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Kevin Kearney

Injured During a Training Exercise? PSEBA Benefits May Not Apply

The Third District Appellate Court recently confronted the following question: is an injury suffered during a simulated emergency the same as a genuine emergency under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act, 820 ILCS 320/10 (the “Act”)? The answer – it… Continue Reading →

Governor Rauner Signs Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act

On April 12, 2018, Governor Rauner signed Public Act 100-0585, also known as the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, into law. The Act, which becomes effective June 1, 2018, has been the subject of heated opposition from a wide range… Continue Reading →

U.S. Department of Labor Takes Another Crack at the Overtime Rule

As readers may recall, the Obama administration issued new Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) overtime rules that required employers to pay overtime to employees earning less than $913 per week, which amounts to $47,476 annually. This new rule, scheduled to… Continue Reading →

Seventh Circuit Issues Groundbreaking Decision Regarding Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a groundbreaking ruling regarding LGBT rights. The court held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, No. 15-1720 (en banc) that discrimination in… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Order Leaves Transgender Rights in Limbo

Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G. G. ex rel. Grimm, 16-273, 2017 WL 855755 (U.S. Mar. 6, 2017) Despite the high-profile nature of the case, the Supreme Court sent the transgender bathroom case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading →

Illinois Voters Pass Safe Roads Amendment Prohibiting State’s Use of Transportation Funds for Non-Transportation Related Projects

On November 8, 2016, Illinois voters overwhelmingly passed the Illinois Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox Constitutional Amendment, also known as the Safe Roads Amendment. The amendment was designed to prohibit the state legislature from using transportation funds for non-transportation related… Continue Reading →

New Law Tightens Travel Reimbursement Guidelines for Local Government Entities

While many public agencies already have written or unwritten practices in place regarding travel reimbursements, recent newspaper investigations have illustrated examples of excesses and abuses of public spending to allow for the attendance of elected officials and public employees at… Continue Reading →

New Bill Tightens FOIA Deadlines When a Binding Opinion Is Issued

On July 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 4715, which imposes two new requirements upon public bodies responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or the Act), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. requests. The law will go into… Continue Reading →

Reed v. Town of Gilbert – The Supreme Court’s Dismantling of Sign Codes

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the landmark case, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, directly affects each and every municipality that regulates sign usage within its borders. Tressler LLP has reviewed this case and continues to analyze its overarching… Continue Reading →

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