Supreme Court of Illinois Decisions

Seven justices serve on the Illinois Supreme Court, which is located in Springfield. The Court generally reviews appeals from the Illinois Appellate Court at its discretion, but it must hear an appeal when a case involves the constitutionality of a law. It also holds original jurisdiction over matters related to writs of mandamus and habeas corpus, as well as certain other narrow situations. The Chief Justice and the staff of the Supreme Court oversee the other Illinois courts. The Court works together with the Illinois legislature in making rules for the judicial branch.

To be qualified to serve as a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen who is licensed to practice law in the state. They also must be a resident of the district in which they run for election. The Illinois legislature formerly required all justices (and other judges) to retire at the age of 75, but the Illinois Supreme Court struck down this rule in 2009. Justices serve 10-year terms, for which they are elected in partisan elections. Illinois is divided into five judicial districts for the purposes of these elections. The district that contains Chicago and Cook County elects three justices, while each of the other districts elects one justice. At the end of their term, a justice will receive another term if they secure at least 60 percent of the votes in a retention election. The justices of the Court elect the Chief Justice to serve a three-year term.

When a vacancy arises on the Court, the remaining justices will appoint an interim justice to fill the seat. Illinois is the only state in the U.S. that allows its state Supreme Court to make interim appointments to its own seats. To retain their seat, the interim justice must seek a full term in the first general election that is held more than 60 days after they are appointed.

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Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Illinois
People v. Taliani  
Date: October 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125891
Docket Number: 125891

Justia Opinion Summary: Taliani was convicted of first-degree murder (720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(2)) and aggravated battery with a firearm (12-4.2(a)(1)) in relation to the 1994 shooting death of his girlfriend and the shooting and injury of her mother....

People v. Johnson  
Date: October 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126291
Docket Number: 126291

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson was convicted of armed robbery. The evidence at trial established that a 9-millimeter pistol and a BB pistol were discovered on the premises where he was arrested after the offense. The 9-millimeter was swabbed b...

Haage v. Zavala  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125918
Docket Number: 125918

Justia Opinion Summary: In each of two automobile personal injury actions, plaintiffs moved for entry of a qualified protective order (QPO) pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 110 Stat. 1936, and its imp...

Eighner v. Tiernan  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126101
Docket Number: 126101

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2014, Eighner filed a personal injury complaint (14-L-11428) concerning a November 2012 collision. Eighner paid the filing fee and caused summons to be issued. As the trial approached, Eighner decided to unde...

Board of Education of Richland School District No. 88A v. City of Crest Hill  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126444
Docket Number: 126444

Justia Opinion Summary: The School Board sought equitable relief from Crest Hill ordinances creating a real property tax increment financing (TIF) district and attendant redevelopment plan and project, pursuant to the Tax Increment Allocation R...

Sproull v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126446
Docket Number: 126446

Justia Opinion Summary: Sproull filed a putative class action against State Farm, alleging breach of contract. State Farm allegedly depreciated labor costs in determining “actual cash value” (ACV) of a covered loss and concealed this practice...

Evans v. Cook County State's Attorney  
Date: September 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125513
Docket Number: 125513

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Evans was convicted of Class 2 felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and Class X felony manufacture or delivery of more than 15 grams of cocaine. In 2018, Evans applied to the Illinois State P...

Walker v. Agpawa  
Date: August 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 127206
Docket Number: 127206

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Agpawa pleaded guilty to federal felony mail fraud. In 2002, he completed his sentence. Agpawa ran for mayor of the City of Markham in 2017. There were no preelection challenges to Agpawa’s nominating petitions,...

People v. Dorsey  
Date: July 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 123010
Docket Number: 123010

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Dorsey (age 14) kicked open a door to a Chicago takeout restaurant and began firing a gun at customers, killing a 16-year-old and severely injuring 13-year-old Williams and 16-year-old Sims. At the hospital, Wil...

Beaman v. Freesmeyer  
Date: July 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125617
Docket Number: 125617

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Beaman was convicted of the murder of his former girlfriend, a college student, and sentenced to 50 years’ imprisonment. After Beaman had served more than 13 years in prison, this court overturned his conviction...

Indeck Energy Services, Inc. v. DePodesta  
Date: July 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125733
Docket Number: 125733

Justia Opinion Summary: Indeck develops, owns, and operates conventional and alternative fuel power plants. DePodesta, Indeck's vice president of business development, had overall responsibility for Indeck’s electrical generation project develo...

Walker v. Chasteen  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126086
Docket Number: 126086

Justia Opinion Summary: In filing mortgage foreclosure cases, the plaintiffs each paid a $50 “add on” filing fee under section 15-1504.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of section 15-1504.1 and of...

In re Application for a Tax Deed  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126150
Docket Number: 126150

Justia Opinion Summary: The real estate taxes on Brown’s mineral rights were not paid. In 2013, the Hamilton County collector sold the delinquent taxes. Castleman extended the taxes’ redemption date to October 10, 2015, and filed a petition f...

Roberts v. Alexandria Transportation, Inc.  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126249
Docket Number: 126249

Justia Opinion Summary: Roberts was driving a truck through a construction zone when he saw a flagger holding a sign that said “SLOW.” Roberts slowed down. The flagger suddenly turned the traffic sign to “STOP.” Roberts abruptly slammed on his...

Municipal Trust and Savings Bank v. Moriarty  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126290
Docket Number: 126290

Justia Opinion Summary: Municipal filed a mortgage foreclosure complaint against Moriarty in Kankakee County and had a summons issued. Leggott, a registered detective, served Moriarty at Rush Hospital in Chicago. Municipal had not moved for the...

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