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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. 

Man blames three Chicago officers for malicious prosecution

Louie Torres Oct. 7, 2016, 4:49pm

CHICAGO — A man individual is suing the City of Chicago and three of its police officers, alleging malicious prosecution.

Appeals panel: IL governments can pare back retiree health coverage, if benefits included 'expiration date'

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 22, 2016, 12:02pm

Illinois governments do not have an obligation under the Illinois constitution to continue to pay certain benefits to retirees if those benefits had been secured under a negotiated agreement that included "an expiration date," a state appeals court has ruled.

Chicago Justice Project sues to force city to release key to Chicago 911 call data

Caleb Murphy Sep. 12, 2016, 10:36am

Chicago City Hall has refused to release its "data dictionaries" to help explain the city's information about 911 calls and police responses, and the Chicago Justice Project has recently filed a lawsuit to compel the city to make the information public.

Appeals panel: Chicago PD right to fire officers accused in off-duty 2006 assault of man in restaurant

Scott Holland Aug. 9, 2016, 11:23pm

A state appellate panel said two Chicago police officers should indeed lose their jobs for an off-duty assault on a civilian, overturning the decision of a Cook County judge who had found the Chicago Police Board was wrong in firing the officers. 

TIF revenue up in Chicago, but it may not be helping where needed most, clerk's report says

Carrie Salls Aug. 8, 2016, 8:52pm

Revenue collected in the city of Chicago's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts will increase 23.9 percent this year, according to a report recently issued by Cook County Clerk David Orr. But it appears that failing neighborhoods that need revitalization the most are not seeing as much benefit from TIF, relative to areas that are already thriving.

Park Grill, City Hall reach deal to end years-long court fight over 'sweetheart' contract

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 5, 2016, 3:19pm

The city of Chicago and the owners of the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park have reached a settlement to end the years-long legal saga cutting across Chicago’s culture of politics and clout.

Paid sick leave to become requirement in Chicago, raising lawsuit risk for employers

Deana Carpenter Jul. 25, 2016, 11:34pm

Employers in Chicago will have to provide paid sick leave to employees starting next year because of a recently passed ordinance, and they could face a real risk of being sued, if they are not careful in crafting policies that closely comply with the new rules.

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives OK to pull plug on deal with developer over Pullman property: Panel

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 14, 2016, 5:18pm

A state appeals panel has signed off on the decision by the Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative, an organization dedicated to encouraging economic activity by redeveloping properties in some of the city’s troubled neighborhoods, to cut a veteran of the Chicago real estate development sector out of a project to build a new food warehouse and distribution center in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood.

Judge: Driller's RICO suit can continue vs Chicago Public Building Commission over treatment of subs

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 13, 2016, 8:21pm

A Michigan-based water driller will be allowed to continue its $2.4 million federal racketeering lawsuit against Chicago’s Public Building Commission and two contractors, after a federal judge said the driller has done enough to this point to back its assertions the CPBC and the contractors withheld information about underground asbestos-wrapped pipes on the construction site for a new Chicago police station, and then subsequently withheld payment, driving the driller out of business while maxim