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Section Newsletter Articles on Local Government Law

Township road or private driveway? By Robert F. Russell Local Government Law, December 2014 The question of whether a township has the responsibility to maintain a road was recently raised in Chamness v. Mays.
Ethics corner By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, May 2014 Two recent ISBA opinions address attorney misconduct and conflict of interest.
New releases from the appellate court on local governmental tort immunity: “Abruzzo Returns” and “The Sidewalks of the College of DuPage” By Richard L. Turner Civil Practice and Procedure, February 2014 Recently, the appellate court had occasion to again consider local governmental immunity in the context of the Emergency Medical Services Systems Act, and the Local Governmental and Governmental Employee’s Tort Immunity Act, with respect to the liability of an emergency medical technician in an emergency response, and the liability of a college for its process in responding to a sidewalk deviation under the Tort Immunity Act.
Following up… By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, July 2007 In our May newsletter, I reported on the United States Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos, as well as subsequent cases decided in the (Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Tenth) Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Inverse condemnation in the Illinois courts By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, June 2007 Inverse condemnation refers to a claim by a property owner that government through its regulations has substantially reduced the value of the owner’s property.
Candygram: Serving complaints and subpoenas on local governments By Iain D. Johnston Local Government Law, March 2007 Local governments are often served with various legal documents relating to litigation. The three most common types of these documents are (1) summons/complaint, (2) subpoenas, and (3) complaints for administrative review.