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Illinois Supreme Court

Illinois Constitution Is for Rule of Law, Not Political Benefits

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There's nothing mysterious or complicated about the Illinois Constitution's directive on state expenditures. They all must be defined by the General Assembly. Without an appropriation, there is no authority to spend.

Illinois Unions Might Change Their Celebratory Tune Over Pension Ruling

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though many public employee unions cheered when the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the state's 2013 pension reform law is unconstitutional, Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network said those same unions might be singing a different tune come budget time.

Illinois Politicians React to the State Supreme Court Pension Ruling

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.12.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court delivered their unanimous decision May 8: Illinois' pension reform law, signed by former Gov. Pat Quinn in December 2013, is unconstitutional and cannot stand. Illinois politicians and organizations began to respond right away, some more pleased with the decision than others.

State Supreme Court Tells Illinois It's on the Hook for Pension Payments

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Understandably, retirees and current employees enrolled in the five state pension systems greeted the decision as a victory. And for them it is. Really, though, there are no winners here. This year, just shy of 20 cents of every dollar in state taxes you pay goes toward pensions.

Illinois' Pension Reform: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The three Republican justices on the Illinois Supreme Court appeared to be the biggest skeptics of the state's case in the Illinois pension reform lawsuit. That's not what most observers expected as both sides presented their arguments to the seven members of the court.

Lawyer: The Illinois Supreme Court Has a Lot of Work on Its Hands With Pension Reform Law

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The seven justices have been tasked with judging whether or not the state's failing pension systems can be saved by adopting the 2013 pension reform law. The law, which would dial back some of Illinois' public pension system benefits, was found unconstitutional in a lower court. Now, the highest court in the state will have its say.

Stay Up to Speed on Illinois' Pension Crisis With This Three-point Refresher

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois faces a major pension-funding problem. The state's Supreme Court is set to hear a case over whether or not a proposed reform, Senate Bill 1, is constitutional. Here are three things you should remember when thinking about the state's pension crisis.

You Can Record Police in Illinois

Kwame Raoul | Posted 02.16.2015 | Chicago
Kwame Raoul

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. By all means, exercise your right to record. Keep the cameras rolling. Our democracy depends on it.

Windy City She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression

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.