Criminal Justice Changes Needed to Reduce Prison Population
Governor Bruce Rauner's goal to reduce the state’s prison population by 25 percent can be achieved, but only if extensive changes are made to the criminal justice system, according to two members of a state commission that issued recommendations on prison reform.
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State Board Of Education To Adjust How It Distributes Money
A nine-year court battle over Illinois' school funding system ended with a unanimous vote by the state Board of Education to approve a settlement agreement. The tentative agreement requires the board to devise a new way to distribute money when state funding falls short, but does not fundamentally change Illinois’ school funding system.
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Supreme Court Midterm Review for States & Local Governments 2017
The United States Supreme Court’s docket is set for its 2016-2017 term. Below is a link to a midterm article authored by Lisa Soronen, Executive Director of the State & Local Legal Center in Washington D.C.
The Illinois Municipal League's Legal Bulletin for February 15, 2017 is now available. This issue includes summaries on Constitutional Law, the Open Meetings Act, Home Rule, Labor and Employment, and Government Liability as well as information on the upcoming Municipal Attorneys Seminar to be held in Bloomington on Friday, March 31.
Don't miss the Illinois State Bar Association's 8th Annual Animal Law Conference on March 3. The conference features the leading areas of interest in the day-to-day practice of law concerning animals, but also avails the attendee of some of the nation's top experts in specific animal law areas. Register today to attend in Chicago or participate via live webcast.
The Illinois Municipal League's 2017 Municipal Attorneys Seminar will be held Friday, March 31, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This one-day event will offer 6.25 MCLE hours and includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments. The registration fee of $175 includes a complimentary copy of the 2016 edition of The Sunshine Laws published by IML. Space is limited, so register online today!
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