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A Reminder that Closed Meetings Require a Verbatim Record Under the Open Meetings Act – A Draft of the Closed Session Minutes Will Not Suffice

In March 2021, the Personnel Committee of the Board of Directors of the South Central Illinois Mass Transit District closed a portion of the meeting to the public, according to the Attorney General’s Public Opinion 21-006. A Request for Review to… Continue Reading →

City Clerk Violates FOIA for Redacting Residential Names

According to the Attorney General’s Public Access Opinion 21-007, Peter Czosnyka sent a FOIA (5 ILCS 140/1) request to the Chicago City Clerk’s Office seeking copies of “letters of exception: residential parking issued in the 45th Ward between 05/20/18 to… Continue Reading →

Failure to Timely Tender Copies of Mayor Lightfoot’s Text Messages Leads to Violation Section 3(b) of the FOIA Act

The AG’s office issued an opinion on August 31, 2021, concluding that the Mayor’s Office violated Section 3(b) of the FOIA Act (5 ILCS 140/3(d)) according to the Attorney General’s Public Access Opinion 21-008. Chicago Tribune reporter, Gregory Pratt, submitted… Continue Reading →

Stacy De Leon Joins Tressler’s Local Government Practice Group

We are pleased to welcome Stacy De Leon as an associate in Tressler’s Local Government Practice Group. Stacy represents local government entities and private sector employers. Her practice handles all aspects of tort liability defense, constitutional claims, contract issues, employment disputes, education… Continue Reading →

Court Rejects Civil Penalties for Failure to Comply With FOIA

The Second District Appellate Court recently affirmed a Winnebago County Court’s decision denying civil penalties against the State’s Attorney for failure to comply with plaintiff’s FOIA request. The Second District’s opinion in Williams v. Bruscato, 2021 IL App (2d) 190971… Continue Reading →

City Found to Have No Duty Regarding Pothole Due to Tort Immunity Act and Open and Obvious Condition

Plaintiff fell in a pothole and was injured while crossing a service drive next to her home and so sued the City of Chicago. The City’s Tort Immunity Act motion for summary judgment was affirmed on appeal. Crespo-Fregoso v. City of… Continue Reading →

Save the Date: 2021 IML Annual Conference

Tressler attorneys have been selected to speak at the Illinois Municipal League’s 108th Annual Conference on September 23-25, 2021 at the Hilton Chicago. Please click here to register. We look forward to seeing you there! When: September 23-25, 2021 Where: Hilton Chicago,… Continue Reading →

Tressler Talks: Reconsidering Student Discipline and the Role of Restorative Justice Practices

We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming virtual Tressler Talk: Reconsidering Student Discipline and the Role of Restorative Justice Practices Thursday, August 5, 20211:00-2:00pm CT Join us for this complimentary webinar to learn about the history of student discipline in… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Rules Student Off-Campus Speech Protected By First Amendment

In a decision earlier last week, in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a student cheerleader’s off-campus F-bombs about her school is protected speech under the First Amendment. The speech involved a series of… Continue Reading →

Tressler LLP Promotes Elizabeth Wagman to Partner

Tressler LLP has promoted attorney Elizabeth F. Wagman to partner. Elizabeth joined Tressler as senior counsel in 2020 and is a member of our Government and Education Practice Groups. “We could not be more pleased to have Elizabeth join our… Continue Reading →

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