Appeal from the Circuit Court of St. Clair County. No. 96-L-609A Honorable Robert P. LeChien, Judge, presiding.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Justice Kuehn
This case comes to us on Glenn Trentman's appeal from the trial court's July 26, 2000, order denying his posttrial motion. Because we conclude that a motion to strike the appeal, taken with the case, is dispositive regarding this court's lack of jurisdiction, we cannot consider his appeal.
Illinois has a set of rules and procedures in place by which all legal proceedings are bound. These rules are not mere suggestions and not aspirational in nature. See Bright v. Dicke, 166 Ill. 2d 204, 210, 652 N.E.2d 275, 278 (1995). The rules are meant to be followed by all who seek justice in the court system.
Glenn Trentman sued Stephen R. Kappel, M.D., and Associated Orthopedic Surgeons, Ltd., for medical malpractice. The case was tried before a jury. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants on April 14, 1999. Glenn Trentman's posttrial motion raising various evidentiary issues was not filed until June 28, 2000. What happened between April 14, 1999, and June 28, 2000, can best be explained with the following chart:
Extension Number Motion Filed Date Granted New Deadline
1 05/07/99 05/07/99 06/10/99
2 06/04/99 06/04/99 07/25/99
3 07/13/99 07/13/99 08/25/99
4 08/17/99 08/23/99 09/09/99
5 Oral Motion 09/07/99 09/29/99
6 09/28/99 09/28/99 10/14/99
7 10/14/99 10/14/99 11/04/99
8 11/03/99 11/03/99 12/04/99