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Consider yourself asked to run for public office By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, November 2010 The “Women Running for Public Office” forum addressed the challenges faced by women running for public office and how those challenges can be overcome.
Public disclosure of public employee disciplinary records under Gekas v. Williamson and the 2009 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act By Michael D. Bersani Local Government Law, October 2010 A discussion of the reasoning and holding in the recent Gekas v. Williamson decision, as well as whether any portion of Gekas will survive the 2009 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.
The Affirmative Damage Rule By Kevin Lovellette and Cody Cocanig Government Lawyers, September 2010 The Affirmative Damage Rule gives us the ability to impeach witnesses that we call, thereby limiting the damage done to our case by our own witnesses.
Government lawyers: The case for discounted bar dues By James W. Chipman Government Lawyers, September 2010 A look at what's to come for Committee members.
The continuing expansion of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act By Carlos S. Arévalo Local Government Law, June 2010 The Legislature’s failure to specify its intentions will lead to further disputes between cash-strapped local governments struggling to meet the rising costs of operations and disabled safety employees trying to meet and keep up with increasing health care costs.
Someone you should know—Tom Ioppolo, Assistant Attorney General By Ronald A. Rascia and Ann Hagerty Government Lawyers, June 2010 Learn about Top Ioppolo, supervising attorney for the Illinois Attorney General's Civil Rights Unit.
Summary of recent decisions By Edward J. Schoenbaum Government Lawyers, June 2010 Recent decisions of interest to government lawyers.
News you can use Government Lawyers, April 2010 Recent developments of interest to government attorneys.
Essay: Law in a time of cholera* By Mary L. Milano Government Lawyers, December 2009 There was an incredible sense of giddiness in our office a week or two ago. In at least some quarters, one could say it was reminiscent of what most of us recall at the end of the bar exam or getting that first job offer.
Law school student loan forgiveness update By Colleen Morgan Government Lawyers, December 2009 On August 25, 2009, Governor Quinn signed the Public Interest Attorney Assistance Act which provides loan repayment assistance to “public interest attorneys.” See Public Act 96-615, effective January 1, 2010. The Act allows for loan assistance of a maximum of $6,000 per year, up to a career maximum of $30,000 in qualified loan forgiveness.
Public sector discipline: September 2009 Term of the Supreme Court By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, December 2009 In re Gable, Commission No. 08 CH 67, S. Ct. No. M.R. 23234 (September 22, 2009). Jarrett Ward Gable was an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County during the misconduct in question. On May 28, 2006, he was arrested at a music festival in Peoria and was charged with two counts of possession of psilocybin, a controlled substance that acts as a hallucinogen.
Student loan repayment assistance for public service attorneys: An update By Michael Vojta Young Lawyers Division, October 2009 Recent legislation on both the State and Federal levels has been passed to assist young attorneys with debt repayment. Illinois attorneys may soon have two options to turn to for assistance in debt repayment, provided of course that they make a commitment to public service work.  
2009 legislative summary By James W. Chipman Government Lawyers, September 2009 The following is a summary of some of the more controversial bills affecting government lawyers that were considered by the General Assembly in the 2009 spring session. 
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, September 2009 The following is a summary of official opinion Nos. 09-001 through 09-002 and informal opinions Nos. I-09-001 through I-09-011 that may be of interest to the government bar.
Public sector discipline: May 2009 Term of Court By Leonardo Morales Government Lawyers, September 2009 A review of the case of In re Mills.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, June 2009 A summary of official opinion Nos. 08-001 through 08-004 and informal opinions I-08-023 through I-08-030 that may be of interest to the government bar.
Committee on Government Lawyers presents ethics extravaganza! Government Lawyers, June 2009 The ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers has a worthwhile and lofty goal ... a goal of making ethics seminars for government lawyers informative, fun, and interesting.  
Judge Wayne Andersen shares practice tips with government attorneys By Kevin Lovellette Government Lawyers, June 2009 On December 2, 2008, the Office of the Attorney General was honored to have the Honorable Wayne Andersen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois speak as part of the Office’s Distinguished Speakers Program.
Summary of recent decisions By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum Government Lawyers, June 2009 Recent cases of interest to government lawyers.
In-Sites Government Lawyers, April 2009 A variety of useful links, from tax changes to gardening to Illinois history to waterparks.
Summary of recent decisions By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum Government Lawyers, April 2009 Recent cases of interest to government lawyers.
Public sector discipline: September 2008 term of the Illinois Supreme Court By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, December 2008 In re Kelley, Commission No. 07 SH 5, S. Ct. No. M.R. 22452 (September 16, 2008). John Michael Kelley was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Sangamon County between 2001 and 2006.
Summary of recent decisions By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Jr. Government Lawyers, December 2008 District court did not err in dismissing for failure to state cause of action, plaintiff’s complaint alleging that requirement that he obtain for his independent candidate petition for United States Congress signatures, representing five percent of individuals who voted in prior congressional election, violated his equal protection rights where defendant required less number of signatures in other congressional districts within state.
Relief is on the horizon for public service attorneys burdened by law school debt By Colleen Morgan Human Rights, November 2008 With the average law school graduate carrying a staggering amount of student loan debt, and with starting salaries in public interest areas of the law lagging well below those in the private sector, student loan debt relief has become an attractive way for prosecutors, public defenders, and legal aid offices to recruit new attorneys and retain experienced ones.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, September 2008 The following is a summary of informal opinion Nos. I-08-001 through I-08-022 that may be of interest to the government bar.
How green is your government? By Mary L. Milano Government Lawyers, September 2008 It arguably began in 2000, with the establishment by then-Governor Ryan of the Green Illinois Government Coordinating Council.
In-Sites Government Lawyers, September 2008 Although we covered this topic a few years ago, Web sites have improved, so we revisit the topic of hospitals and nursing home ratings.
Public sector discipline: Former Assistant State’s Attorney disbarred on consent By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, September 2008 In re Baba, Commission No. 07 SH 74, S. Ct. No. M.R. 22324 (May 19, 2008).
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, March 2008 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2006), as amended by Public Act 95-699, effective November 9, 2007), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
In-Sites Government Lawyers, March 2008 Go Green! There are many ways to be conscious of our environment. And, believe it or not, many are “convenient!”