Case: ACORN v. Edgar

1:95-cv-00174 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Jan. 11, 1995

Closed Date: 1995

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Case Summary

On January 11, 1995, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Equip for Equality, and several individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the State of Illinois in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, asking the court to compel the defendants to enforce the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), 42 U.S.C. Section 1973gg, et seq., usually known as the Motor Voter law. The defendants counterargued that the law in question was unconsti…

On January 11, 1995, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Equip for Equality, and several individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the State of Illinois in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, asking the court to compel the defendants to enforce the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), 42 U.S.C. Section 1973gg, et seq., usually known as the Motor Voter law. The defendants counterargued that the law in question was unconstitutional because it violated the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

On January 23, 1995, the Department of Justice also filed its own, separate lawsuit, complaining that the State of Illinois was refusing to comply with the NVRA; the two cases were promptly consolidated for joint resolution. The League of Women Voters had filed a suit similar to ACORN's; this, too, was consolidated into one action. Illinois defended its conduct by making a counterclaim, in which it argued that the Motor Voter law unconstitutionally imposed obligations on State actors to carry out a federal program. The DOJ was the "counter-defendant" to this claim.

The DOJ filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to compel Illinois to implement the Act; the State and the DOJ then also each sought summary judgment. (The DOJ sought a ruling that the Act was constitutional; the State a ruling that it was not.) On March 31, 1995, the district court (Judge Milton Shadur) handed down an opinion holding the NVRA constitutional, and issued an injunction ordering the defendants to enforce it. The court further declared invalid all parts of Illinois state law that contradicted the NVRA, and it ordered the defendants to designate a chief state election official to be responsible for coordinating the state's responsibilities under the NVRA. ACORN v. Edgar, 800 F.Supp. 1215 (N.D.Ill. 1995).

Illinois appealed the district court's judgment, asking the court to stay the enforcement of the injunction pending the appeal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit stayed the enforcement of the injunction, and on June 5, 1995, the Court of Appeals (Judges Posner, Kanne, and Easterbrook) affirmed the district court's decision with respect to all provisions of the injunction, except the provision that ordered the state to designate a chief state election official, which the Court of Appeals overturned. ACORN v. Edgar, 56 F.3d 792 (7th Cir. 1995).

On June 13, 1995, the district court (Judge Shadur) ordered the litigants to confer and develop an order (following the ruling of the Seventh Circuit) for the court to enter in the case. ACORN v. Edgar, 1995 WL 359900 (N.D.Ill. Jun. 13, 1995). On September 7, 1995, the district court ordered the defendants to develop a means of both written and oral assistance for Spanish-speaking voters. ACORN v. Edgar, 1995 WL 532120 (N.D.Ill. Sept. 7, 1995). The defendants appealed, and on January 26, 1996, the Seventh Circuit dismissed the appeal, holding that the order did not modify a previously imposed injunction, nor was it a final decision. ACORN v. Edgar, 75 F.3d 304 (7th Cir. 1996).

On May 28, 1996, the district court issued an opinion and ordered that the costs of the defendants' delay in following the court's original order must be borne by the defendants, and not by the citizens who had been disenfranchised as a result of their noncompliance. ACORN v. Edgar, 1996 WL 284959 (N.D.Ill. May 28, 1996).

On July 17, 1996, the district court issued another opinion that modified the earlier injunction. The court pointed out that due to the defendants' delay in compliance with the NVRA, many of the state's citizens were disenfranchised, and the court ordered the defendants to take the following measures to remedy that problem: 1) provide a toll-free telephone number and a TTY/TDD number by which both English- and Spanish-speaking could arrange to register to vote under the NVRA, 2) for three weeks, the defendants were to post a public notice of the availability of assistance with voter registration, 3) for two and a half months, the defendants were to announce the availability of the toll free phone line on both television and radio stations statewide, 4) until the registration cut-off date for the November 1996 election, voter registration forms were to be offered to every individual who entered an Act-mandated facility, regardless of the reason that the individual entered the facility, 5) voter registration was to be available at all drivers services facilities, 6) voter registration opportunities were to be offered to every individual who applied for or renewed their driver's license or received a public assistance check from the state, 7) the defendants were to broadcast the information about registration aid on Spanish television channels, 8) the information about registration aid was to be posted on placards in the transit authority's public stations, 9) all registrations were to be sent to a central post office box, and then distributed to the local election officials, and 10) the state election board's regulations were to be amended to say that voters could register to vote via absentee ballot for good cause, and local election officials were permitted to correct erroneous mail-in registrations. ACORN v. Edgar, 1996 WL 406652 (N.D.Ill. July 17, 1996).

On August 5, 1996, the district court entered an agreed-upon compliance plan in the case, which included the measures listed in the court's order of July 17, 1996. ACORN v. Edgar, 1996 WL 447256 (N.D.Ill. Aug. 5, 1996). The defendants appealed, and on October 31, 1996, the Seventh Circuit dismissed the appeal, holding that the defendants had not reserved the right to appeal the consent judgment. ACORN v. Edgar, 99 F.3d 261 (7th Cir. 1996).

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (10/12/2008)

People


Judge(s)

Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Illinois)

Guzman, Ronald A. (Illinois)

Kanne, Michael Stephen (Indiana)

Posner, Richard A. (District of Columbia)

Shadur, Milton Irving (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bachman, Steve (Michigan)

Baer, Arthur A. (New York)

Bagenstos, Samuel R. (District of Columbia)

Burger, Joan Harlow (Illinois)

Burns, James B (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Illinois)

Guzman, Ronald A. (Illinois)

Kanne, Michael Stephen (Indiana)

Posner, Richard A. (District of Columbia)

Shadur, Milton Irving (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bachman, Steve (Michigan)

Baer, Arthur A. (New York)

Bagenstos, Samuel R. (District of Columbia)

Burger, Joan Harlow (Illinois)

Burns, James B (Illinois)

Cummings, Jeffrey Irvine (Illinois)

Fox, Michele Marion (Illinois)

Frackman, Lynn Sara (Illinois)

Jauregui, Arturo (Illinois)

Johnson, Elizabeth (District of Columbia)

King, Loretta (District of Columbia)

Laser, Joan (Illinois)

Meites, Thomas R. (Illinois)

Miner, Judson Hirsch (Illinois)

Mollica, Paul William (Illinois)

Mora, Alexandra Erna (Louisiana)

Obama, Barack H. (Illinois)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Tingle, Patricia A (District of Columbia)

Valdez, Maria G. (Illinois)

Weinberg, Barry H. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barov, Brian F (Illinois)

Carroll, James R. (Illinois)

Fahner, Tyrone C. (Illinois)

Flahaven, Roger Philip (Illinois)

Johnston, Iain David (Illinois)

Levin, Frederick Stuart (Illinois)

Malato, Daniel N. (Illinois)

Raimondo, Lynne M. (Illinois)

Ryan, James E. (Illinois)

Smith, Cara LeFevour (Illinois)

Weber, Richard Elden II (Illinois)

Other Attorney(s)

Dunn, W. Mark (Virginia)

Gills, Jeanne M (Illinois)

Melton, David R (Illinois)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:95-cv-00281

Docket (PACER)

League of Women v. Edgar

Aug. 27, 1996

Aug. 27, 1996

Docket

1:95-cv-00433

Docket (PACER)

USA v. Edgar

Aug. 27, 1996

Aug. 27, 1996

Docket

1:95-cv-00174

Docket [PACER]

Feb. 3, 1997

Feb. 3, 1997

Docket

1:95-cv-00174

Letter to Illinois State Board of Elections

Nov. 14, 1994

Nov. 14, 1994

Discovery Material/FOIA Release

1:95-cv-00174

Memorandum

Dec. 15, 1994

Dec. 15, 1994

Discovery Material/FOIA Release

1:95-cv-00174

Letter to Loretta King

Dec. 30, 1994

Dec. 30, 1994

Correspondence
1

1:95-cv-00174

Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief

Jan. 11, 1995

Jan. 11, 1995

Complaint

Senate Resolution

No Court

Jan. 18, 1995

Jan. 18, 1995

Statute/Ordinance/Regulation
22

1:95-cv-00174

1:95-cv-00433

Rule 12 (M) Statement of Uncontested Facts of Plaintiff United States of America

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

Pleading / Motion / Brief
38

1:95-cv-00174

1:95-cv-00281

1:95-cv-00433

95-01387

[District Court Opinion]

880 F.Supp. 1215

March 31, 1995

March 31, 1995

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 6, 2022, 3 a.m.

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1

COMPLAINT − Civil cover sheet − AUSA as attorney(s) for plaintiff ( 9 summons(es) issued.) ( Documents: 1−1 through 1−2) (fce) (Entered: 01/24/1995)

Jan. 23, 1995

Jan. 23, 1995

12

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon defendant Jim Edgar on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Jan. 23, 1995

Jan. 23, 1995

2

MINUTE ORDER of 1/27/95 by Hon. Suzanne B. Conlon : Status hearing set for 2/28/95 at 9:00 a.m. At the status hearing, parties are to report on the following: 1. Possibility of settlement in the case; 2. If no possibility of settlement exists, the nature and length of discovery necessary to get the case ready for trial. Plaintiff is to advise all other parties of the court's action herein and forward a copy of the court's procedure guideline to opposing counsel forthwith. Mailed notice. (smm) (Entered: 01/30/1995)

Jan. 27, 1995

Jan. 27, 1995

3

DESIGNATION OF ATTORNEY Michele Marion Fox as US Attorney (smm) (Entered: 01/31/1995)

Jan. 30, 1995

Jan. 30, 1995

4

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendants Jim Edgar, George H Ryan, Lynn Handy, Robert W Wright, John R Lumpkin, Audrey McCrimon, Ronald D Michealson, David E Murray by Roger Philip Flahaven, Cara LeFevour Smith, James R. Carroll; Notice of filing. (smm) Modified on 02/02/1995 (Entered: 02/02/1995)

Feb. 1, 1995

Feb. 1, 1995

5

REASSIGNMENT ORDER of 2/8/95: Case reassigned to Honorable Milton I. Shadur from Judge Suzanne B. Conlon pursuant to local General Rule 2.31. , Case related 1:95−cv−174 with case 1:95−cv−433. (For further detail see order.) Mailed notice. (smm) (Entered: 02/13/1995)

Feb. 10, 1995

Feb. 10, 1995

9

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon defendant David E Murray on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 13, 1995

Feb. 13, 1995

6

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon defendant Lynn Handy on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 14, 1995

Feb. 14, 1995

7

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon defendant Audrey McCrimon on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 14, 1995

Feb. 14, 1995

10

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon defendant Robert W Wright on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 14, 1995

Feb. 14, 1995

11

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon St of IL on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 14, 1995

Feb. 14, 1995

13

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon defendant George H Ryan on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 14, 1995

Feb. 14, 1995

14

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons executed upon defendant John R Lumpkin on 1/23/95 (smm) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 14, 1995

Feb. 14, 1995

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff USA by Tricia A Tingle, Barry H Weinberg, Elizabeth Johnson (Original in case no. 95 C 174). (smm) Modified on 02/21/1995 (Entered: 02/21/1995)

Feb. 14, 1995

Feb. 14, 1995

15

ANSWER to complaint [1−1], affirmative defenses and COUNTERCLAIM by defendants Jim Edgar, George H Ryan, Lynn Handy, Robert W Wright, John R Lumpkin, Audrey McCrimon, Ronald D Michealson, David E Murray against plaintiff USA (smm) (Entered: 02/21/1995)

Feb. 17, 1995

Feb. 17, 1995

16

MOTION by plaintiff to consolidate hearing on preliminary injunction with trial on the merits ; Notice of motion. (rmm) (Entered: 03/02/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

17

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff in support of motion to consolidate hearing on preliminary injunction with trial on the merits [16−1] (rmm) (Entered: 03/02/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

18

MOTION by plaintiff for a preliminary injunction (rmm) Modified on 03/02/1995 (Entered: 03/02/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

19

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff in support of motion for preliminary injunction [18−1] (Attachments) (rmm) (Entered: 03/02/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

ORAL MOTION by plaintiff for leave to file brief in excess of fifteen pages (rmm) (Entered: 03/02/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

20

MINUTE ORDER of 2/27/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Status hearing held; continued to 3/17/95 at 1:30 p.m. Plaintiff's motions to consolidate the preliminary injunction with a trial on the merits [16−1] and for a preliminary injunction [18−1] are continued to 3/17/95. Parties oral motion for leave to file brief in excess of fifteen pages [0−1] is granted. All briefs by parties to be filed on or before 3/14/95 on motion to consolidate hearing on preliminary injunction with trial on the merits [16−1] and for a preliminary injunction [18−1]. No notice (rmm) (Entered: 03/02/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

LETTER from plaintiff/counter−defendant USA's attorney to Judge Shadur on 2/27/95. (Original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 03/06/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

MAILED 3.15 letter to attorney Tyrone C. Fahnr and Lynne M. Raimondo (rmm) (Entered: 03/07/1995)

March 7, 1995

March 7, 1995

21

BRIEF by defendants/counter−claimants in opposition to the United States' motion for a preliminary injunction [18−1] (Attachments). (rmm) (Entered: 03/20/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

22

AFFIDAVIT of John R. Lumpkin (Attachments) (rmm) (Entered: 03/20/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

23

AFFIDAVIT of Robert Michael Chamness (Attachments) (Exhibits) (rmm) (Entered: 03/20/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

24

MINUTE ORDER of 3/17/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Status hearing held. Defendants' response to motion for summary judgment is due 3/27/95. No notice (rmm) (Entered: 03/21/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

25

MINUTE ORDER of 3/17/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Status hearing held. United States motion to file excess of fifteen pages is granted. No notice (rmm) (Entered: 03/21/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

27

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendants/cntclm Jim Edgar, George H Ryan, Lynn Handy, Robert W Wright, John R Lumpkin, Audrey McCrimon by Richard W. Weber, Tyrone C. Fahner, Lynne M. Raimondo, Fredrick Stuart Levin (rmm) (Entered: 03/21/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

28

RULE 39 Affidavit of Richard Elden Weber II (rmm) (Entered: 03/21/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

29

RULE 39 Affidavit of Tyrone C. Fahner (rmm) (Entered: 03/21/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

30

RULE 39 Affidavit of Lynne M. Raimondo (rmm) (Entered: 03/21/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

31

RULE 39 Affidavit of Fredrick Stuart Levin (rmm) (Entered: 03/21/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

MOTION by plaintiff/counter−defendant USA to dismiss counterclaim or in the alternative for summary judgment ; Notice of motion. (Original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 03/22/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

MOTION by plaintiff/counter−defendant USA for leave to file reply brief in excess of fifteen pages ; Notice of motion. (Original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 03/22/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

BRIEF on the constitutionality of the National Voter Registraton Act of 1993 by plaintiff/ counter−defendant USA. (Attachments) (Original in 95 C 174) (rmm) Modified on 03/22/1995 (Entered: 03/22/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

MOTION by defendants IL St Bd of Elect, Jim Edgar, George H Ryan, Lynn Handy, Robert W Wright, John R Lumpkin, Audrey McCrimon, Ronald D Michealson, David E Murray for leave of court fo file additional appearances ; Notice of motions. (Original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 03/22/1995)

March 17, 1995

March 17, 1995

BRIEF by plaintiff/counter−defendant USA in support of motion to dismiss counterclaim for failure to state a claim for wshich relief may be granted [0−1] or in the alternative for summary judgment [0−2]. (Original in 95 C 174). (rmm) (Entered: 03/22/1995)

March 21, 1995

March 21, 1995

32

MEMORANDUM, OPINION, AND ORDER (Exhibit) (rmm) Modified on 03/31/1995 (Entered: 03/31/1995)

March 28, 1995

March 28, 1995

33

MINUTE ORDER of 3/28/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Status hearing set for 4/3/95 at 8:45 a.m. This complaint is dismissed. Enter memorandum opinion and order. All pending motions to consolidate hearing on preliminary injunction with trial on the merits [16−1], for a preliminary injunction [18−1], for summary judgment [0−2], to dismiss counterclaim [0−1], for leave to file reply brief in excess of fifteen pages [0−1], for leave of court fo file additional appearances [0−1] are denied as moot. terminating case Mailed notice (rmm) (Entered: 03/31/1995)

March 28, 1995

March 28, 1995

36

MOTION by defendants for leave to file oversized brief ; Notice of motion (rmm) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 29, 1995

March 29, 1995

37

MINUTE ORDER of 3/29/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Granting defendants' motion for leave to file oversized brief [36−1]. No notice (rmm) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 29, 1995

March 29, 1995

38

Brief by defendant−counterplaintiffs in opposition to plaintiffs' motions for summary judgment and to strike exhibits. (rmm) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 29, 1995

March 29, 1995

39

AFFIDAVIT of defendant/counterplaintiff Lynn Handy in opposition to the plaintiffs' motions for summary judgment (rmm) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 29, 1995

March 29, 1995

40

AFFIDAVIT of defendant/counterplaintiff James R. Berger in opposition to plaintiffs' motions for summary judgment (Attachments)(Exhibits). (rmm) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 29, 1995

March 29, 1995

41

STATEMENT pursuant to Local Rule 12(N) by defendants−counterplaintiffs (Attachment) (rmm) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 29, 1995

March 29, 1995

34

NOTICE OF APPEAL by defendants State of Illinois, Jim Edgar, George J. Ryan, Lynn Handy, Robert W. Wright, John R. Lumpkin, Audrey McCrimon, Ronald D. Michaelson and David Murray, set for 4/3/95 at 8:45 a.m. [33−1], from Scheduling order terminating case [33−2], from motion minute order [33−3] and from order [32−1] ($105.00 PAID) (pmp) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 31, 1995

March 31, 1995

35

LETTER regarding jurisdictional statement acknowledged by Jim Edgar, George H Ryan, Lynn Handy, Robert W Wright, John R Lumpkin, Audrey McCrimon, Ronald D Michealson and David E Murray . (pmp) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

March 31, 1995

March 31, 1995

TRANSMITTED: Short record on appeal to the 7th Circuit comprising of transmittal letter, copy of notice of appeal, Circuit Information Sheet, copy of order entered 03/28/95, (Items #32 and #33) and copy of docket entries. (pmp) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

April 3, 1995

April 3, 1995

MAILED: Copies of notice of appeal and Circuit Rule 10 letter with copy of docket entries and USCA 7th Circuit transcript information sheet to: Roger P. Flahaven. (pmp) Modified on 04/03/1995 (Entered: 04/03/1995)

April 3, 1995

April 3, 1995

ORAL MOTION by defendants for appointment of special master (rmm) (Entered: 04/06/1995)

April 3, 1995

April 3, 1995

42

MINUTE ORDER of 4/3/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Status hearing held; continued to 5/3/95 at 8:30 a.m. Plaintiffs' emergency motion for stay pending appeal is denied. Defendants' oral motion for appointment of special master [0−1] is continued to 5/3/95. It is ordered that Dr. Michaelson on behalf of defendants, file a written report on or before 4/17/95 concerning progess of joint forms for drivers license registration and voter registration. No notice (rmm) (Entered: 04/06/1995)

April 3, 1995

April 3, 1995

EMERGENCY MOTION, defendants/counter−claimant for stay pending appeal of its 3/28/95 memorandum and order (order) granting the United States' motion for preliminary and permanent injnctive relief while defendants appeal from the order ; Notice of motion. (Origial in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 04/10/1995)

April 3, 1995

April 3, 1995

OPPOSITION by plaintiff/counter−defendant USA in opposition to the State of Illinois' motion for emergency stay pending appeal of its 3/28/95 memorandum and order (order) granting the United States' motion for preliminary and permanent injnctive relief while defendants appeal from the order [0−1] (Original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 04/10/1995)

April 3, 1995

April 3, 1995

43

BRIEF by defendants/ counter−plaintiffs' in opposition to the United States' motion for preliminary injunction (rmm) (Entered: 04/07/1995)

April 4, 1995

April 4, 1995

44

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of receipt of short record on appeal USCA 95−1802 (Attachment) (rmm) (Entered: 04/07/1995)

April 6, 1995

April 6, 1995

46

MEMORANDUM (rmm) (Entered: 04/11/1995)

April 6, 1995

April 6, 1995

47

MINUTE ORDER of 4/6/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Enter memorandum refarding defendants−counterplaintiffs' brief in opposition to the United States' motion for preliminary injunction. Mailed notice (rmm) (Entered: 04/11/1995)

April 6, 1995

April 6, 1995

45

LETTER from Paul W. Mollica to Clerk's office dated 4/5/95 (Original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 04/10/1995)

April 7, 1995

April 7, 1995

DESIGNATION by Jim Edgar in 1:95−cv−00433, George H Ryan in 1:95−cv−00433, Lynn Handy in 1:95−cv−00433, Robert W Wright in 1:95−cv−00433, John R Lumpkin in 1:95−cv−00433, Audrey McCrimon in 1:95−cv−00433, Ronald D Michealson in 1:95−cv−00433, David E Murray in 1:95−cv−00433 of record on appeal re [34−1] (Original in 95 C 174.) (cjg) (Entered: 04/13/1995)

April 10, 1995

April 10, 1995

DESIGNATION by League of Women Voters of America in 1:95−cv−00433 of record on appeal re [34−1] (Original in 95 C 174.) (cjg) (Entered: 04/13/1995)

April 11, 1995

April 11, 1995

48

MINUTE ORDER of 4/12/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Defendants' oral motion for appointment of special master [0−1] is withdrawn. Defendant−counterclamants' emergency motion for stay pending appeal of its 3/28/95 memorandum and order (order) granting the United States' motion for preliminary and permanent injnctive relief while defendants appeal from the order [0−1] is denied. No notice (rmm) (Entered: 04/13/1995)

April 12, 1995

April 12, 1995

49

CASE STATUS REPORT by defendants (Exhibit); Notice of filing. (rmm) (Entered: 04/20/1995)

April 17, 1995

April 17, 1995

TRANSMITTED 04/21/95 complete record on appeal to USCA for the 7th Circuit consisting of transmittal letter, one volume of pleadings, four volumes of loose pleadings and certificates (95−1802). (fce) (Entered: 04/21/1995)

April 21, 1995

April 21, 1995

MAILED: Copy of certificates and transmittal letter with list of documents, regarding appeal [34−1] to counsel of record. (fce) (Entered: 04/21/1995)

April 21, 1995

April 21, 1995

SCHEDULE set on 5/3/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur: Status hearing held . No notice (srb) (Entered: 05/08/1995)

May 3, 1995

May 3, 1995

50

MEMORANDUM, OPINION, AND ORDER (nunc pro tunc 6/7/95) (rmm) Modified on 06/13/1995 (Entered: 06/13/1995)

June 8, 1995

June 8, 1995

51

MINUTE ORDER of 6/8/95 by Hon. Milton I. Shadur : Nunc pro tunc 6/7/95. It is hereby ordered that all pleadings previously filed in each of the four pending actions will be treated as having been filed in the earliest−filed case, 95 C 174. Enter memorandum opinion and order. Mailed notice (rmm) (Entered: 06/13/1995)

June 8, 1995

June 8, 1995

MOTION by plaintiff the League of United American Citizens for leave to file instanter pro hac vice appearance of additional counsel (original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 26, 1995

June 26, 1995

NOTICE of motion; Notice of filing by plaintiff League of United regarding motion for leave to file instanter pro hac vice appearance of additional counsel [0−1] (original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 26, 1995

June 26, 1995

PETITION by plaintiff the League of United Latin American Citizens for interim attorney fees and costs and expenses for plaintiffs (Exhibits) (original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 26, 1995

June 26, 1995

NOTICE of motion by plaintiff League of United regarding petition for interim attorney fees [0−1], costs [0−2] and expenses for plaintiffs [0−3] (original in 95 C 174) (rmm) Modified on 07/06/1995 (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 26, 1995

June 26, 1995

NOTICE of filing by plaintiff League of United regarding petition for interim attorney fees [0−1], costs [0−2] and expenses for plaintiffs [0−3] (original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 26, 1995

June 26, 1995

LETTER from the USCA for the Seventh Circuit Court returning the complete record on appeal, regarding appeal [34−1] consisting of: 4 volumes of pleadings, 6 loose pleadings, 3 volumes of transcripts (Appeal Nos. 95−1800, 95−1801, 95−1802, 95C 1803)(original sin 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 28, 1995

June 28, 1995

CERTIFIED COPY of order from the USCA for the Seventh Circuit entered 6/5/94: The judgment of the District Court is modified and affirmed in accordance with the decision of this court entered on this date. No costs shall be awarded regarding appeal [34−1]. (Appeal Nos. 95−1800, 95−1802, 95−1802, 95−1803)(original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 28, 1995

June 28, 1995

OPINION from the USCA for the Seventh Circuit argued 5/8/95 ; decided 6/5/95 regarding appeal [34−1]. (Appeal Nos. 95−1800, 95−1801, 95−1802, 95−1803) (original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

June 28, 1995

June 28, 1995

NOTICE of filing by plaintiff of supplemental objections to defendants' interim report on implementation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 for Federal Elections in Illinois (original in 95 C 174) (rmm) (Entered: 08/15/1995)

Aug. 14, 1995

Aug. 14, 1995

COPY of Order from the 7th Circuit (#95−3456): It is ordered that appellants file, on or before 11/08/95, a response to appellees' Circuit Rule 3(c) statement, addressing the jurisdicitional issue raised in the statement. (Original in 95−CV−174). (ar) Modified on 11/14/1995 (Entered: 11/14/1995)

Nov. 2, 1995

Nov. 2, 1995

PETITION League United Latin American Citizens for interim attorney fees , and costs and expenses for plaintiffs the (Exhibits); Notice of filing. (Original in 95 C 174) (dmkf) (Entered: 09/03/1996)

Aug. 27, 1996

Aug. 27, 1996

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 11, 1995

Closing Date: 1995

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Equip for Equality, and several individual plaintiffs who had been denied opportunity to register to vote at Illinois Department of Public Aid offices. Consolidated with cases that involved the Women League of Voters and the Department of Justice as plaintiffs.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Illinois, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

National Voter Registration Act ("Motor Voter law"), 52 U.S.C. § 20501 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg)

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

Voting:

Election administration

Voter qualifications

Voter registration rules

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Hispanic