Leetaru v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2014 IL App (4th) 130465
Decision Date: 
February 14, 2014
District: 
4th Dist.
Division/County: 
Champaign Co.
Justice: 
POPE
Holding: 
Affirmed.
Plaintiff, a Ph.D candidate, filed complaint for injunctive relief to halt ongoing University investigation into his alleged research misconduct. Court lacks jurisdiction over Complaint, as it is a "present claim" against the State, over which Court of Claims has jurisdiction. State has sovereign immunity over claim which seeks to control State's authorized action. Sovereign immunity applies to both tort and contract actions against State colleges and universities. (KNECHT and TURNER, concurring.)