Gerald D. Skoning

Gerald D. Skoning is a Chicago lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law.

Think Way Outside the Box to Clean Up Illinois’ Fiscal Mess

 

Springfield lawmakers are crowing in self-congratulations over the passage of the state’s first budget in two years. The budget leaves unpaid a $6 billion stack of bills and does absolutely nothing to address the $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations. Illinois faces the greatest budget crisis in its 200-year history. When Illinois became the 21st […]

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Going Amish? Not Just Yet!

 

I think I’m on the verge of developing what might be called “Amish syndrome.” Now, don’t jump to conclusions. I’m not about to trade in my beloved Lexus for a horse-and-buggy rig. After all, horses would be much higher maintenance than my reliable old sedan, even with the odometer at 107,000 miles and counting. And, […]

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There Is No Licking in Hockey, Eh?

 

I love hockey. I have played the game for much of my life at a variety of different levels, prep school, Division I college hockey, and even semi-pro for several years. I have played throughout the United States and played for several years in Canada, in Windsor and Sarnia, Ontario. I have seen the game […]

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Making a Federal Case Out of Eye Drop Dribble?

 

Eye drop users everywhere have had it happen. Tilt your head back, drip a drop in your eye, and part of that drop always seems to dribble down your cheek. But, what most people see as an annoyance, some prescription drop users lawyers say is grounds for a huge class action lawsuit. Drug companies’ bottles […]

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USS Ford President Trump Norfolk Navy Scandal

Continued Stormy Seas for Navy Brass

 

The U.S. Navy is facing what has been described as a “disaster of epic proportion” on its newest class aircraft carrier, the USS Ford (CVN 78), a travesty that until now has slipped by largely under the radar. In February, the Navy confirmed that it has major problems with the design and construction of its new […]

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Military Recruiting Slogans: The Navy Sinks $457 Million

 

With great fanfare the United States Navy has unveiled a new recruiting campaign built around the slogan, “Forged by the Sea.” The Navy paid its PR/advertising consultant Young & Rubicam $457 million to develop the new brand, which took 18 months to think up. Now, that’s a whopping bit of change in the civilian world, […]

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A Remote Start Up From 13 Billion Miles Away

 

Imagine a sub-zero winter morning. You are worried your car might not start. You turn the ignition key and wait, and wait, and wait. For a total of 19 hours, 35 minutes, you wait to learn that your car has started. That’s the very scenario NASA scientists faced recently with the first U.S. spacecraft to […]

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The Holiday Containment Act

 

Holiday wreaths being hung in October? Santa Claus making appearances in November? Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Enough! I think we need a new federal law to rein in the expanding duration and outlandish excesses of the Christmas holiday season. Now, critics are sure to point out that our society is the most heavily regulated in the […]

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Intergalactic Gold Rush?

 

Astronomers recently announced that they had seen and heard a pair of neutron stars collide, giving scientists a glimpse of the violent process by which most heavy metals in the universe were created. Neutron stars are the smallest in the universe, with a diameter comparable to the size of a city like Chicago or Atlanta. […]

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Explanations of (Excuses for) Sex Harassment: Are They Relevant in Court?

 

As the national media spotlight continues to glare on Harvey Weinstein’s arrogant and shameful sexual misconduct (and possible criminal assault) and the “me too” social media campaign demonstrates the grotesque depth of the problem nationwide, a variety of questions swirl around the perplexing complexity of sexual harassment laws. Employment lawyers often are called upon to […]

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