Blagojevich To File Suit Over 2009 Impeachment Proceedings, Ban On Running For State Office

CHICAGO — Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday intends to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2009 impeachment proceedings against him and his subsequent ban on running for office in Illinois. The move comes nearly 18 months after Blagojevich was released from federal prison when former President Donald Trump commuted the remainder of his […]

Illinois Supreme Court: Alan Beaman Can Sue Town Of Normal, Police

NORMAL – The Illinois Supreme Court has again overruled the appeals court in Alan Beaman’s attempt to sue the Town of Normal and three police officers for malicious prosecution. In a 4-2 ruling, the justices have sent the case back to McLean County Circuit Court for trial, seven years after it was first filed in 2014. Beaman was […]

Illinois Supreme Court To ‘Triage’ Eviction Cases

SPRINGFIELD – With the state-imposed moratorium on residential evictions set to expire Aug. 1, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a plan Thursday that provides an additional one-month “triage” period for tenants and landlords in certain cases to seek rental assistance. Gov. JB Pritzker first issued an executive order prohibiting residential evictions in March 2020 in […]

State Courts Prepare To Resume Normal Operations

SPRINGFIELD – State courts in Illinois are preparing to return to normal operations after nearly 16 months of operating under special rules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday issued two new rules that call for easing social distancing requirements and reimposing requirements for speedy trials in criminal and juvenile […]

State Supreme Court Pauses Transition To New Appellate Districts

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court will delay its transition to implement new appellate court boundaries that were created by a recently approved judicial district map until further notice. “Appeals and other matters shall continue to be filed in the judicial districts as they existed on June 3, 2021, until further order of the Court,” […]

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Bid That Would’ve Blown Up State’s Finances

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously shot down a legal challenge to bonds issued by the state in 2003 and 2017, which sought to halt repayment on the bond debt — likely leading to default and fiscal chaos. Instead, Illinois’ seven high court justices agreed the state’s two bond sales in question […]

Judge Finds Firearm Ownership Card Law Invalid – As Applied To One Illinois Woman

SPRINGFIELD — For the second time, a county judge in southern Illinois has ruled the state’s Firearm Owner Identification Card law unconstitutional, as applied to one state resident, Vivian Brown. The ruling from Judge T. Scott Webb means the Illinois Supreme Court will, also for the second time, be in a position to decide whether […]

Illinois Supreme Court Ruling Grants Decatur Man Certificate Of Innocence

SPRINGFIELD — A majority of the Illinois Supreme Court decided Thursday that the state law governing certificates of innocence only requires exonerated individuals to prove their innocence for the criminal offense with which they were initially charged. The court’s decision means that an exonerated person who seeks a certificate of innocence does not have to prove their […]

State Supreme Court To Hear Case Over Suburb’s Assault Weapon Ban

SPRINGFIELD — Legal challenges against a ban on assault weapons in suburban Deerfield have reached the state’s highest court. Two consolidated lawsuits against the Lake County suburb were among the 14 total criminal and civil cases that the Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear on appeal. Guns Save Life Inc., the Second Amendment Foundation […]

State High Court Rules Against Woman Seeking To Withdraw Guilty Plea

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois criminal code does not require a trial judge to inform a person who enters a guilty plea that the plea could affect his or their employment if the plea wasn’t made during the initial court hearing, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Thursday. In a 17-page opinion, a unanimous Supreme Court […]

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down City Of Sparta’s Policy On Police Citations

SPRINGFIELD — The state’s highest court has struck down a southern Illinois city’s policy that partly evaluates police officers on the number of citations officers issue, finding it violates an Illinois law prohibiting ticket quotas. On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the labor union that represents police officers in the […]

News Around Illinois — Sept. 10, 2020

2 Applicants Rejected For Marijuana Licenses Sues Illinois CHICAGO (AP) — Two companies that were rejected for Illinois marijuana licenses have filed a lawsuit to delay the state from awarding licenses to the winning applicants.  The state announced that only 21 of 700 applicants would proceed to a lottery for 75 licenses. Southshore Restore and […]