Posts tagged: Illinois Supreme Court

Illinois Redistricting Plan Is Unconstitutional: It Should Really Be As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

Written by James M. Odom

Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3, of the U.S. Constitution requires legislative districts to be based upon an actual count of population every 10 years.  The Illinois Constitution also requires this.

The procedure for drawing legislative districts prescribed by the Illinois Constitution is for the Legislature to complete a redistricting plan for legislative districts according to the new federal census, in the year following the census.

If the redistricting plan is not complete by June 30th, a commission of 8 members (half to be non-legislators), appointed by July 10th by each of the majority and minority political leadership, “no more than four of whom shall be members of the same political party,” will complete the redistricting plan.… Continue Reading

Dishonesty, Deceit, Mike Madigan, and Judy Cates

by James M. Odom, Esq.
Senior Policy Analyst, The Illinois Family Institute

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns…they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” Deuteronomy 16:18

Justice David Overstreet is running for retention for Illinois Supreme Court in the 5th District. By the deceitful accusations in her advertising against him,  his opponent, Judy Cates, has demonstrated her partisan political bias by knowingly misrepresenting a decision in order to follow the party line and steal your vote by whatever means necessary.… Continue Reading

Vote NO on Tom Kilbride’s Retention

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Across our country this year, Christians have suffered as governors and elected and unelected judges have attacked our most fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. In Illinois, under Gov. JB Pritzker‘s so­ called “emergency” order, churches have been closed and worship has been restricted. Businesses have been arbitrarily closed, and gatherings of pro-life and pro-family groups have been greatly restrained.

Unlike Michigan and Wisconsin where State Supreme Courts have overruled these unconstitutional decrees by tyrannical governors, the Illinois Supreme Court has failed to oppose these illegal lock-down decrees.… Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court: Key Races In This Election Cycle

Written by  James M. Odom, Esq.
Senior Policy Analyst, Illinois Family Action

When justice rules a nation, everyone is glad;
when injustice rules, everyone groans.  ~
Proverbs 29:2 

The Illinois Supreme Court District 5 race, between IFA endorsed candidate Republican David Overstreet, and Democrat Judy Cates, is crucial to maintain judicial balance on Illinois’ highest court.

There are 3 Illinois Supreme Court justice seats on the November 3rd ballot. The winner of these elections will serve for the next 10 years.… Continue Reading

Don’t Overlook This Key Illinois Judicial Race

Written by James M. Odom, Esq.

The 5th District of Illinois is the largest geographical Supreme Court district in the state, covering 37 counties (36% of Illinois courts) from Christian County in the North to Alexander County in the South [1]. In this election cycle, voters in these counties will be voting to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Lloyd Karmeier. Democrat Judy Cates and Republican David K. Overstreet are running in this key Illinois race this election.… Continue Reading

For Illinois Families, a NO Vote to Retain Justice Kilbride is Critical 

Written by Jon A. Zahm

As pro-family conservatives, we know that the judiciary is of vital importance in our day-to- day lives. For example, we have seen courts recently elevate casinos to greater importance than churches. We have seen biological males granted full access to female locker rooms, bathrooms, and team sports in our public schools. And we all know how our country was forever changed by 7 U.S. Supreme Court Justices one day in 1973.… Continue Reading

Why Do We Need the Illinois General Assembly if We Have a King?

Written by Abigail Ruth

The news in Illinois these days is grim to say the least. A few days ago Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a plan to ‘Restore’ Illinois that, if actually followed, will surely destroy whatever is left of both our God-given and constitutionally protected civil rights and our livelihoods. According to the governor, ‘normal’ will not return to Illinois until we have a vaccine or a drug that he deems “highly effective.”

If we take the him at his word, it’s quite possible that normal will never return to Illinois. … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Remap Referendum

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Written by Austin Berg

In a 4-3 ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court erased from November ballots a referendum on legislative mapmaking, and handed a major victory to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan Aug. 25.

In its ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the July 20 decision from Cook County Circuit Court Judge Diane Larsen.

This stands as the second time in the last three years that Madigan’s top lawyer, Michael Kasper, has successfully sued to stop mapmaking reform in its tracks.

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