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Appeals panel: ILRB exec. dir. lacks authority to yank bargaining unit certification without due process

Melissa Busch Jun. 20, 2017, 10:40am

A state appellate court has vacated an Illinois labor board's decision to dismiss a petition by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to represent several workers in the Cook County Sheriff's electronic monitoring unit, saying the labor board erred in allowing its executive director to yank certification without due process.

Man claims he was arrested by Cook County for outdated warrant

Louie Torres Jun. 12, 2017, 4:23pm

A man is suing Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, the Office of the Cook County Sheriff and Cook County Department of Corrections, citing alleged violation of civil rights and violation of human rights.

Cook County, sheriff alleged liable for employee's early retirement

Louie Torres May 29, 2017, 10:27pm

A man is suing Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, Cook County and human resources administrator Wyola, alleging discrimination, retaliation and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Lawsuit: Fired Cook correctional officers should be rehired, because merit board included illegal member

Scott Holland May 26, 2017, 1:55pm

A former Cook County correctional officer who had been terminated in 2015 has asked a judge to order the county to reinstate him and others like him, after a state appeals court found the board that fired them included a member who was never validly appointed.

Appeals court upholds concealed carry license denial to ex-Chicago alderman candidate with 18 arrests

Melissa Busch May 12, 2017, 8:55am

An appeals court has upheld a decision to deny a concealed carry firearm license to a former Chicago alderman candidate who court documents said had been arrested 18 times, and had been accused of several violent acts, including threatening to put an employee “in a wood chipper and six feet underground."

Cook County Sheriff's Department detective allegedly responsible for car accident

Louie Torres Mar. 30, 2017, 2:02am

An Oak Park woman is suing a Cook County Sheriff's Office detective, the Cook County Sheriff's Department and Cook County for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent her from being injured in a car accident she claims the detective caused.

Appeals panel: Cook Sheriff must bargain with union on rules governing association with gang members

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 24, 2017, 8:38pm

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office can unilaterally impose rules on employees' social media activity, but can’t do so without first consulting the union when forbidding sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers from associating with gang members, a state appeals court has ruled.

Judge: New jail policy allowed sheriff to avoid order to distribute prisoner rights journal to inmates

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 5:36pm

A federal judge has sided with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and its policy of keeping inmates at the county jail from reading magazines focused on the legal rights of prisoners.

Class action: Cook County court bonds too high, discriminatory; keep those awaiting trial in jail too long

Scott Holland Oct. 19, 2016, 2:31pm

A class action complaint leveled against Cook County has accused Sheriff Tom Dart and the county of imposing onerous bonds on people charged with crimes, essentially forcing them to remain detained pending a trial. 

Former Cook sheriff's deputy OK'd to proceed with claims Sheriff fired him for being white, Republican

Scott Holland Mar. 12, 2016, 12:43pm

A wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former Cook County Sheriff’s deputy, who said Sheriff’s office officials used accusations of technical violations to disguise their actual, political motives for firing him, will be allowed to proceed against the Sheriff’s office after a federal judge refused to dismiss the action.

Jury OKs $1,500 each to panhandlers who said Cook Sheriff violated rights in barring begging at Daley Plaza

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 29, 2016, 3:07pm

A federal jury has awarded two panhandlers $1,500 each, saying Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and his deputies violated their First Amendment rights when prohibiting them from soliciting donations from visitors to and those passing by the Daley Center, the county’s civil courthouse,.