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The Supreme Court Addresses the First Amendment in the Realm of Social Media

In today’s age, social media sites are where most people exercise their First Amendment rights. The recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730 (2017) is one of the first Supreme Court decisions addressing… Continue Reading →

U.S. Department of Labor Takes Another Crack at the Overtime Rule

As readers may recall, the Obama administration issued new Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) overtime rules that required employers to pay overtime to employees earning less than $913 per week, which amounts to $47,476 annually. This new rule, scheduled to… Continue Reading →

Court Rules on Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause Regarding Transgender Students’ Right to Choose Their Bathroom

The right of transgender individuals to choose the bathroom of their choice continues to be a contentious topic.  Earlier this year, the Trump Administration revoked guidelines established by the Obama Administration which allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms of… Continue Reading →

IDOL Announces Long-Awaited Update to Prevailing Wage Rates

After a nearly two-year wait, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) recently announced an update to the prevailing wage rates.  The new rates are effective for work performed on public works projects on or after June 5, 2017. The Illinois… Continue Reading →

Why Lenders are Immune from Claims of Devaluing Property Tax Bases under the Fair Housing Act

In the wake of the Great Recession, many local governments have suffered from decreased revenues as property values—and property taxes—have plummeted around the country.  Many people blame the banks for plummeting property values through discriminatory lending practices.  Last week, the… Continue Reading →

Illinois Court Rules in Favor of Employer’s Social Media Code of Conduct Policy

Employer regulation of social media activity remains an area fraught with legal risk. The string of decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in recent years sought to limit regulation of a broad range of social media activity,… Continue Reading →

Reminder: Your Statement of Economic Interests is Due on May 1st

The Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 420/4A-101 et seq., requires certain local government officials and employees to file a verified written statement of economic interests (“Statement of Economic Interests”) on or before May 1st of each year.  In most… Continue Reading →

How the Supreme Court’s Ruling in “Carle Foundation” Affects Local Tax Bases

As an update to previous articles on the Carle Foundation case, on March 23rd, the Supreme Court has decided to vacate the appellate court’s decision and to remand the case to the circuit court for further proceedings.  Carle Foundation v… Continue Reading →

Seventh Circuit Issues Groundbreaking Decision Regarding Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a groundbreaking ruling regarding LGBT rights. The court held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, No. 15-1720 (en banc) that discrimination in… 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 →

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