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Judge lets juvenile detainees continue suit vs Cook County over filming of TV show "Empire"

Scott Holland Apr. 24, 2017, 11:36am

Juvenile detainees will be allowed to continue part of their class action complaint of rights violations against Cook County prison officials and television network Fox after a federal judge in Chicago refused to dismiss the entire case, claiming the county had wrongly surrendered control of large portions of the county’s juvenile detention center while the studio filmed episodes of hit television show, “Empire.”

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.

Lawsuit asks court to order Cook County to look into alleged discrepancies in Circuit Clerk funds

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 10, 2017, 1:44pm

A Chicago businessman has asked a Cook County court to order the county to conduct an audit of the finances of the county’s Circuit Court Clerk office to explain what the businessman says are apparent discrepancies, totaling perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars, between what the businessman and his lawyers believe should have been collected for special-use court funds from millions who pass through the county’s court system, and the figures the court clerk has allegedly publicly reported.

Adapting to the patchwork: Communities, employers consider options in wake of Cook Co. labor rules

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Mar. 10, 2017, 12:09pm

A growing number of Cook County communities are opting out of the county's minimum wage and sick leave ordinances. And businesses are considering their options to adapt to a patchwork legal landscape and what they perceive to be an increasingly unfriendly environment for business in Cook County.

Second-installment property tax bills may rattle some suburbanites

Dawn Geske Mar. 1, 2017, 12:35am

Cook County property tax bills have hit residents’ mailboxes and were due to the county on March 1 - but taxpayers especially may not like what they see when the second installment bills arrive four months from now.

New laws at state, local level bring changes in 2017 employers should be mindful of, labor attorney says

Christopher Knoll Dec. 30, 2016, 11:56am

As the calendar flips to a new year, a host of new laws in Illinois and elsewhere will take effect, including a number of which employers should particularly be mindful.

Brunswick sues McNabola, clerk, alleges wrongful use of jury note cost them, trampled legal rights

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2016, 7:15pm

Chicago lawyer Mark McNabola, already being sued by his ex-client - a man left paralyzed from a 2009 boating accident who claims the attorney’s use of jury note, improperly shared by a court clerk, cost him a $25 million settlement - has been hit with another lawsuit, this time from the yacht maker they had sued and who now allege the lawyer should also be made to pay for using the jury note to cost them a verdict from a jury poised to hand the company a courtroom win. The suit also names Cook C

Home Rules: Cook County suburbs mull if, how to respond to county's Chicago-style ordinances

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Dec. 13, 2016, 2:59pm

Cook County communities are weighing their options to respond to actions by the Cook County Board to impose ordinances, similar to those approved earlier this year in Chicago, to mandate paid sick leave and boost the minimum wage. The suburban communities believe the state constitution gives them the power to opt out, without challenging the county's constitutional authority to pass the ordinances in the first place.

Demolition of three Cook County Jail buildings will save taxpayers money, county says

Dawn Geske Dec. 9, 2016, 12:18am

In an effort to reduce the county's jail population and save Cook County and its taxpayers money, three buildings at the Cook County Jail will be demolished.

Home Rules: Cook County awaits challenges to authority to mandate paid sick leave, boost min wage

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Dec. 8, 2016, 4:54pm

Cook County has enacted ordinances, virtually identical to similar ordinances enacted earlier by the city of Chicago, requiring employers throughout the county provide paid sick leave and a higher minimum wage to employees. But did the county have the authority to do it? Opinions from the county's own State's Attorney's office said likely not.

Home Rules: Cook County echoes Chicago on paid sick leave, min wage, frustrating suburban communities

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Dec. 6, 2016, 10:36am

Cook County has enacted policies - first put into place by Chicago City Hall - mandating employers provide paid sick leave and sharply boosting the minimum wage. The changes have left many suburban communities and business leaders frustrated and concerned.

Voters OK absorption of Cook County Recorder's duties into Clerk's office, potentially saving millions

Cloreth Greene Nov. 23, 2016, 4:08pm

This past Election Day, Cook County voters chose to merge the Cook County Clerk’s Office and the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, a move supporters believe will result in cost savings and increased efficiency for taxpayers.

Voters OK'd term limits for their towns, but barriers make applying limits statewide difficult

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 22, 2016, 6:34pm

On Election Day, four Cook County communities took action on an issue that many voters in Illinois want to see addressed on a much larger scale: term limits.

Taxing soda drinkers will produce new revenue, but may not produce hoped-for results

Marie Villa Nov. 16, 2016, 1:25pm

Cook County will be among the growing number of local governments across the country to slap a tax on sugary and sweetened beverages, after the Cook County Board signed off on a proposal introduced by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to impose a special tax on those drinks as part of the county's new budget. But the tax may not necessarily produce the kinds of results sought by supporters, including reduced obesity rates and enhanced revenues, according to an analysis from The Tax Fo

New sick leave ordinance will take effect next year in Cook County; employers face litigation risk

Dawn Geske Oct. 25, 2016, 1:09pm

Cook County has approved an ordinance giving employees in the county the right to accrued sick leave and the ability to use it as necessary, as well as to sue employers who don't abide by the rules.

November referendum looks at idea of moving Orland Township out of Cook County

Dawn Geske Oct. 20, 2016, 9:07pm

A referendum on the November ballot will let residents of Orland Township explore whether the township and its communities should secede from Cook County, and decide what kind of message they want to send to Cook County leaders about the state of the county.

Cook County launches health program for uninsured residents; expects to pay for it from cost savings

Kristin Danley-Greiner Oct. 6, 2016, 12:44am

Cook County has unveiled a new program officials say will help thousands of uninsured county residents afford health care, providing eligible residents access to primary and specialty care through the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS).

7th Circuit appeals judges lift injunction blocking Illinois Election Day voter registration program

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 5:53pm

Saying the law imposes only a “minimal inconvenience" on voters living in low population counties who wish to register to vote on Election Day when compared to the benefits of expanding voting opportunities in counties with more people, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s block of a state law allowing Election Day voter registration at polling places in Cook County and other Illinois counties in which more than 100,000 people liv

Judge slaps down Illinois Election Day voter registration system, saying it dilutes rural citizens' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 27, 2016, 12:41pm

A federal judge has prohibited Illinois’ most populated counties from continuing to register voters at polling places on Election Day, saying the way the system is currently set up in the state violates the rights of people voting in Illinois’ more rural regions.

Chicago boat tour company asks court to rule Cook County can't tax its river, lake tours

Dan Churney Aug. 29, 2016, 11:16am

A Chicago tour boat company is asking a Cook County circuit judge to rule a Cook County administrative law judge was right to say the county can’t apply an amusement tax on the company’s Chicago River and Lake Michigan boat tours, but to find the administrative law judge did so for the wrong reason – a move which could also spell taxing trouble for the operators of Chicago’s walking tours.