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Contentious Del Galdo divorce case leads to court fight over Cicero town attorney's funding, political ties
A contentious divorce case involving a lawyer who represents the town of Cicero and a host of other local governments in Chicago’s suburbs has produced a pitched courtroom battle over his estranged wife’s efforts to reveal who pays him, how much he earns and the depth of his purported links to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other prominent Democratic lawmakers, and other influential figures in Illinois government.
Ald. Burke indicted over alleged attempted shake down; Property tax appeal law firm at heart of charges
Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke was indicted Thursday on a charge of attempting to shake down the owner of a Chicago fast food restaurant seeking to renovate their establishment. And at the center of the charge stands Burke's law firm, which has built a huge business specializing in appealing property tax assessments.
Amid a night of historic domination at the polls, Democrats also largely swept once more in the races for judges in Cook County’s courts, flexing their muscle not only in contested races, but also in withdrawing support from a Democratic judge and former prosecutor, who, after being targeted by a coalition of social justice advocates, became the first county judge in nearly three decades to lose his bid for retention to the bench.
Cook County OK to restrict campaign cash from lawyers, others seeking 'official action,' appeals court says
A state appellate court has again ruled Cook County has the power to make ethics rules that apply to county officers, including the Cook County Assessor, this time finding the County Board did not overstep in prohibiting real estate lawyers and otheers from contributing to the campaign coffers of county officials when they are seeking “official action” from the county.
Amid competitive races for governor and elsewhere on the ballot, Cook County voters also took to the polls to select permanent replacements for 10 vacant Cook County Circuit Court judgeships and 25 open posts on the county’s various judicial subcircuits, as voters cast ballots in the county’s primary election on Tuesday, March 20.
Cook County Assessor and chairman of the county's Democratic Party Joe Berrios has sued the Cook County Board over campaign donation limits.
Crowded field of Atty Gen candidates place differing emphasis on priorities for state's top law office
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.
A Democrat running to unseat incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios has asked a court to help him unmask the people he claims are responsible for creating sham websites and social media pages for his campaign.
Appellate panel says County Board within constitutional bounds to empower Inspector General to investigate Berrios
Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who also serves as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, has lost another round in court in his attempt to avoid turning over documents demanded by the county’s Inspector General as part of the IG’s investigation of allegations Berrios’ office improperly granted an assessor’s office employee a special property tax exemption.
The Democratic Party of Cook County has endorsed its candidates for the judicial benches in the Cook County Circuit Court and Illinois First District Appellate Court, and party officials said they believe the "diverse" group represents the region well.