Articles From Ruth A. Schlossberg

Second District Appellate Court determines that the PTELL rules over all By Ruth A. Schlossberg & Michael J. Smoron Local Government Law, July 2016 Hampshire Township Road District v. John A. Cunningham, Kane County Clerk serves as a reminder that the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law statutory scheme is intended to be so broad in scope as to control and prevail over other statutes containing what may otherwise appear to be self-contained referendum procedures independent of PTELL.
What am I forgetting: So many ways to get tripped up By Ruth A. Schlossberg, Michael J. Smoron, & Brad Stewart Local Government Law, May 2016 A look at the 'hot' issues facing local governments.
Private communications and FOIA: Policy questions in search of answers By Ruth A. Schlossberg Government Lawyers, April 2016 Are all e-mails-- of anyone associated with a public body that relate in any way to public business-- subject to FOIA regardless of the device or e-mail address from which they were sent?
Private communications and FOIA: Policy questions in search of answers By Ruth A. Schlossberg Local Government Law, November 2015 Are all e-mails-- of anyone associated with a public body that relate in any way to public business-- subject to FOIA regardless of the device or e-mail address from which they were sent?
Public Access Counselor Rulings By Ruth A. Schlossberg Local Government Law, June 2014 Summaries of two recently released Public Access Opinions, one regarding the Open Meetings Act and one pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act.
PAC Opinion report By Ruth A. Schlossberg Local Government Law, December 2013 Recent opinions from the Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Counselor.
A little more confusion from the PAC on closed sessions By Ruth A. Schlossberg Local Government Law, July 2013 Two recent confusing opinions issued by the Public Access Counselor have the potential to limit a public body’s ability to reach consensus and to plan future action in closed sessions.
The PAC muddies the waters: Some thoughts on a recent PAC opinion about closed session discussions, litigation, and final actions By Ruth A. Schlossberg Local Government Law, February 2013 The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor issued a new binding opinion on November 5, 2012 involving (among other things) the probable or imminent litigation exception to the Open Meetings Act.
Impact fees and non-home rule municipalities: Oil and water can mix By Richard G. Flood & Ruth A. Schlossberg Local Government Law, June 2009 Despite the publicity it has received and the concerns it has generated, Raintree Homes, Inc. v. the Village of Long Grove is not new law. Impact fee ordinances which are properly drafted and which employ reasonable assumptions are enforceable.
Congratulations! You’ve been elected: Now what do you do? A practical guide to local government By Richard G. Flood & Ruth A. Schlossberg Local Government Law, April 2009 You have been elected and will assume office soon. What do you do until then?

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