Supreme Court of Illinois Decisions 2011

People v. One 1998 GMC  
Date: December 30, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110236
Docket Number: 110236

Justia Opinion Summary: Forfeiture proceedings were instituted concerning three vehicles; each had multiple owners, and, in each case, one of the owners was charged with aggravated DUI. The trial court declared the vehicle-forfeiture provisions...

People v. Kladis  
Date: December 30, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110920
Docket Number: 110920

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(2)). She requested that the state produce the video recording of the stop made by the camera located in the arresting officer's vehicle...

People v. Patrick  
Date: December 30, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111666
Docket Number: 111666

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, convicted of reckless homicide (720 ILCS 5/9-3(a), and failing to report an accident involving death or injury (625 ILCS 5/11-401(b) after a collision resulting in one death and injuries to three people, filed...

Township of Jubilee v. State of Illinois  
Date: December 15, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111447
Docket Number: 111447

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Illinois maintains a state park on land that was once a college founded in the nineteenth century. The township sought quiet title to two parcels comprising the park. The state has a sign on the land and mow...

People v. Young  
Date: December 15, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111886
Docket Number: 111886

Justia Opinion Summary: An undercover agent made a controlled purchase of heroin from the defendant. Evidence showed that the transaction took place 443 feet from the "High Mountain Church and Preschool." Defendant was convicted of delivering...

People v. Hammond  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110044
Docket Number: 110044

Justia Opinion Summary: One appellate court rejected an argument that the probation officers in defendant's case lacked authority to file petitions alleging violation of probation and seeking revocation of probation. In another district, the co...

People v. Gutman  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110338
Docket Number: 110338

Justia Opinion Summary: In connection with operation of a medical transport company, defendant was convicted of theft (720 ILCS 5/16-1), vendor fraud (305 ILCS 5/8A-3), and money laundering (720 ILCS 5/29B-1), sentenced to 66 months' imprisonme...

Forest Pres. Dist. v. First Nat'l Bank  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110759
Docket Number: 110759

Justia Opinion Summary: The Forest Preserve District, filed a condemnation action against defendant's golf course and 54 undeveloped acres in December, 1999. The Eminent Domain Act provided that the date of filing the complaint was to be consid...

People v. Villa  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110777
Docket Number: 110777

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm under an accountability theory and was sentenced to concurrent terms of imprisonment of 14 years and five years,respectiv...

In re Haley D.  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110886
Docket Number: 110886

Justia Opinion Summary: The baby was exposed to cocaine in utero; the state took the child into protective custody and filed a petition pursuant to 705 ILCS 405/2-13. The petition did not seek termination of parental rights. Mother was persona...

People v. Snyder  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111382
Docket Number: 111382

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to intimidation (720 ILCS 5/12-6(a)(1)) and criminal damage to property (720 ILCS 5/21-1(1)(a)) and was sentenced to concurrent extended terms of 10 and 6 years, respectively, followed by one year o...

Crossroads Ford Truck Sales, Inc. v. Sterling Truck Corp.  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111611
Docket Number: 111611

Justia Opinion Summary: The manufacturer notified franchise dealers that it was discontinuing the Sterling (a subsidiary of Daimler) line of trucks. The letter offered dealers the opportunity to continue as a service dealership under a new agre...

In re C.C.  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111795
Docket Number: 111795

Justia Opinion Summary: The state filed a neglect petition, naming Long, the legal guardian of her grandchildren along with the children's biological mother and father, as respondents. The biological father waived adjudication. Long and the bio...

People v. Johnson  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111817
Docket Number: 111817

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, originally charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, was found guilty of two counts of the lesser-included offense of possession of a controlled substance. He was in custody for...

Nowak v. City of Country Club Hills  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111838
Docket Number: 111838

Justia Opinion Summary: For 12 months following his injury, plaintiff, a police officer injured on duty, received salary under the Public Employee Disability Act. For a short time thereafter, he received salary through a combination of accrued...

Reliable Fire Equip. Co. v. Arredondo  
Date: December 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111871
Docket Number: 111871

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sells, installs, and services fire extinguishers and fire suppression and fire alarm systems, which it designs for commercial customers. Defendant Garcia, hired as a systems technician in 1992, became a sales p...

A.B.A.T.E. of IL, Inc. v. Giannoulias  
Date: October 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110611
Docket Number: 110067

Justia Opinion Summary: Effective with 1982 legislation, a portion of each motorcycle registration fee was deposited in the state treasury to fund a motorcycle safety training program. In 1993, the amount set aside for the program was increased...

A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois v. Giannoulias
Date: October 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110611
Docket Number: 110611
Sierra Club v. IL Pollution Control Bd.  
Date: October 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110882
Docket Number: 110882

Justia Opinion Summary: Production of steel in electric arc furnaces generates toxic waste. The company, which has had an EPA permit since 1989 to store and treat hazardous waste at its facility near Peoria, developed a new process to stabilize...

People v. Hill
Date: October 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110928
Docket Number: 110928
Plaintiff v. Defendant  
Date: October 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111083
Docket Number: 111083

Justia Opinion Summary: Termination proceedings began with 2006 charges that children, living with their mother, were neglected. The mother received Social Security benefits, but no effort was made to determine their source or to obtain a relea...

People v. Taylor  
Date: October 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110067
Docket Number: 110067

Justia Opinion Summary: After thefts from a school office, a motion activated, wireless, digital camera concealed within a clock radio and a digital video recorder were installed. Over the weekend, the motion sensor triggered the DVR and a rec...

City of Chicago v. Stubhub, Inc. (Amended Opinion)
Date: October 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111127
Docket Number: 111127
City of Chicago v. Stubhub  
Date: October 6, 2011
Citations: 2011 IL 111127, 2012 IL 111127
Docket Number: 111127

Justia Opinion Summary: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, considering a suit by the city to collect taxes from a ticket reseller, requested a determination of whether municipalities may require electronic intermediaries to coll...

People v. Masterson  
Date: September 22, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110072
Docket Number: 110072

Justia Opinion Summary: An inmate, committed under the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act (725 ILCS 205/0.01), claimed deprivation of his right to equal protection because he was not provided with the option to retain an independent psychiatrist to...

Jablonski v. Ford Motor Co.  
Date: September 22, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110096
Docket Number: 110096

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs' 1993 Lincoln Town Car was hit while stopped. A pipe wrench in the trunk penetrated the gas tank. The car burst into flames. Husband was killed, wife was severely injured. A jury awarded wife compensatory dama...

People v. Jackson  
Date: September 22, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110615
Docket Number: 110615, 110702 cons.

Justia Opinion Summary: Following separate convictions, the circuit court of Cook County charged the two defendants $10 each for the Arrestee’s Medical Costs Fund (medical cost assessment), 730 ILCS 125/17. Neither actually received medical ser...

In re Marriage of Petersen  
Date: September 22, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110984
Docket Number: 110984

Justia Opinion Summary: Th 1999 dissolution of marriage reserved the issue of contribution to college expenses for the couple's three children. In 2007 wife petitioned for contribution. Two children had attended Cornell, Wake Forest, and Univer...

In re Mulroe  
Date: September 22, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111378
Docket Number: 111378

Justia Opinion Summary: The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a complaint against an attorney, claiming that he converted third-party funds; failed to hold property of a third person separate from his own; failed to prompt...

O'Brien v. O'Brien  
Date: August 4, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 109039
Docket Number: 109039

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, wife filed domestic battery charges against husband; he was found not guilty and filed for dissolution. At a 2005 hearing on a motion to modify temporary child support, the judge stated that the parties had been...

People v. White  
Date: August 4, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 109689
Docket Number: 109689

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, convicted of first degree murder for a 2003 shooting death, was sentenced to 55 years' imprisonment. On appeal, his arguments included denial of Sixth Amendment right to counsel because police barred his attor...

Wirtz v. Quinn  
Date: July 11, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 111903
Docket Number: 111903

Justia Opinion Summary: Taxpayers challenged three substantive bills and one appropriation bill, part of capital projects, signed by the governor in July 2009. The appellate court held that Public Act 96–34 violated the single-subject clause of...

In re Jonathon C.B., a Minor  
Date: June 30, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 107750
Docket Number: 107750

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile was adjudicated delinquent based on findings of criminal sexual assault (720 ILCS 5/12–13(a)(1)) and attempted robbery (720 ILCS 5/8–4(a), 18–1). The trial court ordered him committed for an indeterminate t...

Studt v. Sherman Health Systems  
Date: June 16, 2011
Docket Number: 108182

Justia Opinion Summary: In a medical malpractice case, alleging failure to diagnose apendicitis, the court gave Civil Jury Instruction 105.01 (2006), which refers to a "reasonably careful," as opposed to a "reasonably well-qualified" (the 2005...

People v. Ward  
Date: June 16, 2011
Docket Number: 108690

Justia Opinion Summary: In defendant's trial for criminal sexual assault, the circuit court admitted evidence that defendant had also been involved in criminal sexual assault of another woman. The court cited the Code of Criminal Procedure, 725...

People v. White  
Date: June 16, 2011
Docket Number: 109616

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, charged with the attempted robbery death of a cab driver, agreed to plead guilty and receive a 28-year sentence on the charge of first degree murder and a 4-year sentence on the charge of possession of con...

Sheffler v. Commonwealth Edison Co.  
Date: June 16, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110166
Docket Number: 110166

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court dismissed a third amended class action complaint filed in connection with power outages during severe storms. The complaint alleged negligence, breach of contract, and violation of the Consumer Fraud and...

Genius v. County of Cook  
Date: June 16, 2011
Docket Number: 110239

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996 the plaintiff, a sergeant with the forest preserve district police, was indicted for unauthorized purchase of badges and suspended without pay. The district did not respond to his inquiry about a hearing. After t...

People v. Hawkins  
Date: June 16, 2011
Docket Number: 110792

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois Department of Corrections sought to recover the costs of defendant’s incarceration under 730 ILCS 5/1. The circuit court entered judgment in favor of the Department for $455,203.14, but precluded the Depart...

Snyder v. Heidelberger  
Date: June 16, 2011
Docket Number: 111052

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on the six-year statute of repose, (735 ILCS 5/13–214.3(c), the trial court dismissed a malpractice claim alleging that defendant negligently prepared a quitclaim deed in 1997 that failed to convey real estate to p...

Italia Foods, Inc. v. Sun Tours, Inc.  
Date: June 3, 2011
Docket Number: 110350

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on faxes received in 2002, advertising discount travel, plaintiff filed a class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 47 U.S.C. 227. The trial court denied motions to dismiss, but certified qu...

People v. Absher  
Date: May 19, 2011
Docket Number: 108441

Justia Opinion Summary: While the defendant was on probation following conviction for retail theft, police and probation officers searched his residence and found marijuana and cocaine. The trial court denied a motion to suppress, convicted the...

Gen'l Motors Corp. v. Pappas  
Date: May 19, 2011
Docket Number: 108893

Justia Opinion Summary: Tax valuation objection cases, filed between 2000 and 2005, settled with a 2006 agreed order under which the Cook County treasurer was to refund overpaid taxes with interest. The Property Tax Code interest rate was 5% un...

Bd. of Educ. of Auburn Cmty Unit Sch. Dist. No. 10 v. IL Dept. of Revenue  
Date: May 19, 2011
Docket Number: 110395, 110422 cons.,

Justia Opinion Summary: The regional board of school trustees dissolved a school district, partially located in Montgomery County, and annexed it to a district previously located entirely in Sangamon County. About 99.7 percent of the reconstitu...

Bell v. Hutsell  
Date: May 19, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 110724
Docket Number: 110724

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sought damages based on the death of her 18-year-old son in an automobile accident after allegedly consuming alcoholic beverages at defendants' residence. The trial court dismissed. The appellate court upheld t...

People v. Marshall  
Date: May 19, 2011
Docket Number: 110765

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant entered a plea of guilty to a murder charge. The trial court imposed a sentence of 33 years and ordered him to pay $200 for DNA testing. The appellate court rejected an argument that the court lacked author...

Clark v. Children's Mem'l Hosp.  
Date: May 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 108656
Docket Number: 108656

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs sought damages for wrongful-birth and negligent infliction of emotional distress, based on medical-provider defendants' failure to inform them that their older child had a genetic mutation. They claim that...

People v. Mullins  
Date: April 21, 2011
Docket Number: 108909

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and sentenced to nine years in prison after he was arrested during a Chicago police narcotics surveillance operation. At issue was wh...

People v. Martin  
Date: April 21, 2011
Citation: 2011 IL 109102
Docket Number: 109102

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted on one count of aggravated drinking under the influence ("DUI") when he was involved in a car accident that killed two people and subsequent tests revealed that his blood contained no alcohol or co...

People v. Ziobro  
Date: April 21, 2011
Docket Number: 110085

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants were each issued a citation for driving under the influence where, in each instance, the first appearance date listed on the citation was beyond the period prescribed by Supreme Court Rule 504. At issue was wh...

Phoenix Insurance Company v. Rosen  
Date: April 21, 2011
Docket Number: 110679

Justia Opinion Summary: Phoenix Insurance Company ("Phoenix") filed a complaint in circuit court rejecting the arbitration award given to appellee when she requested coverage under the underinsured-motorist provisions of her policy with Phoenix...

People v. Holmes  
Date: April 7, 2011
Docket Number: 109130

Justia Opinion Summary: During a traffic stop, a gun was recovered from a latched compartment in the backseat armrest of defendant's car. The defendant was charged with two counts: aggravated unlawful use of a weapon based on carrying an “uncas...

People v. Bartelt
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 107276
People v. Alcozer
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 108109
People v. Phillips
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 109413
Williams v. The Board of Review
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 109469
People v. Almore
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 109649
Goodman v. Ward
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 109796
Barber v. American Airlines
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 110092
People v. Madrigal
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 110194
Wendling v. Southern Illinois Hospital Services
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Numbers: 110199, 110200
Hill v. Walker
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 110215
Vincent v. Alden-Park
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: 110406
Speed District 802 v. Warning
Date: February 25, 2011
Docket Number: 108785
People v. Comage
Date: February 25, 2011
Docket Number: 109495
Ries v. The City of Chicago
Date: February 25, 2011
Docket Number: 109541
Johnston v. Weil
Date: February 25, 2011
Docket Number: 109693
Kaufman v. Schroeder, M.D.
Date: February 25, 2011
Docket Number: 109738
LaSalle Bank National Association v. Cypress Creek 1
Date: February 25, 2011
Docket Number: 109954
People v. Baez
Date: February 25, 2011
Docket Number: 98911
People v. Beauchamp
Date: February 3, 2011
Docket Numbers: 108335, 108350
People v. Manning
Date: February 3, 2011
Docket Number: 109029
Carr v. Gateway Inc.
Date: February 3, 2011
Docket Number: 109485
People v. Skryd
Date: February 3, 2011
Docket Number: 110498
Maksym v. Board of Elections Commissioners of the City of Chicago
Date: January 27, 2011
Docket Number: 111773
People v. Alsup
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 108354
People v. Kitch
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 108769
People v. Gonzalez
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 108778
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services v. Wiszowaty
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 109151
People v. Williams
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 109361
People v. King
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 109581
First American Bank v. Henry
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 109711
People v. Garcia
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 109886
Thompson v. Gordon
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 110066
People v. Lindsay
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 110089
Uldrych v. VHS of Illinois
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: 110170
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