Today is December 19, 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.

2015 Calendar for Municipal Officials
Published on Thursday November 06, 2014  Updated on December 15, 2014 @ 01:41 PM
The 2015 Calendar for Municipal Officials is ready. Pursuant to Illinois law, municipal officials are required to perform certain duties at specified times throughout the calendar year. We have compiled those duties as a service to our members. More

The Home Rule Attorneys Committee Meeting Minutes for November 2014
Published on Monday December 15, 2014
The minutes for the November 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

Peoria Journal-Star: Illinois Supreme Court picks March to start pension reform trial
Published on Friday December 12, 2014
The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to an expedited schedule to resolve the constitutionality of the state's pension reform law.In a brief order filed Wednesday, the court set oral arguments in the case for March, the latest of three alternatives proposed by attorneys defending the pension reform law for the state.Lawyers representing workers and retirees affected by the [...] More

Pekin Daily Times: Illinois Supreme Court raises filing fees for reveiwing courts in Illinois
Published on Friday December 12, 2014
For the first time in nearly 60 years, filing fees for reviewing courts in Illinois will increase effective January 1, 2015. On August 12, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Public Act 98-0324. Under the new law, fees collected by the Clerks of the Supreme and Appellate Courts will be set by Supreme Court Rule, rather than by statute. In addition, rather than transferring the funds collected into the General Revenue Fund, these fees will be deposited [...] More

News Items of Municipal Interest for December 12, 2014
Published on Friday December 12, 2014
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 December 11, 2014
Published on Thursday December 11, 2014
The Legal Bulletin for December 11, 2014 has been posted on the IML website. Of the nine decisions reported on in this bulletin, one is an PAC opinion on FOIA, and the rest are on public employment issues: three regarding the FLSA; three on employment discrimination; and two regarding employee speech. More

2015 HRAC Meeting Schedule and Minutes
Published on Thursday December 11, 2014
The 2015 meeting schedule for the IML Home Rule Attorneys Committee. More

The Appellate Strategist: Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether a Zoo is a "Local Public Entity"
Published on Monday December 08, 2014
In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide O'Toole v. The Chicago Zoological Society, which poses the question: is a zoo a "local public entity"? More

Law of the Land: Second Amendment Analysis of Zoning Restrictions for Firing Ranges
Published on Monday December 08, 2014
A summary of the Federal District Court case of Ezell v. City of Chicago, where the court conducted a Second Amendment analysis of the city's zoning restrictions, construction requirements, and business regulations of firing ranges. More

Reuters: Illinois asks high court for pension law hearing as soon as January
Published on Friday December 05, 2014
Illinois' top attorney asked the state supreme court on Thursday to put constitutional challenges to a pension reform law on the fast track by scheduling oral arguments as soon as Jan. 22 and no later than March 10. More

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