was 'caught' having sex with her brother. Both siblings have blamed the other, citing alcohol, desperation and so, o...

Why We Need The Student Non-Discrimination Act

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 06.17.2011 | Education
Hayley Gorenberg

Too many schools around the country still allow the abuse of LGBT students to such a degree that Lambda Legal and our sister organizations can predict the fact patterns.