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Machinist's claims work fumes caused cancer vs Union Pacific, Safety Kleen headed back to Cook court

Dee Thompson Jul. 21, 2017, 4:00am

A machinist’s case against Union Pacific, claiming the railroad should be made to pay for allegedly exposing him to toxic fumes and products at work, allegedly causing his renal cancer, has been sent back to Cook County court, after a federal judge determined the Federal Employees Liability Act doesn't let it pull out of state court.

Chicago State pays ex-finance officer $1.3M to end whistleblower lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 6, 2017, 4:17pm

A former financial officer at Chicago State University has secured a $1.3 million settlement from the university, ending his litigation against the school over his claims he had been fired in retaliation for exposing misdeeds by the university’s administration, including former university president Wayne Watson.

Judge tosses Slovakian painter's sex discrimination suit vs Morton HS District, laments law can't apply

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 2, 2016, 5:17pm

A male Slovakian painter who formerly worked at Morton East High School has failed in his bid to make the district and his former supervisors pay for failing to stop what a federal judge described as “appalling” harassment from his coworkers.

Divided IL Supreme Court tosses rule protecting police, fire depts from lawsuits, says rule outdated, despite precedent

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 22, 2016, 4:53pm

For decades, Illinois cities, villages, fire protection districts and others providing police, fire protection and ambulance services have enjoyed general immunity from lawsuits brought by plaintiffs who may accuse paramedics, firefighters and police officers of failing to provide the level of protection or response individuals may believe they should have. On Jan. 22, however, a majority of justices on the Illinois Supreme Court decided the time had come to undo the judicial rule.