Local Government Lowdown

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Nicholas Daly

New Law Limits Local Government Severance Packages

In response to media reports about severance packages received by government employees, on August 14, 2018 the Illinois Senate’s Committee on Administrative Rules passed Senate Bill 3604 / Public Act 100-0895, also known as the Government Severance Pay Act (GSPA).This law requires local governments, school districts,… Continue Reading →

FOIA Does Not Require a Public Body to Answer Questions or Create Records

In Martinez v. Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, 2018 WL 1308730 (March 12, 2018), Martinez submitted a FOIA request to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office seeking “each instance in which information obtained using a cell site simulator … was… Continue Reading →

Illinois Appellate Court Rules That Respect For The Judicial Process Requires That A Lawful Court Order Take Precedence Over The Disclosure Requirements Of FOIA

In consolidated cases, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois was recently presented with questions regarding the competing interests of public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and confidentiality of records subject to a protective order. In In… Continue Reading →

District Court Dismisses Due Process Class Action Against City Of Chicago Relating To Impoundment Ordinance

In 2016, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Bell v. City of Chicago, 835 F.3d 736 (7th Cir. 2016) upheld the City of Chicago’s impoundment ordinance (MCC § 2-14-132) against a facial challenge based upon the Fourth Amendment. Recently,… Continue Reading →

Written In Ink, Not Stone: Officers’ Union Wins Grievance and Seventh Circuit Erases District Court’s Ruling On Chicago Police Department’s Tattoo Order

On June 8, 2015, without any prior notice or discussion with police officers, the Chicago Police Department issued an order that required all officers on duty or otherwise “representing” the Department to cover all of their tattoos, either with clothing… Continue Reading →

Illinois Supreme Court Emphasizes The Importance Of Proper Notice And Procedure In Administrative Proceedings, But Leaves The Issue Of Attorney Representation Unresolved

A recent opinion from the Illinois Supreme Court emphasizes the importance of proper notice and procedure in administrative proceedings, but fails to provide guidance on whether a legal entity must be represented by an attorney. In Stone Street Partners, LLC,… Continue Reading →

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