Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Local Government

Supreme court upholds constitutionality of unsafe-building demolition law By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2004 LawPulse, Page 236 The supreme court held recently that municipalities can tear down unsafe buildings as soon as the circuit court enters a demolition order.
Local governments cope with the verbatim-record requirement By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2004 LawPulse, Page 118 What must public bodies do to comply with the new law? The answers are far from clear.
Statute of limitations expands under Local Governmental Tort Immunity Act P.A. 93-0011 August 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 384 A recent amendment to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act allows for the commencement of an action for damages for injury or death against any local public entity or public employee.
Local Government Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights created—P.A. 91-920 December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 Gov. George H. Ryan signed the Local Government Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Act on July 7, 2000.
Despite gubernatorial veto, General Assembly permissively approves sales taxes for all nonhome rule municipalities; P.A. 91-649 March 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 Public Act 91-649 permissively approves sales taxes for all nonhome rule municipalities. Previously, a nonhome rule municipality needed at least 130,000 inhabitants to pursue a sales tax, which effectively precluded most proposals.