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PAC Provides Further Guidance on Unduly Burdensome FOIA Requests

On March 5, 2024, the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued a non-binding determination letter offering additional guidance to public bodies regarding the designation of requests as unduly burdensome. Read more about their guidance in our recent law alert.

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Schools and Park Districts Only Granted More Time to Comply with Cook County Paid Leave Ordinance

The Board of Commissioners recently passed a revised version of the Paid Leave Ordinance amendment exempting school districts and park districts from the ordinance’s requirements. Read more about the update in our latest law alert.

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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all the incredible women making a difference worldwide! Your courage, determination, and compassion inspire us all.

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EEOC Issues Fact Sheet on Anti-Arab, Anti-Middle Eastern, Anti-Muslim, and Antisemitic Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

The EEOC recently released a Fact Sheet clarifying the Title VII protections amid the workplace and campus tensions linked to conflict in the Middle East. Learn more about their resource in our most recent law alert.

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Women’s History Month – March 2024

Join us in honoring the strength and grace of women this Women’s History Month.

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Update on Proposed Amendment to Exclude Schools and Park Districts from County Paid Leave Ordinance

The Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations Committee recently deferred voting on the proposed amendment to Paid Leave Ordinance. Read more about the updated in our latest law alert.

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PAC Opinion Reminds Public Bodies to Approve Closed Minutes in Open Session

The Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Counselor (PAC) recently issued a binding opinion regarding a violation against the Open Meetings Act. Read more about the issue in our latest law alert.

Reminder of Bidding Threshold Change Under Illinois School Code

Review the recent changes to the competitive bidding threshold through our latest law alert.

New Bonding and Retainage Requirements under the Public Construction Bond Act

The Public Construction Bond Act, 30 ILCS 550/1 et seq. (the “Bond Act”) was recently amended by Public Act 103-570, effective January 1, 2024. The Bond Act requires all public bodies to provide performance and payment bonds on public works projects of a certain amount. 

Robbins Schwartz is Pleased to Announce New Partner

Robbins Schwartz is pleased to announce our newest Partner, Christopher R. Gorman.

White Former Employee of City of Springfield Wins Workplace Discrimination Trial

A federal district court jury recently ruled in favor of a former Springfield employee regarding her workplace discrimination complaint. Learn more about the case through our latest Law Alert.

Cook County Adopts Its Own Paid Leave Ordinance Covering School Districts, Community Colleges, Park Districts, and Units of Local Government

The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently adopted a Paid Leave Ordinance, which closely mirrors the State’s Paid Leave for All Workers Act. Learn more about this update in our recent Law Alert.

Federal Scholarship Program Geared Toward Low-Income, First Generation and Underrepresented College Students Challenged as Discriminatory

A federal scholarship program administered through the University of Colorado is facing a complaint of unlawful discrimination and civil rights violation before the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Read our recent Law Alert on the complaint here.

Native American Heritage Month

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month here.

2024 General Primary and General Election Calendar

The General Primary Election on March 19, 2024 will see candidates for State Senator and Representatives in the General Assembly nominated as well as candidates for county office. Those nominated will stand for election on November 5, 2024. Read more here.

Do Not Forget Your DEI Mission Statement and Related Communications When Conducting a Compliance Review and Assessment

Institutions should include their DEI mission statements and related communications when conducting a compliance review and assessment. Read more here