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Election Season Campaign Sign Reminder

As Election Day creeps closer and the landscape is littered by candidate signs, a brief reminder regarding legal restrictions on political signage is appropriate: Electioneering outside the 100 foot campaign free zone is permitted “Electioneering” is conduct that urges a… Continue Reading →

Upcoming Tressler Presentations

We enjoy being engaged in Illinois’ local and statewide communities. We believe that it is important to share our knowledge of the law as well as the latest legal insights with as many people as possible. Tressler attorneys have been selected… 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 →

Illinois Appellate Court Rules That Respect For The Judicial Process Requires That A Lawful Court Order Take Precedence Over The Disclosure Requirements Of FOIA

In consolidated cases, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois was recently presented with questions regarding the competing interests of public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and confidentiality of records subject to a protective order. In In… Continue Reading →

How Public-Private Partnerships for Low-Income Housing Impact Zoning

Low-income housing has long been a contentious issue in Illinois.  In particular, residents frequently challenge any zoning which allows low-income housing to be developed in their community. The case of Housing Authority of County of Lake v. Lake County Zoning… Continue Reading →

Free Riders or Forced Riders? The U.S. Supreme Court Again Promises to Decide the Constitutionality of “Fair Share Fee” Agreements

On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court (“Court”) agreed to hear the case of Janus v. AFSCME, et al., which involves a constitutional challenge to the “fair share fee” provision of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act (“IPLRA”).  Under… Continue Reading →

New Law Requires Application and Screening of Park District Volunteers

Legislation aimed at preventing child sex offenders from working with or near children at Illinois park districts was recently signed into law.  The Park District Code already prohibits park districts from knowingly employing any person found to be the perpetrator… Continue Reading →

New Law Amends Publication Requirements for Prevailing Wage Determinations

The Prevailing Wage Act, 820 ILCS 130 et seq., requires contractors and subcontractors to pay laborers, workers, and mechanics employed on public works projects “no less than the general prevailing hourly rate as paid for work of a similar character… Continue Reading →

District Court Dismisses Due Process Class Action Against City Of Chicago Relating To Impoundment Ordinance

In 2016, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Bell v. City of Chicago, 835 F.3d 736 (7th Cir. 2016) upheld the City of Chicago’s impoundment ordinance (MCC § 2-14-132) against a facial challenge based upon the Fourth Amendment. Recently,… Continue Reading →

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