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The Illinois Governor has just released the guidelines for Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, which is expected to become effective on June 26, 2020, although that could change before Friday. You can access the various guidelines and toolkits for Phase 4 on DCEO’s website here. You can read through an “overview” of Phase 4 here. We are currently reviewing the Phase 4 Guidelines and will be providing more detailed information in future blog posts. We have provided a very brief summary: For all industries: All employees who can work from home should continue to do so…
Ancel Glink just released Quorum Forum Episode 40: Bells That Can’t Be Unrung After COVID-19 Polco/NRC recently assembled local government partners from across the country for the “Forward Together: Virtual Conference for Local Government.” Ancel Glink partner Daniel J. Bolin represented Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) and discussed emergency practices that are changing expectations for residents and local governments alike for local government meetings, work from home, and more. What are some “bells that can’t be unrung” after COVID-19 in your community? Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com! Resources: What Will Be Different for Local Governments Long After COVID-19? Forward Together:  Virtual
Ancel Glink just released Quorum Forum Episode 40: Bells That Can’t Be Unrung After COVID-19  Polco/NRC recently assembled local government partners from across the country for the “Forward Together: Virtual Conference for Local Government.” Ancel Glink partner Daniel J. Bolin represented Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) and discussed emergency practices that are changing expectations for residents and local governments alike for local government meetings, work from home, and more. What are some “bells that can’t be unrung” after COVID-19 in your community? Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com! Resources: What Will Be Different for Local Governments Long After COVID-19? Forward Together: 
By a six to one vote, the Illinois Supreme Court rejected an effort by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to force the destruction of police complaint records that are more than five years old. The Court ruled that state law requiring retention of records overrides the FOP’s collective bargaining agreement language requiring destruction and that the contract language goes against public policy. The FOP was seeking to enforce a section of its collective bargaining agreement with the City of Chicago that requires old police complaint files to be destroyed after five years. The union argued that if the City…
By a six to one vote, the Illinois Supreme Court rejected an effort by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to force the destruction of police complaint records that are more than five years old. The Court ruled that state law requiring retention of records overrides the FOP’s collective bargaining agreement language requiring destruction and that the contract language goes against public policy. The FOP was seeking to enforce a section of its collective bargaining agreement with the City of Chicago that requires old police complaint files to be destroyed after five years. The union argued that if the City…
On June 16, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0642 declaring November 3, 2020 as a State holiday known as 2020 General Election Day. The law requires all government offices to close for Election Day on November 3, 2020. There are a few exceptions for the following government offices: county clerks; boards of election commissioners; and government offices authorized to be used as a location to provide election day services or serve as a polling place. Schools and state universities will also be closed to observe the 2020 General Election Day as a State school holiday. Schools will be…
On June 16, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0642 declaring November 3, 2020 as a State holiday known as 2020 General Election Day. The law requires all government offices to close for Election Day on November 3, 2020. There are a few exceptions for the following government offices: county clerks; boards of election commissioners; and government offices authorized to be used as a location to provide election day services or serve as a polling place.            Schools and state universities will also be closed to observe the 2020 General Election Day as a State school…
As I’m sure all of you have already heard, yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Bostock v. Clayton County holding that an employer that fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The opinion is 172 pages long – the majority opinion is 33 pages and the remainder is devoted to two separate dissenting opinions, one of which was written by Justices Alito (joined in by Justice Thomas) and a separate opinion by Justice Kavanaugh. The decision involved three lawsuits filed by employees who were terminated by…
As I’m sure all of you have already heard, yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Bostock v. Clayton County holding that an employer that fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The opinion is 172 pages long – the majority opinion is 33 pages and the remainder is devoted to two separate dissenting opinions, one of which was written by Justices Alito (joined in by Justice Thomas) and a separate opinion by Justice Kavanaugh. The decision involved three lawsuits filed by employees who were terminated by…
Since the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-07 in March (which has been extended from time to time), Illinois public bodies have been able to meet “remotely” due to the COVID-19 pandemic without having a physical quorum of the body present at the meeting place. The Governor’s EO suspended the in-person quorum requirement of the OMA and also modified the reasons for which a member can attend a meeting remotely. As we reported previously, the Governor’s most recent extension of his EO stated that this authorization would terminate when the General Assembly enacted legislation to authorize remote meetings. On Friday,…
Since the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-07 in March (which has been extended from time to time), Illinois public bodies have been able to meet “remotely” due to the COVID-19 pandemic without having a physical quorum of the body present at the meeting place. The Governor’s EO suspended the in-person quorum requirement of the OMA and also modified the reasons for which a member can attend a meeting remotely. As we reported previously, the Governor’s most recent extension of his EO stated that this authorization would terminate when the General Assembly enacted legislation to authorize remote meetings. On Friday,…
On June 8, 2020 the Governor signed Public Act 101-0633. This new law provides a rebuttable presumption for workers compensation claims for frontline workers and first responders who claim to have been exposed to COVID-19 while in the workplace. A rebuttable presumption means that it is presumed that the worker was exposed to the COVID-19 virus while in the workplace unless the employer provides certain evidence to the contrary. The injury or occupational disease will be presumed to be causally connected to the hazards or exposures of the employee’s employment unless the employer provides evidence that it was not connected. …
On June 8, 2020 the Governor signed Public Act 101-0633. This new law provides a rebuttable presumption for workers compensation claims for frontline workers and first responders who claim to have been exposed to COVID-19 while in the workplace. A rebuttable presumption means that it is presumed that the worker was exposed to the COVID-19 virus while in the workplace unless the employer provides certain evidence to the contrary. The injury or occupational disease will be presumed to be causally connected to the hazards or exposures of the employee’s employment unless the employer provides evidence that it was not…
Four years ago, we published a blog post about a case filed against the City of Chicago by a magazine owner challenging the City’s ordinance that restricts the sale of magazines on streets adjacent to Wrigley Field. In that case, the owner of Left Field Media LLC (a company that sells Chicago Baseball, a four-edition magazine sold around Wrigley Field) sued the City of Chicago after a police officer issued the owner a ticket for selling the magazine. The officer requested that the owner move from a street adjacent to the ballpark per city ordinance. Left Hand sued, arguing the…
Four years ago, we published a blog post about a case filed against the City of Chicago by a magazine owner challenging the City’s ordinance that restricts the sale of magazines on streets adjacent to Wrigley Field. In that case, the owner of Left Field Media LLC (a company that sells Chicago Baseball, a four-edition magazine sold around Wrigley Field) sued the City of Chicago after a police officer issued the owner a ticket for selling the magazine. The officer requested that the owner move from a street adjacent to the ballpark per city ordinance. Left Hand sued, arguing the…
Last week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released its long-awaited guidance on swimming during Phase 3 of the State’s Restore Illinois COVID-19 Plan. You can access the guidance here. According to the IDPH, the following swimming facilities are not allowed to open during Phase 3 (with a few exceptions described below): swimming pools and other facilities licensed by IDPH  water parks splash pads bathing beaches spas and whirlpools clubhouses waiting areas/viewing areas other commercial gathering places at swimming facilities Swimming facilities can, however, be used for the following activities during Phase 3: lap swimming diving swim lessons…