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Study finds Illinois Supreme Court takes average of 190 days to decide cases

Dawn Geske Apr. 7, 2017, 9:54am

A Chicago law firm recently conducted a study on the amount of time it takes the Illinois Supreme Court to decide a case, finding litigation moves relatively quickly through the state's high court, particularly when compared to other appellate courts elsewhere in the country.

IL Supreme Court: Conant High School can't be sued for student's gym class floor hockey eye injury

Dan Churney Mar. 27, 2017, 10:21am

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an appellate ruling, saying a Cook County judge was right to toss a suburban high school student’s suit, because the suit did not show a gym teacher was at fault for failing to make students wear goggles during a floor hockey game, which left the student with an injured eye. 

Illinois Supreme Court disbars six lawyers, suspends 11 others in March attorney disciplinary actions

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 24, 2017, 10:58am

A Forest Park lawyer accused of skipping out on his client's trial and costing his client $33,000 in opponent attorney fees was among six lawyers disbarred in March by the Illinois Supreme Court, which also suspended 11 others and censured three.

IL Supreme Court gives hospitals win over property tax exemptions, but still not declared 'constitutional'

Scott Holland Mar. 23, 2017, 10:13pm

Hospital operators in Illinois have won a battle in the fight over a state law blocking local governments from making them pay property taxes, as the Illinois Supreme Court determined an appellate court had erred on procedural grounds in using the case to strike down the state law as unconstitutional.  However, the high court did not go so far as to declare the 2012 law to be constitutional, setting the stage for more legal tussles to come on the question. 

NIU frat alcohol death, lawyer fee agreements, IHSA FOIA status on IL Supreme Court March call

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 2, 2017, 5:04pm

Beginning March 14, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in several cases, including: whether a NIU fraternity can be sued for a pledge's alcohol-induced death; whether lawyers must specify "joint financial responsibility" in case referral agreements; and whether the IHSA is a public body subject to FOIA.

IL Supreme Court: Worker can't collect from U.P. for injuries under federal law unless railroad at fault

Dan Churney Feb. 22, 2017, 3:12pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has derailed a Downstate appellate ruling, saying a railroad employee, who sued his employer under a federal liability law for injuries suffered in an accident, cannot collect damages from the railroad if a third party was completely at fault.

IL DCFS misled teacher seeking to defend herself against state abuse findings, state high court says

Glenn Minnis Feb. 21, 2017, 11:06pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a Lake County judge's decision to clear the name of a local school teacher accused of abusing her own child, saying the lower court judge was correct to allow her to have her day in court to challenge a state agency's finding against her.  

IL Sup. Ct.: City must give proper notice to collect fines; appearance by non-lawyer 'immaterial'

Scott Holland Feb. 18, 2017, 1:04am

Illinois’ highest state court has sidestepped delivering a definitive answer to the question of whether non-lawyers can represent corporations in administrative law proceedings. But justices of the Illinois Supreme Court have let stand an appellate court’s finding that the city of Chicago can’t sidestep the need to properly send ordinance violation notices by citing the appearance at an administrative hearing by just anyone purportedly on behalf of a company the city may be seeking to fine.

Attorneys without malpractice insurance must do self-assessment to decrease risk, ARDC says

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 2, 2017, 2:07pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a new rule, at the urging of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), concerning lawyers who opt to practice law without malpractice insurance.

IL Supreme Court denies Erin Andrews' request to continue lawsuit vs hotel booking firm over stalking

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 31, 2017, 7:17pm

An attempt by sportscaster Erin Andrews to sue a Chicago-based company that managed an online reservation system for a Columbus, Ohio, hotel in which a stalker illegally recorded her from a neighboring room, appears to have ended.

IL Supreme Court: Cop fired for misconduct can't relitigate termination via grievance, arbitration

Dan Churney Jan. 31, 2017, 6:03pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned an appellate ruling, saying a onetime Peoria-area police officer lost his right to union grievance procedures in a misconduct matter when he first submitted to a police board hearing, which resulted in the termination of his employment. 

Former IL Supreme Court Justice Stamos, author of Himmel decision, dies

The Cook County Record Jan. 30, 2017, 8:22pm

John J. Stamos, a former Illinois Supreme Court justice and Cook County State’s Attorney who authored the state high court’s landmark decision affirming attorneys are required to report misconduct by other lawyers, has died, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday.

Full public discussion of departing schools superintendent's deal not required, IL Supreme Court says

Dan Churney Jan. 24, 2017, 7:03pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed lower court rulings that a Springfield school board was not required to publicly go into detail about a superintendent’s separation agreement and ensure the public understood the agreement – as the Illinois Attorney General asserted – but rather it was sufficient for the board to summarize the nature of the agreement to the public. 

Chicago tax on car rentals outside city limits unconstitutional stretch of power, IL Supreme Court says

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 20, 2017, 4:13pm

The city of Chicago cannot require car rental businesses located outside city limits to collect city taxes on rental cars leased by Chicago city residents, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, striking down as unconstitutional a city ordinance seeking to slap a tax on cars rented within three miles of Chicago city limits.

Ex-Wrigley rooftop owner among four lawyers disbarred, eight suspended in Illinois in January

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 17, 2017, 11:17pm

A lawyer and businessman who formerly owned the Skybox on Sheffield rooftop club overlooking Wrigley Field has been disbarred just days after he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for allegedly concealing more than $1 million in revenue. Marc Hamid was one of four Illinois attorneys disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court in January; eight others were suspended.

IL Supreme Court mulls legality of hospital property tax exemptions; could await better test case

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 13, 2017, 5:23pm

The Illinois Supreme Court could soon decide whether hospitals in Illinois should be allowed to avoid paying property taxes, or whether a state law used to grant them tax exemptions should be declared unconstitutional. Or the court could simply sidestep the matter for now, and instead await the arrival of a different case better suited for addressing the sticky legal questions.

IL Supreme Ct: Broadview term limits referendum not too 'vague'; appeals court chided for sending 'local' case

Scott Holland Jan. 3, 2017, 12:01pm

The Illinois Supreme Court determined a Broadview term limits ordinance can stand, affirming an appellate decision which said the referendum's language concerning to whom the term limits would apply was not too "vague" to allow voters the chance to impose term limits on current and future village presidents in the suburban community.

Disease linked to firefighting not 'catastrophic injury' allowing free health insurance: IL Supreme Court

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 30, 2016, 1:11pm

A Rockford firefighter who officials determined contracted cardiomyopathy through his decades of service at the city’s fire department cannot also assert the disease should be considered a “catastrophic injury” entitling him and his wife to free health insurance under a “line-of-duty” pension, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

Woman can't sue Chase for distress over contractors sent to secure foreclosed home: IL Supreme Court

Dan Churney Dec. 19, 2016, 2:18pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled plaintiffs need to suffer “physical impact” to pursue a lawsuit claiming negligent infliction of emotional distress, saying a lender had not breached the bounds of decency by sending contractors to change the locks and perform other maintenance on her home, which was in foreclosure, while she was still inside. 

Write-in judge candidate OK to log votes, but no winner yet vs law clerk accused of impersonating judge

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 12, 2016, 8:07pm

An Illinois appeals panel has backed up a Cook County judge in declaring the law should be interpreted to allow a write-in candidate who is seeking to win a judicial seat against a former law clerk accused of impersonating a judge to receive votes cast for her on Election Day. However, neither the appellate justices nor a Cook County judge have yet declared the write-in candidate the winner of the Nov. 8 election, saying the answer to that question should come from the Illinois Supreme Court.