Illinois Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court struck  down a law Thursday  that cut civil juries in half and hiked their pay.  

When lawmakers passed the measure in 2014, they argued that having fewer jurors made the higher pay affordable.

But critics say it was a thinly-veiled parting gift from state Democrats to to trial lawyers.

The thought is that smaller juries would be prone to paying out higher awards in personal injury cases.

Doctor Tom Anderson is president of the Illinois State Medical Society.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been selected by his peers on the state's highest court to be its next chief justice.

The state Supreme Court on Monday announced Karmeier's unanimous selection to a three-year term beginning Oct. 26.

He will be the chief administrative officer of the state's judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois.

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Illinois mayors and first responders want state lawmakers to protect them from lawsuits when responding to emergencies.

Brad Cole, with the Illinois Municipal League, says there was a long-held notion that government employees could serve the general public without fear of being sued. But he says the Illinois Supreme Court recently struck down that principle.

Cole says he wants a law passed to bring it back.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has determined that a four-year pilot program allowing media coverage at certain trials a success and is making the policy permanent

A spokeswoman for the state's highest court said Monday that the rollout of the program has gone so well that justices decided to end the experimental phase. 

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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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