Supreme Court slated to hear eight arguments in May term

By Bethany Krajelis | May 9, 2013

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in eight cases during its May term.

The cases, none of which come from the Fifth District, will present the justices with issues ranging from a minor’s incarceration and an attorney’s disciplinary proceeding to the Pension Code’s return-to-work restrictions and a new law requiring Internet retailers to collect state sales tax.

The justices are slated to hear arguments on May 15, 16 and May 22. The court’s upcoming term will likely mark the last term in Springfield before renovations to the Supreme Court building begin, after which time arguments will be heard in Chicago.

On May 15, the court will hear arguments in three cases:

  • People v. Omar Johnson, a First District case that challenges the court’s authority to assess costs and fees against a prisoner for filing frivolous filings.

  • In re Shelby R. , a Fourth District case that deals with whether the Juvenile Court Act prohibits minors from being incarcerated for the unlawful consumption of alcohol.

  • Sandra Relf v. Natasha Shatayeva, a Second District case asks the high court to determine whether the lower court erred in dismissing a personal injury action because the defendant had died before the complaint was filed.

On May 16, the justices will hear arguments in two cases:

  • Evanston Insurance Company, etc. v. George E. Riseborough, Indv., etc., et al., a First District case that deals with whether the statute of repose in Section 214.3 of the Civil Code of Procedure applies to actions brought against an attorney by a non-client.

  • In re: Theodore George Karavidas, an attorney disciplinary case in which the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission alleged the lawyer made unauthorized loans to himself while acting as the executor of his father’s estate and the trustee of a family trust.

And on May 22, the last day of arguments scheduled in the court’s term, the justices will hear the following cases:

  • The Board of Education of Peoria School District No. 150, etc. v. The Peoria Federation of Support Staff, Security/Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Unit No. 114 et al. This Fourth District case deals with the constitutionality of Public Act 96-1257, which amended the definitions of “public employee” and “public employer,” as well as jurisdiction over unfair labor practice claims between the parties.

  • Joseph E. Prazen v. Marvin Shoop, Jr., etc., et al., a Fourth District case that deals with the “return-to-work” restrictions in the state Pension Code.

  • Performance Marketing Association, Inc. v. Brian A. Hamer, a First District case that challenges the constitutionality of a 2011 law that requires Internet retailers that don’t have a physical presence in Illinois to collect state sales tax.

The full docket can be found on the court's website at

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