The Cook County Record is reporting a significant change in Illinois law made by the state Supreme Court Friday.
Here’s the headline from the article:
Divided IL Supreme Court tosses rule protecting police, fire depts from lawsuits, says rule outdated, despite precedent
The general immunity previously conferred upon police & fire officers, plus paramedics is no more.
The vote was 4-3.
Local Justice Bob Thomas was in the minority, issuing what the publication calls “a scathing dissent.”
The majority ruled, “in cases where the legislature has not provided immunity for certain governmental activities, traditional tort principles apply.”
The case was against the East Joliet Fire Protection District and other local emergency response services and dispatch agencies, the Cook County Report reveals.