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Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

Scott Holland Aug. 14, 2017, 6:18pm

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Employers facing surge in class action suits over storage, use of employee fingerprints, other biometrics

Glenn Minnis Aug. 9, 2017, 11:35pm

A growing number of U.S. companies are turning to measures like biometric tools to validate time entries and other forms of tracking an employee's movements and actions. And as technology rapidly changes, it has also sparked a surge of litigation over data collection methods, and the levels of protection dedicated to electronically-gleaned data.

U of Chicago professor: IL Zero Emissions Credit Exelon bailout 'short-sighted,' despite challenge dismissal

Kacie Whaley Aug. 7, 2017, 5:39pm

Following the dismissal of lawsuits brought against the State of Illinois by power generators and electricity consumers who claimed the Future Energy Jobs Act deceptively supplies markets in favor of energy company Exelon, Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, says the state's policy is short-sighted and will be problematic for taxpayers.

Budget won't pull IL out of financial straits; Residents can 'look forward' to more taxes, U of C prof says

Kacie Whaley Jul. 24, 2017, 7:01pm

Illinois ended its two-year budget hiatus earlier this month, but the state's financial plan still lacks the essentials needed to sustain it over the long term, according to a University of Chicago professor.

Judge pulls plug on challenge to IL 'Zero Emissions Credit' Exelon nuclear plant bailout

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 18, 2017, 1:32pm

Saying the law could both simultaneously be a subsidy designed to prop up two Illinois nuclear power plants and a legitimate attempt to reduce carbon emissions, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on attempts by a group of power generators and electricity consumers to challenge a recent state law the plaintiffs claimed unconstitutionally used “green energy” goals as a pretext to rig the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon.

Judge: Cigna didn't defraud in denying payment to surgical center suspected of 'fee forgiveness'

Todd Barnett Jul. 10, 2017, 4:59pm

A federal judge has granted a win to multinational insurer Cigna, cutting out state law fraud claims from a lawsuit brought by a surgical center asserting the insurer was wrong to deny claims for reimbursement from certain Cigna-insured patients, for whom the surgical center had forgiven much of the bill because the surgical center was outside of those patients' preferred providers network.

State asks judge to toss CPS school funding suit, says system not 'hidden proxy' for race discrimination

Scott Holland Jul. 10, 2017, 4:40pm

The state of Illinois again has asked a Cook County judge to dismiss a Chicago Public Schools lawsuit alleging racial discrimination underlies the way the state funds K-12 public education.

Judge: Illinois must pay $586M/month, plus $2B over next 12 months to cover Medicaid bills

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 30, 2017, 6:24pm

While Illinois state officials have argued the order could amount to little more than “squeezing blood from a stone,” a Chicago federal judge has ordered Illinois’ state government to begin paying more than $586 million a month to cover Medicaid claims, plus an additional $2 billion from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 to begin reducing its stack of unpaid Medicaid bills.

Judge corks Indiana wine seller's lawsuit vs Illinois over law banning shipping to IL customers

Dan Churney Jun. 26, 2017, 1:47pm

A Chicago federal judge has stomped on an Indiana wine retailer's suit, which claimed Illinois liquor law unconstitutionally bars him from shipping his products into Illinois, saying the suit fails at the "most basic level." But the seller is asking to reopen the case.

School districts sue the state, demanding money, but history says chances of lawsuit success not high

Zachary Lewis Jun. 14, 2017, 5:12pm

Amid the state of Illinois' sustained budget woes, school districts in Chicago and elsewhere in the state have lined up to ask courts to intervene on their behalf and order the state to pay what they assert is its proper share of education funding. But history has indicated such lawsuits have limited chances of success.

Nursing homes can sue the state on patients' behalf to force prompt processing of Medicaid claims: Judge

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 9, 2017, 2:44pm

A federal judge has cleared the way for yet another group of lawsuits demanding the financially-troubled state of Illinois be forced to more promptly process and pay Medicaid claims, saying federal law allows Medicaid recipients and, by extension, health care agencies to sue the state for failing to abide federal law requiring the payment of Medicaid claims “with reasonable promptness.”

Federal judge: State can't keep skimping on Medicaid while fully funding worker pay, debt obligations

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 7, 2017, 5:57pm

A Chicago federal judge has stopped short, so far, of ordering the state of Illinois to place a premium on paying the health insurance organizations, hospitals and others the $2 billion it is estimated the state owes under unpaid Medicaid bills. But the judge said she did not find it reasonable for the state to skimp on Medicaid payments while fully funding its monthly payroll and debt repayments.

Ex-state senator sues IL over 'unconstitutional' skipped paychecks, years after supporting skipped pay

Scott Holland Jun. 5, 2017, 11:48am

Ex-state Senator Mike Noland, D-Elgin, is suing the state of Illinois to force the comptroller to get the money he claimes was denied him during a decade in office - even though he voted for the measure he now claims is illegal.

Attorney and former Western Springs board president says state, not county, should set minimum wage

John Sammon May 27, 2017, 11:22am

The outgoing president of the Western Springs Village Board said the State of Illinois, and not counties, should set policy with regard to setting a minimum wage and sick leave policy to avoid a confused hodgepodge of differing pay scales.

Chicago Public Schools try again to persuade court to order fix of 'discriminatory' school funding

Scott Holland May 25, 2017, 11:37am

After their first attempt to obtain a court order to compel a rewrite of the state's education funding rules was rebuffed, the Chicago Public Schools have renewed their legal challenge, again asking a Cook County judge to force changes in a school funding system they call discriminatory.

New Illinois Policy Institute book suggests 12 constitutional amendments to fix IL's problems

The Cook County Record May 17, 2017, 6:56pm

As Illinois’ financial, political and legal troubles continue to mount, a new book, issued by one of the state’s leading voices for reform, suggests the questions facing the state can largely be answered by amending the state’s constitution.

Court grants class status in case of Illinois inmates claiming substandard health care

Melissa Busch May 11, 2017, 9:43am

A group of Illinois prison inmates will be allowed to move forward with their class action suit claiming health care provided to inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections violates constitutional standards.

Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report

Jonathan Bilyk May 2, 2017, 9:04pm

In the wake of a scathing report from a court-appointed “special master” empowered to investigate political hiring abuses under former Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state officials and lawmakers, current Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked for the court’s guidance on whether those improperly hired, thanks to political connections, should now be able to use collective bargaining agreements to leverage the experience they gained in those positions to land in different positions or even move up in the state’s employment ranks.

Illinois can choose SEIU to represent all home caregivers in negotiations: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 5:28pm

The state of Illinois doesn’t trample on the rights of non-union home care providers by forcing them to abide by the terms of deals it strikes with a union over care provider pay rates and other terms of the care providers’ “employment,” a federal appeals court has ruled.

Appeals court refuses to lift stay on labor board's impasse finding; strike spectre still looms

The Cook County Record Mar. 3, 2017, 11:03pm

In the latest move in the ongoing battle between Illinois state union workers and Gov. Bruce Rauner, a state appeals court has refused the governor’s request to lift a court-ordered stay on the Illinois Labor Relations Board’s finding that the state and its largest union are at an impasse, a move that will impact the ability of Rauner to impose contract terms and of the union to strike.