Illinois Supreme Court

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The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes.

The case involves Urbana-based Carle hospital and clinics — though it could affect health systems across Illinois.  

At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that exempts not-for-profit hospitals from paying property taxes.

Laurel Prussing, the mayor of Urbana, says losing that tax money cost the city 11 percent of its tax base. 

The company behind the proposed Rock Island Clean Line says pending legal proceedings in Illinois prompted it to withdraw its request to approve the Iowa leg of its project. 

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The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a barrier to suing for "negligent infliction of emotional distress." It’s called the “impact rule.”

The rule is simple: in order to claim someone’s negligence caused you distress, you have to be “impacted.” Literally have something or someone make physical contact with you.

The case was brought by a Northbrook woman whose home was in foreclosure. She was startled when a contractor hired by Chase Home Finance entered what he thought was an abandoned home -- startled, but not “impacted."

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier is sworn in as the high court's 120th chief justice.

An installation ceremony took place Monday at the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield. He will be the chief administrative officer of the state's judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois.

Karmeier was unanimously chosen by his peers. He is replacing Justice Rita Garman, who is finishing a three-year term as chief justice. 

Karmeier has served on the Supreme Court since 2004.

The independent candidate for Congress in the 13th district has appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court in an effort to finally get his name back on the ballot.

Bloomington physician David Gill was denied a spot earlier this week by an appeals court after previously winning a temporary stay with a judge's ruling.

He's hopeful Justice Elena Kagan, who's responsible for matters in Illinois, will reverse the decision of the State Board of Elections.

Gill's campaign manager Don Necessary says he hopes circuit clerks will wait on mailing out ballots without Gill's name.

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