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IL appeals panel: Man can challenge constitutionality of state's retroactive estate tax bill

Dan Churney Apr. 17, 2017, 2:14pm

A state appeals panel has overturned a DuPage County circuit judge’s dismissal of a challenge to Illinois’ retroactive estate tax, saying an executor is entitled to pursue his case against the tax in circuit court, not the Illinois Court of Claims as the state asserted.

Illinois treasurer pulls $30 billion investment business from Wells Fargo due to scandal

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 27, 2016, 1:53pm

The state of Illinois has joined the public retribution against Wells Fargo as the bank deals with the aftermath of its admission that employees opened accounts without customers’ authorization, and that could send a warning to other financial institutions, as it potentially harms the bank's future business prospects.

Judge dismisses constitutional challenge of IL Treasurer's unclaimed property program

Scott Holland Sep. 21, 2016, 1:05pm

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office will be allowed to continue its selling of unclaimed property after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that argued the practice amounts to an unconstitutional taking of private property. 

New state law requires life insurers to check master death list against policies

Robert Lawson Sep. 16, 2016, 5:42pm

A law has recently cleared the Illinois legislature that is designed to protect families from loopholes in life insurance policies that let companies that provide life insurance get away with not paying the beneficiaries in some cases. 

32K Sprint customers could be in line for rebates under settlement with IL Treasurer

Robert Lawson Sep. 6, 2016, 11:15pm

After a recent court settlement in a lawsuit over unpaid rebates in the state, Illinois customers of wireless carrier Sprint could be in line for a bit of cash, said Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

IL appeals panel says state within its rights to make convenience stores pay more cigarette tax

Scott Holland Mar. 11, 2016, 11:20am

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that an increase in the state’s cigarette tax does not violate the state constitution. Casey’s Marketing Company, which operates hundreds of Casey’s General Store convenience stores, filed the initial complaint in the wake of state legislation in 2012 to roughly double the per cigarette tax charged to those who sell them.

Lottery winners, rebuffed in federal court, bring class action in Cook to collect interest on winnings

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 12, 2016, 2:47pm

About a month after a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery over failure to pay winnings amid the ongoing Illinois state budget impasse, plaintiffs from the dismissed federal case have hit the same lottery and state officials with another class action, this time asserting the state owes them interest on the unpaid or slowly paid lottery winnings.

Supreme Court opens Nov. term; set to hear arguments in 15 cases

Bethany Krajelis Nov. 12, 2014, 12:33pm

The Illinois Supreme Court will review a pair of cases this month that involve local law firms as parties.

Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments in seven cases

The Cook County Record Jun. 2, 2014, 2:58pm

The Illinois Supreme Court late last month agreed to hear arguments in the following seven cases: