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Appeals panel: 'Political' lawsuit vs 2011 Pawar aldermanic opponent costs 47th Ward businessmen $52K

Dan Churney Jan. 11, 2017, 5:08pm

A Chicago appellate panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that two North Side businessmen must pay the legal costs incurred by a failed aldermanic candidate while fighting their defamation lawsuit, because the suit was “politically motivated.”

Bensenville homeowners, Chicago skirmish in Cook court over right to sue City Hall for O'Hare air traffic

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 10, 2017, 6:51pm

The legal dogfight between the city of Chicago and dozens of Bensenville homeowners, who say air traffic from O'Hare's busy new runway has demolished their quality of life, has returned to Cook County court, where attorneys for City Hall and the homeowners are now skirmishing over the question of precisely when the homeowners’ problems began.

Judge: Pro-life activists can sue Chicago for unequal enforcement of abortion clinic 'bubble zone' rules

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 5, 2017, 5:29pm

While declining to strike down the rules as unconstitutional, a federal judge will allow a group of pro-life activists to press ahead with a challenge asserting the city of Chicago has unfairly and improperly enforced its ordinance creating a “bubble zone” around abortion clinics in which activists are forbidden from interacting with women entering the clinics.

City Hall can't tax mortgage transfers, because mortgages don't equal ownership, appeals panel says

Dan Churney Dec. 27, 2016, 12:17pm

A state appeals panel in Chicago has ruled the city of Chicago can’t impose its real estate transfer tax on mortgage assignments for two properties – one on the Gold Coast – because mortgages don’t confer ownership, and so are not “beneficial interests” as defined by the tax ordinance. 

Ex-director of Chicago anti-patronage office OK to sue city for stopping him from doing his job

D.M. Herra Dec. 22, 2016, 1:42pm

A state appellate court has reinstated a lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago by the former executive director of its office of compliance, which is tasked with reviewing city hiring decisions to prevent patronage hires. 

City Hall delays Airbnb rules til Feb. 28 amid lawsuit over home-sharing ordinance

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 14, 2016, 4:36pm

As lawyers for both sides prepare to face off in federal court over a request by a group of Airbnb hosts to block Chicago City Hall’s new home-sharing rules from taking effect, the city has agreed to put off enforcement of the rules until the end of February.

City levies higher fees to register vacant buildings, sock lenders, loan servicers

Taryn Phaneuf Dec. 14, 2016, 3:09pm

The city of Chicago has amended a city code to reduce the number of vacant buildings throughout Chicago, socking lenders and mortgage servicers with higher fees in the process, even as those lenders navigate the slow county judicial foreclosure process. 

New Chicago ordinance requires pharmaceutical representatives to be licensed

Shanice Harris Dec. 7, 2016, 7:28pm

A new Chicago city ordinance says pharmaceutical representatives working in the city will have to pay $750 to obtain a city license.

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.

Judge declares difference between food trucks, restaurants, upholds Chicago food truck rules

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 5, 2016, 1:17pm

A Cook County judge has kicked to the curb a lawsuit from food truck owners challenging the constitutional authority of the city of Chicago to impose regulations dictating where they can park and how long they can stay in one spot, and requiring them to allow the city to monitor by GPS where they are when they are open for business.

Chicago lawyer says neighbors using alderman to block his home project, demands alderman's emails

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 29, 2016, 2:11pm

A Chicago lawyer has taken to court his dispute with his neighbors and a Chicago alderman over his Wicker Park home construction project, asking a Cook County judge to order the city of Chicago and Alderman Joe Moreno to turn over all emails, text messages and other communications which may show whether friends of Moreno – the lawyer’s neighbors – had used the alderman to block him from installing a heated sidewalk at his house.

New Chicago tax on bags will yield revenue, but maybe not environmental benefits

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 28, 2016, 3:28pm

The city of Chicago will begin charging people next year a tax for each bag they use to haul groceries and other items purchased at retailers in the city. But while the tax will produce income for the city, it remains to be seen how much the tax will actually do to reduce the number of plastic bags Chicagoans use - a major selling point for such taxes in Chicago and other locales.

New city red light, speed camera ordinance 'illegal' try at re-collecting voided tickets, class action says

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 11, 2016, 2:35pm

Saying the new ordinance marks nothing more than an illegal attempt by Chicago City Hall to collect fines and fees on old traffic tickets already voided by a judge, a group of plaintiffs who earlier secured the key court victories in their quest to collect refunds for potentially more than 1 million tickets issued under the city’s red light and speed camera programs have returned to Cook County court, asking a judge to declare the new ordinance unconstitutional.

City of Chicago accused of being liable for woman's fall injuries

Louie Torres Nov. 10, 2016, 5:23pm

A woman is suing the city of Chicago, alleging negligence, liability and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries in connection with a fall.

City of Chicago faces allegation of excessive force in police shooting case

Louie Torres Nov. 10, 2016, 5:19pm

Two people who were hit by police gunfire, and a representative of a man who was killed by police gunfire, have filed suit against the City of Chicago, alleging excessive force in the course of an arrest.

Judge OKs class action vs Chicago over alleged missteps in issuing red light, speed camera tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 7, 2016, 8:40am

Anyone who received a red light or speeding camera ticket from the city of Chicago before May 2015 could be added to a class action lawsuit demanding the city void many red light and speed camera tickets because City Hall allegedly broke its own rules in the way it notified the people who had been ticketed.

Chicago police officer seeks damages from fellow cops over alleged retaliation

Louie Torres Oct. 19, 2016, 11:12am

A Chicago police officer is suing the City of Chicago and fellow officers, citing alleged retaliation for exposing purported illegal activity.

Lawsuit: Uber must offer same services to people requiring motorized wheelchairs as to non-disabled

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 13, 2016, 4:25pm

An organization which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities has sued Uber, asking a federal judge to order the popular ridesharing service to provide equivalent levels of service to those with non-folding motorized wheelchairs as it does for people without such mobility disabilities.

City OK to regulate Uber, Lyft differently; license doesn't entitle cabs to no competition, appeals judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 11, 2016, 5:22pm

The city of Chicago doesn’t need to burden Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services with the same costly regulations applied to cab drivers, a federal appeals court has ruled, declaring the city did not infringe cab companies’ constitutional rights by allowing the alternative transportation companies to operate and compete for passengers in the city.

Ex-Gov. Quinn joins legal actions to overturn state law letting mayor choose Chicago school board

Scott Holland Oct. 10, 2016, 9:32am

Former Gov. Pat Quinn has joined state and federal lawsuits aiming to change the way Chicago Public Schools Board members are selected, saying state law giving the mayor of Chicago, and not voters, the power to select the Chicago Board of Education violates voters’ and taxpayers’ rights under the U.S. and Illinois constitutions.