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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 →

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 →

Can A Candidate Rely On Signature Requirement Information Supplied By A Municipal Clerk?

Before an election, some municipalities will supply a packet of information to prospective candidates indicating the number of signatures required by law to be placed on a ballot. However, can a prospective candidate rely on the number of required signatures provided… Continue Reading →

Illinois Supreme Court Reiterates That Police Ticket Quotas Are Impermissible

In Policemen’s Benevolent Labor Committee v. City of Sparta, 2020 IL 125508 (November 19, 2020), the City’s “activity points system” required all full-time police officers to meet a monthly points minimum. The system was used to give an award for… Continue Reading →

Illinois Supreme Court Emphasizes The Importance Of Proper Notice And Procedure In Administrative Proceedings, But Leaves The Issue Of Attorney Representation Unresolved

A recent opinion from the Illinois Supreme Court emphasizes the importance of proper notice and procedure in administrative proceedings, but fails to provide guidance on whether a legal entity must be represented by an attorney. In Stone Street Partners, LLC,… Continue Reading →

School Districts Subject to Local Zoning Regulations Under New State Law

Effective August 25, 2016, Public Act 099-0890 (the Act) clarified that school districts are subject to local government zoning regulations. The legislature characterized the Act as “declarative of existing law,” as opposed to it being a substantive change. The Act… Continue Reading →

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