Illinois Supreme Court to convene in
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[September 04, 2013]
CHICAGO -- The Supreme Court
will convene for its September term in the Michael A. Bilandic
Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. The first oral arguments are
scheduled for Sept. 10 in the 18th-floor courtroom.
Traditionally, the Supreme Court convenes in Springfield to hear oral
arguments. It is believed that this is the first time that a full
term of the court will be held outside the 105-year-old Illinois
Supreme Court Building since it opened in 1908.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced June 6 the release of $12.6 million to
rehabilitate the historic court building in Springfield. During the
construction period, which began June 17, the Supreme Court will
hear oral arguments in Chicago.
Rehabilitation is scheduled to be completed at this time next
year. The Springfield office of the Supreme Court clerk and other
Springfield Supreme Court staff moved to an interim location at the
Herndon Building, 421 E. Capitol Ave. in Springfield. Telephone
numbers remain the same.
This will not be the first time that the Supreme Court has heard
oral arguments outside Springfield. Five years ago, the Supreme
Court heard two oral arguments at the Mount Vernon courthouse as
part of events marking the 150th anniversary of the court building
there and the 2009 bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's
birth. That courthouse was used by the Supreme Court from 1857 until
1897, when the court was consolidated in Springfield. The court then
met in the current state Capitol building until the Supreme Court
Building at its present location opened nine years later.
Seventeen cases are scheduled to be presented before the court
during the month of September. The full list of cases scheduled to
be argued for the September term is available at
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Media that wish to video or audio tape the oral arguments must,
under Supreme Court Rule 63, fax their request on company
letterhead, including case name and number, to Robert Shay, marshal
of the Supreme Court, at 217-557-0539 no later than five business
days before the date of the scheduled argument. In the event of more
than one media request, pool coverage is required. Oral arguments
begin at 9:30 a.m.
Attorneys scheduled to appear before the court for the first four
oral arguments must check in at the Supreme Court clerk’s satellite
office on the 20th floor of the Bilandic Building no later than 9:15
a.m. For other cases scheduled in the afternoon, attorneys must
check in at the clerk's office no later than 10:15 a.m.
Seating in the courtroom is limited. Media who wish to attend are
asked to contact Joseph Tybor, director of communications to the
Supreme Court, at 312-793-2323.
Following the arguments, the Supreme Court justices will take the
cases under advisement and issue their written rulings at a later
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Supreme Court]