Priority Briefings

IHSA DEVELOPS STAGE 2 RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

The Illinois High School Association (“IHSA”) has developed Stage 2 guidelines for student-athletes to begin participating in athletics. These guidelines, developed by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, are awaiting approval by the Illinois Department of Public Health and include the specific requirements schools need to implement moving forward. As of June 6, 2020, the […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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U.S. DOE ISSUES GUIDANCE REGARDING SPECIAL EDUCATION DISPUTE RESOLUTION DURING COVID-19

On June 22, 2020, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued Frequently Asked Questions Guidance regarding timelines and procedures for State complaints, resolution meetings, mediations, and special education due process hearings. According to OSEP, the sixty day timeline for state complaint resolution may not be categorically extended due to COVID-19, but the State Board […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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NEW LAW AMENDS SCHOOL CODE TO ADDRESS COVID-19 ISSUES

On June 18, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1569 into law as Public Act 101-643. This law makes numerous changes to the Illinois School Code and codifies many school-related provisions from Governor Pritzker’s executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Priority Briefing highlights some of the law’s most impactful sections. Remote Learning Days […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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SPECIAL EDUCATION DISCLOSURES REVISED BY SCHOOL CODE AMENDMENTS

On June 18, 2020, the Governor signed into law SB 1569, which includes revisions to the special education disclosure and notification provisions enacted in August 2019.  The Public Act is effective immediately. The Requirement to provide parents certain documents at least three school days before an eligibility or IEP meeting is effective again beginning July […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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NEW ILLINOIS LAW ALTERS UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORKER’S COMPENSATION CLAIMS FOR REMAINDER OF 2020

On June 5, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 101-633 into law. This new legislation will have a significant and immediate effect on unemployment and workers’ compensation claims filed by certain school district and joint agreement employees through December 31, 2020.  Amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act In past years, a non-professional school employee who […]

  • Posted on: Jun 16 2020
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PROPERTY TAX LATE FEES AND ASSESSMENT CHANGES

The Illinois legislature has passed Senate Bill 685, which is waiting signature by the Governor. This law would allow county boards (other than Cook County) to waive interest penalties for property tax installments. Cook County previously exercised its own authority to waive interest penalties. However, while SB 685 attempts to create some structure for how […]

  • Posted on: Jun 5 2020
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LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT

During the early days of the public health emergency, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-7. That order, which has since been extended, suspended requirements under the Open Meetings Act that required members be physically present at meetings and altered the conditions of remote participation in meetings. On May 23, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill […]

  • Posted on: Jun 4 2020
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NEW FINAL TITLE IX RULES ISSUED ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT

In 2018, we reported on the United States Department of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“NPRM”) relating to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The NPRM aimed to overhaul Title IX’s language regarding its prohibition of sexual harassment in schools and its procedures for adjudicating sexual harassment complaints in schools. Generally, Title […]

  • Posted on: May 15 2020
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REASSESSMENTS AND PROPERTY TAX COLLECTIONS DURING COVID CRISIS

Like so much else during the crisis caused by the ongoing pandemic, property values can be affected. That, in turn, can impact property tax assessments and taxpayer appeals in the Property Tax Appeal Board and in the courts.  This is especially true for commercial and industrial properties whose businesses have seen reductions in volume as […]

  • Posted on: May 4 2020
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GUIDANCE AND REGULATIONS ON THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law.  As described in a priority briefing we issued soon after its passage (and which we recommend reviewing as a precursor to this posting), the FFCRA requires employers, including school districts and joint agreements, to provide leave under the Emergency Family […]

  • Posted on: Apr 24 2020
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