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Prairie Rivers Network v. Illinois Pollution Control Board

An Illinois appellate court held that the Illinois Pollution Control Board erred when it upheld the state environmental agency's decision to reissue NPDES permits for three large water reclamation plants in the Chicago area. Petitioners...

Indiana v. Environmental Protection Agency

The Seventh Circuit upheld EPA's approval of revisions to Illinois' SIP, thereby rejecting challenges raised by Indiana. Indiana argued that the relaxation of Illinois' vehicle emissions testing program will decrease the likelihood that...

Commonwealth Edison Co. v. Illinois Commerce Comm'n

An Illinois appellate court upheld a state plan requiring state utilities to purchase power from a coal-fueled, near-zero emissions electric power plant. State utilities challenged the plan, arguing that the Illinois Power Agency has no...

Erie Insurance Exchange v. Imperial Marble Corp.

An Illinois appellate court held that an insurer has a duty to defend a manufacturing company in an underlying lawsuit filed against it by nearby homeowners for personal injury and property damage stemming from emissions generated as...

Snellback Properties, LLC v. Aetna Dev. Co.

A district court held that a property owner's receipt of a "no further remediation" letter from the state environmental agency does not bar a neighboring company's lawsuit against it under RCRA. Under Illinois law, a no further...

Rosolowski v. Clark Ref. & Mktg.

An Illinois appellate court reinstated a $120 million jury verdict awarded in favor of residents who filed a nuisance class action suit against the owner of a nearby oil refinery. After the entry of the multimillion dollar jury award in...

Rochester Buckhart Action Group v. Young

An Illinois appellate court reversed and remanded a preliminary injunction enjoining a farmer from constructing or operating a hog farm on his property. Completion of the hog confinement building does not constitute the construction of...

Northern Ill. Serv. Co. v. EPA

An Illinois appellate court affirmed a lower court decision that an excavation and demolition company violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act when it disposed of whole trees in a quarry. In a previous case, the court found...

St. John's United Church of Christ v. Chicago, City of

The court upholds the denial of a church's motion for a preliminary restraining order to prevent the relocation of a cemetery in conjunction with plans to renovate Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Eminent domain does not...

Keystone Consol. Indus., Inc. v. Employers Ins. Co. of Wausau

The court reverses and remands a grant of summary judgment in a manufacturer's suit for indemnification arising out of environmental cleanup costs at four sites in Illinois and Indiana. Under Illinois law, the duty to indemnify may...