blog posts Absentee ballotting fraught with risks, legal scholar says Apr 13, 2006 9:00 am435 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rising popularity of absentee voting, especially the use of "no-excuse" absentee ballots, poses a risk of vote tampering and election fraud, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues. Active self-defense strategy best deterrent against cyber-attacks Jun 27, 2011 9:00 am155 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the threats of cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare looming over our hyper-connected world, the best defense for the U.S. might be a good offense, says new research by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues. After two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois? Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am623 views "...fixing the major problems that Illinois has – both in policy and in finances – is going to require the governor to work in cooperation with rather than in opposition to the majorities in the General Assembly, and vice versa" Agricultural biotechnology to be focus of two-day conference at Illinois Mar 29, 2004 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Genetically modified organisms and their relationship to intellectual property rights will be the topic of a conference at the University of Illinois. Airfares could rise if Delta-Northwest deal spawns more mergers, expert says Apr 17, 2008 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A proposed merger of Delta and Northwest airlines likely won't drive up the cost of flying, but that could change if the deal sparks a flurry of consolidation among U.S. air carriers, a University of Illinois business professor says. A look forward to the Blagojevich retrial Aug 20, 2010 9:00 am109 views A Minute With™... Andrew Leipold, an expert on criminal law and the federal judicial process Another bailout? Government pension insurer could be next, expert says Oct 15, 2008 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Another multi-billion-dollar taxpayer bailout could lie ahead, this time to rescue a cash-strapped government program that insures pensions of 44 million American workers and retirees, a University of Illinois finance professor warns. Anti-business movies reflect makers' dislike of bosses who control films Oct 20, 2004 9:00 am157 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Why do moviemakers seem to delight in raking big business over the coals, a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign asks. A pension reform plan has been signed into law in Illinois. Is it constitutional? Dec 6, 2013 9:00 am18 views A Minute With™... law professors John D. Colombo and Laurie Reynolds Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study says Jun 2, 2010 9:00 am822 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology. Are daily fantasy sports games a form of online gambling that requires regulation? Jul 29, 2013 9:00 am36 views A Minute With™... John Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture? Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am842 views The controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture gets a well-deserved bad rap, says U. of I. law professor and criminal law expert Kenworthey Bilz. Are MLB negotiations headed for another lockout? Oct 20, 2011 9:00 am26 views A Minute With™... labor professor Daniel Gilbert Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful? Sep 20, 2021 9:00 am9370 views The expansive new set of vaccination requirements issued by the Biden administration affecting the federal workforce will likely be upheld by the courts, but the mandate emanating from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on shakier legal ground, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Are state proposals for pension reform constitutional? Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am90 views A Minute With™... law professors John D. Colombo and Laurie Reynolds Are the ultrawealthy breaking the law in avoiding taxes? Jun 16, 2021 8:00 am670 views An annual wealth tax could curb tax avoidance among the ultrawealthy, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign tax policy expert says. Are we experiencing another unaccompanied child 'crisis' at the southern US border? Jun 11, 2021 9:00 am537 views There’s no easy solution to the problem of unaccompanied migrant children at the southern U.S. border, a U. of I. expert says. A second round of tax rebates likely, U. of I. economist says Nov 3, 2008 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Taxpayers may be in store for another windfall next year as the federal government tries to prop up an economy that could be spiraling toward its deepest recession in nearly three decades, a University of Illinois economist predicts. As legal challenges continue, what will become of national healthcare reform? Feb 6, 2011 9:00 am58 views A Minute With™... David A. Hyman, a professor of law and of medicine Assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury to speak Tuesday Nov 18, 2002 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Richard H. Clarida, assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, will give a lecture on "The United States in the World Economy" Tuesday (Nov. 19) at the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Attack on corporate crime has thrown justice out of whack, legal expert says Jun 16, 2008 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A legal assault on corporate fraud has turned justice upside down, putting company executives at too much risk while leaving shareholders out in the cold, according to a University of Illinois law professor. Attorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the law Sep 3, 2015 9:45 am356 views Civil courts are where many people meet the legal system. Those with attorneys – often a small minority – are much more likely to see a better outcome, says a new study. More surprising, perhaps, is that lawyers’ deep knowledge of the law explains little of their impact. Bailout will avert long, deep economic downturn, U. of I. economist says Oct 3, 2008 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A massive Wall Street bailout won't stave off a recession, but will ease a creeping economic meltdown that threatened to slice into jobs, retirement savings and access to credit across the country, a University of Illinois economist says. Bankruptcy filings expected to rebound in wake of reform, scholar says Oct 9, 2006 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bankruptcy filings by American households are likely to return to the levels they were at before Congress passed a law last year aimed at curbing "abusive" filings, a statistical study by a University of Illinois expert indicates. Bankruptcy reforms aimed at curbing filings may wind up increasing them Oct 24, 2006 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If history is any guide, last year's changes to the bankruptcy law aimed at reducing individual bankruptcy filings may have the opposite effect - a long-term surge in personal filings, according to a study by a University of Illinois expert. Ban on betting would boost ailing economy, gambling critic says Sep 23, 2008 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should resurrect the nationwide gambling ban that existed through most of the 20th century to help soothe a fragile U.S. economy shaken by the worst credit and financial crisis in decades, a University of Illinois professor and national gambling critic says. Baseball's record book could be next victim of steroid report, expert says Dec 13, 2007 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Major League Baseball's record book will likely come under fire in the wake of a long-awaited report released today linking Roger Clemens and other superstars to performance-enhancing drugs, a University of Illinois law and labor expert says. Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense right Aug 15, 2005 9:00 am942 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense. Big changes loom if high gas prices hold, U. of I. expert says May 28, 2008 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Americans' usual fuel-saving shortcuts could give way to dramatic changes affecting the nation's auto, housing and even job markets if gasoline prices stay at record highs nearing an average $4 a gallon nationwide, a University of Illinois economic expert says. Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraints Feb 27, 2014 9:00 am51 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The viability of the bioenergy crops industry could be strengthened by regulatory efforts to address nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. That, in turn, means that the industry should be strategic in developing metrics that measure the ability to enact positive changes in agricultural landscapes, particularly through second-generation perennial crops, according to a paper by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law. Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home Jun 18, 2015 10:30 am1086 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues. 'Black Monday' anniversary a reminder of stock market's inherent risks Oct 16, 2007 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 20th anniversary of Wall Street's historic "Black Monday" collapse is a good reminder that the lure of investment riches comes with equally dramatic risks, a University of Illinois stock market expert says. ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’: Copyright lawsuits in popular music Apr 26, 2016 4:00 pm850 views A Minute With...™ Paul Heald, expert in patent, copyright and international intellectual property law Boards that oversee human-subject research need overhaul Nov 9, 2005 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University Institutional Review Boards, which oversee research involving human subjects, need to be revamped to avoid the "mission creep" that is threatening academic freedom and restricting research on the nation's campuses, according to a report by University of Illinois researchers and scholars. Book: Juries robbed of power by federal government, states Jul 14, 2016 9:00 am758 views Despite their significant presence in the Constitution, juries have largely disappeared from the U.S. legal system, according to a recently published book by University of Illinois law professor Suja A. Thomas. Business law expert: Legal education must respond to market forces Apr 25, 2011 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dire predictions of impending doom for the future of legal education should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, says a University of Illinois business law expert. ‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insurance Dec 12, 2016 9:00 am1261 views Even if the Affordable Care Act is ultimately repealed, the law’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health care plans has already affected employers’ health insurance offerings, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois. California same-sex marriage ruling will fuel nationwide push, expert says Jun 10, 2008 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An expected crush of same-sex marriages looming in California will also touch off a new wave of lawsuits seeking to make the long-debated unions legal nationwide, according to a University of Illinois expert on family and constitutional law. Can a state copyright its own laws – and prevent citizens from republishing them? Jul 15, 2019 9:00 am692 views The pending Supreme Court case Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org will test the legality of a state copyrighting its own laws, which could pose a challenge to legal research, scholarship and public access to the law, said U. of I. copyright law expert Sara R. Benson. Can Biden pass comprehensive immigration reform? Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am10570 views One of the Biden administration’s first acts was to send Congress the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a long-promised immigration reform bill. But any legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform will face significant headwinds in the Senate, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law. Can birthright citizenship be taken away? Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm4220 views In adopting the 14th Amendment, Congress unambiguously intended that the children of immigrant workers would have birthright citizenship in the U.S., said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law. Can employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19? Dec 7, 2020 8:30 am12822 views In most cases, an employer could require an employee to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. While that might seem like a violation of an employee’s personal freedom, “No one has a legally enforceable right to a specific job,” says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Can President Trump pardon himself? Jul 27, 2017 3:45 pm503 views No provision of the Constitution prohibits it, but the threat of impeachment should function as a check on the president's clemency powers, said law professor Jason Mazzone Can states choose whether to accept Syrian refugees? Nov 18, 2015 12:00 pm619 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, immigration law expert Can the design elements of clothing be copyrighted? Jan 23, 2017 9:15 am377 views Professor and copyright librarian Sara R. Benson explains an upcoming Supreme Court case at the intersection of copyright and patent for functional designs. 'Causal overdetermination' provides middle ground for courts Aug 21, 2013 9:00 am131 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A disagreement among state courts on the subject of drunk-driving homicide can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove in these cases not that the driver's intoxication caused the fatal accident, but merely that it contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper by a University of Illinois expert on criminal law. Caution: Medicare drug plan may cause headaches Nov 15, 2005 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If many seniors are scratching their heads about the new Medicare prescription drug plan, so are the experts. Center to focus on entrepreneurial education as academic discipline Mar 4, 2004 9:00 am128 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Developing entrepreneurial education as an academic discipline is the goal of a center being established by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chains that train new store owners help keep franchises afloat, study says Mar 6, 2008 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fast-food restaurants and other chain outlets are less likely to fail when super-sized training programs prepare fledgling owners for the challenges ahead, according to a new study co-written by a University of Illinois business professor. Chancellor to give Derber Lecture on building an integrated workplace Apr 1, 2003 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nancy Cantor, the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the Annual Milton Derber Lecture about the role of the university in building an integrated workplace. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. April 8 (Tuesday) at the Wagner Education Center at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, 504 E. Armory Ave., Champaign.