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    Binding Versus Persuasive Authority

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    A county court in Illinois is deciding a case involving an issue that has never been addressed before in that state's courts. The Iowa Supreme Court, however, recently, decided a case involving a very similar fact pattern. Is the Illinois court obligated to follow the Iowa Supreme Court's decision on the issue? if the US Supreme Court had decided a similar case, would that decision be binding on the Illinois court?

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    Any decision by another state's Supreme Court is only persuasive authority to Illinois courts.

    The decision by a Supreme Court ...

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    A county court in Illinois is deciding a case involving an issue that has never been addressed before in that state's courts. The Iowa Supreme Court, however, recently, decided a case involving a very similar fact pattern. Is the Illinois court obligated to follow the Iowa Supreme Court's decision on the issue? if the US Supreme Court had decided a similar case, would that decision be binding on the Illinois court?

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