The first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court has died. Mary Ann McMorrow was 83.
McMorrow's election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1992 was just one of a series of achievements in a career that spanned more than 50 years.
She was the only woman in her law school class in the early 1950s. After that, she was the first woman to prosecute felonies in Cook County.
One of her colleagues back then was future governor Jim Thompson, who recalled their work together in an interview in 2006, when McMorrow retired from the Supreme Court.
Beware if you've ever considered moving near a farm in Illinois. A new decision by the Illinois Supreme Court reaffirms a state law that blocks nuisance lawsuits against farmers.
The case involves the Roger and Bobbie Toftoy, who moved into a new house across from a cattle farm. They found the flies to be so bad that they sometimes could not go outside.
They sued and won, and a judge told the farmers to fix the problem. But on appeal, the cattlemen argued they were protected under an Illinois law meant to encourage farming.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled a school district that suspended a teacher because of allegations of sexual misconduct had a duty to warn another district where the teacher later found work.
Jon White was twice suspended from his teaching job in Normal. But the McLean County school district did not disclose that when the Urbana schools asked to verify White's employment.
White was eventually convicted of abusing eight girls in Urbana and two in Normal. He will spend most of the next 30 years in prison.
The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a ruling that says police can pull someone over for a DUI stop even if the driver drifts only slightly out of his/her lane.
The case dates back to 2008, when a Will County Sheriff's deputy saw Dennis Hackett twice move his car from the left lane "slightly" into the right lane.
The deputy pulled over Hackett and arrested him on drunken driving charges.
The state Supreme Court tossed out the lawsuit filed by Illinois Republicans, who challenged the new map of legislative districts. The decision was issued Thursday, June 7.
The GOP said Democrats drew the borders so the district territories would benefit Democratic candidates -- in effect, diluting the Republican vote.
State Democrats charged the lawsuit was too little, too late. The GOP waited until just six weeks before the March primary to file it.