Archive, January 2017.

As an ongoing project of the Illinois State Archives and the Illinois Genealogical Society, those interested in researching the civil unions of their ancestors can visit the homepage of the Illinois Secretary of State to view marriage records as far back as 1763. Although it appears that the concept of marriage has always been alive and well throughout the ages, it does leave one wondering how many of these marriages either dissolved in some form of divorce or lasted a lifetime until death do they part? The latter is most likely the correct assumption.
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A bus trip can be a unique, fun experience for many different organizations. School groups often use buses for field trips, while social clubs may charter a bus for a day of shopping or a trip to a casino. Sports teams consisting of athletes of all ages also rely on buses to get to road games and tournaments. In most cases, such trips are relatively uneventful, but when a bus full of passengers is involved in an accident, the results can be tragic.
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Few things are more stressful than being involved in a car accident. The damage to your vehicle, injuries to yourself and your passengers, and the ongoing anxiety of getting back behind the wheel are very real possibilities in the aftermath of an accident. Once the initial impact has passed and the details are being assessed by the first responders, the issue of who caused the accident must be determined. If it turns out the other driver was at fault and does not have insurance, where does that leave you? How will you recover from your injuries and damage to your car?
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The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/503) defines the division of marital property, marital debt, and any other obligation defined by the court during a divorce and bound by specific procedures. Although Illinois is not a communal property state, it is an equitable division one. At the time of consideration of the division of marital assets and/or debts, Illinois courts will review the overall situation but is prohibited to include any type of marital misconduct, such as infidelity or other damaging factors leading to the dissolution of marriage in their division …
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of several federal organizations tasked with keeping American consumers safe from dangerous products. As its name implies, the agency is primarily responsible for ensuring the products meant to be consumed as food, drink, or medicine will not lead to serious illness or death. While the FDA is typically limited in its authority to order the recall of a particular product, manufacturers, producers, and distributors typically comply with requests and warnings by the administration. This week, however, one company is showing reluctance to issue a…
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In April of 2016, the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio posted a blog article on the legalities of destination weddings. Within the post, it was noted just how important it is to research your destination of choice and to become familiar with the legal requirements before beginning the wedding planning, but once home, how does one register their foreign marital certificate with their state of residence?
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Beginning this January, Ilinois salon employees have joined in the fight to identify and offer support and suggestions to their clients when instances of possible domestic violence or instances of sexual assault may be evident or disclosed.
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At the conclusion of a successful personal injury lawsuit, the injured person collects financial damages as well as attorney’s fees and costs. As the money is changing hands, however, you may need to consider the tax consequences of the judgment or settlement. Depending on the types of damages received and on the type of case, you may have to pay taxes on all or part of the damages you receive in a personal injury case.
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