Supreme Court of Illinois Decisions 2017

Yarbrough v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital  
Date: December 29, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121367
Docket Number: 121367

Justia Opinion Summary: Erie is a Chicago “Federally Qualified Health Center” (FQHC), 42 U.S.C. 254b (2012). FQHCs rely heavily on federal grants and Medicaid reimbursement. Erie Employees are federal employees under the Federal Tort Claims Ac...

Cohen v. Chicago Park District  
Date: December 29, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121800
Docket Number: 121800

Justia Opinion Summary: Cohen was riding his bicycle on Lakefront Trail, a shared-use path that runs along the shore of Lake Michigan, when his front wheel caught in a crack in the pavement and he fell. Cohen sued the Chicago park district, all...

People v. Casas  
Date: December 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120797
Docket Number: 120797

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, defendant was indicted for the manufacture or delivery of cocaine in excess of 900 grams, a Class X felony. The Du Page County court granted bail; defendant posted a cash bond and regularly appeared in court. In...

In re Benny M.  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120133
Docket Number: 120133

Justia Opinion Summary: After being found unfit to stand trial on a charge of domestic battery against his mother, Benny was admitted involuntarily to the Elgin Mental Health Center. He was medicated involuntarily and later found fit to stand t...

Lawler v. University of Chicago Medical Center  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120745
Docket Number: 120745

Justia Opinion Summary: Prusak filed medical malpractice complaint in 2011, against Dr. Jager, University Retina, and University of Chicago medical providers. Prusak claimed that from 2007-2009, she received treatment from Dr. Jager for “flashe...

People v. Cole  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120997
Docket Number: 120997

Justia Opinion Summary: Cook County public defender Campanelli refused an appointment to defend Cole, accused of armed robbery, arson, and murder, citing potential conflicts of interests with co-defendants. The court nonetheless appointed the p...

People v. Relerford  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121094
Docket Number: 121094

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant had worked as an intern at the radio station Blakey managed but was rejected for employment. After he repeatedly tried to contact station employees, defendant was informed that he was not welcome at the station...

People v. Hunter  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121306
Docket Number: 121306121345

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated appeals concerning an amendment to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/5-130), which eliminated armed robbery while armed with a firearm and aggravated vehicular hijacking while armed with a fire...

People v. Brooks  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121413
Docket Number: 121413

Justia Opinion Summary: Brooks was charged with driving under the influence (625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(2) following a single-vehicle motorcycle accident. The state subpoenaed blood test results from the hospital where Brooks was taken after the acci...

People v. Hardman  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121453
Docket Number: 121453

Justia Opinion Summary: Hardman was convicted of possessing 1-15 grams of heroin with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, 720 ILCS 570/401(c)(1), 407(b)(1). At a sentencing hearing, the trial court imposed a public defender fee of $...

Corbett v. The County of Lake  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121536
Docket Number: 121536

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff filed a complaint against Lake County and Highland Park for personal injuries arising out of a bicycling accident on the Skokie Valley Bike Path. The circuit court granted the defendants summary judgment, c...

Citibank, N.A. v. Illinois Department of Revenue  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121634
Docket Number: 121634

Justia Opinion Summary: Citibank provided sales financing to Illinois retailers who offered customers the option of financing their purchases, including the amount of Illinois tax due on the purchases. Citibank originated or acquired consumer c...

Ramsey Herndon LLC v. Whiteside  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121668
Docket Number: 121668

Justia Opinion Summary: Herndon sued Whiteside, doing business as Beam Oil, for breach of contract and conversion because defendant refused to pay plaintiff royalties arising from an oil and gas lease. The Macon County circuit court dismissed,...

People v. Brown  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121681
Docket Number: 121681

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown was charged with being an armed habitual criminal and home invasion with a firearm. Brown entered a negotiated guilty plea to being an armed habitual criminal and was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment, after the...

People v. Staake  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121755
Docket Number: 121755

Justia Opinion Summary: Charged with first-degree murder, Staake was convicted of second-degree murder (720 ILCS 5/9-2(a)(1)) for the stabbing death of Michael Box. The appellate court affirmed, finding that the state’s amendments of the initia...

In re Marriage of Goesel  
Date: November 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 122046
Docket Number: 122046

Justia Opinion Summary: Christine, represented by Goldstine, sought dissolution of marriage from Andrew. Andrew was represented by Boback. Holwell later became Andrew’s counsel. Before withdrawing, Boback successfully moved to disqualify Golds...

In re Jarquan B.  
Date: November 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121483
Docket Number: 121483

Justia Opinion Summary: A 2015 petition for adjudication of wardship charged the minor, JB, with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor (720 ILCS 5/21-2). JB pled guilty. The circuit court sentenced him to 12 months’ court...

In re Linda B.  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 119392
Docket Number: 119392

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 9, the mental health facility director at Mount Sinai Hospital filed a petition alleging that Linda was a person subject to emergency involuntary admission to a treatment facility (405 ILCS 5/3-600) and had been a...

People v. Reese  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120011
Docket Number: 120011

Justia Opinion Summary: Reese escaped from custody during a medical appointment, stabbed the guard, then jumped onto a hospital shuttle bus and told the driver, Rimmer: If you stop, I’m gonna stab you in the neck. After driving a short distance...

In re Destiny P.  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120796
Docket Number: 120796

Justia Opinion Summary: The Cook County circuit court found sections of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/5-101(3), 5-605(1) unconstitutional as applied to Destiny who was 14 years old when she was charged with four counts of first-d...

Rozsavolgyi v. The City of Aurora  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121048
Docket Number: 121048

Justia Opinion Summary: Rozsavolgyi filed a charge of discrimination on the basis of disability with the Illinois Department of Human Rights against the city of Aurora. Rozsavolgyi had been employed by the city from 1992 until she was involunta...

People v. Reese
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120011
Docket Number: 120011
In re Destiny P.
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120796
Docket Number: 120796
Rozsavolgyi v. The City of Aurora
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121048
Docket Number: 121048
People v. Bailey  
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121450
Docket Number: 121450

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with residential burglary and disarming a peace officer. The circuit court allowed defendant’s public defender to withdraw. Defendant proceeded pro se and was convicted. On appeal, defendant’s sole...

In re Linda B.  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 119392
Docket Number: 119392

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 9, the Hospital's mental health facility director filed a petition seeking emergency inpatient admission of Linda under 405 ILCS 5/3-600, stating that Linda was admitted on April 22. Section 3-611 provides: “Withi...

People v. Wright  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 119561
Docket Number: 119561

Justia Opinion Summary: Wright, charged with armed robbery with a firearm (720 ILCS 5/18-2(a)(2)), refused to agree to continuances so his public defender withdrew. Before being allowed to represent himself, Wright was admonished by the court (...

People v. Peterson
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120331
Docket Number: 120331
People v. Peterson (Amended Opinion)
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120331
Docket Number: 120331
People v. Holman  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120655
Docket Number: 120655

Justia Opinion Summary: Holman, then age 17, was convicted of the 1979 murder of an 83-year-old woman. Holman had a criminal history as a juvenile and confessed to his involvement in a crime spree that involved other murders. He had been diagno...

Madigan v. Wildermuth  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120763
Docket Number: 120763

Justia Opinion Summary: The Attorney General filed a complaint in which Count IV alleged that Wildermuth, an attorney, and Kleanthis, a veteran of the real estate business, engaged in acts and practices that violated section 3-102 of the Illino...

People v. Gray  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120958
Docket Number: 120958

Justia Opinion Summary: Gray and Carthon spent an evening drinking. The two had been friends for 20 years and had dated each other exclusively for two years, 15 years ago. The two regularly spent the night together and, on the night in questio...

Manago v. County of Cook  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121078
Docket Number: 121078

Justia Opinion Summary: Manago was 12 years old when he was treated at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital in 2005 for injuries sustained while he was “surfing” on the roof of an elevator owned and operated by the Chicago Housing Authority. His moth...

Cochran v. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121200
Docket Number: 121200

Justia Opinion Summary: Walter, age 39, died at home. Walter’s body was transported to the Moultrie County morgue, where the coroner was unable to determine the cause of death. Walter’s body was transferred to Springfield Memorial Medical Cen...

Aspen American Insurance Co. v. Interstate Warehouseing, Inc.  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121281
Docket Number: 121281

Justia Opinion Summary: Aspen American Insurance sued, claiming that the roof of a Michigan warehouse owned by Interstate had collapsed, causing the destruction of goods owned by Aspen’s insured, Eastern Fish. The complaint alleged that Interst...

Illinois Landowners Alliance, NFP v. Illinois Commerce Commission  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121302
Docket Numbers: 121302, 121304, 121305, 121308

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois Commerce Commission granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Rock Island for construction of a high voltage electric transmission line between O’Brien County, Iowa, and a converter statio...

People v. Boykins  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121365
Docket Number: 121365

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, age 20, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon (AUUW), and agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for 22 years’ imprisonment...

People v. Peterson  
Date: September 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120331
Docket Number: 120331

Justia Opinion Summary: Drew Peterson, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his third ex-wife, Kathleen Savio and sentenced to 38 years’ imprisonment. Savio’s body was discovered in her bathtub in 2004 and her death was initially dete...

Round v. Lamb  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 122271
Docket Number: 122271

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, charged with six counts of violating an order of protection and two related counts of witness harassment, pleaded guilty to two charges with the understanding that the others would be dropped and his sentence...

People v. Holmes  
Date: July 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120407
Docket Number: 120407

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested when a Chicago police officer observed a revolver in defendant’s waistband. Police discovered that defendant lacked a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Defendant was charged: Counts I and...

People v. Ringland  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 119484
Docket Number: 120198

Justia Opinion Summary: Gaither, a La Salle County State’s Attorney special investigator and part of a team (SAFE) intended for “drug interdiction team primarily on Interstate 80,” conducted a traffic stop against each defendant on I-80; each s...

People v. Nelson  
Date: June 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120198
Docket Number: 120198

Justia Opinion Summary: Nelson, and her codefendants, Hall, Cox, and Ball, were tried simultaneously but in severed bench trials for the armed robbery and stabbing death of Wilson. The prosecution produced five eyewitnesses, who gave generally...

People v. Alexander  
Date: June 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120350
Docket Number: 120350

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Chicago, charged defendants, members of the “Occupy Chicago” movement, with violating the Chicago Park District Code, which closes all Chicago public parks between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and prohibits people from...

People v. Sebby  
Date: June 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 119445
Docket Number: 119445

Justia Opinion Summary: Sebby was involved in a confrontation with deputies who had come to his home to take custody of Sebby’s niece. Sebby was convicted by a jury of resisting a peace officer, a Class 4 felony, 720 ILCS 5/31-1(a-7), and sente...

Chultem v. Ticor Title Insurance Co.
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120448
Docket Number: 120448
People v. Veach  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120649
Docket Number: 120649

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellate court erroneously declined to consider ineffective assistance of counsel claim on direct review where record was sufficient for consideration of that claim. A Coles County jury found Veach guilty of two counts...

Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121124
Docket Number: 121124

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs interscholastic athletic competitions for public and private secondary schools, is not a “public body” under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/2. Fo...

In re Estate of Shelton  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121199
Docket Numbers: 121199, 121241

Justia Opinion Summary: Successor agent owed no fiduciary duties to principal before occurrence of contingencies stated in power of attorney. Ruth was named as executor of the estates of her parents, Thomas and Doris, following their deaths in...

In re Estate of Shelton
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121199
Docket Number: 121199121241
Ferris, Thompson & Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121297
Docket Number: 121297

Justia Opinion Summary: Fee-sharing provisions in otherwise valid retainer agreements between clients and two separate law firms are not unenforceable simply because the primary service performed by one firm is the referral of the clients to th...

People v. Way  
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120023
Docket Number: 120023

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant drove over the center line of a road and struck head-on a truck driven by Wood, causing Wood, who was pregnant, great bodily harm and permanent disability, and great bodily harm to defendant’s passenger, her 14...

In re Marriage of Heroy  
Date: March 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120205
Docket Number: 120205

Justia Opinion Summary: Tuke and Heroy married in 1980 and divorced in 2006. Heroy was ordered to pay $35,000 per month in permanent maintenance, based on a finding that the couple had enjoyed a lavish standard of living while married. The cour...

Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township  
Date: March 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120427
Docket Number: 120427

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff (Carle Foundation) owns four Urbana parcels of land that are used in connection with the operation of plaintiff’s affiliate, Carle Foundation Hospital. Before 2004, the parcels were deemed exempt from taxation...

People v. Howard  
Date: March 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120443
Docket Number: 120443

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Lenover was patrolling near Irving Elementary School when he noticed a car parked “partially in” a T-intersection, about 15 feet from school property. It was a weekday. There were 80-100 children playing in the s...

Barr v. Cunningham  
Date: March 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120751
Docket Number: 120751

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, plaintiff (age 15) was playing floor hockey with 11 other students in his physical education class when a “squishy” ball bounced off his stick and hit him in the eye, causing permanent injury to his eye. Plainti...

People v. Pearse  
Date: March 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 121072
Docket Number: 121072

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2011, Pearse, a convicted sex offender, registered the address of his Belvidere home under the Sex Offender Registration Act, 730 ILCS 150/3. In October, an officer verified his presence at that address, which h...

Stone Street Partners, LLC v. City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings  
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 117720
Docket Number: 117720

Justia Opinion Summary: Stone Street discovered that a judgment had been recorded against its property for failure to pay $1050 in fines and costs imposed by Chicago’s department of administrative hearings for violations of the building code mo...

People v. Fort  
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 118966
Docket Number: 118966

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, age 16, was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and tried in adult court under the “automatic transfer” provision of the Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/5-130. He was convicted only of the unc...

People v. Ayres  
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120071
Docket Number: 120071

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2013, Ayres, pled guilty to aggravated battery and was sentenced to 12 months’ conditional discharge, with the requirement he not leave the state without court permission. In July, the state sought to revoke his...

Grimm v. Calica (Amended Opinion)  
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120105
Docket Number: 120105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Children and Family Services indicated a finding of child abuse against Grimm. Grimm, a teacher, claimed that the report was inaccurate and requested its expunction. An administrative law judge recommen...

Grimm v. Calica
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120105
Docket Number: 120105
People v. Shinaul  
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120162
Docket Number: 120162

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, then 17 years old, was arrested and charged with eight aggravated unlawful use of a weapon (AUUW) counts and one unlawful possession of a firearm count. On June 2, 2009, defendant, as part of a negotiated plea...

Wardwell v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120438
Docket Number: 120438

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was employed by the railroad, as a switchman and conductor. On August 9, 2008, plaintiff was riding in a railroad van, going from a railway yard to a train, driven by the railroad’s agent, Goodwin. The van was...

Hertz Corp. v. City of Chicago  
Date: January 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 119945
Docket Number: 119945

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago's personal property lease transaction tax ordinance levies a tax on the lease or rental in the city of personal property or the privilege of using in the city personal property that is leased or rented outside th...

People v. Johnson  
Date: January 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120310
Docket Number: 120310

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The appellate court affirmed. Defendant neither appealed nor sought certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. In August 2008, defendant filed a pro se post-conviction...

Board of Education of Springfield School District No. 186 v. Attorney General of Illinois  
Date: January 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120343
Docket Number: 120343

Justia Opinion Summary: The Springfield School District Board of Education met in closed sessions to discuss a separation agreement with then-superintendent Milton. At the January 31 closed meeting, Milton signed and dated a proposed agreement....

The Village of Bartonville v. Lopez  
Date: January 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 IL 120643
Docket Number: 120643

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bartonville police department’s union contract includes a grievance procedure. The Union may refer the grievance to arbitration if it is not settled within the three-step procedure. In 2014, Chief Fengel signed a com...

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