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Articles on Local Government

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.