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Newsletter articles from 2003

Are Illinois counties required to pay a judgment entered against a sheriff in his official capacity? By Jaime Rose May 2003 The Illinois Supreme Court recently answered yes to this question in Carver v. Sheriff of LaSalle County, 203 Ill. 2d 497 (2003).
Attorney General’s office issues opinion regarding appearance of attorneys licensed in other states in Illinois administrative proceedings February 2003 In the August 2002 issue of the Committee on Government Lawyer newsletter, we published an article addressing the appearance of non-attorneys in hearings before State administrative bodies.
Case law update By Lee Ann Schoeffel November 2003 Doe v. Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, No. 1-02-1045 (1st District, June 26, 2003).
Case law update By Lee Ann Schoeffel May 2003 South 51 Development Corp. v. Vega, No. 1-01-3251, 1-01-3255, 1-01-3260 cons. (1st District, November 26, 2002).
Case law update By Lee Ann Schoeffel February 2003 Dahman v. Illinois Department of Human Rights, No. 4-01-0675 (4th District, October 18, 2002).
Encore CLE program By Cynthia I. Ervin November 2003 On September 12, 2003, the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers, in conjunction with the Government Bar Association, sponsored a continuing legal education program in Springfield, produced by and for government lawyers, entitled “Ethical Considerations in Public Sector Law.”
Enforcement of municipal ordinances—A new, efficient method By Kathleen Field Orr November 2003 Every profession has its own set of regularly occurring frustrating circumstances.
Ethics corner By Rosalyn B. Kaplan November 2003 Although part of the Web site is still “under construction,” public information about Illinois attorneys, an explanation of the operation of the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (“ARDC”) rules, and links to use for researching ethics issues are currently available at: .
Ethics corner August 2003 Assistant Attorney General Ed Carter, Supervisor of Financial Crimes Prosecutions for the Illinois Attorney General's office, recently published the article "Limits of Judicial Power: Does the Constitution Bar the Application of Some Ethics Rules to Executive Branch Attorneys?" in the Winter 2003 issue (Vol. 27, No. 2) of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.
Federal rule change By Christopher Minix November 2003 The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois has adopted an emergency rule banning “electronic devices” from federal courthouses.
The first appearance By James F. Holderman November 2003 When appearing before a federal judge for the first time on a case, you of course want to make a good impression not only for yourself, but for your client and your case as well.
FOIA and technology—When will they converge? By David J. Silverman February 2003 Recently, the Houston Chronicle requested a computerized copy of records on Texas' 12 million drivers.
From the chair By Marc Christopher Loro November 2003 I am pleased to report on the activity of the Committee on Government Lawyers since our last newsletter. First and foremost, our ethics seminar, “Ethical Considerations in Public Sector Law,” was presented in Springfield on 12 September 2003.
From the chair By Marc Christopher Loro August 2003 Welcome to the first installment of the fifth volume of the newsletter of the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers (CGL) edited again this year by Kate Kelly and Lynn Patton.
From the chair By Chuck Gunnarson May 2003 For my last column, I would like to provide you with advance notice of an upcoming continuing legal education (CLE) event, as well as to thank some hard-working members of the Committee on Government Lawyers.
From the Chair By Chuck Gunnarson February 2003 On December 11, 2002, the ISBA's Standing Committee on Government Lawyers (CGL) hosted a reception for government lawyers titled, "Pride in Our Profession: The ISBA Salutes Government Attorneys" in conjunction with the ISBA's Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago.
From the editors December 2003 In an attempt to maintain the highest levels of timeliness, we break from our usual format to issue this special edition of our newsletter devoted entirely to legislation.
Government lawyer honored as Laureate by the Academy of Illinois Lawyers February 2003 Madalyn Maxwell, profiled in our March 2001 newsletter, will be honored by the Academy of Illinois Lawyers as one of 12 distinguished Laureates.
The Governor’s amendatory veto of House Bill 3412—What it could mean for units of local government By Pat Lord November 2003 As discussed elsewhere in this newsletter, Governor Rod Blagojevich recently filed an amendatory veto of House Bill 3412. House Bill 3412 (“HB 3412”), among other things, creates the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.
High-tech hits home: Can local government officials use electronic communication tools without violating the sunshine laws?* By Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. and Sharon L. Eiseman May 2003 It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.
In-sites By Lee Ann Schoeffel November 2003 This edition of the In-sites column provides a listing of some useful Web sites with information about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).
In-sites By Chuck Gunnarson August 2003 The National Archives and Records Administration has placed its United States Government Manual online at <http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html>.
Legislative update December 2003 Creates the FY2004 Budget Implementation Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to make changes relating to State finance and revenues that are necessary to implement the State’s FY2004 budget.
Legislative update August 2003 The 93rd Illinois General Assembly adjourned on May 31, 2003, and will return for the fall veto session in mid-November.
Legislative update May 2003 The following is a synopsis of bills introduced during the 93rd General Assembly that may be of general interest to government attorneys.
Legislative update February 2003 The following is the fourth article in a series of articles summarizing pieces of legislation acted upon by the 92nd General Assembly that may be of general interest to government attorneys.
News you can use August 2003 In an effort to supersede an executive order signed by Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, the General Assembly on May 31, 2003, passed Senate Bill 1901, to amend the Executive Reorganization Implementation Act (15 ILCS 15).
News you can use May 2003 In an effort touted to streamline state government and improve efficiency, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich on March 31, 2003, signed Executive Order Number 10 (2003).
News you can use February 2003 The American Bar Association's Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for its three national awards, which will be presented at the ABA's Annual Meeting in August 2003, in San Francisco, California.
News you can use: Ethics bill update November 2003 On August 26, 2003, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich filed his long-anticipated amendatory veto of House Bill 3412. House Bill 3412, among other things, creates the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act and prohibits state officers and state employees of the executive and legislative branches of state government and the office of the Auditor General from engaging in political activities on state time.