2015 Lane Reports

Undue Influence: Can a New Illinois Law Help Deter Unscrupulous Caregivers?
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy When a family winds up in a dispute over a dead relative’s estate, one of the accusations that may be made is that one or more persons used “undue influence” over the deceased. Typically, this involves a claim that someone improperly caused the deceased to create or amend a will or...
DOL Changes Its Tune About Impact Investing
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Impact investing just took another big step towards becoming mainstream, with the help of the Department of Labor (DOL). And all the hard work investors have been doing to build reliable ways to measure results seems to be a contributing factor. Specifically, the DOL recently posted guidance about what it calls economically targeted investments (ETIs) made...
Marc J. Lane: Chicago's Global Problem-Solver
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy Amid the minute-to-minute drumbeat of war and scandal and stock market upheaval no farther away than your phone or desktop, Chicago lawyer, financial advisor and author Marc J. Lane stands apart for his optimism. The Lincolnwood native’s latest book — his 35th — is titled, “The...
In 'summer of Trump,' let's make Chicago an immigrant-friendly city
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy During this summer of Trump, the nation's undocumented immigrants are under attack. All 11 million of them are unrealistically threatened with mass deportation. And the U.S. House has passed a measure that would strip federal law enforcement grants from “sanctuary cities” that shield...
Crowdfunding bill could be game-changer for Illinois entrepreneurs
Monday, August 3, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy Putting aside their existential struggle over policy and power, Illinois' legislators have found common ground in supporting the state's entrepreneurial community. Come January, Illinois will boast an intrastate crowdfunding law that is more friendly to small business than any in the nation. Equity...
Cause-Related Marketing: the Opportunities and the Pitfalls
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy “Buy our product and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity!” Such cause-related marketing, linking the sale of a company’s product or service with the promise to make a donation to a charitable cause, is popular with consumers who want to see their money put to good use, valued...
Is Chicago headed for bankruptcy? Why 'nuclear option' should be last resort
Monday, June 1, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy Many cities in Illinois, overwhelmed by pension debt and faced with unprecedented cuts in state aid, soon might be lobbying the General Assembly to amend the Illinois Municipal Code to allow local governments to go bankrupt, a remedy Gov. Bruce Rauner supports. If a pending bill sponsored by Rep. Ron...
Why Choose A Professional Money Manager?
Friday, May 1, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy Volatility has once again returned to the financial markets and with it a renewed sense of fear and foreboding. It’s during these difficult market environments that investors come to recognize the benefit of having a relationship with a living, breathing investment advisor who can calm their fears...
Let's return power of the vote to the voters
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy Nearly 80 percent of Chicago's voters supported a citywide advisory referendum on the Feb. 24 ballot that would reduce the influence of special-interest money in city—and state—elections by financing campaigns using small contributions from individuals and a limited amount of public money. ...
Managing Your Portfolio for Currency Fluctuations
Monday, March 2, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy The world is awash in issues today with troubles in the Ukraine and the Middle East taking center stage. The international currency market, however, has had its own drama unfolding, albeit rather quietly. The revaluation of the Swiss franc may have provided some theatrics; nonetheless, the larger story...
Attention to Climate Change is About Justice and Economics
Monday, February 2, 2015
Order Marc J. Lane's New Book! Get Your Copy Climate change, mostly the result of carbon pollution, threatens the health of the nation's—and Chicago's—residents. Ground-level ozone, particle pollution, pollen concentrations, infectious diseases, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, heavy rainfall and flooding, and extreme-heat events...
Streamlined Application for Tax Exemption Presents a New Opportunity for Charities
Friday, January 2, 2015
Most nonprofit organizations which seek to be classified as tax-exempt charities (under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) are required to apply for recognition of their tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. (Some nonprofit organizations can claim tax-exempt status without having to apply: these include churches and other...

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