Rob Jackstadt Will Serve as Panelist for Illinois Association of School Boards

On February 18, 2021, Robert L. Jackstadt will serve as a panelist for the webinar program entitled “Challenges to Property Tax Assessments and Protecting School District Revenues.”   The presenters will  discuss steps an Illinois Board of Education can take to protect its property tax revenues as the COVID-19 crisis continues. The webinar is sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards.   Robert L. Jackstadt practices in the areas of commercial, construction and education litigation.


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Illinois School Board Remote Meeting Requirements During a Disaster Declaration

by Rob Jackstadt On June 12, 2020, Governor J.B Pritzker inked Senate Bill 2135 which permits School Boards to conduct remote open and closed meetings under certain circumstances. Boards of Education may hold public meetings and conduct public business remotely if (a) the Governor or the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued a disaster declaration related to public health concerns and (b) the Board President determines that meeting in-person in not practical or prudent because of

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Illinois Schools: Illinois Open Meetings Act Temporary Guidance

Executive Order 2020-07, issued on March 16, 2020, suspended key elements of the OMA regarding board member attendance and participation at public meetings. Normally, the Open Meetings Act requires that a majority of a quorum be physically present at all meetings. Additionally, it places strict conditions on when a board member may participate in a meeting remotely. However, Executive Order 2020-07 has temporarily suspended both of these rules. Therefore, until April 8, 2020, all board members are permitted to participate

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Rob Jackstadt and Chad Watkins Win at the Appellate Court

Last month, the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois found in favor of the Village of Bethalto, as it affirmed the circuit court’s decision that plaintiff Cedarhurst of Bethalto Real Estate, LLC did not have standing to bring its complaint against the Village.   The appellate court held that Plaintiff could not bring any of its three claims (declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and mandamus) against the Village because it did not suffer any distinct or direct injury.   As the

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Recent Case Highlights Changes to Detachment Proceedings

Last month, Tueth Keeney attorneys Rob Jackstadt and Chad Watkins successfully argued before the Williamson County Circuit Court that that a regional board of school trustees”™ decision should be reversed. (See In the News for more information about this case.) The Circuit Court’s decision further elucidates the meaning of recent changes to the factors that must be weighed by a regional board of school trustees when deciding whether to grant a petition to detach from a school district’s territory.

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Rob Jackstadt and Chad Watkins Succeed in Reversing Regional Board of School Trustees’ Decision

On June 11, 2018, the Williamson County Circuit Court reversed a decision by the Regional Board of School Trustees of Franklin-Johnson-Massac-Williamson Counties that authorized a property detachment from a client district. On the strength of briefs written by Rob Jackstadt and Chad Watkins and Jackstadt’s oral argument, the Court reversed the Board of Trustees”™ decision and held that recent changes to the law required that the property remain within the client district, since the property owners seeking detachment did not

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Tueth Keeney Attorneys partner with ROEs to Present Webinar on School Funding Reform Bill

Beginning September 19, 2017 Teach Illinois will release a series of webinars featuring six Tueth Keeney attorneys unpacking and working through the landmark school funding reform bill that became law in Illinois on August 31, 2017. This new law, SB 1947, not only reforms the school funding formula, but it also revises many provisions in the school code. Tueth Keeney attorneys are taking the law piece-by-piece to explain

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Rob Jackstadt Presents at the 2016 Regional Conferences in Decatur and Mt. Vernon

On October 26-27, 2016, Rob Jackstadt presented at the 2016 Regional Conferences in Decatur and Mt. Vernon Illinois sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBo) and the Illinois Association of School Personnel Association (“IASPA). Rob gave a presentation entitled “The Construction Process: Reducing Defects”. Robert L. Jackstadt practices in the areas of commercial, construction and education litigation. Rob has tried to a conclusion numerous jury and bench trials in federal and

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Shareholders elect Celynda Brasher and Rob Jackstadt to Management Committee

The shareholders of the law firm TUETH KEENEY COOPER MOHAN & JACKSTADT, P.C. recently elected Firm attorneys Celynda L. Brasher and Robert L. Jackstadt to the Firm’s Management Committee.   Their duties are set to begin January 1, 2014. Celynda practices in the areas of education, litigation, and labor and employment law. Celynda represents numerous school districts throughout Missouri. She regularly advises boards of education and administrators on matters involving employee hiring, evaluation, remediation,

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Rob Jackstadt Wins Contractual Forum Selection Battle in Federal Court for the Edwardsville School District

Rob Jackstadt secured an Order from the federal court remanding a construction contract claim back to the state court on a case that was removed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. In Edwardsville Comm. Unit District No.7 v. K & S Associates, Inc. the construction contract stated that “the parties agree that the forum for any judicial proceedings, if any, shall be the Madison County Circuit Court.”   The defendant contractor, however, claimed

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