Broadview term limits measure placed on ballot; Harvey, Crestwood, Calumet also to vote on term limits
In a 2-to-1 decision, a Chicago appeals panel has ruled a referendum aiming to limit the village president in suburban Broadview to two terms is not confusing, as an objector has claimed, and so can be on Tuesday’s ballot, allowing Broadview to be one of four Cook County communities in which voters can limit the number of terms in office some elected officials can serve.
A Chicago federal judge has knocked down a lawsuit – set aside to test the waters for dozens of other similar actions – against knee implant maker Zimmer Inc., but suggested remaining plaintiffs should not lose heart, because their suits will not likely bear the same deficiencies as the doomed suit.
The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its position that domestic partners do not enjoy the same rights as married couples when it comes to ending the relationship and dividing assets – but with two justices dissenting, stating a 1979 high court ruling, on which the majority relied, is out of date.
A Cook County judge has shot down a class action suit brought by a suburban medical records company, which alleged the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s Office wrongly charged litigants with fees for filing certain types of motions, ruling the company should have paid the fee under protest and pursued other options, rather than lodge a lawsuit.
A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit against a Chicago personal injury lawyer, which alleges he violated a federal drivers privacy law by buying traffic crash reports. Nonetheless, the judge said he wants the lawyer to further explain why the plaintiffs may lack standing under the law to pursue the case at all.
A Chicago tour boat company is asking a Cook County circuit judge to rule a Cook County administrative law judge was right to say the county can’t apply an amusement tax on the company’s Chicago River and Lake Michigan boat tours, but to find the administrative law judge did so for the wrong reason – a move which could also spell taxing trouble for the operators of Chicago’s walking tours.
A Chicago federal judge has chopped a few counts from a huge putative class-action suit – based on laws of various states, including Illinois – accusing the maker of the prescription pain killer Opana of improperly keeping the price of its product high by paying off another pharmaceutical company to delay the release of a generic version of the drug.