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Judge denies request to block Chicago from stripping 'police' title from airport security officers

Scott Holland Aug. 11, 2017, 6:00am

A labor union representing the Chicago airport security officers formerly designated as Chicago Aviation Police has failed for now in its attempt to block City Hall from removing the title of “police” from the officers in the wake of a high-profile passenger dragging incident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

AT&T Illinois accuses Chicago of damaging underground cables

Louie Torres Aug. 11, 2017, 1:00am

AT&T Illinois is suing the city of Chicago after its workers allegedly damaged the telecommunications utility's underground cables.

Vugo given green light to continue lawsuit vs city over Uber, Lyft ad ban

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 10, 2017, 3:33pm

Minneapolis-based tech firm Vugo, which provides interactive video advertising to be displayed in Uber and Lyft vehicles, has received a green light to continue its legal challenge against a Chicago city ordinance barring such advertising in the vehicles, as a federal judge said she wasn’t sure she was buying the city’s assertions the ad ban was needed to protect “captive” passengers.

Class action: Chicago tramples rights in prosecuting distracted driving tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 4, 2017, 12:06pm

Fast on the heels of a $39 million settlement ending their class action lawsuit against City Hall over tickets issued under its red light camera program, attorneys with the firm of Myron Cherry & Associates have again delivered a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago, now alleging the city also wrongly prosecuted tens of thousands of city citations issued under the city’s distracted driving ordinance.

New Cook County paid sick leave laws could mean legal trouble for employers if ignored

Kacie Whaley Aug. 1, 2017, 5:00am

The new paid sick leave ordinances that have taken effect in Chicago and Cook County are not only likely to interfere with many employers' worker requirements, but could spell big trouble for employers who ignore them.

Federal judge affirms arbitration stay in racial bias lawsuit vs Chicago over waste hauling contracts

Glenn Minnis Jul. 26, 2017, 12:20am

A Chicago federal court judge has denied a local trash hauling company’s request to rescind a previously imposed stay on arbitration in a dispute with the city and its primary waste hauling vendors over service contracts.

Chicago red light camera settlement deal could bring plaintiffs' lawyers $11.5M

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 25, 2017, 1:50pm

Under a proposed $38.75 million settlement to end one of the class action lawsuits it faces over abuses within its red light camera program, the city of Chicago could pay those who were ticketed under the program half of the money they paid to the city for the alleged wrongful $100 fines. Attorneys for the plaintiffs who brought the case, however, could drive off with more than $11 million in fees for their work, should a Cook County judge sign off on the deal.

O'Hare Airport visitor sues over fall near terminal entrance

Louie Torres Jul. 24, 2017, 2:10pm

An O'Hare International Airport visitor is suing the city of Chicago, claiming he fell on an uneven surface near a railed cab stand.

$38M red light camera settlement on table; Deal won't end risk to city, taxpayers, other litigants say

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 21, 2017, 10:58pm

People who received tickets from Chicago’s red light cameras could be in line for a bit of a refund, should Chicago aldermen sign off on a $38.75 million settlement deal negotiated by City Hall’s lawyers to end a class action lawsuit over the automated traffic enforcement program. But the trial lawyers behind a separate class action against the city say the settlement doesn’t end the legal and financial risk to the city or taxpayers.

More than a dozen police officers sued in chase that caused fatal injuries

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 7:56pm

The family of a man who died of injuries sustained during a police chase is suing more than a dozen Chicago police officers and the city of Chicago, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Ex-CPS teacher: Board of Ed fired her for publicly criticizing Chicago special ed cuts

Scott Holland Jul. 13, 2017, 3:00pm

A teacher who dramatically criticized special education cuts, by, among other things, presenting Chicago’s mayor with a mock arrest warrant, said Chicago Public Schools improperly fired her in retaliation.

First District appeals court reinstates woman's wrongful demolition case against Chicago City Hall

Chandra Lye Jul. 13, 2017, 7:00am

A woman has been given another chance to press her claim that the city of Chicago unlawfully demolished a property she co-owned, after a state appeals court reversed a decision by a Cook County judge to dismiss her case.

Chicago looks to use property tax increases to fund pensions

John Revak Jul. 11, 2017, 3:40pm

Residents of Chicago and its suburbs have once again seen their property taxes rise. For 2016 taxes, which will paid this year, Chicagoans' bills shot up by about 10 percent, while people living in suburban Cook County can expect increases of 4-7 percent.

Appeals court: No 'abstract right' to city retiree health insurance if no such contract guarantee

Scott Holland Jul. 7, 2017, 6:00am

Expressing doubt its opinion will end legal hostilities, a state appeals court weighed in yet again on a lawsuit Chicago retirees have lodged against the city in hopes of preserving their “abstract right” to subsidized health insurance under the Illinois state constitution.

Cook County man accuses City of Chicago and police officers of violating his civil rights

Louie Torres Jul. 6, 2017, 11:34pm

A Cook County man is suing the city of Chicago and at least four police officers, citing alleged negligence, tortious interference and violation of civil rights.

African-American workers accuse Chicago Water Department of racial discrimination, harassment

Scott Holland Jun. 30, 2017, 6:00am

A group of African-American employees have filed a lawsuit alleging a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment aimed at black workers in Chicago’s controversy-plagued Department of Water Management.

Newspaper, writers sue Chicago PD, city over lack of response to 'heat list' FOIA request

Louie Torres Jun. 29, 2017, 2:07pm

The Chicago Sun-Times and independent journalists Brandon Smith, George Joseph and Jamie Kalvenand are suing the Chicago Police Department and the city of Chicago, alleging violation of state and federal law.

Uptown Tent City homeless advocates take dispute with city to court

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 3:11pm

A group seeking to operate a tent city for homeless people on a pedestrian mall in Uptown is embroiled in a legal battle with the city of Chicago over its plans.

Chicago City Hall 'locked in pre-McDonald mindset,' meaning legal fights over gun rights likely not over

Glenn Minnis Jun. 21, 2017, 4:02pm

While courts have ruled the city of Chicago has to change its way of thinking related to citizens' gun rights, a prominent Chicago appeals attorney believes the city remains mired in an approach to handgun regulation that could invite yet more legal actions and setbacks in the courts.

City of Chicago, pro-life groups settle legal fight over 'bubble zone' abortion protest restrictions

John Revak Jun. 19, 2017, 1:56pm

A group of anti-abortion activists who alleged Chicago City Hall used its so-called "bubble rule" around abortion clinics to illegally single out and violate the free speech rights of pro-life protesters have reached a settlement with the city, ending parts of their legal action against the city.