Law Alerts

Published June 21, 2019
On May 31, 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the “Act”). The Act is expected to be signed into law by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker this month. Among many other things, the Act delineates local government zoning authority as it relates to cannabis businesses. Units of local governments that have
Published June 6, 2019
On June 5, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed the Budget Implementation Bill (“BIMP”) into law as Public Act 100-010. As we previously reported , the BIMP included amendments to the TRS and SURS Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to revert back to the 6% rule for end-of-career earnings increases for participants. The reversion from 3% to 6% took
Published June 4, 2019
On April 16, 2019, we issued a Law Alert to inform school districts and community colleges about three bills introduced by the legislature to amend the TRS and SURS Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to revert back to the 6% rule for end-of-career earnings increases for participants. While none of those bills made their way to the Governor’s desk
Published May 23, 2019
A recent First District Appellate Court decision has been issued in favor of a city defending an injury lawsuit that was filed as a result of a pedestrian’s fall in a large street pothole. In Ramirez v. City of Chicago, 2019 IL App (1st) 180841, the plaintiff’s car was parallel parked on a city street, and as plaintiff was returning to her
Published May 14, 2019
The Second District Appellate Court recently issued a decision in favor of taxing districts, confirming that the Truth in Taxation Law only applies if the proposed levy exceeds 105% of the preceding year's levy. The case, Mandigo, et al. v. Stolman, addressed Lake County taxpayers' argument that various taxing bodies failed to comply with Section 18-60 of
Published April 24, 2019
On April 8, 2019 Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Public Act 101-0002 which raises the legal age for purchasing all tobacco products in the State of Illinois from eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) years of age. The statute specifically prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21. The statute goes into effect
Published April 16, 2019
Three bills have been introduced which would amend the TRS and SURS Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to revert back to the 6% rule for end-of-career earnings increases for participants: Senate Bill 1952, Senate Bill 60 and House Bill 350. Each of these bills would require a TRS or SURS-covered employer to make an additional employer contribution for
Published March 26, 2019
In a recent filing with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reversed its prior position stating the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) should be struck down in its entirety. In December 2018, a federal district court judge ruled that the ACA’s individual mandate had become unconstitutional and that
Published March 12, 2019
On March 7, 2019 the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a proposed rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. Under the current rule, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 per year) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Above this salary level, eligibility for overtime depends on an
Published February 7, 2019
In late 2018, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued a public service announcement (PSA) alerting the general public to its concerns about cybercriminals targeting online payroll accounts. It noted that the industries most affected include education, healthcare and commercial airway transportation. IC3 explained that cybercriminals
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