Local Government Lowdown

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Peter Murphy

Safe Policing Requirements

On June 16, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled “SAFE POLICING FOR SAFE COMMUNITIES.”  The Order can be found at https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6948245/Trump-Policing-Executive-Order.pdf. There is speculation in the national press that Congress may soon enact legislation in this regard, but… Continue Reading →

Library Cards for Kids

On June 5, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB 2096 into law. The Bill amends the Illinois Local Library Act and the Public Library District Act, creating the “Cards for Kids Act.”  75 ILCS 16/30-55.60. The amendment adds to the group… Continue Reading →

COVID-19 Now Compensable Under Workers’ Compensation Act

Relying on their inherent authority under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupation Disease Act (the “Acts”), on April 13, 2020, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) amended Section 9030.70 of their Rules of Evidence. Titled EMERGENCY under 9030.70 a,… Continue Reading →

Filing Delay – Lawsuit, Nay

In 2013, Hillsboro Community School District No. 3 entered into an energy services agreement with Amerisco Inc. for the renovation of several schools within its district. The agreement was entered into pursuant to the bid and proposal process required by the… Continue Reading →

School District Not Liable For Cheerleader’s Fumbled Tumble

The Tort Immunity Act is a useful tool for all public entities. Plaintiff attorneys who do not understand its impact often fail to understand that mere negligence is insufficient under the Act. Willful and wanton conduct is the standard for liability in… Continue Reading →

Exercise Of First Amendment Free Speech Does Not Prevent A Probable Cause Arrest

In Nieves v. Bartlett, the United States Supreme Court denied permitting an arrestee, Russell Bartlett, a cause of action for retaliatory arrest against the two arresting police officers.  Nieves v. Bartlett, 587 U.S. _____, No. 17-1174 (2019).  Bartlett was arrested… Continue Reading →

A SLAPP in the Face

In Kainrath et. al. v. Grider, 2018 IL App 172270 (1st Dist. 2018) the court took up the case of a township assessor (Grider) who sent a defamatory letter to newspapers, local officials and others, challenging the ethics of three… Continue Reading →

Caveat Emptor – Contractors Beware!

Although decided pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 23 (i.e. not to be cited as precedent), the First District Appellate Court addressed the enforceability of contracts against municipalities acting through a JAWA in South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency v. Postl-Yore… Continue Reading →

Employee Termination: An Employers’ Reasons Make A Difference

In a trio of cases handed down by the 7th Circuit on June 19, 2018 the Federal Court of Appeals provided guidance to employers regarding the often difficult issue of employee termination. In Carmody v. Bd. of Trustees of the… Continue Reading →

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