Tag Archives: Illinois Supreme Court

‘Amazon Tax’ Under Supreme Court Review

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. When you click a product link on a website — like … Continue reading

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Illinois Supreme Court Reinstates Nightclub Stampede Case

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the case of a Chicago nightclub stampede that killed 21 people. The decision reinstates the conviction of two of the club’s owners. The owners of the E2 nightclub were acquitted of manslaughter charges. … Continue reading

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Mary Ann McMorrow Remembered as Pioneer in Illinois Law

Colleagues and friends are remembering the late lawyer and judge Mary Ann McMorrow. She became a lawyer in an era when women were told they were taking jobs away from men, and rose to become the first woman to serve … Continue reading

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Mary Ann McMorrow, First Woman on the Illinois Supreme Court, Dies at 83

The first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court has died. Mary Ann McMorrow was 83. A statement from the Supreme Court says she died Saturday after a brief illness. Brian Mackey has more. McMorrow’s election to the Illinois … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Sides with Quinn on Prison Closures

The Illinois Supreme Court is siding with Gov. Pat Quinn in his effort to close prisons and other correctional facilities. In a split decision (PDF) Tuesday, the justices ordered the withdrawal of a preliminary injunction that had stopped Quinn from … Continue reading

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Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Juvenile’s Confession

The Illinois Supreme Court says police weren’t required to have a specially trained juvenile officer present when interrogating a 16-year-old suspect. Thursday’s decision dates back to a 2001 murder in Peoria. Brian Mackey has more: According to court documents, Germill … Continue reading

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Illinois Supreme Court Hears Abortion Case

An old anti-abortion law that’s never been enforced was argued before the Illinois Supreme court Thursday. It would require girls aged 17 and younger to tell their parents 48 hours before ending a pregnancy. The American Civil Liberties Union brought … Continue reading

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Probation Officers Face More Funding Challenges

After a decade of steep funding cuts, probation officers were hoping to turn things around in next year’s proposed budget. Instead they’re facing a 13 percent cut. Probation is used instead of jail or prison time … often for non-violent … Continue reading

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Republican Redistricting Lawsuits Still Pending

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Illinois’ new maps of Congressional and state legislative districts. That case was brought by the League of Women Voters, who say the new districts were drawn to favor one party … Continue reading

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Raw Audio: Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride Addresses the Illinois News Broadcasters Association

Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court delivered the keynote address Saturday to a convention of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. The event took place at the Spoon River College Outreach Center in Macomb. Kilbride spoke about state … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Pushing for Probation

The head of the Illinois Supreme Court is continuing to press legislators to fully fund the state court system. Brian Mackey has more: [mp3 - 0:54 - 0.85 MB] Springfield appears headed for steep cuts across state government — pushing … Continue reading

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Cook County Confident Assault Weapons Ban Will Survive

Cook County’s assault weapons ban survived a challenge in the Illinois Supreme Court — for now. In a unanimous opinion (pdf) issued Thursday, the justices say they do not have enough information to decide whether the ban is constitutional. As … Continue reading

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Jurors Can Question Witnesses in Civil Cases

People called for jury duty could soon have a more active role in trials. The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday said jurors can ask questions of witnesses in civil cases. Brian Mackey has more: [mp3 - :59 - 0.9 MB] … Continue reading

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Internet Romance Leads to Illinois Supreme Court

What began as an Internet romance has become a case before the Illinois Supreme Court. Brian Mackey has the story: [mp3 - 4:25 - 4.2 MB] If you want to read more, a friend of the plaintiff wrote a long … Continue reading

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Illinois Supreme Court Wants More Info in Redistricting Case

The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday said it wants to hear more on a Republican challenge to the new Democrat-drawn map of legislative districts. But the court is allowing next week’s elections to go ahead as planned. Republican legislative leaders … Continue reading

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Illinois Supreme Court Weighs Justification for DUI Stop

The Illinois Supreme Court was asked today to decide just how much swerving a driver can do before police are justified in pulling them over. Dennis Hackett was driving in Joliet when his car twice crossed a lane divider. A … Continue reading

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Democrats Attack Republican Redistricting Case in Illinois Supreme Court

Democrats are telling the Illinois Supreme Court that Republican attempts to toss the legislative map are too little, too late. In documents made public Thursday, the Democrats say the case was filed too close to next month’s primary election. Brian … Continue reading

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Republicans ask Illinois Supreme Court to toss legislative map

7:41 a.m. | Updated Republicans have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to throw out the new map of state legislative districts. The move comes the month before the March 20 primary election. Brian Mackey reports: [mp3 – 1:00 – 0.7 … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Kilbride on cameras in the courts

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will begin allowing cameras in the state’s trial courtrooms. But as Brian Mackey reports, how soon you’ll get local court TV depends on where you live. [mp3 | 0:59 | 0.7 MB] … Continue reading

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IL Supreme Court to open some criminal trials to cameras

The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to announce today a new policy allowing television cameras and audio recorders inside criminal courtrooms.  It has been called a “pilot program” to determine whether media access and fair trials can co-exist. But as … Continue reading

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State Week in Review: Jan. 20, 2012

On this week’s show, the panel discusses the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center and a gun case that went before the Illinois Supreme Court.  You can download an mp3 (13.2 MB) or subscribe on iTunes. To download, right-click on … Continue reading

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Illinois Supreme Court weighs assault weapons ban

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a handgun ban in Washington, D.C. Since then, gun owners have been pushing to strike down similar laws across the country. On Wednesday, the Illinois Supreme Court considered a challenge to Cook County’s … Continue reading

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Construction projects can continue: a deeper look at the Supreme Court opinion on infrastructure

Illinois lawmakers surely took a collective sigh of relief this morning.   A potentially dicey political fight was avoided with the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s infrastructure program.   The high court unanimously reversed an appellate court’s ruling … Continue reading

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