illinois supreme court

State Supreme Court Ruling
3:44 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Illinois Abortion Notification Law Upheld


The Illinois Supreme Court has paved the way for a long-dormant abortion law to finally go into effect.

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50 Year Career
6:19 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Legal Trailblazer Mary Ann McMorrow Passes Away

Mary Ann McMorrow
Credit Illinois Supreme Court

The first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court has died. Mary Ann McMorrow was 83.

McMorrow's election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1992 was just one of a series of achievements in a career that spanned more than 50 years.

She was the only woman in her law school class in the early 1950s. After that, she was the first woman to prosecute felonies in Cook County.

One of her colleagues back then was future governor Jim Thompson, who recalled their work together in an interview in 2006, when McMorrow retired from the Supreme Court.

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
11:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Country Living and Livestock Farms

Credit Rich Egger

Beware if you've ever considered moving near a farm in Illinois. A new decision by the Illinois Supreme Court reaffirms a state law that blocks nuisance lawsuits against farmers.

The case involves the Roger and Bobbie Toftoy, who moved into a new house across from a cattle farm. They found the flies to be so bad that they sometimes could not go outside.

They sued and won, and a judge told the farmers to fix the problem. But on appeal, the cattlemen argued they were protected under an Illinois law meant to encourage farming.

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
2:11 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Schools Must Share Info About Employee Sex Abuse Allegations

The Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court
State of Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled a school district that suspended a teacher because of allegations of sexual misconduct had a duty to warn another district where  the teacher later found work.

Jon  White was twice suspended from his teaching job in Normal. But the  McLean County school district did not disclose that when the Urbana  schools asked to verify White's employment.

White was eventually convicted of abusing eight girls in Urbana and two  in  Normal. He will spend most of the next 30 years in prison.

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The People v Hackett
1:31 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

High Court: A Swerve Justifies Traffic Stop

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a ruling that says police can pull someone  over for a DUI stop even if the driver drifts only slightly out  of his/her lane.

The case dates back to 2008, when a Will County Sheriff's deputy saw Dennis Hackett twice move his car from the left lane "slightly" into the right lane.

The deputy pulled over Hackett and arrested him on drunken driving charges.

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