Articles on Elected Officials

Stay or go? Ethical public service to elected leadership By Peter J. Orlowicz Government Lawyers, December 2017 What happens when the way we are directed to carry out our duties seems inconsistent with the public trust and public interest we are charged with maintaining?
The (un)democratic nature of supermajority voting By Erin M. Baker Local Government Law, May 2015 Supermajority voting has been used since the founding of the United States. However, does the requirement of more than a simple majority directly conflict with the democratic principles our nation was founded on? History and case law seem to permit at least procedural supermajority requirements, so long as the imposition of a supermajority vote can be revoked by a simple majority.
All members of public bodies required to complete Attorney General’s Open Meetings Act training curriculum Government Lawyers, January 2012 Public body members serving in office on January 1, 2012, must complete the training by December 31, 2012. Persons who become members of public bodies after January 1, 2012, must complete the training curriculum within 90 days of assuming office.
Is an elected official an employee? By Paul N. Keller & Donald W. Anderson Local Government Law, January 2012 There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to the question of elected official as employee—An individual elected official is not an employee for purposes of FLSA, IPLRA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ADEA, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Unemployment Insurance Act, but may opt into IMRF, and is an employee for purposes of the Tort Immunity Act.
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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