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Case Law Update: Time Frame for Motions to Reconsider

Heiden v. DNA Diagnostic Center, No. 2-07-0620 (11/9/09) found that a post judgment motion to extend time for filing notice of appeal of ruling on motion which challenges judgment, per Rule 303(a)(1), is necessary for the appellate court to have jurisdiction. A “Motion to Reconsider” which is actually a request to clarify judgment is not a challenge to judgment. This case will greatly impact all Illinois law.