Local Government Lowdown

Tag

Local Government Lowdown

A Reminder that Closed Meetings Require a Verbatim Record Under the Open Meetings Act – A Draft of the Closed Session Minutes Will Not Suffice

In March 2021, the Personnel Committee of the Board of Directors of the South Central Illinois Mass Transit District closed a portion of the meeting to the public, according to the Attorney General’s Public Opinion 21-006. A Request for Review to… Continue Reading →

Failure to Timely Tender Copies of Mayor Lightfoot’s Text Messages Leads to Violation Section 3(b) of the FOIA Act

The AG’s office issued an opinion on August 31, 2021, concluding that the Mayor’s Office violated Section 3(b) of the FOIA Act (5 ILCS 140/3(d)) according to the Attorney General’s Public Access Opinion 21-008. Chicago Tribune reporter, Gregory Pratt, submitted… Continue Reading →

Darcy Proctor Joins Tressler’s Local Government Practice Group

We are excited to welcome Darcy Proctor as a partner in Tressler’s Local Government Practice Group in Chicago. Darcy concentrates her practice in the defense of local governments in all aspects of tort, civil rights liability and employment litigation. She also defends… Continue Reading →

Judge Dismisses Section 1983 Civil Rights Violation Claims Against Local High School Administration

Last week, a Federal Judge dismissed Section 1983 civil rights violation claims against Evanston Township High School district officials. The dismissed claims include violations of due process, equal protection and Title IX. Claims alleging that administrators failed to supervise security… Continue Reading →

EEOC Updates Conciliation Process

On January 11, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provided the Federal Register with its final rules aimed at updating the conciliation process. Conciliation is a voluntary process aimed at resolving employment discrimination charges in an efficient and cost-effective… Continue Reading →

IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference 2021

Tressler attorneys are speaking at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. Please click here to register. We look forward to “seeing” you there! January 28-30, 2021 Virtual Conference Conference Website: http://www.ilparksconference.com/ Presentations: Time’s Up – Managing a Harassment-Free Workplace Date: 1/28/21Time: 11:30… Continue Reading →

New IMRF Website Posting Requirement

Governor Pritzker has signed into law Public Act 101-504, amending the Illinois Pension Code (40 ILCS 5/7-135.5). It requires IMRF to post certain information regarding contributions made by local taxing bodies. Further, the Act requires that by January 1, 2021,… Continue Reading →

Violation of OMA Stemming from Closed Session Personnel Discussions

A constant question for boards is whether discussions are best suited for an open or closed session. The Open Meetings Act requires that all meetings of public bodies be open to the public. 5 ILCS 120/2.  However, there are multiple exceptions… Continue Reading →

An Evolving Landscape – Public Bodies’ Responsibility to Pay Prevailing Wage to Laborer Landscapers

Public bodies and those who contract with public bodies should be aware of a recent appellate court decision that addressed two topics with respect to the Prevailing Wage Act – the importance of including specific prevailing wage language into contracts… Continue Reading →

The Adoption Of SOPPA May Provide A Tough Lesson For Schools That Fail To Comply

Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported on a data breach involving student data stored by Pearson Clinical Assessment that may have involved a number of students at Illinois schools. On September 5, 2019, the parent of a student at Indian Prairie School District… Continue Reading →

© 2021 Tressler LLPDisclaimer | Privacy Policy

Tressler Blog Network Bad Faith BulletinCGL DispatchCondo Law WatchPrivacy Risk ReportThe Property LineSpecialty Lines Advisory