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Former state senator shouldn't expect to win his lawsuit asking for back pay, state constitution expert says

Dee Thompson Jun. 20, 2017, 3:30pm

Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat who served in the Illinois state Senate for 10 years, has sued the state of Illinois, alleging his pay was illegally withheld during budget crises. However, an expert in Illinois constitutional law says his lawsuit has little chance of prevailing, particularly since the lack of funds was caused in part by legislation to cut lawmaker pay - legislation he, at the time, supported.

Should United have used force to remove passenger from Chicago flight? An aviation law expert weighs in

Dee Thompson Apr. 14, 2017, 9:33am

The forced removal of a passenger from a flight in Chicago has caused a firestorm of debate over whether or not passengers can or should be forcibly removed from an airplane after they have boarded. A Chicago attorney who practices aviation law, with decades of experience as a lawyer and a pilot, says the airline acted within its rights to remove the passenger, but could have handled the situation better.

Appeals panel: Circuit judge erred in not giving female domestic violence victim order of protection

Dana Herra Feb. 2, 2016, 1:18pm

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois expressed strong disapproval of a Cook County circuit court judge’s handling of a domestic violence case, in which the alleged victim’s request for an order of protection was denied and a less-stringent civil restraining order was issued instead.

Cook County judge ruled law limiting civil juries to six members is unconstitutional

Annie Hunt Jan. 7, 2016, 8:30am

A Cook County judge has struck down a law limiting civil juries to six members, saying the change goes against principles enshrined in Illinois' state constitution. Judge William Gomolinksi overruled the law Dec. 21, maintaining that this is a matter of defending the constitution, not a definitive determination that a 12-person jury is the most effective way to try a civil case.

Local law school clinic helps woman sue over order evicting her from home of 47 years

Annie Cosby Oct. 10, 2014, 9:45am

A woman who claims she was the victim of a predatory lending scheme is suing a California-based corporation with the help of a Chicago law school clinic.

ARDC lodges complaint against former Cook County prosecutor accused of biting a man in 2012

Bethany Krajelis Jul. 14, 2014, 1:03pm

A former Cook County prosecutor who was accused of biting a man’s leg during a scuffle at a lingerie store on the city’s North Side is now facing potential attorney discipline over the 2012 incident that led to a handful of criminal charges she was later acquitted of.

Quinn, appellate justice, dies; colleagues say he was a scholar with a magnetic personality

Bethany Krajelis Jan. 9, 2014, 4:09pm

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Supreme Court disciplines 39 attorneys; disbars six

Bethany Krajelis Sep. 30, 2013, 4:59pm

An Algonquin attorney sentenced to prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire scheme has been disbarred.