The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Illinois Passes the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act

September 13, 2016

The General Assembly passed Public Act 99-0604, the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act, effective January 1, 2017. The Act requires municipalities, park districts, and other units of local government to establish, by resolution or ordinance, a policy on travel expense reimbursement. The policy must: outline the type of official business for which expenses are…

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Prescription Diet in Prisons

August 9, 2016

The Seventh Circuit recently provided some insight when it comes to prescription diets in prisons.

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Records Retention

August 9, 2016

The Local Records Act (50 ILCS 205) regulates the preservation and disposal of the public records of all units of local government in Illinois. The law’s purpose is to maintain a mechanism for the retention of those records that are necessary for the proper functioning of government.

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Private Fire Alarm Companies Have No Right to Sue Fire Districts

August 9, 2016

In a case of first impression, a federal judge ruled that private alarm companies have no private right of action under the Illinois Fire District Act to sue fire districts or 9-1-1 dispatch centers for monitoring fire alarms.

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Prisoner Litigation: PLRA

July 8, 2016

Generally, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”) requires jail inmates to grieve their complaints about jail conditions internally before suing in federal court. In Ross v. Black, et al., 578 U.S. __ (June 6, 2016), the U.S. Supreme Court recently addressed whether an inmate can rely on his participation in an internal investigation rather than…

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