Articles on Local Government Law

Case summaries By James Ferolo, Sonni Choi Williams, Rita Elsner, John W. Foltz, Phillip B. Lenzini, Joshua Herman, & Matthew S. Dionne Local Government Law, January 2017 Recently decided Illinois decisions, compiled by this section's Litigation Committee.
Recent PAC opinions and materials By Michael T. Jurusik Local Government Law, January 2017 Recent cases and opinions of interest to practitioners.
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.
Township road or private driveway? By Robert F. Russell Local Government Law, December 2014 The question of whether a township has the responsibility to maintain a road was recently raised in Chamness v. Mays.
Ethics corner By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, May 2014 Two recent ISBA opinions address attorney misconduct and conflict of interest.
New releases from the appellate court on local governmental tort immunity: “Abruzzo Returns” and “The Sidewalks of the College of DuPage” By Richard L. Turner Civil Practice and Procedure, February 2014 Recently, the appellate court had occasion to again consider local governmental immunity in the context of the Emergency Medical Services Systems Act, and the Local Governmental and Governmental Employee’s Tort Immunity Act, with respect to the liability of an emergency medical technician in an emergency response, and the liability of a college for its process in responding to a sidewalk deviation under the Tort Immunity Act.
Following up… By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, July 2007 In our May newsletter, I reported on the United States Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos, as well as subsequent cases decided in the (Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Tenth) Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Inverse condemnation in the Illinois courts By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, June 2007 Inverse condemnation refers to a claim by a property owner that government through its regulations has substantially reduced the value of the owner’s property.
Candygram: Serving complaints and subpoenas on local governments By Iain D. Johnston Local Government Law, March 2007 Local governments are often served with various legal documents relating to litigation. The three most common types of these documents are (1) summons/complaint, (2) subpoenas, and (3) complaints for administrative review.

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