Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
The Court found the City's ordinance void for vagueness because "unlawful use of a weapon" could mean different things in different jurisdictions. While regulations prohibiting gun possession by felons and persons convicted of domestic violence crimes have been upheld, the Chicago ordinance violated the Second Amendment because it prohibited gun possession in the home, depriving even non-violent misdemeanants of a core Second Amendment right.
In response, the City is expected to amend its gun ordinance to ban violent misdemeanants from getting a gun permit for five years, and violent felons from getting a gun permit for life. The City may also appeal this decision to the Seventh Circuit.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
Friday, June 15, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
The individual filed a complaint with the PAC's office. The PAC determined that although the OMA allows a public body to adopt reasonable rules concerning recording of meetings, the advance notification requirement in the county's rules was not "reasonable" because it placed a burden on people who want to record meetings and restricts their ability to do so.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
Change in Meeting Agenda Requirements
HB 4687 was approved by both chambers and would amend the Open Meetings Act to require agendas to describe the "general subject matter" of items for final action.
SB 3616 extends enterprise zones by an additional 25 years, creates five additional zones, introduces competition and financial transparency, and eliminates tax incentives that are deemed unnecessary to the core mission of enterprise zones
HB 5212 relieves public bodies from the responsibility of notifying contractors of prevailing wage rate revisions. Instead, contracts would need to include a statement that the actual revisions would be made available on the Illinois Department of Labor's website.
SB 3518 requires municipalities and counties to allow for charitable solicitations in roadways if the individuals engaged in the solicitation are police, firefighters, or other public-safety employees
Special Service Areas
SB 409 sets additional notice and hearing procedures for Special Service Areas.
Among the bills that have not passed both houses, but remain active:
TIF Reform HB 5457 would make substantial changes to the TIF statute.
- SB 16 would have required banks to maintain abandoned property.
- SB 2534 would have made $25 million available to municipalities for use in maintaining abandoned property.
- SB 3522 would have raised $30 million for use in property maintenance and $20 million for housing counseling throughout the state.
SB 2643 would require eligible bidders to demonstrate participation within a United States Department of Labor approved apprentice and training program.
- HB 4537 and HB 3094 would create an exemption under the Prevailing Wage Act for projects that are valued at less than $20,000.
- HB 5038 would exempt the removal of trees and limbs along roadways and parkways from prevailing wage requirements when that work is not part of other construction.
- HB 5366 would provide that "public works" does not include conservation projects or practices on private land paid for wholly or in part out of public funds.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Friday, June 08, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Thursday, June 07, 2012 Julie Tappendorf
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 Julie Tappendorf