The Illinois Supreme Court Building is pictured in Springfield in a file photo. (Andrew Adams / Capitol News Illinois)

Police burden of proof in concealed carry violations also on the table

While Cortez Turner was in a hospital room being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg in 2016, police took his clothes. Now, the Illinois Supreme Court is weighing whether that action violated Turner’s expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice David Overstreet is pictured in a file photo in the Supreme Court chamber. He authored a unanimous opinion upholding the state’s lifetime residency restrictions for child sex offenders. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

In a 6-0 decision, the court found the residency restriction “does not infringe upon a child sex offender’s fundamental rights” and that there was a “rational basis” for the state to restrict where a person convicted of such a crime can live.

Justice Jesse Reyes appears on “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” on March 21, 2024. (WTTW News)

The campaign highlighted the lack of Latino representation on the state’s top court — which has long been a concern of many in the Latino legal community and beyond. 

1st District Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes and state Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham. (Provided)

Justice Joy Cunningham was appointed by the court to fill the seat ahead of Justice Anne Burke’s 2022 retirement. Cunningham’s opponent in Tuesday’s race, Appellate Judge Jesse Reyes, was striving to be the first Latino on the state’s high court.

The Madison County Courthouse is pictured in Edwardsville. (Beth Hundsdorfer / Capitol News Illinois)

The law passed last year came in response to the large number of constitutional challenges that were filed in multiple jurisdictions challenging Pritzker’s COVID-19 mitigation orders, as well as a law ending cash bail in Illinois and the state’s 2021 assault weapons ban.

1st District Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes and state Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham. (Provided)

The matchup between 1st District Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes and state Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham has turned up the volume on a conversation about diversity on the state Supreme Court.

The Illinois Supreme Court building is pictured in Springfield. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

According to Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis, the spike in appeals is the “biggest challenge” to the judicial branch’s implementation of the pretrial justice system.

31-year-old Crystal Martinez stands for a portrait after speaking about her experiences with domestic violence and life in prison without her children Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Ill. (AP Photo / Erin Hooley)

Crystal Martinez, who has been incarcerated for more than two years in Illinois’ largest prison for women for shooting a man, was being resentenced under a rare Illinois law allowing judges to reduce jail time for some domestic violence survivors.

State Rep. Dan Caulkins is pictured at an Illinois State Capitol news conference last year. He was again rejected by the Illinois Supreme Court this week in a case against the state’s assault weapons ban. (Capitol News Illinois file photo)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the ban on the sale, possession and manufacture of a long list of firearms, high-capacity magazines and certain accessories in January 2023. State Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, quickly challenged it. 

State Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, is pictured at a committee hearing in Chicago in July 2023. (Andrew Adams / Capitol News Illinois)

Democratic leaders in the legislature appear ready to revive talks to reform the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, after business groups poured cold water on the majority party’s ideas last spring.

The Illinois Supreme Court building is pictured in Springfield. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

The 2019 law consolidated some 650 retirement funds for municipal public safety workers into two funds — one for firefighters and another for police officers. Chicago is not included.

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Case tests language of 2020 legalization law

The court heard two consolidated cases of individuals who were in vehicles that were searched after an officer used the smell of cannabis as probable cause. Lawyers argued the smell of cannabis alone should not be probable cause to search a vehicle given that the substance is no longer illegal in Illinois.

The Illinois Supreme Court building is pictured in Springfield. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

The video of that reenactment – which Jessica Logan’s lawyers maintain she was coerced into performing – was used as a key piece of evidence in her 2021 conviction on first-degree murder charges.

A gun store display is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied to take up a petition filed by state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, that sought to overturn a ruling on a related case he’d brought before the Illinois Supreme Court.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court listens to arguments from Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Anthony D. Russomanno, representing Gov. Tony Evers, during a redistricting hearing at the state Capitol, Nov. 21, 2023, in Madison, Wis. (Ruthie Hauge / The Capital Times via AP, Pool, File)

Crucial battles over abortion, gerrymandering, voting rights and other issues will take center stage in next year’s elections for state supreme court seats — 80 of them in 33 states.

After Clark Alave suffered injuries from a crash involving a pothole in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled cyclists are not always “intended” users of the road, meaning the city wasn’t liable for Alave’s injuries. (Capitol News Illinois illustration by Andrew Adams)

The case pertained to a section of the Tort Immunity Act, which states local public entities have a duty to maintain property in a safe condition for “people whom the entity intended and permitted to use the property.”