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Part 2 of Managing the Risks of COVID-19 in the County Jail Setting

April 9, 2020

Lessons from Leading Sheriffs  [DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this blog post should be construed as legal or medical advice. Be sure to follow all CDC, IDPH, and IDOC guidance regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic. HC&B is also available for consultation regarding risk management and litigation in this uncertain time.] In Part 1 of our discussion, we…

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Managing the Risks of COVID-19 in the County Jail Setting

April 8, 2020

Part 1: Recent COVID-19 Prison Litigation Money, et al. v. Pritzker, et al.; Mays, et al. v. Dart, et al.   COVID-19 has upended the normal functioning of everyday life for most people. The federal government and the State of Illinois have recommended wearing protective facial coverings, recommended social distancing measures, and required non-essential personnel…

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Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Traffic Stop Based Solely on License Registration Check Showing Registered Owner Had Revoked License

April 7, 2020

On Monday, April 6th, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court in Kansas v. Glover held that the Fourth Amendment is not violated when a police officer initiates a traffic stop after running a vehicle’s license plate and discovering that the registered owner has a revoked driver’s license, even though the officer lacked information at the time…

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Arrests Based on “Investigative Alerts” Gets the Attention of the Illinois Supreme Court

April 1, 2020

A hotly debated issue in law enforcement these days is whether the police can arrest a person based on a so-called “investigative alert.” These alerts are based on a department policy that permit a warrantless arrest based on certain information that the department possesses at the time of the arrest. In a divided opinion, the…

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An Employee’s Conduct Can Be Sufficient Notice for FMLA Claims

March 26, 2020

In Valdivia v. Twp. High Sch. Dist. 214, 942 F.3d 395 (7th Cir. 2019) Noemi Valdivia worked successfully as an administrative assistant for Township High School District 214, which is headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, until she began experiencing severe psychological problems that ultimately led to the end of her employment there. Valdivia applied for…

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