This morning, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that it has allowed petitions for leave to appeal in six new civil cases. They are:

  • Earlywine v. Earlywine, No. 114779 — a case on the construction of the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act arising from the Second District.
  • Hooker v. Retirement Board of the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, No. 114811 – a case on the proper calculation of annuities under the Pension Act for firefighters’ widows arising from the First District, Division Three.
  • The Board of Education of Peoria School District No. 150 v. The Peoria Federation of Support Staff, Security/Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Unit No. 114, No. 114853 – a case involving the constitutionality of an amendment to the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act arising from the Fourth District.
  • Crittenden v. Cook County Commission on Human Rights, Nos. 114876 and 114911 – an administrative appeal from the decision of the Cook County Commission on Human Rights with respect to a claim for sexual harassment in violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance, arising from the Sixth Division of the First District.
  • Relf v. Shatayeva, No. 114925 – a case involving the dismissal of a personal injury action under Section 2-619 of the Code of Civil Procedure where, unbeknownst to the plaintiff, the defendant had died before the original complaint was filed. Relf arises from the First District, Second Division.
  • Prazen v. Shoop, No. 115035 – a case involving the return-to-work restrictions of the Illinois Pension Code and their impact on early retirement incentives for municipal employees. Prazen arises from the Fourth District.

As we noted yesterday, the Court has announced that it expects to file four new civil opinions tomorrow morning. Once we’ve completed our analysis of those opinions, we’ll begin our detailed previews of the Court’s six new civil grants.