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Riding a Bike on the Sidewalk in Illinois -- the Law

Question: Is it against the law in Illinois to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk?  Answer: State law says you can ride on the sidewalk; however, local ordinances may prohibit bikes on sidewalks in certain areas such as business districts or high-density residential areas. In general, Illinois law treats cyclists like drivers. Bikes are "granted all of the rights and . . . subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle." For further information, visit https://goo.gl/ex7yLF. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.

Helpful Videos for Dog Owners -- Can Your Dog Cost You Your Home Insurance?

 

Learn Basics to Prevent Dog Attacks by Reading Body Language

Victoria Stilwell, host of Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog, demonstrates how to avoid a dog attack by reading a dog's body language and what to do if you are attacked. View video.

Insurance Could Your Dog Cost You Your Home Insurance?

Some insurance companies are denying homeowners insurance to people with dogs categorized as a "dangerous breed." CNN's New Day interviewed dog owners and insurers. View video.

DogAdvanced Training for Workers Confronted by Hostile Dogs

Professional dog trainer and former law enforcement officer Hector Hernandez demonstrates advanced tactics for utility workers, postal carriers and others in preventing and responding to dog attacks. View video.

Illinois Ranks Second in Dog Bite Claims According to Recent Study

The Associated Press recently reported that 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the U.S. in 2014.   And a recent study conducted by State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute found California to be the leading state in 2013 of dog bite claims with 4489 claims and $14.7 million paid and Illinois being second on the list with 309 claims and $8.9 million in claims paid.  To read more about the report, click here: State Far report

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Profiled in Leading Lawyers

 Shannon M. McNulty, a personal injury lawyer at Clifford Law Offices was profiled in an editorial piece published by Leading Lawyers Magazine in the Women's Edition for 2015. In the article McNulty talks about her background in criminal justice, her successes and how she currently heads the consumer class action work as one of the partners at Clifford's Chicago-based law firm. The Leading Lawyers Magazine profile is a detailed feature that also touches on the following points - McNulty's devotion to her community, home life as a mother and wife and testaments from her peers. Read the entire piece titled "Shannon McNulty: Shifting from Criminal Justice Legacy to Consumer Class Actions" here.

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