Supreme Court of Illinois Decisions 2021

People v. Schoonover  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 124832
Docket Number: 124832

Justia Opinion Summary: Schoonover was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault against his niece, M.L. The prosecution alleged Schoonover, who was over the age of 17, committed “act[s] of contact” with the victim, M.L., who was under the…

In re Julie M.  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125768
Docket Number: 125768

Justia Opinion Summary: Julie arrived at Carle Hospital on September 14, 2018, after swallowing batteries in an apparent suicide attempt. Carlefiled a petition for Julie’s emergency admission by certification to a mental health facility,…

People v. Carter  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125954
Docket Number: 125954

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago police officer Luzadder and his partner were on patrol at 11:36 p.m. when they received a dispatch stating that an anonymous person reported that two white females were walking with a white male wearing a black…

Thomas v. Khoury  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126074
Docket Number: 126074

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs alleged that the doctors negligently failed to recognize that Thomas was pregnant before performing elective surgery on her and administering anesthesia, pain medication, and antibiotics, resulting in…

People v. Jones  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126432
Docket Number: 126432

Justia Opinion Summary: Jones was a juvenile in 2000 when he pled guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison pursuant to a fully negotiated plea agreement. After unsuccessfully petitioning for postconviction relief,…

Mancini Law Group, P.C. v. Schaumburg Police Department  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126675
Docket Number: 126675

Justia Opinion Summary: Mancini Law Group sent a commercial Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (5 ILCS 140/1) to the Schaumburg Police Department seeking disclosure of all traffic accident reports for all motor vehicle accidents that…

People v. Fane  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126715
Docket Number: 126715

Justia Opinion Summary: Freeport Police Sergeant Weichel identified McGee as having fled the scene of a home invasion. Fane, apprehended with McGee, was charged with residential burglary, aggravated battery of a victim over 60, home invasion,…

Armstead v. National Freight, Inc.  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126730
Docket Number: 126730

Justia Opinion Summary: In a March 6, 2015, vehicular collision at a Minooka truck terminal, Armstead, a semi-truck driver with Pennsylvania-based Manfredi Mushroom, was allegedly struck and injured by the semi-truck operated by Roberts,…

In re Z.L.  
Date: December 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126931
Docket Number: 126931

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court of Cook County adjudicated Z.L. and Z.L.’s siblings abused and neglected minors under the Juvenile Court Act (705 ILCS 405/2-3) and made the minors wards of the court. The appellate court reversed the…

People v. Brand  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125945
Docket Number: 125945

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant was convicted of aggravated domestic battery, home invasion, and possession of a stolen or converted motor vehicle. At trial, the victim (defendant’s former girlfriend) testified to having received…

Brown v. Illinois State Police  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126153
Docket Number: 126153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois State Police (ISP) revoked Brown’s Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card due to Brown's 2001 California conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV). On his application, Brown had…

In re Commitment of Snapp  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126176
Docket Number: 126176

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court held that, in committing a respondent under the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act (725 ILCS 205/0.01), the circuit court must make an explicit finding that the respondent is substantially…

People v. Eubanks  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126271
Docket Number: 126271

Justia Opinion Summary: Rock Island police responded to a report of shots fired. Rush and Childs were found in a bullet-ridden car. Rush died of his gunshot wounds. Officers spoke to witnesses who had observed a dark Lincoln Town Car at the…

Ittersagen v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp.  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126507
Docket Number: 126507

Justia Opinion Summary: Ittersagen brought a medical malpractice action against Advocate Medical and Dr. Thakadiyil, alleging that the defendants negligently failed to diagnose him with sepsis and treat him appropriately. A jury was sworn. …

Doe v. Parrillo  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126577
Docket Number: 126577

Justia Opinion Summary: Doe sued Parillo based on physical and sexual assaults and the violation of an order of protection. The following 30 months involved multiple delays and disputes. Parillo was sanctioned several times for failing to…

Bailey v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126748
Docket Number: 126748

Justia Opinion Summary: Jill, age 42, died two days after seeking treatment at Mercy’s emergency department. A postmortem examination by the medical examiner indicated that Jill died from myocarditis resulting from sepsis; Jill’s blood cultures…

In re Marriage of Dahm-Schell  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126802
Docket Number: 126802

Justia Opinion Summary: Sandra and Mark were married in 1992. In 2014, Sandra filed for divorce. The couple had five children; three were then minors. While the divorce was pending, Mark’s mother died; he inherited approximately $615,000. The…

In re Marriage of Dynako  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126835
Docket Number: 126835

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Betsy filed a petition for the dissolution of marriage from Stephen. The parties married in 2000 and had no children. In 2016, the circuit court entered judgment for dissolution of marriage, which incorporated a…

Easterday v. Village of Deerfield
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126840
Docket Number: 126840
People v. House  
Date: October 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125124
Docket Number: 125124

Justia Opinion Summary: House was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated kidnapping based on his participation in 1993 abductions and shooting deaths of two teenagers. House was 19 at the time of the crimes.…

People v. McCavitt  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 125550
Docket Number: 125550

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois State Police obtained warrants to search a personal computer owned by Peoria Police Officer McCavitt, for digital evidence of two unrelated incidents: an aggravated criminal sexual assault and the…

Guns Save Life, Inc. v. Ali  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126014
Docket Number: 126014

Justia Opinion Summary: The 2012 Cook County Firearm Tax Ordinance imposed a $25 tax on the retail purchase of a firearm within Cook County. A 2015 amendment to the County Code included a tax on the retail purchase of firearm ammunition at the…

Western Illinois University v. Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126082
Docket Number: 126082

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, an arbitrator found that Western Illinois University violated its collective bargaining agreement with respect to layoffs. In 2018, the arbitrator entered a supplemental award, finding that the University…

People v. Rogers  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126163
Docket Number: 126163

Justia Opinion Summary: On November 25, 2015, a police officer, investigating an accident, found Rogers in physical control of the vehicle and suspected him to be under the influence. The officer charged Rogers under 625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(4). At…

People v. Yost  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126187
Docket Number: 126187

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Yost was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend, Randall. After Yost was convicted, he notified the court that he had just learned…

Cahokia Unit School District No. 187 v. Pritzker  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126212
Docket Number: 126212

Justia Opinion Summary: School districts sought a judgment declaring that the Governor and the State of Illinois, have a constitutional obligation to provide them with the funding necessary to meet or achieve the learning standards established…

People v. Davis  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 IL 126435
Docket Number: 126435

Justia Opinion Summary: The Kankakee County State’s Attorney authorized the secret recording of a controlled drug purchase between a confidential informant and another individual. Davis was not the person to be recorded. When the informant…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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