Archive, February 2013.

Home is where the heart is - where food is prepared, meals eaten together, laughter in the air and chilling inside on cool evenings in silence. A marital home should be full of comfort and love. However, at times of hardships, the home can be a heated arena with much tension. When divorce occurs, the decision on what to do with the home is important.When the home was purchased during the marriage, both spouses are owners of the property. During a divorce it will have to be determined by both parties what will happen to the property. Options vary and both parties need to know the consequences …
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Keith Francique is now 4 years old, but his life has not been the same since visiting Stroger Hospital.  Keith had a testicle which needed to be removed from his body cavity, which occasionally happens to young boys if their testicles don't descend.  A routine surgery turned terrible in December of 2011 for the Francique family.The sedation used during the surgery may have contributed to Keith suffering from cardiac arrest.  He was taken to a recovery room after surgery and left alone for minutes when he stopped breathing.  The medical staff at Stroger Hospital initiated CPR after his …
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Recently, studies have shown that children of divorce are twice as likely to refrain from religion as adults than kids who grow up in families where the parents were in happy, stable marriages. However, clergy members have continuously overlooked this. According to the Chicago Tribune, the researchers of this study are going to present their new findings to Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. They hope that the pastors will stop overlooking the children of divorces’ faith. Researchers believe that children of divorce who leave the church are a main contributor to the decline of people …
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According to a new survey by adults.co.uk, the cost of a divorce is the second most traumatic part of a marriage break-up.The website, aimed specifically at single people who have gone through a serious break-up, asked members which elements of their divorces they found were the hardest to deal with. Unsurprisingly, emotional turmoil was at the top of the list. Researchers were surprised to find, however, that the financial impact was rated the second biggest difficulty, even rated above childcare concerns.Third on the list, however, was guilt and concern over the children’s welfare. Fourth…
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A new study has concluded that couples who share household duties are at a higher risk of divorce than those marriages where the wife does most of the chores. Researchers found that the divorce rate was actually fifty percent higher.The study, entitled "Equality in the Home", was conducted in Norway. The Daily News recently interviewed one of its co-authors, Thomas Hansen, about the results and what they mean. Hansen said they found no, or very little, cause-and-effect and concluded that the results have more to do with “modern attitudes”.“Modern couples are just that, both in the way …
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A 63-year-old Vietnam veteran died on January 24 after a car hit him while he was crossing a street near his home in Hillside. William Higbee was crossing Wolf Road near Washington Street in his wheelchair when a southbound truck crashed into him. “It was dark out and he crossed into a shadowy area and they just didn’t see him,’’ according to Hillside Police Chief Joe Lucaszek.In the crash, Higbee suffered multiple injuries to his legs, pelvis and face. He was first taken to Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare to be treated but was later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in …
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Field trips are meant to be exciting for schoolchildren.  It’s an opportunity to stop doing math equations and hang out with classmates.  Unfortunately for a ten year old girl from Wilmington, a trip to a Chicago Wolves game ended in total embarrassment.On the way home from the game in January of 2012, this girl had to use the bathroom.  Despite asking to stop for a break, neither the bus driver nor any of the teachers stopped the bus at a gas station or store on the way home.  The teachers came up with a different plan to let the girl relieve herself.The girl was instructed to urinate …
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Allen Iverson, a former star in the NBA, has reportedly reached a settlement in his divorce with ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson. Their divorce case has been quite colorful, with Tawanna accusing Allen of cheating, harassing her and her family, and making a major mistake in divorce: hiding assets. The Huffington Post divorce section reported a story on this eventful divorce case.TMZ reports that the former couple told a judge they had reached a financial settlement, managing to find an agreement outside of court. The celebrity news site says they have information from unnamed sources that the former…
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According to Police Chief Magazine, “high-speed driving and pursuits are dangerous, risky part of police work.” Not only do they risk vehicle and property damage, there’s also the risk of personal injury or death of officers, suspects, and civilians. “These risks, and the accompanying risk of litigation, have caused many agencies to reconsider the value of high-speed driving and police pursuits.”
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Recently, INC Now published an article about safe driving in wintry conditions in Indiana due to all of the recent, multicar pile-ups around the state.  Here are some of their tips to driving safely in the winter weather:The Ontario Ministry of Transportation in Canada states that there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being in a pile-up.  No matter the winter road conditions-light snowfall or heavy winter storm-there is really no difference in driving.The first step you should take is to slow down and drive at a speed appropriate for the weather conditions.  Always …
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According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, not having the same tolerance for alcohol as your spouse, or having a habit of drinking heaily can lead to the eventual dissolution of marriage. This is something to consider as you indulge in a few sweet cocktails or pop that bottle of champagne this Valentine’s day.Compatibility is a big word when it comes to marriage, but many people do not recognize that this compatibility reaches even the most seemingly minor activities. Studies show that couples that consume the same amount of alcohol are less likely to divorce than couples where …
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A man who said he was deprived of prescribed epilepsy medication while serving a prison sentence at Statesville Correction Center was awarded $12 million in damages by a federal jury. The man suffered permanent injuries from the deprivation, according to the lawyers who represented the man. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on the case.The spokesman for the law office said the jury awarded Raymond Fox $11 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.After Fox was denied his epilepsy medication, the 50-year-old was severely disabled in 2007. According to Fox's …
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According to Chicago police, a 24-year-old man is charged with failing to report a fatal accident in November. The Logan Square man allegedly failed to report a fatal hit-and-run crash. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on this reckless driver.The 24-year-old driver, Alexander Villa, of the 2900 block of West Altgeld Street, has been identified as the driver in a crash that killed another driver and wounded a passenger, according to police. Villa was ”positively identified as the driver” in the crash that killed the driver and wounded the driver's 21-year-old brother.Cook County …
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Divorce is an opportunity to begin a new life but unfortunately you can only get there if you travel the rough road of divorce.  People often say that divorce is one of the most stressful events in life, only second to the death of a spouse.  There are common blunders that arise from difficult emotions that can add to this stress.A typical mistake is hanging on to a marriage that is over.  That is not to say that you shouldn't try to save your marriage, but only that your spouse needs to be actively fighting for the relationship rather than against it.  Don’t waste your efforts and …
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Ten years ago, 21 people lost their lives at E2 nightclub in Near South Side in Chicago. Many of the victim’s relatives are still looking for answers—and aren’t getting the kind they want.Although co-owners Calvin Hollins, Jr. and Dwain Kyles have been now twice cleared of any wrongdoing, the city still tries to make a case against them. In 2007, the prosecution wasn’t able to prove that the men had acted recklessly and they were acquitted. And although they were both found guilty in 2009 of disobeying a city housing court order stating the second floor should not be occupied—…
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An elderly man lost control of a vehicle and crashed into the Lincoln Park Apple store on January 13 in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune. One person was injured in the unlikely accident and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital to be treated. The driver was not hurt in the crash.Witnesses to the driving accident described a surreal scene: a Lincoln Town Car drove through the store’s front doors and stopped about four or five feet inside the store, near display cases holding Apple accessories. Shards of broken glass covered the ground near the crash…
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You and your spouse have decided that your relationship is not going to work. You both are moving forward and not looking back, you're headed for a divorce. But, the speed of it all is not what matters – making sure the process is smooth and the end result benefits both parties is.

When a married couple divorces or legally separates in the state of Illinois, the circumstances may call for one of the spouses to receive support payments from the other even after splitting, this is referred to as spousal maintenance.
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A 57-year-old truck driver was killed in Bensenville on January 7 after being pinned between his truck and a post, according to the Chicago Tribune. Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the accident, which took place in Bensenville at Vitran Express.Martin Sum was making a safety check of his truck before leaving for work when he was pinned between the open door of his truck and a post in a loading area. He was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. His death was ruled an accident. The…
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a custody case that involves a custody battle between the biological father and the adoptive parents of a three year old Cherokee girl. At issue is the child’s Native American heritage and whether or not a federal law, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, applies in this case.Matt and Melanie Capobianco legally adopted the little girl in 2009. They were in the room when she was born and had an "open" adoption with her birth mother. The child’s birth father, Dusten Brown, told CNN that he was engaged to the birth mother when she discovered …
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