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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 →

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 →

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