9:15AM: We just got to the courthouse. There are about 25 people in the courtroom. When we got here, the antis were sitting right behind us with their kids (by the way, isn't it a school day?), but they moved right away when we piled in. The kids look miserable.
9:30AM: Steve Trombley, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Chicago Area, and our lawyers have arrived at the courthouse.
9:40AM: The courtroom is starting to fill up, and we are getting a lot of cold looks from across the aisle.
9:49AM: Court officials are arriving.
9:51AM: Court is now in session, there are about 75 people in the room. And in case anyone is wondering, Eric Scheidler is not one of them.
9:55AM: Eric Scheidler just arrived, he's sitting right behind us.
10:09AM: The judge is hearing other cases right now -- we're just sitting tight.
10:21AM: Here we go. Our case is starting. The judge is discussing the motion of extension, and he is skeptical of the city's claim.
10:22AM: The city lawyer is arguing the motion, and the judge is giving him a very hard time. For any newbies to the case, this is a good thing.
10:24AM: The judge is questioning why the city is bringing the state's attorney, John Basanti into the process. We too have been wondering why yet another attorney was brought in
10:30AM: The judge denied the motion. We're starting our argument. Point #1: The city has repeatedly put up special discriminatory procedures against us.
10:36AM: We are presenting our evidence.
10:46AM: Much discussion of specific legal language.
10:51AM: We are going over the exact timeline of the past year.
10:56AM: There's a priest standing in the aisle, scowling. Which automatically reminds me of how amazing this Planned Parenthood supporter is.
11:02AM: We are concluding our remarks. We are arguing that that the services our clinic provides are constitutionally protected rights, and the city of Aurora is blocking them. The city attorney is visibly agitated.
11:05AM: We are arguing that irreperable harm is happening every day that the city's review continues and the clinic remains closed.
11:07AM: The city attorney's hands are shaking.
11:08AM: We are in recess for 10 minutes. Stay tuned!
11:12AM: The feeling in the courtroom is very tense.
11:21AM: We're back in session. The city is starting its opening arguments.
11:24AM: The city just compared Planned Parenthood to OJ Simpson.
11:26AM: The city attorney said "The city of Aurora's image is important."
11:28AM: More from the attorney: "The abortion right is not exactly crystal clear to the average person." Say what?
11:42AM: The city is arguing that it is trying to please the greatest number of people. The judge is ordering the city to read the full email of the anti-choice alderman.
11:45AM: The city is describing the selection of the independent review and says the review will be completed in 7 days.
11:46AM: The city is arguing that the delay in the clinic's opening is Planned Parenthood's fault.
11:54AM: The city is arguing that this case is all about land use and fraud in permitting. Not about abortion.
11:55AM: The city closed its argument. We are responding.
11:56AM: We are arguing that the clinic should open regardless.
11:58AM: Our lawyers: "We wouldn't be here if this was a foot care clinic."
12:04PM: We concluded our response. It's the city's turn again.
12:05PM: The judge is discussing the argument.
12:06PM: Now the judge is discussing precedent.
12:13PM: The judge's tone is negative toward us in this discussion.
12:18PM: The judge is saying that there is a dearth of evidence showing discrimination and that there was not enough time for a reasonable investigation.
12:20PM: In its present form, the judge is denying the motion. He is leaving the option open to refile.
12:22PM: The judge said that by no means is the case over. He said that the delay itself is not of constitutional magnitude, but that could change.
12:24PM: Court is adjourned. The judge has denied the motion on the ground that we haven't provided enough evidence. We can reapply later when we have more evidence. But for now, the clinic has to remain closed.
12:28PM: And I should add -- this isn't over for us either. We WILL keep fighting to open this clinic. And of course, we'll keep you posted.