The Illinois State Supreme Court will be visiting Lewis and Clark Community College’s main campus to judge on two cases, one civil case and one criminal case. The remarkable event will take place Sept. 18, 2019, in the Anne Whitney Olin Theater of the Hathaway Building. The event will seat 1000 people who have been given press passes or have received special tickets in order to attend and witness the arguments of the so-far unnamed cases.
The Illinois State Supreme Court is the highest court in Illinois and sees to appeals of cases that need further ruling for proper judgment that hasn’t been previously established or defined well enough. This is especially important for cases that call the Illinois State Constitution into question. The Illinois State Supreme Court includes seven justices that are elected from different appellate judicial districts within the state of Illinois. The current Illinois State Supreme Court Justices include Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, Justice Robert R. Thomas, Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Justice Rita B. Garman, Justice Anne M. Burke, Justice Mary Jane Theis, and Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.
The event will be held in four separate parts throughout the day. The doors will open for all those in attendance at 9 a.m. The arguments will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. At 12:15 p.m. the program will conclude. Afterward, there will be a Q&A portion for the audience attending at 12:20 p.m. for the Illinois State Supreme Court Judges. There will be further coverage after the fact by the Bridge Newspaper on the experience and rulings of the Illinois Supreme Court Cases presented. The story will run in the October edition of The Bridge Newspaper and can be found in various Bridge Newspaper stands around campus. Any further information about the Illinois State Supreme Court can be found on Illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/.