Judges in DeKalb County are studying bail practices for criminal defendants to ensure that they're fair and maintain public safety.  Courts in the county for several years have moved away from requiring cash bond to remain free while awaiting trial. 

The government wants a chance to argue that former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois should be held in contempt of court for failing to turn over documents. 

Crying "Foul" Over Excessive Court Costs

Aug 11, 2015

If you make a court appearance on a traffic ticket for a moving violation, you're probably in for a surprise when you pay your fine. All sorts of hidden fees and costs accompany the ticket that go far beyond the fine for the actual violation. That's because the state legislature uses traffic tickets as a kind of piggy bank to fund all sorts of programs -- and an increasing number of citizens are crying foul. Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente has this report. 

IL court hearing could influence shutdown

Jul 6, 2015

Two key court hearings are happening in Chicago Tuesday that could shape how the Illinois state government shutdown plays out.   

Chief Justice Garman Goes To Bat For Drug Courts

Mar 19, 2015

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman is telling Senate lawmakers about adverse consequences from a proposed 35% budget cut. Garman told an appropriations committee in Springfield that more than 100 drug courts, mental health courts, and other programs to divert offenders from prison would be unlikely to survive.

Peoria County is considering different ways to repair damage from a flood earlier this month at the county Courthouse. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Peoria County is looking to start negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad to secure a recreational trail.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:

A final roadblock to a chance at freedom for Illinois’ juvenile lifers is now gone. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that anyone sentenced to mandatory life without parole as a juvenile should be resentenced.  

The U.S. Supreme court has agreed to take up a case that could put the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. But health care advocates in the state are still urging residents to check out their options as the second enrollment period for Obamacare is underway. 

New IL Chief Justice takes seat

Oct 28, 2013

The Illinois Supreme Court has a new chief justice.  Rita Garman is the second woman in that role.

Quad Cities business at center of court battle

May 14, 2013

Can the state of Illinois grant a permanent property tax exemption to a private, for-profit business ? That's the question for a court battle getting started in the Quad Cities. IPR’s Herb Trix reports: