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About 100 convicted Illinois murderers sentenced as teenagers to life without parole are assured of resentencing after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday.

The high court ruled that its 2012 opinion barring automatic life terms for young offenders is retroactive.

The Illinois Supreme Court decreed the same thing two years ago.

Heidi Lambros, of the Office of the State Appellate Defender, says sentencing in two Illinois cases  already has been reconsidered.

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Judicial races are getting increasingly politicized. That's according to a study published Thursday surveying 2013-2014 state Supreme Court races called "Bankrolling the Bench."

Illinois sticks out when it comes to money spent to elect or keep judges on the bench. But not in a good way, according to the report's lead author Scott Greytak, who works for the nonpartisan group Justice at Stake.

$10 Billion Smoking Case Reheard By State Supreme Court

May 20, 2015

A $10 billion dollar lawsuit was back before the Illinois Supreme Court yesterday.

A group of smokers say Philip Morris defrauded them into thinking light cigarettes were safer than regular. Back in 2003, a court ruled "yes" and granted smokers a monster $10 billion judgment,  but they lost the case a decade ago when the state’s sharply divided highest court overturned the verdict in 2005.

Illinois Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On Pension Law

Mar 11, 2015
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It's been more than a year since Illinois passed a major overhaul of government-employee pensions. Today, the law goes before the state Supreme Court. 

The law being challenged does away with retirees' compounded cost-of-living raises and increases the retirement age for younger workers. It also gives employees a small break on how much of their paycheck automatically goes toward their future pension.

Back when he signed it in 2013, then-Gov. Pat Quinn called the reform a bipartisan victory.

"Everyday people, I think, will benefit from this reform," Quinn said.

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One of the toughest eavesdropping laws in the nation has been replaced with restrictions supporters call "more reasonable." 

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The Illinois Supreme Court will hear a case affecting public employee pensions. 

The court agreed to a quick review. Justices want to see briefs submitted by January 12th and responses by February 27th. The court could hear the case by March.

Lawyers representing state employees, teachers, university workers and others have another month to respond. The Attorney General's office argued delays would be costly to taxpayers because the pension reductions are designed to save more than a billion dollars a year.

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There's only one Illinois Supreme Court Justice on the ballot this November. Some high-dollar contributors are hoping they can remove him from office--which has never happened before.

Justice Lloyd Karmeier fought hard to get on the state's high court a decade ago. Business interests that want to make it harder to win big money in lawsuits helped get him there.

This time, Karmeier has no opponent. He needs 60-percent of voters in Illinois' southernmost counties to vote "yes" to retain his spot.

Young women in Illinois will need to notify their parents before getting an abortion. The state’s parental notification law was upheld today by the Illinois Supreme Court.

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a challenge to an old abortion law that's never gone into effect. It would require girls aged 17 and younger to notify parents before terminating a pregnancy.

Illinois Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Police Searches

Sep 12, 2012

The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether police are justified in searching a car, when the only evidence of wrongdoing they see is a single bullet. The case before the court stems from a police search in Chicago's South Suburbs.

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