Supreme Court of Illinois Decisions 2021

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...

Cooke v. Illinois State Board of Elections  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125386
Docket Number: 125386

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Cooke filed a complaint against the Committee for Frank J. Mautino with the Illinois State Board of Elections, alleging that the Committee had filed inadequate expenditure reports, Elections Code, 10 ILCS 5/9-7,...

Medponics Illinois LLC v. Department of Agriculture  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125443
Docket Number: 125443

Justia Opinion Summary: The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act took effect in 2014, 410 ILCS 130/999, “to protect patients with debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians and providers, from arrest and pro...

People v. Bochenek  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125889
Docket Number: 125889

Justia Opinion Summary: Bochenek was convicted of identity theft for the knowingly unauthorized use of another person’s credit card information to purchase cigarettes. Before trial, Bochenek argued that the venue provision pertaining to identit...

West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan, Inc.  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125978
Docket Number: 125978

Justia Opinion Summary: Sekura purchased a membership from Krishna that gave her access to L.A. Tan’s salons. Her membership required Sekura to provide Krishna with her fingerprints. Sekura filed a class-action lawsuit against Krishna, alleging...

People v. Hatter  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125981
Docket Number: 125981

Justia Opinion Summary: Hatter was charged with nine counts of criminal sexual assault based on three acts involving F.T., his live-in girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter. In return for the recommendation of four-year consecutive sentences and an...

Palos Community Hospital v. Humana Insurance Co., Inc.  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126008
Docket Number: 126008

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Palos sued, alleging Humana underpaid for medical services that Palos provided to members of Humana health insurance plans. For two years, the parties filed numerous motions to compel and other “emergency” disc...

Valerio v. Moore Landscapes, LLC  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126139
Docket Number: 126139

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs, 12 tree planters who allegedly worked for Moore Landscapes under contracts that Moore executed with the Chicago Park District, sought unpaid wages, statutory damages, prejudgment interest on back-pay, and...

In re Marriage of Crecos  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126192
Docket Number: 126192

Justia Opinion Summary: Diana initiated divorce proceedings from Gregory in 2007. A final judgment dissolving the marriage and allocating marital property was entered in 2009 and was affirmed in 2012. Both parties filed post-decree petitions. D...

Tillman v. Pritzker  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126387
Docket Number: 126387

Justia Opinion Summary: Tillman filed a petition for leave to file a taxpayer action under 735 ILCS 5/11-303, to enjoin the disbursement of public funds, alleging that certain general obligation bonds issued by the state in 2003 and 2017 were u...

Corbin v. Schroeder  
Date: April 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 127052
Docket Number: 127052127053

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2020, Jackson and Pope each filed a statement as an independent candidate for village president. Jackson's petition had 50 voter signatures. Pope's had 32 signatures. An objection alleged that the number of s...

Elam v. Municipal Officers Electoral Board for the Village of Riverdale  
Date: April 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 127080
Docket Number: 127080

Justia Opinion Summary: Elam, seeking election to the office of Riverdale village trustee at the consolidated general election occurring on April 6, 2021, filed nomination papers to be included on the ballot as an independent candidate on Decem...

People v. Wise  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125392
Docket Number: 125392

Justia Opinion Summary: An officer stopped a van, driven by Wise, for speeding. There was a passenger in the front seat and another in the “very back” seat. As the officer spoke with Wise, he detected the odor of burnt cannabis and called for...

People v. Bass  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125434
Docket Number: 125434

Justia Opinion Summary: During a routine traffic stop, officers ran a name check on Bass, a passenger, which returned an investigative alert issued by the Chicago Police Department for an alleged sexual assault. Bass was arrested and made incri...

People v. Palmer  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125621
Docket Number: 125621

Justia Opinion Summary: Palmer’s conviction for first-degree murder based on a 1998 Decatur killing was vacated in 2016, based on DNA evidence. He sought a certificate of innocence under 735 ILCS 5/2-702. The state argued that the new forensic...

People v. Johnson  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125738
Docket Number: 125738

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Johnson agreed to plead guilty to unlawful restraint. The court informed him that unlawful restraint is a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years’ imprisonment, and stated that he would be subject to ma...

In re Br. M. & Bo. M.  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125969
Docket Number: 125969

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Wendy was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and arranged for her boyfriend, Mirenda, to care for her six-year-old daughter, Br. Br. came to the attention of DCFS in 2013 based on pending allegations that Mir...

People v. Burge  
Date: March 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125642
Docket Number: 125642

Justia Opinion Summary: Burge, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) formerly employed as a home health care provider, pled guilty to theft, a Class A misdemeanor after stealing $280 from a client. Days later, Burge moved to withdraw her guilty p...

Ciolino v. Simon  
Date: March 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126024
Docket Number: 126024

Justia Opinion Summary: Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism’s “Innocence Project” sought to exonerate Porter for two 1982 murders. Ciolino, a private investigator working with the Project, obtained a videotaped confession from...

Jones v. Municipal Officers Electoral Board for the City of Calumet City  
Date: March 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126974
Docket Number: 126974

Justia Opinion Summary: Calumet City held a referendum proposing that candidates could not seek the office of mayor while simultaneously holding an elected, paid state office. Before the outcome of the referendum was certified, Representative J...

People v. Jackson  
Date: February 19, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 124818
Docket Number: 124818

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on a 2001 gang-related shooting Jackson was convicted in Cook County of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. After his direct appeal and an initial post-conviction petition were unsuccessful,...

People v. Birge  
Date: February 19, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125644
Docket Number: 125644

Justia Opinion Summary: Birge was convicted of burglary and arson, both Class 2 felonies carrying mandatory class X sentencing based on his criminal history, 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-95(b). The Livingston County circuit court sentenced Birge to 24 year...

Rehfield v. Diocese of Joliet  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125656
Docket Number: 125656

Justia Opinion Summary: Rehfield sued the Diocese, alleging retaliatory discharge and violation of the Whistleblower Act (740 ILCS 174/1). Rehfield was an educator for more than 43 years. In 2012, Rehfield was hired as the principal of St. Raph...

Steed v. Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, S.C.  
Date: January 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125150
Docket Number: 125150

Justia Opinion Summary: On January 29, 2009, Glenn suffered a partial tear of his Achilles tendon. On February 17, Glenn sought treatment from Dr. Treacy at Rezin Orthopedics. Glenn was 42 years old and borderline obese. Dr. Treacy’s treatment...

In re J.M.A.
Date: January 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125680
Docket Number: 125680
Board of Education of the City of Chicago v. Moore  
Date: January 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125785
Docket Number: 125785

Justia Opinion Summary: Moore, a tenured teacher since 1994, was advised by her students that another student had ingested some pills. Other school personnel immediately became involved in responding to the incident. Chicago Public Schools lat...

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