Local Government Lowdown

New IMRF Website Posting Requirement

Governor Pritzker has signed into law Public Act 101-504, amending the Illinois Pension Code (40 ILCS 5/7-135.5). It requires IMRF to post certain information regarding contributions made by local taxing bodies. Further, the Act requires that by January 1, 2021,… Continue Reading →

Qualified Immunity Trumps Excessive Force Claim Where Plaintiff Tried To Ram Officer

Recent events have brought forth media discussions of qualified immunity in the context of the use of deadly force. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a federal trial court’s grant of a defendant police officer’s motion for summary judgment in… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling Regarding Gay And Transgender Rights

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to people that identify as gay or transgender. Title VII prohibits an employer from discriminating against any person based upon, among… Continue Reading →

School Board Rejects Hearing Officer’s Recommendation and Fires Teacher for Cheating

Jennifer Longanecker was a tenured fifth-grade teacher in the East Moline School District. In 2014, the School Board found that she helped a student cheat on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. In doing so, the Board reversed a hearing officer’s finding that… Continue Reading →

Safe Policing Requirements

On June 16, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled “SAFE POLICING FOR SAFE COMMUNITIES.”  The Order can be found at https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6948245/Trump-Policing-Executive-Order.pdf. There is speculation in the national press that Congress may soon enact legislation in this regard, but… Continue Reading →

Library Cards for Kids

On June 5, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB 2096 into law. The Bill amends the Illinois Local Library Act and the Public Library District Act, creating the “Cards for Kids Act.”  75 ILCS 16/30-55.60. The amendment adds to the group… Continue Reading →

Violation of OMA Stemming from Closed Session Personnel Discussions

A constant question for boards is whether discussions are best suited for an open or closed session. The Open Meetings Act requires that all meetings of public bodies be open to the public. 5 ILCS 120/2.  However, there are multiple exceptions… Continue Reading →

An Evolving Landscape – Public Bodies’ Responsibility to Pay Prevailing Wage to Laborer Landscapers

Public bodies and those who contract with public bodies should be aware of a recent appellate court decision that addressed two topics with respect to the Prevailing Wage Act – the importance of including specific prevailing wage language into contracts… Continue Reading →

COVID-19 Now Compensable Under Workers’ Compensation Act

Relying on their inherent authority under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupation Disease Act (the “Acts”), on April 13, 2020, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) amended Section 9030.70 of their Rules of Evidence. Titled EMERGENCY under 9030.70 a,… Continue Reading →

The ABC’s Of Privacy Law: New Lawsuit Provides Glimpse Of Privacy Issues For “E-Learning” In Schools Under COPPA, BIPA And SOPPA

One bright spot in recent events has been to see our kids stay focused as students and to see teachers continue their great work while bunkered down from their homes. Nevertheless, it may be worthwhile to pause to think about… Continue Reading →

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