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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Public Employees

Public-employee pension pitfall By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2003 Lawpulse, Page 110 Teachers, police officers, and other government workers charged with crimes related to their official duties have one thing in common ; they all face the loss of their pensions, a fact their lawyers should keep in mind.
Department of Human Services employees added to victims of aggravated assault and battery P.A. 92-0841 December 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 634 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 2030, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to include employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS) among the victims of aggravated assault or battery.
Legislation provides for funding of public defender salaries P.A. 92-508 March 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. George H. Ryan amends the Counties Code by requiring the state of Illinois to pay 66 2/3 percent of a public defender's annual salary in every county within the state.
Disaster volunteers December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 14, 2001, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services adopted an emergency amendment to section 303 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 80 Ill Adm Code 303.
Police officer not eligible for annuity and pension benefits due to his felony narcotics convictions as they were sufficiently “related to or connected with his service as an officer” November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 On August 29, 2001, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed the trial court's decision reinstating the plaintiff's annuity and pension benefits after the Retirement Board of the Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund denied his application for reinstatement of those benefits.
State reimbursement to counties for portion of public defender salaries; H.B. 549 June 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 Currently, state funding for indigent defense of criminal charges is available only in capital cases.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath April 2001 Column, Page 166 Police can keep suspects out of their own homes; adoption by one spouse only; arbitration clauses and fee agreements; and more.
Benefits extended to non-union employees January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 27, 2000, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services adopted new amendments to section 303 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 80 Ill Adm Code 303.
Employee’s comments regarding employer’s possible violation of food inspection rules were protected speech November 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 5, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants, Hasara and Danner, officials of the city of Springfield, on Myers claim under 42 USC § 1983 alleging violations of her constitutional rights.
Day labor service registration August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On April 17, 2000, the Illinois Department of Labor adopted eight new sections to section 260 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 56 Ill Adm Code 260.
EDGE tax credits to attract firms August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On April 19, 2000, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (department) adopted new rules to section 527 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 14 Ill Adm Code 527.