ILLINOIS STATE NEWS LETTER (02/05/2024) | WSEI 92.9 FM | Freedom 92.9

(SPRINGFIELD) The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that court cases challenging gun and ammunition magazine bans, including several lawsuits from Illinois, have been scheduled for an upcoming conference. Last Tuesday, the nation's highest court moved the Illinois cases to a conference scheduled for two weeks beginning today, Thursday, May 16, 2024. However, a group of consolidated cases remains in the U.S. Court in the Southern District of Illinois. A trial on the matter is expected to take place in July.

(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois Democrats passed a bill in the House yesterday that Republicans say was filed at the last minute and passed through the fast-track voting process. The amendment was filed Wednesday morning to Senate Bill 2412 and was immediately assigned to the House Executive Committee. A short hearing was then held and, based on the Democrats' votes, the resolution passed the committee. Just two hours later, the amended bill was submitted to the House of Representatives for a vote. The bill passed with all 67 Democrats voting in favor, while Republicans in the House all voted “present” in protest. The now-passed bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. JB Pritzker, would place three questions on the statewide ballot, which, with a three-question limit, would crowd out other questions that advocates would like to see on the ballot. The three proposed, approved referendum questions address poll worker protections and candidate accountability, property tax relief and equity, and assisted reproductive health.

(SPRINGFIELD) The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the administrative agency that regulates attorneys throughout Illinois, has filed its 2023 annual report with the Illinois Supreme Court. The report provides complete and comprehensive statistics on attorney registration, disciplinary caseloads, financial conditions and more and is available on the website. Illinois' 2023 Master Roll of Attorneys totaled 96,440 attorneys, an increase of eight-tenths of a percent from the previous year. There were 1,597 new attorneys admitted and 1,609 attorneys who retired. While 21 lawyers were disbarred in 2023, 38 others were suspended and five were convicted.

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