Law Alerts

Published October 15, 2019
Effective August 26, 2019, Public Act 101-459 narrowly expanded the topics that can be discussed in closed session under Section 2(c)(1) of the Open Meetings Act. Under this new act, a public body may now discuss in closed session the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance and/or dismissal of “specific individuals who serve as
Published September 27, 2019
On September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)'s regulations concerning minimum wage and overtime pay exemptions. The 2019 final rule formally rescinds the DOL's widely debated 2016 rule that a federal judge in Texas invalidated shortly after publication. The 2019
Published September 26, 2019
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued a decision with regard to a village ordinance limiting the size and location of signs. In Leibundguth Storage & Van Service, Inc. v. Village of Downers Grove, No. 16-3055 (7th Circ. 2019), Plaintiff sued the Village of Downers Grove claiming that a sign ordinance violated the business's
Published September 3, 2019
A one-sentence amendment to the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act (the “Act”) was signed into law on August 9, 2019, which states: “’Disclosable payment’ also includes accumulated sick leave.” 50 ILCS 155/5(b). The state representative who sponsored the legislation explained to the media that the amendment
Published August 29, 2019
On August 27, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed legislation that requires Illinois school districts to create an appeals process for teachers who receive “unsatisfactory” ratings on their performance evaluations. Governor Pritzker lauded this legislation, stating that it bolsters every teacher’s right to a fair evaluation. The legislation
Published August 16, 2019
The First District Appellate Court of Illinois recently issued a decision with regard to Section 4-106(b) of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. In Townsend v. City of Chicago, 2019 IL App (1st) 180771 (1st Dist. 2019), Plaintiff was injured in a car accident when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was struck by
Published July 18, 2019
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision with regard to the City of Chicago’s practice of holding a bankrupt debtor’s motor vehicle until the outstanding parking tickets are paid. The consolidated appeal involved several debtors, and in each case, prior to the debtors filing for bankruptcy, the City impounded their
Published July 1, 2019
On June 21, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed the Keep Illinois Families Together Act, Public Act 101-0019, which took effect immediately. The legislation provides that no law enforcement agency or official in Illinois may enter into or maintain agreements with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency under Section 287(g) of the federal Immigration
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
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