Illinois Supreme Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates 'Amazon Tax' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-invalidates-amazon-tax <p>The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales.</p><p>The justices ruled 6-1 in <a href="http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2013/114496.pdf">an opinion released Friday </a>to invalidate the so-called "Amazon tax." The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting "discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce."</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:46:47 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 30775 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates 'Amazon Tax' Illinois Judge Facing Drug Charges Quits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-judge-facing-drug-charges-quits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;St. Clair County&nbsp;judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip is stepping down from the bench as he defends himself against federal heroin and gun charges.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Circuit Judge Michael Cook resigned Wednesday&nbsp;by letter to the chief judge, John </span>Baricevic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Baricevic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the letter is brief and doesn't offer a reason for Cook's departure.</span></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:24:24 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 26854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Judge Facing Drug Charges Quits Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-supreme-court-opens-door-divorce-mentally-disabled <p>The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities.</p><p>For years, Illinois has barred mentally disabled people or their guardians from seeking a divorce. Experts say that included people with severe brain damage but also people who could make their wishes known despite Alzheimer's disease or mental illness.</p><p>In a ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court said an outright ban is no longer appropriate. It said case-by-case hearings should determine what is in the disabled person's best interests.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:52:07 +0000 The Associated Press 5034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled New court fight underway over Ill. parental notice law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-court-fight-underway-over-ill-parental-notice-law <p></p><p><em>Brian Mackey contributed reporting for this story.</em></p><p>A decades-long battle over an Illinois law that requires girls to notify their parents before having an abortion was in front of the state's Supreme Court on Thursday.</p><p>The parental notification law has been on the books since the 1990s, but a series of federal and state court challenges have kept it from being enforced. It was supposed to take effect in 2006, which set off a fresh round of lawsuits.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:44:50 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 4667 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New court fight underway over Ill. parental notice law Morning headlines - Friday, June 22, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-june-22-2012 <p><strong>Nixon will announce budget cuts today</strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to announce today if he&rsquo;ll make any reductions to the state budget &ndash; ending weeks of speculation for university and social service program administrators.</p><p>Nixon this week signed legislation funding public schools and the state departments of health and mental health without making any cuts.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:35:26 +0000 The Associated Press, Rachel Lippmann & Illinois Public Radio 3964 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Friday, June 22, 2012 Ill. Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to legislative maps http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-supreme-court-rejects-gop-challenge-legislative-maps <p>A divided Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Republican challenge to new state legislative district maps.</p><p>The GOP contended that the Democratic-controlled state House and Senate drew the boundaries to benefit Democratic candidates, in effect diluting the Republican vote. But they filed the challenge just six weeks before the March primary.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:36:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3865 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to legislative maps Morning headlines: Monday, April 30, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-april-30-2012 <p><strong><span style="font-weight: bold;">Counterproposal for Edward Jones Dome upgrades due tomorrow</span></strong></p><p>The St. Louis Rams have until tomorrow to offer their own price tag for upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis.</p><p>The Rams&#39; lease requires the Dome to be in the &quot;top tier&quot; of stadiums in the National Football League. That tems is not clearly defined, but it&#39;s generally meant within the top 25 percent. Otherwise, the Rams are free to depart St. Louis in 2015.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:50:51 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Joseph Leahy, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3598 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, April 30, 2012 Illinois Supreme Court rules on assault weapon ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-rules-assault-weapon-ban <p><em>Updated to include link to opinion.</em></p><p>Gun rights advocates scored a victory&nbsp;when the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a challenge to a Cook County&nbsp;assault weapons ban to proceed.</p><p>The court <a href="http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2012/112026.pdf">on Thursday ruled</a> that lower courts were wrong to&nbsp;throw out the challenge. The Supreme Court says it wants the trial court to hear evidence on whether assault weapons get the same Second Amendment protections as handguns.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 3434 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Supreme Court rules on assault weapon ban How bad do you have to drive to get stopped for a DUI check? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-poorly-do-you-have-drive-get-stopped-dui-check <p><em>Reporting from WUIS&#39; Rachel&nbsp;Otwell used in this report.</em></p><p>The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on just how bad one has to drive before police are justified in stopping to check for Driving Under the Influence, or DUI.</p><p>Dennis Hackett was driving in Joliet when his car twice crossed &quot;slightly&quot; into another lane. A sheriff&#39;s deputy saw it, followed the driver for a while and eventually pulled him over.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:03:52 +0000 WUIS 3259 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How bad do you have to drive to get stopped for a DUI check? Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-january-24-2012 <p><strong>Illinois Supreme Court to announce new policy allowing cameras in trial courts</strong></p><p>The new policy would allow cameras in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.</p><p>Spokesman Joe Tybor says the court will make its announcement today.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:31:43 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2923 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012