Articles on Government Lawyers

Take Care of the Best Machine You Own! Part II By Robert Fioretti & Nicki Pecori Fioretti Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, March 2022 Wellness tips to be the best version of yourself for your clients, colleagues, and family.
Take Care of the Best Machine You Own! Part II By Robert Fioretti & Nicki Pecori Fioretti Government Lawyers, March 2022 Wellness tips to be the best version of yourself for your clients, colleagues, and family.
USA.gov: The Official Guide to Government Information and Services By Kathryn Kelly Federal Civil Practice, March 2022 A look at what the USA.gov website has to offer.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Convicted Felon Serving as Mayor By Robert P. Osgood Government Lawyers, November 2021 The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that Markham Mayor Roger Agpawa may remain in office despite a 1999 federal mail fraud conviction.
Open Meetings Act: An Updated Primer By Phillip Lenzini Government Lawyers, November 2021 An overview of The Open Meetings Act, which was enacted to protect the citizens’ right to know the actions and reasoning of public body decisions.
USA.gov: The Official Guide to Government Information and Services Government Lawyers, November 2021 A look at what the USA.gov website has to offer.
General Assembly Passes Ethics Reform Bill By Robert P. Osgood Government Lawyers, August 2021 In late summer, the Illinois General Assembly passed an ethic reform bill that would make several changes to the Governmental Ethics Act, State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the Election Code, and the Lobbyist Registration Act.
Federal Government Attorneys Doing Pro Bono Work By Laura Klein Government Lawyers, May 2021 Frequently asked questions about federal government attorneys doing pro bono work.
Unemployment Insurance Fraud By Kevin Lovellette & Will Gomberg Government Lawyers, May 2021 With unemployment insurance fraud on the rise, it is important to know how to quickly take action to address the situation.
And Now There Are Only Lawyers By Mary L. Milano Senior Lawyers, March 2021 Reflections on change and progress.
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And Now There Are Only Lawyers By Mary L. Milano Government Lawyers, February 2021 Reflections on change and progress.
What’s App: Government Apps for You Government Lawyers, February 2021 A list of several federal government apps that may help you with your practice.
The Public Policy Exception to Enforcing Collective Bargaining Agreements: City of Chicago v. Fraternal Order of Police and Section 8.4 By Peter J. Orlowicz & Julia Stublen Local Government Law, December 2020 In June, the Illinois Supreme Court held that Illinois law establishes a well-defined and dominant public policy concerning the procedures for retention and destruction of government records, and that an arbitration award forcing Chicago to comply with section 8.4 in contravention of the Local Records Act was void and unenforceable because the award violated that public policy.
Appeals Court Reinstates Suit Alleging Improper Borrowing by the State By Robert P. Osgood Government Lawyers, November 2020 On August 6, 2020, the appellate court overturned a circuit court ruling dismissing Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman’s lawsuit surrounding Illinois’ issuance of general obligation bonds in 2003 and 2017.
The Public Policy Exception to Enforcing Collective Bargaining Agreements: City of Chicago v. Fraternal Order of Police and Section 8.4 By Peter J. Orlowicz & Julia Stublen Government Lawyers, November 2020 In June, the Illinois Supreme Court held that Illinois law establishes a well-defined and dominant public policy concerning the procedures for retention and destruction of government records, and that an arbitration award forcing Chicago to comply with section 8.4 in contravention of the Local Records Act was void and unenforceable because the award violated that public policy.
Background Checks on Citizens Speaking at Government Meetings By Robert P. Osgood Government Lawyers, March 2020 A look at the implications of conducting background checks on the citizens who sign up to speak at public meetings.
What’s App By Kathryn Kelly Government Lawyers, March 2020 A list of apps that may be helpful for lawyers trying to improve efficiency and organization.
P.A. 101-221: Workplace Transparency Act By Phillip Lenzini Local Government Law, February 2020 A summary of significant changes in Illinois law that went into effect on December 1 as a result of the Workplace Transparency Act.
P.A. 101-221: Workplace Transparency Act By Phillip Lenzini Government Lawyers, November 2019 A summary of significant changes in Illinois law that will go into effect on December 1 as a result of the Workplace Transparency Act.
A Data Breach: Now What? By Jenifer L. Johnson Government Lawyers, August 2019 With all that information in the hands of governmental entities, government lawyers must know the appropriate legal steps to take in the event of a data breach.
FOIA: ‘Deliberative Process Exception’ Claimed by Cook County Assessor on Property Assessment Data By Patrick Driscoll, Jr. Government Lawyers, August 2019 An summary of Chicago Tribune Company v. Cook County Assessor’s Office.
Legislator Pay Freezes Ruled Unconstitutional By Robert P. Osgood Government Lawyers, August 2019 In July, the circuit court found the practice of prohibiting annual cost-of-living raises and imposing furloughs violated the Illinois Constitution.
FOIA Corner: Two of the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent decisions concerning the Illinois Freedom of Information Act By Barbara Goeben Government Lawyers, April 2019 Within the past year, the Illinois Supreme Court issued two holdings concerning the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, granting split decisions: one for non-disclosure and one for disclosure.
A look at the process for removing judges in Illinois By Robert P. Osgood Government Lawyers, April 2019 Removing a judge can be a difficult process.
P.A. 100-746: Illinois Public Library District Act amendment By Phillip Lenzini Government Lawyers, February 2019 Effective January 1, three new subsections amended the Illinois Public Library District Act.
Code Revision Commission v. Public.Resource.Org: Copyright of laws and public works By Peter J. Orlowicz Intellectual Property, January 2019 Code Revision Commission, State of Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org., Inc. identifies three factors to consider in determining “whether a written work is attributable to the constructive authorship of the People” and, as a result, not copyrightable.
Code Revision Commission v. Public.Resource.Org: Copyright of laws and public works By Peter J. Orlowicz Local Government Law, December 2018 Code Revision Commission, State of Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org., Inc. identifies three factors to consider in determining “whether a written work is attributable to the constructive authorship of the People” and, as a result, not copyrightable.
Code Revision Commission v. Public.Resource.Org: Copyright of laws and public works By Peter J. Orlowicz Government Lawyers, November 2018 Code Revision Commission, State of Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org., Inc. identifies three factors to consider in determining “whether a written work is attributable to the constructive authorship of the People” and, as a result, not copyrightable.
How I work By Justin L. Leinenweber Government Lawyers, November 2018 Justin Leinenweber shares a few tools he has implemented to help navigate the hectic life of an attorney.
How the state can help pension funds collect delinquent pension contributions from municipalities By Robert P. Osgood Government Lawyers, November 2018 In 2011, the Illinois Pension Code was amended to allow pension funds to garnish delinquent municipalities with the help of the state.

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