Legal News & Updates

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PTAB Rejects Taxpayer Efforts to Keep Taxing Districts Out of Property Tax Appeals

The Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) recently rejected a taxpayer’s efforts to dismiss taxing districts from a property tax appeal. Read more about this update in our latest law alert.

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Sunset Provision Set to Expire, May Limit Broad School District Authority to Make Interfund Transfers

With the provisions of Section 17-2A going back to authorizing interfund transfers for only one-time, non-recurring expenses, school districts may be limited to only transferring between funds when the transfer is for a specified purpose. Read more about this update in our latest law alert.

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Pride Month – June 2024

Join us in celebrating Pride Month with open hearts, inclusivity, and support for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Higher Salary Thresholds Coming for FLSA Exemptions

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced a new Final Rule updating and revising minimum wage and overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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EEOC Issues Updated Harassment Guidance on LGBTQ+ Workers, Pregnancy Status, Remote Work and More

On Monday, April 29, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its long-awaited updated guidance on workplace harassment. Learn about the key facts and updates here.

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Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – May 2024

Learn more about Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month through our spotlight.

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College’s DEI Measures Clash with Professor’s Free Speech Rights

A college professor has been granted a recommended injunction preventing the enforcement of the college's DEI policies in relation to his work. Learn more about the case in our latest law alert.

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.