Illinois Supreme Court

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


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


Illinois Judges Plan To Offer Up Civics Education

If you don’t know the names of the three branches of government, but you do know the names all the judges on “American Idol,” you might not have had enough civics in high school.

WBBM Newsradio–09/13/2012

Timothy Evans

Chief Judge: Cameras Likely In Cook County Courts By Year’s End

Cook County’s chief judge says his court system should be ready to introduce cameras in courtrooms by the end of the year, although Illinois Supreme Court officials say there’s no specific timetable for putting them in place.


Marshall Hollins, 35, is serving an 8-year prison sentence for child pornography, for photographing himself having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend in 2009. The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, even though she was old enough to legally consent to sex, it was still illegal to photograph someone under the age of 18 engaged in a sexual act. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Ill. Supreme Court: Sex With 17-Year-Old Was Legal, Pictures Were Not

In a case that highlights one of the unusual incongruities of state laws, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a downstate man didn’t commit a crime when he had sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend, but he did break the law when he took pictures of them in the act.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2012


Supreme Court Expanding Program For Cameras In Courtroom

Televised trials are coming to two more counties not far from Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio–04/29/2012

(Credit: CBS)

State Supreme Court: Assault Weapons Ban Challenge Can Go Ahead

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a challenge to the Cook County assault weapons ban may proceed, reversing a lower court decision.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012


State Supreme Court: CPS Doesn’t Have To Rehire Laid Off Teachers

The Illinois State Supreme Court has sided with the Chicago Public Schools, saying the district does not have to rehire tenured teachers it had laid off.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012


State Supreme Court Orders Hearing For Alleged Torture Victim

The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered a hearing for a convicted rapist who claims he was tortured into a false confession by detectives working for Cmdr. Jon Burge.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

Gavel, Court, Generic Sized Image

Cook County Plans To Go Ahead With Cameras In Courtrooms

Chief judges in circuit courts around the state are considering the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to allow cameras and microphones in courtrooms.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2012

(Credit: CBS)

Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Cook County Assault Weapon Ban

The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on an attempt to overturn Cook County’s ban on so-called assault weapons.

WBBM Newsradio–01/18/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Supreme Court Suspends Blagojevich’s Law License

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s law license “until further notice.”

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Drew Peterson (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Denies Peterson’s Bid For Release

The Illinois Supreme Court has denied former Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson’s request to be released from jail while he awaits trial on charges that he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2011

Scales Of Justice

State Supreme Court To Hear Convicted Rapist’s Torture Allegation

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday regarding a convicted rapist’s effort to get a new trial, based on an alleged tortured confession.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2011

Drew Peterson

Peterson To Ask State Supreme Court For Release From Jail

Former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson is taking his case to the Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday, in an effort to get out of jail.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

Appellate Court To Go Online For DuPage, Ogle County

In a world in which you can cheaply video-chat with your grandchildren, the Illinois judicial system is farther behind these cyber-times than you may think.

WBBM Newsradio–08/04/2011

Illinois State Capitol

State Supreme Court Upholds Capital Construction Program

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld legislation that created a $31 billion statewide infrastructure construction plan.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2011


Ill. Supreme Court: Inmates Can Keep Most Of Their Income From Prison Jobs

Inmates can keep large portions of income they earn while working jobs behind bars, the Illinois Supreme Court said in a ruling Thursday that scuttles attempts by prison officials to confiscate everything for prison room and board.


Bears playoff tickets (CBS)

City Wants StubHub To Collect Amusement Tax

A popular online ticket marketplace is under fire from the City of Chicago, which says it should be collecting amusement tax.

WBBM Newsradio–05/18/2011