A group of more than two dozen California wineries who ship wine to Illinois customers have scored a legal win, as a Cook County judge granted the request of Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan to dismiss numerous lawsuits alleging the wineries had shorted the state's treasury by not paying sales taxes on shipping and handling fees they charged consumers.
An order of Catholic nuns has filed a federal lawsuit against McHenry County for rejecting their proposal to expand facilities at their Northern Illinois Convent, and the case could have farther-reaching repercussions, as the country continues to grapple with questions over the rights of religious adherents and their organizations.
CHICAGO — A federal judge has ruled Chicago Police officers are not entitled under federal law to overtime pay for off–duty work done on mobile devices, like Blackberrys, issued by the Chicago Police Department. And this decision could have consequences for all employers, according to a legal observer.
A Cook County judge has struck down a law limiting civil juries to six members, saying the change goes against principles enshrined in Illinois' state constitution. Judge William Gomolinksi overruled the law Dec. 21, maintaining that this is a matter of defending the constitution, not a definitive determination that a 12-person jury is the most effective way to try a civil case.