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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.

Judge: Chicago affordable housing rules constitutional; developers' rights not violated, can't sue City Hall

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 3, 2016, 6:45pm

The city of Chicago has the constitutional authority to require developers of new condo and apartment buildings to designate a portion of the project as “affordable housing,” a federal judge has said - and developers should enter into a new project understanding the rule could apply to them, despite efforts to avoid it.

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

Dan Churney Oct. 3, 2016, 11:51am

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

Chicago can't collect real estate transfer tax from buyers of homes sold by Fannie, Freddie, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:53pm

The city of Chicago should not be allowed to sidestep laws barring cities from collecting taxes on real estate sold by federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by simply passing on the tax bills to those buying the properties from Fannie and Freddie, a federal judge has ruled.

Man claims Chicago police wrongly accused him of involvement in armed robbery

Louie Torres Sep. 28, 2016, 10:51am

A man is suing the city of Chicago and Chicago police officers, identified as J. McCrillis, E. Duron, S. Herrera, S. Simental, F. Szwedo and unknown other officers, alleging negligence, negligent misrepresentation and violation of civil rights, after they allegedly wrongly accused him of being involved in an armed robbery.

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.

Men seek damages from Chicago, police officer over Taser use

Louie Torres Sep. 13, 2016, 11:51pm

Two men are alleging assault, battery, excessive force and violation of civil rights by a Chicago police officer who tasered them. 

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.

Rising assessments in Chicago may signal end of real estate market downturn

Dawn Geske Sep. 7, 2016, 5:13pm

The latest assessment values for Cook County, showing an increase in the city of Chicago, signal that the steady decline that began in 2008 may be at an end.

Man claims errors in hearing regarding his employment termination

Louie Torres Aug. 11, 2016, 7:02pm

CHICAGO — A man is suing the City of Chicago and its Human Resources Board, alleging errors in a discharge hearing.

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.