Illinois Supreme Court

By Kirk C. Jenkins | News and analysis from many different viewpoints on the work of the Illinois Supreme Court

Technology Drives Access to Justice to the People and the Lawyers

Maria is about to need access to justice. She lives a respectable, simple life. She’s a single mother working a full-time, hourly wage job with some …

Innovation

30 Things To Know About E-Filing Changes in Illinois

As the state court system in Illinois continues to migrate into an electronic filing (e-filing) based platform, the Supreme Court has rolled out Rule …

Law

What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Home > Data Analytics > What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Criminal Cases?<p>Yesterday, we reviewed the data …

What Could We Infer From Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Home > Data Analytics > What Could We Infer From Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?<p>Last week, we continued our analysis …

Law

75% of Women Say Diversity Programs Are Not Working

While companies often trot out their diversity initiatives as proof that they're making strides toward greater inclusivity, many employees—and …

Diversity

What You Need to Know About the New Illinois CLE Requirement

For the past decade, the Illinois Supreme Court encouraged attorneys to take diversity CLE courses and mental health and substance abuse CLE courses …

What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Civil Cases?

Home > Data Analytics > What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Civil Cases?<p>Yesterday, we began our review of …

Illinois Supreme Court says State's Attorneys cannot make traffic stops absent police investigations; Concludes SAFE units are unauthorized

The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Third District Appellate Court’s decision that the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Felony Enforcement (SAFE) …

Judiciary

What Could We Infer From the Pattern of Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Questions in Civil Cases?

Home > Illinois Supreme Court > What Could We Infer From the Pattern of Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Questions in Civil Cases?<p>Our review of the Court’s …

Judiciary

Justice Rochford Reappointed as Access to Justice Commission Chair

This month, the Illinois Supreme Court announced it would reappoint Hon. Mary K. Rochford to serve as Chairperson of the Court’s Access to Justice …

IL Supreme Court: IL constitution doesn't expand protesters' assembly rights beyond First Amendment

A Chicago ordinance prohibiting anyone, even protesters, from remaining overnight in Grant Park without a special city permit is constitutional, the …

Hospitals could face more litigation, costs from property taxes following IL Supreme Court decision

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court's decision earlier this year to punt on the question of whether hospitals should maintain property tax …

Illinois peeps, check out – U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Threatens Massive Talc Litigation Against J&J

Johnson & Johnson is seizing upon a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from Monday limiting where injury lawsuits can be filed to fight off claims it failed …

No camping in Grant Park, rules Illinois Supreme Court

No camping in Grant Park, rules Illinois Supreme Court<p>Ruling supports City of Chicago for expelling ‘Occupy’ protesters from the park in 2011.<p>By …

Supreme Court ruling could make it harder to file class-action lawsuits against companies

The courtrooms of Madison County — and Cook County, for that matter — may lose their allure as "litigation tourism" destinations after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will make it harder to bring out-of-state mass actions to Illinois and other favorable jurisdictions.<p>The 8-1 Supreme Court …

Schaumburg mom appeals manslaughter sentence to state supreme court

Attorneys for Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg woman sentenced to four years in prison for the 2015 death of her severely disabled daughter, have …

Judiciary

Judicial Vacancy in the Fifth Subcircuit of Cook County

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis has begun an application process for a judicial vacancy in the Fifth Judicial Subcircuit of Cook …

U.S. State Supreme Courts

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, June 15

Leading appellate attorneys review the Illinois Supreme Court opinions handed down on Thursday, June 15. The cases are <i>People v. Alexander</i> and <i>People</i> …

Judiciary

Illinois Supreme Court Clerk's Office to Make E-Filing Switch on June 15

The Illinois Supreme Court Clerk's Office will join the eFileIL community on Thursday, June 15. Filers for the state's highest court will need to …

Judiciary

What Can We Infer From Chief Justice Karmeier’s Question Patterns in Civil Cases?

Home > Data Analytics > What Can We Infer From Chief Justice Karmeier’s Question Patterns in Civil Cases?<p>For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing …

What Can We Infer When Chief Justice Karmeier Asks the First Question in Civil Cases?

Home > Data Analytics > What Can We Infer When Chief Justice Karmeier Asks the First Question in Civil Cases?<p>Yesterday, we began our analysis of the …

Lawyer Diversity: The Future is Now

This is the last in my <i>Future is Now: Legal Services 2.017</i> conference wrap-up posts. I am incredibly grateful to all of the speakers who shared their …

Illinois Supreme Court Won't Rule On SAFE Until At Least September

The Illinois Supreme Court won’t decide on the legality of LaSalle County's SAFE unit until at least September. The State's Attorney Felony …

Law

What Can We Infer From Justice Thomas’ Question Patterns in Civil Cases?

Home > Illinois Supreme Court > What Can We Infer From Justice Thomas’ Question Patterns in Civil Cases?<p>Last week, we completed our two-week …

What Can We Infer When Justice Thomas Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?

Home > Data Analytics > What Can We Infer When Justice Thomas Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?<p>Yesterday, we analyzed whether we can infer …

U.S. Supreme Court asked to take Illinois case challenging forced union dues

By Greg Bishop/Illinois Radio Network<p>SPRINGFIELD – The nation’s high court is being asked to take up the issue of whether government employees should …

Justices side with religious hospitals in pension dispute

Religious hospitals don't have to comply with federal laws protecting pension plans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that affects …

Supreme Court Reverses Decision Rejecting Arbitration Agreement Between Nursing Home and Residents — Illinois Injury Lawyer Blog — June 2, 2017

Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court decided a case that may have a major effect on nursing home claims throughout the United States. …

What Can We Infer When Justice Kilbride Asks the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Home > Data Analytics > What Can We Infer When Justice Kilbride Asks the First Question in Criminal Cases?<p>Yesterday, we analyzed whether it’s …