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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 →

A Glimpse into the Future for Employers – What to Expect If the Governor Signs Senate Bill 0075

The Illinois legislature recently passed Senate Bill 0075 – a sweeping piece of legislation expected to significantly alter the employment landscape for Illinois employers in 2020. This massive bill, over 195 pages in length, creates the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act… Continue Reading →

Erik Peck Receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Award

We are proud to announce that Erik Peck, partner at Tressler LLP, recently received the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Award from the LaGrange Rotary Club, the Brookfield Rotary Club and Riverside Rotary Club for his work rebuilding a playground at a… Continue Reading →

Weed and the Workplace – Is it All Going Up in Smoke?

On June 25, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill (HB) 1438, legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state of Illinois. The “Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act” will go into effect on January 1, 2020. You can hang it… 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 →

School’s out for Teacher Who Misused Sick Days for Vacations and a Road Trip to New York City

Dorothy Crawley was a tenured teacher at Wells Preparatory Elementary School.  After receiving an anonymous tip that she had used sick days to take a Caribbean cruise, the Chicago School Board investigated and then filed charges against her alleging that,… Continue Reading →

Disturbing Statements by Parent to School Employee Not Protected by First Amendment

The Illinois appellate court in The People of the State of Illinois v. Rory John Swenson, 2019 IL App (2d) 160960 (February 28, 2019), affirmed a trial court’s disorderly-conduct conviction of Rory John Swenson (“Defendant”) for charges stemming from his… Continue Reading →

Hiring Out of State Trained Police Officers

Often when police departments are looking for qualified candidates, many times applicants are certified out of state police officers. Thus, the question is, how does a municipality proceed with such a candidate? The municipality may have the candidate complete the… Continue Reading →

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 →

Annual Requirement to Publish a Current Zoning Map

The Illinois Municipal Code requires the all municipalities to publish the municipality’s zoning map each year no later than March 31st.  65 ILCS 5/11-13-19.  This specific requirement is set forth below: Except as otherwise provided in this section, the corporate authorities… Continue Reading →

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