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Daughter dies at party

We're missing a lot of facts that would help drive the analysis. The first question I'd ask was whether this was part of an actual or attempted sex offense. If that's the case, the suspect could be ...
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Unscheduled exterminator attempted to enter my unit without notice or invitation

Not even real roaches are an emergency. The event was foreseeable and scheduleable. According to the terms of your lease, you are entitled to a 2 day warning. From your description, the landlord did ...
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Is it legal for a bar bouncer to confiscate a fake ID

There are a couple of indications that a bouncer may not confiscate an ID. This policy document adopting licensing policies to Require licensees with fake ID violations to temporarily or ...
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Daughter dies at party

While I believe @bdb484 did an excellent list of potential charges, it should be noted that they will not all be charged depending on the circumstances. Assuming that the victim unknowingly ingested ...
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Is it legal for a bar bouncer to confiscate a fake ID

ServSafe actually has a compiled list of documents which identify a lot of information about the various aspects of alcohol sales within each state. I've separated them into three categories based on ...
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Unscheduled exterminator attempted to enter my unit without notice or invitation

It is at least possible that there are quite real roaches elsewhere in the building, and the landlord was advised to have everywhere sprayed to reduce the chance that unnoticed colonies would lead to ...
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Can a police officer film me on their personal device in my own home?

The video is a record created and possessed by the government, documenting government activities. It is a government record, and probably a public record under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. ...
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My friend got stabbed by her brother and can't return home

Given there was no answer here, I will state what I know about child abuse response, but note I am not a lawyer nor am I in Illinois, so my statements are likely generalized for most US states (...
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Is it legal in Chicago to shoot looters?

Illinois has a "Castle Doctrine" which includes dwellings and other qualified buildings, but not a general "Stand your Ground" doctrine. Normally, to claim self-defense one has to ...
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Can police tow my car out of my driveway?

Illinois law has provisions for the seizure of "dilapidated" and "inoperable" vehicles if they are "in view of the public" according to 55 ILCS 5/5–12002.1. In many cases such laws have been found to ...
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What legal responsibility does a mother have to the father of her child?

The following answers are based upon general U.S. law, I have not personally confirmed that they apply in Illinois in particular under its adoption law, or each of its welfare benefits programs, or ...
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Tenant lost the job because of covid-19 and unable to pay the rent. Now what?

Any eviction order (for non-payment) will not be enforced by the sheriff (as ordered by the court), and that is how evictions would happen. This is also required under the governor's order of March 20....
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Developed initial version of website in belief contract would get signed. They backed out. Is the site mine?

All your work is yours. They've made it very clear it wasn't a work for hire, so it's yours. They can't copyright any of their ideas. You can't copyright an idea. Only specific creative elements ...
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Can a renter get a vehicle towed from an apartment parking lot?

You may contact a towing company; they will ask who you are, and will politely inform you that since you aren't the property owner, they aren't authorized to take someone else's car that is ...
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Is it legal for a bar bouncer to confiscate a fake ID

A few complications since this is a passport: The passport is the property of the issuing sovereign Nation. Typically the laws of the locality require the non-citizen be in possession of the ...
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Developed initial version of website in belief contract would get signed. They backed out. Is the site mine?

With competent legal advice you might get them to sign a waiver that they relinquish any claim to your work. There may be an argument that you had a verbal/email contract that your relied on (magic ...
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Does the father have the rights to keep the baby that the mother wants adopted?

Overview of Notice Requirements To Fathers Prior To Adoption In Illinois The father has some rights, but they are very limited in Illinois under the kind of circumstances set forth in the ER dialog. ...
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Can you legally sell parts of a car (engine, etc.) that still has a loan on it from a bank?

No, because you are affecting the car's value by selling its parts. The car is collateral to the loan, so if you don't make the payments, the lender has the right to repossess and resell it to recoup ...
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Can police tow my car out of my driveway?

In the case you linked to, they stated that, even with the Fourth Amendment, police do have a right to tow cars under the "community caretaker doctrine." They found that because that particular car ...
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Does the father have the rights to keep the baby that the mother wants adopted?

A child can only be adopted if all legal guardians agree to it. In normal circumstances both the mother and the father of the child are it's legal guardians. The dialog is accurate. If the father ...
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Are these HOA rules legal?

Yes, they can. How would they enforce it? It seems like the HOA would have to be able to request to see the tenant's credit report, background check, proof of income, and rent checks to make ...
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R. Kelly and Statute of Limitations

In 2017 Illinois changed its law so that criminal charges for child abuse have no statute of limitations, and can be prosecuted as long as the accused is alive. This applies to all such crimes that ...
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Can a police officer film me on their personal device in my own home?

Very interesting legal question. Had it been in a public place, you both would have had right to film anything you pleased. Different deal in the privacy of your home. There, you have the right to ...
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Pass red light in another state

Illinois collects the fine; California treats it the same as if you had run a red light in California Both Illinois and California are parties to the Nonresident Violator Compact and the Driver ...
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Why can gun shops sell guns in areas with ordinances restricting them?

§Sec. 54-212 of the ordinance states (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, offer or display for sale, give, lend, transfer ownership of, acquire, carry or possess any assault ...
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Why can gun shops sell guns in areas with ordinances restricting them?

An Assault Weapon needs to fit the whole definition A rifle is an assault weapon if... Assault weapon means: (1)A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a large capacity magazine ...
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Landlord billing me for previous tenant's charges

You are responsible vis-a-vis the landlord. If the obligations are not current, then the landlord has a right to terminate the primary lease, and your sublease is derivative of the primary lease, so ...
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Two Party Consent over State Lines

The first part is a matter of jurisdiction. I do not believe that simply using a cell phone with an Illinois number will give the Illinois courts jurisdiction, if you're standing in Wisconsin and ...
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Is there a reason not to use liability insurance?

She damaged you - your beef is with her. If she has insurance, the choice of is she wants to claim or not is up to her. She is not obliged to make a claim and probably not obliged to tell her insurer ...
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