Citing a recent Supreme Court opinion, Illinois criminal defendants have successfully argued for a reduction in court-imposed sentences where the length of sentence was based on certain factors not proven during their trial.
Although Democrats maintained their slight majority in the Illinois House while Republicans held their slim lead in the Senate, political onlookers are likely to notice at least one change from 2000; this spring's legislative session promises to be much busier than last.
On November 8, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant, Sears, Roebuck & Co., on the EEOC's claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
On February 2, 2001, the seventh circuit held that the district court failed to properly analyze an employee's request for reinstatement to his job, and erred in its analysis of the employee's claim for punitive damages.
On April 13, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, affirmed the circuit court's holding that the village of Chatham's annexation agreement took precedence over the city of Springfield's ability to regulate land use pursuant to 65 ILCS 5/11-12-5.
On November 22, 2000, the Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the appellate court's finding that a defendant was denied his constitutional right to confrontation during his trial when the trial court allowed the use of podiums to prevent a child witness and the defendant from seeing each other as the witness testified about an alleged sexual attack.
On September 26, 2001, the appellate court, fourth district, answered the certified question of whether the plaintiff's negligence claim brought pursuant to the Nursing Home Care Act (Act), 210 ILCS 45/3-601.
On March 14, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed the lower court's refusal to set aside judgment rendered against the plaintiff in Kansas and registered in Illinois under the Illinois version of the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgment Act (Act) (735 ILCS 5/12-640 et seq. (West 1998)).