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What happens in Illinois when dogs go from friendly to fierce?

Dogs may be "man's best friend," but people in Illinois need to keep in mind that they are still animals. And, like any other animal, if they feel threatened in some way they may lash out and bite someone. Sometimes a dog doesn't even need to be threatened to bite, it may just be high-strung or playful. Regardless of the circumstances, people in Illinois are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that their dogs do not bite. If their dog does bite someone, the dog's owner could face liability for that person's injuries.

Change in perspective on workers could lead to age discrimination

Sometimes a person in Belleville can spend years or even decades at a company only to find the company is "downsizing" and has laid them off. Especially if the person is an older worker, they may find that it is hard to obtain a new job following such a layoff. When hiring workers some companies advertise that they are looking for people with "adaptability." However, this can be interpreted as they are looking for younger workers, and may even constitute age discrimination.

Motorcyclist injured in auto accident in Belleville

Motorcyclists in Illinois may be enjoying the weather the fall season has to offer, whether they are going on a scenic ride or simply commuting to and from work. However, it is important for motorists to pay attention to their surroundings, and this includes keeping an eye out for motorcyclists sharing the road. Motorcycle awareness is important, as motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries.

What protections do whistleblowers have under Illinois law?

We would like to think that the people we work for are ethical and will always do the right thing, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Sometimes employers in Illinois engage in conduct that breaks the law. When that happens, an employee might want to stand up for what's right, and report their employer's illegal conduct to the appropriate government authorities. However, the "whistleblower" may fear their employer would retaliate against them if they found out that the whistleblower was the one who reported the illegal conduct. Fortunately, Illinois law protects employees in these situations.

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