Arbitrator Upholds Termination of Police Officer Based on Threats to a Fellow Police Officer and Dishonest Responses During Internal Investigation

A dishonest police officer is “damaged goods.” Arbitrator upholds termination of police officer based on threats to a fellow police officer and dishonest responses during internal investigation. Most local government employees are protected by collective bargaining agreements. These agreements provide that any decision to suspend or terminate employment is subject to review by an arbitrator…

FEDERAL COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF DOWNERS GROVE – REJECTS MULTIPLE USERRA DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, commonly referred to as USERRA, is a very important law providing well-deserved benefits and job security to public employees who also serve in the military. USERRA is quite complicated and frequently requires legal analysis before employment decisions are made. Like any other benefits law, USERRA may be…

New Partner John Murphey Wins Big for Aurora

Local governments are keenly aware of the challenges we face when responding to requests made under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Sometimes we withhold certain documents in good faith.  It may later be determined by the Illinois Public Access Counselor that some of these documents should have been released.  In other cases, documents…

Attorney Kelly Burke Featured on WTTW

Odelson & Sterk attorney & State Rep. Kelly Burke was featured last night on WTTW’s report of Governor Pritzker’s State of the State address. Watch this video (starting at 03:34) to hear her thoughts on the Governor’s plan to reduce the burden of property taxes through government consolidation.   WATCH VIDEO