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