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Articles on Local Government

Local public entity immune from retaliatory discharge claim

August
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
On June 6, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of Lake County dismissing Gregory Smith's retaliatory discharge complaint against the Waukegan Park District. 

Local governments barred from reverse auction evaluation of professional services bids -PA 094-1097

July
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The Illinois General Assembly has amended Section 5 of the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act, 50 ILCS 510/5. 

No governmental immunity for hazardous recreational activity

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2007
LawPulse
Page 170
The tort immunity act offers no blanket immunity for trampolining and other hazardous recreational activities, the high court rules.

When is holding multiple public offices verboten?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2007
LawPulse
Page 170
A recent appellate case, and AG opinions over the years, illustrate that officeholders won't always be permitted to serve two masters.

Finding Illinois Municipal Ordinances Online

By Tom Gaylord
March
2007
Column
Page 156
They can be hard to come by online - here's where to find them.

E-Mail and the Open Meetings Act

By John H. Brechin
December
2006
Article
Page 666
Beginning in January, members of public bodies can attend by "electronic means" under some circumstances.or opines.

Bill would amend Open Meetings Act to address attendance by “electronic means”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2006
LawPulse
Page 398
Proposed legislation would allow public officials to attend meetings electronically under specified circumstances. 

Disclosure of Government Documents: The Deliberative-Process Exemption

By Paul N. Keller
March
2005
Article
Page 140
Documents considered by a public body in formulating policy decisions are often exempt from disclosure under federal and state law.

Ethics overkill?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2004
LawPulse
Page 286
The Illinois Municipal League and the Illinois AG offer competing model ethics-in-government ordinances for local governmental bodies.

Supreme court upholds constitutionality of unsafe-building demolition law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2004
LawPulse
Page 236
The supreme court held recently that municipalities can tear down unsafe buildings as soon as the circuit court enters a demolition order.

Local governments cope with the verbatim-record requirement

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2004
LawPulse
Page 118
What must public bodies do to comply with the new law? The answers are far from clear.

Statute of limitations expands under Local Governmental Tort Immunity Act P.A. 93-0011

August
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 384
A recent amendment to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act allows for the commencement of an action for damages for injury or death against any local public entity or public employee.

Local Government Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights created—P.A. 91-920

December
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 690
Gov. George H. Ryan signed the Local Government Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Act on July 7, 2000.

Despite gubernatorial veto, General Assembly permissively approves sales taxes for all nonhome rule municipalities; P.A. 91-649

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
Public Act 91-649 permissively approves sales taxes for all nonhome rule municipalities. Previously, a nonhome rule municipality needed at least 130,000 inhabitants to pursue a sales tax, which effectively precluded most proposals.

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