Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that he wants the Illinois attorney general to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's last-in-the-nation concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, a move that would take it before the U.S. Supreme Court.
From: Belleville News-Democrat
After a bit of a rocky start to the federal tax-evasion trial of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, jurors were seated late Wednesday afternoon and opening statements were set for Thursday.
From: Chicago Tribune
The first piece of a system to allow electronic public access to the Lake County circuit court system should be in place in 30 to 60 days, following action by the Lake County Board.
From: Daily Herald
A former Northern Illinois University police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he sexually assaulted a student, a move that comes less than four months after prosecutors dropped an identical charge against him and a week after the FBI raided the campus police department.
From: Chicago Tribune
Home foreclosure filings fell last month in Illinois, though the state still had the third-highest foreclosure rate in the nation, according to a new report.
From: Chicago Business
A woman filed a federal excessive-force lawsuit against a Chicago Police commander who has been sued by civilians numerous times. She claimed that he pushed his fist into her nose until she bled at an Auburn Gresham police station after she was arrested after a domestic disturbance in 2011.
From: Chicago Sun-Times (free registration required)
A diner at a Gage Park neighborhood McDonald’s is suing the fast-food giant, claiming her young child ate a used condom he found in the restaurant’s play area.
From: Chicago Sun-Times
"We’re going to be updating the site within the next 60 to 90 days to make it even more user-friendly,” said Winnebago County Circuit Clerk Tom Kline.
From: Rockford Register Star
I was not surprised when the appellate court reversed the verdict against Olutosin Oduwole. Judges said the burden of proof was not met; Oduwole’s mere possession of the words was not enough.
From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Documents released by court order will show that Joliet Diocese bishops knew of priests sexually abusing minors as far back as 1958, a victim’s attorney said Tuesday.
From: Aurora Beacon-News (free registration required)
A first-of-its-kind study has identified 10 factors common in wrongful convictions, as opposed to cases in which innocent defendants are acquitted or have their charges dismissed before trial.
From: National Law Journal