The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Public Employees’ Personal E-Mails Deemed “Public Records” Under FOIA

October 11, 2016

On August 9, 2016, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office issued a binding PAC Opinion (Ill. Att. Gen. PAC 16-006) that deemed e-mails sent on Chicago Police Officers’ personal e-mail accounts to be “public records” subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. In the aftermath of the shooting of…

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Prisoner Medical Treatment

September 13, 2016

Does a disagreement over medical treatment of a prisoner support a civil rights claim? Typically, the mere disagreement among medical providers with regard to prisoner medical care does not support a civil rights claim. However, in some circumstances, such a claim can be found. Earlier this month, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in…

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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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