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2022 IASB IASA IASBO Joint Annual Conference

Tressler’s Local Government Group has been selected to speak at the IASB IASA IASBO Joint Annual Conference on November 18-20, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. We hope to see you there! When: Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th Where: Hyatt Regency… Continue Reading →

Appellate Court Upholds Firing of Police Officer Following Issuance of Garrity Warning

A recent ruling of the Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed the Melrose Park Board of Fire and Police Commissioners’ decision to fire a Melrose Park Police Officer following a string of alleged misconduct. In Scatchell v. Board of Fire… Continue Reading →

Reminder: 2022 IML Annual Conference

Tressler attorneys have been selected to speak at the Illinois Municipal League’s (IML) 109th Annual Conference. Join John M. O’Driscoll, Darcy L. Proctor, James J. Hess, Taylor A. Brewer and Courtney P. Willits on September 15-17, 2022 at the Hilton… Continue Reading →

Court Rules City Not Liable for Off-Duty Officers’ Actions Following Bar Fight

A recent ruling of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the City of Indianapolis’ motion to vacate a $1.24 million jury verdict against the City following a bar fight involving two off-duty police officers. In Bohanon v. City of… Continue Reading →

Missing the FOIA Statutory Response Deadline Could Cost You 

The Fourth District Illinois Appellate Court recently heard a FOIA case pertaining to attorney fees, Martinez v. City of Springfield, 2022 IL App (4th) 210290. Plaintiff, Freddy Martinez, filed a complaint against the City of Springfield and the Springfield Police… Continue Reading →

Driver’s Personal Information Remains Protected

By: Courtney Willits The Illinois Supreme Court recently heard Mancini Law Group, P.C. v. Schaumburg Police Department, 2021 IL 126675 involving the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA” or the “Act”) where a personal injury law firm filed suit against the… 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 →

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 →

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