Law Alerts

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
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
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