State of Illinois News

Appeals panel: IL can deny concealed-carry permits to citizens of states with less stringent monitoring

By Dan Churney | Apr 16, 2019

In a 2-1 decision, a Chicago federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that said Illinois is within its rights to bar residents of most other states from seeking concealed gun permits in Illinois, on grounds those states do not make their gun-carrying citizens provide criminal and mental health information to databases Illinois can access and monitor.

Judge: Labor unions don't owe non-union state workers refunds, despite unconstitutional fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 19, 2019

Labor unions representing public employees shouldn’t need to refund fees they unconstitutionally collected from non-union employees, because they were acting in “good faith,” relying on state laws and prior legal precedent, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge: Labor union can continue suit vs state over law requiring unions to rep non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 6, 2019

A labor union will be allowed to continue to press its claims a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling should mean it and other labor unions cannot be forced under state law to represent non-union state workers who choose not to pay union fees.

Power generators ask SCOTUS to overturn Illinois 'Zero Emissions Credit' subsidies for Exelon nuke power plants

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 10, 2019

A group of electrical power generators have asked the U.S. Supreme Court step in and unplug “zero emissions credit” subsidy programs in Illinois and elsewhere, arguing the state programs intrude on federal regulatory turf and unconstitutionally rig wholesale electricity generation and supply markets to prop up nuclear power plants that should otherwise be retired.

New IL law boosts protections for nurses, other health workers from violence, liability risk for hospitals, others

By John Breslin | Jan 9, 2019

CHICAGO – New legislation that was enacted following two high-profile attacks on nurses in 2017 came into effect at the turn of the year.

Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

IL has changed rules on employee reimbursements; employers should check policies, attorney says

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

Employers in Illinois are being warned to check their expense reimbursement policies following the says passing of new amendments to a state act requiring them to pay "reasonable" expenses to employees, an attorney whose practice focuses on labor and employment law.

Sterigenics: Illinois A/G's lawsuit asks court to 'rewrite' federal rules, based on 'indisputably flawed report'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 14, 2018

Saying the legal action asks a state court to substitute its own judgment for federal law and environmental rules, Sterigenics, the owner of a facility in suburban Willowbrook targeted by trial lawyers, politicians and a group of area residents for its use of ethylene oxide, has asked a federal judge to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought against them by state prosecutors.

Cook County Public Guardian lawsuit says IL DCFS keeps kids detained in state psych facilities too long

By Scott Holland | Dec 13, 2018

The Cook County Public Guardian has filed a class action complaint against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services over the agency’s treatment of children at state psychiatric facilities.

Appeals panel: Despite Janus decision, still no class actions vs unions over illegally collected fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 7, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has again rejected an attempt by a group of home caregivers to bring a class action lawsuit against the labor union they say used an Illinois state law to unconstitutionally grab $32 million in fees from their pay, as the judges said the decision holds up even when reevaluated in light of a recent Supreme Court decision further restricting unions’ abilities to force non-union public workers to pay such fees.

Appeals court reopens question of whether Indiana merchant can ship wine to Illinois customers

By D.M. Herra | Dec 7, 2018

Anticipating an appetite at the U.S. Supreme Court to upend state laws favoring in-state liquor sellers, a federal appeals panel in Chicago has given an Indiana wine seller another chance to argue Illinois’ law blocking them from shipping wine to Illinois residents violates constitutional interstate commerce protections.

State high court says governor can fire Prisoner Review Board members without judicial scrutiny

By Dan Churney | Dec 5, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court’s ruling that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to fire an Illinois Prisoner Review Board member, for alleged discrepancies in financial documents, can’t be undone by the courts.

Couple allegedly denied ability to rent Chicago property because they have children

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 30, 2018

The state alleges a couple was denied the opportunity to rent a Chicago property because they have three children.

IL Supreme Court: Government workers can accrue pension benefits even if working for union while on leave

By Scott Holland | Nov 30, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled the state can’t stop labor union members from accruing state pension benefits while working for private unions, if those benefits are promised under a contract.

Changes in Illinois Human Rights Act could bring more claims, lawsuits vs employers, attorney says

By John Sammon | Nov 29, 2018

The recent election of Democrat J.B. Pritzker as governor of Illinois could make the state more employee-friendly through impending changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), and an attorney advises employers should be ready to defend themsevles against more claims and lawsuits.

With Pritzker backing idea, prospect of legal marijuana should prompt IL cities, others to prepare: Attorney

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2018

While Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker likely may face opposition against his campaign promise push for legalized recreational marijuana, the transition to full legalization may occur more seamlessly than some may think, an attorney says.

Rauner order allows testing of self-driving cars; attorney says regulations to be worked out down the road

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 15, 2018

A new executive order from outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner will pave the way for self-driving car testing in Illinois, setting the stage for further questions down the road.

Illinois Atty Gen sues companies building Loop skyscraper over alleged pollution pumped into Chicago River

By Scott Holland | Nov 12, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General is suing four companies accused of contributing to the discharge of polluted water into the Chicago River at a skyscraper construction site in the Loop.

With Democratic lock on IL government, 'new wave' of regulation, enforcement, litigation 'likely': Attorneys

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 8, 2018

Democrats have grabbed a stranglehold on Illinois state government. And that could mean businesses and employers of all sizes should begin to prepare for a new pro-labor, pro-plaintiffs environment of anticipated heightened government scrutiny, regulatory action and lawsuits, say attorneys who regularly work with businesses and employers facing such actions.

SEIU asks court order IL to boost child care providers' pay 4 percent

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 9, 2018

A labor union representing Illinois child care providers have filed suit to force Illinois to implement a rate increase they assert is mandated by the Illinois Public Act.

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