The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

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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First Amendment: Non-Public forums

July 8, 2016

Although a municipality or other local government may place reasonable time, place, and manner regulations on speech occurring on public property, it must be careful not to tread on the First Amendment. A recent case from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates how far municipal governments may go. Citilink is a public entity providing…

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Takings Clause: Debt Repayment

July 8, 2016

A recent case from the Third District Appellate Court in Willie Pearl Burrell Trust v. City of Kankakee, 2016 IL App (3d) 150655, defended by attorneys Michael Condon and Yordana Wysocki, upheld a city’s refusal to issue a rental license to an applicant who owed the county money for past ordinance violations. The City of…

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