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Under state law, cars in driver’s education programs must meet strict safety requirements. Cars older than five years, or that have more than 75,000 miles on them, must be inspected annually by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The inspection requirements for cars used by commercial driving schools will be even stricter.

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Though the laws differ by state, Illinois law prohibits an out-of-state relocation, even by a sole custodial parent, unless the other parent agrees or judicial permission is obtained after an evidentiary hearing before a judge. The court typically examines what would be in the “best interests of the child.”


Credit card companies increasingly are under attack about faulty documentation and incomplete records. Some have purportedly tried to collect money that was already paid or increased the amount of the debt by erroneously adding fees and interest costs. Do not ignore the lawsuit. Contact the credit card company, explain your situation and try to resolve the issue. You may also want to consult with a lawyer.


Under the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act, condominium boards must allow a reasonable accommodation for trained service animals or emotional support animals. While emotional support animals do not have to be trained, an applicant – in order to keep one in his or her unit – typically must show proof of a mental impairment that substantially limits his or her major life activities. Often this requires a written statement from a mental health professional.


Not any longer. A new law that goes into effect in January 2015 requires only a signature on a citation as a promise that the offender will follow court orders.


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