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WSJ editorial knocks Quinn’s ‘stocking stuffers’ to ITLA; Outgoing governor signs two controversial, legal-related bills into law

By Ann Knef | Dec 23, 2014

QuinnLabeling him “America’s worst governor,” the Wall Street Journal notes in a Dec. 22 editorial that Pat Quinn in his final days as chief executive enacted two laws that are “stocking stuffers” for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.Quinn on Friday signed into law legislation, Senate Bill 3075, that will reduce the number of jurors hearing civil cases from 12 to six and increase juror pay to

House OKs proposal to reduce number of jurors in civil cases from 12 to six, hike daily pay

By Ann Knef | Dec 3, 2014

KellyThe Illinois House on Tuesday approved a measure that would reduce the number of jurors hearing civil cases from 12 to six.The proposal, an amendment to SB3075, passed along party lines 67-46-2 in a Democratically-controlled chamber. If approved by the Senate and the governor, it would go into effect June 1, 2015."It is a bad bill," Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, said during floor debate.

Karmeier files retention papers for November election

By Ann Knef | May 5, 2014

KarmeierIllinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has filed candidacy papers with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to seek another 10-year term in November.While judges seeking retention had until Sunday to file declarations of judicial candidacy, Karmeier submitted his paperwork on April 7, according to an employee at the Secretary of State Index Office.Once the Secretary of State's office

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