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First NFL Team Declares Bankruptcy Over Kneeling Thugs


The Jacksonville Jaguars are quietly maneuvering behind the scenes to file a Chapter 11 reorganization of debt bankruptcy in the 3rd District Court of Atlanta next week. The team, already in a market saturated with Dolphins, Bucs and Falcons fans, … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth ‘Tis The Season


Wishing all of you a peaceful, calm, happy weekend, with no arguments or debates. Let’s try not to say the T word for a couple of days. Let’s focus on the many things that bring us all together, not the … Continue reading

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In a recent guidance letter, the federal Office of Special Education Programs (“OSEP”) explained that a local educational agency (“LEA”) may not condition holding an IEP meeting on a parent’s attorney not participating or on the parent providing prior notice of its intent to invite the attorney. Letter to Andel, 116 LRP 8548 (February 17, 2016). In Letter to Andel, OSEP reiterated its longstanding position that the attendance of attorneys at IEP meetings “should be strongly discouraged” due to the potential for creating an adversarial atmosphere. Despite this position, OSEP pointed out that IDEA’s implementing regulations permit a parent or an LEA to invite to the IEP meeting individuals with special expertise regarding the child. However, while the regulations require the LEA to notify the parent in advance regarding who will attend an IEP meeting, there is no corresponding obligation on the part of the parent. OSEP stated that in the “spirit of cooperation,” the parent should inform the LEA ahead of time if he/she intends to bring an attorney. Often times, attorneys, as a matter of professional courtesy, will notify the LEA or its attorney if they intend on participating in an IEP meeting. However, there is nothing in the IDEA or its implementing regulations that would permit an LEA to conduct an IEP meeting on the condition that the parent’s attorney not participate. Therefore, when a parent unexpectedly brings his/her attorney to an IEP meeting, OSEP explained that it would be permissible for an LEA to reschedule the meeting to another date and time so that it could include its own attorney under the following circumstances: (1) the parent agrees to reschedule, and (2) the postponement does not result in a delay or denial of FAPE to the child.


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We Live In A Dangerous World; but Who Poses The Greatest Danger To Us and Our Fellow Citizens ?


Over a nearly two-year period, the last years of the Obama administration (FY2015 – FY2016), Homeland Security and the Department of Justice spent $138 million on new guns and ammunition. That seems reasonable. What’s curious, however, is that traditionally administrative agencies spent … Continue reading

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Leyden High School District 212 Has Embarked on “the beginning of a historic construction project” Paid for By the Leyden Taxpayers


On May 18th, a ground breaking was held for the construction and renovation project at West Leyden, with additional construction and renovation projects planned for East Leyden. You can follow the construction projects at : East Leyden :     … Continue reading

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It’s Time To Streamline Illinois Government


Last year legislators from both sides of the aisle came together to approve a “smart streamlining” bill (Senate Bill 3) that would enable all 102 Illinois counties to begin merging or eliminating overlapping, and arguably, unnecessary units of government, including … Continue reading

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Schiller Park Board of Trustee’s Recognize Police Officer Steve Lima for His Community Service 


See the presentation below: At the June 1, 2017, Village of Schiller Park Board of Trustee’s meeting the Board adopted a resolution recognizing retiring Officer Lima’s community service.   The resolution was read by his son, Trustee Lima.

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Appearance Speaks Volumes For Schiller Park


 The Village needs to understand and implement “curb appeal” throughout the Village, especially at it’s gateways.  Would a respectable resident repair his auto on their front lawn and then leave the parts laying around for a week on the front … Continue reading

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Schiller Park Village Board is Considering The Exempting of Private Employers from Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance 


At the June 1, regular meeting, the Schiller Park Board of Trustees will vote on an ordinance that would effectively exempt private employers in the village from ordinances passed last October by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that would … Continue reading

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West Leyden Groundbreaking 


​​On May 18th, the Leyden Board of Education SD212 held a ground breaking for a $25,000,000 building project at West Leyden High School.  At West Leyden they are building an addition inside a portion of the inner courtyard.  The first … Continue reading

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