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Alzheimer's diagnosis renders Cook Co. judge accused of letting ex-clerk hear cases unfit, report says

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 2, 2016, 3:21pm

A Cook County judge accused of urging and allowing a now-fired law clerk to preside over cases from the bench as if she were a judge has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and is no longer fit to continue as a judge, a state judicial discipline board has reported.

Palos developer's heirs accused of 'judge shopping' in quest to force ex-lawyer to pay $3M for miscues

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 1, 2016, 9:55pm

A Chicago law firm accused of costing some of the adult children of a prominent Palos Park developer more than $3 million in a years-long legal dispute with their siblings over their father’s estate has asked a judge not to let the accusers simply retreat from the legal action, saying the plaintiffs engaged in “judge shopping in its most brazen form” in trying to sidestep the law firm’s motion to bring the matter to a close for good.

IL Supreme Court: Berrios can't block county Inspector General's investigation at Assessor's office

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 1, 2016, 12:27pm

The state’s highest court has declared Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios must comply with subpoenas issued by the county’s Inspector General, saying a Cook County ordinance empowering the Inspector General to “detect, deter and prevent corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, unlawful political discrimination or misconduct in the operation of County government” can be constitutionally applied to investigations of potential misconduct in the offices of elected county officials, like Berrios.

PNC settles asst. bank managers' unpaid OT claims class action for $6M; $2M to plaintiffs' attorneys

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 30, 2016, 5:01pm

A little over a year since a group of several hundred assistant bank branch managers sued PNC Bank for allegedly denying them overtime pay, a federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a deal to end the litigation for $6 million, which would send around $2,000 on average to each of the allegedly wronged assistant managers and $2 million to the attorneys who brought the case.

Chicago lawyer says neighbors using alderman to block his home project, demands alderman's emails

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 29, 2016, 2:11pm

A Chicago lawyer has taken to court his dispute with his neighbors and a Chicago alderman over his Wicker Park home construction project, asking a Cook County judge to order the city of Chicago and Alderman Joe Moreno to turn over all emails, text messages and other communications which may show whether friends of Moreno – the lawyer’s neighbors – had used the alderman to block him from installing a heated sidewalk at his house.

Judge rejects bid by airline support company Air Serv to block Tuesday O'Hare strike

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 28, 2016, 1:41pm

With just hours to go before unionized airline support workers take to the picket lines for a scheduled strike at O’Hare International Airport, a Chicago federal judge has denied an attempt by one of the employers targeted by the work stoppage to bar its employees from participating in what it calls an illegal strike action.

Fenwick H.S. loses bid to overturn football state playoff loss in court

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 23, 2016, 11:42am

Fenwick High School has failed in its bid to overturn via lawsuit bad in-game officiating which cost its football team a chance to play for an Illinois state title, after a Cook County judge opted not to intervene in the matter.

Fenwick H.S. lawsuit vs IHSA over football playoff result to be heard by retiring judge, Oak Park resident

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 22, 2016, 3:10pm

With the fate of the season for two high school football programs – and potentially a state title – hanging in the balance, retiring Cook County Circuit Judge Kathleen Kennedy is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday over a request by a Catholic high school hailing from her hometown to force Illinois High School Association to reverse the on-field results of a semifinal playoff contest between Fenwick High School and Plainfield North, which was decided in large part on an erroneous end-of-game c

Fenwick H.S. sues IHSA over blown call in state semifinals football playoff

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 21, 2016, 11:06pm

An Oak Park Catholic high school whose football team was robbed of a trip to the state championship game by an obviously blown call from officials overseeing the game has asked a Cook County judge to step in an overturn the game result.

Class action settled vs NorthShore Physicians group over medical debt liens, terms confidential

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 18, 2016, 5:46pm

A woman injured in a 2012 car crash has dropped her lawsuit against an Evanston-based medical practice, after a judge signed off on a settlement agreement ending the putative class action litigation in which she had accused the doctors at the practice of wrongly slapping liens on patients in an attempt to collect more than they should under agreements with health insurers.

SEIU official sued for defamation says plaintiffs, Local 73 colluded on 'secret' deal to let union slide

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 18, 2016, 5:04pm

An official with Chicago-based Service Employees International Union Local 73 has asked a Cook County judge to take another look at the decision to allow the union to escape a defamation lawsuit and to potentially sanction attorneys representing plaintiffs in that case, after he alleged the union and the plaintiffs and their attorneys cut a deal to let Local 73 off the hook, but never disclosed it to union members or the court.

Customer contract provision sends spam text message class action vs Jackson Hewitt to arbitration

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 17, 2016, 5:23pm

A suburban Marengo man will not – for now - be able to press his claim income tax return preparer Jackson Hewitt, and its partners American Express and Restaurant.com, illegally spammed his phone with text messages, after a Chicago federal judge ruled the agreement he signed with Jackson Hewitt also mandated all disputes over the contract be handled through arbitration.

Workers accuse Ferrara of not paying them for work at start of shift, breaking OT laws

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 17, 2016, 12:34pm

Chicago area candymaker Ferrara has been hit with a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of perhaps hundreds of current and former workers at its suburban candy plants, accusing the company of failing to pay its workers for the time they spent getting ready for their shifts each day at the plant, effectively meaning the company has failed to pay overtime as required by federal and state wage laws.

Write-in judicial candidate: Votes for ex-law clerk suspended for impersonating judge shouldn't count

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 16, 2016, 10:30pm

An appointed Cook County judge, running as a write-in candidate for an elected judicial seat on one of the county’s judicial subcircuits, has asked a Cook County judge to toss out the more than 85,000 votes received by her opponent for the judgeship, Democratic Party nominee Rhonda Crawford, a former law clerk whose law license was suspended by the Illinois Supreme Court shortly before Election Day amid accusations she impersonated a judge from the bench.

Heritage nursing homes lawsuit says state of IL not processing patients' Medicaid apps, paying claims

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 15, 2016, 5:38pm

A group of Illinois nursing homes has asked a federal judge to order the Illinois state government to pay them for services rendered to patients receiving assistance under Medicaid, saying the state has failed to live up to its obligations under federal law to promptly process patient Medicaid applications for a number of their nursing home residents or pay their claims.

Server class action says Lawry's Prime Rib owes workers pay for time spent studying for duty tests

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2016, 6:12pm

A server at the Chicago version of a popular chain of upscale steakhouses has brought a class action lawsuit against her employer, saying the company owes money under federal and state law to her and others who wait tables at the restaurant for compelling them to study for written tests about the restaurant, its menu and their duties while off the clock, without pay.

New city red light, speed camera ordinance 'illegal' try at re-collecting voided tickets, class action says

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 11, 2016, 2:35pm

Saying the new ordinance marks nothing more than an illegal attempt by Chicago City Hall to collect fines and fees on old traffic tickets already voided by a judge, a group of plaintiffs who earlier secured the key court victories in their quest to collect refunds for potentially more than 1 million tickets issued under the city’s red light and speed camera programs have returned to Cook County court, asking a judge to declare the new ordinance unconstitutional.

Ex-Broadview village president candidate can sue ex-clerk for 'destroying' candidacy, appeals panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2016, 5:17pm

A former candidate for the office of village president in suburban Broadview will have a chance again to press her claims that the village’s clerk violated the candidate’s rights by actively opposing her candidacy, allegedly using her office’s resources to help challenge the candidate’s nominating petitions and using the village’s Reverse 911 phone system to tell village residents any votes for the candidate would not count.

Cook Co. voters formally elect 33 judges, including ex-law clerk accused of impersonating judge

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2016, 12:00am

Cook County voters have formally selected permanent replacements for 11 departed circuit court judges and 22 judges assigned to Cook County’s judicial subcircuits - including an ex-law clerk accused of impersonating a judge - casting ballots in judicial elections in early voting and on Election Day, Nov. 8.

Crestwood, Harvey, Calumet OK term limits; Broadview votes under wraps til IL Supreme Court can rule

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 9, 2016, 5:43pm

The question of whether voters wish to restrict the number of terms some of their elected officials can remain in office received resounding support in the village of Crestwood and the cities of Harvey and Calumet City. And in the village of Broadview, the results of the vote won’t be known until and unless the Illinois Supreme Court weighs in on whether the referendum question passed legal muster.