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Judge dismisses CPS suit vs IL over schools funding; says demands would 'inject chaos,' not fix problem

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 28, 2017, 9:51pm

Saying the demands sought by the Chicago Public Schools “would inject widespread chaos into the entirety of the State’s public education system,” a Cook County judge has denied the request by CPS and other plaintiffs to force the state to funnel more money into Chicago’s public education system, dismissing a lawsuit CPS said it brought to address systemic and illegal discrimination within the state of Illinois’ educational funding system.

State can deny FOIA'd documents under new law even though law changed after request filed: Panel

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 17, 2017, 8:21pm

Illinois state regulators can use a state law shielding certain public records from disclosure to prevent a business owner from obtaining public records related to a regulatory complaint filed against his business, even though the state law was enacted after the business owner had tried, failed and then sued to force the regulators to give him the documents.

IL appeals panel: Man can challenge constitutionality of state's retroactive estate tax bill

Dan Churney Apr. 17, 2017, 2:14pm

A state appeals panel has overturned a DuPage County circuit judge’s dismissal of a challenge to Illinois’ retroactive estate tax, saying an executor is entitled to pursue his case against the tax in circuit court, not the Illinois Court of Claims as the state asserted.

Federal judge strikes down IL law banning med marijuana groups from donating to political campaigns

Scott Holland Mar. 29, 2017, 1:59am

Libertarian political candidates won a free speech victory in federal court as a Chicago judge declared unconstitutional an Illinois campaign law barring medical marijuana businesses from making campaign contributions. 

Illinois A/G: Education funding complaints rising, lands on 2016 Top 10 consumer complaints list

Chandra Lye Mar. 17, 2017, 12:33pm

The Illinois Attorney General’s office the number of education funding complaints by consumers continued to increase in 2016, landing such complaints a top ranking on the Attorney General's annual list of top consumer complaints in 2016.

Former Illinois solicitor general returning to private appellate practice at Mayer Brown

John Myers Feb. 28, 2017, 6:04pm

After years arguing cases before some of the most prestigious courts in the state and the country, a former Illinois solicitor general is coming home to private practice at one of Chicago's most prestigious law firms - a firm at which he worked early in his career.

St. Clair Co. judge backs union, denies AG request to order state to stop paying workers amid impasse

Cook County Record Feb. 16, 2017, 8:08pm

St. Clair Co. judge denies AG Madigan's request to order state to stop paying workers amid impasse

IL Atty. Gen. Madigan steps in, asks court to order IL to stop paying state workers til budget deal reached

Ann Maher Jan. 27, 2017, 12:13am

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan seeks to break a protracted budget stalemate by putting pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislators in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Class action: IL supervised release policies unjustly effectively keep sex offenders in prison 'for life'

Chandra Lye Dec. 29, 2016, 10:59am

A lawsuit has been filed accusing the state of Illinois of violating the rights of convicted sex offenders by maintaining policies that do not allow a number of them to be released from prison after they have served their sentences, effectively leaving them informally sentenced to life in prison.

Election Day voter registration cleared for IL this November; judges refuse to rush appeal

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 7, 2016, 5:05pm

Election Day voter registration will be allowed this November at all polling places in Cook County and Illinois’ other more populated counties, after a federal appeals court refused to speed up proceedings in the case, pushing briefing in the matter back to Nov. 10, two days after Election Day.

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

Attorney general sues pharmaceutical company over marketing of morphine-like drug

Dawn Geske Sep. 27, 2016, 5:57pm

CHICAGO – A lawsuit has been filed by the Illinois attorney general against a pharmaceutical company for alleged deceptive marketing and selling of an opioid described as more powerful than morphine.

Illinois AG reaches settlement with VW in emissions scandal

Dawn Geske Jul. 20, 2016, 11:02pm

A settlement has been reached by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office over the emissions scandal still engulfing automaker Volkswagen, potentially bringing Illinois and its residents more than $276 million.

Peoples Gas settles for $18.5 million over main replacement costs; rate reductions not promised

Ruth de Jauregui May 20, 2016, 10:00am

CHICAGO – Peoples Gas customers may find some relief after the gas company settled with the Illinois Attorney General office  over an investigation into the undisclosed costs of its gas line replacement program.

Appeals panel: Lawyers who say they modify mortgages can be subject to redlining discrimination actions

Dan Churney Apr. 6, 2016, 5:12pm

An appeals panel has clarified that those in the business of targeting underwater homeowners, and particularly racial minorities, with false promises to pull them to the surface for a fee, can be considered mortgage lenders under the law and subject to action by the Illinois attorney general for discriminatory lending activity.

Wineries put cork in qui tam lawsuits over wine shipping charges, sales tax

Annie Hunt Feb. 8, 2016, 6:08pm

A  group of more than two dozen California wineries who ship wine to Illinois customers have scored a legal win, as a Cook County judge granted the request of Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan to dismiss numerous lawsuits alleging the wineries had shorted the state's treasury by not paying sales taxes on shipping and handling fees they charged consumers.

IL Supreme Court: State wrong to deny unemployment benefits to American Airlines worker fired for upgrading passenger

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 5, 2016, 12:57pm

An American Airlines worker who was fired by the airline for helping a passenger secure a seating upgrade and some champagne for the flight has been cleared to collect unemployment benefits, after the Illinois Supreme Court found, since the worker did nothing illegal or obviously wrong, American Airlines’ lack of clear, written governing how to give passenger upgrades negated the airline’s claims it had the right to fire the worker for “misconduct.”

IL Atty Gen demands telemarketer forfeit more than $1 million pocketed when collecting for charities

Scott Holland Jan. 29, 2016, 1:06pm

Illinois’ attorney general has again set her sights on an Elk Grove telemarketing firm in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the company kept far too much of the money it purportedly collected on behalf of charities. Lawyers with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office filed suit Jan. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against Safety Publications.

Stericycle settles with 12 states for $26.75 million for overcharges; Illinois governments to get $3 million back

Hanna Nakano Nov. 28, 2015, 12:15am

A Lake Forest-based medical waste disposal company and the 12 states it allegedly overcharged for service have reached a $26.75 million settlement. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office announced the settlement with Stericycle, Inc.

IL Atty Gen: Chinese employment agencies, buffets, exploited 'vulnerable, desperately poor' Latino workers

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 12, 2015, 1:14pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has served a federal civil rights action against companies run by Chinese nationals who advertise they can provide “honest” and “sincere” Mexicans to work in Chinese buffet restaurants across the Midwest, saying the job placement agencies and the restaurant owners profited from placing “vulnerable and desperately poor Latino workers” in jobs at which they were routinely exploited, discriminated against, underpaid and housed in dingy conditions in return for