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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ·
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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, [Interim Guidance on Unsheltered Homelessness and COVID-19 for Homeless Service Providers and Local Officials](…d-homelessness.html)Quorum Forum · 45: Housing And Homelessness
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Join us for a live recording of the latest episode of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Julie Tappendorf will join us to review a recent Illinois appellate court decision finding communications pertaining to public business in public officials’ personal text messages and e-mail accounts are public records subject to FOIA. Then, Kathy Kunkle explains what qualified immunity means for local governments in the ongoing national conversation about claims against police. Just visit on Thursday at noon to listen and share your questions with us!Quorum Forum · 43: Public Records On
Continue Reading 43: Public Records on Personal Accounts – LIVE!

We’re celebrating summertime on Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast talking about sunshine laws with Eugene Bolotnikov, including the latest guidance from the Public Access Counselor on the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, Catie Coghlan reviews how the State of Illinois and large counties are distributing CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds to local governments. How have your local government meetings changed during the pandemic? Email us at! Watch the podcast at​— Resources—Municipal Minute, Updated PAC Guidance on OMA and FOIA During the COVID-19 Pandemic Minute, Court Rejects Bad Faith Claims in
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Timely issues affecting public and private employers are on the agenda for the latest episode of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast. MattDiCianni discusses whether employees risk discipline at work for participating in recent protests. Then, Mike Halpin reviews the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay and transgender rights, and what it means for local governments and other employers. What issues are your employees facing this summer? Email us at!


Municipal Minute, Civil Rights Act Protects Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Workplace Report, Supreme Court Decision

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Continue Reading 41: Can I Be Fired for Protesting?

The Illinois General Assembly recently concluded a socially-distanced special session unlike any other, sending lots of legislation affection local governments to the Governor. Ancel Glink partner and State Rep. Chris Welch joins us to discuss local government funding, remote meeting attendance, cocktails to-go, and more! Share your questions about legislation affecting local governments at!— Resources — Municipal Minute, Illinois Liquor Control Commission Releases Updated COVID-19 Guidance Municipal Minute, General Assembly Sends Remote Meetings Bill to Governor Municipal Minute, Illinois General Assembly Passes Legislation Affecting Local Governments Municipal Minute, Governor Pritzker Issues New Disaster Declaration and Phase 3 EO
Continue Reading 39: Local Gov Legislation with Rep. Chris Welch