Local Government Lowdown

Tag

Open Meetings Act

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 →

Does FOIA Require Maintaining Records As Well As Providing Them?

On the last day of 2019, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) released its last binding opinion of the year. In PAC Opinion 19-013, the PAC found the City of Bunker Hill in violation of Illinois’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for… Continue Reading →

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Attorney General in Open Meetings Act Case

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in The Board of Education of Springfield School Dist. No. 186 v. Attorney General of Illinois, holding that the Attorney General’s interpretation of the Open Meetings Act’s public recital requirements is incorrect…. Continue Reading →

Court Finds OMA Violation by Board for Failure to Provide Sufficient Public Recital of Key Facts of Agenda Items Before Vote

The Open Meetings Act (OMA) requires that a board provide a sufficient explanation, referred to as a “public recital,” of agenda items before voting on them (5 ILCS 120/2 (e)). What this exactly means is open for debate as shown… Continue Reading →

Court of Appeals Rejects Attorney General’s Expansive Interpretation of the Open Meetings Act

An Illinois Court of Appeals followed the clear language of the Open Meetings Act (the Act) and reversed a recent Illinois Attorney General (AG) Public Access Counselor’s (PAC) opinion that would have expanded the amount of information required to be… Continue Reading →

© 2020 Tressler LLPDisclaimer | Privacy Policy

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