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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.

IL Supreme Court: IL constitution doesn't expand protesters' assembly rights beyond First Amendment

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 16, 2017, 2:41pm

A Chicago ordinance prohibiting anyone, even protesters, from remaining overnight in Grant Park without a special city permit is constitutional, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, rejecting contentions from lawyers for left-wing protest groups that the state constitution grants broader rights to assembly than does the U.S. Constitution.

Man says he was prosecuted due to Chicago Police officers' false statements

Louie Torres Jun. 12, 2017, 4:36pm

A man is suing the city of Chicago, six present and former city police officers and more unnamed officers, alleging civil rights and human rights violations.

Video game companies: City's 'Cloud Tax' can't be legally applied to online gaming, streaming

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 9, 2017, 3:35pm

An association representing some of the biggest names in video and computer games have sued the city of Chicago, asking a judge to determine the city’s 9 percent "Cloud Tax" can’t be applied to their online streaming video game products.

Challenge to Chicago landmarks ordinance cleared again to proceed; appeals court orders new judge

Scott Holland Jun. 1, 2017, 11:49pm

Two Chicago property owners have – again – won the chance to press ahead with their legal challenge to the city of Chicago’s designation of their neighborhoods as historical landmarks, after a state appeals panel – again – slapped down a Cook County judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit, and ordered a different judge to take a crack at the case.

Attorney and former Western Springs board president says state, not county, should set minimum wage

John Sammon May 27, 2017, 11:22am

The outgoing president of the Western Springs Village Board said the State of Illinois, and not counties, should set policy with regard to setting a minimum wage and sick leave policy to avoid a confused hodgepodge of differing pay scales.

Judge dismisses CPS suit vs IL over schools funding; says demands would 'inject chaos,' not fix problem

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 28, 2017, 9:51pm

Saying the demands sought by the Chicago Public Schools “would inject widespread chaos into the entirety of the State’s public education system,” a Cook County judge has denied the request by CPS and other plaintiffs to force the state to funnel more money into Chicago’s public education system, dismissing a lawsuit CPS said it brought to address systemic and illegal discrimination within the state of Illinois’ educational funding system.

Driver says police officer, other motorist failed to drive safely and caused April 2016 crash

Louie Torres Apr. 11, 2017, 7:19pm

A driver and her passengers are suing motorist Aretha J. Johnson, policeman Andy Braun and the City of Chicago, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence for causing a three-car collision.

Former Uber executive runs afoul of Chicago's lobbying rules, city hands down $90K fine

John Myers Apr. 10, 2017, 1:35pm

The Chicago Board of Ethics recently handed down a $90,000 fine to former Uber executive and former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe for improper lobbying.

Illinois Realtors opposes Illinois rent control bill to green light city rent controls

Laura Halleman Apr. 1, 2017, 11:04pm

Illinois Realtors, a real estate advocacy group, has stepped out to oppose Illinois state legislation to repeal the state's Rent Control Preemption Act, a 1997 law prohibiting cities and other local governments from enacting rent control measures.

Federal judge: City of Chicago did not violate rights of homeless sex offenders

John Myers Mar. 30, 2017, 2:12am

A Chicago federal judge recently ended a lawsuit filed by two homeless sex offenders who claimed Chicago city officials violated their civil rights by not allowing them to comply with sex offender registry laws.

State appeals panel upholds $2.1M verdict vs City Hall for family of woman killed by suspects fleeing cops

S. Laney Griffo Mar. 21, 2017, 7:46pm

The city of Chicago must pay $2.1 million to the family of a woman who died when burglary suspects fleeing the police crashed their vehicle into hers, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Seattle lawsuit shines light on 'first-come, first-serve' rental housing policy, already followed in Chicago

April Brown Mar. 21, 2017, 12:29am

Chicago could adopt a law that is similar to a recent Seattle ordinance that requires landlords to rent to the first qualified tenant who walks through the door, according to Richard Magnone, an attorney at Reda, Ciprian, Magnone LLC in Chicago who specializes in landlord-tenant law.

Chicago's controversial 'Airbnb ordinance' to go into effect

Sara McCleary Mar. 17, 2017, 4:25pm

A judge has dissolved a stay on the effective date of Chicago’s controversial home sharing ordinance, allowing the city to begin enforcing the law.

Attorney says $20 million settlement in Chicago red light camera bribery scandal seems low

Jireh Gibson Feb. 24, 2017, 11:41am

A former red light camera vendor for the city of Chicago has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a $2 million bribery scandal. But the amount of the settlement has raised eyebrows, particularly from the former executive at the vendor company who brought the lawsuit against his former employer on behalf of the city.

IL Sup. Ct.: City must give proper notice to collect fines; appearance by non-lawyer 'immaterial'

Scott Holland Feb. 18, 2017, 1:04am

Illinois’ highest state court has sidestepped delivering a definitive answer to the question of whether non-lawyers can represent corporations in administrative law proceedings. But justices of the Illinois Supreme Court have let stand an appellate court’s finding that the city of Chicago can’t sidestep the need to properly send ordinance violation notices by citing the appearance at an administrative hearing by just anyone purportedly on behalf of a company the city may be seeking to fine.

Liquor license rules allowing unlimited searches unconstitutional, but liquor store still penalized

S. Laney Griffo Feb. 15, 2017, 12:45pm

An Illinois appeals court has ruled that evidence found during a warrantless search of a liquor store was grounds for the store losing its license and being fined, even as the court upheld a Cook County judge's ruling that the city of Chicago does not have constitutional authority to conduct unlimited searches of establishments with liquor licenses.

Judge rejects ex-Gov. Quinn's lawsuit challenging power of Chicago mayor to appoint school board

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 14, 2017, 12:47pm

Saying nothing in federal law entitles Chicago residents to a right to an elected school board, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of plaintiffs, including parents of Chicago Public Schools students and former Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, who had asked the court to side with their contentions that a state law granting the mayor of Chicago the power to appoint members of the Chicago Board of Education was discriminatory and violated their voting rights.

Judge nearly grounds Bensenville homeowners lawsuit vs Chicago over O'Hare air traffic

Scott Holland Feb. 13, 2017, 4:28pm

A Cook County judge has nearly grounded a lawsuit brought by Bensenville homeowners against the city of Chicago, saying the homeowners have more work to do to prove they can sue the city for directing a steady stream of aircraft over their homes every day from a new runway at O'Hare.

Man convicted of murder says City Hall has denied him access to records

Louie Torres Feb. 10, 2017, 11:35pm

A man who was sentenced to 200 years in prison in connection with a September 1977 homicide case is suing the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago, alleging violation of federal law.