Supreme Court of Illinois Decisions 2022

Chicago Sun-Times v. Cook County Health and Hospital System  
Date: November 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127519
Docket Number: 127519

Justia Opinion Summary: The Chicago Sun-Times sent Cook County Health and Hospitals System a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/1) for information about gunshot wound patients who arrive at the defendant’s emergency…

People v. Cross  
Date: November 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127907
Docket Number: 127907

Justia Opinion Summary: In July 2017, Cross was charged with murder. He remained in custody through trial. At a preliminary hearing, the court ordered Cross to respond to the state’s motion for pretrial discovery within 30 days, with written…

Walworth Investments-LG, LLC v. Mu Sigma, Inc.  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127177
Docket Number: 127177

Justia Opinion Summary: Walworth, a former stockholder, sued Mu Sigma, a privately held data analytics company, and Rajaram, the company’s founder, CEO, and board chairman, alleging that after reaping the benefits of Walworth’s $1.5 million…

People v. Collins  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127584
Docket Number: 127584

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins ran from Chicago police who were approaching on the street where he was standing in a group. An officer saw him drop a handgun while running. Collins was convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon…

People v. Pingelton  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127680
Docket Number: 127680

Justia Opinion Summary: Pingelton was charged with criminal sexual assault on victims who were 16 years old. The emergency medicine physicians who examined the victims testified that they had no opinion as to whether either victim was sexually…

People v. McKown  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127683
Docket Number: 127683

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on allegations that he sexually abused his grandson, J.M., McKown was charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child (720 ILCS 5/11-1.40(a)(1)), three counts of aggravated criminal sexual…

People v. Sauls  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127732
Docket Number: 127732

Justia Opinion Summary: Sauls was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, L.G.P., who was under 13 years of age (720 ILCS 5/11-1.40(a)(1). Sauls filed a supplemental “Brady” motion for discovery and production of documents,…

People v. Libricz  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127757
Docket Number: 127757

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Libricz was charged with committing sex offenses against his daughters, D.L. and K.L., in 1987-2006, when the victims were minors. Counts VI and VIII charged Libricz with predatory criminal sexual assault of a…

People v. Epstein  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127824
Docket Number: 127824

Justia Opinion Summary: Epstein, charged with aggravated DUI, moved to exclude her blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) test result obtained from blood drawn four hours after the traffic stop. Epstein argued that the prejudicial effect of…

People v. Castillo  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127894
Docket Number: 127894

Justia Opinion Summary: Castillo, an inmate, was charged with aggravated battery against an employee of the Department of Corrections (720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(d)(4)(i)). Count II charged him with aggravated battery, “knowing Pontiac Correctional…

Ivey v. Transunion Rental Screening Solutions Inc.  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127903
Docket Number: 127903

Justia Opinion Summary: TURSS provided background and credit screening services to property management professionals and landlords through its online platforms and undertook to build an online platform to sell customizable electronic lease…

People v. Kidd  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127904
Docket Number: 127904

Justia Opinion Summary: Kidd was convicted on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child (720 ILCS 5/11-1.40(a)(1)). The appellate court affirmed. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed. The indictment does not set forth all the…

People v. Smith  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127946
Docket Number: 127946

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith was charged with residential burglary alleging he knowingly and without authority entered Whittington’s Carbondale apartment with the intent to commit theft, In a pretrial motion, Smith sought to bar admission of…

People v. Walls  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127965
Docket Number: 127965

Justia Opinion Summary: Walls pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. He was sentenced to three consecutive 15-year prison terms. The court denied Walls’s motion to reconsider in October 2005. In November,…

Kloeppel v. Champaign County Board  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127997
Docket Number: 127997

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Counties Code, 55 ILCS 5/art. 2, county governments may take the township form, the commission form, or the county executive form. In the township form, the county is governed by an elected board, headed by a…

Sheckler v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co.  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 128012
Docket Number: 128012

Justia Opinion Summary: Sheckler rented residential property from McIntosh. The lease provided McIntosh “shall maintain fire and other hazard insurance on the premises only” and that Sheckler was responsible for insurance on possessions…

Channon v. Westward Management, Inc.  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 128040
Docket Number: 128040

Justia Opinion Summary: The Condominium Property Act requires condominium unit sellers to obtain specific disclosure documents from the Association or its agent before a sale and to provide them to potential buyers on request. After entering…

Nyhammer v. Basta  
Date: November 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 128354
Docket Number: 128354

Justia Opinion Summary: The Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (NIAAA), sought mandamus relief against the Department on Aging. The Department had designated NIAAA as a regional administrative agency (RAA) for administering programs…

People v. Stewart  
Date: October 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126116
Docket Number: 126116

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Stewart, then 20 years old, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a Class 2 felony. While the case was pending, Stewart turned 21. In 2017, a jury found Stewart guilty. The trial court found…

In re Kelan W.  
Date: October 6, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 128031
Docket Number: 128031

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelan, in Missouri with an adult accomplice, allegedly took Luterman’s 2019 Volkswagen by force or the threat of force. The two drove the car into Illinois, where they were apprehended. Kelan was 16 years old. He resides…

In re Craig H.  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126256
Docket Number: 126256

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Craig (age 49) executed an Illinois statutory short-form health care power of attorney, appointing his mother as his agent. In 2016, Craig was hospitalized at McFarland after being charged with burglary and…

People v. Blalock  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126682
Docket Number: 126682

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Riley was shot and killed in Chicago. Coleman made a statement to police that she saw Blalock, whom she knew from grammar school, with his hand out a car window, shooting in Riley’s direction. Coleman stated…

Strauss v. City of Chicago  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127149
Docket Number: 127149

Justia Opinion Summary: The building at 1572 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago is owned by the Corporation. Strauss was the Corporation’s president. Double Door Liquors, a music venue, was a tenant in the building. Numerous difficulties arose…

Green v. Chicago Police Department  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127229
Docket Number: 127229

Justia Opinion Summary: A public body has five-10 business days to respond to a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/3(d), (e)). In 2014, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) received FOIA requests…

Noland v. Mendoza  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127239
Docket Number: 127239

Justia Opinion Summary: Noland and Clayborne (plaintiffs) are former members of the General Assembly who voted for laws that reduced legislators’ salaries. After leaving office, plaintiffs filed suit, alleging that the reductions violated…

People v. Jackson  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127256
Docket Number: 127256

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. After the jury returned its signed verdict forms in open court, Jackson’s attorney asked the court to poll the jury. The circuit court then asked…

Midwest Sanitary Service, Inc. v. Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard, P.C.  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127327
Docket Number: 127327

Justia Opinion Summary: Crane filed a complaint for retaliatory discharge, alleging that his employment with Midwest was terminated after he reported numerous health and safety violations to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Crane…

Quiroz v. Chicago Transit Authority  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127603
Docket Number: 127603

Justia Opinion Summary: Quiroz was inside the underground subway tunnel connecting CTA stations when he fell from a recessed catwalk authorized for CTA personnel and injured himself. The area near the tracks where he fell was lit. At least two…

People v. Kastman  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127681
Docket Number: 127681

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Kastman was charged with misdemeanor offenses based on acts of public indecency involving children and disorderly conduct. The state’s attorney initiated a civil commitment proceeding against Kastman under the…

People v. Lewis  
Date: June 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126705
Docket Number: 126705

Justia Opinion Summary: Lewis was charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor (720 ILCS 5/10-9(c)(2)), traveling to meet a minor (11- 26(a)), and grooming (i11-25(a)). He asserted the defense of entrapment. Convicted, he was sentenced…

Johnson v. Armstrong  
Date: June 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127942
Docket Number: 127942

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson suffers from severe, permanent nerve damage, which he alleges was caused by a negligently performed hip replacement surgery. He sued his surgeon, Dr. Armstrong, citing specific negligence and the doctrine of res…

People v. Leib  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126645
Docket Number: 126645

Justia Opinion Summary: Leib was convicted of being a child sex offender in a school zone when persons under the age of 18 were present in the building or on the grounds, 720 ILCS 5/11-9.3(a), and was sentenced to one year in prison. He argued…

People v. Aljohani  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127037
Docket Number: 127037

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Aljohani was indicted on five counts of first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Talal and one count of armed robbery. The circuit court denied a motion to suppress evidence. The court…

People v. Brown  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127201
Docket Number: 127201

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Brown was charged with violating section 2(a)(1) of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (430 ILCS 65/2(a)(1)), which requires a person who possesses a firearm in Illinois to have a Firearm Owners…

Holm v. Kodat  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127511
Docket Number: 127511

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs own property on the non-navigable Mazon River in Grundy County and want to kayak on the River through the defendants' neighboring properties. They sought a declaration that they had the right as riparian…

People v. Williams  
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126918
Docket Number: 126918

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault against his daughter and his stepdaughter. During rebuttal closing arguments the prosecutor, in response to the defense’s remarks…

People v. Smith  
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126940
Docket Number: 126940

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith was convicted of two counts of attempted first-degree murder; two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm; and one count each of home invasion, armed robbery, and aggravated battery of a child. Because the…

People v. Sroga  
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126978
Docket Number: 126978

Justia Opinion Summary: Sroga was convicted of a Class A misdemeanor under the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/4-104(a)(4)) for displaying an unauthorized license plate on a vehicle. He later filed a petition under 735 ILCS 5/2-1401,…

Prate Roofing and Installations, LLC v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Corp.  
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127140
Docket Number: 127140

Justia Opinion Summary: Prate, a construction contractor, sought coverage through the Illinois Assigned Risk Plan, which provides workers’ compensation insurance coverage through a risk pool administered by the National Council on Compensation…

O'Connell v. County of Cook  
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127527
Docket Number: 127527

Justia Opinion Summary: O’Connell began working for the County in 1999 and became a participant in the Benefit Fund, with the County transferring a portion of his salary to the Fund as his employee contribution (40 ILCS 5/9-108). In 2001,…

Dawkins v. Fitness International, LLC  
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127561
Docket Number: 127561

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff alleged that his wife, Dollett, was rendered a disabled person with permanent and irreparable brain damage as a proximate result of Fitness’s willful and wanton misconduct in failing to use an automated…

People v.Salamon  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 125722
Docket Number: 125722

Justia Opinion Summary: Responding to a burglary at a Chicago bar in 2009, police found the bar owner in the parking lot with multiple injuries. The man died hours later. Salamon was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and…

McQueen v. Green  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126666
Docket Number: 126666

Justia Opinion Summary: A Pan-Oceanic supervisor, Singh, asked Green to pick up a skid steer from Patten. Green saw that the equipment was not loaded properly, and asked that it be reloaded. Patten employees refused. Singh told Green to return…

People v. Hartfield  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126729
Docket Number: 126729

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant fired a gun at four police officers and was convicted of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. The appellate court reversed in part after finding no speedy trial or public trial…

Dent v. Constellation NewEnergy, Inc.  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126795
Docket Number: 126795

Justia Opinion Summary: Dent and RLD (Petitioners) had several supply and marketing contracts with energy companies (Respondents). Respondents terminated the Petitioners' at-will consulting agreements. Petitioners filed an Illinois Supreme…

People v. Grant  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126824
Docket Number: 126824

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Grant was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault. The trial court merged the counts and sentenced him to 14 years in prison. In 2013, Grant sought forensic testing of a hair…

Schultz v. St. Clair County  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126856
Docket Number: 126856

Justia Opinion Summary: Schultz filed a wrongful death and survival action, alleging that the defendants engaged in willful and wanton conduct by refusing to dispatch 911 services, which resulted in the decedent’s (his wife) death. Schultz had…

Alvarez v. $59,914 United States Currency  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126927
Docket Number: 126927

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to the Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act, 725 ILCS 150/1, the state initiated forfeiture proceedings against currency totaling $223,743 that was seized from a van driven by Tyler, but owned by Salaam,…

In re Estate of McDonald  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126956
Docket Number: 126956

Justia Opinion Summary: McDonald sought letters of administration for the estate of his deceased brother, John. An affidavit averred that John’s only heirs were his parents and his siblings. McDonald had been appointed plenary guardian over…

Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association v. County of Cook  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127126
Docket Number: 127126

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, nearly 80% of Illinois voters voted to amend the Illinois Constitution; section 11, titled “Transportation funds,” was added to the state revenue article and provides that money generated from taxes, fees,…

Robinson v. Village of Sauk Village  
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127236
Docket Number: 127236

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff was injured after a high-speed chase, during which officers were following a car that had been reported stolen; officers had gotten within 10 feet of the car in a parking lot and had ordered the driver out…

People v. Moon  
Date: April 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 125959
Docket Number: 125959

Justia Opinion Summary: Moon was charged with domestic battery for causing bodily harm to a minor. Before jury selection, the court typically administers a voir dire oath to prospective jurors but the record does not establish whether the…

People v. Deroo  
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126120
Docket Number: 126120

Justia Opinion Summary: After a night of drinking, Deroo drove his car off the road, flipped several times, and crashed into a ditch. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Deroo was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence…

In re Application of the County Collector  
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126929
Docket Number: 126929

Justia Opinion Summary: On February 15, 2018, GAN filed a petition for a tax deed to acquire property it purchased at Cook County’s 2016 annual tax sale for the tax year 2014. On April 24, 2018, GAN assigned its interest in the property to…

Sigcho-Lopez v. Illinois State Board of Elections  
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127253
Docket Number: 127253

Justia Opinion Summary: Sigcho-Lopez, the alderman for Chicago’s 25th Ward, filed a complaint with the Illinois State Board of Elections, alleging that his predecessor’s (Solis) campaign committee unlawfully paid Solis's personal legal fees…

McHenry Township v. County of McHenry  
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 127258
Docket Number: 127258

Justia Opinion Summary: In the March 2020 primary election, McHenry Township voters rejected a proposition to dissolve the township. Months later, the township’s board of trustees adopted a resolution to place a nearly identical proposition on…

McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park, LLC  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2022 IL 126511
Docket Number: 126511

Justia Opinion Summary: McDonald filed a putative class action, alleging that her former employer, Bronzeville, collected, used, and stored sensitive biometric data from employees in a fingerprint timekeeping system, violating the Biometric…

People v. Cline  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 126383
Docket Number: 126383

Justia Opinion Summary: The appellate court reversed Cline’s conviction for residential burglary because the only evidence tying him to the burglary was a fingerprint found on a portable headphone case inside the residence and there was no…

People v. Gorss  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 126464
Docket Number: 126464

Justia Opinion Summary: Gorss pled guilty to aggravated driving under the influence arising from a 2016 accident that resulted in a death. He was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment. Gorss, through counsel, moved to reconsider his sentence.…

PNC Bank, National Association v. Kusmierz  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 126606
Docket Number: 126606

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, PNC filed a foreclosure complaint against Kusmierz. PNC retained Metro to serve the summons. Magida, a Metro employee, attempted to serve Kusmierz at the subject Lombard address but the property was a vacant…

People v. Mudd  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 126830
Docket Number: 126830

Justia Opinion Summary: After being convicted of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon (UUWF), Mudd argued on appeal that comments made in the prosecution’s rebuttal closing argument constituted reversible error because they misrepresented the…

Suburban Real Estate Services, Inc. v. Carlson  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 126935
Docket Number: 126935

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Suburban, owned by Barus, and ROC formed ROC/Suburban LLC, which acted as a vendor to Suburban. In 2010, Barus retained attorney Carlson for legal advice in unwinding that relationship. ROC sued Suburban,…

International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 50 v. City of Peoria  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 127040
Docket Number: 127040

Justia Opinion Summary: The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (820 ILCS 320/1), states that “an important State interest” requires that an employer “who employs a full-time law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer, or…

Munoz v. Bulley & Andrews, LLC  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 127067
Docket Number: 127067

Justia Opinion Summary: Munoz sued general contractor, Bulley & Andrews, for injuries he sustained while an employee of its subcontractor, Bulley Concrete. Bulley & Andrews had paid workers’ compensation insurance premiums and benefits for the…

In re Johnathan T.  
Date: January 21, 2022
Citation: 2021 IL 127222
Docket Number: 127222

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnathan was adjudicated a delinquent minor under 705 ILCS 405/5-701 after he was found guilty of 10 counts of the offense of aggravated criminal sexual assault against a seven-year-old victim. During his sex offender…

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