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.
Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Red Light Camera LawsuitThe 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.
Rauner, Quinn Call Each Other "Phony" On Term LimitsGov. 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.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules Burge Can Keep His PensionIn 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.
Group Gets 532,000 Signatures To End Gerrymandered DistrictsWith 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.
Court Allows New Sentencing For 100 Convicted KillersAll 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.
State Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping LawIn the unanimous decisions released Thursday, the court found the 1961 Eavesdropping Act violates free speech and due process protections. They focus on audio recordings.
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.
Ill. Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Lawmaker Pay DisputeGov. Pat Quinn's appeal of a ruling that his veto of lawmakers' pay was unconstitutional will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.
State Supreme Court To Hold Full Term In ChicagoIt's the first time the state's highest judicial authority is sitting for a full term outside the capital in nearly 120 years.
Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Parental Notification Abortion LawThe 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.