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NorthShore asks court to slice class action demanding IL hospitals repay for improper tax exemptions

Dan Churney Jul. 4, 2017, 6:00am

Saying the basis for the suit has been amputated by Illinois’ highest court, NorthShore University Health System is asking a Cook County judge to dismiss a class-action suit, which demanded hospitals be made to pay back Illinois property taxpayers who have allegedly overpaid because, the plaintiffs allege, the state’s hospitals have wrongly enjoyed tax-exempt status.

IL Supreme Court: County prosecutors can't use special investigator powers to 'create own police forces'

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 29, 2017, 1:29pm

Declaring that to rule otherwise would empower county prosecutors across the state to create their own police forces, a majority of the Illinois Supreme Court has declared the former state’s attorney in downstate La Salle County overstepped his authority in creating a task force to conduct traffic stops on a stretch of Interstate 80 to interdict and seize drug shipments passing through the county.

Hospitals could face more litigation, costs from property taxes following IL Supreme Court decision

Chandra Lye Jun. 19, 2017, 12:05pm

The Illinois Supreme Court's decision earlier this year to punt on the question of whether hospitals should maintain property tax exemptions could yet prove costly for some hospitals, until the state high court ultimately clears up legal questions surrounding the exemptions for the nonprofit health care organizations.

IL Supreme Court: IL constitution doesn't expand protesters' assembly rights beyond First Amendment

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 16, 2017, 2:41pm

A Chicago ordinance prohibiting anyone, even protesters, from remaining overnight in Grant Park without a special city permit is constitutional, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, rejecting contentions from lawyers for left-wing protest groups that the state constitution grants broader rights to assembly than does the U.S. Constitution.

School districts sue the state, demanding money, but history says chances of lawsuit success not high

Zachary Lewis Jun. 14, 2017, 5:12pm

Amid the state of Illinois' sustained budget woes, school districts in Chicago and elsewhere in the state have lined up to ask courts to intervene on their behalf and order the state to pay what they assert is its proper share of education funding. But history has indicated such lawsuits have limited chances of success.

ARDC report shows lowest grievance total since 1988

Nicholas Gueguen Jun. 8, 2017, 12:38pm

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) recently released its 2016 annual report, which shows the fewest number of grievances since 1988.

Cook County inks $36 million case management deal with Tyler Technology

Glenn Minnis Jun. 2, 2017, 10:32am

The Cook County Clerk’s office has reached a $36 million deal with Tyler Technology that the clerk's office is touting as moving operations a step closer to the 21st century.

IL high court deadlocks on whether title companies' attorney payments are kickbacks

Jonathan Bilyk May 22, 2017, 4:54pm

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has let stand a lower court’s decision to allow lawyers to earn fees – even fees that appear overly large, compared to the amount of work being done – from real estate title companies, despite accusations that the fee-splitting arrangements amount to little more than a kickback scheme.

Prenda Law's Steele disbarred; six other IL lawyers also disbarred, nine suspended, IL Supreme Court says

Jonathan Bilyk May 19, 2017, 3:27pm

John L. Steele, a Chicago lawyer already indicted for his role in the Prenda Law shakedown scheme targeting downloaders of online porn, has been disbarred. On May 19, the Illinois Supreme Court announced its action against Steele, as well as six others who were disbarred by the court in attorney disciplinary orders handed down May 18. The court also suspended nine other attorneys and censured or reprimanded six more.

IL Supreme Court: IHSA may oversee public high school sports, but not a public body subject to FOIA

Scott Holland May 19, 2017, 10:07am

In an unanimous opinion, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed the Illinois High School Association – the organization which partners with high schools to oversee high school athletics across the state – does not need to share its documents with the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

IL high court: Atty fee-splitting deals valid even if don't include verbiage declaring 'joint responsibility'

Jonathan Bilyk May 18, 2017, 3:57pm

Lawyers in Illinois who benefit from clients sent their way under referral agreements with other lawyers will still need to pay the referring attorneys, even if the referral agreements don’t include language explicitly declaring the lawyers agree to share “joint financial responsibility” for the case, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared.

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.