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Christopher R. Minelli

Chicago Business Attorney.

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  1. What are the laws concerning picketing? I want to picket a business that is not giving a promised refund.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    The laws vary considerably depending on where the place you want to picket is located. The federal constitution, and likely your state constitution, gives you freedom of speech rights to picket with certain limitations to protect the public that do not seem to apply here. An example would be if you wanted to picket to instigate a riot -- this action would clearly not be constitutionally protected. Assuming the speech you wish to convey is constitutionally permissible, the local government...

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  2. Does a landlord have proper cause to evict a tenant if the tenant had surgery and is not able to pay rent for the month

    Answered about 5 years ago.

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    Illinois law regarding residential landlords and tenants is highly specific depending on your location. Some places, such as Chicago, Urbana, and Evanston, have very comprehensive landlord-tenant ordinances that touch on almost every aspect of the landlord-tenant relationship. Other locals (usually rural areas) do not have relevant ordinances and reply on Illinois state law and common law. This answer takes into account Illinois state statutory and common law, and before you make a decision...

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  3. Our neighbor behind us wants to modify his water run off

    Answered about 5 years ago.

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    The answer depends on what kind of easement the neighbor is running water into. The general rule in Illinois is that redirecting runoff onto a neighbor's property without the neighbors express or implied consent is a type trespass. The action could be eliminated by an injunction and damages for the difference in your property value before the runoff and then after the runoff. The problem is the easement. If the easement was originally intended for the purpose of drainage, then there is...

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  4. If a friend possibly committed real estate forgery/fraud in 2006, what is the statute of limitations for this felony?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

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    In Illinois, there is no limitation period for "forgery" under the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961. See Section 3-5(a)(1). That means, if the prosecution decides the facts warrant a charge of forgery (versus another felony), then he or she can bring the charge at any time in the future. If another crime is charged, and the statute defining the crime does not provide otherwise, then the general statute of limitations for felonies is three years from the commission of the offense. Section 3-...

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  5. I filed a claim for unpaid overtime with the Illinois Dept. of Labor, how long does this take to investigate?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

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    2. Ryan Scott Nalley
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    The answer, as you guessed, partially depends on the actions of your employer to cooperate with IDOL and also partially depends on the amount of work IDOL has to handle. As you can imagine, when the economy is down employers start to feel financial pressures and sometimes skimp on employee wages and contract benefits. IDOL is currently busier than normal, but Illinois statutes pertaining to IDOL (and other employment agencies, such as the Department of Human Rights) do impose time limits on...

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  6. Real Estate-Builder refuses to return earnest money

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    It is important to visit an attorney and take your written contract (and all supporting documents and other materials passed between you and the builder or agent you worked with) as soon as practicable. I can't provide much useful information based on the information you provided in your question, because the legal rights and remedies you have against the builder will heavily depend on the language of the contract. An attorney will be able to "read between the lines" and give you a straight...

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  7. I have a class 2 felony from when I was 18, I am now 27. Can I obtain a Prop and Casualty insurance license in Illinois?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

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    You are correct that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (the state agency that issues property and casualty insurance licenses) will examine your criminal history as a part of their standard background investigation. They do this investigation for all applicants for licenses, not just insurance licenses. The best thing to do is to contact the Department by phone at (217) 785-0800 or on their website at http://www.idfpr.com/. You can explain your specific...

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  8. In the state of Illinois what is considered child pornography in regards to sending text messages and photos

    Answered about 5 years ago.

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    You have asked a complicated question. This question actually has three components - (a) what state's law applies? (b) what is child pornography? and (c) what other offenses could the conduct you described relate to? This involves the interpretation of Illinois criminal statutes and cases about the statute. First, the law that is applicable is that of the state that can enforce said law. I know that is a mouthful, but it is important. Person A is in Illinois, and person B is in another...

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  9. Breaking my lease due to Cockroach infestations.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

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    Generally, a landlord-tenant relationship is dictated by a variety of legal sources. The must relevant is the lease, which is interpreted with contract law principles. State statutes and sometimes local ordinances I would imagine several ordinances exist relating to landlord-tenant law) will also provide much needed protections to tenants. The answer depends on what your lease provisions say regarding termination of the lease and also what local statutes and ordinances say about vermin...

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  10. If i am delinquent on bmw lease, can they report car stolen and when?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

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    You might have a variety of issues. I have never heard of a case of an auto lease being reported as stolen. The UCC (the statute applicable to your case) provides a structure for how a secured creditor like BMW can re-possess the automobile. You do not seem to possess the requisite intent to permanently deprive BMW of its automobile, seeing as you know it is a lease and intend to give it back at the end of the term. I am concerned that the debt collector threatened criminal action against...

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