The Illinois Pregnancy Fairness Law

The Illinois Legislature determined that current workplace laws did not adequately protect pregnant women and new mothers from workplace discrimination. They noted that pregnant women and new mothers are often forced into unpaid leave or fired, despite the fact that employers could often make reasonable accommodations that would allow them to continue to work. Because women make up fifty percent of the Illinois workforce, and more than fifty percent of those women are of childbearing age, the problem impacted thousands of Illinois citizens.  Read More

The Job Opportunities for
Qualified Applicants Act

On January 1st of this year, Illinois joined the ranks of states that “ban the box” when the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act went into effect. The law bans employers from asking applicants about their criminal records until a determination has been made regarding the applicant’s qualification for a position.  Read More

Illinois Sentencing and Disposition Guide,
2014-2015 Edition


What began more than 25 years ago as a handy guide of a few pages, designed for personal use by one of its authors and for sharing with fellow judges, has evolved into a document so comprehensive it merits dissemination to those who toil within the criminal justice system. It's length, however, might discourage use. The "highlight" format of earlier shared versions has been sacrificed to provide answers for occasional problems.  But don't let its size deter you.

Jury Rejects Inside-Info Trading Claim

A federal jury has determined that a Chinese investment adviser and his firm did not use inside information in making stock purchases that netted an $8 million profit. The jury found in favor of Siming Yang and Prestige Trade Investments Ltd. on an insider trading count included in a lawsuit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Thomas More Leinenweber and Justin L. Leinenweber of Leinenweber, Baroni & Daffada LLC represented Prestige Trade at trial.  Read More