Today is October 02, 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.

Courthouse News Service: Springfield Panhandling Ban Upheld by 7th Circ.
Published on Tuesday September 30, 2014
A ban on panhandling in the downtown historic district of Springfield, Ill., does not violate free speech, the 7th Circuit said, widening a circuit split. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for September 30, 2014
Published on Tuesday September 30, 2014  Updated on September 30, 2014 @ 03:50 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 26, 2014
Published on Friday September 26, 2014
The Legal Bulletin for September 26, 2014 has been posted on the IML website. In this issue are summaries on the topics regarding: FOIA, Governmental Immunity; Insurance; Municipal Liability; Statute of Limitations under the Tort Immunity Act; and Workers' Comp. More

Daily Herald: Longtime Suburban Attorney Jack Siegel Dies
Published on Wednesday September 24, 2014
The IML is sad to announce that Jack Siegel, who served as village attorney for Schaumburg, Arlington Heights and several other Northwest suburban communities for more than 50 years, died Tuesday night. The link goes to the Daily Herald article about Jack. More

Municipal Minute: Highland Park's Assault Weapon Ban Upheld
Published on Monday September 22, 2014
The Northern District of Illinois issued an opinion last week upholding the City of Highland Park's ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines against a Second Amendment challenge. Friedman v. City of Highland Park (N.D. Ill. 9/18/14). More

Park Ridge Herald-Advocate: Appeals court reverses ruling against Park Ridge in injury case
Published on Monday September 22, 2014
An Illinois Appeals Court has reversed a lower court's ruling that the city of Park Ridge is not responsible for injuries suffered by a woman who was struck by a vehicle while walking around a snow-packed sidewalk. More

Bruns v. City of Centralia, 2014 IL 116998 (September 18, 2014)
Published on Thursday September 18, 2014
The city was not liable for plaintiff’s injuries that occurred when she tripped and fell on a defective sidewalk because the city had no duty to protect the plaintiff from the open and obvious danger of the sidewalk. The distraction exception to the open and obvious rule did not apply because there was nothing that was reasonably foreseeable the would distract the plaintiff from the defective sidewalk, and the imposition of the burden on the city to fix the sidewalk was not justified considering the open and obvious nature of the sidewalk’s danger. 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

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