Local Government Lowdown

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John O'Driscoll

Recent Legislation

Change To The Open Meetings Act Exemption Regarding Employment The Governor recently signed an amendment to the Open Meetings Act into law effective immediately. 5 ILCS 120/2(c). The law had allowed public bodies to go into closed session to discuss… Continue Reading →

The Future Is Now: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Be Used During Job Interviews

In a surprisingly cutting-edge move, the State of Illinois has enacted the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act.  Public Act 101-260 becomes effective January 1, 2020. An employer seeking to record video interviews and use artificial intelligence to analyze job applicant… Continue Reading →

Election Season Campaign Sign Reminder

As Election Day creeps closer and the landscape is littered by candidate signs, 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… Continue Reading →

Deadlines for School Board Candidates

The April election is on the horizon.  Candidates must be mindful of the upcoming dates: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 PETITION CIRCULATION: First day for school board candidates to circulate nominating petitions. Monday, December 10, 2018 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION CANDIDATE FILING: Candidate… Continue Reading →

Snow Way Around It: Court Finds Deliberate Encounter Exception Does Not Apply To Slip And Fall Case Involving Pile Of Snow

Winter is coming……and with it comes the tricky issue of snow removal and liability exposure.  The Fourth District recently issued an opinion that is favorable to those involved in snow removal.  In Winters v. MIMG LII Arbors at Eastland, LLC, 2018… Continue Reading →

Appellate Court Finds ComEd Annexation Agreement Invalid

Annexation may occur in a variety of ways.  Voluntary annexation occurs where a landowner files a petition to be annexed.  Alternatively, a municipality may proceed with involuntary annexation where certain statutory requirements are met, such as where a property is… Continue Reading →

Village Avoids Retaliation Claim After Employee Takes FMLA Leave

Employers often encounter difficult situations of how to deal with employees without running afoul of accusations of retaliation.  In Freelain v. Village of Oak Park, No. 16-4074 (April 30, 2018) the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dealt with such an… Continue Reading →

Residency Requirement for Firefighter Upheld

Firefighter John Cannici was terminated for violation of the Village of Orland Park’s residency ordinance.  Cannici v. Village of Melrose Park, No. 17-1424 (7th Cir. 2018).  Cannici filed suit based on due process and equal protection grounds, but the trial… Continue Reading →

How the Supreme Court’s Ruling in “Carle Foundation” Affects Local Tax Bases

As an update to previous articles on the Carle Foundation case, on March 23rd, the Supreme Court has decided to vacate the appellate court’s decision and to remand the case to the circuit court for further proceedings.  Carle Foundation v… Continue Reading →

Election Season Campaign Sign Reminder

As Election Day creeps closer and the landscape is littered by candidate signs, 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… Continue Reading →

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