This afternoon, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that it expects to file opinions in two civil cases at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22. They are:

  • Griggsville-Perry Community Unit School District No. 4 v. Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, No. 113721 et seq. – May an arbitrator apply “industrial common law” to find to find that a terminated employee had a right to a statement of specific acts or omissions allegedly justifying termination where the union contract at issue barred the arbitrator from modifying, nullifying, ignoring or adding to the terms of the contract? Our in-depth review of the facts and lower court rulings is here. Our pre-argument preview is here. Our report on the oral argument is here.
  • State Bank of Cherry v. CGB Enterprises, Inc., No. 113836 — (1) Does the Federal Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. § 1631(e), preempt the state UCC for purposes of security interests on crops? (2) If so, does the Act require strict or substantial compliance in order to effectively attach a security interest when crops are sold? Our pre-argument preview is here. Our report on the oral argument is here

With Griggsville-Perry and State Bank of Cherry both coming from the Court’s November term, the Court’s announcement leaves three cases still pending from the September Call of the Docket: In re Estate of Boyar, which poses the question of whether the doctrine of election should be recognized with respect to trusts (for our preview, see here, and for our report on the oral argument, see here); Ferguson v. Patton, which involves the powers of the Inspector General of the City of Chicago (preview here, and  report on the oral argument here); and The Hope Clinic for Women v. Adams, which involves a constitutional challenge to the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act (preview here, and report on the oral argument here).