Illinois Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday decided not to answer a question about whether non-profit hospitals must pay property taxes. The case began with Carle Hospital in Urbana, but has implications across Illinois.

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.

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking her case over state employee pay to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Madigan is asking the justices to review a lower court order that’s kept state workers getting paid during the 20-month budget stalemate.

She says the order has enabled Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to shirk their constitutional  obligation, avoiding tough decisions about state spending.

The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge is being asked to rule on how former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock spends remaining campaign money as he awaits trial.

A case scheduled to go before the Illinois Supreme Court this week is challenging the law that allows the state's not-for-profit hospitals to skip paying property taxes.  Applications for hospital property tax exemptions have been in limbo for about a year while the courts consider the issue. The Supreme Court will hear the case Thursday.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a barrier to suing for "negligent infliction of emotional distress." It’s called the “impact rule.”  The rule is simple: in order to claim someone’s negligence caused you distress, you have to be “impacted.” Literally have something or someone make physical contact with you.

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The Illinois Supreme Court is carrying out a new certification process that's aimed at bringing accountability to the state's problem-solving courts.  Problem-solving courts address mental health and addiction issues of people in the criminal justice system by connecting them with treatment.

A law clerk who faces charges of impersonating a judge has been elected as a judge in the Chicago area even though she's been barred from taking the office.  Rhonda Crawford had been expected to win Tuesday's election over a write-in opponent, as she was the only name listed on the ballot. The 45-year-old can't be sworn in to the $180,000-a-year job unless she's cleared of wrongdoing.  

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier is set to be sworn in as the high court's 120th chief justice.

An installation ceremony is scheduled Monday afternoon at the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield. He will be the chief administrative officer of the state's judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois. Karmeier was unanimously chosen by his peers. He is replacing Justice Rita Garman, who is finishing a three-year term as chief justice.

The Illinois Supreme Court is committing to a redesign of pretrial justice procedures -- the system in place to deal with individuals from the time they're arrested, until their case is resolved.

The state is working with the national Pretrial Justice Institute, which is trying to get 20 states on board. Its CEO, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, says Illinois is the second.

Fanno Burdeen says one aim is to replace the cash bail system. She says risk should be based not just on the charge someone was arrested for ... but also their criminal history.

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A new rule issued by Illinois Supreme Court will keep teens out of shackles. Advocates are lauding that decision. Vice chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Lisa Jacobs says youth are particularly vulnerable to trauma.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted rule changes on the shackling of juvenile suspects in Illinois courtrooms in the wake of criticism their use was too common, dehumanizing and counterproductive.  A court statement says the default shouldn't be to shackle juveniles and that it can happen only after a judge makes a clear finding the juvenile poses a threat to themselves or others. 

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday issued an opinion striking down a law that cut civil juries in half. The law would also have hiked juror pay.

When they passed it during veto session in late 2014, legislators argued that having fewer jurors made the higher pay affordable.

That, they said, was good for justice: People may be more willing to serve if they got paid $25 versus as little as $4.


Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been selected by his peers on the state's highest court to be its next chief justice.  The state Supreme Court announced Karmeier's unanimous selection to a three-year term beginning Oct. 26.

A divided Illinois Supreme Court is sticking by its decision on redistricting.  An organization called Independent Maps wants voters to change the Illinois Constitution so a commission would draw district boundaries, rather than legislators themselves.

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The Illinois Supreme Court says it has created new rules to deal with a new state law that decriminalizes possessing small amounts of marijuana.  Under the new law possessing up to 10 grams of marijuana is punishable by a fine of $100 to $200.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has a plan for redistricting reform that will pass Illinois Supreme Court muster.  The Democrat says he thinks the state's high court should appoint a Fair Redistricting Commission every ten years after the U.S. Census. 

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Remap Proposal

Aug 27, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court has blocked voters from deciding whether to change how legislative boundaries are drawn.  The proposal was meant to make legislative maps less political.  But the justices who ruled against it focused on one particular reason why the remap proposal can’t appear on the November ballot.

The Illinois Supreme Court has yet to make a decision on whether a constitutional amendment belongs on the ballot, even though election officials are set to certify the ballot tomorrow.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s narrowing his focus to fix the state’s political system.  Because he says there hasn’t been enough progress on other issues.   Governor Rauner has put aside his economic policy initiatives with the passage of a temporary state spending plan. And now says he has a few other issues to focus on.

Illinois Supreme Court justices have the final briefs in hand to decide the constitutionality of a plan to change how legislative districts are drawn.

Independent Maps spokesman Jim Bray says advocates are hopeful the Supreme Court will overturn a lower court ruling that blocks the question from the November ballot.

"Obviously the system in Illinois — the legislative system — is broken. Springfield’s a mess. ... And the people want to change that. They don’t want legislators who aren’t responding to them."

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to quickly consider a case challenging the constitutionality of a ballot measure that could change the way Illinois draws political boundaries.  

The court granted an emergency motion for direct appeal Friday, two days after a Cook County judge ruled the proposal didn't meet narrow constitutional requirements. A group called the Independent Map Amendment sought an expedited appeal because of an Aug. 26 deadline to get on November's ballot.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has struck down a law meant to help a business expand in Illinois.  The Illinois Constitution says you can’t have laws targeting individual people or businesses. So to get around that, lawmakers will sometimes pass bills that seem general but, wink wink, everyone knows who’s benefiting.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has invalidated a law that gave a property tax exemption to a Moline-based aviation company.  The 6-1 decision declares the 2013 law is unconstitutional "special legislation." It allowed Elliott Aviation to expand at the Quad City International Airport without paying property taxes.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions.  The court announced Wednesday it will hear arguments in a case involving Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. The case could affect all Illinois hospitals. No date was set for when the court will hear arguments.

The 4th District Appellate Court ruled in January that a 2012 state law allowing hospitals to avoid taxes is unconstitutional.  That law set guidelines for determining the non-profit status of hospitals based on their level of charity care.

A Peoria attorney has been disbarred by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The Commission is an agency of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Illinois workers get an added bonus once they retire: They don't have to pay taxes on pension or Social Security checks. It's one possible change the state could look to as it hunts for more money.

Illinois is a rare state that taxes income on a regular paycheck, but not on retirement.

Fiscal experts like the non-partisan Civic Federation say as Illinois' population ages, and there are more seniors, the government will increasingly lose out on a source of revenue.

First responders seek protection from lawsuits

May 9, 2016

Illinois mayors and first responders want state lawmakers to protect them from lawsuits when responding to emergencies.

Brad Cole, of the Illinois Municipal League, says there was a long-held notion that government employees could serve the general public without fear of being sued.

But he says the Illinois Supreme Court recently struck down that principle. Cole says he wants a law passed to bring it back.