Deeply Divided Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Rule Shielding Fire, Police

Virtually all states have adopted the “public duty” rule. Under the rule, governments and their employees owe no duty of care to individual members of the general public to provide governmental services such as police and fire protection services. The rule effectively prohibits lawsuits against public safety agencies for failure to respond, or failure to respond in a timely manner. In a deeply divided opinion, the Illinois Supreme Court…

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