By Thomas Condon In most instances, governmental bodies’ board meetings occur without consternation; they are rote. The board runs through their agenda items. The floor is open for public comment, a few people, most likely regular attendees, give their thoughts. The meeting is adjourned. Undoubtedly, however, every governmental body will have to deal with an unexpected calamity […]
Governor JB Pritzker recently signed SB 337, which aims to combat the proliferation of illegal gun trafficking in Illinois. This bill regulates gun sales twofold, by creating the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act and the Gun Trafficking Information Act. The Governor’s approval of the bill offers Illinois a new weapon in the fight against gun violence […]
By Patrick G. Connelly One of the most precarious situations under the umbrella of FOIA occurs when documents are being requested that are or will be prominently involved in pending litigation or criminal matters. Many times, elected officials, officers, and government employees have difficulty understanding why those records which are subject to a host of discovery […]
By Shantel Perez In any cause of action, there is a statute of limitations which provides some aid to potential defendants. Statute of limitations is a defense that is ordinarily asserted by a defendant to defeat an action brought against him after the time has elapsed. However, Plaintiffs time and time again attempt to circumvent the […]
By: Paul A. O’Grady The First Appellate Court of Illinois recently issued a decision that limits the municipalities’ duty to maintain its property (specifically, curbs and roadways) in a safe condition. In Decker v. City of Chicago, a pedestrian Plaintiff filed suit against the City of Chicago when he was injured while exiting a taxicab immediately […]
Governor Rauner recently issued an amendatory veto of SB 2641 with the intent to create the Illinois Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Act. Although this bill was passed as a bi-partisan measure through both the Illinois House and Senate, the Governor’s veto has limited the General Assembly’s goal of allowing municipalities to tax and regulate car sharing […]
By Patrick G. ConnellyOn August 14, 2018 Governor Rauner signed the Government Service Act into law. Effective January 1, 2019, The Act applies to all units of local government and is aimed at curbing excessive severance payments. A number of public officials have received lavish severance payments over the past few years, particularly at the State’s […]
By Shantel Perez As newspapers and mailings become obsolete, social media sites become the new forum for which society, celebrities, public officials and even our President Trump express their views about news, community and politics. While privately owned social media sites have allowed people the right to be free to create their own pages, post pictures, […]
Illinois Raffles and Poker Runs Act: Queen of Hearts Raffle – Local Government Legal Risk or Royal Reward?
While many have heard of these popular raffles offering a chance at hundreds of thousands or in some instances millions of dollars in prizes, many also fail to appreciate the inherent legal risks and limitations that coincide with the prevalence of these raffles.
Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act: How Local Governments Could Play a Major Role in Gun Control Regulation
By: Paul A. O’Grady On April 2, 2018, the Village of Deerfield Board of Trustees unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting the possession, manufacture or sale of certain assault style firearms, as well as large capacity magazines. The ordinance gives Deerfield residents until June 13, 2018 to remove any applicable weapons or face a fine of […]