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Supreme Court Case- Public Employment/Discharge Hearing

2/2/2017 12:00:00 AM

Illinois Supreme and Appellate Court Case Summaries

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Illinois Court Reports

Supreme Court Case Posted 1-19-17

Public Employment/Discharge Hearing: Appellate court reversed, circuit court affirmed: In case where city police officer was terminated following hearing in front of police board, as to which decision he did not seek administrative review, subsequent request by officer for arbitration under collective bargaining agreement was properly barred by waiver and res judicata as issues in second claim requesting arbitration could have been litigated in initial hearing before police board. Thomas, J.

No. 2017 IL 120643The Village of Bartonville v. Lopez Filed 1-19-17 (TJJ)

At issue in this case is whether defendants, Salvador Lopez and Policemen's Benevolent Labor Committee, Inc., are precluded from seeking grievance arbitration of Lopez's termination from his employment with plaintiff Village of Bartonville's police department. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on its complaint for declaratory judgment and to stay arbitration. The appellate court, with one justice specially concurring and one justice dissenting, reversed the trial court and remanded the case to the trial court with directions to order the parties to proceed to arbitration. 2016 IL App (3d) 150341. This court allowed plaintiff's subsequent petition for leave to appeal.


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