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Mauck & Baker, located in downtown Chicago is nationally known for representing churches, religious institutions, businesses and individuals in religious liberties cases. Our monthly newsletter covers topics relating to religious news and legal information relevant to our practice. Please forward our newsletter on to others interested in religious freedom and visit our website for more information about our work. 
Quincy Diocese can leave Episcopal Church with its property 
August, 2014 


 The Illinois Appellate Court, 4th District, ruled in July that the Diocese of Quincy, Illinois could leave The Episcopal Church while retaining its property, including real estate and various bank accounts and other investments. Read more from attorney Whitman H. Brisky.



Welcoming Wendy K. Thomas  
August, 2014

Look for a new face at Mauck & Baker. Mauck & Baker's newest associate Wendy K. Thomas joins the firm to focus on transactional work in commercial and residential real estate as well as real estate financing and zoning.  Read more about her time working as an attorney in Boston and living in New York. 
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The IRS begins to monitor the pulpit   
 August, 2014 



Late in July, 2014 the IRS settled a lawsuit filed against it by Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Citing a 1954 amendment to the IRS Code that created political restrictions for tax-exempt organizations, the atheist group sued the IRS for failing to crackdown on churches that spoke about moral or political issues from the pulpit and for the monitoring of the content of sermons. Oddly, the IRS has refused to disclose the details of that settlement or what its new policies to monitor sermons for political content will be. Read more  to hear from attorney Richard C. Baker.