Case: National Institute of Family Life Advocates v. Raoul

3:23-cv-50279 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: July 27, 2023

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Case Summary

(This summary is temporary, while we research the case.) On July 27, 2023, Governor Pritzker signed into law a bill that allows Illinoisans to sue so-called crisis pregnancy centers under under the state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. On the same day, several pro-life organizations sued the attorney general of Illinois, alleging that the new law constituted a violation of the First Amendment of the United States. On August 3, 2023, the trial judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the law from going into effect.

People

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Judge(s)

Johnston, Iain D. (Illinois)

Attorney for Plaintiff

Breen, Peter Christopher (Illinois)

Brejcha, Thomas L. (Illinois)

Brooks, Brennan Tyler (Illinois)

Attorney for Defendant

Johnston, Mary Alice (Illinois)

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Docket

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Last updated Feb. 18, 2024, 3:05 a.m.

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COMPLAINT filed by Relevant Pregnancy Options, National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services, Pro-Life Action League; Jury Demand. Filing fee $ 402, receipt number AILNDC-20871708. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 1A, # 3 Exhibit 2, # 4 Exhibit 3, # 5 Exhibit 4, # 6 Exhibit 5, # 7 Exhibit 6, # 8 Exhibit 7, # 9 Exhibit 8, # 10 Exhibit 9, # 11 Exhibit 10, # 12 Exhibit 11, # 13 Civil Cover Sheet)(Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

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13 Civil Cover Sheet

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July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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case assigned

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

PACER
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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services by Peter Christopher Breen (Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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clerk's notice

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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MOTION by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services for preliminary injunction, MOTION by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services for temporary restraining order EMERGENCY MOTION (Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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MEMORANDUM by National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services in support of motion for preliminary injunction,, motion for temporary restraining order, 3 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C)(Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

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July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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MOTION by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services for leave to file excess pages EMERGENCY MOTION (Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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DECLARATION of Professor Michael New regarding memorandum in support of motion, 4, motion for preliminary injunction,, motion for temporary restraining order, 3 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

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July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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DECLARATION of John Jansen regarding memorandum in support of motion, 4, motion for preliminary injunction,, motion for temporary restraining order, 3 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C)(Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

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July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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DECLARATION of Peter Breen, Esq. regarding memorandum in support of motion, 4, motion for preliminary injunction,, motion for temporary restraining order, 3 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D)(Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

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July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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NOTIFICATION of Affiliates pursuant to Local Rule 3.2 by All Plaintiffs (Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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CASE ASSIGNED to the Honorable Iain D. Johnston and Honorable Lisa A. Jensen. Designated as Magistrate Judge the Honorable Lisa Jensen. Case assignment: Direct assignment. (pg, )

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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CLERK'S NOTICE: Pursuant to Local Rule 73.1(b), a United States Magistrate Judge of this court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action. If all parties consent to have the currently assigned United States Magistrate Judge conduct all proceedings in this case, including trial, the entry of final judgment, and all post-trial proceedings, all parties must sign their names on the attached Consent To form. This consent form is eligible for filing only if executed by all parties. The parties can also express their consent to jurisdiction by a magistrate judge in any joint filing, including the Joint Initial Status Report or proposed Case Management Order. (pg, )

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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CERTIFICATE of Service by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services regarding memorandum in support of motion, 4, attorney appearance 2, declaration, 7, MOTION by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services for leave to file excess pages EMERGENCY MOTION 5, notification of affiliates pursuant to local rule 3.2 9, declaration 6, MOTION by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services for preliminary injunction MOTION by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services for temporary restraining order EMERGENCY MOTION 3, declaration, 8 (Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/27/2023)

July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services by Thomas L. Brejcha, Jr (Brejcha, Thomas) (Entered: 07/28/2023)

July 28, 2023

July 28, 2023

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summons issued

July 28, 2023

July 28, 2023

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services by Brennan Tyler Brooks (Brooks, Brennan) (Entered: 07/28/2023)

July 28, 2023

July 28, 2023

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SUMMONS Issued as to Defendant Kwame Raoul (smb, )

July 28, 2023

July 28, 2023

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Relevant Pregnancy Options, National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services, Pro-Life Action League as to Kwame Raoul on 7/31/2023, answer due 8/21/2023. (Breen, Peter) (Entered: 07/31/2023)

July 31, 2023

July 31, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: A Preliminary Injunction hearing on the plaintiff's motion 3 is set for 8/3/2023 at 1:30 PM and shall be held in person. Plaintiff shall provide personal service of the notice of the hearing to the Illinois Attorney General's Office as well as by email and a phone call, no later than 4:30 P.M. today. (yxp, ) (Entered: 08/01/2023)

Aug. 1, 2023

Aug. 1, 2023

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CERTIFICATE of Service by Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services regarding set/reset hearings, 14 (Breen, Peter) (Entered: 08/01/2023)

Aug. 1, 2023

Aug. 1, 2023

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendant Kwame Raoul by R. Douglas Rees (Rees, R.) (Entered: 08/02/2023)

Aug. 2, 2023

Aug. 2, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: Consistent with this Court's practice of providing questions in advance of evidentiary or contested hearings when possible, attached is an admittedly incomplete list of questions that the Court will raise at the preliminary injunction hearing. Some questions are factual; some questions are legal; and some are a mix of fact and law. To the extent the questions are factual, the Court would find it very helpful if a witness were available who could answer these questions under oath. Again, this is just a preliminary list. The Court will have more, but the Court thought it would be helpful to provide at least the current list in advance of tomorrow's hearing. (Attachments: # 1 List of Questions) (yxp, ) (Entered: 08/02/2023)

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Aug. 2, 2023

Aug. 2, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: I told you there would be more questions. Here's two easy ones. Are the Centers' counselors compensated by the Center for their services? Do the Centers charge for their services or for baby supplies? (yxp, ) (Entered: 08/02/2023)

Aug. 2, 2023

Aug. 2, 2023

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendant Kwame Raoul by Darren Bernens Kinkead (Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 08/03/2023)

Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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MOTION by Defendant Kwame Raoul for extension of time to file response/reply EMERGENCY Presented before District Judge (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Prim v. Raoul)(Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 08/03/2023)

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Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: Defendant's motion 20 is denied. The motion is meritless on many levels, too many to explain in a minute order. Defendant has been given timely notice of the hearing and was served last week. This lawsuit should not come as a surprise to Defendant. Any standing concerns or any other jurisdictional issues can and will be addressed at the hearing. The preliminary injunction hearing will proceed as scheduled. Be there. (yxp, ) (Entered: 08/03/2023)

Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendant Kwame Raoul by Mary Alice Johnston (Johnston, Mary) (Entered: 08/03/2023)

Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendant Kwame Raoul by Marci L. Sahinoglu (Sahinoglu, Marci) (Entered: 08/03/2023)

Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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Western Division ADR Notification (jp, ) (Entered: 08/03/2023)

Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: Plaintiff's motion for leave to file excess pages 5 is granted. (yxp, ) (Entered: 08/03/2023)

Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: Preliminary Injunction hearing held on 8/3/2023. Order to enter. (yxp, ) (Entered: 08/04/2023)

Aug. 3, 2023

Aug. 3, 2023

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RULE 65 PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ORDER Signed by the Honorable Iain D. Johnston on 8/4/2023: (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit SB1909) (yxp, ) (Entered: 08/04/2023)

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Aug. 4, 2023

Aug. 4, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Lisa A. Jensen: The parties shall jointly complete the PDF fillable initial status report form found on Judge Jensen's webpage at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov under Initial Status Conferences and Reports and file by 8/17/2023. Mailed notice. (vk) (Entered: 08/08/2023)

Aug. 8, 2023

Aug. 8, 2023

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TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS held on 8/3/2023 before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston. Order Number: 46519, 46513, 46501. Court Reporter Contact Information: Heather Perkins-Reiva, heather_perkins-reiva@ilnd.uscourts.gov, (779)772-8309. IMPORTANT: The transcript may be viewed at the court's public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through the Court Reporter/Transcriber or PACER. For further information on the redaction process, see the Court's web site at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov under Quick Links select Policy Regarding the Availability of Transcripts of Court Proceedings. Redaction Request due 9/4/2023. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 9/12/2023. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 11/10/2023. (Perkins-Reiva, Heather) (Entered: 08/12/2023)

Aug. 12, 2023

Aug. 12, 2023

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MOTION by Defendant Kwame Raoul for extension of time Joint motion to set schedule and adjust existing deadlines Presented before Magistrate Judge (Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 08/17/2023)

Aug. 17, 2023

Aug. 17, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Lisa A. Jensen: Defendant's motion for an extension of time to file an answer to Plaintiffs' complaint 30 is unopposed and granted. Defendant shall answer Plaintiffs' complaint by 9/8/2023. By 10/16/2023, the parties shall jointly file the PDF fillable initial status report form found on Judge Jensen's webpage at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov under Initial Status Conferences and Reports. The parties shall participate in a 26(f) conference and exchange their 26(a)(1) disclosures by 10/20/2023. A telephonic status conference is set for 10/23/2023 at 10:30 AM. Public access is available via the following call-in number: (877) 336-1831 with access code 2813746 #. Counsel for all parties are ordered to appear by using the following link: https://teleconference.uc.att.com/ecm/?bp=4044436397&mac=2813746 or by using the call-in number above. Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions. Mailed notice (jp, ) (Entered: 08/18/2023)

Aug. 18, 2023

Aug. 18, 2023

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs National Institute of Family Life Advocates, Pro-Life Action League, Relevant Pregnancy Options, Rockford Family Initiative, Women's Help Services by Michael Mchale (Mchale, Michael) (Entered: 09/08/2023)

Sept. 8, 2023

Sept. 8, 2023

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ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand by Kwame Raoul(Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 09/08/2023)

Sept. 8, 2023

Sept. 8, 2023

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STATUS Report Joint Initial Status Report by Kwame Raoul Presented before Magistrate Judge (Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 10/16/2023)

Oct. 16, 2023

Oct. 16, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Lisa A. Jensen: Telephonic initial status hearing held 10/23/2023. As discussed in open court, by 11/6/2023, the parties shall file a joint status report indicating how they plan to proceed in the case. Mailed notice. (vk) (Entered: 10/23/2023)

Oct. 23, 2023

Oct. 23, 2023

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STATUS Report Joint Status Report by Kwame Raoul Presented before Magistrate Judge (Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 11/06/2023)

Nov. 6, 2023

Nov. 6, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Lisa A. Jensen: The Court has reviewed the parties' status report 36 . By 11/30/2023, the parties shall jointly submit a status report indicating how they plan to proceed in the case. Mailed notice. (vk) (Entered: 11/07/2023)

Nov. 7, 2023

Nov. 7, 2023

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STATUS Report Joint Status Report by Kwame Raoul Presented before Magistrate Judge (Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 11/30/2023)

Nov. 30, 2023

Nov. 30, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Lisa A. Jensen: The Court has reviewed the parties' status report 38 . A telephonic status hearing is set for 12/12/2023 at 11:30 AM for an update on the status of the case. Public access is available via the following call-in number: (877) 336-1831 with access code 2813746 #. Counsel for all parties are ordered to appear by using the following link: https://teleconference.uc.att.com/ecm/?bp=4044436397&mac=2813746 or by using the call-in number above. Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions. Mailed notice. (vk) (Entered: 12/01/2023)

Dec. 1, 2023

Dec. 1, 2023

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MOTION by Defendant Kwame Raoul Joint Motion to Enter Agreed Order Presented before District Judge (Kinkead, Darren) (Entered: 12/11/2023)

Dec. 11, 2023

Dec. 11, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Lisa A. Jensen: In light of Defendant's motion to enter an agreed order 40, the telephonic status hearing previously set for 12/12/2023 at 11:30 AM is stricken, and no appearances are required. Mailed notice. (vk) (Entered: 12/11/2023)

Dec. 11, 2023

Dec. 11, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: A telephonic status hearing is set for 12/14/2023 at 2:30 PM. Counsel will receive an email prior to the start of the telephonic hearing with instructions to join the call. The call-in number is 888-557-8511 and the access code is 2660444. Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions. (yxp, ) (Entered: 12/12/2023)

Dec. 12, 2023

Dec. 12, 2023

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Iain D. Johnston: Status hearing held on 12/14/2023. The joint motion for agreed order 40 is granted. The agreed order shall issue separately. (yxp, ) (Entered: 12/14/2023)

Dec. 14, 2023

Dec. 14, 2023

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AGREED PERMANENT INJUNCTION ORDER. Civil case terminated. Signed by the Honorable Iain D. Johnston on 12/14/2023: (yxp, ) (Entered: 12/14/2023)

Dec. 14, 2023

Dec. 14, 2023

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Extension of Time to File Document

Jan. 5, 2024

Jan. 5, 2024

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Order AND Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File

Jan. 5, 2024

Jan. 5, 2024

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Extension of Time

Feb. 9, 2024

Feb. 9, 2024

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Order on Motion for Extension of Time

Feb. 9, 2024

Feb. 9, 2024

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Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Speech and Religious Freedom

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 27, 2023

Case Ongoing: Yes

Case Details

Available Documents:

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