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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 podcast@ancelglink.com!—Resources—Illinois Association of County Board Members, Parliamentary Procedures- Video: youtube.com/ancelglink– Powerpoint: ancelglink.com/resourceAncel Glink’s 2021 Newly Elected Official’s Guide: ancelglink.com/resourceAPA-ISS Spring Conference: ilapa.org/post/2021-apa-iss-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 podcast@ancelglink.com! — Resources Municipal Minute:  New Laws Raise the Competitive Bidding Threshold for Some Units of Local Government https://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/06/new-laws-raise-competitive-bidding.html Workplace Report:  Here is What you Need to do to get Ready for the New Overtime Rule https://workplacereport.ancelglink.com/2019/10/here-is-what-you-need-to-do-to-get.html
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 podcast@ancelglink.com.    — 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 podcast@ancelglink.com! — Resources — Court Addresses Zoning Challenge and Finds City Immune From Monetary Damages https://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/08/court-addresses-zoning-challenge-and.html 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 podcast@ancelglink.com! — Resources — Secretary of State Guidance for Statements of Economic Interests https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/index/economic_interests/soeguidance.html — 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
Continue Reading 63: Statement of Economic Interests

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 podcast@ancelglink.com! — Resources — Summary of 2020 PAC Binding Opinions http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/01/summary-of-2020-pac-binding-opinions.html Summary of 2021 PAC Binding Opinions (FOIA) http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/01/summary-of-2021-pac-binding-opinions.html Summary of 2021 PAC Binding Opinions (OMA) http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/01/summary-of-2021-pac-binding-opinions-oma.html Court Rules in Favor of Public Bodies in FOIA Case Involving Security Video Footage http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/01/summary-of-2021-pac-binding-opinions-oma.html 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 podcast@ancelglink.com! — Resources — Liquor Laws to Know for Phase 5 and Beyond http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/06/liquor-laws-to-know-for-phase-5-and.html New Election Laws in Illinois http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/09/new-election-laws-in-illinois.html Quorum Forum Episode 54: Litigation and Legislation http://quorumforum.ancelglink.com/2021/07/54-litigation-and-legislation.html Quorum Forum Episode 58: Taxes! http://quorumforum.ancelglink.com/2021/11/58-taxes.html PAC Finds School Board in Violation of OMA for Conducting Public Comment in Closed Session http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/10/pac-finds-school-board-in-violation-of.html 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 podcast@ancelglink.com!—Resources—Workplace ReportEEOC Offers Long-Awaited Guidance on Vaccinationsworkplacereport.ancelglink.com/2021/06/e…e-on.htmlFederal Court Upholds Employer Mandate for the COVID-19 Vaccineworkplacereport.ancelglink.com/2021/06/f…date.htmlMunicipal MinuteIllinois Appellate Court Rules on Tort Immunity Casemunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/01/i…tort.htmlCounty Dispatch Services Protected by Tort Immunity Actmunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2020/12/c…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 podcast@ancelglink.com! —Resources— Municipal Minute Appellate Court Rejects Deliberative Process and Attorney-Client Exemptions in FOIA Challengemunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/07/a…tive.html Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Digital Billboard Casemunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/07/s…ital.html Court Rules in Favor of Public Bodies in FOIA Case Involving Security Video Footagemunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/07/c…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 podcast@ancelglink.com!—Resources—Illinois General Assembly Update: OMA Editionmunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/06/i…-oma.htmlBills Propose Changes to Employee-Related Legislationmunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/06/b…oyee.htmlBills Would Amend Land Use and Other Regulatory Statutesmunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/06/b…ther.htmlLegislature Sends Finance-Related Bills to Governormunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/06/l…ills.htmlTrailer Bill to SAFE-T Act Sent to Governormunicipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/06/t…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 podcast@ancelglink.com! — Resources — Illinois Association of County Board Members, Ethics – Video:  http://youtube.com/ancelglink​  Ancel Glink’s 2021 Newly Elected Official’s Guide:  http://ancelglink.com/resource​  Quorum Forum 51:  Parliamentary Procedures http://quorumforum.ancelglink.com/2021/04/51-parliamentary-procedures-for-newly.htmlQuorum Forum · 52: Ethics for Newly Elected Officials
Continue Reading 52: Ethics for Newly Elected Officials

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 podcast@ancelglink.com!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 podcast@ancelglink.com! —Resources—2021 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conferencehttps://www.ilparksconference.com Can Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines?http://workplacereport.ancelglink.com/2020/07/can-employers-mandate-covid-19-vaccines.html PAC Interprets New Remote Meeting Procedures of OMA in Binding Opinionhttp://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2020/11/pac-interprets-new-remote-meeting.htmlPAC Issues Binding Opinion on FOIA and Police Report Involving Juvenile Victimhttp://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2020/12/pac-issues-binding-opinion-on-foia-and.html Public Body Did Not Waive Ability to Redact Records in FOIA
Continue Reading 48: 20 Questions For 2021

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 podcast@ancelglink.com!​—Resources—Watch the Quorum Forum 46 Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/AncelGlinkIDPH, Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Election Polling Locationshttps://www.dph.illinois.gov/2020election  Illinois State Board of Elections, Publicationshttps://www.elections.il.gov/Main/Publications.aspx?TR=L0NBiklIZQQ%3d Quorum Forum 14:  Election Special! Getting on the Ballothttp://quorumforum.ancelglink.com/2018/11/14-election-special-getting-on-ballot.htmlQuorum Forum 16:  Election Special! Governmental Issues and Electoral Boardshttp://quorumforum.ancelglink.com/2018/12/election-special-governmental-issues_13.htmlQuorum Forum ·
Continue Reading 46: 2021 Election Special!

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 podcast@ancelglink.com.—Resources—Watch the Quorum Forum 45 Livestream at www.youtube.com/ancelglinkCDC, [Interim Guidance on Unsheltered Homelessness and COVID-19 for Homeless Service Providers and Local Officials](www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nc…d-homelessness.html)Quorum Forum · 45: Housing And Homelessness
Continue Reading 45: Housing And Homelessness

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 www.youtube.com/ancelglink 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!