Press Release

The law firm of MILLER, HALL & TRIGGS, LLC is pleased to make the following announcements regarding the attorneys at our firm.  As of January 1, 2018, Katherine L. Swise has become a member of the firm.  Also, Jennifer Klein VandeWiele and Nancy L. Rabel have become Of Counsel with the firm.  Further, the firm recently…

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Municipal Tow Fees

Recent Guidance from Illinois Courts May Limit the Amount that May be Collected By Katherine Swise katherine.swise@mhtlaw.com The Illinois Vehicle Code authorizes municipalities to impose an administrative fee for the processing and release of lawfully impounded vehicles.  However, a recent Illinois appellate court decision has brought into question the amount of such fees that can…

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Administrative Enforcement of Code Violations

Non-home rule municipalities may now enforce administrative orders in the same manner as judicial orders By Katherine Swise Many municipalities prosecute ordinance violations through an administrative procedure in order to avoid the costs associated with court proceedings.  However, until recently, non-home rule municipalities were still required to commence proceedings in circuit court in order to…

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Zoning Ordinances Cannot Impose a Substantial Burden on Religious Exercise

Churches Must Be on Equal Terms with Nonreligious Institutions By Katherine Swise katherine.swise@mhtlaw.com Regulating land use through zoning ordinances is one of the most fundamental functions of municipal government.  However, recent federal court cases have highlighted the potential restrictions municipalities face when regulating land use as it applies to churches and other religious institutions.  The…

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