Brief synopses of cases relating to municipal law.
The continuing expansion of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act
The Legislature’s failure to specify its intentions will lead to further disputes between cash-strapped local governments struggling to meet the rising costs of operations and disabled safety employees trying to meet and keep up with increasing health care costs.
Dumber than dirt
A look at the recent case of Board of Education of Auburn Community Unit School District No. 10 v. Ill. Department of Revenue etc. et al.
History of township government
Township government has its origins in that checker-board system of local geography which a township map of Illinois depicts. The precise forms under which the people of Illinois are today governing themselves have been largely shaped by the history of the State.
Safety vs. sanctity—The balancing act of rental property inspections
The Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution safeguard the right of individuals against unreasonable searches. Although many variations exist in both the criminal and civil contexts, the governing principle is simple: "a search of private property without proper consent is 'unreasonable' unless it has been authorized by a valid search warrant."
Sea change in Illinois eminent domain law
The difficulties that eminent domain petitioners face under the New Eminent Domain Act will likely be exacerbated by the recent case of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County v. First National Bank of Franklin Park et al.
An explanation of Tax Increment Allocation Financing, arguably the most powerful economic redevelopment tool available to municipalities in Illinois.
Vested development rights
The recently decided case of 1350 Lake Shore Associates v. Randall will make it more difficult for a developer to succeed on a vested rights claim.
Zoning—Appropriate Standard of Review
In reviewing the case of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Saville, the Second District Appellate Court may have provided the last necessary answer to the question of the appropriate standard of review for a zoning decision.