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The NAPPA Report: Fiduciary Liability Insurance

In an article for the March 2010 edition of The NAPPA Report, BBP president Mary Patricia Burns tackles the thorny issue of how much fiduciary liability insurance coverage is appropriate for a public pension fund. The answer, Burns writes, depends on… Read More
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New FOIA Brings New Challenges to Public Bodies

FOIA Officer, shorter response time among key changes For Illinois towns and villages, January 1, 2010 marks more than the start of a new year (or decade, depending on how you view it). It also marks the start of a new era for the Freedom of Informat… Read More
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BBP's Harmon Named IPPFA Legislator of Year

CHICAGO – Illinois State Senator Don Harmon, a partner at Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., has been named 2009 Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. Harmon received the honor for what the IPPFA called his ̶… Read More
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BBP Prevails in Will Co. Eminent Domain Case

CHICAGO – It is not often a jury sides entirely with a condemnor in an eminent domain valuation case. Typically in cases where they don’t believe that either side is overreaching, juries favor the Solomon-like approach of “splitting… Read More
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Firefighter Pension Case Leaves Burning Question

CHICAGO – How can a firefighter convicted of arson still be deemed eligible to receive his pension? That’s the question the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago wants to know after a Cook County Circuit Court judge recently overturned… Read More
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BBP's Burns Appointed to Illinois Court of Claims

CHICAGO – Mary Patricia Burns, founder of Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., was confirmed as a judge to the Illinois Court of Claims on Thursday by the state General Assembly. Ms. Burns, who was appointed to the position by Governor Pat Quinn, w… Read More
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AG Madigan Says New Law Will Open Government

SPRINGFIELD, IL. – An overhaul of Illinois’ open-records law that Gov. Pat Quinn signed on Monday will play a crucial role in helping to restore public trust in government, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says. The revised state Freedom of… Read More
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