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Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act passed. PA 095-0635

August
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
Illinois lawmakers passed the Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act. 820 ILCS 130/5.5. 

Public Employee Disability Act calls for disbursement of benefits beyond one calendar year

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
On June 2, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of McLean County, construing the time limitation under the Public Employee Disability Act (Act), 5 ILCS 345/1 et seq, to apply to the time the employee is unable to perform, notwithstanding the calendar period of time that has passed since a duty-related injury.

Illinois Personnel Code updated to include additional positions

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services added a new section to part 305 of title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 305. 

Boundaries set for use of administrative leave

October
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 506
The Department of Central Management Services ("Department") has amended Part 302 of Title 80 to clearly outline proper use of administrative leave. 

Where the source of a state employee’s breached duty is his or her status as a professional, rather than his or her employment by the state, sovereign immunity will not attach.

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
On March 18, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court, which reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants on the basis of sovereign immunity. 

State Lawsuit Immunity Act opens Illinois to lawsuits from state employees

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2003
LawPulse
Page 486
The new law, which allows state employees to bring race, age, and other discrimination suits, has claimants' lawyers cheering.

Organ donor leave implemented

August
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 384
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services recently adopted amendments to implement the mandates of the Organ Donor Leave Act (5 ILCS 327).

County must pay judgment against sheriff

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2003
LawPulse
Page 220
The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that a county must pay judgments entered against a sheriff's office acting in an official capacity.

Public-employee pension pitfall

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2003
LawPulse
Page 110
Teachers, police officers, and other government workers charged with crimes related to their official duties have one thing in common ; they all face the loss of their pensions, a fact their lawyers should keep in mind.

Department of Human Services employees added to victims of aggravated assault and battery P.A. 92-0841

December
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 634
On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 2030, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to include employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS) among the victims of aggravated assault or battery.

Legislation provides for funding of public defender salaries P.A. 92-508

March
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. George H. Ryan amends the Counties Code by requiring the state of Illinois to pay 66 2/3 percent of a public defender's annual salary in every county within the state.

Disaster volunteers

December
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On September 14, 2001, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services adopted an emergency amendment to section 303 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 80 Ill Adm Code 303.

Police officer not eligible for annuity and pension benefits due to his felony narcotics convictions as they were sufficiently “related to or connected with his service as an officer”

November
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 568
On August 29, 2001, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed the trial court's decision reinstating the plaintiff's annuity and pension benefits after the Retirement Board of the Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund denied his application for reinstatement of those benefits.

State reimbursement to counties for portion of public defender salaries; H.B. 549

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
Currently, state funding for indigent defense of criminal charges is available only in capital cases.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
April
2001
Column
Page 166
Police can keep suspects out of their own homes; adoption by one spouse only; arbitration clauses and fee agreements; and more.

Benefits extended to non-union employees

January
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On October 27, 2000, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services adopted new amendments to section 303 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 80 Ill Adm Code 303.

Employee’s comments regarding employer’s possible violation of food inspection rules were protected speech

November
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On September 5, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants, Hasara and Danner, officials of the city of Springfield, on Myers claim under 42 USC § 1983 alleging violations of her constitutional rights.

Day labor service registration

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
On April 17, 2000, the Illinois Department of Labor adopted eight new sections to section 260 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 56 Ill Adm Code 260.

EDGE tax credits to attract firms

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
On April 19, 2000, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (department) adopted new rules to section 527 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 14 Ill Adm Code 527.

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