Local Government Lowdown

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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 →

Attorney-Client Privilege As FOIA Exemption

It’s 2022 and the PAC is back! In its first opinion in 2022, in a binding opinion, the PAC ruled in favor of a public body in a FOIA appeal involving the attorney-client privilege exception of FOIA. On October 4, 2021,… 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 →

Driver’s Personal Information Remains Protected

By: Courtney Willits The Illinois Supreme Court recently heard Mancini Law Group, P.C. v. Schaumburg Police Department, 2021 IL 126675 involving the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA” or the “Act”) where a personal injury law firm filed suit against the… Continue Reading →

That Is Not Your Job! IELRA Arbitrator Exceeded His Authority By Reviewing A Party’s Compliance With His Own Award

In 2017, an arbitrator found that Western Illinois University violated its collective bargaining agreement regarding layoffs of professors. Subsequently, in 2018, the same arbitrator issued a supplemental award, determining that the University failed to comply with the earlier award. The… Continue Reading →

Real Time With IPELRA Podcast

Tressler is excited to announce that Kathleen M. Gibbons, Darcy L. Proctor and Elizabeth F. Wagman are sharing their knowledge on navigating sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace on the Real Time with IPELRA podcast. Search your favorite spot… Continue Reading →

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 →

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