Today is January 31, 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: Illinois Supreme Court Grants PLA in School District Zoning Case (the Bleacher Case)
Published on Thursday January 29, 2015
We have posted before about the case filed by neighboring properties owners against a school district for installing bleachers without obtaining the required zoning approvals. Gurba v. Community HS Dist. 155. You may recall that both courts held in favor of the neighbors and the City, finding that the school district was subject to local zoning. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for January 29, 2015
Published on Thursday January 29, 2015  Updated on January 29, 2015 @ 01:10 PM
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

Legal Bulletin for January 27, 2014
Published on Tuesday January 27, 2015
The Legal Bulletin for January 27, 2015 has been posted on the IML website. In this issue are summaries related to the First Amendment with billboards and signs and public employees; other public employment issues relating to the ADA, the FLSA, and suspensions; gun control issues under the Second Amendment; and a Supreme Court decision under the Telecommunications Act. More

IMLA: Outer Limits of the ADA’s Applicability?: Must Police Officers Accommodate Mentally Ill Arrestees?
Published on Monday January 26, 2015
Per the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodating persons with disabilities is the norm. Twenty-five years after the Act's passage, the Supreme Court will decide whether it applies to police officers arresting a mentally ill suspect one who is armed and violent. In City & County of San Francisco v. Sheehan the Supreme Court will decide whether, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), police must accommodate a suspect's mental illness when arresting him or her. More

Illinois Supreme Court Denies All Amicus Briefs in Pension Case
Published on Thursday January 22, 2015
The Illinois Supreme Court just ruled denying all amicus briefs, including IML, and denying plaintiffs' request for an extension of time in filing their brief. More

Illinois Observer: Hinsdale Attorney Misconduct Could Bring Cicero $287,500 Windfall
Published on Thursday January 22, 2015
A federal appeals court last week ordered that a Hinsdale attorney be sanctioned for misconduct, a move that could potentially return to the Town of Cicero’s coffers $287,500 in legal fees. More

Daily Herald: Griffin - Municipal Retirees' Insurance Cost Taxpayers Millions
Published on Wednesday January 21, 2015
Jake Griffin of the Daily Herald reports that than 2,100 former employees in 57 suburbs cost taxpayers almost $16.5 million in health insurance costs last year. And experts expect that figure to keep rising as more municipal employees head into retirement before they are eligible for Medicare at age 65. But even then, Medicare eligibility only reduces the municipal burden, rather than putting an end to it. More

IML Legal Brief: (Other) Legal Opinions from 2014 that Municipal Officials Should Know
Published on Tuesday January 20, 2015
This column provides brief summaries of other important decisions of interest to municipal officials from the Courts over the last year. Some Illinois Attorney General’s (AG’s) opinions are also offered. More

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