Today is July 23, 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.

Quad Cities Times: Court OKs expedited appeal of term limits case
Published on Tuesday July 22, 2014
An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot. The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court issued its order Monday. More

IMLA: Supreme Court Didn’t Overrule Abood
Published on Tuesday July 22, 2014
Supreme Court cases are usually known for what they hold. Harris v. Quinn will forever be known for what it did not hold. The Court did not overrule Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 35-year old precedent that is a cornerstone of public sector collective bargaining. But it certainly foreshadowed its demise. More

RLUIPA News: U.S. Supreme Court to Review Sign Ordinance for Possible Free Speech Violation
Published on Tuesday July 22, 2014
From Robinson & Cole: The U.S. Supreme Court granted Good News Community Church's (Church) petition for a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, No. 11-15555 (9th Cir. 2013). The case involves a sign ordinance in the Town of Gilbert that the Church alleges violates its right to free speech. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for July 22, 2014
Published on Tuesday July 22, 2014  Updated on July 22, 2014 @ 11:53 AM
The compilation of news items for today include stories on village expands time for public comments at meetings; Galesburg approves zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries; DeKalb looks at e-cigarette rules; DeKalb County raises fees for dispatch services; and much more. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day. More

ConLaw Prof Blog: D.C. Circuit: No Free Speech for Complaining Teacher
Published on Thursday July 17, 2014
The D.C. Circuit ruled today that a former teacher in the D.C. schools did not enjoy protection under the First Amendment after he was fired for sending an e-mail complaining about his principal's... More

Legal Bulletin for July 14, 2014
Published on Monday July 14, 2014
The Legal Bulletin for July 14, 2014 has been posted on the IML website. In this issue are summaries on the topics regarding: Business Regulations; First Amendment; Municipal Liability; Ordinance Violations; Pensions; Public Employment Discrimination and Termination; and Workers' Comp. More

Courthouse News Service: New Chicago Ward Map Affirmed by 7th Circuit
Published on Friday July 11, 2014  Updated on July 17, 2014 @ 09:23 AM
Upholding the constitutionality of Chicago's ward redistricting plan, the 7th Circuit sideline objections that the new ward boundaries prejudice independent aldermen. More

IML Legal Brief: Telecommunications Tax Refund Notice
Published on Thursday July 03, 2014
As a result of a federal class action lawsuit, a large telecommunications carrier was ordered to seek refunds from the states on behalf of customers that were charged telecommunication taxes on transactions that were not properly taxable under federal and state law. More

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