Today is September 17, 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.

News Items of Municipal Interest for September 12, 2014
Published on Friday September 12, 2014  Updated on September 12, 2014 @ 03:24 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 September 10, 2014
Published on Wednesday September 10, 2014
The Legal Bulletin for September 10, 2014 has been posted on the IML website. In this issue are summaries on the topics regarding: the Americans with Disabilities Act; Employee Speech; First Amendment and the Establishment Clause; Open Meetings Act; Ordinance Violations and the First Amendment; Public Employment Discrimination; Telecommunications and Cell Towers; and Zoning. More

Galesburg Register-Mail: Pension case might head to Supreme Court
Published on Wednesday September 10, 2014
A judgment on the legality of an overhaul to Illinois' pension debt could come sooner than expected. Sangamon County Judge Jon Belz said Thursday he'd like to quickly move a challenge over the pension overhaul to the Supreme Court, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports. Litigants initially didn't think the case would be settled before 2015. But the Illinois Supreme Court decreed in July that a law requiring retirees to pay more for health [...] More

In Memory of Kurt P. Froehlich
Published on Friday September 05, 2014
Attorney Kurt Froehlich, former corporation counsel for the City of Champaign, member of the IML Home Rule Attorneys Committee, and dear friend, was laid to rest today in Roselawn Cemetery in Champaign, Illinois. More

Gurba v. Community High School Dist. No. 155, 2014 IL App (2d) 140098 (September 3, 2014)
Published on Friday September 05, 2014
A school district was required to acquire the permits as required by the home rule municipality's land-use ordinances for the construction and placement of its bleachers in violation of those ordinances because (1) the land-use regulations of a home rule municipality do not unconstitutionally infringe upon the statewide concern of public education; (2) Article 10 of the School Code requires a local school district to be subject to the land-use regulations of the municipality in which it is located; (3) the city has a vital interest in regulating the land uses of all property within its corporate boundaries; (4) the regulation of zoning and land-use is a local concern in which the state has no interest; and (5) the municipality has the traditional role in regulating the zoning and land-use of a school district's property. 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

IMLA: IMLA Files Brief in Wyatt v. Gonzalez
Published on Thursday September 04, 2014
On Friday, IMLA filed its brief in Wyatt v. Gonzalez, a petition stage Supreme Court case, which involves a question of whether immaterial discrepancies in a police officer's recollection of a stressful event amounted to a "genuine issue for trial" where the plaintiff offered no contradictory evidence. More

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