Category Archives: Legal Issues

Democrats Want to Legalize Marijuana Use!

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Chicago Democrats want a task force appointed to study the issue of marijuana use with the goal of introducing legislation to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana. Colorado has already done it. Illinois, being the progressive state that it is, does not want to be left far behind. We have video poker machines in the bars, and coming soon will be marijuana smoke houses with video machines. What a state we live in! Those Chicago Democrats know what is important. In the future with all of the new income from marijuana taxes, our legislators will have more even money to waste. You can be sure your taxes will not go down! If you are a Chicago Democrat, it is a compliment to be called a “pot head.” How times have changed!

See article in
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2014/apr/29/chronicle_amapril_29_2014

Case of the Week – The Case of the Gift Dog or Who Gets the Stig?

20140423-060955.jpgJennifer and Kent were living together in 2010 and in November Jennifer adopted a dog from the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Around Christmas Jennifer in a poem expressed her intent to give the dog (the Stig) to Kent as a gift. Their relationship ended in 2012 and guess what Kent took with him when he moved out of the residence. You got it – the Stig. Jennifer eventually went to court to get the Stig returned to her. The trial court found that the Stig was a gift from Jennifer, and that Kent was the rightful owner of the Stig. On appeal the Appellate Court affirmed Kent’s right to the Stig. The Court said that donative intent is established at the time of the gift, and not what was said at a later time.

The moral of this case – tell that special person that all gifts are conditional on the continuation of your romantic relationship. If for any reason, the relationship should terminate, all gifts must be returned! Oh by the way, it would be a good idea to put it in writing! Perhaps, you should enter into a pre-relationship agreement or as it may be called in the future – a “Stig Agreement.” Good luck!

Read the case at

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2014/1stDistrict/1122980.pdf

Get a Traffic Ticket in Illinois – They Take Your License!

You are an Illinois resident and are driving in the state of Illinois to the airport. You are stopped for going six miles over the speed limit. The officer is very polite, but takes your driver’s license since that is the policy in Illinois. Get a ticket and they keep your license until you post bond! Unfortunately, you do not have time to post bond since your flight is leaving in less than two hours. In addition you plan to rent a car when you arrive at your destination. What a way to start a vacation! You get to the airport with no acceptable State identification except a receipt for your license. If you get through security, try to rent a car with no actual driver’s license. Thank you Illinois! By the way, if you are a non-resident, you could keep your license.

Just another way you are penalized for being a resident of this state. No other state treats its residents like Illinois, but we already know that!

There is bill being considered in the Illinois legislature to correct this problem by allowing residents to keep their licenses after getting speeding tickets. Why has this taken so long? This is Illinois, so don’t bet on it becoming law. It’s a wonder that Illinois residents are not jailed in this state for a speeding ticket – sorry I shouldn’t have mentioned it. That will be next. Just another way to raise revenue – It is Illinois.

Police Officers Attend Seminar on Issues Facing Our Senior Citizens

20140324-190143.jpgPolice officers from all over Illinois recently attended a week long seminar on Elderly Service Officer Training. Heather McPherson of McPherson Law Offices in Freeport, Illinois spoke to the officers on Guardianships and Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property. As Heather said, “I enjoy speaking to groups and always feel it is a mutual learning experience. The officers asked excellent questions on issues facing them every day when dealing with our senior citizens and their families.”

City of Freeport Threatens Property Owners – Letter to All Property Owners Shifts Burden to Taxpayers to Prove They Don’t Own Residential Rental Properties!

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On March 6 all property owners in Freeport received a letter from the Freeport Police and Community Development Departments advising them of the requirement to register their rental properties. The letter stated that it was being sent to residential rental property owners based on information obtained from the Stephenson County Assessor’s taxpayer records. That Assessor’s Office is certainly a mess if they think every taxpayer in Freeport owns rental properties. The burden is put on the taxpayers of Freeport to notify the City by email or calling if the letter was sent to the taxpayer in error (means taxpayer does not own residential rental properties).

Another bureaucratic nightmare! Why don’t they send letters to every taxpayer in Freeport asking them about the condition of the streets around their homes?

When will the Freeport City Council wake up and start doing its job – instead they are in chronic slumber land!

IRS Uses Gestapo Tactics Against Small Businesses and Individuals While Its Employees Plead the Fifth!

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Lois Lerner while appearing before a congressional committee for the second time again refused to talk asserting her right against self-incrimination (5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution).

It’s not that Ms. Lerner should not have this right, but is particularly disgusting that she works for an agency before which the average taxpayer has few real rights much less the right against self-incrimination. Every time you sign and file a tax return you could be subjecting yourself to criminal prosecution! Write across the return that you are asserting your 5th Amendment right to refuse to answer – surprise you go to jail!

How do we reward IRS employees who may have been part of a criminal conspiracy (targeting political groups)? Only in America – we let them retire with a generous Federal pension – speculated to be over $100,000 per year!

Enough said – we all must get back to work and pay our taxes so Lois Lerner and her friends can enjoy the benefits of living in a democracy!

Oh by the way, if you are ever questioned by the IRS, tell them you are asserting your Lois Lerner Rights! I’m sure the agent will understand as you are carted off to jail.