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Published March 10, 2020
Written by Samuel B. Cavnar and Ken Florey The U.S. Department of Justice is prosecuting certain individuals in the Northern District of Illinois in connection with an alleged conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition through an agreement to rig bids and fix prices for commercial flooring services and products. As a result, units of local government
Published February 11, 2020
Written by Christopher R. Gorman In the recent case of Endbridge Energy v. Village of Romeoville, et al., 2020 IL App (3d) 180060 (3d Dist. 2020), the Third District Appellate Court overturned a jury verdict awarding an oil pipeline operator nearly $45.5 million in damages against a manufacturer of cement products. In overturning the jury award, the Court
Published February 5, 2020
Written by Christopher R. Gorman On January 31, 2020, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”) released long-awaited guidance on the Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”), ending nearly six months of uncertainty for Illinois employers struggling to understand new requirements for workplace sexual harassment prevention training.
Published January 24, 2020
As we previously noted in an August 2019 In Brief, sweeping legislation to combat sexual harassment now requires employers to implement an annual sexual harassment prevention training for all of its employees. To avoid civil penalties, employers must implement a program which meets the minimum standards used by the Illinois Department of Human Rights
Published January 10, 2020
In 2019, the General Assembly formed a Property Tax Relief Task Force for the purpose of studying and recommending changes to the Illinois property tax and local government funding system. Although still in draft form, the Task Force has circulated its draft report of recommendations which include proposals that, if adopted, could result in substantial
Published December 20, 2019
On December 18, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed into law SB 1300 (Public Act 101-610) amending the Illinois Pension Code. Public Act 101-610 amends the Pension Code by, among other things, combining the assets of more than 650 suburban and downstate police and fire pension funds into two consolidated investment funds known as the "Police Officers' Pension
Published December 11, 2019
On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the “Act”) becomes effective, legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana in Illinois. As the effective date nears, we continue to recommend that higher education institutions review their clinical program policies, administrative procedures and practices, and their third-party
Published December 5, 2019
On December 4, 2019 Governor Pritzker signed into law SB 1557 amending the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the “Act”). SB 1557, among other things, clarifies an employer’s right to take adverse action against an employee or prospective employee who tests positive for marijuana. Prior to SB 1557, the Act strongly suggested that employers
Published December 4, 2019
105 ILCS 128/45, added by P.A. 101-455, has two requirements with approaching deadlines. School districts must implement a threat assessment procedure by December 24, 2019. Due to the holiday break, we recommend implementation by December 21, 2019. The threat assessment procedure may be part of a school board policy on targeted school violence prevention
Published November 8, 2019
In Cooke v. Illinois State Board of Elections, 2019 IL App (4th) 180502, the Appellate Court held that a political committee’s use of funds for gas and vehicle repairs were for personal rather than campaign purposes and therefor a violation of the Election Code. Over a 15-year period the political committee in Cooke made payments for gas and vehicle
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