Docket No. 105395.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE COUNTY OF DU PAGE et al., Appellees, v. THE ILLINOIS
LABOR RELATIONS BOARD et al., Appellants.
Opinion filed December 18, 2008.
CHIEF JUSTICE FITZGERALD delivered the judgment of the
court, with opinion.
Justices Freeman, Kilbride and Burke concurred in the judgment
Justice Thomas concurred in part and dissented in part, with
opinion, joined by Justices Garman and Karmeier.
The Illinois Labor Relations Board, State Panel (the Board), and
the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, Du Page County Sheriff’s Police
Chapter #126 (MAP or the Union) appeal from a judgment of the
appellate court vacating the Board’s certification of MAP as the
exclusive bargaining representative for a unit of deputy sheriffs
employed by the County of Du Page and the sheriff of Du Page
County (collectively, the Employer) (375 Ill. App. 3d 765). At issue
is the proper interpretation of section 9(a–5) of the Illinois Public
Labor Relations Act (5 ILCS 315/9(a–5) (West 2004)).