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Appeals panel nixes coroner's report as evidence in medical malpractice, wrongful death suit

Dan Churney Nov. 1, 2017, 10:31pm

A Downstate appellate court has backed a Champaign County judge's decisions in a medical malpractice trial involving a woman's death, which ended with a verdict against plaintiff, saying the judge was right to bar some of plaintiff's evidence, including a coroner's report and death certificate.

NorthShore asks court to slice class action demanding IL hospitals repay for improper tax exemptions

Dan Churney Jul. 4, 2017, 6:00am

Saying the basis for the suit has been amputated by Illinois’ highest court, NorthShore University Health System is asking a Cook County judge to dismiss a class-action suit, which demanded hospitals be made to pay back Illinois property taxpayers who have allegedly overpaid because, the plaintiffs allege, the state’s hospitals have wrongly enjoyed tax-exempt status.

Appeals panel: State agencies can't hire own lawyers when disagree with Atty Gen's legal strategies

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 23, 2017, 1:20pm

A state appeals panel has refused to allow a state agency, under the supervision of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, to hire its own legal representation amid a conflict with Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan over legal strategy in defending against workers compensation claims brought by an independent personal assistant for those with disabilities who claimed she should be treated as a state employee after the state empowered a union to represent her.

State OK to deny church-affiliated daycare center property tax exemption because too 'businesslike'

Sara McCleary May 22, 2017, 5:33pm

A state appeals court in Springfield has said the state of Illinois was correct to deny a property tax exemption to a church for a day care center owned, staffed and operated by the church and its member, finding the day care center was more "businesslike than religious" in nature.

IL Supreme Court gives hospitals win over property tax exemptions, but still not declared 'constitutional'

Scott Holland Mar. 23, 2017, 10:13pm

Hospital operators in Illinois have won a battle in the fight over a state law blocking local governments from making them pay property taxes, as the Illinois Supreme Court determined an appellate court had erred on procedural grounds in using the case to strike down the state law as unconstitutional.  However, the high court did not go so far as to declare the 2012 law to be constitutional, setting the stage for more legal tussles to come on the question. 

Appeals court refuses to lift stay on labor board's impasse finding; strike spectre still looms

The Cook County Record Mar. 3, 2017, 11:03pm

In the latest move in the ongoing battle between Illinois state union workers and Gov. Bruce Rauner, a state appeals court has refused the governor’s request to lift a court-ordered stay on the Illinois Labor Relations Board’s finding that the state and its largest union are at an impasse, a move that will impact the ability of Rauner to impose contract terms and of the union to strike.

Appeals court: Cities can cut vacation time buybacks, other programs, to end pension spiking

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 3, 2017, 6:21pm

A state appeals court in Springfield has affirmed cities and other local governments have the right to modify workers’ employment and compensation agreements to prevent “pension spiking” without running afoul of the state constitution’s public worker pension protections.

IL Supreme Court mulls legality of hospital property tax exemptions; could await better test case

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 13, 2017, 5:23pm

The Illinois Supreme Court could soon decide whether hospitals in Illinois should be allowed to avoid paying property taxes, or whether a state law used to grant them tax exemptions should be declared unconstitutional. Or the court could simply sidestep the matter for now, and instead await the arrival of a different case better suited for addressing the sticky legal questions.

Class action: IL hospitals should repay taxpayers for years of unconstitutional tax exemptions

Jonathan Bilyk May 11, 2016, 10:13pm

In the wake of an Illinois appellate court decision striking down as unconstitutional the state law allowing Illinois’ nonprofit hospitals to avoid property taxes, a Chicago real estate investment group has filed a class action lawsuit against all every hospital in Illinois, alleging property owners in Cook County and elsewhere have been forced to pay higher real estate taxes than they otherwise should have to make up for what the plaintiffs allege the hospitals should have been paying.

Appeals panel: Judge wrong to nix firing of state worker who got Link cards for friends, family, used it herself

Scott Holland Feb. 18, 2016, 5:42pm

A state appellate panel in Springfield has reinstated the termination of a state worker who had been fired for allegedly authorizing state aid for friends and relatives, and using those benefits to pay for purchases for herself. A Sangamon County judge had ordered her punishment reduced.