Illinois Supreme Court

Ill. Supreme Court
2:39 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Ill. high court says police must keep videos for misdemeanors

The Ill. Supreme Court has ruled that police must keep video evidence for all cases indefinitely, including misdemeanors.
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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that police must preserve video evidence in all cases, even misdemenors.

The court upheld sanctions today in a case where police erased video of a drunken driving arrest. The defendant told prosecutors she intended to fight the charges and wanted the video, but police still followed their policy of destroying videos after 30 days.

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Illinois Supreme Court / Abortion
5:10 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Ill. Supreme Court to consider abortion dispute

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to consider a dispute over whether the state must begin enforcing a law requiring parents to be notified before their children can obtain an abortion.

The law dates back to 1995 but has never been enforced because of various court actions.

It would require doctors to notify the guardians of a girl 17 or younger before she has an abortion. There are exceptions for emergencies and cases of sexual abuse, and girls could bypass the notification requirement by going to a judge.

Philip Morris USA / Madison County Ill.
3:06 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

$10B Phillip Morris court case headed back to Madison County

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Updated 3:40 p.m. with company comment.

The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected cigarette-maker Philip Morris USA's quest to toss out a lower court's revival of a lawsuit that produced a $10.1 billion verdict against the company.

Wednesday's decision affirms a Mount Vernon-based appellate court's February ruling that sends the case back to southwestern Illinois' Madison County, where a judge sided with plaintiffs in a suit over Philip Morris' marketing of "light" cigarettes. The state's high court later threw out that verdict.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, September 26, 2012

MSD is holding the first in a series of public hearings regarding a proposal that would increase customer wastewater rates to help fund more than a billion dollars in needed wastewater system investments.
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MSD holds public hearings on rate increase

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's independent Rate Commission is holding the first in a series of public hearings Monday on a proposed rate increase. The proposal would increase customer wastewater rates to help fund more than a billion dollars in needed wastewater system investments between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2016.

Storm water rates would not be affected by the rate increase.

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Illinois Supreme Court / Prison System
11:41 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Ill. Supreme Court limits taking prisoners' savings

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The Illinois Supreme Court calls it "absurd" to let inmates earn money in prison and then take it away to pay the cost of keeping them behind bars.

The court dismissed a lawsuit in which the Department of Corrections tried to take $11,000 from the savings of convicted murderer Kensley Hawkins. He saved the money working at a furniture-assembly job at a Joliet prison.

Illinois Supreme Court
4:15 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Illinois Supreme Court stay halts capital bill ruling enforcement

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

According to an Illinois Supreme court stay issued today (which you can read below), the state can continue collecting higher taxes on liquor, coffee and grooming products.  But that may be only temporary.

The tax bumps have been in place since 2009.

Lawmakers intended for them, as well as proceeds from the legalization of video poker, to pay for a $31 billion infrastructure plan. 

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