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June 2004, vol. 5, no. 5

In This Issue…

  • From the chair
    For my last column, I would like to take up one of President Lavin's themes for this year and pay tribute to my mentors.
  • Open Meetings Act-A convenient place lies somewhere between a broom closet and a football stadium
    Gerwin involved an action by a citizen alleging that a meeting held by the defendant was in violation of the Open Meetings Act because it held a meeting at a location that was not convenient to the public.
  • Open Meetings Act-Right to participate
    The City of Cocoa enacted regulations limiting the right of non-residents to speak during its city council meetings.
  • Attorney General issues opinions
    Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2002)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to give written legal opinions to State officers and State's Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
  • Someone you should know: Edwin R. Parkinson
    Ed Parkinson is someone you should know. The affable Irishman with smiling eyes and a "never-known-a-stranger" personality, is also a no-nonsense prosecutor with an appetite for death penalty cases.
  • Legislative update
    The Illinois General Assembly has introduced numerous bills to be reviewed this spring.
  • Case law update
    Clark v. White, 343 Ill. App. 3d 689 (4th District, September 25, 2003). Hearing officer's decision to deny applicant a restricted driving permit is against the manifest weight of the evidence because applicant proved by clear and convincing evidence both that lack of driving privileges caused him an undue hardship, requiring that either he miss work or that his wife turn down overtime pay in order to transport him to work, and that he had resolved his alcohol problem.

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