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Ancel Glink loves zoning, planning, and land use law. Join us for a special episode reflecting on the 2022 APA-IL State Conference, featuring highlights shared by Ancel Glink attorneys and law clerks. Topics include sign regulations, short-term rentals, affordable housing, and much more! Email your questions to — Resources — 2022 APA-IL State Conference Only Planners in the Building – the Official 2022 APA-IL State Conference Podcast Ancel Glink Municipal Minute Blog Ancel Glink Resource Center Podcast: Improving Traffic and Pedestrian Safety with Victoria Barrett, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning — Credits —
Continue Reading 65: Highlights from the 2022 APA-IL State Conference

David Silverman and Dan Bolin are back for a livestream of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast to discuss the latest on accessory dwelling units in Illinois and recent constitutional challenges to local ordinances affecting homeless populations. They also review your questions on the latest legal issues affecting local governments. Email us your questions at—Resources—Watch the Quorum Forum 45 Livestream at CDC, [Interim Guidance on Unsheltered Homelessness and COVID-19 for Homeless Service Providers and Local Officials](…d-homelessness.html)—Credits—Producer: Daniel J. BolinAssistant Producers: Matthew T. DiCianniExecutive Producers: Julie Tappendorf, Keri-Lyn KraftheferChair: Daniel J. BolinEngineers: Ricardo Perez, Matt Smith This
Continue Reading Recess: Housing And Homelessness

Newly-elected and not-so-newly elected officials need to know how to do business at local government meetings. That’s why Ancel Glink’s Steve Mahrt and Eugene Bolotnikov joined the Illinois Association of County Board Members to review parliamentary procedures and other helpful tips for orderly local government meetings. What strategies does your organization use to promote civility at meetings? Email us at!—Resources—Illinois Association of County Board Members, Parliamentary Procedures- Video:– Powerpoint: Glink’s 2021 Newly Elected Official’s Guide: Spring Conference:—Credits—Producer: Daniel J. BolinExecutive Producers: Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, Julie TappendorfChair: Daniel J. BolinEngineers: Ricardo Perez,
Continue Reading Recess: Parliamentary Procedures

We’re revisiting popular Quorum Forum podcast episodes this summer and this month we’re revisiting “Quorum Forum 24:  Local Government Procurement.” This is a timely episode to revisit as the General Assembly recently amended the competitive bidding thresholds for some units of local government. The episode also touches on overtime rules that may be changing again in October 2022. Questions? Email us at! — Resources Municipal Minute:  New Laws Raise the Competitive Bidding Threshold for Some Units of Local Government Workplace Report:  Here is What you Need to do to get Ready for the New Overtime Rule
Continue Reading Recess: Local Government Procurement

After four years, Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast is taking a brief recess to listen back to some of our more popular episodes. Two years ago, the Illinois General Assembly approved recreational cannabis, bringing sweeping changes to local governments and employers. This is a timely episode to revisit as some municipalities are reconsidering their local cannabis regulations today. Listen to our conversation with Adam Simon and Matt DiCianni about local cannabis business regulations, state and local taxes, prosecutions, expungements, and more! Questions about cannabis? Email us at    — Credits —   Producer: Daniel J. Bolin Executive Producers: Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, Julie Tappendorf Chair: Daniel J.
Continue Reading Recess: Recreational Cannabis

We’re celebrating four years of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast at the APA-CMS Bar Exam, a realistic simulated law school experience for planners and land use professionals. Recorded live at the Haymarket Pub and Brewery on April 6, 2022, listen to APA-IL Chapter President Nina Idemudia and Ancel Glink attorneys Daniel Bolin, Megan Mack, and Greg Jones discuss the most important planning law cases of the year. Email your land use and zoning questions to! — Resources — Court Addresses Zoning Challenge and Finds City Immune From Monetary Damages Trinity Sober Living, LLC v. Village
Continue Reading 64: APA – CMS Bar Exam 2022

Many local government officers and employees are required to file a statement of economic interests each year and the new questions on this year’s form are causing confusion for many filers. However, a careful review of the definitions in the new law will make the questions easier to answer. Email your questions to! — Resources — Secretary of State Guidance for Statements of Economic Interests — Credits — Producer: Daniel J. Bolin Executive Producers: Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, Julie Tappendorf Chair: Daniel J. Bolin Engineers: Ricardo Perez, Matt Smith This podcast is provided as a service to our public
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Spring is almost here, so we’re celebrating increasing sunshine and sunshine laws with Ancel Glink’s Steve Mahrt and Eugene Bolotnikov! We review important Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act decision that local government should know. Email your FOIA and OMA questions to! — Resources — Summary of 2020 PAC Binding Opinions Summary of 2021 PAC Binding Opinions (FOIA) Summary of 2021 PAC Binding Opinions (OMA) Court Rules in Favor of Public Bodies in FOIA Case Involving Security Video Footage Appellate Court Reverses Order Requiring Release of Records Subject to Protective Order
Continue Reading 62: Sunshine Laws: Recent FOIA and OMA Decisions

Local governments are preparing for the new year, and Ancel Glink attorneys are sharing all the new laws they will need to know on Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast! Call the Quorum Forum Hotline (312.601.9185) to tell us your new year’s resolution, or email your questions to! — Resources — Liquor Laws to Know for Phase 5 and Beyond New Election Laws in Illinois Quorum Forum Episode 54: Litigation and Legislation Quorum Forum Episode 58: Taxes! PAC Finds School Board in Violation of OMA for Conducting Public Comment in Closed Session PAC Again
Continue Reading 59: New Laws for 2022!

The FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine and Ancel Glink’s Mike Halpin joins us to discuss what that means for employers considering vaccine mandates. Then, Andrew Scott tells about recent tort immunity cases local governments should know to avoid liability from lawsuits. Email your questions about immunity from COVID-19 or immunity from lawsuits to!—Resources—Workplace ReportEEOC Offers Long-Awaited Guidance on…e-on.htmlFederal Court Upholds Employer Mandate for the COVID-19…date.htmlMunicipal MinuteIllinois Appellate Court Rules on Tort Immunity…tort.htmlCounty Dispatch Services Protected by Tort Immunity…d-by.html—Credits—Producer: Daniel J. BolinAssistant Producers: Matt DiCianni, Andrew
Continue Reading 56: Vaccine Mandates

It’s summer, so that means it’s time to review cases about sunshine laws, along with the significant U.S. Supreme Court cases affecting local governments. Ancel Glink’s Eugene Bolotnikov and Dan James review important cases you should know, along with what the Governor’s latest disaster declaration means for local government meetings under the Open Meetings Act. Send your questions to! —Resources— Municipal Minute Appellate Court Rejects Deliberative Process and Attorney-Client Exemptions in FOIA…tive.html Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Digital Billboard…ital.html Court Rules in Favor of Public Bodies in FOIA Case Involving Security Video…dies.html
Continue Reading 55: Sunshine and Supreme Court Cases

Litigation and legislation are on the agenda for another regular meeting of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast! Tom DiCianni joins us to talk about common questions local officials have about lawsuits they might encounter while serving the public. Then, Erin Monforti reviews legislation from the Illinois General Assembly’s 2021 spring session. Send your questions about litigation and legislation to!—Resources—Illinois General Assembly Update: OMA…-oma.htmlBills Propose Changes to Employee-Related…oyee.htmlBills Would Amend Land Use and Other Regulatory…ther.htmlLegislature Sends Finance-Related Bills to…ills.htmlTrailer Bill to SAFE-T Act Sent to…t-to.html
Continue Reading 54: Litigation And Legislation

We’re celebrating three years of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast and, with so many newly elected officials starting their terms this month, we’re celebrating responsibly by reviewing ethics and conflicts of interest with Keri-Lyn Krafthefer and the Illinois Association of County Board Members. What are some of your most common ethics questions? Email us at! — Resources — Illinois Association of County Board Members, Ethics – Video:​  Ancel Glink’s 2021 Newly Elected Official’s Guide:​  Quorum Forum 51:  Parliamentary Procedures Forum · 52: Ethics for Newly Elected Officials
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Park agencies manage many acres of public space where sometimes controversial activities take place. What authority does your organization have to regulate protests, public art, and more, while respecting the individual rights of park patrons? Find out as Adam Simon and Dan Bolin discuss during “Not in my Park!” proudly presented by Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights 2021 Virtual Conference! What controversial activities are impacting your parks? Email us at!Quorum Forum · 49: Not in my Park! Regulating Controversial Park Activities
Continue Reading 49: Not in my Park! Regulating Controversial Park Activities

Local governments will face questions about vaccines, virtual meetings, cannabis licenses, and more in 2021. Ancel Glink’s Jaime Such and Rain Montero join us to answer those questions and more to help you prepare for the new year. What are your local government questions for 2021? Email us at! —Resources—2021 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference Can Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines? PAC Interprets New Remote Meeting Procedures of OMA in Binding Opinion Issues Binding Opinion on FOIA and Police Report Involving Juvenile Victim Public Body Did Not Waive Ability to Redact Records in FOIA
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With the 2020 general election campaigns drawing to a close, preparations for the 2021 local government elections are well underway. Ancel Glink’s Ken Menzel joins us to talk about common areas of confusion and important things to know about the upcoming local government elections. Email us your questions at!​—Resources—Watch the Quorum Forum 46 Livestream:, Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Election Polling Locations  Illinois State Board of Elections, Publications Quorum Forum 14:  Election Special! Getting on the Ballot Forum 16:  Election Special! Governmental Issues and Electoral Boards Forum ·
Continue Reading 46: 2021 Election Special!