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Monday, January 7, 2019

Top 10 Posts of 2018

We are just a week into 2019, so it seems a fine time to recap some of the more popular Municipal Minute blog posts from last year.  Thank you for your continued readership! We look forward to reporting on new laws, cases, and PAC opinions in the year to come!

1.  Bills Would Prohibit Use of Public Funds for Employee Professional Development and Training Expenses  This post was the most read post of 2018, probably because of the wide-ranging impact on government employees if these bills had been enacted (they were not).

2.  Teacher Fired for Social Media Posts About Student

3.  Police Officers Emails on Private Devices Subject to FOIA and Alderman's Texts and Emails on Private Devices Not Subject to FOIA  These two opinions are interesting, particularly in the differing ways communications by elected officials and employees were viewed.

4.  City Not Liable for Flooding on Residents' Property

5.  Law Restricts Posting of Mugshots on Police Social Media Sites

6. New Law Allows Website Posting of Prevailing Wage Rates

7.  Changes to Non-Resident Library Fees

8. PAC Issues 12th Binding Opinion Regarding "Personnel" Exception to OMA It is important that all government bodies be aware of this opinion to ensure that they are properly citing this particular exception prior to going into closed session.

9.  President's Blocking of Twitter Users Found Unconstitutional

10. Government Severance Pay Act Becomes Law in Illinois  This is an important new law as it will affect how government entities negotiate employment contracts (and their amendments and extensions) as well as severance or separation agreements moving forward.


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