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This week, judges, lawyers, historians, and others will celebrate 200 years of Illinois justice.

Michelle O'Neill reports at a gala tomorrow in Springfield, the Illinois Supreme Court will host a gala 200 years to the day that the high court was created.

Two centuries of Illinois justice have obviously had a great impact on people, institutions, and society.

Rock Island County

Tammy Weikert has a new part-time "job." The Rock Island County Circuit Clerk has been appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Access to Justice. 

Graphic entitled Barriers to Pro Bono
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Many people in Illinois, and across the country, need help with legal problems but can't afford it. Or they don't know their problems can be solved via the legal system. Michelle O'Neill reports that's why the Illinois Supreme Court is working with the American Bar Association on a Pro Bono Survey of attorneys in the state.


Separate photos of Justice Anne Burke, Atty. Jason O'Rourke, Atty. Floyd Perkins, and Justice Lloyd Karmeier
http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Media/On_Demand.asp 3/17/2016 / Illinois Supreme Court

Unless it appeals to the US Supreme Court, Elliott Aviation will have to pay property taxes. Thursday the Illinois Supreme Court ruled against the fixed base operator in Moline. The justices agreed with the appellate court that a law exempting the company from paying property taxes is unconstitutional.

Separate photos of Justice Anne Burke, Atty. Jason O'Rourke, Atty. Floyd Perkins, and Justice Lloyd Karmeier
http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Media/On_Demand.asp 3/17/2016 / Illinois Supreme Court

It's now up to the Illinois Supreme Court to decide whether Elliott Aviation has to pay property taxes. Last week, the high court heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of a state law that gives the company a permanent tax exemption. Elliott is a private company and Fixed-Base Operator that leases land from the Quad City Airport.

The many years legislators spent crafting a measure to rein in the state's pension costs came to a head yesterday in 52-and-a-half minute hearing before the Illinois Supreme Court. It's now up to the seven justices whether a law that reduces employees' and retirees' benefits is constitutional.

Even before then-Gov. Pat Quinn signed the pension overhaul into law just over a year ago, everyone knew it would come to this.

Dispatch & RI Argus

This week on Midwest Week, the latest chapter in the long fight between the Episcopal church and some former members.