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A leading appellate attorney reviews the Illinois Supreme Court opinion handed down Thursday, October 5.
People v. Reyes, 2023 IL 128461
By Kerry J. Bryson, Office of the State Appellate Defender

In 2012, Jorge Reyes was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence. In additional to a prison sentence, Reyes was ordered to pay various fines and fees. Subsequently, Reyes filed a petition to revoke the fines in his case, pursuant to 730 ILCS 5/5-9-2.1 Section 5-9-2 states that “[e]xcept as to fines established for violations of Chapter 15 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, the court, upon good cause
Continue Reading Quick Take on Illinois Supreme Court Opinion Issued Thursday, October 5, 2023

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys reviews the two civil opinions handed down Thursday, September 21, 2023, by the Illinois Supreme Court.
MB Financial Bank, N.A. v. Brophy, 2023 IL 128252
By Amelia Buragas, Illinois State University

In MB Financial Bank, N.A. v. Brophy, the Illinois Supreme Court overruled the appellate court’s judgment holding that the City of Joliet owed more than $6 million in back property taxes to the former owner of a property subjected to condemnation proceedings. The unanimous opinion authored by Justice Cunningham, concluded that the plaintiff was not entitled to repayment of property taxes that
Continue Reading Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, September 21, 2023

Marcia M. Meis, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that 396 out of 400 Illinois associate judges who filed requests for reappointment to their office for a new four-year term have been retained.

Having certified the results of more than 400 total ballots cast in Illinois’ 25 circuit courts, Director Meis informed that each successful candidate received votes that tallied three-fifths or greater in favor of their reappointment. Four associate judges did not receive the requisite number of votes for reappointment. The new term of office for each reappointed associate judge will begin on July
Continue Reading Administrative Director Announces Results of Associate Judge Reappointments

Working with other states and entities across the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is the co-sponsor of a proposed Resolution and Report in the ABA House of Delegates that seeks to reaffirm longstanding ABA policy adopted in July 2000 that sharing legal fees with nonlawyers and the ownership or control of law practices by nonlawyers is inconsistent with the core values of the legal profession.

A goal of reaffirming the existing ABA policy is to provide guidance within the ABA as various groups consider possible changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and other policy
Continue Reading Illinois State Bar Association Co-Sponsors Proposed American Bar Association Resolution and Report on Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms and Sharing Legal Fees With Nonlawyers