Today is October 23, 2014


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.

IML Legal Brief: Governmental Immunity - The “Open and Obvious” Doctrine
Published on Wednesday October 15, 2014
Every day in Illinois someone gets hurt from a trip and fall situation on a street or sidewalk. The application of the open and obvious rule affects the reasonable foreseeability of the injury, and the the likelihood of the injury. More

Legal Bulletin for October 22, 2014
Published on Wednesday October 22, 2014
The Legal Bulletin for October 22, 2014 has been posted on the IML website. In this issue are summaries on a federal case regarding the restrictions of adult uses; an Illinois Supreme Court opinion regarding contracts and bonds; and three PAC binding opinions on FOIA and the Open Meetings Act. More

Lake County Grading Company v. Village of Antioch, 2014 IL 115805 (October 17, 2014)
Published on Wednesday October 22, 2014
The village did not breach any contractual obligation owed to a subcontractor when the village did not receive a separate "payment bond" from a contractor for the public work performed to ensure payment to the subcontractor. Under the plain language of the statute, the bonds furnished by the contractor to the village were sufficient and did not violate the pertinent provisions of the Public Construction Bond Act. More

Northwest Herald: District 155 ordered to tear down Crystal Lake South school bleachers
Published on Wednesday October 22, 2014
After more than a year of legal proceedings, McHenry County Judge Michael Chmiel said Thursday the time has come for District 155 to tear down the $1.18 million bleacher expansion at Crystal Lake South High School. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for October 20, 2014
Published on Monday October 20, 2014
Learn what's happening throughout the state and country by checking out todays complation of news items that may be of interest to Illinois municipalities, including local, county & regional, state, national, and legal news, as well as editorials and opinions. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day. More

State Journal-Register: Illinois Supreme Court expands electronic filing
Published on Wednesday October 15, 2014
The Illinois Supreme Court has said it will start giving courts a chance to electronically file criminal and traffic case documents.The court said Tuesday that counties can request approval from the high court to start electronically filing in trial courts. Chief Justice Rita B. Garman says it will make courts more efficient, conserve environmental resources and save taxpayer money.The [...] More

Murphysboro American: Mayor signs lawsuit abuse awareness proclamation
Published on Friday October 10, 2014
Following on the heels of the release last month of a report that ranked Illinois’ lawsuit climate the fifth worst in the country, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), a grassroots, non-partisan legal watchdog group, is joining with mayors and community leaders this week for a statewide public education tour to promote “Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week” and this year’s theme of “Good Judges Matter.” More

Government Technology: The Best Government Websites for 2014
Published on Friday October 10, 2014
In three categories – state, city and county – nearly 300 government websites were judged on their innovative qualities, usefulness, and efficiency and economy. A panel comprising last year’s winners, former government officials and executives from the Center for Digital Government selected websites that tried new things, while remaining functional. More

The Home Rule Attorneys Committee Meeting Minutes for August 2014
Published on Thursday September 04, 2014
The minutes for the August 2014 Home Rule Attorneys' Committee Meeting has been posted. See the important legislative and litigation issues that were discussed at this month's meeting, and information for attending the next meeting. More

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