Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court News

IL high court: Cities can't sidestep lawsuits by simply calling property repairs 'discretionary'

By Dan Churney | Aug 6, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has reduced the reach of the legal shield long enjoyed under Illinois state law by cities and other public bodies when faced with personal injury lawsuits, as the high court indicated the rationale advanced by lower court judges in rejecting a woman’s lawsuit over the injuries she sustained tripping on a Danville sidewalk was overbroad.

Appellate court affirms AG ruling that housing group's records subject to FOIA

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — The 4th District Appellate Court has affirmed a decision by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that documents from a group founded to improve housing conditions in Danville are public record and fall under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Fourth District: Asbestos judge did not err in staying terminally ill man’s trial

By Record News | Aug 1, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – McLean County Presiding Judge Rebecca Foley committed no error when she stayed trial for a man about to die of lung cancer, Fourth District appellate judges decided on July 26.

Illinois Supreme Court names new communications director

By Taryn Phaneuf | Sep 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Christopher Bonjean will join the Illinois Supreme Court as director of the office of communications and public information. There, he will be responsible for reorganized the division charged with informing and educating Illinoisans about the judicial system.

Fourth District Appellate Court decision was judicial activism run amok

By The Madison County Record | Aug 11, 2016

The Appellate Court ignored the fact that four members of the State Board of Elections opined that the judges could not stand for election and four others voted they could. Even Baricevic and Haida obviously thought they couldn't run for election to their own seats; otherwise, they wouldn't have filed for each other's vacancy.

Ancient milk marketing case heard at high court; Justices poke at Highland dairy farmers' theory

By The Madison County Record | Jan 19, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Former Highland dairy farmers Michael and Denise Richter, who let a suit against Prairie Farms languish for five years, found no visible support at the Illinois Supreme Court for their plea that they didn’t let it die. At oral argument on Jan. 14, questions from the Justices harmonized better with Prairie Farms than with Fourth District appellate judges who kept the case alive.

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