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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 on t… 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 bee… 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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BBP wins Supreme Court pension fund case

In a case argued by Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an appellate court ruling that would have awarded a potential $1.8 million in enhanced pension benefits to certain widows of deceased Chicago firefig… Read More
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BBP Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Pension Board Ruling

An appellate court decision granting enhanced pension benefits to certain widows of deceased Chicago firefighters without requiring them to pay any corresponding contribution is contrary to the Illinois Pension Code and threatens the future viability… Read More
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Does Illinois FOIA Apply to Out-of-Staters?

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) grants Illinois citizens access to all public records. But does it grant the same right to those who live outside Illinois? That’s a question for Illinois public bodies after the U.S.… Read More
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Supreme Court to hear BBP appeal in Chicago fire pension case

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of an appellate court decision last May that would have awarded $1.8 million in enhanced pension benefits to certain widows of deceased Chicago fi… Read More
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BBP's Burns spells out new pension law at AIPRS event

Most trustees who serve on Illinois public pension boards know they have four duties: the duty of loyalty; the duty to follow the “prudent man standard”; the duty to diversify plan assets; and the duty to follow the Pension Code. But what… Read More
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BBP's Burns to speak at 2012 Public Funds Forum in Utah

CHICAGO _ Mary Patricia Burns, president of Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., will be among the guest panelists at the fourth annual The Future of Corporate Reform 2012 Public Funds Forum to be held September 4-6 in Park City, Utah. Ms. Burns will par… Read More
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