2018 December Issue

Tax law changes make filers’ task more challenging

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    The most significant tax law change since 1986 has CPAs and taxpayers calculating ways to adjust for what is likely to be a busy tax season.    The interest was obvious at a special year-end tax-planning seminar held this past month by Scheffel Boyle CPAs: The event packed the house at the N.O.…

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East St. Louis officials building on opportunities for businesses

  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    East St. Louis area officials are on a mission to build alliances between small businesses and potential government resources.    Entrepreneurs and others got a rare opportunity to find out what’s potentially available to them during a fall event sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East and…

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Transgender issues pose new challenge for Illinois employers

By MELISSA MESKE    Throughout history, uprisings by employees over unsafe working environments, inequity in pay, racial and age discrimination and sexual harassment have repeatedly been met with labor negotiations, increased opportunities, better policies and improved practices.     Today’s workplace, however, is seeing a transition that just might be its greatest challenge to fairness and equality…

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POINT: Does Illinois need legislative term limits?

Yes. Responsiveness to voters, not extending careers, should guide those who run for office By JIM COXWORTH    Absolutely, Illinois needs legislative term limits. One of the largest problems with important legislative positions in state government is that they tend to attract those who are interested in power and money. While these officials are elected to…

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COUNTERPOINT: Does Illinois need legislative term limits?

Not in terms of the evidence, which shows such limits lead to weaker legislatures, stronger governors By CHRISTOPHER Z. MOONEY    State legislative term limits has been one of the most popular American government innovations in a century. Since 1990, dozens of states and localities across the country have adopted this reform. While some state supreme…

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Q&A with Charles “Totsie” Bailey, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council

    IBJ: Are you settling in?        Bailey: Not really. I started June 1 for a four-year term. I’m still business manager of the Steamfitters’ union, too, and was president of the Illinois Pipe Trades Association for the state, but I stepped down from there (Nov. 2). That’s one less job I’ve got.        IBJ:…

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Good communication goes long way, MM&R says

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Communication, proper planning and good advice go a long way to help entrepreneurs and established businesses avoid legal entanglements, say two shareholders from Mathis, Marifian and Richter.    The Belleville-based firm serves clients big and small and works on cases throughout the country. That experience is key when it comes to advising individuals,…

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BCPK attorney happy to be plying trade in his hometown

By RITA DUCKWORTH    In January 2018, attorney Joe Harvath joined Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC (BCPK). A native of Edwardsville, he is happy to be establishing a career in his hometown.    Harvath’s law practice covers a wide variety of legal issues. He is involved in commercial litigation, business transactions, real estate, and estate planning…

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Varied interests led BCPK attorney to career in transactional law

By RITA DUCKWORTH    Jillian Clark joined the Edwardsville firm of Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC (BCPK) in June 2017 as a transactional associate. Her areas of practice include real estate, estate planning, commercial transactions and business formations.     A native of Naperville, Ill., Clark attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning a degree…

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Consider bottom line of business disputes, Goldenberg attorneys say

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Business owners need to consider the bottom line costs and benefits before initiating litigation. While legal fees are one component, business owners often underestimate the disruption litigation causes their business and the emotional toll and stamina needed to persevere throughout the litigation process. Experienced business litigation attorneys can help explain the costs…

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