Illinois Supreme Court http://wuis.org en Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits http://wuis.org/post/supreme-court-wont-take-term-limits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> term limits initiative.</span></p><p>Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:22:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29509 at http://wuis.org Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Ruling Puts Pension Overhaul In Doubt http://wuis.org/post/ruling-puts-pension-overhaul-doubt <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Supreme Court says free health care is a protected retirement benefit for certain government employees. It was cause for celebration among those who’ve opposed Illinois' attempts to save money by cutting retirement benefits. But Illinois' pension battles are far from over.</span></p><p>Many state retirees used to get premium-free health insurance. When the law was changed to make them pay, a group of them sued.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:26:30 +0000 Brian Mackey 28533 at http://wuis.org Ruling Puts Pension Overhaul In Doubt Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives http://wuis.org/post/judge-nixes-term-limit-remap-initiatives <p>A Cook County judge has ruled that signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says in a Friday ruling the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />The ruling is a setback for groups advocating the measures, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.&nbsp; He's made term limits<br />a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:32:24 +0000 Associated Press 28171 at http://wuis.org Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives Lawmakers Work To Replace Illinois' Eavesdropping Law http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-work-replace-illinois-eavesdropping-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law in March, it's been legal to record audio of someone without asking permission. But legislators are working on a replacement.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court found the old law overly broad. It was a crime even to record in public, where people shouldn't really have an expectation of privacy. Because of that, Illinois' law was considered one of the strictest in the nation.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:10:19 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27540 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Work To Replace Illinois' Eavesdropping Law Illinois Supreme Court Reprimands Springfield Alderman http://wuis.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-reprimands-springfield-alderman <p>Springfield attorney and Ward 5 alderman Sam Cahnman has received a censure from the Illinois Supreme Court.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:16:18 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25475 at http://wuis.org Illinois Supreme Court Reprimands Springfield Alderman Arizona Pension Case Could Chart Course for Illinois http://wuis.org/post/arizona-pension-case-could-chart-course-illinois <p>A court case <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20140220arizona-pension-judges-supreme-court-ruling.html">decided in Arizona</a> Thursday could have implications for Illinois' ongoing legal battle over pensions. The <a href="http://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/0/OpinionFiles/Supreme/2014/CV-13-0005-T-AP.pdf">decision (pdf)</a>, by the Arizona Supreme Court, struck down an attempt to reduce Arizona officials' retirement benefits.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:05:46 +0000 Brian Mackey 19402 at http://wuis.org Arizona Pension Case Could Chart Course for Illinois Justices Get Campaign Money From Groups Involved In Pension Battle http://wuis.org/post/justices-get-campaign-money-groups-involved-pension-battle <p>A published report says groups with ties to the pension-reform law adopted last month have contributed close to $3 million to Illinois Supreme Court justices who might decide its fate. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1aqJQ5n ) that six of seven justices have taken money in the past 13 years from labor unions, business groups and a political committee controlled by Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. &nbsp;<br />Retired teachers have sued to stop the pension-reform plan that cuts retiree benefits to reduce a $100 billion debt. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:55:23 +0000 Associated Press 16146 at http://wuis.org Justices Get Campaign Money From Groups Involved In Pension Battle Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan http://wuis.org/post/madigan-courts-could-pick-and-choose-pension-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois legislators may have passed a pension overhaul, but unions representing teachers and public employees have vowed to sue to stop it from taking effect. If they're successful, that could force lawmakers to go back to the drawing board.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:52:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14334 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Amazon Tax' http://wuis.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-strikes-down-amazon-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down the so-called "Amazon tax." The decision could pave the way for businesses to make more money online.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law was intended to force Internet retailers to collect Illinois sales tax.</span></p><p>Even if such companies didn't have an office or physical store here, they might have had Illinois "affiliates." That would be a website that linked to a product on, say, Amazon.com, and got a small kickback for every sale.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:27:58 +0000 Brian Mackey 11237 at http://wuis.org Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Amazon Tax' Should State Retirees Pay For Health Insurance? http://wuis.org/post/should-state-retirees-pay-health-insurance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Retired state workers who collect pensions in Illinois started paying health insurance premiums this summer. That's because of a change in the law last year — previously health insurance was free for anyone who retired with</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at least 20 years of service.</span></p><p>A number of retirees sued over the change. The case was argued Wednesday before the Illinois Supreme Court.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 9175 at http://wuis.org Should State Retirees Pay For Health Insurance? Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Gun Conviction, Keeps Ban For Minors http://wuis.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-overturns-gun-conviction-keeps-ban-minors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' old law banning the concealed carry of firearms took another hit Thursday. A federal court already found it unconstitutional last year. Now the Illinois Supreme Court has taken the same position.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alberto Aguilar was 17 when Chicago police arrested him for having a loaded handgun with the serial number scratched off.</span></p><p>He was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and sentenced to 24 months probation.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:03:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 8776 at http://wuis.org Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Gun Conviction, Keeps Ban For Minors In Quest For Lower Taxes, How Far Is Too Far? http://wuis.org/post/quest-lower-taxes-how-far-too-far <p>The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in case that asks whether the Hartney Fuel Oil Company went too far in trying to secure a lower tax rate for its product.</p><p>Harney sells gas to big transportation companies — railroads, trucking firms, that sort of thing.</p><p>Until 2008, you could have been forgiven for thinking Hartney was based in Forest View, in Cook County. After all, the company had a building there where all of its employees worked.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 8749 at http://wuis.org In Quest For Lower Taxes, How Far Is Too Far? Illinois Supreme Court Expected To Name Rita Garman As Chief Justice http://wuis.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-expected-name-rita-garman-chief-justice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Supreme Court returns from its summer recess next week, and one of the items on the docket could be the announcement of its next chief justice. The court appears ready to name Rita </span>Garman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the post.</span></p><p>Garman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would be the second woman to head the Illinois Supreme Court — and in fact, only the second woman to lead one of Illinois' three branches of government.</span></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:46:17 +0000 Brian Mackey 8413 at http://wuis.org Illinois Supreme Court Expected To Name Rita Garman As Chief Justice Macon County Judges Now Open To Allowing Cams In Courts http://wuis.org/post/macon-county-judges-now-open-allowing-cams-courts <p>Video and still cameras could be allowed in circuit courts in central and east central Illinois within the next several weeks.</p><p>The<a href="http://bit.ly/178A46S"> Champaign News-Gazette reports</a> judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit approved the cameras during a meeting last week.</p><p>Chief Judge Dan Flannell says he submitted an application to the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday. The state's high court has the final say on whether the circuit will be included in the pilot program that was approved about 18 months ago.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:57:19 +0000 Associated Press 6961 at http://wuis.org Macon County Judges Now Open To Allowing Cams In Courts Abortion Notice Law Finally Going Into Effect http://wuis.org/post/abortion-notice-law-finally-going-effect <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that requires young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. The decision ends a legal fight that goes all the way back to the </span>1990s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time since the law passed nearly two decades ago, women 17 and younger who want to have an abortion will have to get their parents' permission.</span></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:46:33 +0000 Brian Mackey 5581 at http://wuis.org Abortion Notice Law Finally Going Into Effect New Rule To Help Lawyers In Military Families http://wuis.org/post/new-rule-help-lawyers-military-families <p>This week, a new Illinois Supreme Court rule took effect that's intended to make it easier for spouses of military personnel to get a law license.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Angela Allen practices law in Chicago and, with a husband in the Illinois National Guard, she's one of about 800 members of the </span><a href="http://www.msjdn.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Military Spouse J.D. Network</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 5239 at http://wuis.org Is There Justice In Leaving Judges' Pensions Unscathed? http://wuis.org/post/there-justice-leaving-judges-pensions-unscathed <p></p><p>Illinois lawmakers remain at odds over how to handle the state's $100 billion of pension debt.&nbsp; But there's a chance that this spring the General Assembly may finally do something about it.&nbsp; After years of no major action, there are not one, but two major packages designed to reign in Illinois' retirement costs.&nbsp; The House and Senate passed competing plans.&nbsp; Both of them seek to save Illinois money by cutting current and retired government workers' benefits.&nbsp; But&nbsp;one important group of government workers are being left out of both deals - judges.</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 13:27:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3170 at http://wuis.org Is There Justice In Leaving Judges' Pensions Unscathed? 'Amazon Tax' Under Supreme Court Review http://wuis.org/post/amazon-tax-under-supreme-court-review <p>The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in case challenging the state's so-called "Amazon tax." The decision could change the way Illinois websites make money online. Brian Mackey reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you click a product link on a website — like if a blogger links to a book she's reviewing — the blogger can make a deal with the retailer to get a cut of the sale.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3101 at http://wuis.org Former Justice Harrison Dead At 81 http://wuis.org/post/former-justice-harrison-dead-81 <p>The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the death at age 81 of former Chief Justice <strong>Moses Harrison. &nbsp;</strong><br>Harrison died Thursday at a St. Louis hospital. The cause of death wasn't immediately revealed. &nbsp;<br>Harrison began his career on the bench in 1973 as a circuit court judge. He was serving on the 5th District Appellate Court when he was elected to the Supreme Court in 1992. He served as chief justice from 2000 to 2002. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:04:43 +0000 Sean Crawford 1788 at http://wuis.org Former Justice Harrison Dead At 81