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BBP Wins Another DuPage Eminent Domain Case

In eminent domain law, few tasks are more difficult for a jury than calculating the amount of “damages to the remainder.” Often the jury has to deal with competing testimony from experts on both sides offering vastly different views on how much t… Read More
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BBP’s Burns Among Featured Speakers at Public University Trustees Conference

Informed. Independent. Integrity. Impact. Those four I’s of “Good Governance” should guide all trustees who serve on Illinois public university boards. The duty to stay informed, stay independent, act with integrity and make an impact is critic… Read More
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BBP Welcomes New Associate

Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of new associate attorney Susan D. Steffy. Ms. Steffy joins the firm after two years at a family law practice in Chicago.  Prior to attending law school, she worked at a bankruptcy… Read More
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BBP Prevails in Eminent Domain Case

In a significant victory for a public agency, a DuPage County jury found in favor of the Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”) in a dispute with a corporate landowner over the fair market value of property needed for the Route 59 highway… Read More
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AG Says Personal Calendars May Be Subject to FOIA

Are the appointment calendars of those who run public bodies in Illinois subject to FOIA? Yes, at least in part, according to a recent binding opinion issued by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.  Finding that Governor Bruce Rauner’s app… Read More
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BBP Welcomes New Associates

Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of new associate attorneys Sarah A. Boeckman, Martin T. Burns and Matthew M. Showel. Ms. Boeckman joins the firm after four years at the Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., where… Read More
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FOIA changes ring in 2015

The arrival of 2015 brings with it some key changes to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. These FOIA changes include the following: *A public body no longer must provide copies of records posted on the public body’s website. *A public body no… Read More
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BBP Prevails in DuPage Co. Eminent Domain Case

Computing the value of damages to the remainder in an eminent domain taking can be a difficult task for a jury.  The jury has to come up with a fair solution, based on the competing testimony of experts while discounting any excessive speculation o… Read More
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BBP wins firefighter pension case involving estate's claim for retroactive benefits

Citing the Pension Code, precedent and policy, the Illinois Appellate Court rejected Thursday an effort by the estate of a deceased firefighter’s widow to collect added pension benefits from retroactive salary increases to firefighters that had b… Read More
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Senate bill would give Illinois pension funds chance to recover funds paid in error

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow three State employee retirement systems to recover funds mistakenly distributed to annuitants either directly or by deducting excess amounts from the rem… Read More
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