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The Penalties for Stalking Charges in Illinois

posted on 4/17/20

After years spent engaging in online dating, a man and woman finally meet up in person and fall in love. They both have been divorced and share children with their respective ex-spouses. After several months of dating, things are going well between the couple. However, the man begins to lose interest in his newly found romantic partner. He realizes that she has some spending habits that are problematic and that she has extensive credit card debt. He decides to call...

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Understanding the New Expressway Camera Act in Illinois

posted on 4/17/20

In an attempt to investigate expressway shootings in Chicago, Illinois’ governor recently signed a new law, the Tamara Clayton Expressway Camera Act. The new law is named after a woman who died after being shot on a Chicago expressway. The law gives law enforcement officers the authority to install cameras to investigate shootings that take place on expressways. The new law was incredibly popular and had unanimous support in both chambers within the state legislature. Violence on Chicago Expressways Has...

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Divorcing Couples Face Economic Challenges During the Coronavirus Quarantine

posted on 4/11/20

A couple who has been married for 25 years are experiencing being quarantined for the first time. Both spouses have white-collar jobs in Chicago. The wife has been able to telecommute from home due to the coronavirus quarantine. The husband worked in the travel industry which has been hit hard by the coronavirus. His employer put him on an unpaid furlough leave. Their two college-age children have had to move back home after their schools closed down early. After a...

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Who Gets to Keep the Home After an Illinois Divorce?

posted on 4/11/20

A Chicago couple finally saved up a downpayment and moved into their first home. 10 years later, after marriage and hardship, the coronavirus pandemic strikes. Illinois is one of the hardest-hit states in the country. As of early April, Illinois saw the biggest one-day jump of new coronavirus cases and deaths since the virus began. The wife has chronic health conditions and the husband just learned that he has been laid off from work. The fear of facing coronavirus with...

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Alcohol Use, Domestic Violence, and Coronavirus

posted on 4/4/20

Coronavirus cases continue to grow exponentially in Illinois, causing many people to become even more fearful. At the beginning of April, there were over 4,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Illinois. Imagine a couple that has had marital difficulties is now stuck in isolation together with their children. This married couple has been watching the news around-the-clock. One of their children was born extremely prematurely and has chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. They learn that states have been directing...

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Coronavirus and Co-Parenting in Illinois

posted on 4/4/20

The coronavirus pandemic continues to plague the United States. Many states, including Illinois, have issued orders for people to stay at home except for essential trips out. Divorced parents who are co-parenting face extensive challenges. One co-parent is concerned because the other co-parent took their child out of the United States, believing that the United States is not safe. Other issues include one or both parents being laid off due to the coronavirus. As the number of confirmed cases and...

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Coronavirus Quarantine Can Cause Responsible People to Act Violently

posted on 3/27/20

Imagine two young parents living in Chicago and trying to get through the Coronavirus pandemic. The husband works at a local restaurant as a waiter and the wife works as a dental hygienist. After Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the mandatory order for everyone to stay at home, the wife received notice that she would be put on furlough without pay. With all restaurants now only able to offer carryout or delivery, the husband’s manager tells him that he has been...

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When Good Marriages Snap During the Coronavirus Pandemic

posted on 3/27/20

A family of five was enjoying the extremely good economy in February through the beginning of March. Both parents had recently received promotions and the couple had finally saved a downpayment and purchased their first home. They heard about the coronavirus, but they were not extremely worried until the last two weeks. As Illinois residents received orders to stay home, both husband and wife received orders from their employers to work from home full-time. The parents also learned that their...

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Coronavirus Isolation and the Danger of Domestic Violence

posted on 3/20/20

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all bars and restaurants in Illinois must close to the public through at least March 30. The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that gatherings of 50 or more people be closed for the next eight weeks. Many employers have required employees to work from home and not come into work. Gyms, churches, and other community centers have all closed. Experts Warn of Increased Domestic Violence Amid Coronavirus Isolation When people and families are forced...

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Social Isolation From Coronavirus Can Contribute to Mental Health Problems

posted on 3/20/20

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, the mental health costs continue to rise. People with pre-existing mental health challenges are at a higher risk of becoming more anxious and depressed. News outlets are continually covering the dangers of the coronavirus for 24 hours a day. Social distancing and quarantines could have a dangerous effect on people with mental health conditions. Those who struggle with anti-social, violent or suicidal thoughts can become more at risk of harming themselves or others after periods...

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Do Not Let Your Saint Patty’s Day Fun Lead to a DUI

posted on 3/12/20

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled due to the Coronavirus. In light of this you decide to meet friends at the local bar. You have to get out of the house and you can't stand to watch another news special on the dangers of Coronavirus. Your plan was to drive to the bar, leave your car there, and get a cab or an Uber ride home later. Unfortunately, cabs and Uber rides are scarce due to the Coronavirus...

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Illinois Cracks Down on Stalking with New Messaging Law

posted on 3/12/20

Couples used to fall in love by spending time face to face. However, in our current society, many relationships are built behind a screen. More people today spend time “hanging out” before committing to being in an exclusive dating relationship. But what happens when a person’s intentions become misunderstood? In a culture in which people cut each other off from communication without explanation, or “ghost,” when does sending text and email messages turn from innocent communication into stalking? Perhaps a...

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Thomas T. Glasgow Named 2020 Illinois Super Lawyer

posted on 3/7/20

We are pleased to announce that one of our partners, attorney Thomas T. Glasgow, was recently named an Illinois Super Lawyer. He is in the top 5% of criminal defense lawyers in Illinois. Being selected as a Super Lawyer in general is no easy feat. Additionally, only a few Illinois lawyers were selected in the broad category of criminal law. At Glasgow & Olsson, we do not narrow our focus to on one area of criminal law, like DUI defense....

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Functional Alcoholism and DUI Charges in Illinois

posted on 2/28/20

In Illinois, there are a number of people struggling with alcohol addiction. Some of these people are able to go about their day-to-day activities without anyone suspecting that they have been drinking. For example, imagine a Chicago doctor whose co-workers consider to be highly competent and hardworking. Her friends and family do not see her much because of her long work hours. She is often seen holding an alcoholic beverage at parties and events, but nobody thinks much about her...

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