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Demolition of three Cook County Jail buildings will save taxpayers money, county says

Dawn Geske Dec. 9, 2016, 12:18am

In an effort to reduce the county's jail population and save Cook County and its taxpayers money, three buildings at the Cook County Jail will be demolished.

Sports lawyer thinks court made right choice in suit over blown high school football playoff call

Dawn Geske Dec. 6, 2016, 11:36pm

OAK PARK – While the judge’s decision didn’t go in its favor, Fenwick High School has created a buzz surrounding what could have been an overturned football call and changed the face of high school sports going forward.

Fenwick ready to move forward after losing case that challenged football call

Dawn Geske Dec. 6, 2016, 11:22pm

Fenwick High School is ready to move on after a Cook County Circuit Court judge declined to intervene to reverse a bad call that lost the school the opportunity to play for a state football title.

Voter turnout high in suburban Cook County but doesn’t reach 2008 turnout

Dawn Geske Nov. 25, 2016, 9:57am

Voter turnout in the suburban areas of Cook County failed to reach the high levels garnered in the 2008 presidential election, but still easily surpassed the last presidential election cycle in 2012, the Cook County Clerk's office reported, as voters turned out in strong numbers to tackle a host of races and referendums.

Legislators may override governor's veto of plan to automatically sign up voters

Dawn Geske Nov. 25, 2016, 9:55am

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois legislators are looking to make voting even easier by overriding the governor’s veto of a bill designed to register voters when they apply for driver’s licenses.

Court's injunction of Advocate, NorthShore merger could have future ramifications for health care industry

Dawn Geske Nov. 9, 2016, 6:04pm

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has overturned the decision by a lower court, which had denied enjoining the proposed merger between two health-care providers in Illinois. And the decision could be a harbinger for future cases, said an attorney who deals with such antitrust litigation. 

Time to file medical wrongful death suit open to more liberal view of discovery date

Dawn Geske Nov. 2, 2016, 5:09pm

A decision by the Illinois Supreme Court may liberalize the time frame in which to file lawsuits in medical malpractice wrongful death cases.

Election Day voter registration easier in urban areas than in rural locations

Dawn Geske Oct. 26, 2016, 12:19pm

With an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to not expedite a case looking to block Election Day voter registration come November, voters will be able to register to vote on Nov. 8 right at the polling precinct in some counties of Illinois - a move which could make it easier for those living in more populated areas to vote than other eligible voters living in more rural areas.

New sick leave ordinance will take effect next year in Cook County; employers face litigation risk

Dawn Geske Oct. 25, 2016, 1:09pm

Cook County has approved an ordinance giving employees in the county the right to accrued sick leave and the ability to use it as necessary, as well as to sue employers who don't abide by the rules.

November referendum looks at idea of moving Orland Township out of Cook County

Dawn Geske Oct. 20, 2016, 9:07pm

A referendum on the November ballot will let residents of Orland Township explore whether the township and its communities should secede from Cook County, and decide what kind of message they want to send to Cook County leaders about the state of the county.

Seventh Circuit to decide whether discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title VII

Dawn Geske Oct. 19, 2016, 5:38pm

CHICAGO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has reversed its initial decision and decided to rehear a case en banc that looks at whether sexual orientation discrimination is protected under Title VII.

NLRB extends jurisdiction to cover teachers at church-affiliated private schools

Dawn Geske Oct. 17, 2016, 11:18pm

Federal labor regulators at the National Labor Relations Board have expanded the agency's reach within religious private schools, finding that faculty and others at the schools who don’t provide religious instruction should no longer be considered exempt from federal workplace rules.

Non-compete agreements banned for low-wage employees in Illinois

Dawn Geske Oct. 4, 2016, 6:06pm

A new law prohibiting non-compete agreements for low-wage earners has been signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Attorney general sues pharmaceutical company over marketing of morphine-like drug

Dawn Geske Sep. 27, 2016, 5:57pm

CHICAGO – A lawsuit has been filed by the Illinois attorney general against a pharmaceutical company for alleged deceptive marketing and selling of an opioid described as more powerful than morphine.

Court clears path for publishing company to sue city over posting ordinance

Dawn Geske Sep. 26, 2016, 5:11pm

A nonprofit publishing company will be allowed to press its lawsuit against the city of Chicago over its ordinance restricting certain posters on city light poles.

New laws requiring greater accommodation of pregnant workers, may require employers to shift mindset

Dawn Geske Sep. 22, 2016, 11:34am

Pregnant workers are getting some relief as more states pass legislation to prevent discrimination in the workplace in addition to providing accommodations during their pregnancy.

$35 million jury verdict for fatal 5-car crash pared back by $15 million

Dawn Geske Sep. 22, 2016, 12:07am

A combined $35 million judgment stemming from a fatal five-car crash has been pared back, after a judge took another look at the huge jury verdict.

Artist Peter Doig triumphs over claims he painted a work he asserted wasn't his

Dawn Geske Sep. 8, 2016, 10:03pm

In a seeming case of mistaken identity, a Scottish painter has been cleared of any obligations to a purchaser of a painting that the artist claims he never painted.

Rising assessments in Chicago may signal end of real estate market downturn

Dawn Geske Sep. 7, 2016, 5:13pm

The latest assessment values for Cook County, showing an increase in the city of Chicago, signal that the steady decline that began in 2008 may be at an end.

New IL law boosts domestic workers' legal protections, ups lawsuit risk vs household employers

Dawn Geske Sep. 6, 2016, 10:58pm

A new Illinois law, the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights Act, affords domestic workers protection from employment-related discrimination, and could create a significant new litigation threat for families who employ them.