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Illinois Supreme Court

Court Deals Final Blow To State's Harsh Eavesdropping Law

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' Supreme Court declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the law was s...

Illinois Supreme Court Gets it Right on Juvenile Life Sentences: Now, the Legislature Ought to Act

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

The Illinois Supreme Court got it right today when it ruled that juveniles are eligible for new sentences.

Jon Burge Pension Scandal Continues to Simmer

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 04.13.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Burge has been said to have friends in high places. In an era where the Illinois Supreme Court and the legislature are potentially scaling back the hard-earned pensions of law-abiding public workers and their families, it will be telling to see, once again, just how high Burge's clout reaches in this scandal-within-a-scandal.

Judge Laura Liu Slated as 1st Asian-American Appellate Court Justice

David Ormsby | Posted 04.03.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A former president of the Chinese American Bar Association, Liu credits the efforts of earlier Illinois Asian-Americans, who broke professional barriers, for laying the foundation of her ascension to the Illinois appellate court.

4 D's, 3 R's, 1 Big Decision

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.04.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The financial future of Illinois very soon will be in the hands of the Illinois Supreme Court. Will they side with the unions who will sue over the pension reform bill or the (mostly) Democrats who passed it?

How Well Do You Know the Illinois Supreme Court?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.10.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It tends to be the forgotten branch of government, so don't feel bad if you're not an expert on the Illinois Supreme Court.

Sponsor: Progressive Tax Push Coming in Spring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There are a handful of bills in the General Assembly seeking to change the state constitution to allow Illinois to drop its one-rate-for-all income tax system and implement a progressive income tax. But so far there's been no legislative push to get things moving.

Pension Committee Compromise Sure to Displease

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There is one thing I am absolutely, 100 percent sure about when it comes to the pension bill being hammered out by the Illinois General Assembly's conference committee: Whatever it is, both sides will find plenty to hate about it.

Who's Connected to Whom and How in the Lawmaker Pay Lawsuit?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Sometimes you need a flowchart to understand all the connections between public figures in Illinois. That certainly could be useful in the case of the suit filed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan against Gov. Pat Quinn.

Parental Notification: What to Do?

K. Sujata | Posted 10.13.2013 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Should we not trust that if a young woman makes the decision to forgo notifying her parents that, perhaps, it is for a good reason? Or, do we truly need to rely upon the government to make those decisions for her?

Judge Allowing Cameras In 'Spree Killer' Trial

Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

A judge in northwestern Illinois made an announcement Friday that could forever change the way the media covers criminal trials in the state. In J...

Illinois Circuit Courts To Allow Cameras For The First Time

Posted 01.24.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday is expected to announce that it will begin to allow cameras recording proceedings throughout the state's 23 circ...

Health Above Wealth

Sid Mohn | Posted 01.15.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

While much ado has been made about this law, I can tell you that it means the difference between life and death for millions who are currently sick, but unable to afford care.

Blagojevich's Law License Suspended By State High Court

AP | Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's license to practice law. The court acted Wednes...

Burge Torture Victims Fight For New Hearings In Court

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 11.08.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Fifteen incarcerated men who claim they were sent to prison by confessions that were beaten, burned and tortured out of them by convic...

A Call for Transparency: Illinois Judicial Vacancies Should Be Made Public

Katy Welter | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Illinois alone empowers its Supreme Court with absolute authority to fill judicial vacancies. Given that it grants one nominating body sole discretion over these appointments, transparency is especially important.

Massive Tobacco Lawsuit Revived In Illinois

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-making Philip Morris USA before it was tossed out by the Il...

How Did Rahm's Residency Dispute Effect The Mayoral Race?

AP | DON BABWIN and DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — With Rahm Emanuel back in the race for Chicago mayor thanks to a ruling from Illinois' highest court, the question now is what effect ...

Rahm Emanuel's Court Case: Writing the Story

Albert Huber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Albert Huber

Rahm's new underdog pose is a bold story from a candidate who has handily out-fundraised his opponents with a large sum of out-of-state cash.

Chicago Voters: Let Rahm Emanuel Run For Mayor

AP | TAMMY WEBBER and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicagoans are having no trouble summing up their thoughts about the drama now before the Illinois Supreme Court over Rahm Emanuel's n...

Rahm: Baltimore Wants You to Run There

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

The Baltimore Sun wants Rahm Emanuel to run for mayor of Baltimore if the Illinois Supreme Court rules against him in his appeal.

Rahm Back On Ballot While Supreme Court Decides Fate

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — With Chicago election officials printing mayoral ballots that include Rahm Emanuel's name, it's up to the Illinois Supreme Court to de...

Emanuel Ruling Is a Travesty of Justice

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Ostroy

What does the Chicago court ruling against Rahm Emanuel say to others who are asked to leave the comfort, security and spoils of hometown politics to serve their country and president?

Best I Can: The Special Olympics Benefit

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

"Fear of the unknown is not in our vocabulary in Chicago," Mayor Richard M. Daley told a group of several hundred at the annual Special Olympics benefit

Illinois Supreme Court: Police Dispatcher's Tip To Drug Dealer Was Not A Crime

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While a police officer tipping off a drug dealer about an ongoing investigation certainly sounds illegal, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday th...