Today is February 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.

News Items of Municipal Interest for February 27, 2015
Published on Friday February 27, 2015  Updated on February 27, 2015 @ 02:04 PM
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

Underwood v. City of Chicago, No. 13-3790 (7th Cir. February 25, 2015)
Published on Thursday February 26, 2015
The federal circuit court refused to accept supplemental jurisdiction to review a state law claim as to whether the expiration of a city ordinance, which terminated the free or subsidized health care coverage to certain retirees, violated the Pension Protection Clause in the Illinois Constitution because the Illinois Supreme Court has not yet ruled on this issue. More

Municipal Minute: New Bill Introduced to Abolish “Open and Obvious” Absolute Defense
Published on Wednesday February 25, 2015
Local governments often rely on the "open and obvious doctrine" as a complete defense to premises liability cases. The doctrine is an exception to the general duty of care owed by a landowner that provides that a landowner is not liable for harm caused by a condition on the land whose danger is known or obvious. On February 5, 2015, House Bill 1441 was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly. This bill would amend the doctrine in the Premises Liability Act. More

IMLA: Supreme Court’s Docket Chalked Full of Local Government Cases
Published on Thursday February 19, 2015
The Supreme Court's 2014-2015 docket is now complete. While the same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act cases will receive the most attention, the docket is chalked full of cases significant to local government. The State and Local Legal Center's (SLLC) Midterm Review article summarizes all the cases accepted and already decided that will affect local government. Expect decisions in all the cases by the end of June. More

Legal Bulletin for February 18, 2014
Published on Wednesday February 18, 2015
The Legal Bulletin for February 18, 2015 has been posted on the IML website. In this issue are summaries related to Eminent Domain, Employee Speech, FOIA, Pensions, Public Employment, and Public Records. More

Municipal Minute: Bill Would Ban Elected Official from Other Office
Published on Tuesday February 17, 2015
So many new bills to cover, so little time. One of the most recent bills introduced in this legislative session is Illinois House Bill 1434 that would amend the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. The proposed new law would prohibit an elected official from holding any other public office simultaneously, whether or not the elected official receives compensation for a public office. More

Bloomington Pantagraph: On records request, Illinois attorney general plays 2 roles
Published on Tuesday February 17, 2015
Upon taking office last month, Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs sought Attorney General Lisa Madigan's advice on his campaign promise to publicize a taxpayer-funded in… More

IMLA: Who Asks Who Tells: IMLA Writes SCOTUS Amicus Brief in Religious Accommodation Case
Published on Tuesday February 17, 2015
HR 101: Don't ask prospective employees about protected characteristics such as age, sex, race, national origin, religion, etc. No, no says the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC), if an employer thinks an employee may need a religious accommodation an employer must ask about religion. Is the EEOC's (new) view correct? More

The Home Rule Attorneys Committee Meeting Minutes for January 2015
Published on Monday February 02, 2015
The minutes for the January 2015 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

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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