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2020 Articles

Blind Encounter Access Barriers on IDES Web Page and in Vote by Mail Plan By Patti Gregory-Chang August 2020 A look at how COVID-19 is worsening the issues blind Illinoisans encounter.
Chicago Netflix Tax Upheld By Michael J. Smoron February 2020 In Labell v. City of Chicago, the appellate court upheld the city’s amusement tax on streaming video, streaming audio, and online gaming services.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules Public Employers Can Keep Disciplinary Records Longer Than Union Contracts Provide By Carlos Arévalo July 2020 On June 18, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that enforcement of a union contract provision mandating the destruction of disciplinary records was against Illinois’ public policy of preserving and retaining public records.
P.A. 101-221: Workplace Transparency Act By Phillip Lenzini 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.
Recent PAC and Court Opinions Regarding FOIA and OMA By Michael T. Jurusik July 2020 Summaries of recent Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act opinions.
Staying Active, Healthy, and Productive at Home By Michael B. Hyman, E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., & Erin Clifford June 2020 Suggestions to better manage working from home during COVID-19.
Transparency in the Time of COVID-19 By James A. Webb June 2020 Two of the primary statutes meant to ensure open government in Illinois, the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, are facing renewed focus in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.