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Granting Request for Remote Work to Employee Due to Pregnancy-Related Conditions Not Required Where it Would Eliminate Key Function of Her Position

A recent First District Illinois Appellate Court ruling in the case of Lara Stachler v. The Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 2023 IL App (1st) 221092, rejected the plaintiff-appellant’s assertion that the Illinois Human Rights Act entitles… Continue Reading →

A Case of Nuisance Abatement and Substantive Due Process

Local Government May Take Property Without Compensation if the Taking is Necessary to Protect Public Health and Safety A recent Seventh Circuit decision re-affirmed precedent that, so long as the proper procedures are followed, local governments may take private property… Continue Reading →

Municipal Towing and Administrative Fees Found to be Constitutional

In Lehhy, et al. v City of Carbondale, 2023 IL APP  220542 the Plaintiff alleged that the City’s administrative fees were unconstitutional and that the City was reimbursed twice for the costs through administrative/ordinance fees and the Illinois Criminal and… Continue Reading →

Tressler’s Local Government Attorneys Selected to Speak at the 2023 IML Annual Conference

Tressler’s local government attorneys have been selected to speak at the Illinois Municipal League’s (IML) 110th Annual Conference. Join John M. O’Driscoll, Darcy L. Proctor, James J. Hess, Taylor A. Brewer and Caitlin Frenzer on September 21st and September 22nd at the Hilton Chicago. Click here to register…. Continue Reading →

Jeyser Claudio Joins Tressler’s Government Practice Group

Tressler is excited to welcome Jeyser “Jey” Claudio to our Government Practice Group. Jey is an associate in our Bolingbrook office. He focuses his practice on representing cities, villages, park districts, school districts and other public entities in multiple legal matters including… Continue Reading →

Attorney Andrew S. Paine to Compete at the 2023 Amputee Football Cup in Poland

We are excited to announce that Tressler attorney Andrew Paine will be competing as a member of the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team at the 2023 Amp Football Cup. The team will square off against Poland, England, Japan and Costa Rica in… Continue Reading →

Recent PAC Decision Upholds Denial of Disclosure of Juvenile Police Reports

The Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) recently provided clarification of a difficult issue: the release of records involving juveniles. The PAC issued a binding opinion where it found that a Village did not violate the requirements of the Freedom of Information… Continue Reading →

Contractor’s Reliance on City’s Design Specifications Defeats a Premises Liability Claim

In Bitsky v. City of Chicago, et al., 2023 IL App (1st) 220266, the court reaffirmed its adherence to prior Illinois precedent which allows a contractor to avoid liability for a premises claim where it carefully follows specifications set by… Continue Reading →

Firefighter’s Monell and Title VII Retaliation Claims Against City Tossed Out of Court

On June 15, 2023, in Michelle Giese v. City of Kankakee, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the City of Kankakee in a federal civil rights lawsuit. Plaintiff, Michelle Giese, a lieutenant in the fire department,… Continue Reading →

Updated Guidance from the Department of Education on Prayer and Religious Expression

On May 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department of Education”) released updated guidance on constitutionally protected school prayer and religious expression in the public school setting. This guidance was issued after the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which… Continue Reading →

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