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2017 July Issue

Illinois law paves way to business ‘crowdfunding’

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A retooled “crowdfunding” law is giving Illinois companies and communities a new means to grow businesses via local investment, and more participants are expected as awareness of the measure spreads.    So says Anthony J. Zeoli, the Chicago attorney who wrote the original law and revisions to it and who is now helping…

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Adult day service offers option for family caregivers

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    COLLINSVILLE — While it’s true that none of us is getting any younger, it’s also problematic for coming generations who face the challenges of a fast-growing, aging population.    Adult day programs are becoming a big part of the answer, a means of staving off more expensive nursing care.    For Lisa Brennan of…

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Fostering business innovation requires strategy, Madison County leaders told

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    The money to lure startup businesses can readily be found in Southwestern Illinois, but gaining access may depend first on building a coordinated strategy, local leaders are being advised.    “I’m not an expert on your strengths, but right off the top of my head, you have so many. River technology, agriculture, food…

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Mathis, Marifian & Richter continues founding principles into 33rd year

By TAYLOR KEEL    In 1984, Patrick Mathis, George Marifian and Kevin Richter sought to open a law firm that would provide businesses and individuals with a better choice in legal representation. Thus, the three attorneys joined together to open Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. The founders of the Belleville-based law firm framed the organization’s business…

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Sandberg Phoenix litigator Blank is ISBA’s Young Lawyer of Year

    Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard is proud to recognize Shane Blank as a Legal Leader.     Blank, an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation and Product Liability Litigation practice groups, focuses his practice on appellate-related matters and federal court actions. He recently received the Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award.…

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Leading Lawyers ranks Greensfelder attorneys among state’s best

    A new list of the top lawyers in Illinois includes 11 attorneys from the Belleville office of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.    Leading Lawyers are selected in a peer-review process, and fewer than 5 percent of attorneys in Illinois receive the Leading Lawyer designation. The following Greensfelder attorneys are ranked as Leading Metro East…

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Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys help people harmed by corporations

    When corporations behave unfairly toward individuals, the legal team at Simmons Hanly Conroy serves as a legal leader, helping workers, consumers, patients and others stand up for their rights.     Since Chairman John Simmons founded the Alton-based firm nearly 20 years ago, it has helped thousands of Americans secure justice for corporate wrongdoing.    “Simmons…

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Q&A with Tom Kane, president and CEO, Illinois Credit Union League, Alan Meyer, CEO, 1st MidAmerica Credit Union and chairman of the ICUL Board, and Jim Nussle, president and CEO, Credit Union National Association

    IBJ: Are credit unions subject to the Dodd-Frank Act?     Nussle: Yes, we are. We’ve been regulated since 1934 and we have an excellent business model and an excellent track record of managing people’s finances and being pro-consumer. When Congress was passing Dodd-Frank they provided an exemption authority because they understood one size doesn’t…

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