Today is May 22, 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.

Illinois Supreme Court Heard Oral Arguments in Three Cases of Municipal Interest
Published on Wednesday May 20, 2015  Updated on May 20, 2015 @ 03:12 PM
Today, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases of interest to municipalities with two cases in which the IML filed an amicus brief. The cases with IML intervention involved a PSEBA issue and the other was the case commonly referred to as "The Bleachers" case. The other case of interest regarded the statute of limitations under the Tort Immunity Act. More

Weekly Legal News Wrap-up, Week Ending May 22, 2015
Published on Wednesday May 20, 2015  Updated on May 20, 2015 @ 02:46 PM
This week's weekly wrap-up of local, state, and national legal news items of interest is being presented early again this week due to a long Memorial Day weekend. This week's items include stories on State and Federal cases and lawsuits; more examination of the Illinois Supreme Court from the Illinois Supreme Court Review; Medical Marijuana; Drones; Land Uses; Public Employment; Video Gaming, the Governor's Turnaround Agenda; and a few OpEd pieces. More

May 2015 Home Rule Attorneys Committee Meeting
Published on Wednesday May 13, 2015
The IML Home Rule Attorneys Committee Meeting for May 2015 is being held this Friday, May 15th, in Naperville. The agenda and attachments for the meeting are available. More

Pension Case Opinion Coverage
Published on Friday May 08, 2015  Updated on May 13, 2015 @ 10:15 AM
The IML Legal Department compiled the news stories that covered the Illinois Supreme Court's opinion in the Pension Reform case, which was released on May 8, 2015. Here, you can find various reports and takes, legal analysis, and opinions on the case and the Court's opinion. More

In re Pension Reform Litigation, 2015 IL 118585 (May 8, 2015)
Published on Friday May 08, 2015
The Illinois Supreme Court permanently enjoined the State of Illinois from enforcing Senate Bill 1 -- Public Act 98-599 -- which had the effect of reducing Tier 1 retirement annuity benefits because the Act violated the Pension Protection Clause of the Illinois Constitution by diminishing and impairing membership in the affected State retirement systems. The State could not use its reserved sovereign police powers to enforce the Act, and the challenged provisions of the Act could not be severed from the rest of the Act. More

IML Amicus Brief: Accel Ent. Gaming v. Village of Elmwood Park (filed May 8, 2015)
Published on Friday May 08, 2015
The IML filed an amicus brief before the First District Illinois Appellate Court in support of the Village of Elmwood Park. In this case, the IML argued that the Video Gaming Act does not preempt home rule authority to license video gaming machines operating within the corporate limits of home rule communities. More

The Home Rule Attorneys Committee Meeting Minutes for March 2015
Published on Monday April 13, 2015
The minutes for the March 2015 Home Rule Attorneys' Committee Meeting has been posted. See the important legislative, litigation, and other issues that were discussed at this month's meeting, and the information for attending the next meeting. More

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