Effort to remove claims cap obstacle passes first hurdle

A bill raising the maximum award for Court of Claims cases twentyfold in response to a Legionella bacteria outbreak at a state veterans’ home passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday. Sen. Michael Hastings, a Democrat from Tinley Park, succeeded in passing Senate Bill 2481, which would raise the cap currently applied to tort cases from $…

April 25, 2018 | Relevance: 88%

Before reforming district lines, legislators must meet deadlines

SPRINGFIELD — With the midterm elections just over six months away and the 2020 U.S. Census looming, a group of state lawmakers and activists are racing to present voters with a new way to draw Illinois’ political maps.

April 24, 2018 | Relevance: 22%

Senator: Supreme Court plea for funding increase ‘almost an insult’

While careful to note Illinois’ perennial fiscal challenges, the chief justice of the state’s top court asked legislators today for a nearly 20 percent bump in funding.

April 19, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

Veterans’ home award cap could rise twentyfold

SPRINGFIELD — In the wake of a deadly Legionnaire’s disease outbreak at a veterans’ home, a Senate panel voted to raise the maximum award for Court of Claims cases twentyfold.

April 18, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

Courthouse nursing area bill passes state Senate

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation requiring Illinois county courthouses to have a private room for nursing mothers is one step closer to becoming law.

April 13, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

Net neutrality bill gets first OK, but legal fight looms

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would force internet service providers operating in Illinois to adhere to net neutrality rules barely passed committee Wednesday.

April 12, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

Bill expanding who can challenge state agencies draws ire

SPRINGFIELD — Trade groups are attacking legislation that would give people directly and aversely affected by administrative decisions standing to fight the state in court.

April 4, 2018 | Relevance: 27%

Voir dire query on prostitution ruled improper

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ high court ruled potential jurors can be asked questions pertaining to their biases about participation in gang activities but not about sexual history.

March 28, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

State’s top court strikes clause car insurer used to deny claim

SPRINGFIELD — The car insurance policy said it wouldn’t pay out if a specific driver was behind the wheel, and it didn’t — even when the crash happened in a separate car.

March 23, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

What’s next in the race for AG?

SPRINGFIELD — With the field for attorney general whittled from 10 to two, the Democratic nominee is calling for a substantive debate on legal issues.

March 21, 2018 | Relevance: 30%
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