The newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Local Government Law
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Case note: F.O.I.A.
Katrina Harden and James Trent were convicted of severely beating and murdering Harden's four-year-old daughter while they lived together.
Bensenville notified Plaintiff of its intent to enforce the amortization provisions of its zoning ordinance, reasoning that Plaintiff's use of the property as a wrecking yard was a non-conforming use.
Casenote—Use of background checks
You should be aware of the recent decision of the First District Appellate Court in Sroga v. Personnel Board of the City of Chicago, 1-03-1879 (July 29, 2005), which held that the City’s Personnel Board was justified in removing the Plaintiff from the eligibility list for police officer based on his criminal background even though he had successfully completed supervision and had his criminal record expunged.
City’s prohibition of truck traffic fails due to city’s designation of roadway
On January 25, 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rendered a decision in Crest Hill Land Development, LLC v. City of Joliet, Case No. 04-2565, 2005 WL 147396 (7th Cir. Jan. 25, 2005) that displays how a city's description or designation of its local roadways can have an adverse effect on the city's ability to control roadway truck traffic.
Over 6,100 Bills were filed in the current session of the General Assembly.
Eminent domain in Illinois after Kelo v. New London
Both the United States and Illinois Constitutions provide that private property may only be taken by the government if the taking is for a "public use" and the owner is paid just compensation.
Lamar involved the issue of whether the required removal of a billboard triggers the right to just compensation for the owner of the billboard.
Fire district douses county’s municipality claim
The Wauconda Fire Protection District sought declaratory and injunctive relief against Lake County and Stonewall Orchards after Lake County approved new construction despite Stonewall's failure to comply with a District ordinance.
Should Illinois municipalities be in the business of constructing Wi-Fi wireless broadband networks?
Since the Federal Communications Commission issued its first report on broadband, defining it without regard to any transmission media as “broadband telecommunications capability that enables users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics and video telecommunications using any technology,” hardly a day goes by without hearing the call for the speedy development of municipal broadband networks to bridge the “Digital Divide,” a so-called divide that prevents all Americans from accessing broadband services.