Illinois

Prosecutors in northern Illinois say they will appeal a judge's ruling regarding the upcoming trial of the wife of a former Fox Lake Police lieutenant who killed himself.

A Lake County judge on Monday morning upheld a previous ruling that prosecutors can't present as evidence text and emails between Charles Gliniewicz and his widow, Melodie Gliniewicz.

She was indicted after her husband committed suicide in September 2015. She has pleaded not guilty to charges including siphoning money from the village's youth policing program.

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One of the top  Democrats in the Illinois House is resigning. Democratic Representative Elaine Nekritz is stepping down after nearly 15 years in the General Assembly.

She’s helped pass major legislation on state pensions and criminal justice — and has a record of working to find bipartisan support for legislation.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan argued in court Tuesday that paying state employees removes “any imperative” for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to “fulfill their basic constitutional obligations ... and resolve their budget impasse.”

Madigan is trying to halt state employee paychecks. She said only the General Assembly can approve state spending, which means Illinois does not have the legal authority to make payroll.

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The cases involve two groups: one which has been getting paid; and another which hasn’t, but wants to.

Today's case before the appellate court in Mount Vernon, involves state employees. Lawyers from Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office are arguing against a ruling that said these workers must be paid. 

Normally, their salaries must be appropriated by the legislature; when that didn’t happen in 2015, the AFSCME union convinced a judge to order that the payments be made.

NIU Law Dean Still On Administrative Leave

Jun 6, 2017
NIU Today

The dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Law is still on administrative leave pending an investigation, according to a university spokesperson.

NIU’s Human Resources office received a complaint regarding Dean Eric Dannenmaier in mid-February. He voluntarily went on paid administrative leave shortly after.

NIU College of Law professor Mark Cordes is serving as acting dean. He held the role prior to Dannenmaier’s arrival.

Dannenmaier became dean at NIU in June 2016.

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