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Cook County Courts To Allow Cameras In 2015

Court officials say the program will begin Jan. 5 in the felony courtrooms at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. It’s been the site of many high-profile trials. Bond hearings are excluded from the pilot project.

12/16/2014

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

Illinois Supreme Court Allows Speedy Pension Appeal

The case involves the pension fix lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn adopted last year. The law cut retirement benefits and made other changes to help fill a $111 billion deficit in five state pensions systems caused by years of state underfunding.

12/11/2014

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

Madigan To Appeal Pension Law Ruling To Supreme Court “Shortly”

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she expects the state’s highest court could take up the state’s landmark pension overhaul plan by the end of January, now that a lower court judge has ruled it unconstitutional.

11/24/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Judge Rules Illinois Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled Friday in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the state’s landmark pension overhaul. The state is expected to appeal the ruling directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.

11/21/2014

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Red Light Camera Lawsuit

The Illinois Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Chicago’s red light camera system, after two justices recused themselves from the case, and the rest couldn’t agree on a ruling.

11/20/2014

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.

08/21/2014

Jon Burge

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Burge Can Keep His Pension

In a 4-3 vote, the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge can keep his pension, despite his conviction for lying about the torture of criminal suspects.

07/03/2014

Ballots

Group Gets 532,000 Signatures To End Gerrymandered Districts

With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot.

05/02/2014

Prison fence

Court Allows New Sentencing For 100 Convicted Killers

All 100 convicts were under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes, and some were accomplices who weren’t directly involved in killing the victim in their case, but they all received mandatory life sentences.

03/20/2014

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Law

In the unanimous decisions released Thursday, the court found the 1961 Eavesdropping Act violates free speech and due process protections. They focus on audio recordings.

03/20/2014

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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Amazon Tax’

The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales.

10/18/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Ill. Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Lawmaker Pay Dispute

Gov. Pat Quinn’s appeal of a ruling that his veto of lawmakers’ pay was unconstitutional will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.

10/17/2013

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

State Supreme Court To Hold Full Term In Chicago

It’s the first time the state’s highest judicial authority is sitting for a full term outside the capital in nearly 120 years.

09/10/2013

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Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Parental Notification Abortion Law

The Illinois Supreme Court ended a lengthy and emotionally charged legal appeal over an abortion notification law Thursday, clearing the way for the state to begin enforcing a 1995 measure that requires doctors to notify a girl’s parents 48 hours before the procedure.

07/11/2013

City Hall

Aldermen Seek To Give Inspector General Power To Enforce Subpoenas

Some members of the City Council’s Progressive Reform Caucus want to give the city’s Inspector General increased powers; perhaps more authority than Mayor Rahm Emanuel would want him to have.

WBBM Newsradio–04/25/2013

Timothy Evans

Evans Hopes Cook County Courts Can Get Cameras Soon

With a high-profile triple murder trial underway in DuPage County with a camera in the courtroom, Cook County’s chief judge was left wondering when Chicago would be able to follow suit within its own court system.

WBBM Newsradio–04/16/2013

A Chicago police car and command center van sit in front of the E2 nightclub on Feb. 18, 2003 in Chicago, a day after 21 people died in a stampede for the exits after a security guard used pepper spray inside the club. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against E2 Nightclub Owners In Deadly Stampede

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously reversed an appeals court decision clearing the two owners of the former E2 nightclub of indirect criminal contempt charges, filed after 21 people died in a stampede at the club in 2003.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2013

Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko (Chicago Police Department)

Supreme Court Assigns Vanecko Case To McHenry County Judge

A McHenry County judge will preside over the politically-charged involuntary manslaughter case against Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who is accused of killing David Koschman in 2004.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2012

Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko (Chicago Police Department)

Vanecko Judge Steps Aside, New Judge From Outside Cook County Sought

After a judge with ties to former Mayor Richard M. Daley recused himself from the involuntary manslaughter case against a Daley nephew, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans is asking the state’s highest court to appoint a judge from outside the county.

CBS Chicago–12/17/2012

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DuPage County To Get Cameras, Microphones In Courtrooms

The Illinois Supreme Court will issue an order Monday permitting live broadcast coverage of trials in DuPage County.

WBBM Newsradio–09/23/2012

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