Illinois Appellate Court

Fertility Clinic

In Battle Of The Exes, Appeals Court Sides With Woman Who Wants Frozen Embryos

Four years ago, Elgin paramedic Jacob Szafranski and his then-girlfriend, Dr. Karla Dunston, agreed to create frozen embryos in case they decided to have a child in the future. Shortly after, the couple broke up.


Mark Downs (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

1996 Murder Case Goes Before Illinois Supreme Court

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Aurora nearly 20 years ago said it would break her heart if the man convicted of killing her son gets a new trial, as the case went before the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday.


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Appeals Court: Reporter Does Not Have To Disclose Source

A reporter previously held in contempt of court while covering a grisly Joliet double-homicide will not have to disclose his source, a state appeals court ruled Monday.


Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Rauner, Quinn Call Each Other “Phony” On Term Limits

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner accused each other of being dishonest on the issue of term limits, Rauner filed an emergency petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to decide whether voters can weigh in on the question in November.


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Police Union Seeks To Delay Release Of Officer Misconduct Lists

The Fraternal Order of Police, which filed the injunction Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims there is reason to believe the lists are inaccurate and could “unfairly and vexatiously harm” the officers named in them.


Hector Mauricio (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Man Convicted Of Killing WWII Vet To Be Resentenced

The man convicted of stabbing 83-year-old Roscoe Ebey to death in 2007 will be resentenced, after appellate court judges ruled that a Kane County judge placed too much emphasis on Ebey’s character when considering the man’s sentence


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Court: City Must Make Police Misconduct Files Public

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act doesn’t exempt “CR files,” which consist of misconduct complaints against officers and documents created during the investigations, a state appeals court ruled Monday.


Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Father Of Woman Convicted Of Killing Toddler Confident Case “Far From Over”

An Illinois Appellate Court panel has upheld the murder conviction of a Carpentersville woman accused of killing a 16-month-old boy at a Deerfield daycare center five years ago, but the woman’s father said it’s only a minor setback.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2014

Tyrell Jackson (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Man Pleads Guilty To 2008 Drug Murder, Gets 25 Years

Tyrell Jackson, 26, of Villa Park, had faced up to 70 years in prison, until his original conviction on a charge of first-degree murder was overturned by the Illinois Appellate Court.


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Paperwork Forces Wrongfully Imprisoned Man To Wait To Clear Name

Bennie Starks served more than 20 years for a rape in Waukegan that he did not commit.


Plan B Pill

Appellate Court Agrees Pharmacists Can’t Be Forced To Provide Morning-After Pills

An Illinois appellate panel court has sided with two pharmacists, saying the State of Illinois may not force them to dispense morning-after pills.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2012

Drew Peterson

Appeals Court Gives Prosecution Victory In Peterson Case

Drew Peterson could finally be headed to trial later this year, after an Illinois appellate court handed prosecutors a major victory by allowing them to use eight hearsay statements against him at trial, reversing a lower court ruling tossing out those statements.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2012

Chicago firefighters had to carefully pull people out of the E2 nightclub after a panicked crowd stampeded to the exit on Feb. 17, 2003, pushing against doors that opened inward. Twenty-one people died in the stampede and dozens of others were injured. (CBS File Photo)

Appellate Court Tosses Convictions Of E2 Nightclub Owners

A panel of the Illinois Appellate court has overturned the convictions of the owners of the E2 nightclub where 21 people were killed in a stampede to the exit in 2003 after a security guard used pepper spray in the crowded club.


Natural Gas Flame

Appellate Court: Peoples Gas Can’t Charge Consumers To Replace Pipes

For the last six months, Chicago residents have been paying more for natural gas, but that is about to end.

WBBM Newsradio–10/04/2011

Drew Peterson

Appeals Court Upholds Limits On Hearsay Evidence At Drew Peterson Trial

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a Will County judge’s decision to prevent prosecutors from using some hearsay evidence against former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson at his upcoming murder trial.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2011

Rodell Sanders

Prosecutors Appealing New Trial For Murder Convict

Just days ago, a man who has been behind bars for 17 years learned his chance at freedom is in limbo.

CBS Chicago–04/08/2011

John Herman (Illinois Department of Corrections)

Rape Conviction Of Chicago Cop Reversed

Former Police Sgt. John Herman had been convicted of sexually assaulting a crack addict while on duty, but his attorneys said the sex was consensual.


Drew Peterson

Cameras Roll At Drew Peterson Hearing

A history-making hearing took place Wednesday afternoon in the Drew Peterson case.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2011

Drew Peterson

Peterson Case Could Mean More Cameras In Courtrooms

The Drew Peterson case could be opening the door to more TV cameras in Illinois courtrooms.

CBS Chicago–02/10/2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Quinn Files To Block Undoing Of Construction Program

The office of Gov. Pat Quinn has filed a motion to block a ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court that would undo the state’s $31 billion capital construction program.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2011