Published June 3, 2020
Written by Matthew M. Swift
Last Friday, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-38 to end his stay-at-home orders and move the state into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a general matter, the order allows gatherings of up to 10 people for any purpose, while continuing to require social distancing
Published May 29, 2020
Pursuant to executive orders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical presence requirements under the Open Meetings Act (OMA) have been suspended from March 16 through May 29, 2020. During this time, a public body is permitted to convene a properly noticed meeting with any number of members physically present, or no members physically present, as long as the total participating members constitutes a quorum. No specific reason or vote to allow remote participation by members is required. If the Governor does not issue a new executive order or sign relevant legislation in the next few days, public bodies must once again comply with the physical presence requirements of the OMA for meetings held on and after May 30, 2020.
Published May 20, 2020
In the past week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") and the Illinois State Board of Education ("ISBE") both have issued new guidance on transitioning back to in-person instruction, with more to come soon.
Published May 18, 2020
Written by Katie Zumalt-Rogers and Matthew J. Gardner
On May 12, 2020, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced that Illinois would expedite $25 million of existing Rebuild Illinois funding for public infrastructure projects to help offset the local impacts of COVID-19.
These grants are available to
Published May 7, 2020
On April 27, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued a report to Congress regarding her recommended waiver authority under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Congress, through the CARES Act, had requested that Secretary DeVos provide recommendations concerning waiver authority under various acts,
Published May 7, 2020
On April 27, 2020, following Governor Pritzker’s April 24, 2020 Executive Order 2020-31, the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) released Emergency Rules temporarily modifying the State-mandated graduation requirements. According to ISBE’s corresponding guidance and FAQ, the Emergency Rules were intended to provide
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