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Happy New Year / Happy New Decade!!

The new year (and new decade) is the perfect time to add meeting with an attorney to review your current estate plan to your list of “new year resolutions” for 2020; particularly, if your estate plan includes either a trust and/or deferrable retirement benefits.  The new year / new decade will usher in significant changes […]

Legislative Update: Local Government Travel Expense Control Act (P.A. 99-604)

Effective January 1, 2017, many public agencies (defined as school districts, community college districts, and units of local government other than home-rule units) will be required to formally adopt policies regulating the reimbursement of travel, meal, and lodging expenses. Such policies must be approved by ordinance or resolution and must, at a minimum, address the […]

Municipal Case Alert: Reed v. Town of Gilbert

A recent Supreme Court decision will be changing the way that municipalities implement and enforce their sign ordinances. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a municipal ordinance creating different categories of signs (temporary, political, and ideological) and subjecting each category to different regulations, was content-based on its face and […]

Reversal of Attorney General PAC Opinions Upheld by Fourth District Appellate Court

Case Law Alert: Open Meetings Act Reversal of Attorney General PAC Opinions Upheld by Fourth District Appellate Court On December 15, 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court upheld the Circuit Court’s reversal of at least two binding public access counselor (“PAC”) opinions issued by the Attorney General of Illinois (“AG”) with regard to purported Open Meetings […]