A leading appellate attorney reviews the Illinois Supreme Court opinion handed down Friday, March 8.
M.U. v. Team Illinois Hockey Club, Inc., 2024 IL 128935
By Amelia Buragas, J.D., Illinois State University

In M.U. v. Team Illinois Hockey Club, Inc., a unanimous Court applied standard rules of statutory construction to consider the language and parameters of section 5-102(A) of the Illinois Human Rights Act. After examining the plain language of the statute and the allegations contained in the plaintiff’s complaint, the Court held that a youth hockey club that leases and operates a portion of a public ice arena
Continue Reading Quick Take on Illinois Supreme Court Opinion Issued Friday, March 8, 2024

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys reviews the one civil and one criminal opinion handed down Tuesday, July 18, 2023, by the Illinois Supreme Court.
Rowe v. Raoul, 2023 IL 129248
By Joanne R. Driscoll, Forde & O’Meara LLP

This case involves the constitutionality of the Safety Accountability, Fairness and Equity (SAFE-T) Act (Pub. Act. No. 101-652 (eff. Jan. 1, 2023)), as amended by Public Act 102-1104 (Pub. Act. No. 102-1104 (eff. Jan. 1, 2023)) (together referred to as the Act). Among other things, the Act amended statutory provisions governing pretrial release of criminal defendants, such as eliminating the
Continue Reading Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Tuesday, July 18, 2023

A leading appellate attorney reviews the Illinois Supreme Court opinion handed down Friday, June 2.
People v. Pinkett, 2023 IL 127223
By Kerry J. Bryson, Office of the State Appellate Defender

Michael Pinkett was convicted of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer following an incident where he failed to stop his motorcycle in response to police lights and sirens and drove more than 21 mph over the speed limit.

In June 2017, Deputy Sheriff Brad Wassell observed Pinkett and two other individuals driving motorcycles in excess of the speed limit. Wassell, who was in an unmarked
Continue Reading Quick Take on Illinois Supreme Court Opinion Issued Friday, June 2, 2023

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys reviews the three civil and eight criminal opinions handed down Thursday, May 18, 2023, by the Illinois Supreme Court.
Chapman v. Chicago Dept. of Finance, 2023 IL 128300
By Michael T. Reagan, Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan

The plaintiff submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Chicago Dept. of Finance for certain records pertaining to the Citation Administration and Adjudication System (CANVAS), a database that the City uses for the enforcement of parking, red-light, and speed-camera tickets. After a ticket has been issued, the information is loaded into CANVAS and
Continue Reading Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, May 18, 2023

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys reviews the six Illinois Supreme Court opinions handed down Thursday, May 19.
Prate Roofing and Installations, LLC v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., 2022 IL 127140
By Amelia Buragas, J.D.

At issue in Prate Roofing and Installations, LLC v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., was whether the Department of Insurance (DOI) has the authority to resolve a dispute regarding the amount of premiums due on a workers’ compensation policy. The appellate court in a separate case recently had held that the DOI did not have the authority to resolve such disputes and vacated DOI’s final order
Continue Reading Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, May 19, 2022

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys reviews the eight Illinois Supreme Court opinions handed down Friday, January 21.
PNC Bank, National Ass’n v. Kusmierz, 2022 IL 126606
By Joanne R. Driscoll, Forde & O’Meara LLP

In this case, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a petition for relief from a void judgment filed under section 2-1401(f) of the Code of Civil Procedure (Code) (735 ILCS 5/2- 1401(f) (West 2016)) is subject to dismissal based on laches and the bona fide purchaser protections set forth in section 2-1401(e) of the Code (id. § 2- 1401(e)).

Plaintiff, PNC Bank, National Association
Continue Reading Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Friday, January 21, 2022

The Illinois Supreme Court announced the adoption of a policy which will require every state courthouse in Illinois to adopt individual orders or rules regarding the use of portable electronic devices in their courthouse buildings and in their courtrooms.

In adopting this policy, the Court recognizes that portable electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, tablets, and e-book readers are essential tools of today’s society.

Many courthouses already possess policies which address the needs of lawyers, jurors, and other court users and staff to possess portable electronic devices in courthouses yet some bar members of the public and self-represented litigants
Continue Reading Illinois Supreme Court Announces New Policy on Portable Electronic Devices