Another explanation for the timing includes the inner workings of the judicial process.
Noel Sterett, an attorney at Dalton & Tomich in Chicago, said he wasn’t surprised by the timing, either. Sterett argued a religious land use case in early November before the Seventh Circuit, a week after the housing allowance case’s oral arguments took place—yet the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in the religious land use case in January. That could mean a housing allowance decision is imminent, he said. “[But] to give you another possible measure, the Seventh Circuit took a year to issue [its] recent ruling in the Chicago abortion buffer zone case, which was argued in February 2018 and decided in February 2019,” Sterett added.