Today is April 18, 2015


The IML Legal Department's core objective is to provide guidance to the League and to municipal attorneys representing its members on issues concerning municipal law. To this end, the Legal Department performs a wide variety of tasks to monitor and influence the status of municipal law in Illinois and communicate that status.

Quincy Journal: Court rules IHSA not subject to FOIA
Published on Friday April 17, 2015
On April 13, 2015 the Honorable Mary Mikva of the Circuit Court of Cook County ruled in favor of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) in granting a motion to dismiss a suit alleging that the IHSA’s records were subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court also dismissed claims requesting that a member school obtain and turnover records from the IHSA having nothing to do with that school. FOIA requires that governmental entities make their records public. As a private, voluntary not-for-profit association, the IHSA argued, and the court agreed, that IHSA is not a “public body” subject to the act. More

Weekly Legal News Wrap-up, Week Ending April 17, 2015
Published on Friday April 17, 2015  Updated on April 17, 2015 @ 10:31 AM
This week's items include legal news stories from the Statehouse; local reactions to the proposed state budget cuts; a FOIA ruling, and a variety of legal news items of interest from around the nation. Please stay tuned throughout the day for further updates. More

Chicago Tribune: Crystal Lake denies retroactive permit for controversial bleachers
Published on Friday April 17, 2015
The case of the controversial bleachers outside Crystal Lake South High School, which has risen to the state's highest court, appears no closer to resolution. More

Legal Bulletin for April 14, 2015
Published on Tuesday April 14, 2015
The Legal Bulletin for April 14, 2015 has been posted on the IML website. In this issue are full summaries on Contracts, PSEBA, Public Employment - Collective Bargaining, and Public Utilities. Other items of interest include federal court opinions on Employee Speech, the First Amendment, Public Employment, and Terminations. More

The Home Rule Attorneys Committee Meeting Minutes for March 2015
Published on Monday April 13, 2015
The minutes for the March 2015 Home Rule Attorneys' Committee Meeting has been posted. See the important legislative, litigation, and other issues that were discussed at this month's meeting, and the information for attending the next meeting. More

IML Amicus Brief: Gurba v. Community High School Dist. 155 (filed April 8, 2015)
Published on Thursday April 09, 2015
The IML filed an amicus brief to the Illinois Supreme Court in support of the third-party defendant-appellee, the City of Crystal Lake, in what has become commonly referred to as "the Bleachers case." In this case, the IML argued that school boards are required to abide by the zoning regulations of the municipality in which they are located. More

IMLA: SLLC Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Pretrial Detainee Excessive Force Case
Published on Thursday April 09, 2015
Imagine having to operate two jails: one for pretrial detainees and one for post-conviction detainees. This could be the practical effect of Kingsley v. Hendrickson, depending on how the Supreme Court rules. The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief in this case, which IMLA joined, arguing that the same or similar standard should apply to excessive force claims brought by pretrial detainees and post-conviction detainees to avoid this result. More

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