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The Illinois Supreme court begins the oral argument of People v. Flournoy on March 21 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. NIU invited the Illinois Supreme Court to listen to two oral arguments to spread awareness of the judicial branch and how court proceedings differ at the highest level of review. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

The Illinois Supreme Court visits NIU

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 21, 2024

DeKALB – The Illinois Supreme Court made a historic visit to NIU’s Duke Ellington Ballroom to hear oral arguments from two court cases in front of a crowd of around 750 interested students and faculty. NIU hosted the Illinois Supreme Court's “Riding...

Letters reading “DUKE ELLINGTON BALLROOM” hang on a wall in the Holmes Student Center. The Illinois Supreme Court will hear two oral arguments on Thursday at NIU. (Northern Star file photo)

Illinois Supreme Court hearing oral arguments at NIU

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | March 19, 2024

DeKALB – Students are invited on Thursday to fill the Duke Ellington Ballroom and observe two Illinois Supreme Court hearings. From 10 a.m. to noon, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at NIU in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. “Doors...

The Illinois Capitol Building sits in the sun. The SAFE-T Act, going into effect on Sept. 18, will eliminate cash bail in Illinois. (Getty Images)

Illinois to become first US state to eliminate cash bail

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | September 8, 2023

DeKALB – July 18, 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court voted a 5-2 ruling to pass the SAFE-T Act. This bill will be going into effect on September 18, 2023, during a press conference.  The SAFE-T Act is filled with many different changes to the Illinois...

DeKalb County Circuit Clerk appointed to E-Business Policy Advisory Board

By Northern Star staff | July 9, 2015

An Illinois Supreme Court Justice appointed Maureen Josh, DeKalb County Circuit Clerk, to the E-Business Policy Advisory Board.The board will define a process to address three business needs of Illinois courts including electronic signatures, electronic...

Mike OConnor, Prairie State Legal Services Representative (center) and Mary S. Schostok, Second Judicial Ward Justice (right) listen to Michelle Meyer, Executive Director of Mutual Ground speak about encountering language barries within in her non-profit group, which helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse on Wednesday at the Commission on Access to Justice Listening Conference in Swen Parson Hall.

College of Law hosts Supreme Court’s Commission meeting

By Julia Boyle | May 1, 2013

Lawyers and attorneys from across Illinois gathered at NIU to discuss injustice in court representation. The College of Law hosted the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice listening conference Wednesday. The Commission on Access...

DeKalb County courtrooms close to permitting cameras

By Ali Combs | February 27, 2013

A January Illinois Supreme Court order will allow extended media coverage into DeKalb County courtrooms. DeKalb County, along with Kendall County, split from the 16th Judicial Circuit in Illinois to create the 23rd Judicial Circuit in December. On Jan....

Stevens renovation will continue as planned, bill blocked by supreme court

By Northern Star staff | February 2, 2011

The Illinois Supreme Court temporarily blocked a ruling by an appeals court Tuesday that threw out a $31 billion capital construction program. The capital bill included $22 million in funding to renovate the NIU Stevens Building and $2 million to plan...