Local Government Lowdown

New Binding PAC Opinion Finds a “Meet and Greet” to be a Meeting Subject to the Open Meetings Act 

On March 14, 2023, the Illinois Public Access Counselor’s (PAC) Office issued a binding PAC opinion finding a public body in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA) by holding an improper private meeting. A copy of the PAC… Continue Reading →

Caitlin Frenzer Joins Tressler’s Government Practice Group

We are proud to welcome Caitlin Frenzer as an associate in our Government Practice Group. Caitlin is an associate who focuses her practice on providing general counsel services to local governmental bodies. She represents clients on a variety of matters including zoning, contracts,… Continue Reading →

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 →

Illinois Appellate Court Denied FOIA Attorneys Fees and Civil Penalties Due to “Clarification” Process

Freedom of Information Act requests are often vague, causing government entities to seek clarification from the requester. The best practice for government agencies is a follow-up discussion with a requester, resulting in simplification and narrowing of the request which can… Continue Reading →

John O’Driscoll and Darcy Proctor Recognized as 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce that Tressler local government attorneys John M. O’Driscoll and Darcy L. Proctor have been selected as 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers. Learn more about these accomplished attorneys below. Congratulations to both! John M. O’Driscoll Co-Chair of… Continue Reading →

Election Season, Electioneering and Campaign Sign Reminders

As Election Day creeps closer and candidate signs litter the landscape, a brief reminder regarding legal restrictions on political signage is appropriate: Electioneering outside the 100-foot campaign-free zone is permitted “Electioneering” is conduct that urges a vote for or against… Continue Reading →

2023 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference

Tressler attorneys have been selected to speak at the 2023 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. Join John O’Driscoll, Andrew Paine, Darcy Proctor, Elizabeth Wagman, Kathleen Gibbons, James Hess, Marlene Fuentes, Drew O’Donnell and Courtney Willits at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on January 26-28, 2023. Please click here to register…. Continue Reading →

Workplace Transparency Act Reporting Mandate for Illinois Employers

On August 9, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0221, also known as the Workplace Transparency Act, creating new protections for employees and contractors and rules for employers regarding sexual harassment. Most public entities are aware that the Act… Continue Reading →

What’s Material in a Fabrication of Evidence Claim?

In Moran v. Calumet City, 2022 WL 17173891, (7th Cir. 2022), the court provided further insight as to whether fabricated evidence influenced a jury’s guilty verdict. There, a jury convicted Moran of attempted murder with a firearm but was later… Continue Reading →

2022 IASB IASA IASBO Joint Annual Conference

Tressler’s Local Government Group has been selected to speak at the IASB IASA IASBO Joint Annual Conference on November 18-20, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. We hope to see you there! When: Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th Where: Hyatt Regency… Continue Reading →

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