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Cook County criminal court judge slain; police searching for shooter

The Madison County Record Apr. 11, 2017, 12:52pm

Chicago Police say they are continuing to investigate “around the clock” to find and “bring to justice” a man they believe responsible for gunning down a Cook County criminal court judge outside his home early Monday morning.

Cook County judge says Illinois politicians should not receive checks faster than state pays other debts

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 31, 2017, 8:21am

A Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled March 16 that Illinois can't give preferential treatment to state lawmakers' paychecks over the overdue debts that the state has.

Cook, Madison, St. Clair Counties rank sixth in ATRA’s Judicial Hellholes list

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 20, 2016, 2:51pm

Maintaining a yearly spot on the American Tort Reform Association’s Judicial Hellholes list, Cook, Madison and St. Clair Counties were combined this year to make up the sixth Judicial Hellhole in the nation.

‘Show Me Your Lawsuit State’ tops ATRA’s Judicial Hellholes list

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 16, 2016, 7:12am

The Metro-East St. Louis region joined the ranks yet again as this year’s worst jurisdictions, with St. Louis topping the American Tort Reform Association’s Judicial Hellholes list and Madison and St. Clair Counties ranking sixth in the nation. ATRA, however, praised Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ recent revised case management order governing the Madison County asbestos docket.

Redistricting reform proponents say voters need voice over legislators' self interest

Carrie Salls Aug. 19, 2016, 8:20am

SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for Independent Maps submitted a brief to the Illinois Supreme Court arguing that a lower court’s ruling against the constitutionality of a proposed redistricting reform amendment is contrary to both the drafters' intent for the 1970 Illinois Constitution and the language of the constitution’s provision allowing voters to propose amendments.

Judge slaps restraining order on access to Topinka campaign money amid lawsuit by late comptroller's son

Scott Holland Jan. 25, 2016, 4:50pm

The campaign funds of the late Judy Baar Topinka are now formally frozen, thanks to an order issued Jan. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Illinois Supreme Court forms new Judicial College

Annie Hunt Jan. 4, 2016, 6:15am

The Illinois Supreme Court announced its approval of a judicial college that plans to create a more comprehensive approach to judiciary education.

John Crane says Ford lawyers' asbestos sanctions motion a 'witch hunt' to advance 'implausible conspiracy theory'

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 8, 2015, 12:56pm

A manufacturer named as a defendant in about 75,000 asbestos personal injury cases nationwide has pushed back against a request for sanctions from lawyers representing Ford Motor Company, who have accused their client of being a “shill” to prevent other defendants from transferring cases out of Cook County Circuit Court, saying Ford has no basis to support an “implausible conspiracy theory” serving as a pretense for the chance to fish for privileged information.

Sanctions sought against asbestos lawyers for using John Crane as 'shill' to keep cases in Cook County

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 30, 2015, 7:35am

Attorneys for defendants in a Cook County asbestos case have brought an action against the opposing counsel in the case, asking the court to punish the plaintiff’s attorneys and the counsel for John Crane Inc., one of the other defendants named in the case, for their alleged use of Crane as a "shill" to prevent defendants from transferring the case and others like it out of Cook County Circuit Court.

Most state workers to go unpaid; Judge says no to full wages without a budget

Mark Fitton Jul. 8, 2015, 7:17am

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that state employees who work during a no-budget shutdown can be paid only minimum federal wage — $7.25 an hour — plus overtime. Munger, R-Lincolnshire, said she was disappointed by and respectfully disagrees with the ruling issued by Judge Diane Joan Larsen on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. "My office will soon file an appeal to today's decision,” the comptroller said. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, D-Ch

Guava accused of filing ‘bad faith’ lawsuit; Active Doe parties demand porn distributor be sanctioned

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo May 12, 2015, 7:46am


Panel: Insurers must defend Illinois Tool Works against slew of toxic tort cases even if allegations are baseless

Bethany Krajelis Jan. 16, 2015, 1:59pm


Woman sues husband’s alleged mistress; New York Post article IDs plaintiff as wife of Napoli Bern partner and defendant as Texas attorney

Bethany Krajelis Nov. 11, 2014, 10:26am


Seventh Circuit OKs stay of federal suits in ongoing Freed & Weiss dispute pending outcome of state court proceeding

Bethany Krajelis Jun. 25, 2014, 4:05pm


Seventh Circuit remands class action for determination on potential damages to resolve jursidictional fight

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 16, 2014, 1:12pm


Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments in 11 cases, including one from Fifth District

Bethany Krajelis Jan. 31, 2014, 12:55pm

The Illinois Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a personal injury suit from the Fifth District that stems from an elderly woman’s fall over a public sidewalk known to be in a dangerous condition.

Defense attorneys say venue tactics mark another chapter in Prenda saga

Bethany Krajelis Jan. 14, 2014, 6:03pm

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Appellate court rules on ongoing dispute over dissolution of Freed and Weiss law firm

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 23, 2013, 5:16pm


Supreme Court strikes down so-called Amazon tax law; Karmeier dissents

Bethany Krajelis Oct. 18, 2013, 4:50pm

Karmeier BurkeA 2011 state law that imposed a tax on out-of-state Internet retailers is unconstitutional, the Illinois Supreme Court held today.In a 6-1 decision, the high court affirmed a lower court ruling that struck down the so-called “Amazon tax law” because it failed to meet the substantial nexus requirement for state taxes under the Commerce Clause and was preempted by a federal law prohibiting

Judge denies motion to dismiss Prenda Law's libel suit; Sets briefing schedule on remand request

Bethany Krajelis Aug. 14, 2013, 5:54pm