Local Government Law Bulletin

Home Rule Units: Impoundment Administrative Fees vs. Penalties

A recent unpublished opinion out of the 1st District Appellate Court (“Appellate Court”) addressed a class action suit against the City of Chicago (“Chicago”) that challenged Chicago’s authority to enact an ordinance authorizing the assessment of administrative...

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Illinois FOIA & Section 7 Exemptions

Chicago Public Media v. Cook County Office of the President, 2021 IL App (1st) 200888, a recent case out of the 1st District Appellate Court (“Appellate Court”), interprets Illinois’s Freedom of Information Act (the “FOIA”) Section 7 exemptions. The case focuses on...

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Illinois Safe-T Act – Effective Changes July 1, 2021

Beginning July 1, 2021, various changes of the Safe-T Act (the “Act”) (new law effecting a broad spectrum of policing activity) are effective in Illinois. As a reminder, some of the top changes include: Duties of Illinois Officers Expanded The Act creates a duty to...

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Illinois Enters Bridge Phase of Reopening Plan

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) confirmed that Illinois has moved from Phase 4 to the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan. The Bridge Phase allows for higher capacity limits and other increased business...

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Proposals Made to the Safe-T Act

On February 22, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill known as the “Safe-T Act”. The Safe-T Act affects a broad spectrum of policing activity, including body camera policies (summarized here). It was passed despite criticism from some...

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