Illinois Supreme Court

Old law was "too broad"
2:42 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

New Eavesdropping Law For Illinois Eases Restrictions

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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

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4:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Quick Appeal On Pension Overhaul

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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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Election 2014
6:29 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Contributors Try To Drive Out Uncontested Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Lloyd A. Karmeier

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.

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Abortion ruling
3:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Parental Notification Law Upheld By Illinois' Highest Court

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.

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6:27 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Illinois Supreme Court Considering Abortion Law Challenge

Illinois Supreme Court Justices

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.

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10:48 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Illinois Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Police Searches

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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7:53 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Chief Justice welcomes NIU's new law students

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride speaks to incoming NIU law students
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Students across Illinois are making their way back to school in the coming weeks. Yesterday, Northern Illinois University’s incoming law students got a special welcome.

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6:50 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Illinois Supreme Court rules on DUI stops

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state of Illinois

The state's highest court says police can pull someone over for a DUI stop, even if the driver only drifts slightly out of his or her lane. The ruling stems from a case out of Will County.

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