On August 29th, the Liberty Justice Center (LJC) sued Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to challenge a new law that would prevent Illinoisians from challenging state laws, rules, or orders in any state court except the Circuit Courts in Chicago and Springfield.
The law in question is House Bill 3062, which Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law on June 6, 2023. The bill strips all trial courts in Illinois—except those in Cook and Sangamon counties—of the power to hear constitutional challenges to state laws, rules, and orders. The lawsuit alleges that House Bill 3062 is unconstitutional because the Illinois legislature may not limit the subject matter jurisdiction of state circuit courts, and because it denies residents of all counties other than Sangamon County and Cook County the equal protection of the laws. LJC’s complaint also alleges that House Bill 3062 disenfranchises voters. Under this law, Illinois residents outside Sangamon County and Cook County are forced to present their constitutional claims to judges in other jurisdictions—whom they had no opportunity to vote for or against.
Weisenstein v. Raoul was filed in the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois, on August 29, 2023.