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Oral Arguments Set in Plaintiff's Challenge to Application of Tort Immunity Act to Charter Schools

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2019

Contact: Craig M. Sandberg, 833.726.3237,

Chicago, IL – This is a case of first impression in the State of Illinois.

Plaintiff argues that the Noble Network of Charter Schools d/b/a Noble Street Charter School, which is a privately-run Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation operating a “charter school”, is not entitled to the “immunities and defenses” afforded to a “local public entity” under the Local Governmental and Governmental Employee Tort Immunity Act (745 ILCS 10/1-101, et seq.) (“Tort Immunity Act”). Specifically, the plaintiff contends that her personal injury lawsuit is governed by the general two-year statute of limitations period (735 ILCS 5/13-202) and not governed by the 1-year statute of limitations contained in the Tort Immunity Act (745 10/8-101(a)). The 1-year statute of limitations contained in the Tort Immunity Act applies only to “a local public entity or any of its employees”.

WHAT: Oral arguments begin in Urbina v. Nobel Network of Charter Schools (Docket No. 1-18-1046).

WHO: Craig M. Sandberg will argue for the plaintiff-appellants, before a panel of judges in Illinois Court of Appeals, First District.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, 160 N. LaSalle Street, 16th Floor Courtroom, Chicago, Illinois 60601

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