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Illinois Announces $250M “Back to Business” Grant Program for Small Business

Governor Pritzker announced a new grant program aimed at helping small businesses in Illinois that struggled during the pandemic. The state announced a new $250 million Back to Business (B2B) recovery program Wednesday. According to Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, who advises a number of private and family held businesses, the B2B program   Continue Reading »

University’s Vaccination Requirements Don’t Violate Students’ Substantive Due Process Rights

Here is a timely appellate court ruling that might shed some light on the ongoing debate about whether companies, universities and other institutions can require vaccinations.  In Klaassen v. Trustees of Indiana University, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied plaintiffs-students’ request for an injunction pending their appeal of a district court’s denial of their   Continue Reading »
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Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Dennis C. Cusack, Dies at Age 62

It is a sad day at Johnson & Bell.  Long-time Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Dennis C. Cusack, passed away on July 27 at the age of 62.  He was on a business trip in Texas when he died. Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Mr. Cusack attended Fenwick High School before earning an undergraduate   Continue Reading »

Julie J. Busch Featured Presenter at ALFA Transportation Webinar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Julie J. Busch, is co-presenting the issue, “Do’s/Don’ts During Litigation in the COVID World.”  Ms. Busch will be joined by fellow presenter, Christopher M. Nigro, a Partner at Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A., one of the ALFA International member firms in Florida.  Their presentation will be attended by claims professionals across the   Continue Reading »

Illinois' Pre-Judgment Interest Statute -- An Initial Assessment as the Law Takes Effect July 1, 2021

Johnson & Bell’s General Counsel, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, drafted the following assessment of Illinois’ Prejudgment Interest Statute, including some of the questions the statute raises for us and our clients. Please read the assessment and contact the Johnson & Bell attorney with whom you regularly work or Mr. Spitzzeri with any questions. Governor Pritzker recently   Continue Reading »

Stacey Cischke Delivers Webinar to Health Care System: “Anticoagulants: Avoiding Adverse Events through Sound Practices”

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stacey A. Cischke, recently presented to the medical staff at a healthcare system on identifying vulnerabilities that present with patients at risk for VTE or already on anticoagulants.  She outlined strategies to mitigate potential vulnerabilities when caring for patients receiving anticoagulation therapy.  Lastly, she discussed the critical impact of timely and   Continue Reading »

Boehm, Macksey and Belongia Secure Appellate Win in Investment Partners Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Garrett L. Boehm, Jr., David M. Macksey and Mark D. Belongia secured a First District Appellate ruling in favor of their clients in an investment partner dispute. Johnson & Bell filed the appeal, alleging that the trial court erred in granting defendants’ motion to compel arbitration and dismissing their clients’ claims   Continue Reading »

In Honor of LGBTQ Pride Month

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Johnson & Bell highlights notable achievements in LGBTQ+ history and commemorates the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. In that decision, the Supreme Court affirmed LGBTQ+ individuals’ protection from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of   Continue Reading »

Sammi L. Renken Named President of ISHRM

On June 11th, 2021, Johnson & Bell Vice President, Sammi L. Renken, was installed as the new president of the Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ISHRM). Ms. Renken joined the firm in 2001, and serves on the Board of Directors, as well as the chair of the firm’s Women Initiative. She is an experienced   Continue Reading »

OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare and Updated Guidance for All Industries

On June 10th, 2021, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare facilities and updated guidance for all workplaces. The ETS revolves around the necessity that employers help protect healthcare workers in settings where suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients are treated.  This ETS for Healthcare facilities is the proposed   Continue Reading »
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