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State appeals panel upholds $2.1M verdict vs City Hall for family of woman killed by suspects fleeing cops

S. Laney Griffo Mar. 21, 2017, 7:46pm

The city of Chicago must pay $2.1 million to the family of a woman who died when burglary suspects fleeing the police crashed their vehicle into hers, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Liquor license rules allowing unlimited searches unconstitutional, but liquor store still penalized

S. Laney Griffo Feb. 15, 2017, 12:45pm

An Illinois appeals court has ruled that evidence found during a warrantless search of a liquor store was grounds for the store losing its license and being fined, even as the court upheld a Cook County judge's ruling that the city of Chicago does not have constitutional authority to conduct unlimited searches of establishments with liquor licenses.

EEOC settlement for ex-Costco worker harassed by customer could be 'wake-up call' for employers

S. Laney Griffo Jan. 12, 2017, 12:50pm

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has won a settlement on behalf of a former Costco employee who alleged her employer had not done enough to protect her from a customer who allegedly stalked and harassed her while at work. And the decision should serve as a "wake-up call" for employers concerned about stepping on the toes of customers who may make their employees feel unsafe, said a Chicago employment lawyer.

Automatic voter registration bill dies in Illinois House after veto, but similar legislation could follow

S. Laney Griffo Dec. 14, 2016, 7:20pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would automatically register voters across Illinois has held up in the General Assembly, leaving unclear whether such a bill can secure enough votes to become law amid the current political environment.