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Appeals panel: ILRB must hear union's claims over threat to stick strikers with health insurance bill

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14pm

For the second time in three days, a state appeals court in Southern Illinois has handed a win to a labor union representing state workers in disputes with a state agency that answers to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, this time finding a state labor board must hold hearings on whether the state improperly threatened to make striking workers pay the full cost of their health insurance.

Appeals court: State must give union workers their pay raises while negotiating new contract

Scott Holland Nov. 7, 2017, 5:00am

A state appeals court dealt Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner a setback Nov. 6 by ruling in favor of union employees on the question of stepped salary increases, saying whether or not there is a collective bargaining agreement in place, the union workers are owed the regular pay raises, which the state hasn't paid since a contract expired in 2015.

Appellate court: State regulators can compel closed landfill monitoring beyond 15 years

Dee Thompson Oct. 10, 2017, 6:01pm

A panel of appellate judges has ruled state environmental regulators have the authority to force landfill operators to continue monitoring a landfill for pollution, perhaps indefinitely, despite agreements between the companies and the state supposedly setting terms for the monitoring period.

State appeals panel: IL's governor has the power to fire members of Prisoner Review Board

Scott Holland Sep. 18, 2017, 5:54pm

A state appeals panel said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has the right to fire members of the Prisoner Review Board.

Illinois Supreme Court physician credentialing discovery ruling not necessarily a game changer

Karen Kidd Feb. 3, 2016, 10:56pm

Health care workers and others will undoubtedly carefully study the impact of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision pertaining to the discoverability of physicians' credential applications held by hospitals. But the decision may not affect as much as some fear it might.

IL Supreme Court says lower courts have no power to overturn its decision to toss $10 billion judgment vs Philip Morris

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 4, 2015, 11:44am

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has upheld its decision 10 years ago to toss out a $10 billion class action judgment against tobacco giant Philip Morris, saying more recent statements from the Federal Trade Commission concerning how the agency had regulated the marketing of so-called “light” cigarettes does not grant lower state courts the authority to reopen the case or reinstate the judgment. On Nov. 4, the state Supreme Court ruled 4-2 to overturn a ruling by a state appellate court.

Appellate panel rejects request for immediate injunction to shut down IDNR fracking permit process

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 14, 2015, 6:33pm

A state appeals panel has brushed aside an effort by a group of downstate landowners and other opponents of fracking to block from taking effect state rules to regulate the oil and gas extraction process, needed to allow the state to begin issuing fracking permits.