Local Government Lowdown

Tressler’s Local Government Attorneys Selected to Speak at the 2023 IML Annual Conference

Tressler’s local government attorneys have been selected to speak at the Illinois Municipal League’s (IML) 110th Annual Conference. Join John M. O’Driscoll, Darcy L. Proctor, James J. Hess, Taylor A. Brewer and Caitlin Frenzer on September 21st and September 22nd at the Hilton Chicago. Click here to register…. Continue Reading →

Jeyser Claudio Joins Tressler’s Government Practice Group

Tressler is excited to welcome Jeyser “Jey” Claudio to our Government Practice Group. Jey is an associate in our Bolingbrook office. He focuses his practice on representing cities, villages, park districts, school districts and other public entities in multiple legal matters including… Continue Reading →

Attorney Andrew S. Paine to Compete at the 2023 Amputee Football Cup in Poland

We are excited to announce that Tressler attorney Andrew Paine will be competing as a member of the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team at the 2023 Amp Football Cup. The team will square off against Poland, England, Japan and Costa Rica in… Continue Reading →

Recent PAC Decision Upholds Denial of Disclosure of Juvenile Police Reports

The Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) recently provided clarification of a difficult issue: the release of records involving juveniles. The PAC issued a binding opinion where it found that a Village did not violate the requirements of the Freedom of Information… Continue Reading →

Contractor’s Reliance on City’s Design Specifications Defeats a Premises Liability Claim

In Bitsky v. City of Chicago, et al., 2023 IL App (1st) 220266, the court reaffirmed its adherence to prior Illinois precedent which allows a contractor to avoid liability for a premises claim where it carefully follows specifications set by… Continue Reading →

Firefighter’s Monell and Title VII Retaliation Claims Against City Tossed Out of Court

On June 15, 2023, in Michelle Giese v. City of Kankakee, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the City of Kankakee in a federal civil rights lawsuit. Plaintiff, Michelle Giese, a lieutenant in the fire department,… Continue Reading →

Updated Guidance from the Department of Education on Prayer and Religious Expression

On May 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department of Education”) released updated guidance on constitutionally protected school prayer and religious expression in the public school setting. This guidance was issued after the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Upholds Municipality’s Ability to Enforce Annexation Agreement on Successor Owners

A recent ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court has important implications for municipalities and developers that enter into annexation agreements and for those who purchase a portion of the property that was subject to the annexation agreement.   In Village… Continue Reading →

Fifth District Appellate Court Reverses Circuit Court’s Decision Regarding Abandonment of Historic Danville Tower

In City of Danville v. C.A. Collins Enterprises, the Fifth District Appellate Court recently reversed the Circuit Court of Vermilion County’s issuance of a deed to the City of Danville, finding that the circuit court improperly interpreted section 11-31-1(d) of… Continue Reading →

Plaintiff’s Failure to Show Actual or Constructive Notice Defeats a Premises Liability Case

In Ory v. City of Naperville, 2023 IL App (3d) 220105, the court provided further insight into the requirements of actual or constructive notice in a premises liability case. In Ory, the plaintiff brought claims sounding in negligence and premises… Continue Reading →

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