Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a new law, known as the ‘Be Nice Bill,’ empowering hotels to refuse service to unruly guests. This law, part of a nationwide initiative by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, aims to protect hotel employees from verbal abuse and maintain a safe working environment. However, it does not apply to people living in hotels or during severe weather warnings. The law is expected to help address the worker shortage in the hotel industry and contribute to the growth of the state’s tourism industry.
In response to the economic impact of the pandemic on the hospitality industry, Illinois first allowed cocktails-to-go in June 2020. This law allowed restaurants and bars to provide carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery of mixed drinks and single servings of wine for off-premises consumption. Originally set to expire on January 3, 2024, the state has […]
The new Illinois act guarantees employees a minimum of 40 hours of paid leave annually, allowing them to use the time for any purpose without providing a reason or documentation. Employers are required to maintain group health plan coverage during the paid leave, and employees can carry over unused paid leave to the next year. Employees are encouraged to seek workers compensation benefits if their employer does not comply with this act.
Kenny and Chicago attorney Nick Cronauer of Cronauer Law discuss the details behind Nick’s latest record-breaking verdict. His client, 25-year old young man, was killed in a single motor vehicle crash in Sandwich, Illinois on June 28, 2015, after being over-served at a bar in DeKalb County. Best Practices Podcast kenny Berger: Hello, and welcome […]
Sycamore, Illinois, May 15, 2022—Late afternoon Friday, May 13, 2022, after a five-day jury trial, a unanimous verdict for $4,000,000 was handed down against a Plano bar, Q Bar, and its landlord, TKK Investments, LLC. The lawsuit was filed after 25-year old Chastin Pawson was killed in a single motor vehicle crash in Sandwich, Illinois […]
Authorities say they have arrested the driver in a fatal DUI crash in Sycamore last week. DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies say they arrested Chynna Daugherty, 33 of Genoa, at OSF St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford. She was released from the hospital after being treated for injuries sustained in the crash that killed 49-year-old Christopher Henning and […]
Bill HB2237 puts in place a college savings program for every newborn baby in Illinois starting in 2021. The parents must claim the savings account for their child before their 10th birthday. If the family moves out of Illinois, the money goes back to the state. High school graduates would have access to that money, […]
Children Locked Away in Illinois Schools The number of school districts that reported using seclusion, the practice of forcibly isolating a student in a small room or other space, also increased to 138 from 133, underscoring how entrenched the practice has been in the state. Dive Deeper Into Our Reporting Over the last year, in response to a November […]
Information found here was taken from Illinois DUI Fact Book (2020) for your convenience. The full fact book can be found at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/ Reckless Homicide A person may be charged with reckless homicide if he/she operates a motor vehicle,snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or watercraft while under the influence that resultsin the death of an individual. If […]
An officer stops a vehicle at a roadside safety check or for probable cause, reasonable suspicion or unusual operation. The officer observes the driver and requests a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. If the officer suspects the driver is under the influence, the driver is asked to submit to field sobriety tests. […]