Local Government Lowdown

Get insights and analysis on all the latest Illinois government legal news from Tressler’s local attorneys.

On the last day of 2019, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) released its last binding opinion of the year. In PAC Opinion 19-013, the PAC found the City of Bunker Hill in violation of Illinois’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for not providing an audiotape of an apparent gathering of public officials – a meeting of the Committee of the Whole which did not have a quorum but where City business was discussed. The PAC addressed the…
Tressler attorneys are speaking at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. Please click here to register. We look forward to seeing you there! January 23-25, 2020 Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E. Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60601 Conference Website: http://www.ilparksconference.com/ Presentations: Time’s Up – Managing a Harassment-Free Workplace Thumbs Up:  The Fundamentals of Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act Coaches and Sexual Assault Claims: What You Need to Do to Protect Your Agency Avoiding Ethical Landmines:…
Tressler attorneys are speaking at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. Please click here to register. We look forward to seeing you there! January 23-25, 2020 Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E. Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60601 Conference Website: http://www.ilparksconference.com/ Presentations: Time’s Up – Managing a Harassment-Free Workplace Thumbs Up:  The Fundamentals of Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act Coaches and Sexual Assault Claims: What You Need to Do to Protect Your Agency Avoiding Ethical Landmines:…
Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported on a data breach involving student data stored by Pearson Clinical Assessment that may have involved a number of students at Illinois schools. On September 5, 2019, the parent of a student at Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville, Illinois filed a class-action lawsuit against Pearson Clinical Assessment – the education publisher that suffered a massive data breach in November 2018 exposing the personal information of thousands of teachers…
Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported on a data breach involving student data stored by Pearson Clinical Assessment that may have involved a number of students at Illinois schools. On September 5, 2019, the parent of a student at Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville, Illinois filed a class-action lawsuit against Pearson Clinical Assessment – the education publisher that suffered a massive data breach in November 2018 exposing the personal information of thousands of teachers…
Tressler attorneys have been selected to speak at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference in 2020. Registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you there! January 23-25, 2020 Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E. Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60601 Conference Website: http://www.ilparksconference.com/ Presentations: Time’s Up – Managing a Harassment-Free Workplace Thumbs Up:  The Fundamentals of Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act Coaches and Sexual Assault Claims: What You Need to Do to Protect Your…
Tressler attorneys have been selected to speak at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference in 2020. Registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you there! January 23-25, 2020 Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E. Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60601 Conference Website: http://www.ilparksconference.com/ Presentations: Time’s Up – Managing a Harassment-Free Workplace Thumbs Up:  The Fundamentals of Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act Coaches and Sexual Assault Claims: What You Need to Do to Protect Your…
Change To The Open Meetings Act Exemption Regarding Employment The Governor recently signed an amendment to the Open Meetings Act into law effective immediately. 5 ILCS 120/2(c). The law had allowed public bodies to go into closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees.  The amendment now extends that not only to employees of a public body but also those specific individuals who serve as independent contractors in…
Change To The Open Meetings Act Exemption Regarding Employment The Governor recently signed an amendment to the Open Meetings Act into law effective immediately. 5 ILCS 120/2(c). The law had allowed public bodies to go into closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees.  The amendment now extends that not only to employees of a public body but also those specific individuals who serve as independent contractors in…
The Tort Immunity Act is a useful tool for all public entities. Plaintiff attorneys who do not understand its impact often fail to understand that mere negligence is insufficient under the Act. Willful and wanton conduct is the standard for liability in most instances. The following case demonstrates that calling something willful and wanton does not make it so. Samantha Biancorosso, a sixth-grade student at Troy Community Consolidated School District No. 30C, was injured during cheerleading practice while…