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Get the updates you need on statutory, regulatory, case law, and policies concerning Illinois state and local taxes! Tax attorneys, CPA’s practicing state tax, and attorneys with an interest in state and local tax practicing at law firms, industry, or governmental agencies – with intermediate practice experience – who attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on January 27, 2017 will better understand: the legislative items affecting members of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Taxpayers’ of Illinois; which legislative items will impact all Illinois residents; the recent policy changes at the Illinois Department of Revenue; the tax changes in Chicago and Cook County, including Chicago’s lease tax and amusement tax; the policy issues and court decisions regarding Illinois property tax; and much more!

The law firm of Mueller, Reece & Hinch, LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Kyle A. Korkus has joined the firm as an associate. MRH Law is a general practice law firm with transactional and litigation concentrations in business and commercial law, estate planning and probate, and real estate law.

Attorney Korkus comes to the firm having had the honor to work as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Office of the McLean County State's Attorney. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a recipient of the 2015 McLean County Bar Association Community Service Scholarship.

Rachel S. Stern
Rachel S. Stern
Jonathan E. Cavins
Jonathan E. Cavins
Brennan Burtker is pleased to announce that Jonathan E. Cavins and Rachel S. Stern have been named partners at the firm.

Jonathan E. Cavins concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with an emphasis on medical liability defense and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience representing hospitals, medical groups, and physicians in all phases of litigation, including pre-suit investigation, all aspects of discovery, dispositive motion practice, and multiple jury trials to verdict.  He has won summary judgment or dismissal for his clients on numerous occasions. He also has extensive experience representing large and small businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation and employment disputes dealing with issues of breach of contracts, tortious interference with business relationships, failure to pay wages, breach of restrictive covenants including non-disclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Additionally, Mr. Cavins counsels his commercial clients regarding the drafting and implementation of business and employment agreements. 

David J. SlawkowskiDavid J. Slawkowski, 66, of Fairhope, Ala. and formerly of Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away on December 1, 2016 in Mobile, Ala.

David was born in Chicago to Loretta (Guminski) and Edward Slawkowski on September 18, 1950. He graduated from Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago in 1968, and from the University of Notre Dame in 1972. He married his wife Penny (Al-Greene) in 1972, and they resided in Cambridge, Mass. while David completed law school at Harvard University, graduating in 1975. After law school, they moved to Arlington Heights, Ill. which remained their home until 2010, when they moved to Fairhope, Ala.

Jack Ring ObituaryJack Samuel Ring died peacefully in Chicago on November 20, 2016, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of Hazel Gitlitz Ring and was predeceased in 2001 by his late wife, Susan Ring; loving father of Joshua (Melissa), Scott (Marina), step-father of Scott (Angela) and Jamie Gitlitz; cherished grandfather of Sydney, Jolie, Alex and Levi Ring, and Rachel and Jessica Gitlitz; loving brother of Miriam (late Walter), Norman (Bea) and the late Ida and Leonard; devoted son of the late Abe and the late Rose Ring.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced that Mark Rust, managing partner of the Chicago office, has been elected as vice chair of the firm. Three Chicago partners also have been re-elected to the management committee.

For more than 15 years, Rust has overseen growth in the Chicago office that has attracted experienced lawyers from large Chicago firms and brought new clients and a broader perspective to the practice of law in the office. In 2016 alone, nine partners were hired in the Chicago office, which now numbers more than 100 attorneys.

Complimentary Program for ISBA Members in the first 5 years of practice!


New attorneys....did you know that your first year of membership with ISBA is free and automatic? Jump start your new Illinois legal career by attending this outstanding Basic Skills professional responsibility course in Chicago on January 20, 2017 that’s designed to equip you with the information you need as a new Illinois attorney, as well as help you begin to fulfill your Illinois Supreme Court Newly Admitted Attorney requirement (S. Ct. Rule 793). Our faculty of high-profile attorneys and judges offers insights, tips, and advice on the issues you face in your practice. The program closes with an in-depth look at the questions you need answered and issues you need help with as a new attorney. Attire is business casual.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke has begun an application process for a judicial vacancy in the Second Subcircuit of Cook County.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of Circuit Judge James L. Rhodes. Judge Rhodes had served as a judge since 1996. His resignation took effect December 6, 2016.

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 22 at 3 p.m. The offices will reopen on January 3, 2017.

On behalf of the ISBA staff, we wish you all happy holidays and best wishes in the new year.

The law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney Todd S. Parkhurst has joined the firm as Of Counsel and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Chicago.

Most recently a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., in Chicago, Mr. Parkhurst has more than 40 years of experience in litigation, transactions and counseling in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Previously, he created and led the intellectual property practices in Chicago at the law firms Jenner & Block, Schiff Hardin and Holland & Knight LLP.