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ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT: Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments At Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey

By Press release submission | Aug 27, 2019

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Illinois Supreme Court issued the following announcement on Aug. 21.

The Illinois Supreme Court will leave the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield behind for a day to hear oral arguments at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases starting at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, in the Hatheway Cultural Center, located at 5800 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, IL. “Moving beyond the courthouse to hear arguments at other locations throughout the state has become an integral part of the Court’s ongoing efforts to educate the public on the critical work we do. At a time when so much of government seems so erratic, it is especially important for citizens to understand the vital role played by the judicial system in protecting the foundations of our democracy and affirming individual rights and responsibilities,” Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier said. “Few things bring that lesson home as powerfully as witnessing an actual court hearing. We recognize how hard it is for most people to make it to Springfield to attend a regular session of the Supreme Court, so we have resolved to bring the Court to the people on a regular basis through proceedings like this one.

It seems to be catching on. In fact, the Lewis & Clark proceedings promise to be our most popular so far. We are expecting more than 900 attendees, including an especially high number of local students. My colleagues and I are looking forward to welcoming them in Godfrey next month.” The upcoming arguments at Lewis & Clark Community College will be the Court’s first road trip since March 15, 2018, when arguments were heard at the University of Illinois at Urbana– Champaign.

Students and teachers from local schools have been invited to participate in the September 18 program either by attending the arguments live, or watching via a live stream at “By bringing the live court cases to Lewis & Clark Community College, the Illinois State Supreme Court is modeling democracy and the rule of law in action for students and the community to witness,” Lewis & Clark President Dale Chapman said. “This is a very unique and powerful lesson to witness, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Supreme Court to provide this opportunity for our area residents.”

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