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Second-installment property tax bills may rattle some suburbanites

Dawn Geske Mar. 1, 2017, 12:35am

Cook County property tax bills have hit residents’ mailboxes and were due to the county on March 1 - but taxpayers especially may not like what they see when the second installment bills arrive four months from now.

Class action accuses Paypal of mishandling charitable donations made through its Giving Fund

Scott Holland Mar. 1, 2017, 5:25pm

A Highland Park charity and a donor are accusing PayPal of illegally withholding and redirecting donations intended to benefit certain charities in a class action complaint filed Feb. 28 in Chicago federal court.

Seventh Circuit hears arguments over IL 'fair share' union fees; case may be headed to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 1, 2017, 5:44pm

A challenge to the power of state worker labor unions to extract so-called “fair share” fees from non-union workers could be ticketed for the U.S. Supreme Court, where opponents of the fees hope a conservative-majority court could overturn a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify their forcible collection of fees from public employees who refuse to pay formal union dues.

IL gay conversion therapy ban doesn't apply to pastors, religious counselors, judge says

Chandra Lye Mar. 1, 2017, 6:11pm

A group of Illinois Christian pastors have hailed a Chicago federal judge's decision to dismiss their case challenging an Illinois state law governing so-called gay conversion therapy, saying the judge's ruling establishes legal protections for private religious counselors.

Southpoint Nursing & Rehabilitation allegedly failed to provide proper supervision

Louie Torres Mar. 2, 2017, 2:29pm

A woman's family is suing Southpoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center LLC, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Lakeview Rehabilitation accused of not supervising patient to prevent fall

Louie Torres Mar. 2, 2017, 2:31pm

A woman's representative is suing Lakeview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center LLC, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Niles Nursing and Rehabilitation Center allegedly failed to provide adequate help to patient

Louie Torres Mar. 2, 2017, 2:33pm

The administrator of a woman's estate is suing Niles Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Mother says son died because Palos Community Hospital botched his treatment for pneumonia

Louie Torres Mar. 2, 2017, 2:43pm

A mother is suing Palos Community Hospital, saying alleged botched attempts in intensive care to treat her son for pneumonia resulted in his death from bleeding in his lungs and upper respiratory tract.

Man alleges nursing facility didn't provide timely pneumonia treatment

Louie Torres Mar. 2, 2017, 2:45pm

A woman's family is suing Harmony Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Inc., citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Mother says Children's Hospital of Chicago failed to properly monitor daughter's heart

Louie Torres Mar. 2, 2017, 2:51pm

A mother is suing Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and other health care providers, alleging her new baby daughter died because the hospital didn't do enough to monitor a heart condition.

Presence to pay $475K for HIPAA breach; could signal more HIPAA scrutiny for other health care orgs

Laura Halleman Mar. 2, 2017, 2:52pm

Chicago-based Presence Health has become the first health care organization penalized for not reporting a HIPAA privacy breach within a 60-day window, as federal regulators slapped the operator of 11 Illinois hospitals with a $475,000 fine. And it could signal greater enforcement actions to come, said an attorney who works with other health care organizations.

NIU frat alcohol death, lawyer fee agreements, IHSA FOIA status on IL Supreme Court March call

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 2, 2017, 5:04pm

Beginning March 14, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in several cases, including: whether a NIU fraternity can be sued for a pledge's alcohol-induced death; whether lawyers must specify "joint financial responsibility" in case referral agreements; and whether the IHSA is a public body subject to FOIA.

Appeals court: Towns can empanel multiple local electoral boards to resolve conflicts of interest

Dan Churney Mar. 2, 2017, 5:23pm

An Illinois appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge, who ruled suburban Hazel Crest can convene multiple electoral boards to hear objections to candidate nominations, because regular board members are disqualified, in that they are also candidates facing the objections. 

Appeals court: Cities can cut vacation time buybacks, other programs, to end pension spiking

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 3, 2017, 6:21pm

A state appeals court in Springfield has affirmed cities and other local governments have the right to modify workers’ employment and compensation agreements to prevent “pension spiking” without running afoul of the state constitution’s public worker pension protections.

Man suing U of Chicago for 'anti-male' assault policies settles with female accuser, keeps suing school

Scott Holland Mar. 3, 2017, 10:42pm

A University of Chicago student suing the school over anti-male bias built into its sexual assault investigation system is continuing his lawsuit against the school, in which he is demanding $1.35 million, even though the school purportedly dropped its disciplinary action against him, and after he settled with a female student who allegedly triggered the disciplinary action by accusing him of sexual assault. 

Man says landlords at fault for not fixing stairway

Louie Torres Mar. 3, 2017, 10:46pm

A man is suing his landlords, alleging negligence, liability and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Astoria Place Skilled Nursing Facility, others accused of failing to prevent pressure sores

Louie Torres Mar. 3, 2017, 10:48pm

A deceased man's family has filed a wrongful death claims against Astoria Place Living & Rehab Center; Legacy Healthcare, Progressive Healthcare, and related entities, alleging negligence in nursing home care.

Wrongful death claim alleges negligence by Loyola University Medical Center

Louie Torres Mar. 3, 2017, 10:51pm

A deceased man's family has filed a wrongful death claim against Loyola University Medical Center, alleging negligence in medical care.

North Shore University Health System accused of negligence leading to woman's death

Louie Torres Mar. 3, 2017, 10:52pm

A deceased woman's family has filed a wrongful death claim against North Shore University Health System, alleging negligence in health care.

Norfolk Vet Products accused of fraud in death of dog implanted with 'Companion Port'

Louie Torres Mar. 3, 2017, 10:55pm

Two people are suing Norfolk Vet Products, citing alleged fraud in the death of their dog.