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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.

Patlak wins new four-year term as 'sole Republican' on Cook County Board of Review

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 9, 2016, 11:20am

An incumbent member of the board responsible for reviewing taxpayer appeals of property tax assessments, who billed himself as the sole Republican in Cook County’s property tax determination and appeals process, has secured another four years on that board. On Tuesday, voters reelected Dan Patlak, of Wheeling, to the First District seat on the Cook County Board of Review.

IL A/G sues VW, says must pay for emissions 'defeat devices' on diesel cars

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2016, 6:31pm

Illinois’ attorney general has become the latest official to take automaker Volkswagen to court over the installation of devices designed to deceive government emissions tests, filing suit in Chicago to demand Volkswagen pay for the deception, which regulators said allowed vehicles to emit more pollution than allowed by law.

Family of woman killed in hit-and-run sues man let off of drug charges in 2013 over cops' alleged lies

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2016, 5:38pm

The family of a Chicago woman killed in an August Morton Grove car crash have brought a wrongful death action against the other driver, a Glenview man who has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence, and who three years earlier had been let off by a judge on drug charges amid allegations of perjury by the arresting officers.

Judge OKs class action vs Chicago over alleged missteps in issuing red light, speed camera tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 7, 2016, 8:40am

Anyone who received a red light or speeding camera ticket from the city of Chicago before May 2015 could be added to a class action lawsuit demanding the city void many red light and speed camera tickets because City Hall allegedly broke its own rules in the way it notified the people who had been ticketed.

Airbnb hosts: City home-sharing regulations unconstitutional, trample property rights

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 5, 2016, 1:43am

Saying the city’s new regulations on online home-sharing services subject Chicago homeowners to a “literally incomprehensible” and “dizzying” array of rules - with egregious potential penalties for breaking those rules – a group claiming to represent a number of Chicago property owners who list their properties on Airbnb and similar home-sharing sites has sued Chicago City Hall, calling on a federal judge to declare the city’s new ordinance unconstitutional.

Man paralyzed in boating accident says ex-lawyers owe $25M for wrongly obtaining jury note at trial

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 3, 2016, 4:50pm

A New Lenox man paralyzed in a boating accident in 2009 has sued his former lawyers and a Cook County Circuit Court clerk, saying he is owed $25 million after a judge, upon learning the court clerk had improperly passed jury information to one of the lawyers, tossed a settlement agreement the man had reached with the maker of the yacht on which he was injured.

One of Motor Werks' three owners asks court to order dealerships to be sold to satisfy deal

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 2, 2016, 3:40pm

One of the owners of the Motor Werks Auto Group has parked an internal power struggle with his business partners in Cook County court, asking a judge to place the northwest suburban collection of luxury car dealerships into receivership to force the other two owners, including Motor Werks’ founder, to sell the dealerships and split the proceeds according to the terms of a purported deal struck a decade ago.

IL Supreme Court bars ex-Cook law clerk accused of impersonating judge from becoming real judge

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 1, 2016, 11:14am

The Illinois Supreme Court will not allow a law clerk accused of impersonating a judge and presiding over cases in a Cook County courtroom to take the judicial oath of office, should she win election to the bench in the Cook County Circuit Court this month, pending the outcome of a state disciplinary investigation into her alleged misconduct.

Seventh Circuit blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger, says new hospital system could raise prices

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 31, 2016, 1:30pm

A federal appeals court has put a proposed merger of Advocate and NorthShore University health systems back on hold, saying a federal judge who earlier this summer had denied government regulators’ requests for an injunction had not properly considered how large and influential the proposed new health system could be on raising health care prices in the region the new system would serve.

Hotwire, Hotels.com, other online travel sites to pay Lombard $459K to settle hotel taxes lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 25, 2016, 1:04pm

The village of Lombard will reap a $459,000 payday from the operators of six of the biggest online travel websites – the only Illinois municipality allowed to do so - after a federal judge signed off on a deal to end a years-long court fight over claims the travel sites had stiffed Lombard and other suburban Chicago communities of hotel taxes.

Chicago wrong place for union lawyer's libel suit over right-to-work group's Indiana high court article

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2016, 5:46pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a union lawyer’s defamation lawsuit against a leading anti-union advocacy organization, saying the facts of the case – which centers on the veracity of the lawyer’s statements to the Indiana Supreme Court during a court fight over the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Work law  - indicate the defamation suit should not have been filed in Illinois.

$30M deal to end massive price-fixing class action vs steelmakers; all settlements now total $194M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 19, 2016, 5:18pm

A group of about 5,500 manufacturers, metal fabricators and others who bought steel from eight American steelmakers about a decade ago have announced a $30 million deal with three of those mill operators – a settlement the parties intend would cap off a massive antitrust class action lawsuit accusing the steelmakers of manipulating supply to boost prices for their steel products.

Lawsuit: Litigation financier Oasis Financial broke labor laws, required 'overbroad' non-compete contracts

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 18, 2016, 3:40pm

Former employees of a company specializing in providing money to people looking to sue have sued their ex-employer, saying the company improperly forced employees to work too many hours without overtime pay, and has wrongly attempted to enforce employment agreements forbidding former employees from working for competitors for as many as two years.

Judge chills class action vs Starbucks over amount of ice in cold drinks

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 17, 2016, 3:12pm

A Chicago federal judge has dumped a lawsuit against Starbucks over the amount of ice in its iced drinks, saying the reasoning undergirding the class action lawsuit against the purveyor of hot and cold coffee drinks and other beverages was too far over the top.

State Supreme Court asked to block clerk fired for impersonating judge from becoming real judge

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 14, 2016, 12:03pm

Regulators of Illinois’ legal profession have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to take immediate action to block Rhonda Crawford, an attorney and fired Cook County Circuit Court law clerk, who was terminated this summer over allegations that she impersonated a judge from the bench, from being sworn in as an actual judge, should she win election in November.

Lawsuit: Uber must offer same services to people requiring motorized wheelchairs as to non-disabled

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 13, 2016, 4:25pm

An organization which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities has sued Uber, asking a federal judge to order the popular ridesharing service to provide equivalent levels of service to those with non-folding motorized wheelchairs as it does for people without such mobility disabilities.

Cook Board of Review race pits GOP incumbent vs Dem lawyer with 'odd' job deal at Lyons schools

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 12, 2016, 5:59pm

This November, voters in much of suburban Cook County will have a chance to choose who will represent them on the board responsible for reviewing taxpayer appeals of property assessment decisions used by the county to determine how much property tax should be paid by the owners of homes, businesses and other real estate in the county.

City OK to regulate Uber, Lyft differently; license doesn't entitle cabs to no competition, appeals judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 11, 2016, 5:22pm

The city of Chicago doesn’t need to burden Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services with the same costly regulations applied to cab drivers, a federal appeals court has ruled, declaring the city did not infringe cab companies’ constitutional rights by allowing the alternative transportation companies to operate and compete for passengers in the city.