Illinois Supreme Court News

Customers should read insurance policies, not wait to sue til denied coverage: IL Supreme Court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 19, 2018

Saying customers have an obligation to read and understand the terms of their insurance policies, the Illinois state Supreme Court has rejected the try by a couple to make their American Family Insurance agent pay for providing them with a policy that didn’t protect them against a defamation lawsuit, even though they had specifically asked the agent to obtain that coverage for them.

Appeals panel: Cook County judge wrong to toss class action vs LA Tan franchisee over customer finger scans

By Scott Holland | Oct 2, 2018

A state appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s dismissal of a class action complaint accusing an LA Tan franchisee of violating an Illinois privacy law for the way it scanned and stored digital scans of customers’ fingerprints, saying the business’ disclosure of those fingerprints to a third-party vendor could be enough of a violation to sustain the lawsuit.

Lawyer can't get fees plus settlement cut in pro se action vs My Pillow over unpaid sales taxes: IL Sup Ct

By Scott Holland | Sep 21, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled an attorney collecting a settlement award from a lawsuit he pressed in his own name, ostensibly on behalf of the state of Illinois, against a business over alleged unpaid sales taxes, isn’t entitled also to collect additional legal fees.

IL Supreme Court disbars 10, suspends 16, including 'People's Attorney' radio host convicted of bank fraud

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 21, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred 10 lawyers, including a radio host convicted of bank fraud, and suspended 16, including a lawyer who attempted to extort their firm and another who created a fake online dating profile for another attorney and a fake Facebook profile for himself to berate the other lawyer in online reviews.

IL Supreme Court: State law granting hospitals property tax exemption constitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 20, 2018

Hospitals in Illinois have secured a key win in a longrunning court fight over whether they should be required to pay property taxes, as the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a state law allowing hospitals to remain tax exempt.

Appeals court OKs IL abortion funding, despite 'problematic' lack of revenue estimate; Appeal to IL Sup Ct vowed

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 20, 2018

A group of pro-life organizations seeking to undo Illinois legislation mandating taxpayer funding of abortion services has pledged to appeal their case to the Illinois Supreme Court, after a state appeals court opted not to compel the state of Illinois to account for where the money to pay for the abortions would come from.

Cook County judge convicted of bank fraud resigns, after federal judge refuses new trial

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 12, 2018

A Cook County judge convicted of bank fraud has resigned her position, after a Chicago federal judge refused her requests to overturn the conviction and give her a new trial.

Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

Divided IL Supreme Court: Unconstitutional convictions can't be used to end parental rights

By DM Herra | Aug 14, 2018

A deeply divided Illinois Supreme Court upheld an appellate court decision in favor of a convicted felon fighting the state’s use of his criminal history to terminate his parental rights. In a strongly worded dissension, three of the seven justices warned of judicial overreach and the unintended consequences of new precedent.

New IL Supreme Court credit card collection pleading rules have 'potential' to lengthen process

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 10, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted new pleading requirements for credit card and debt collection cases, which will result in additional protection for debtors, but also has the potential to lengthen the process, according to one Chicago attorney.

Appeals court: Chicago can't be sued by runner who claimed was hurt because 606 Trail too narrow

By Cook County Record | Aug 10, 2018

An Illinois state appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago and Chicago Park District by a woman who was struck by a bicyclist while running on the 606 Trail, and who argued the city should be held responsible because, she argued, the trail was too narrow to accommodate both bicycles and foot traffic.

IL high court: Cities can't sidestep lawsuits by simply calling property repairs 'discretionary'

By Dan Churney | Aug 6, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has reduced the reach of the legal shield long enjoyed under Illinois state law by cities and other public bodies when faced with personal injury lawsuits, as the high court indicated the rationale advanced by lower court judges in rejecting a woman’s lawsuit over the injuries she sustained tripping on a Danville sidewalk was overbroad.

Harvey, pension funds reach deal on dividing up embargoed state money, end court fight over pension funding

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 27, 2018

In a deal that could set a precedent for other financially struggling municipalities to follow, the city of Harvey has reached a deal with its police and firefighter pension funds to end a court fight over how much of the money Harvey gets from the state of Illinois the city should be allowed to spend on current day-to-day operations, rather than police and fire department retirees’ pensions.

Mandatory e-filing in place in all but three counties in Illinois, Cook live this month

By John Breslin | Jul 18, 2018

Mandatory court e-filing for all civil cases is operational in all but three Illinois counties, according to a representative of the company charged with introducing the system.

Cook County judge charged after dropping firearm in lobby of courthouse, relieved of duties for now

By Cook County Record | Jul 11, 2018

A Cook County judge has been temporarily removed from the bench, as he faces charges after he dropped a concealed handgun in front of county sheriff’s deputies at the county’s criminal courthouse.

IL Supreme Court decides to take up Six Flags fingerprint privacy case; spurs fresh rise in BIPA lawsuits

By Cook County Record | Jun 29, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments over the question of whether the rights of a mother and her teen son were violated under an Illinois privacy law when theme park operator Six Flags required the young man to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass. And the court's decision to take up the case appears to have helped spur a renewed spurt of lawsuits brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Judge: IL state agency overreached in prosecuting property tax lawyers for using comps in tax appeals

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 26, 2018

State bureaucrats who regulate real estate appraisers in Illinois have no authority to prosecute property tax lawyers, a Cook County judge has ruled, finding regulators overreached in claiming lawyers violated state appraiser licensing rules by using comparable property values to argue for a lower tax assessment for thieir clients.

Judicial regulators move to remove Cook judge convicted of fraud, block $192K salary

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 19, 2018

About a month after a Cook County judge convicted by a jury of bank fraud filed papers to seek reelection, state judicial disciplinary officials have launched the process to remove her from the bench and prevent her from continuing to collect her more than $190,000 a year salary.

Justice P. Scott Neville takes oath of office, seat on state Supreme Court

By Cook County Record | Jun 15, 2018

P. Scott Neville has taken his seat on the state’s high court, replacing Justice Charles Freeman, the state’s first African American Supreme Court justice, who has retired.

IL Supreme Court takes up Six Flags fingerprint scanning case, to answer question: Who can sue under BIPA?

By Kory Oswald | Jun 14, 2018

With class action lawsuits piling up against employers and other businesses, the Illinois Supreme Court will soon step in to perhaps answer the question of who may sue under a state privacy law when an employer or merchant scans their fingerprints or other biometric identifiers to verify their identity for theme park admission, participation in various programs or to track hours worked, among other purposes.

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