Crystal Lake South Loses Court Battle; Bleachers Must Come DownCrystal Lake South High School must tear down the 55-foot-tall bleachers it built on the west side of its football field, after the Illinois Supreme Court sided with the neighbors in a dispute over whether the district needed permits for the structure.
2 Illinois Courts, 2 Opposite Takes On State Employee PayCourts on opposite sides of the state have issued opinions about whether state employees should continue to get paychecks while the impasse over a yearlong spending plan continues between Democrats in the Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Illinois Supreme Court To Hear $10B Cigarette Lawsuit AppealLast year, an appellate court reinstated a 2003 local verdict that Phillip Morris broke state law by marketing "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes as safer than others.
Emanuel: City Coming Up With Plan B For Pensions After High Court RulingMayor Rahm Emanuel said officials at City Hall are working on what they can do to shore up the city’s underfunded public employee pension funds, after an Illinois Supreme Court ruling overturned the state’s pension overhaul.
Illinois Supreme Court Tosses State Pension OverhaulThe decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what's necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations.
Crystal Lake Denies Retroactive Permits For High School BleachersThe battle over the bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School raged on Wednesday night, nearly two years after they were built.
1996 Murder Case Goes Before Illinois Supreme CourtThe 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.
Governor Signs Law To Help Stop Public Pensions For FelonsGov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday giving Illinois' attorney general more power to stop pension payments to convicted felons.
Cook County Courts To Allow Cameras In 2015Court 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.
Illinois Supreme Court Allows Speedy Pension AppealThe 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.
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.
Judge Rules Illinois Pension Overhaul UnconstitutionalSangamon 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.