Local Government Lowdown

Reminder: May 1st Deadline for Filing of Statement of Economic Interests

The Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 420/4A-101 et seq., requires certain local government officials and employees to file a verified written statement of economic interests (“Statement of Economic Interests”) on or before May 1st of each year. In most cases, the Statement… Continue Reading →

Recent IHRA Amendments Will Require Employers To Consider Revisions To Hiring Policies

On March 23, 2021, the Governor signed legislation into effect amending the Illinois Human Rights Act to prohibit employers from barring applicants with conviction records from employment opportunities. Employers are now required to participate in an interactive process with the… Continue Reading →

Judge Dismisses Section 1983 Civil Rights Violation Claims Against Local High School Administration

Last week, a Federal Judge dismissed Section 1983 civil rights violation claims against Evanston Township High School district officials. The dismissed claims include violations of due process, equal protection and Title IX. Claims alleging that administrators failed to supervise security… Continue Reading →

What Qualifies as “Probable or Imminent” Litigation to Move into Closed Session?

On March 4, 2021, the PAC issued a binding opinion finding a City Council in violation of the Open Meetings Act when it went into closed session under the “probable or imminent litigation” exception, Section 2(c)(11) of the OMA and the… Continue Reading →

HB-0040: Special Education Services Beyond the 22nd Birthday

Does your school district provide special education services to students 18 to 21? If so, it is important that you keep a close eye on HB-0040. This bill was recently introduced into the House of Representatives and proposes to amend the… Continue Reading →

Court Rules City Not Responsible For Officer’s Actions As A Private Citizen

A recent ruling of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a $44.7 million verdict against the City of Chicago after a Jury found the City liable for one of its officer’s actions while off duty. In First Midwest Bank as… Continue Reading →

Seventh Circuit Affirms That To Recover Under FMLA, Need Evidence Of Direct Connection Between Alleged Harm And Damages Sought

In Hickey v. Protective Life Corp., No. 20-1076, 2021 WL 525088, (7th Cir. Feb. 12, 2021), the 7th Circuit affirmed the district court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of the defendant-employer in the plaintiff-employee’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)… Continue Reading →

Local Board Of Fire And Police Commissioners Restrictions On Party Affiliations

Is your Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in compliance with the law in regard to party affiliations? The Illinois Municipal Code 65 ILCS 5/10 2.1 3, states in part that “No more than two members of the board shall belong… Continue Reading →

Sign, Sign, Everywhere An Election Sign. Blockin’ Out The Scenery, Breakin’ My Mind

Election season is upon us again. Public entities should be aware of the legal restrictions on political signage: Electioneering outside the 100 foot campaign free zone is permitted “Electioneering” is conduct that urges a vote for or against a party, candidate,… Continue Reading →

Tressler’s Local Government Attorneys Selected as 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that Tressler’s local government attorneys have been selected as 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. John O’Driscoll and Stephen Grossmark have been selected as 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers, and Christine Walczak and James Hess… Continue Reading →

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