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2017 legislative update By Phil Milsk September 2017 Bills of interest to education law practitioners.
Frakes v. Peoria School District No. 150 By Roland R. Cross December 2017 On September 26, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s granting of summary judgment to the Peoria School District in finding that the employee failed to show that she engaged in any protected activity giving rise to a Section 504 claim.
Illinois Supreme Court finds PAC’s “incorrect reading” of OMA “clear error” and other recent Open Meetings Act cases By Roland R. Cross May 2017 In late 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Court and the PAC of the Illinois Attorney General’s office issued important decisions clarifying the requirements and exceptions for public bodies to operate under the Open Meetings Act.
Legislative update part II By Phil Milsk November 2017 The second installment of bills of interest to education law practitioners.
New sick leave statute affects schools By Walter J. Zukowski & James S. Peters May 2017 Public Act 99-0841, effective January 1, 2017, requires that Illinois employers, including public school districts, provide employees with expanded sick leave coverage.
Practice note: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 By Lyn Beekman, Deusdedi Merced, & Mark C. Weber May 2017 An outline of this recent case, which was vacated and remanded bya unanimous Supreme Court.
What constitutes being a “public body” subject to the provisions of FOIA – Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association, et al. By Patrick T. Driscoll, Jr. December 2017 The Illinois Supreme Court, in Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association, et al., determined that the Illinois High School Association was not a “public body” as defined by the Freedom of Information Act