IL Supreme Court temporarily moves to Chicago

Aug 28, 2013

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in Chicago next month. The justices will be displaced from their Springfield home during a yearlong renovation.

 This is thought to be the first time the Supreme Court will hold an entire term in Chicago since it got its own building in Springfield in 1908.

 Spokesman Joe Tybor says the justices will meet in the Bilandic Building in downtown Chicago. The court already has offices there:

 "And there is a courtroom with seven seats to accommodate the seven justices on the 18th floor of that building."

 Tybor says the $12.6 million renovation is scheduled to take about a year, which means the court could be back in Springfield by this time in 2014. The September term includes a high-profile challenge to a new law that ended free health insurance for state retirees.It's being watched closely -- the decision could affect what lawmakers think they can or can't do in dealing with Illinois' $100 billion pension shortfall.