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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

Suit blames city, hospital in murder allegation

Louie Torres Jul. 11, 2016, 12:32pm

CHICAGO — An administrator of his deceased mother's estate is suing the City of Chicago, Cook County, d/b/a John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, alleging wrongful death.

Woman says city responsible for injury

Louie Torres Jul. 7, 2016, 1:24pm

CHICAGO — A woman is suing the City of Chicago, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

School system sued over alleged carbon monoxide leak

Louie Torres Jul. 6, 2016, 5:04pm

CHICAGO — A grandmother is suing the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, Chicago Public School District #299, individually and doing business as Chicago Public Schools, and Public Building Commission of Chicago, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

City accused of discrimination against employee

Louie Torres Jul. 5, 2016, 5:42pm

CHICAGO — An employee is suing the City of Chicago, an employer, citing alleged disability discrimination, failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, and retaliation.

Tax bills heading up for Chicago property owners

Mike Helenthal Jun. 27, 2016, 1:09pm

CHICAGO –  Chicago residents are already grumbling about the likelihood of paying significantly higher property taxes this year, and the bills haven’t even been sent out yet.

Chicagoan accuses city police of violating federal law

Louie Torres Jun. 21, 2016, 2:31pm

CHICAGO — A Chicago man is suing the city of Chicago and city police officers, alleging he was wrongfully arrested.

Tobacco sellers, allied organizations say Chicago lacks authority to tax non-cigarette tobacco products

Dan Churney Jun. 7, 2016, 1:15pm

A number of tobacco companies and trade groups are trying to snuff out a pending City of Chicago ordinance, alleging the ordinance burdens them with collecting sales taxes for non-cigarette forms of tobacco, while at the same time usurping rightful state authority over such taxes.