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Tressler Welcomes Marlene Fuentes and Pamela Beck to Our Government Practice Group

Tressler is expanding! We are excited to welcome Marlene Fuentes and Pamela Beck as new associates in our Government Practice Group. Marlene Fuentes is an associate in Tressler’s Government Practice Group. Marlene’s practice focuses on day-to-day operations and administrative proceedings for… Continue Reading →

New Web Accessibility Guidance Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

By: John M. O’Driscoll The Department of Justice (DOJ) published guidance on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It explains how state and local governments (entities covered by ADA Title II) and businesses open to the public… Continue Reading →

Appellate Court Ensures Privacy Protection Under The Juvenile Court Act From A FOIA Request Regarding A Deceased Minor

By: Courtney Willits The Illinois Appellate Court recently heard a case, Calloway v. Chicago Police Department, 2022 IL App (1st) 210090, involving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and whether the privacy provisions extend to deceased minors. In this case, Plaintiff… Continue Reading →

Fitness-For-Duty Exam For Public-Safety Employee Upheld By Federal Court

By: Darcy L. Proctor Recently, in Christopher See v. Illinois Gaming Board, 2022 WL 831601, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out a federal lawsuit alleging First Amendment retaliation under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and discrimination in violation of the Americans… Continue Reading →

Appellate Court Upholds Application of “Open and Obvious” Danger With Dismissal of Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the CTA

By: Jim Hess Last week, the appellate court affirmed the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) continuing a history of decisions with respect to moving trains presenting an “open and obvious… Continue Reading →

Better Take Note…Proper Notice is Required for Hybrid Meetings

By: Courtney Willits The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) recently issued PAC Opinion 22-003 where they found a City Council in violation of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) for its remote meeting practices. An individual filed a request for… Continue Reading →

First District Cuts Off PSEBA Responsibility For Medicare-Eligible Beneficiaries And Spouses

By: Taylor Brewer                The First District Court of Appeals has issued a ruling in Barry v. The City of Chicago, 2021 IL App (1st) 200829, holding that a municipality does not have an obligation to pay PSEBA benefits for… Continue Reading →

2022 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference

Tressler attorneys, John O’Driscoll, Andrew Paine, Darcy Proctor, Elizabeth Wagman, Kathleen Gibbons, Jim Hess, Stacy De Leon and Courtney Willits, have been selected to speak at the 2022 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on… Continue Reading →

SCOTUS Blocks Vaccination Mandate

By: Courtney Willits The United States Supreme Court issued a Per Curium opinion that blocks the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirements for large workplaces. However, the Court allowed a vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take… Continue Reading →

ISBE Issues Revised COVID Protocols For Schools

By: Elizabeth Wagman On January 11, 2022, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2022-03 updating the exclusion protocols in schools for individuals who are a confirmed or probable case, a close contact, or symptomatic to reflect the shortened quarantine and isolation… Continue Reading →

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