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The Supreme Court Addresses the First Amendment in the Realm of Social Media

In today’s age, social media sites are where most people exercise their First Amendment rights. The recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730 (2017) is one of the first Supreme Court decisions addressing… Continue Reading →

Reminder: Your Statement of Economic Interests is Due on May 1st

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… Continue Reading →

PAC Issues Binding Opinion Interpreting Law Enforcement Proceeding Exemption of FOIA

On March 14, 2017, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General issued its first binding opinion of 2017, PAC Opinion 17-001. The opinion arises out of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made to the Illinois… Continue Reading →

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Attorney General in Open Meetings Act Case

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in The Board of Education of Springfield School Dist. No. 186 v. Attorney General of Illinois, holding that the Attorney General’s interpretation of the Open Meetings Act’s public recital requirements is incorrect…. Continue Reading →

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