Eminent domain—SWIDA is still alive!
In the lawsuit prior to City of Chicago v. Midland Smelting Company, the City attempted to acquire Midland’s property through its use of the power of eminent domain.
Eminent domain—Who is an owner?
The Anderson case involved the issue of who is properly considered an owner in an eminent domain proceeding and thereby entitled to the statutory rights attendant thereto.
A felony does not always mean a forfeiture of pension benefits
Romano v. Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago involved an appeal from the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County confirming a decision of the Board of Trustees of the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund, which found that as a consequence of his conviction of a felony, Romano forfeited all benefits he may have had as a participant in the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago.
The Illinois Public Labor Relations Act—Who is a Supervisor?
The recent decision of City of Washington v. Illinois Labor Relations Board and Laborers International Union of North America, Local 231 examined this issue again in the context of determining who in the City of Washington’s Public Services Department were properly classified as supervisors.
Recent issues in Illinois liquor laws & enforcement
Illinois Public Act 92-0503 became effective on January 1, 2002 and enhanced the responsibilities of local liquor commissioners (typically mayors or presidents and their acting deputies) to create underage alcohol (and tobacco) enforcement policies and procedures
Reppert v. SIU: 4th District decision—A commentary
Essentially, the decision in the case of Reppert v. Southern Illinois University reversed the trial court’s summary judgment on behalf of SIU in the Freedom of Information Act case seeking release of the employment contracts of several SIU employees.
Tax increment financing in Chicago
In the firsthand experiences of the author, there appear to be several ways in which the City of Chicago, in its practical utilization of TIF, is failing to adhere to this fundamental purpose for the program and actually may be undermining potential economic development in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.
Township Code amendment update
The 95th General Assembly recently made several important changes to the Township Code (hereinafter “Code”).
Wade: The Supreme Court’s final word on Section 3-115 of the Pension Code
This article examines the conflicting interpretations of Section 3-115, namely whether physicians retained by a pension board must all agree and certify that the officer is disabled, or whether it requires that the physicians simply address the issue of the officer’s disability status in their certificates. Finally, this article addresses how the Supreme Court has resolved this conflict in its recent decision of Wade v. City of North Chicago Police Pension Board.
Zoning vested rights
The 1st District Appellate Court reviewed the principles of zoning vested rights in an expansive 26-page opinion of Cribbin v. City of Chicago.