Today is March 28, 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.

Municipal Minute: School Zoning Bill Passes Senate, Now Goes to House
Published on Friday March 27, 2015
Good news for municipalities - yesterday, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 36, the bill that amends the Illinois School Code to expressly state that school districts are subject to local zoning ordinances. The bill will now go to the House. More

2014 PAC Annual Report Issued
Published on Wednesday March 25, 2015
The Illinois Attorney General's Office has released its annual report, providing an overview of the activities at the PAC's office throughout 2014. The 31 page report provides the number of "complaints" received, training seminars conducted, some selected binding opinions issued and informal mediation conclusions, and information on FOIA and the Open Meetings Act. Click the link above to review the full report. The IML Legal Department will be publishing a more detailed analysis of the report in the June edition of the Illinois Municipal Review magazine. More

IML Legal Brief: Public Employee Speech - An Update on the Garcetti Factor - Phase II
Published on Monday March 23, 2015
The IML Legal Department first reported on this case in 2008 and provided an update of the subsequent federal court rulings on this issue in 2010. Since the last update, the federal courts — including the United States Supreme Court — have applied and refined the Garcetti test yet even further. The purpose of this article is to help keep municipal officials abreast of these updates. More

Jackson-Hicks v. East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, 2015 IL 118929 (March 16, 2015)
Published on Wednesday March 18, 2015
The election board's decision to deny an objection to a candidate's nomination papers in a non-partisan municipal election, which was 13 valid signatures short of that directed by Section 10-3 of the Election Code, was reversed because, reviewing the various and relevant provisions of the Code together and in sequence, the number of valid signatures in the Code was mandatory rather than directory. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for March 18, 2015
Published on Wednesday March 18, 2015
Learn what's happening throughout the state and country by checking out today's compilation 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

Municipal Minute: New State Rules Approved for Local Records Retention
Published on Monday March 16, 2015
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) recently approved changes to the administrative rules for the State Records Commission and the Local Records Commissions (Cook County and everyone else). The changes are pretty significant, particularly with respect to records retention by local governments and agencies subject to the Local Records Commission rules. More

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