EO Extended in August

  • Date Posted
    August 24, 2021
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On August 20, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued another 30-day disaster declaration covering the entire state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As this applies to school board meetings, there is now general legal consensus that public bodies can continue to meet remotely without a quorum physically present if they meet the specific requirements of Section 120/7(e) of OMA. Among these requirements is that the head of the public body (generally, the board president) makes a specific finding that an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent due to the public health emergency. As with the July disaster proclamation, the governor did not include a statewide finding that in-person meetings of a certain number of people (it had been 10 people in the past) are not feasible.
Boards should consult with their board attorney for further guidance.