Monthly Archives: November 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Accepts FOIA Case for Review

On September 28, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court granted the Better Government Association’s petition for leave to appeal from a decision of the First District Appellate Court of Illinois in Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association. In Better Government Association, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court rejected the Better Government Association’s [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Education Law News|

Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction in FLSA Overtime Regulations Case

A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking implementation of the new overtime regulations promulgated by the Department of Labor pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The injunction will remain in place until the case is decided on the merits. The regulations were scheduled to go into effect December 1, 2016. Whitt [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Education Law News, Litigation Law News|

Pension Reform: Impact on School Districts Today and News from the Joint Annual Conference

The 84th IASB – IASA – IASBO Joint Annual Conference has already come and gone. Attorneys from Whitt Law attended panel sessions for the Joint Annual Conference and the 30th Annual Seminar on School Law, co-sponsored a legislative breakfast hosted by Senator Barickman, Representative Brady, and Representative Bennett, and attended general sessions, in addition to [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|Education Law News|

Update in Hospital Property Tax Exemption Case – Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township

In January 2016, in Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the Circuit Court of Champaign County and ruled that Section 15-86 of the Illinois Property Tax Code (the “Code”) was unconstitutional and unenforceable from its inception. Specifically, the Illinois Appellate Court held that Section 15-86 went beyond the authority granted to [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Property Tax Law News|

Lawsuits Challenge New Federal Overtime Rule

The Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) exempts certain executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees from the overtime requirements of the FLSA, which are commonly known as either the EAP exemptions or the “white collar” exemptions. To qualify for the exemption, an employee must meet the salary basis, salary level, and primary duties tests. Employers do [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Litigation Law News|

Recent Developments in Transgender Student Cases

Multiple developments have occurred in pending litigation involving the topic of the Department of Education and Department of Justice’s Dear Colleague Letter regarding accommodations for transgender students, including the United States Supreme Court taking one of the cases on appeal. The Supreme Court grant of certiorari and an Order issued by a judge in the [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Education Law News|

2016 Illinois General Election Predictions of Attorney Brian P. Wojcicki

Brian Wojcicki is an attorney at Whitt Law’s office in Springfield. Mr. Wojcicki focuses his practice on legislative counseling, as well as civil and administrative litigation. Below are his 2016 Illinois general election predictions and explanations. You can view the spreadsheet of information prepared by Mr. Wojcicki here: Mr. Wojcicki's 2016 Illinois General Election Predictions Of [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Education Law News|