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Employee Termination: An Employers’ Reasons Make A Difference

In a trio of cases handed down by the 7th Circuit on June 19, 2018 the Federal Court of Appeals provided guidance to employers regarding the often difficult issue of employee termination. In Carmody v. Bd. of Trustees of the… Continue Reading →

Illinois Attorney General Issues Guidance Following Janus Decision

On July 20, 2018, the Illinois Attorney General issued guidance to reaffirm the collective bargaining rights of public employees under Illinois law and to provide initial direction on union dues and agency (i.e.,“fair share”) fees under the Janus decision.  See… Continue Reading →

Public Access Counselor Addresses How Local Governments Must Deal with Repeat Requests Under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA” or “Act”), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq., continues to present complications and problems for local governments. In Public Access Opinion 18-007 dated June 26, 2018, the Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) recently addressed the proper… Continue Reading →

Attorney Peter M. Murphy Joins Tressler LLP’s Local Government Practice Group

Peter M. Murphy, a well-known government law attorney, has joined the Tressler LLP Bolingbrook office as Senior Counsel. He has an extensive background in representing local government bodies such as cities and villages, school districts and park districts, and in… Continue Reading →

Governor Signs Law Requiring Public Employers to Adopt Sexual Harassment Policies

On November 16, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Public Act 100-0554 amending in part the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (“Act”) to prohibit sexual harassment by “[a]ll persons subject to this Act” and to require each unit of local… Continue Reading →

How Governments Can Face Unexpected Bills From The TIF Act

In 1983 and 1986, the Village of Arlington Heights established two tax increment financing districts under 65 ILCS 5/11-74.4-1 et seq., the TIF Act.  The districts expired in 2006 and 2009.  This didn’t stop the County Treasurer from sending a… Continue Reading →

PAC Issues Binding Opinion Interpreting Law Enforcement Proceeding Exemption of FOIA

On March 14, 2017, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General issued its first binding opinion of 2017, PAC Opinion 17-001. The opinion arises out of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made to the Illinois… Continue Reading →

Statute Prohibiting Child Sex Offenders in Parks Held Unconstitutional

In People v. Pepitone, the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois examined a case where the defendant was convicted of being a child sex offender in a public park under Section 11-9.4-1(b) of the Criminal Code of 2012. Surprisingly, the… Continue Reading →

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Department of Labor Overtime Rules

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rules from taking effect on December 1, 2016. As has been widely discussed,… Continue Reading →

Illinois Voters Pass Safe Roads Amendment Prohibiting State’s Use of Transportation Funds for Non-Transportation Related Projects

On November 8, 2016, Illinois voters overwhelmingly passed the Illinois Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox Constitutional Amendment, also known as the Safe Roads Amendment. The amendment was designed to prohibit the state legislature from using transportation funds for non-transportation related… Continue Reading →

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