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Lawsuit vs Madigan over alleged dirty election tricks vs primary opponent given new life

Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2017, 6:13pm

After failing to unseat one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians at the ballot box, then hitting roadblocks in the courts, Jason Gonzales has received new life in his legal battle against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and some of his supporters. This week, U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly granted Gonzales’ request to alter his original judgment, and revisit the lawsuit brought against Madigan.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Judge: No evidence Madigan, allies improperly used expunged records to smear 2016 primary foe

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 15, 2017, 4:10pm

A man who launched an ill-fated primary election challenge of Michael J. Madigan, arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois, has again lost to the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, after a federal judge tossed out his lawsuit alleging Madigan and his political allies violated his constitutional rights by conspiring to smear his name and undercut his campaign.

Bosnian Muslim congregation can take to trial lawsuit over zoning denial for Des Plaines mosque

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 27, 2017, 8:21pm

Saying he believed the evidence could suggest the city of Des Plaines discriminated against a local Islamic congregation when it denied their request for a permit to build a new community center in one of the city’s business districts, a federal judge has decided to let the congregation and the city take their legal fight to trial.

Patient says ill-fitting denture supplied by dentists pulled out implants

Louie Torres Aug. 31, 2016, 4:50pm

A patient is suing dentists, identified in the complaint as Dhiraj Sharma, DDS, and Rauf Abdul Yousuf, DMD, and their dental practices, identified as American Dental Associates, Ltd., and Archer Dental Specialists Inc., alleging they improperly provided him with an ill-fitting denture, which pulled out several dental implants. 

Ex-Argonne worker's lawsuit dismissed vs lab, DuPage Co for false arrest, wrongful firing

Scott Holland Mar. 9, 2016, 5:55pm

A former Argonne National Laboratory employee has struck out in his attempt to sue the lab and some DuPage County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly wrongly accusing him of theft, and then firing him.

Judge slaps restraining order on access to Topinka campaign money amid lawsuit by late comptroller's son

Scott Holland Jan. 25, 2016, 11:51am

The campaign funds of the late Judy Baar Topinka are now formally frozen, thanks to an order issued Jan. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court. Cook County Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous granted a temporary restraining order to Topinka’s son, Joseph Baar Topinka, which he’d requested as part of his complaint against Nancy Kimme and Bradley A. Burnett, the chairwoman and treasurer, respectively, of Citizens For Judy Baar Topinka.

Justice Department: Des Plaines broke federal law in denying Islamic group's request to open mosque in former office building

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2015, 5:44pm

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the city of Des Plaines, saying the city broke federal law when it refused the request of a group of Bosnian Sufi Muslims to open a mosque in one of the western suburb’s industrial areas. The intervention comes as the group continues its own lawsuit against the city.