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An Evolving Landscape – Public Bodies’ Responsibility to Pay Prevailing Wage to Laborer Landscapers

Public bodies and those who contract with public bodies should be aware of a recent appellate court decision that addressed two topics with respect to the Prevailing Wage Act – the importance of including specific prevailing wage language into contracts… Continue Reading →

Legal Challenge to Waste Transfer Station Siting Fails

In Will County v. Village of Rockdale, 2018 Il App (3d) 160463 (July 5, 2018), the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed grant of waste transfer station siting, holding that a Village had jurisdiction over the matter, an amendment to the siting… Continue Reading →

Appellate Court Finds ComEd Annexation Agreement Invalid

Annexation may occur in a variety of ways.  Voluntary annexation occurs where a landowner files a petition to be annexed.  Alternatively, a municipality may proceed with involuntary annexation where certain statutory requirements are met, such as where a property is… Continue Reading →

Sometimes a Felon Can Run for a School Board

Not all felonies are created equal, nor does a felony conviction necessarily prevent one from holding public office (at least in one suburban county school district).  People ex. rel. Nkyia Ervin v. Dean Barnett, 2018 Ill.App. 172639 (1st Dist.). Enter… Continue Reading →

FOIA Does Not Require a Public Body to Answer Questions or Create Records

In Martinez v. Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, 2018 WL 1308730 (March 12, 2018), Martinez submitted a FOIA request to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office seeking “each instance in which information obtained using a cell site simulator … was… Continue Reading →

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