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Supreme Court refuses to hear home care providers' lawsuit vs SEIU over compelled representation

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2017, 10:21pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care assistants for those with disabilities the chance to argue their constitutional rights were violated by an Illinois state law forcing the care providers to accept the Service Employees International Union as their bargaining representative.

Crowded field of Atty Gen candidates place differing emphasis on priorities for state's top law office

John Breslin Nov. 13, 2017, 5:13pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement earlier this year declining to seek another term has led to an avalanche of candidates announcing intentions to run on the Democratic side, while Republican Erika Harold remains unchallenged in seeking her party's nomination.

Judge refuses to let state sidestep lawsuit by fair housing group over discrimination vs mentally ill

Dan Churney Oct. 11, 2017, 11:55pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss suits by a fair housing group, alleging state officials discriminate against the mentally ill by barring them from a Medicaid-backed housing program.

Illinois ballot access law requiring third parties field 'full slate' of candidates struck down

Scott Holland Sep. 28, 2017, 4:48pm

Third-party candidates have scored an easier path to Illinois ballots after a federal appeals panel in Chicago declared unconstitutional an Illinois law requiring political parties to field a full slate of candidates if they wish to seek any office on a ballot.

Injunction by federal judge may signal end is near for law forcing pro-life physicians to promote abortion

Kacie Whaley Sep. 2, 2017, 7:00am

A recent federal injunction could signal the end of an Illinois law that critics say forces pregnancy physicians to promote abortion.

Seventh Circuit: Ex-Gov. Quinn OK to terminate workers comp arbitrators who sued the state over reforms

D.M. Herra Aug. 28, 2017, 6:18pm

A federal appellate court has affirmed Illinois governors are within their rights not to reappoint workers’ compensation arbitrators, even if they claim their dismissal was retaliatory.

Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

Scott Holland Aug. 14, 2017, 6:18pm

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Employers facing surge in class action suits over storage, use of employee fingerprints, other biometrics

Glenn Minnis Aug. 9, 2017, 11:35pm

A growing number of U.S. companies are turning to measures like biometric tools to validate time entries and other forms of tracking an employee's movements and actions. And as technology rapidly changes, it has also sparked a surge of litigation over data collection methods, and the levels of protection dedicated to electronically-gleaned data.

U of Chicago professor: IL Zero Emissions Credit Exelon bailout 'short-sighted,' despite challenge dismissal

Kacie Whaley Aug. 7, 2017, 5:39pm

Following the dismissal of lawsuits brought against the State of Illinois by power generators and electricity consumers who claimed the Future Energy Jobs Act deceptively supplies markets in favor of energy company Exelon, Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, says the state's policy is short-sighted and will be problematic for taxpayers.

Budget won't pull IL out of financial straits; Residents can 'look forward' to more taxes, U of C prof says

Kacie Whaley Jul. 24, 2017, 7:01pm

Illinois ended its two-year budget hiatus earlier this month, but the state's financial plan still lacks the essentials needed to sustain it over the long term, according to a University of Chicago professor.

Judge pulls plug on challenge to IL 'Zero Emissions Credit' Exelon nuclear plant bailout

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 18, 2017, 1:32pm

Saying the law could both simultaneously be a subsidy designed to prop up two Illinois nuclear power plants and a legitimate attempt to reduce carbon emissions, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on attempts by a group of power generators and electricity consumers to challenge a recent state law the plaintiffs claimed unconstitutionally used “green energy” goals as a pretext to rig the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon.

Judge: Cigna didn't defraud in denying payment to surgical center suspected of 'fee forgiveness'

Todd Barnett Jul. 10, 2017, 4:59pm

A federal judge has granted a win to multinational insurer Cigna, cutting out state law fraud claims from a lawsuit brought by a surgical center asserting the insurer was wrong to deny claims for reimbursement from certain Cigna-insured patients, for whom the surgical center had forgiven much of the bill because the surgical center was outside of those patients' preferred providers network.

State asks judge to toss CPS school funding suit, says system not 'hidden proxy' for race discrimination

Scott Holland Jul. 10, 2017, 4:40pm

The state of Illinois again has asked a Cook County judge to dismiss a Chicago Public Schools lawsuit alleging racial discrimination underlies the way the state funds K-12 public education.

Judge: Illinois must pay $586M/month, plus $2B over next 12 months to cover Medicaid bills

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 30, 2017, 6:24pm

While Illinois state officials have argued the order could amount to little more than “squeezing blood from a stone,” a Chicago federal judge has ordered Illinois’ state government to begin paying more than $586 million a month to cover Medicaid claims, plus an additional $2 billion from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 to begin reducing its stack of unpaid Medicaid bills.

Judge corks Indiana wine seller's lawsuit vs Illinois over law banning shipping to IL customers

Dan Churney Jun. 26, 2017, 1:47pm

A Chicago federal judge has stomped on an Indiana wine retailer's suit, which claimed Illinois liquor law unconstitutionally bars him from shipping his products into Illinois, saying the suit fails at the "most basic level." But the seller is asking to reopen the case.

School districts sue the state, demanding money, but history says chances of lawsuit success not high

Zachary Lewis Jun. 14, 2017, 5:12pm

Amid the state of Illinois' sustained budget woes, school districts in Chicago and elsewhere in the state have lined up to ask courts to intervene on their behalf and order the state to pay what they assert is its proper share of education funding. But history has indicated such lawsuits have limited chances of success.

Nursing homes can sue the state on patients' behalf to force prompt processing of Medicaid claims: Judge

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 9, 2017, 2:44pm

A federal judge has cleared the way for yet another group of lawsuits demanding the financially-troubled state of Illinois be forced to more promptly process and pay Medicaid claims, saying federal law allows Medicaid recipients and, by extension, health care agencies to sue the state for failing to abide federal law requiring the payment of Medicaid claims “with reasonable promptness.”

Federal judge: State can't keep skimping on Medicaid while fully funding worker pay, debt obligations

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 7, 2017, 5:57pm

A Chicago federal judge has stopped short, so far, of ordering the state of Illinois to place a premium on paying the health insurance organizations, hospitals and others the $2 billion it is estimated the state owes under unpaid Medicaid bills. But the judge said she did not find it reasonable for the state to skimp on Medicaid payments while fully funding its monthly payroll and debt repayments.

Ex-state senator sues IL over 'unconstitutional' skipped paychecks, years after supporting skipped pay

Scott Holland Jun. 5, 2017, 11:48am

Ex-state Senator Mike Noland, D-Elgin, is suing the state of Illinois to force the comptroller to get the money he claimes was denied him during a decade in office - even though he voted for the measure he now claims is illegal.

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.