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Ancel Glink litigation partner Ellen Emery joins us for a meeting at the dog park to preview the 2019 Illinois Association of Park Districts Legal Symposium and significant court decisions affecting your district’s day-to-day operations. Later, we adjourn to closed session to talk about what local governments should know about the Open Meetings Act exception for discussing litigation. What questions do you have about discussing litigation in closed session? Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com!  IAPD Legal Symposium, Nov. 14:  https://www.ilparks.org/page/legalsymposium
The Illinois General Assembly recently approved recreational cannabis and, with the Governor’s expected signature, the new law will bring sweeping changes to local governments and employers. Ancel Glink’s Adam Simon and Matt DiCianni discuss questions local governments will have about cannabis business regulations, personal use, possession, home cultivation, state and local taxes, prosecutions, expungements, and more! We also discuss how recreational cannabis will affect employers and employees in the workplace. Questions about the new law? Do you know who might have climbed in to our…
It’s Quorum Forum podcast’s first birthday party! We’re celebrating with David Warner and recent annexation cases from Municipal Minute. Then, Derke Price reviews what newly (and not-so-newly) elected officials need to know about local government procurement. Questions about purchasing goods and services? Happy birthday wishes? Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com! Download Ancel Glink’s Newly Elected Official’s Guide:  http://ancelglink.com/Resource/Download/174 Read more about the annexation cases from this episode:…
Make like a tree and leaf your headphones on for our Quorum Forum Arbor Day Special! Brandon Naser and Joe Hansen of Park Ridge’s Forestry Division discuss Arbor Day in the City, and the important benefits trees provide the community. They also share important tree-sources from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (www.chicagorti.org), including a their recent 2050 Master Plan (chicagorti.org/MasterPlan) and a video encouraging tree investment (chicagorti.org/ReduceCosts). How does your community celebrate Arbor Day? Tree-mail us at podcast@ancelglink.com!…
Prosecutions are on the agenda, as Aaron Bitterman joins us from Ancel Glink Defense E-News (emus?) with new and proposed rules affecting ordinance enforcement for local governments. Then, experienced litigator and former prosecutor Kathy Kunkle discusses ways local governments can avoid malicious prosecution claims. Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com to subscribe to Ancel Glink Defense E-News, and receive the latest court decisions and legislative changes in litigation that may affect your local government.…
Join Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast for a special meeting recorded at the live at Haymarket Pub & Brewery from the APA-CMS Bar Exam Planning Law Session, a realistic law school simulation for planners and land use professionals hosted by the American Planning Association’s Chicago Metro Section. Ancel Glink’s Greg Jones and Megan Mack discuss some of the audience’s favorite planning law topics, including annexation agreements, food trucks, dockless scooters, and more! What important land use issues are facing your community? Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com! …
The “Silver Tsunami” has arrived for employers and local governments, so management of increasing numbers of older employees is on the agenda. Matt DiCianni joins us from Ancel Glink’s Workplace Report to discuss the latest age discrimination cases. Then, Jim Rock talks retirement, IMRF, and his time at the 2019 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. How is your organization helping its most experienced employees? Tell us about it at podcast@ancelglink.com! …
Nearly all employers have worker’s compensation claims, but how are they different for local governments? Experienced attorneys Britt Isaly and Greg Rode join us for a special meeting to discuss things local officials and staff might not know about worker’s compensation, including common defense strategies, the advantages and disadvantages of settlement, and a recent law providing new benefits to paramedics. We also discuss the Illinois Attorney General’s recent guidance on immigration issues in the workplace. Email your worker’s compensation questions to podcast@ancelglink.com! IL Att’y Gen., Guidance for Illinois Residents:  Impact of Immigration Status on Employees’ Rights in the Workplace,…
We’re staying warm this winter with sunshine laws! Erin Pell talks about managing requests for public records under the Freedom of Information Act, while Ancel Glink Today’s David Warner brings us recent updates from the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor. Then, Julie Tappendorf joins us from the popular Municipal Minute blog with top tips for holding legal meetings under the Open Meetings Act. We also talk about required electronic training, which you can find on the Attorney General’s website here: foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/electronic_…aining.aspx …
Election season isn’t just for candidates! Local election officials and electoral boards have many responsibilities to make elections happen. Meanwhile, local governments are asked to enforce political sign regulations and electioneering laws. Sometimes local governments get involved in elections themselves with their own referenda and public questions. With so many election-related issues, Ancel Glink’s Keri-Lyn Krafthefer joins us for another election special addressing governmental issues and electoral boards! What issues does your local government face during election season? Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com!…
It’s a Quorum Forum holiday special! Christy Michaelson and Ancel Glink Defense E-News (emus?) talk about inspection policies for city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. Then, David Silverman joins us to review recent liquor control laws that might spread more holiday cheer in municipalities. Finally, Britt Isaly discusses alcohol policies for events at municipal libraries and library districts. To subscribe to Ancel Glink Defense E-News, email us at podcast@ancelglink.com! David’s Holiday Cocktail Recipe: The French 75 It’s a happy, celebratory time of year, and when I think “happy” and “celebration,” I think champagne. One of my favorite…
Local election season is underway, and you can’t win an election if you’re not on the ballot. That’s why Keri-Lyn Krafthefer joins us to navigate you through the ballot access process, talking about nomination petitions, the statement of candidacy, the statement of economic interest, and more! How are you preparing for local elections in 2019? Tell us about it, podcast@ancelglink.com!…
In part two of their discussion at the 40th Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference, transgender panelist Sophie Michaels, Palatine Park District’s Michael Clark, and Ancel Glink’s Keri-Lyn Krafthefer talk about best practices in policy development for all-inclusive public facilities, staff training, and options available to make facilities accommodating to transgender individuals. Specifically, Mike talks about his experience making public facilities accessible to transgender individuals. Has your organization adopted policies encouraging inclusive facilities? Tell us about it, podcast@ancelglink.com!…
Access to public facilities for transgender individuals is an important and potentially controversial topic for local governments across the country so, of course, they were talking about it at #IPELRA18, the 40th Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference! In part one of this engaging discussion, transgender panelist Sophie Michaels, Palatine Park District’s Michael Clark, and Ancel Glink’s Keri-Lyn Krafthefer talk about the appropriate terminology and definitions to use with transgender individuals. Sophie also shares her life experiences as a transgender woman, the challenges she’s faced, and the appropriate practices and expectations when transgender people want to access…