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The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.  Justices denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Rod Blagojevich's lawyer has notified a federal court that the imprisoned former Illinois governor plans to appeal his 14-year sentence for corruption imposed at a resentencing earlier this month.  Leonard Goodman filed the brief notice with U.S. District Court in Chicago, informing sentencing Judge James Zagel that the 59-year-old Democrat will appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

An Illinois appeals court has reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against a Northern Illinois University fraternity by the family of a pledge who died in 2012.  The family of David Bogenberger sued the NIU chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, arguing the fraternity and its members were responsible for Bogenberger's death because pledges were required to participate in excessive drinking to gain membership. 

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions.

A state appeals court is hearing arguments from lawyers seeking to overturn the murder conviction of former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson in his third wife's 2004 death.

Washington Mayor: FEMA failed Illinois

Mar 4, 2014
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

FEMA has denied Illinois’ appeal for public assistance with recovery from the November 17th tornadoes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that leaves the town of Washington with a monster clean-up bill:

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency appealed the federal decision to deny public reimbursement for November tornado clean-up costs. Peoria Public Raido’s Alex Rusciano reports the appeal includes more than $21 million in disaster-related expenses state-wide:

Lawyers to argue for Blagojevich appeal

Dec 12, 2013

Attorneys for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich are scheduled to argue their appeal Friday morning.  The appeal comes as the governor is facing an unusual problem behind bars.

Same arguments made in Blagojevich appeal

Nov 13, 2013

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal continues to go over the same arguments he made during his trial, re-trial and public appearances.  

Quinn continues fight to block lawmakers' pay

Sep 27, 2013

A judge says Governor Pat Quinn went too far this summer when he blocked paychecks for Illinois lawmakers. Members of the General Assembly have missed two paydays so far, and it's not clear when they'll get their money.

Supreme Court denies George Ryan appeal

Feb 19, 2013

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan’s last-ditch effort to appeal his criminal conviction is being denied.  The U.S. Supreme Court made that decision Tuesday.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports: Ryan’s lawyers have argued for years his corruption conviction should be re-considered after a change in the so-called “honest services” law. The change would require prosecutors to prove a defendant took bribes - and Ryan’s lawyers argued the government never proved that.  But on Tuesday, justices denied Ryan’s appeal without explanation.