Section Newsletter Articles on Municipal Law

Local governments may not always impose its regulations and fees on other local governments By Michael J. Lecher and David W. McArdle Local Government Law, January 2003 Depending on your point of view, the Illinois appellate court for the Second District recently either struck a blow to the regulatory power of local governmental units or it clarified the power of state agencies in County of Lake ex. Rel. Lake County Stormwater Management Com'n v. Fox Waterway Agency, 326 Ill.App.3d 100, 759 N.E.2d 970, 259 Ill.Dec. 909 (2nd Dist. 2001).
The unintended ramifications of the SWANCC decision: Local regulation of isolated waters By David W. McArdle and E. Regan Daniels Shepley Local Government Law, May 2001 The recent United States Supreme Court ruling in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held that the Corps' authority under the Clean Water Act does not extend to isolated waters-- those waters that are not connected or adjacent to interstate or navigable waters.
Some laws of 100 years ago mirror today’s laws By Richard G. Flood Local Government Law, October 2000 At the onset of the new millennium it is interesting to reflect on the changes in local government law during the last millennium.
Liabilities and immunities: An outline of the Illinois Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act By Michael D. Bersani Local Government Law, March 2000 A. Tort Immunity Act was enacted in 1965 in response to Illinois Supreme Court's abolishment of common law sovereign immunity.
Continued expansion of administrative adjudication authority By David W. McArdle Local Government Law, July 1999 Beginning January 1, 1998, pursuant to Public Act 90-777, nonhome rule municipalities will have the expanded power, under 65 ILCS 5/1-2.2, to establish a system of administrative adjudication for violations of municipal ordinances other than building code violations and moving motor vehicle violations.
Local government law on the Internet By Michael B. Weinstein Local Government Law, February 1999 Many attorneys are discovering the numerous Worldwide Web sites on the Internet that can be of substantial benefit in performing legal research.