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Judge in $40M wrongful conviction case vs Northwestern, ex-professor: 'Cannot imagine more important civil case'

The Cook County Record Oct. 27, 2017, 11:59pm

Former Northwestern University journalism professor David Protess has pleaded poverty in Chicago federal court as he defends a malicious prosecution suit from Alstory Simon, a man cleared of murder charges who blames Protess for leading a conspiracy, involving private investigators and Northwestern journalism students, to frame him for the murder of two men.

Hearings set next week in Alstory Simon’s $40 million wrongful incarceration suit

The Cook County Record Sep. 29, 2017, 6:01pm

CHICAGO - A status hearing is set Oct. 2 in Alstory Simon's lawsuit against those he claims falsified evidence that implicated him and sent him to prison for a 1982 double murder.

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers, doctor accused of negligence

The Cook County Record Sep. 22, 2017, 2:30am

A woman is suing Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers and Dr. Michael R. Fiorucci for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Male student accuses Northwestern of discrimination in sex assault investigation, expulsion

The Cook County Record Sep. 15, 2017, 12:00pm

A male student who says he was falsely accused of sexual assault and kicked out of Northwestern University has filed suit against the university, asserting he was discriminated against by university administrators amid a biased investigative process designed only to side with a female accuser he said twisted a consensual sex act into a rape accusation.

Dancer left paralyzed by windblown pedestrian shelter at O'Hare awarded $148M verdict

The Cook County Record Aug. 25, 2017, 1:07am

A Cook County jury has awarded $148 million to a dancer who was left paralyzed when a storm blew a pedestrian shelter onto her at O’Hare International Airport.

Lawsuit accuses Broadview village officials of asking bribe, torpedoing property sale worth millions

The Cook County Record May 24, 2017, 3:46pm

A man who recently sold a commercial property worth millions in Broadview has sued the west suburba village, its former mayor and current building commissioner, alleging they torpedoed an earlier sale of the property and cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars by withholding approval of a tax incentive when the previous buyer balked at a request from village officials for a “campaign donation.”

New Illinois Policy Institute book suggests 12 constitutional amendments to fix IL's problems

The Cook County Record May 17, 2017, 6:56pm

As Illinois’ financial, political and legal troubles continue to mount, a new book, issued by one of the state’s leading voices for reform, suggests the questions facing the state can largely be answered by amending the state’s constitution.

Man charged with first degree murder in shooting death of Cook County judge

The Cook County Record Apr. 28, 2017, 11:07am

Chicago police have arrested the man they believe fired the weapon that claimed the life of Cook County Judge Raymond Myles.

Man who was violently removed from United flight settles with airline for 'confidential' sum

The Cook County Record Apr. 27, 2017, 3:24pm

The man whose forceful removal from an airliner in Chicago sparked a national firestorm and potential legislation to end the airlines business practices blamed for precipitating the incident has settled with United Airlines, ending his threat of litigation against the airline over the incident.

Chicago Police arrest man in connection with murder of judge

The Cook County Record Apr. 12, 2017, 7:51pm

Chicago Police said they have made an arrest in a “targeted robbery” that resulted in the shooting death of a Cook County judge, though they indicated more arrests could follow as detectives continue to work the case.

Cook County criminal court judge slain; police searching for shooter

The Cook County Record Apr. 11, 2017, 12:19pm

Chicago Police say they are continuing to investigate “around the clock” to find and “bring to justice” a man they believe responsible for gunning down a Cook County criminal court judge outside his home early Monday morning. Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles died after he was shot multiple times in what police said could have been robbery attempt gone bad – though they are not ruling out the possibility the murder was a targeted hit on the judge

Former IL Supreme Court Justice Stamos, author of Himmel decision, dies

The Cook County Record Jan. 30, 2017, 8:22pm

John J. Stamos, a former Illinois Supreme Court justice and Cook County State’s Attorney who authored the state high court’s landmark decision affirming attorneys are required to report misconduct by other lawyers, has died, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday.

Conservative group alleges IL AG and Dem harassment

The Cook County Record Nov. 4, 2016, 10:18am

ROCK ISLAND – A conservative group accused of voter suppression has countered with its own claims that county Democrats and the state Attorney General's office are suppressing voter turnout and harassing its vote-by-mail program volunteers.

Criminal charges brought against ex-law clerk, attorney, fired for impersonating judge

The Cook County Record Oct. 24, 2016, 12:37pm

An ex-Cook County law clerk, who was fired for allegedly impersonating a judge from the bench, has been criminally charged in connection with the incident. Friday, prosecutors with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office appeared in court to formally file a criminal complaint against Rhonda Crawford, charging Crawford with official misconduct, a felony, and a count of impersonation, a misdemeanor.

Worker says Chicago International Charter School Bucktown should pay for injuries caused by radiator

The Cook County Record Oct. 18, 2016, 9:27am

A man is suing Chicago International Charter School Bucktown LLC, Chicago Charter School Foundation and Chicago Charter School Management LLC, alleging the school should be held responsible for a radiator that fell on him while he was repairing it.

Najarian & Najarian accused of improper behavior in ice cream business deal

The Cook County Record Oct. 11, 2016, 2:18pm

A part-owner of an ice cream company, represented by his two sons, is suing lawyer David V. Najarian and his firm Najarian & Najarian, citing alleged breach of duty and negligence.

Bank sues over failure to repay a loan

The Cook County Record Sep. 15, 2016, 4:57pm

A financial institution is suing over alleged breach of contract regarding a loan repayment.

IL Supreme Court strikes remap effort; dissenters say redistricting reform now all but impossible

The Cook County Record Aug. 26, 2016, 11:26am

By a 4-3 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way Illinois draws its legislative districts. The decision prompted dissenting justices to declare 'meaningful reform' of the redistricting process all but impossible under the legal reasoning of the majority.

Woman says defective semen caused autism

The Cook County Record Aug. 24, 2016, 9:10pm

CHICAGO — A woman is suing Idant Laboratories, Daxor Corporation, Invia Fertility Specialists, Karande & Associates S.C. and Does 1-25, alleging that her two children conceived with donor sperm both have autisum and that she deserves compensation for battery, breach of warranty, fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and product liability.

Woman blames lawyer for costing her potential payout in false Medicare claims action vs hospice

The Cook County Record Jun. 1, 2016, 5:28pm

A woman who claimed she was the whistleblower who alerted the federal government to health care fraud at a suburban hospice facility, costing Medicare millions of dollars, has brought a malpractice action against the lawyer whose bad advice she blames for costing her the reward she believes she was due under the law for reporting the misdeeds of her former employer.