Joshua Herman - Young Lawyer of the Year

Joshua Herman named Young Lawyer of the Year by ISBA

Miller, Hall & Triggs LLC congratulates Joshua D. Herman on being named the 2011 Young Lawyer of the Year by the ISBA.

Selection is based upon the lawyer’s particular achievements in the practice of law, including excellence in advocacy, counseling, or litigation; contributions to the advancement of the Bar of Illinois and the legal profession generally; and service to the community.

One of the letters in support of Josh’s nomination wrote, “Joshua is respectful to the litigants as well as to opposing counsel. He is always well prepared and provides competent guidance to the Court when there is a unique or complicated legal issue.” Another supporter wrote, “Joshua Herman possesses all of the necessary qualities embodied in this Award. His hard work ethic and tough-minded, yet realistic approach to the law make him an excellent candidate.”

Congratulations, Joshua!

Appellate Court Rules No Claim Against City for Violation of Illinois Antitrust Act

Miller, Hall & Triggs LLC Partner, Jeffrey Krumpe, represented the City of Henry, Illinois in the case of Edwards v. City of Henry.  In that case, Mr. Krumpe successfully obtained an appellate court ruling that held a litigant could not assert claims against the City for alleged violations of the Illinois Antitrust Act.  The court also granted the City’s request for sanctions based on a frivolous appeal.

Click here to read the appellate court’s opinion.

Central Illinois Elec. Services v. Slepian

MHT Partner Jeffrey Krumpe represented an electrical contractor asserting mechanics lien rights against a homeowner.  The appellate court interpreted provisions of the Home Repair and Remodeling Act in a way which invalidated the contractor’s mechanics lien rights.  This decision was ultimately overruled by later court decisions and amendments to the law.

Read the appellate court’s now-invalid decision here.

Appointment of Municipal Officials and Agency Board Members

Appointment of Municipal Officials and Agency Board Members

By Richard M. Joseph

richard.joseph@mhtlaw.com

After municipal elections pass, or upon vacancies in municipal office, it is often helpful to review the manner of appointment for various municipal officials and agency board members, such as the:
  • municipal manager or administrator,
  • municipal attorney,
  • clerk (when the position is not elected),
  • treasurer,
  • fire and police chiefs,
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners,
  • members Zoning Board of Appeals, and
  • members of the Planning Commission.

Read more – Appointment of municipal officers to non-elected positions elected

Property Tax Relief Through Imposition of a Sales Tax

Property Tax Relief Through Imposition of a Sales Tax

By Richard M. Joseph

richard.joseph@mhtlaw.com

Effective January 1, 2003, the State Legislature amended section 8-11-1.1 et seq. of the Illinois Municipal Code; so as to grant non-home rule municipalities the authority to impose an additional sales tax.

With this amendment, the State effectively gave municipalities a means of shifting a portion of the cost of
providing a wide array of city services from those owning property within the city to its citizens and other consumers who purchase goods and services within the city.

Supreme Court Mandates Right to Cross-Examine Witnesses At Special Use Hearings

Supreme Court Mandates Right to Cross-Examine Witnesses at Special Use Hearings

By Richard M. Joseph

richard.joseph@mhtlaw.com

The Illinois Supreme Court decision in People Ex Rel Robert J. Klaeren II, et al vs. Village of Lisle et al, 202 Ill. 2d. 164 (2002) impacts the manner in which municipalities are permitted to conduct public hearings on special use requests and holds that interested parties must be afforded the right to cross examine witnesses in a hearing before a municipal zoning board considering whether or not to recommend the granting of a special use.

Read more – Supreme Court Mandates Right to Cross-Examine Witnesses at Special Use Hearings

 

New Law Allows Teachers to Utilize Up to Two Years of Accumulated Sick Leave Toward Creditable Service in TRS

Law Allows Teachers to Utilize Up to Two Years of Accumulated Sick Leave Toward Creditable Service in TRS

By Jay E. Greening

jay.greening@mhtlaw.com

The Governor recently signed into law Public Act 92-0867, which increases the amount of unused and uncompensated sick leave TRS members can utilize for service credit at retirement.

Read more – Teacher use of sick leave for TRS credit increases