Chicago Tribune News

Ex-girlfriend, mother of son of Bears legend Urlacher files $125M defamation suit over ex-husband's death

By Scott Holland | Jan 19, 2018

The ex-girlfriend of Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher is seeking $125 million in a defamation lawsuit filed Jan. 12 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Second District Appellate Court upholds ruling forcing College of DuPage and its foundation to release subpoena

By John Myers | May 17, 2017

The Illinois Second District Appellate Court has upheld a circuit court's ruling granting the Chicago Tribune's request for summary judgment in its attempt to force the College of DuPage and its fundraising foundation to release a subpoena.

Businessman's accusations vs ex-Speaker Hastert over use of funds 'strain credulity,' judge says

By Dan Churney | Apr 10, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a court action by a suburban businessman, who alleged former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert misused public money for his private business interests, saying the businessman’s story could not be believed.

Operators of Dotty's, Stella's, Shelby's gambling cafes sue state over revenue rules

By Scott Holland & Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 5, 2017

The owners of two groups operating many of the video gambling establishments in strip malls and other locations across Illinois have sued the Illinois Gaming Board, arguing one board policy and two provisions of the state’s 2009 Video Gaming Act are unconstitutionally depriving them of the chance to negotiate better business deals for a larger share of the revenue they generate. 

Class action: Ex-IL Lottery managers owe jackpot for manipulating games to reduce big prize payouts

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 22, 2017

Two players of the Illinois Lottery’s scratch-off games have asked a court to award a jackpot from the former operators of the state lottery system, alleging Northstar Lottery Group owes them and others who played the state’s instant games for flooding the market with tickets to greatly reduce the odds players could win grand prizes, contrary to advertised odds, allowing the Lottery to pocket millions of dollars more than it should have.

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

By The Cook County Record | Jan 30, 2017

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.

Crestwood, Harvey, Calumet OK term limits; Broadview votes under wraps til IL Supreme Court can rule

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 9, 2016

The question of whether voters wish to restrict the number of terms some of their elected officials can remain in office received resounding support in the village of Crestwood and the cities of Harvey and Calumet City. And in the village of Broadview, the results of the vote won’t be known until and unless the Illinois Supreme Court weighs in on whether the referendum question passed legal muster.

Family of woman killed in hit-and-run sues man let off of drug charges in 2013 over cops' alleged lies

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 8, 2016

The family of a Chicago woman killed in an August Morton Grove car crash have brought a wrongful death action against the other driver, a Glenview man who has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence, and who three years earlier had been let off by a judge on drug charges amid allegations of perjury by the arresting officers.

Evans secures new term as Cook County's chief judge, edges Allen 129-103

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 16, 2016

Cook County’s chief judge has secured a sixth consecutive term at the helm of Illinois’ largest circuit court, after a majority of the county’s circuit judges chose him over a rival in a relatively close, closed-door vote, ending a hotly contested race which drew a rare, large amount of public input from beyond Cook County’s courthouses.

Woman whose foot was severed by firecracker in park can't sue Chicago Park District: Appeals court

By Dana Herra | Sep 15, 2016

A woman whose foot was severed after a firework, detonated by two men visiting a Chicago park, exploded near her, cannot hold the Chicago Park District liable for her injuries, an appellate court has ruled.

'Watchdogs' appeal DuPage judge's OK of lawsuit over reporting of alleged 'pay to play' for COD contract

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 31, 2016

Journalists who help chronicle corruption in Illinois governments have asked a state appeals court to step in, after a DuPage County judge refused to dismiss a $16 million defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who claims the men known as the Edgar County Watchdogs wrongly accused her of committing a crime when they wrote she engaged in “pay to play” and used an improper exemption to secure a no-bid contract from the College of DuPage – awarded the same day she joined the college’s fundraising fo

Redflex whistleblower tossed from $300 million lawsuit over Chicago red light camera bribery scheme

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 9, 2016

A lawsuit, potentially worth as much as $300 million, will continue against Redflex, the company accused of bribing Chicago’s former transportation director to land the city’s red light camera deal. But the former Redflex executive who aided the investigation into the bribery accusations and filed the lawsuit on behalf of the city will not be allowed to attempt to claim a cut of any potential award.

Tax bills heading up for Chicago property owners

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 27, 2016

CHICAGO –  Chicago residents are already grumbling about the likelihood of paying significantly higher property taxes this year, and the bills haven’t even been sent out yet.

Merger between disease test makers Nanosphere, Luminex challenged in shareholder class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 10, 2016

A shareholder in Northbrook-based Nanosphere Inc., a company specializing in high-tech single-sample tests to detect a range of infectiousdiseases and other health problems, has challenged a merger deal the nanotech company reached a month ago with Texas-based competitor Luminex, saying the deal was not the best Nanosphere’s leaders could have made for its shareholders.

IL Attorney General joins push to end retail's 'unfair biz practice' on-call shift scheduling

By Mark Powell | Jun 10, 2016

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan along with her counterparts in eight other states have sent letters to large retail corporations in a bid to pressure retailers and others to end their use of so-called “on-call” shifts for workers.

IL EPA to issue first loan specifically to replace lead pipes from water system, expects more to come

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jun 2, 2016

As attention increasingly builds on lead content in municipal drinking water in Chicago and elsewhere, an Illinois city has become the first community to receive aid from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency specifically targeted at alleviating problems with waterborne lead.

Some pushing bankruptcy as solution to troubled Illinois public budgets

By LocalLabs News Service | Apr 20, 2016

In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

McCormick Foundation OK to sue over insurance advice blamed for hefty legal bills after Tribune bankruptcy

By Dan Churney | Apr 4, 2016

A state appeals panel has ruled two former major shareholders in the Tribune Company, who are in litigation with creditors, can continue to press their malpractice suit against a prominent Chicago insurance broker for allegedly giving bum advice to change insurance companies, which put the ex-shareholders on the hook for legal costs instead of their insurer.

Chicago to pay $3 million to settle claims it discriminated vs cop candidates who lived in U.S. less than 10 years

By Dan Churney | Feb 8, 2016

The city of Chicago has quickly assented to the U.S. Department of Justice’s contentions it discriminated against foreign-born police applicants by requiring applicants to have lived in the U.S. for 5-10 years before applying. As part of a settlement agreement announced in Chicago federal court, the city has agreed to pay $3.1 million in the class action brought by the Justice Department on behalf of 47 onetime police officer applicants.

Obamacare health insurer Land of Lincoln Health hit with class action over U of C coverage 'bait & switch'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 4, 2016

Two Chicago men have slapped a troubled provider of Obamacare health insurance policies with a class action lawsuit, alleging Land of Lincoln Health misled them into purchasing health plans on the belief the plans would include coverage for procedures at University of Chicago Medicine, even though Land of Lincoln allegedly knew the plans would not.

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